Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chamberlain College of Nursing and DeVry students, faculty and leadership today to dedicate a new building on the Chicago campus.
Prior to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mayor Emanuel spent time with Chamberlain students in the SIMCARE CENTER™, where students get valuable hands-on experience by interacting with patient simulators.
“This facility will allow thousands of students to gain critical skills that will prepare them for immediate jobs in the workplace,” said Mayor Emanuel. “A robust educational system is essential as we build a well-educated and globally competitive workforce, and DeVry is an important part of this mission.”
Nicholas Kimble, a June 2013 graduate of Chamberlain’s Chicago campus and former peer tutor at the Center for Academic Success, spoke during the ceremony of his experience at Chamberlain, where he received extraordinary support while learning both the art and science of nursing.
“This building houses the future of healthcare; brilliant, compassionate faculty that shape eager minds,” Kimble said. “I am honored to say that I am an alumnus, and I am looking forward to standing beside Chamberlain’s future graduates who will develop the skills for their future careers right here on this campus.”
Mayor Emanuel agreed. “Yes, we’re opening up a new building,” he said. “More importantly, as Nick just noted, we’re opening up a lot of doors to a lot of careers and a lot of futures and that’s the most important reason we’re here today.”
Designed to be a welcoming environment for students and faculty, the new facility features a light-filled 7,000-square-foot student commons and a green roof planted with vegetation. The building will receive 70 percent of its electric power from sustainable sources, such as wind and solar, and is expected to receive LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“This new building represents an investment in our students and in the future of Chicago,” said Daniel Hamburger, DeVry president and CEO. “I am certain this new facility and the students who graduate from it will play a part in creating a highly skilled workforce and build on Chicago’s reputation as a truly global city.”