Josh Dortzbach, a construction engineer on the new El Centro facility, said the campus' proximity to downtown and public transportation makes it easily accessible for students.
Alejandra Tafoya, a senior at Northeastern Illinois University, is an intern at El Centro and volunteers with the GUIAS mentoring program to assist incoming freshmen. The school is "preparing me a lot," she said.
Gov. Pat Quinn was on hand Thursday for the groundbreaking of the new El Centro campus.