St. Augustine College (SAC) has hired JGMA to develop a new college campus and community center to address the continued need for bilingual education in Chicago. When completed, the project will provide SAC with a state-of-the art campus that provides services to students and the community. The first phase of the project is the renovation of an existing historic auditorium into a new Information Commons for students.
SAC is an independent, bilingual (dual-language) institution of higher education created under the auspices of the Episcopal Diocese to make the American system of higher education accessible to a diverse student population with emphasis on those of Hispanic descent; to strengthen ethnic identity; to reinforce cultural interaction; and to build a bridge to fill cultural, educational, and socio-economic gaps. On October 7, 1980, the Illinois State Board of Higher Education granted operating authority to the first bilingual institution of higher education in Illinois: St. Augustine College. This educational setting is unique in Illinois, as well as the entire country.