PEORIA — Retired Caterpillar group president Stu Levenick and his wife, Nancy, have made a $250,000 donation to the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria.

The donation will help provide the college with funds for the second phase of its expansion, the school said in a news release.

That expansion at UICOMP involves adding immersive virtual reality learning, more early exposure to clinical settings and adding new learning technology to the existing facilities. The expansion also will allow the school to increase the capacity for each class from 55 students to 65 students.

“We are grateful to the Levenicks. Their support of our mission is important for Peoria, the region and the University of Illinois,” said Dr. Meenakshy Aiyer, UICOMP associate dean for academic affairs, in the release. “This gift provides our students with the technology and learning spaces needed to prepare them for becoming future physicians for Illinois and the nation.”

Levenick spent 37 years with Caterpillar before retiring in 2014. Earlier this year, also with his wife, the onetime University of Illinois football team captain donated $5 million for the construction of a football performance center at the U of I.