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For most of his life Emilio Salinas has been in situations where he has risen from obscurity to, seemingly overnight, become one of the “cool kids.” It happened for him as a student at Hallstrom Homeschool where he went from a “bumpy” first year of trying to fit in to the kid everyone knew, and now it has happened for him again at Rock Valley College where the once fearful kid who wasn’t sure he wanted anything to do with college can’t walk across campus now without being recognized by fellow students, staff, or faculty members due to his role as a student worker in the IT department and as the Vice President of Communication for the Student Government Association.

Just recently, Emilio was hoping his popularity would soar once again, this time from the guy who performs at Potbelly in Rockford to the next American Idol.

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My Story: Ashley Fluegel

My Story: Ashley Fluegel


Posted on Oct 18, 2017

I was a typical overachieving Honors student at Belvidere North High School when I learned about the Running Start program at RVC. In high school I was labeled a quiet, smart, and shy student. I was in band and choir, and participated in musicals and marching band. I never spoke up during class, and I quietly got my homework done before school was over and had a very small group of two friends and my twin sister.

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Devon Pettigen (pet-a-gin) was elected as the student representative to the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees in April of 2017, and will serve in this role through May of 2018. As the Student Trustee, it is Devon’s responsibility to act as a conduit between the student body and the Board of Trustees, and to make sure the students’ best interests are being considered by the Board.

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Collaborative Learning

Collaborative Learning


Posted on Sep 14, 2017

On Friday, August 25, 2017, Ellen Storm, Dean of Allied Health at Rock Valley College, spoke at the the ribbon cutting ceremony for the college’s new Health Sciences Center. In her remarks, she shared a descriptive hypothetical story that illustrated how the new facility could encourage collaborative learning between the college’s many healthcare programs.

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Promise of a New Day

Promise of a New Day


Posted on Aug 28, 2017

Erica Bibalou lights up when she talks about the journey that led her from the African country of Gabon to Rockford, Illinois, and the campus of Rock Valley College. It’s a journey that has been filled with adversity and adventure, and of dreams that have gone from fantasy to reality.

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