Posts made in September, 2014


Rock Valley College, in partnership with the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), along with the Illinois Adult and Continuing Educators Association, invite you to join in a celebration recognizing September 22-28, 2014 as National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. Adult Education programs throughout the state will have special activities commemorating this national event. This observation is intended to raise awareness of the need for programs and services to this adult population as well to highlight the successes.

Statistics reveal that over 93 million American adults have Basic or Below Basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance at work and in education. In Illinois alone, more than 1.3 million adults do not have a high school diploma and approximately 2.73 million immigrants speak a language other than English in their homes.

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Education: Key to creating peace

Education: Key to creating peace


Posted on Sep 22, 2014

To celebrate the International Day of Peace, Monday, September 22, Rock Valley College officially dedicated a peace pole on campus. The pole will be displayed permanently at a location to be determined. RVC Professor Emeritus Kanwal Prashar wrote a poem to commemorate the peace pole dedication.

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A passion for airplanes

A passion for airplanes


Posted on Sep 10, 2014

Rock Valley College offers more than three dozen career programs in a wide variety of areas.  One of the most consistently successful, and continuously growing is the aviation maintenance technology program.  Located in a hangar adjacent to the a runway at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport (and soon to move into a new 48,000 square foot facility at the airport), students get the kind of real-world experience and training that leads to tremendous career opportunities.

Wayne SanchezWayne Sanchez Jr is a 1990 graduate of the RVC aviation maintenance technology program.

“Aviation is something I have always loved.  It has a real romantic feel to it and you really get that feeling from the facilities.  I can’t say enough about the program at Rock Valley College.  The instructors weren’t just teachers, they were friends as well.

Aviation maintenance is something I’ve always been around.  My dad is a technician.  We grew up on a farm in Warrenville and had a grass landing strip.  So planes are something I’ve always been around.

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Passing the flame

Passing the flame


Posted on Sep 10, 2014

Rock Valley College faculty are highly-qualified instructors in their disciplines, with approximately 20 percent holding a doctorate in their field.  Many of these individuals have chosen RVC because of their passion to teach.  The daily interaction with students is their primary focus and that is their preference.

Pearl Kinney, PhDRVC Organic Chemistry Associate Professor Pearl Kinney, PhD talks about what motivates her to teach.

” After receiving my doctorate, I went into industry for two years where I had experience working with very well-trained chemists.  Although I loved the work in the lab, after a few months I realized that what I missed was the accountability of working with the students.

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The king of theater

The king of theater


Posted on Sep 1, 2014

Originally published in 2011.

Mike WebbWhen Rock Valley College Theater Director Mike Webb was a graduate student at Michigan State University, his peers predicted the Rockford native would have a long and prosperous career as a New York director.  There was only one problem: he didn’t want to go to New York.  He wanted to return home and make an impact in his community at Rock Valley College’s Starlight Theater.

Starlight Theatre has always felt like home to Webb, dating back to high school.  He started as a teenage volunteer before being hired on to build sets.  When director Neil Thackaberry needed someone to lead Evita, he turned to Webb.  And when Thackaberry left the program in 1985, Webb answered the call again.  For the last 26 years, Webb has been the only producer and director of theater RVC has ever known.

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