50th Fridays – 1971

Posted on Feb 13, 2015

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Every Friday through December 18, we will be sharing RVC facts and photos from over the years here and on social media. Be sure to check the Daily News every Friday and follow us on all of our social media platforms as we will be posting unique content across all media throughout the year!

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Today’s 50th Friday covers the year 1971.


There she is…

Miss America 1971, Phyllis George of Denton, Texas, visited Rock Valley College for a panel discussion in March 1971.

Miss America Phyllis George 

Academic Milestone

In April of 1971, Rock Valley College achieved in the words of then president Karl Jacobs, “the most important event in its academic history” when it became accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges, which is now the Higher Learning Commission, with the stipulation that another accreditation visit would be conducted within three to five years.  In May 1974 the on-site visit was conducted resulting in the college being granted full accreditation as an associate degree-granting institution on June 25, 1974. Since that time, every 10 years the college has completed a comprehensive review resulting in continued accreditation.  The most recent site evaluation occurred in March/April of 2014 with continued accreditation granted on September 23, 2014. 

Accreditation announcement
Discussing Rock Valley College’s accreditation, from left, were Doug Gerke (Student Commission president), Hugh Hammerslag (RVC Board Chairman), Dr. Karl Jacobs (RVC president), and John Schou (RVC Faculty Council president).

Easter Egg Hunt

Over 6,000 youth came out in April 1971 for the annual Easter Egg Hunt organized by the RVC Veterans Club. This tradition was in recent years reestablished by our current RVC Student Veterans Association.

Easter egg hunt
6,000 youth sought out thousands of eggs on the RVC campus in 1971. Is it possible some of the eggs are still hidden out there somewhere?

ERC Opens

The Educational Resource Center, although dedicated in 1970, officially opened for use in June 1971. Since its inception, the library in the ERC has been open to both students and members of the community. In August 2007, the newly renovated library was renamed to honor Estelle M. Black, a long time librarian from Rockford.

ERC remodel

Automotive Program Revs Up

The automotive program, established in 1968, was enjoying great success in 1971. Most students were landing jobs soon after finishing the program and enrollment doubled within a year. The program served a need in the community as at that time there was a critical shortage of trained mechanics in the Rockford area. RVC continues to prepare students to fill much needed jobs in our community in areas like CNC Machining and Aviation Maintenance.

Automotive newspaper clipping 1971 

Serving Adults and the Community

In 1971, RVC became responsible for Adult and Continuing Education (formerly under the charge of the Rockford School District). Today it is known as Community and Continuing Education and annually serves over 8,500 community members by providing courses for personal enrichment or professional development.

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