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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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We recently had the pleasure of catching up with another RVC alumna who is making a name for herself in the Rockford community. Haley Galarza is a 2012 graduate of Rock Valley College who was just very recently hired as Executive Coordinator for newly elected Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara.

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I entered RVC the fall of 2015 in the Running Start program. I was nervous, excited, terrified; I think I felt every emotion possible. In the two years I did Running Start I was challenged academically, socially, emotionally, and more. I went into RVC not quite sure what I wanted to do. I was thinking of going into a physics field, but loved the idea of being a musician, simply being too scared to act on it. I wasn’t very aware of the world around me, living in a bubble that didn’t stretch too far out of Winnebago County. I had my group of friends at the high school, people I had known all my life, and I stuck with that.

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Share Your RVC Story!

Share Your RVC Story!


Posted on May 22, 2017

Rock Valley College recently graduated 1,236 students this spring, and as always, we have been inspired by the stories we’ve heard along the way. Has Rock Valley College changed YOUR life in some way? We want to hear about it. We would love for your story to be shared with others on our blog, website, and social media.

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Making Beautiful Music

Making Beautiful Music


Posted on Apr 3, 2017

“You can make beautiful music no matter where you are.”

That is the one thing Hayley Ainsworth learned at Rock Valley College that will always stay with her. In fact, it has followed her from RVC to NIU and places in-between before she decided to make some beautiful music at Harvard High School. Although she only took over the Harvard music program in August of 2016, she is already making a big impact.

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