Rock Valley College recently graduated 1,158 students this spring, and as always, we’re 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.Read More
In her audition speech for the student commencement speaker selection panel, Lesly Chittavong channeled her inner Fresh Prince by saying, “Let me tell you all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down.”Read More
For many years, Jessica Johnson had a recurring dream. She was trapped in a strange house with no doors or windows. There was no way out. She estimates she had that dream at least 20 times over the years. Two years ago, she had that dream again, but this time it was different. This time the house had doors and windows and she was able to leave. She invited other people who were trapped in the house to come with her. Some followed and they fled into the woods near the house. Eventually they encountered a mountain and started to climb it. As Jessica climbed and climbed, the others who were following her started to give up and went back down. The higher Jessica climbed, the more people below her gave up. When she reached the summit, she was alone to enjoy the beautiful view.
To Jessica, this new version of the dream was symbolic of her finally breaking free from feeling trapped in a dark place and finally rising to the top with a clear view of a more beautiful life in front of her.
And she has Rock Valley College to thank for it.Read More
Held in January in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as at the Sundance Resort, the Sundance Film Festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. Former RVC student, Bing Liu, was chosen to world premiere his documentary, “Minding the Gap” — a documentary that follows Rockford skateboarders Zack Mulligan and Keire Johnson as they introduce a baby to their lives and find reprieve from their family through skateboarding.Read More
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.Read More
What were you doing when you were a freshman in high school? Jessica Helwig was drawing up plans to start her own business.Read More