Alumni


In 2011, Rock Valley College launched Running Start, a program that allows select, qualified, academically motivated students enrolled in Illinois District 511 public high schools an opportunity to earn both their high school diploma and associate degree concurrently by attending Rock Valley College full-time during their junior and/or senior years of high school. Since its inception nine years ago, over 500 students have graduated from Running Start. Currently 242 students from 11 high schools are participating in the program.

We recently caught up with Janet Saldana, a graduate of the Running Start program, to talk about her experience. Janet graduated from Belvidere High School and with her Associate in Science degree from Rock Valley College in 2012. She went on to attend Duke University in the fall of 2012.

Janet was happy to share the story of her journey with us.

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Share Your RVC Story!

Share Your RVC Story!


Posted on Jul 17, 2018

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.

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Graduate Spotlight: Lesly Chittavong

Graduate Spotlight: Lesly Chittavong


Posted on May 21, 2018

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.”

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Graduate Spotlight: Jessica Johnson

Graduate Spotlight: Jessica Johnson


Posted on May 15, 2018

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.

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Filmmaker’s Dream Come True

Filmmaker’s Dream Come True


Posted on Mar 27, 2018

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.

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On the Move

On the Move


Posted on Nov 11, 2017

Noah Currier was among the first Marines deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He arrived home safely in 2003 after a seven-month deployment, but after just three days back in the states he was involved in an automobile accident that would damage his spinal cord, leading to quadriplegia.

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