Alumni


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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On the Move

On the Move


Posted on Nov 11, 2016

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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All About That Base

All About That Base


Posted on Oct 28, 2016

When you tune into the World Series this weekend, pay close attention to those slow-motion replays of a guy sliding into second base and you’ll see the handiwork of a Rock Valley College alumnus.

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My Story: David Thompson

My Story: David Thompson


Posted on Sep 30, 2016

A few years ago, David Thompson was a self-employed photographer who was starting to think about looking for a job he could invest in that would provide better long-term security for him and his wife. His wife has been employed by UTC Aerospace Systems for 20 years so David had toured the facility on a number of occasions and always felt like that was a place he would like to work.

“I talked to a friend of ours who is an executive [at UTC] and I asked him how I could get a job there,” says David. “He said, ‘Well, Dave, you need to go and get your A & P license.’”

That sounded great to David, except for one small problem. He had no idea what that meant.

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