Don’t Let Great Art Pass You By
Have you ever wondered about the stories behind some of the unique sculptures on Rock Valley College’s campus? Maybe you have walked right by them any number of times but your head was down staring at your phone. Hey, we have all been guilty of that. Well, next time you are taking a stroll around campus, put the phone away and keep your eyes peeled for some of these distinctive pieces of artwork that call RVC home.
For his Art Appreciation classes held over the summer, Art Instructor Jeremy Foy brought some of these sculptures to his students’ attention.
“It was not until I took my students on a tour around campus that they actually stopped to look at the art and take it in,” said Foy. “Students told me that they passed these pieces everyday on the way to class and had never stopped to look at them. I told them that we pass a lot in life because of our busy schedules. I hope that stopping to see, talk about, and learn the history of these sculptures will allow them to take these moments in-between rushing to our next destination to notice our surroundings, take them in, critique them, and appreciate them.”
Rock Valley College is committed to a multi-prong, generational
approach to promoting IT in our community. Through the implementation of the Girls Who
Code club for middle and high school girls, the Digital Technology Pathway for
high school students, and the IT ICAPS program for adult learners, Rock Valley College
is opening up educational opportunities in the field of IT for people of all
In an effort to address the important need for work-based learning, Rock Valley College’s internship coordinator, Brianna Elias, is working with area manufacturers and other STEM-related companies in the Rockford, Illinois area. Connecting RVC students with the experiential learning opportunities through program-related internships, the internship coordinator mentors and guides student interns as they learn how to navigate the world-of-work to become contributing members of companies.
What happens when you bring together 80 adult language learners, hailing from 32 countries, to share food, culture, and conversation? In short – the magic of community. At least, so say the Adult Education Instructors who work with our Rock Valley College English language learners (ELL) attending classes at RVC’s Stenstrom Center for Career Education.
Running on the Rock Valley College campus is nothing new. In the 1980s, the college annually hosted a “Run for the Roses” event, but after that event fizzled, over two decades passed before RVC got back in the race.
Students from Rockford East and Auburn high schools have a unique opportunity to explore college and career paths through a federally funded educational program known as Upward Bound. Rock Valley College’s Upward Bound Program serves 60 students from those two Rockford high schools during the academic year and a with a six week summer program. To participate, students must be entering ninth through twelfth grade.