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Upward Bound

Upward Bound


Posted on Jun 5, 2018

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.

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Hour of Code Goes on the Road

Hour of Code Goes on the Road


Posted on May 29, 2018

If Professor Chuck Konkol had his way, everyone would take at least one hour to learn how to code. He’s certainly done his part to reach as many people as possible in the Rockford region.

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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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