6 RVC Partnerships

I was elected to the Rock Valley College Board in April of 2013 and served as Board Chairman in 2014 and 2015. Below is a list of partnerships that the Rock Valley College Board and administration helped make happen during my time on the board. I am honored to have been a member of this team.

1. Aviation Maintenance Program Expansion. Expanded our Aviation Maintenance Program; the critical workforce component in landing AAR, a large maintenance and repair organization (MRO). Enrollment in this program has tripled.

2. GED Task Force. Advocated for a community-wide discussion on how we can better work together to solve the Region’s GED Crisis (46,000 Winnebago County residents without a high school diploma or equivalency).

3. RVC Downtown. Partnered with the RRSTAR for a location downtown with expanded programming. Enrollment has quadrupled.

4. Techworks. Partnered with the Rockford Area Economic Development Council on having RVC take-on Techworks, a fast-track manufacturing program. This is part of the college’s commitment to career and technical education. Enrollment in Techworks has tripled.

5. RVC – OSF Nursing Partnership. Partnered with OSF to offer students a 2-year nursing degree via RVC as well as a 4 and 6-year nursing degree on RVC’s campus. Enrollment has increased.

6. RVC, NIU, Woodward, UTAS, & RAEDC Engineering Partnership. Partnered with NIU, Woodward, Transform Rockford, and the Rockford Area Economic Development Council to offer students a 2-year pre-engineering degree via RVC as well as a 4 and 6-year engineering degree on RVC’s campus. Mechanical engineering enrollment has tripled.


Kathy Kelley Endorsement

Endorsed-Stamp-358x200I am supporting Frank Haney for Winnebago County Board Chairman. My support is based on my friendship with Frank as well as my interaction with him on the Rock Valley College Board. Frank served as a member of that board as well as Chairman.

We accomplished many things in our time together that will help grow our workforce and serve our community well for decades to come:

– RVC Expansion of Aviation Maintenance Program

– RVC / OSF Nursing Partnership

– RVC Downtown Partnership with the RRSTAR

– RVC / NIU Engineering Partnership

I trust him because he is collaborative, transparent, and knows who he works for: = taxpayers of our community. Further, he understands the big picture but is not afraid to get into the details. Frank will be a great County Board Chairman. Please vote for him on November 8.


Engineering Partnership a Workforce Development Win

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2. Workforce development.
I am proud of the team at RVC as well as our partners at NIU, Transform Rockford, Woodward, UTAS, and the RAEDC for their part in creating the RVC / NIU Engineering Partnership. Starting in the fall of 2016, students can earn their 2-year pre-engineering degree as well as their 4-year and masters degree in engineering on campus at Rock Valley College. Internships and even future employment opportunities will be available for students via local employeers; many of whom are the best in world at what they do.

Studies show that 150 engineering graduates generate $150 billion in aggregate wealth for a community over the course of their careers. This partnership is a win for students, employers, and the region.

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