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David Carson Named Exemplary Educator

A lead member of the Rockford Public Schools’ high school redesign team was recognized this weekend with a national award for his work on the RPS 205 high school academies. Dave ​Carson, Executive Director of College and Career Readiness, was given the Exemplary Educator Award Saturday from the National Career Academy Coalition. The coalition presented the award to Carson last week at an annual conference in Arlington, Va. Several RPS 205 staff members also attended the conference and made presentations. The Exemplary Academy Educator...

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Come Explore Rock Valley College

Rock Valley College invites anyone who is thinking about going to college to come see what RVC has to offer at the next Explore RVC event on Tuesday, November 11. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Student Center Atrium on RVC’s main campus (3301 North Mulford Road). Prospective students who attend will hear from RVC faculty members on how students can be successful in the classroom. There will also be an Information Fair featuring numerous Student Services departments from RVC, including Financial Aid, Career Services, and...

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Seminars for Job Seekers This Thursday

The Workforce Connection presents seminars on Thursday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., at Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center, room 141, for unemployed workers on topics such as career exploration, resume tips, interviewing skills, financial literacy and job training. Due to limited seating, registration is required at 815-921-2200. Visit www.theworkforceconnection.org.

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Manufacturers Support Bruce Rauner

“…and let’s build manufacturing in Rockford” So did Bruce Rauner say these words to a group of 150 or so at a recent rally at Giovanni’s, many of whom were Rockford area manufacturers. On his several visits to our area, he visited Ingersoll Machine Tools, EIGERlab, Forest City Gear. I’ve been with him on several of these visits and can honestly say that he was interested in what he was being shown and asked the kind of questions that makes you believe that he knows what he’s being told. You could tell...

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Robots are Coming!

Good story by Corina Curry: http://www.rrstar.com/article/20140724/NEWS/140729678/?Start=1  

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Winnovation Robotics Team Wins Major Competition!

Congratulations to Winnovation Tean #1625 for winning the big Indiana Robotics Invitational (IRI) tournament this past weekend.  They won the Championship trophy with 2056 OP Robotics from Canada, 469 Las Guerrillas from Michigan, and 4039 Makeshift from Canada! The Indiana Robotics Invitational (IRI) began in Kokomo, Indiana, in May of 2000 with 21 teams. During the 2000 and 2001 years, this event was nicknamed “Hoosier Havoc” and was hosted solely by the TechnoKats Robotics Team (FRC team 45). The event was held at Kokomo’s Memorial...

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The Ultimate American Craft Movement

So you think the big thing is American Craft Beers? That’s what I hear more than anything and there’s nothing wrong with that. Specialty in product, locally made, self-owned all add up to a growing industry. Well, there are other products that fit the craft category. For the past decade or so, there’s been an explosion of domestic craft industries, everything from fly-fishing equipment (Montana’s Bozeman Reels) to commuter bikes (Detroit’s Shinola) to custom-built skis (Colorado’s Wagner) to beer and spirits (too many to name)....

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