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Come to the FIRST Lego League Expo

It’s never too early to begin getting Rockford’s youth excited about science, technology, engineering and math! On Saturday April 26 from 9:30 am-11:30 am thirteen Jr. FIRST Lego League (Jr. FLL) teams from 5 different Rockford Public School elementary schools will be showcasing their work at the first annual Jr. FIRST Lego League Expo at Guilford High School. Jr. FIRST Lego League teams are made up of students in kindergarten through third grade that explores real-world scientific concepts through research, teamwork, construction...

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The 2014 Academy Expo is Here!

The Alignment Rockford Career Awareness Committee invites your organization to participate in the 2014 Academy Expo at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.     2,000 9th grade students from Rockford Public Schools and 750 9th grade students from Belvidere School District will learn about careers from you, our community’s business, civic, education, and agency experts.   RPS students will use the information to select a high school academy pathway in January 2015.  Belvidere students will use the...

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A Pedestrian Mall That Works

I know, no sense in bringing up a past controversy. But I do recall the drums beating to close the downtown mall and let cars through it. I also remember how pleasant it was when the mall was there, casually strolling through it with the hot dog vendor on the corner. This past Sunday my wife and I went to Madison and sat in a restaurant facing the State Street pedestrian mall. It was sunny but cool. Yet, there were many people of all ages walking, biking and jogging up and down the mall. It was pleasant to watch the different types in...

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Winnovation Robotics Team Wins Midwest Regionals and Goes to Nationals!

Congratulations to Winnovation, Team #1625 from Winnabago, IL. They won the Midwest FRC Robotics Championship in Chicago and will now compete at Nationals in St. Louis later this month. Here is a report from Polly Kahler, Winnovation, who is also a member of the five area team R2OC (Rock River Offseason Competition): Winnovation had a great weekend in Chicago, full of lots of small victories and, in the end, the one that mattered – *2014 Midwest Regional Champions*. We are heading to the 2014 FRC Championships in St. Louis, MO on April...

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Partnerships are Key to Improving Manufacturing Training

Partnerships were a common theme at last weeks Manufacturing Visioning meeting held at Rock Valley College Stenstrom Center for Career Education. Convened by the RVC Trustees, it was attended by about 70 people from RVC, Winnebago County board, Rockford City Council and Industry leaders. The Goal: To talk about making Stenstrom Center a more vibrant training center for manufacturing. At present, about 30% of the 8,000 RVC students are enrolled in some type of vocational or technical programs. Considering the manufacturing and health care...

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So do you buy the GM story?

You know, the one about the new GM CEO Chief Executive Mary Barra testifying before Congress and the Senate that she had no knowledge about  why it took nearly a decade to recall cars with defective ignition switches.Now, she is a many year employee of GM, presumably in key management positions and she had no knowledge? Sorry, I can’t buy it. No doubt the GM culture, even though she claims it’s the “New GM” is one of “Cover Your A–” Besides if previous management had any sense, they would have...

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U. S. Manufacturing Improves

According to MARKIT, a global provider of financial information that also tracks 32 countries’ Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) says manufacturing conditions continue to improve at the end of March. While the PMI and other index data appeared to be slightly lower in March from February, the data still suggest expansion but at a slower rate. You can read their Flash Report here.

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