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The 2016 Robotics Quest is Underway!

This past Saturday, January 9th, robotics teams from around the world gathered in their bot shop TV’s as they watched the unveiling of the 2016 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition game called Stronghold. In 2016, more than 3,000 teams comprised of 78,000+ students from around the world will compete for glory in FIRST STRONGHOLDSM The new game and playing field are unveiled and teams receive a Kickoff Kit made up of donated items and  components worth tens of thousands of dollars – and...

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A Big Thank You!

A big thank you to all sponsors, volunteers, robotics enthusiasts and attendees of the R2OC Competition held July 25 at Rock Valley College. More adults and children attended than in previous two years. We had great media coverage and in case you missed some of it, here is a link for 2015, 2014 and 2013 http://r2oc.org/media.html Thirty teams competed at Rock Valley College and has given 600 high school students from 3 states a brief look at what we have to offer. This competition brings much energy from the teams that design, build and...

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Rock Valley College Community Survey Shows Community Support

One of Rock Valley College Board of Trustee’s Strategic Interests is to “Align the resources and potential of the College to educational needs of the District thereby increasing effectiveness”. At the July Board of Trustees meeting. a presentation “Addressing Regional Economic Need: Community Survey” was made by Lisa Mehlig, Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, (this was presented in Open Session and the full report is on line at the RVC web site). I found this Survey very interesting and dispelled some...

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Illinois Community College System Celebrates 50 Years

Today (July 15, 2015) marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Illinois Public Community College Act. Fifty years later, the Illinois community college system is the state’s largest provider of higher education, serving nearly one million students each year. A coalition of community college groups (including the Illinois Community College Board, the ICCB Student Advisory Committee, the Illinois Community College Trustees Association, the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents, the Illinois Council of Community College...

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JEFFERSON BAMIT SHARK TANK COMPETITION

Special thanks to the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Rockford Group who has been working with Mrs. Frazer’s Econ classes in implementing its first ever Shark Tank Project. Derek Erwin with Raymond James, Karl Arvidson with Thayer Lighting Inc., Tony Blaine with Field Fastener, Steve Franklin with Thermo Fisher, and Shane Siner with Chase Bank have worked with the BAMIT College and Career Readiness Council since October 2014 in helping to support RPS 205 BAMIT Academy initiatives such as the Shark Tank Project which was held...

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EIGERlab/TechWorks 3.0

The sign “Lundin Learning Center” in the new TechWorks location in the Stenstrom Center brought back memories:. I wondered how many noticed it or knew the background? The memories start with the beginnings of the EIGERlab. A meeting was convened by the visionary Jon Lundin and Don Williams, then Chief Operating Officer at Rock Valley College and moderated by Keith Irons, a management consultant and former executive of Barber Colman.  A group from industry, academia and government was brought together and discussed how to improve...

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ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL UPHEAVAL IN ASIA: SHIFTING ALLIANCES AND IMPACT ON AMERICA

Rockford University, in conjunction with Korea Economic Institute of America and Rockford Area Economic Development Council presents an exciting and informative panel of speakers discussing economic, social, and political challenges in Russia, Korea, Japan and China and the impact on America. Is Russia trying to restore its influence? What is the cause and effect of China’s lowest growth in 25 years? Can the Japanese get their economy restarted? Are there changing alliances among Russia and China; South Korea and China; North Korea and...

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