5th Annual Rock River Off-Season Competition Gives Back!

R2OC to Offer Scholarships, Grant Money as Event Expands to 36 Teams ROCKFORD, IL – Giving back and growth highlight the fifth annual Rock River Off-season Competition (R2OC), a premier robotics event presented by UTC Aerospace Systems and Woodward. Under the stewardship of a local nonprofit volunteer board and committee, R2OC, a certified 501(c)(3) organization, will for the first time offer up to four $1,000 scholarships to 2017 R2OC student participants—a $4,000 total commitment split evenly between R2OC and Rock Valley College...

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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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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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Shark Tank Rockford Style: 2015 FastPitch Competition Announced

  It’s hard to believe that this year’s event will be the 9th annual FastPitch Competition! It will be held on Wednesday, June 17 at NIU-Rockford and is open to the public at 5:00 PM. Over the past eight years, we’ve had an average of 48 people compete annually; totaling nearly 400 presenters. Following are comments from our 2014 FastPitch Competition winners. Tracie Burress, our first place winner, said, “Competing in the EIGERlab’s FastPitch Competition has been truly invaluable to every aspect of my SockTABs business. When I first...

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Come See the New TechWorks Location

Rock Valley College (RVC) and the Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC) will host a welcome event at the TechWorks program located at RVC’s Stenstrom Center for Career Education. TechWorks is a fast-track manufacturing training program that provides the skills and credentials needed to qualify for CNC machine operator and assembly jobs in high demand in the Rockford Region. The Business and Professional Institute of RVC oversees the program. The recent TechWorks partnership between RVC and RAEDC has provided the opportunity...

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Rock Valley College Wants Your Input

As the RVC Board of Trustees embarks on its mission to repurpose the Stenstrom Center for Career Education to best meet the needs of our community employers, you are invited to share in preliminary but important discussions. This meeting will include a Trustee, members of RVC faculty and administration, and our visioning consultant for the project, OPN Architects. Please RSVP as indicated below and advise if you or a designee will be joining us to discuss your needs in the industry and how RVC can best serve our students in that capacity at...

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