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Taxpayers Deserve Support in RVC Faculty Strike

Rockford has one of the highest property taxes in the nation.  The state of Illinois has a growing budget deficit making college funding appropriations unknown. In addition, the Rockford area has lost population, and enrollment at Rock Valley College (RVC) has dropped. Nine month RVC faculty members earn a base salary on average of $66,000 (which does not include extra duty pay or summer pay) and have a generous Cadillac health insurance plan. They now want more, a lot more at taxpayer expense. RVC Faculty Union recently turned down a Federal...

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Next Rockford Meeting – Elected Offices and Appointed Boards – 8/13 7:30am YWCA

Next Rockford Meeting Thursday, August 13, 2015 YWCA, 4990 E State St, Rockford, IL 7:30-8:30 am Topic: Elected Offices and Appointed Boards Twitter Hashtag: #nextseat Have you ever wondered how to get a seat at the table? An elected position or an appointed board? Please join us on Thursday August 13th at 7:30am at the YWCA for the General Membership meeting where a panel including Rock Valley Trustee Ashley Burks, Rockford Alderman Tom McNamara, and Winnebago County Board member John Sweeny, Jr. will share their experiences about the...

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You are invited to an upcoming Community Idea Exchange

What can we do to better educate our kids? How can we shape them into the leaders of today and the future? As a valued member of our community and part of an organization that impacts the young people in our region we hope you will join us at the Transform Rockford Community Idea Exchange on Thursday July 30th from 5:30-7:00 at the Guilford High School Field House. This week’s focus will be on Education and Leadership & Youth. This Community Idea Exchange will be hosted by Next Rockford. Next Rockford’s mission is to engage Rockford’s...

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Rock Valley College: Aligning and Engaging with the Community

I agree with the RRSTAR: “RVC had a very good year in 2014.” To that end, I wanted to share a couple of additional highlights on top of the hiring of our new President, Mike Mastroianni, the aviation maintenance program expansion, and being named one of ten colleges in the U.S. to earn the Right Skills Now designation. Although this list is by no means a complete one, I think you will agree that there are a couple of emerging trends: Further alignment of College resources with community needs. Increased engagement with residents,...

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Next Rockford February Meeting 2/14 at 7:30 am @ YWCA

Next Rockford April Meeting 4/11/13 7:30 am YWCA (across from Rockford College) Be There.  Bring a Guest. Topic:  Recruiting Talent to the Rockford Region Guest Speakers: Michael King, Workplace Staffing Don Schreiner, Rockford Orthopedic Associates Kristin Williams, Woodward Purpose:  To inform Next Rockford membership about the challenges of recruiting talent to the Rockford area, as well as the opportunities that our community has in attracting our workforce.   Social media will include the hashtag #NextWorkforce  during and related...

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Olson Supports Next Rockford Platform

Mike Olson, running for Rock Valley College Trustee, has endorsed Next Rockford’s platform of advocating for improvements in the region’s business environment, education, urban development, cultural offerings, and civic engagement. “One of the main goals of Next Rockford is to play an active role in moving our community forward and we can jump-start that process by connecting with candidates that share our vision” says Chris Weber, Next Rockford Education Committee Co-chair. Next Rockford has this initiative to encourage elected...

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