RVC Alums: Please Raise Your Hand!

It never ceases to amaze me at the number of people I meet in the community who share that they are alums of Rock Valley College and the overwhelmingly positive stories they share. In retrospect, that really should not be a surprise at all considering that RVC serves 8,000 degree or certificate-seeking students and provides some aspect of education/training to over 25,000 people every year!

Traditionally, individuals have not thought of their local community college as their alma mater. Several of us on campus and others in the profession have contemplated the reasons for this and have not yet landed on the definitive answer. Could it be that some only planned to take a few courses here before going on for their baccalaureate degree, or perhaps that some received a certificate or credential versus a degree? Or what about those who took a few classes to move up at their place of employment? Perhaps the disconnect in thinking of oneself as an alum is somehow driven by the fact that many believe a degree is the defining factor of being an alum. The reality, however, is that no matter the reason you attended Rock Valley College, the organization has had a pivotal role in your life. Therefore, from our perspective, you are an alumnus. Congratulations!

You see, I view life as a journey. There are many steps that I have taken to be the person that I am, both personally and professionally. Many factors have played an instrumental role in providing a solid foundation and providing the tools necessary for success. All of those experiences and the relationships that were formed, whether with individuals or organizations, are a part of the person that I am and the person I continue to become.

I now ask you to take a moment to reflect on your life’s journey. What do you see as you look back? Do you remember a particular class or exceptional instructor who inspired you or affected your journey? If you are like the great many individuals who tell me about their experience at RVC, the answer is a resounding “yes”! If so, I ask you to “Raise Your Hand” so all can see that RVC made a difference in your life.

You may have noticed that RVC is embarking on an exciting initiative to create the RVC alumni network. We hope to build a pool of stories and testimonials to share as we begin planning for our 50th anniversary celebration to share with the community. We invite all alumni to proudly “Raise Your Hand” and share your story by going to the website. In addition, “like” us on facebook and begin connecting to the thousands of other alums in the region and beyond.

The ultimate goal is to create a renewed synergy among our alumni and to provide opportunities for you to interact with others, attend social and educational events, mentor current students, inspire others to follow your footsteps, and so much more. Together you can have tremendous influence over others today by inspiring them to take even one step now, to make the smart choice by looking at RVC to enrich their lives, too.

“Raise Your Hand” all RVC alumni!