Education

Education and learning

Guy Stephens / WNIJ News

Career, or vocational, training has traditionally aimed toward getting students blue collar or service industry jobs. That’s still true. But in Beloit, school officials want to add tech jobs to the list. Until this past August, Ryan Rewey led Beloit Schools’ REACH program – it’s the modern version of the old vo-tech program, with classes, but also apprenticeships and mentorships to help prepare students, as the name suggests, ‘reach’ for college or career, in a variety of fields. Rewey says...

RVC Names Three Finalists For Next President

Aug 24, 2016

Three finalists have been selected in the search for the next Rock Valley College president. They are: Dr. Douglas J. Jensen – He is Assistant Director of Educational Services in the Alabama Department of Commerce, where he promotes economic development throughout the state. Dr. Joseph E. Collins – Now Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, he was Acting Interim President there for 14 months. Dr. Trevor A. Kubatzke – He is Vice President of Student...

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Nearly 15 percent of northern Illinois school districts still have not complied with the state mandate for public school physical education class five days a week. Thirty public school districts in the WNIJ listening area still do not have physical education classes five days a week. They all received waivers which have now expired – some as long ago as 2002. WNIJ News obtained the ISBE information through a Freedom-of-Information Act request and from the lllinois Report Card. Illinois State...

Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media

Democratic State Treasurer Mike Frerichs and Republican Congressman Rodney Davis shared a podium at the University of Illinois Urbana campus Wednesday to provide bipartisan support for the expansion of 529 College Savings Plans. 529’s help families save for college by providing tax breaks and other financial advantages. As Illinois treasurer, Frerichs is the Trustee for the three state-sponsored 529 plans --- the Bright Start and Bright Directions college savings plans and the College...

Rock Valley College Opens New Downtown Campus

Aug 2, 2016
Phil Masterton/WNIJ

Rock Valley College’s six-year effort to increase education accessibility took another step forward Tuesday as the new downtown campus opened officially in the iconic Rockford Register Star News Tower. In what once was a bustling newsroom, 13,000 square feet is now dedicated to credit-level, transferable classes formerly taught only on the main Mulford Road campus. “The lion’s share of the classes offered here are liberal arts and science transfer programs,” said RVC President Mike...

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