Rock Valley College

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Monday, 9:00 pm

The strike is suspended and Rock Valley College faculty and students will be back in class Tuesday. The RVC Faculty Association approved a mediator's contract proposal that had been negotiated last Friday. It appears the wrong contract was voted on and rejected at a faculty meeting Sunday night. The discrepancy was discovered today during negotiations between the two sides. A corrected version was presented to members of the union Monday night and approved.

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Rock Valley College faculty members rejected a mediator's proposal that could have ended their strike.  Union members gathered to review the latest five year contract from the school and voted to reject it at a meeting Sunday night at the Unitarian Universalist church in Rockford.. 

The two sides met for 10 hours Friday and were given a plan to consider by a mediator working on the contract dispute.

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Update, Friday 6:22 pm: Contract negotiations continue between striking Rock Valley College faculty members and the school's bargaining representative. They've been negotiating all day.

Classes are canceled for a second day at Rock Valley College because of a faculty strike. Now the college’s president is making a plea for them to return to work.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

  Striking union faculty members at Rock Valley College meet this morning to discuss the latest offer from the college’s board of directors. The sticking point? How much the 160 RVC faculty members will pay for health care. Joe Perkoski is the attorney representing the school. He says “What we’re simply trying to do is get employees to pay a little more toward that. At the same time, we are providing a very generous salary offer.”

Rock Valley College Teachers Begin Strike

Sep 16, 2015
Rock Valley College

Rock Valley College faculty members went on strike today after negotiators for the college declared an impasse Tuesday night without responding to the faculty association’s latest proposal on a five-year wage increase plan.

Following a meeting to plan specific strategy, faculty members started picketing at all three entrances of the college.

Community Colleges Receive Grants To Support Students

Jul 15, 2015
Rock Valley Community College

Eight Illinois community colleges will share more than $2 million in federal grants to support low-income families, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities.

The list includes Rock Valley College, Highland Community College, and Sauk Valley Community College.

According to a news release, the grants were announced Wednesday by U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-17, as part of the TRIO Student Support Services Program.

The colleges receiving the grants and the amounts they’re receiving are:

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Rock Valley College in Rockford will move its downtown satellite center to the Register Star News Tower.

The newspaper reports trustees authorized President Mike Mastroianni yesterday to execute a 10-year lease with the newspaper.

The college will pay the Register Star about $150,000 a year to rent the space. That includes parking, taxes, janitorial services and utilities. 

The lease includes two five-year renewal options.

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After a national search, Rock Valley College has gone in-house for its new president.  The College's Board of Trustees today announced it has selected Michael Mastroianni as RVC's sixth president.  

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Members of the group Transform Rockford warned it wasn’t going to be a quick and easy process. After months of community meetings, volunteers will start assembling a draft vision for the city tonight. 

UPDATE: Rock Valley College Trustees have rejected a $6 per credit hour tuition rate hike. But the discussion about the need for a tuition increase will continue next month.

Community colleges in Illinois sometimes face a disincentive for wanting to keep tuition rates lower. A potential law change might make things easier. But opponents of the current rules say they come with unintended consequences. Officials say the law is partly to blame for a possible rate hike at a northern Illinois school.