Rock Valley College

CLARCOR, a filtration and packaging-materials manufacturer, donated $1 million to the engineering program at Rock Valley College.

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Earlier this year, the Chicago Rockford International Airport celebrated the opening of two hangars big enough to maintain the largest aircraft ever built. At the same time, a program expanded to teach students how to keep these planes flying.

Rock Valley College is a two-year institution that serves students across Winnebago, Boone and surrounding counties. Like many community colleges, it has degree programs in a variety of technical fields, but one of their more unique offerings is aircraft maintenance.

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Rock Valley College's Board of Trustees approved a hike to next fall's tuition.  

They voted 4-1 to increase the per-credit hour rate by $15.  This bring's the rate up to $115 per credit hour. This is still below the state average of $140 per credit hour, and did not change RVC's technology or student activity fees.  

The increase was spurred by a loss of $2.9 million in state funding, along with a $1.6 million budget deficit.  College expenses are also expected to increase by $1 million.  

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The Rock Valley College Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to lay off 28 full-time faculty in an effort to reduce a projected multi-million dollar deficit. 

The trustees voted 3-1 in favor of the faculty cut in front of the sometimes fractious crowd of about 200 packing the school’s Performing Art Room.  Judging by the comments and reaction, the vote was not a popular one. Nor was talk of a tuition hike in the offing.  But RVC President Doug Jensen says the college already had made other cuts, and there was nowhere else to go.

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A group of Rock Valley College students is calling for a halt in a proposal to reduce the number of full-time faculty members.

Rock Valley College announced last week a resolution to reduce the number of faculty members by this fall. According to a news release, the College faces a $1.6 million deficit along with continued loss in state funding and a significant drop in enrollment.

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