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  • Rockford Career College Offers New Facilities Management Program - Rockford, Ill. (January 27, 2016) – Rockford Career College, which has been serving Illinois since 1862, has introduced a new Facilities Management Diploma program for people interested in increasing their skills and knowledge in a variety of core trades and crafts including: paint, doors, floors, HVAC, plumbing, drywall, cabinets, motors, electrical, concrete and suspended ceilings.“We have talked to employers in the Rockford area and they have shared their concerns about the shortage of skilled tradespeople,” explained COO Jeffrey Bodimer. “We listened to their specific needs and created this program to address them. We do not want people to have to travel outside of our community to gain the skills that employers are looking for.”  This demand is borne out by statistics. For example, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) projects that the HVAC field will experience growth of 21 percent from 2012 through 2022, which is faster than average for all occupations. According to BLS research, the field will see an addition of as many as 55,900 new jobs in just 10 years.The BLS shares that population growth will result in the construction of more schools, hospitals, homes and other buildings throughout the United States, creating employment opportunities for tradespeople of almost all types. While construction is increasing, many tradespeople are reaching retirement age, creating an even bigger skills gap.“In addition to addressing a vital need for employers in Illinois, we are also helping students toward a rewarding, in-demand career,” Bodimer added.For more information on Rockford Career College’s Facilities Management program, visit http://rockfordcareercollege.edu/facilities-management-program/. About Rockford Career CollegeFounded in 1862, Rockford Career College has remained focused on the same goal for 150 years: preparing students for quick entry into the workforce. They do so by keeping pace with the needs of business to ensure the skills they need are the skills that are taught. For more information, visit www.rockfordcareercollege.edu. 
  • RCC Vet Tech Instructor Kristin Loy Publishes New Book - “Veterinary Technician” Book Offers Students Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a Vet TechRockford, Ill. (January 19, 2016) – Long-time Rockford Career College Vet Tech Instructor Kristin Loy has recently had a book published by bluedoor, LLC, out of Minnetonka, Minn. “Veterinary Technician: Animal and Laboratory Techniques and Essential Skills” is a step-by-step guide on perfecting skills used by veterinary technicians when handling animals, including images detailing each task and techniques taught in Rockford Career College’s animal and clinical pathology classes.Loy wrote the book and also supplied much of the photography to illustrate it. “We took more than 3,000 photos and ended up using about 800 of them,” she says. The book was originally intended as an operations guide across the Vet Tech programs operated by Rockford Career College.“We had some discrepancies with different instructors teaching the same class so the director, Melissa Stacy, asked us to put together guidelines for instructors. As I got into it, I got super detailed and it turned in to a full-fledged book,” she says. The manual has been printed in-house for Rockford Career College instructors and students for the past five years, and the publisher is now offering it to the other vet tech programs offered by Rockford Career College’s parent company, the American Higher Education Development Corporation (AHED). The publisher has plans to offer it to vet tech programs across the country.Loy says one of the the main selling points of the book is that it includes an essential skills sheet, and conforms with requirements by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) for accreditation. “It is basically a step-by-step guide that makes it easy for the students to correctly implement the essential skills and tasks needed when working with small animals and in laboratory classes,” she says. “It is especially good for schools that are just starting their veterinary technician programs.”The book covers everything from the proper way to remove an animal from a cage to performing a dental exam and evaluating bloodwork. “Being a vet tech is a very rewarding career, but there is a lot that goes into it,” Loy says. “We want to make sure our students are fully prepared when they go out into the workplace.”Loy has been working in the veterinary field for 16 years and a certified veterinary tech for 12.  She has taught at Rockford Career College for the past eight years. “Some days I miss the field work, but it has been just as rewarding working with students and teaching a new generation of vet techs to care for animals,” she says. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, “employment of veterinary technicians is expected to grow by 30 percent through 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.”Rockford Career College’s Vet Tech program prepares graduates to perform a wide variety of medical procedures, produce diagnostic radiographs, how to administer anesthesia, and surgical assisting. Students work with equipment used in today’s modern veterinary health practices, such as a digital X-ray machine […]
  • Tiffany Salinas Awarded Career Advancement Training Foundation Scholarship - Rockford, Ill. (January 7, 2016) – Career Advancement Training Foundation board members presented a $2,000 scholarship to Rockford Career College student Tiffany Salinas on Wednesday, January 6. All Rockford Career College students were invited to compete for the scholarship by writing an essay on the topic of, “My story.” Finalists were then interviewed by the foundation committee.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Jennifer Huffman - I graduated at the top of my class in 2012 from the RCC Vet Tech Program. I went to a 2 year community college and a 4 year University prior to attending the Vet Tech program at RCC. It was a completely different and great experience in the Vet Tech program. I felt like the teachers really cared how I did in the program and it made me strive to do my best. Since graduating from the Vet Tech program I have been working in a small animal practice where I did my externship. I felt very prepared in my current position after finishing the Vet Tech program and doing my externship at the practice I am at currently. I almost immediately became one of the two main surgery technicians at Prairie View Animal Hospital & love the challenge that comes from being a surgery tech. I appreciate all the help I got along the way in the Vet Tech program and the lifelong friends I made while attending the program; both my previous teachers and other students in my class. My time at RCC in the Vet Tech program was some of the best and most challenging times of my life and I will never forget them. I look forward to many years as a technician, eventually specializing in many different areas.  Congratulations to Jennifer! We look forward to hearing more from you!If you are a graduate of Rockford Career College and would love to share your story, send us an e-mail HERE!  

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I am writing to in support of Luchen Hughes and his 100-hour externship requirement through Rockford Career College. Luchen has proven his dedication to serving a population in need in Norther Illinois through Goodwill’s GoodTAXES Program.

As the Volunteer Coordinator at Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois, I work with many volunteers who are eager to help out the community with their exceptional knowledge in the field of taxes. While each volunteer fills a vital role in the program, it’s quite difficult to really set oneself apart during an income tax season filled with volunteers and customer service in order to better serve the needs of the program’s targeted populations. Additionally he continued to serve as a volunteer even after his required hours were completed for his externship.

Luchen’s customer service qualities exceeded that of his peers, and the compassion he showed to the people he was helping, rather than just the tax returns of front of him, impressed many Goodwill staff members at the tax site, as well as the customers he served. To see a volunteer leading by quiet example in a high-stress environment is rare, and I felt very privileged to have had Luchen dedicate his time to volunteer during the tax season.

Kelli Kapfer
Volunteer Coordinator
Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois

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