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Graduate Highlight - Jason Grzelak Welding
Graduate Highlight - Jason Grzelak

“Work hard and stay humble.” It may sound like simple advice; but, sometimes, that's all it takes to reach your goal. When Jason Grzelak was ready for a career change, this was the motto he set for himself. By living out these words, he was able to find his perfect career.
 
“I was tired of working dead-end jobs and wanted to get into a high-demand career,” says Mr. Grzelak. Seeing the local demand for welders, he joined Rockford Career College's ten-month welding program. He graduated in January of 2019 and is already employed by Stainless Tank & Equipment.
 

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 Graduate Highlight - Jennifer Messenger Medical Assistant
Graduate Highlight - Jennifer Messenger

Earning a higher salary. Fulfilling a personal goal. Having more opportunities for growth. These are just some of the common reasons why people make career changes. However, recent Rockford Career College graduate Jennifer Messenger sought a new career for an entirely different purpose: to be an exemplary role model for her children.
 

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Graduate Highlight - Ronaldo Gonzalez Welding
Graduate Highlight - Ronaldo Gonzalez

You may not notice it as you go about your day, but metal is one of the key components to our society. It comprises everything from the cars we drive to the heating systems in our homes to the appliances we use to cook food. Steel, iron, and other metals make our way of life possible. This makes welding an invaluable skill, and Ronaldo Gonzalez took the chance to learn it.
 

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Graduate Highlight - Ashley Russell Veterinary Technician
Graduate Highlight - Ashley Russell

Are you hesitating to start a career program because you are afraid of not finding a job after graduation? At Rockford Career College, many of our students find employment with the externship partners they trained with while still in school. Recent graduate Ashley Russell is just one of many alumni who has done this.
 

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Graduate Highlight - Veterinary Technician - Alexis Shearer
Graduate Highlight - Veterinary Technician - Alexis Shearer

One raccoon. That was all it took to change Alexis Shearer's fate. When a young raccoon's mother passed away and there was no rehabilitation center in the county to take him, Ms. Shearer stepped in to help. It was then that she knew helping animals was her passion.
 
“When he was about ten months old, he got sick, and no vet would see him within three hours of us,” Ms. Shearer recounts. “I ended up saving him when no vet would. He went on to be happy and healthy and is in the wild. He made me want to make a difference and specialize in wildlife.”
 

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Graduate Highlight - Veterinary Technician Program -  Grace Brown
Graduate Highlight - Veterinary Technician Program - Grace Brown

Are you a risk-taker? While jumping into a new career may seem daunting, taking the initial plunge is necessary for making great accomplishments. Grace Brown is one recent Rockford Career College graduate who found that taking the risk was worthwhile.
 
Ms. Brown's desire to provide outstanding care for animals led her to RCC. While enrolled in the veterinary technician program, she faced several challenges, one of which was the passing of her grandmother. “She was my best friend,” says Ms. Brown.
 

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