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Rock Valley College To Reopen After Storm Damage

Aug 18, 2020
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After a successful week of campus cleanup, including volunteers on Friday and Saturday, Rock Valley College will be reopening the main campus to employees and visitors starting Wednesday, Aug. 19.

-Currently, only the Northwest side of campus is open for parking (Lots 1-4). All of the lots on the Southeast side of campus (Lots 7-9) remain closed at this time. The only open entrance/exit to the college is at the lights off Mulford Road. 

Meet The Candidates For RVC President

Jul 17, 2020
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Rock Valley College announced the two finalists for the position of its president.

The two finalists are Ms. Amy King and Dr. Howard Spearman.

King most recently served as the central region group president for DeVry University, overseeing 12 campuses and serving 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University and her Master's degree from Benedictine University.

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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.

A familiar face on the Rock Valley College stage will lead the college’s theater program. According to a news release, Christopher Brady has accepted the college’s offer to become the new Director of Theatre and Arts Park. Longtime leader Mike Webb stepped down earlier this year.

Rock Valley College Chooses Next President

Sep 23, 2016

Rock Valley College on Friday named Dr. Douglas J. Jensen as the college's seventh president.

He will replace Mike Mastroianni, who is retiring after 28 years at the college -- the last three as president. 

Jensen brings to the post more than 30 years of experience at community colleges. 

He is currently president of Alabama Technology Network, which is part of the Alabama Community College System in Montgomery. 

RVC Trustees will vote to approve Jensen's contract on Tuesday.

He's scheduled to begin his duties Oct. 10.

Rock Valley College Opens New Downtown Campus

Aug 2, 2016
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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.

IFT

 The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board on Tuesday officially certified a union for support staff at Rock Valley College. Workers filed paperwork in April with the board indicating the staff’s desire to form a union. Around 140 RVC support staff join the new Rock Valley College Support Staff Association, a local chapter of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers.

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Rock Valley College’s president will step down next January. Mike Mastroianni says the time is right to retire, and he’ll still be able to wrap up a number of the school’s projects. He has been with RVC for 18 years and was named president in 2014.

Mastroianni counts an engineering partnership with Northern Illinois University and the expansion of the aviation technology program among his accomplishments.

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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.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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.

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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.