First students enrolled in RVC + NIU engineering program

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – A partnership between two area schools that could save students thousands and offer them a four-year degree in engineering is now underway.

RVC and NIU announced one year ago that because of their partnership, engineering students would be able to get their Bachelor’s degree right here in Rockford on RVC’s campus. The school says they hope students who participate in the program will get their degree and then stay in Rockford, contributing to our local economy.

“The advantage of being here in Rockford is you can reinvest in your community. For example, I'm running for the Village Treasurer in April so I can continue to serve my community while I'm still gaining my degree,” says RVC Junior Bradley Robison.

“They are getting the same top notch instruction that our students in DeKalb are getting and they're able to do it right here close to home. It's all about growing our own engineering workforce and making sure that local companies have the talent that they need,” says Dr. Rena Cotsones with Northern Illinois University.

Several of the students will be interning or working part time with Woodward while they get their degrees. The average starting salary in the Stateline for an engineer is $90,000.