ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Alignment Rockford has been awarded grants of $8,000 by the Schneider Electric Buildings, LLC Management Fund and $5,000 by the Vera Maureen Fisher Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. The grants will be used to offset costs to host Alignment Rockford’s 2014 Academy Expo.
The Academy Expo is an opportunity for 9th graders to engage with area businesses to explore potential career opportunities. The Expo helps forge a relevant link between student curriculum and future careers. The Expo will take place on Sept. 16, 2014 at the BMO Harris Bank Center where local businesses, or Industry Experts, will demonstrate over 140 different careers.
“The grants from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois will provide additional resources to enhance the experience for students and Hospitality Ambassadors during the Academy Expo,” said Alignment Rockford Executive Director Bridget French. “The Academy Expo is an incredibly rewarding opportunity for both students and Industry Experts alike. Not only do students experience hands-on activities demonstrated by over 100 area businesses, but local Industry Experts get to engage students who are truly excited to be there.”
Alignment Rockford was founded in 2009. It is a collective impact organization that aligns community resources in support of the Rockford Public Schools’ strategies to support student achievement. Rev. K. Edward Copeland is the chairperson of Alignment Rockford’s Governing Board.
The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is the area’s largest provider of grants and scholarships. Its mission is to attract, grow and preserve an endowment for the needs of the people of Northern Illinois.