Rock Valley College Adult Education Partners with Rockford Rescue Mission

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rock Valley College Adult Education and the Rockford Rescue Mission are partnering to make the Rockford Rescue Mission a training site for Adult Basic Education in our region.

Classes start August 18 at the Rescue Mission’s Innovative Education Center (IEC). The IEC is equipped with 20 Internet-connected computer workstations, large work and study areas, and easy access to the RRM library, which features whiteboard for small groups and additional study tables.

“I am thrilled that we now are a GED [High School Equivalency] training site,” said David Armstrong, instructor at the IEC. “This brings hope to our residents and moves people in our community forward.”

In addition to Rock Valley College’s three campus locations (Mulford Road, Samuelson Road, and North Main Street), the Rockford Rescue Mission is now one of 15 community sites throughout the RVC district where Adult Education classes will be offered.

There are currently over 45,000 adults in the RVC district who have not earned a high school diploma and over 80,000 who are in need of Adult Education. In our region, only 14% of jobs are available to adults who have less than a high school diploma.

“We are extremely excited to begin this partnership with Rockford Rescue Mission,” said Amanda Smith, Dean of Transitional Opportunities & Education at Rock Valley College. “It is only through partnerships such as these that we are able to have an impact on our community. This location will enable us to continue assisting the adults in our community to achieve their goals.”

For more information please contact Rock Valley College Adult Education at (815) 921-2000 or Rus Howard, Director of Development, Rockford Rescue Mission, at (815) 316-4176.

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