Rock Valley College Receives National Recognition for Manufacturing Program

By: Lauren Kravets; RVC
By: Lauren Kravets; RVC

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rock Valley College has been designated as a Right Skills Now college, distinguishing the College as one of 10 Right Skills Now colleges in the country. RVC has also received special recognition on the M-List from the Manufacturing Institute for its Right Skills Now program. The M-List, which showcases the best programs across the nation, distinguishes quality manufacturing education and training programs that are a preferred source of talent for manufacturing employers.

RVC is one of just 70 Schools in the nation recognized on the M-List, one of only five in Illinois, and is the only school in Illinois designated as a Right Skills Now college.

Right Skills Now is part of the Manufacturing Institute of NAM (National Association for Manufacturers) Manufacturing Certification System that includes national, portable, industry-recognized certifications that are combined with credit education. These pathways are aligned to career pathways in manufacturing, so students can earn national certifications with labor market value, college credit towards a degree, and hands on technical skills for success on the job.

The focus of RVC’s Right Skills Now designation is on Technical-Machining and Metalworking Skills. The job seeker can take stackable credentials that translate into college credit, and internships to help bridge them from education to career. At RVC, the students take the ACT Work Keys Assessment Test, and then four programs the College offers that end in four NIMS credentials: CNC level 1, Materials-Measurement-Safety, Bench Work and Planning, and Set-up and Programming for both Mill and Lathe.

For students who enroll in RVC’s MET (Manufacturing Engineering Technology) program and complete basic level classes, those credentials will translate into college credits towards their certificates and degree. Local businesses like Eclipse have also come forward to accept students as interns, making this program a winner for the employee, the employer, and the community by putting people to work and helping the local economy.

As high unemployment rates continue, there is a need to produce skilled workers, ready to accept open positions in industry. President Obama put forward a goal to credential 500,000 workers with skill certifications aligned with manufacturers’ hiring needs. NAM, ACT, and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) created the Right Skills Now for Manufacturing—a program able to be delivered through community and technical colleges around the country.

For more information, please contact Rich Gocken at (815) 921-3171.


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