ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Hundreds of students are preparing to enter our local work force.
More than 200 students from Rockford Career College lined the pews inside the Heartland Community Church auditorium Saturday morning for graduation.
Graduates received associates degrees in 10 different areas including business administration, health occupations and information technology.
With the current job market looking gloomy for the future generation of workers, it may be difficult for some grads to get hired, but some are staying optimistic.
"I think because the degrees, we have a little step ahead of the competition," said veterinary technician graduate Trinidad Esparza. "That might be a little overconfidence, but I'm just hoping that's enthusiasm."