ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) ----- "Now, what you're starting to see is the physical or the outward reflection of that work."
Rock Valley College unveils plans to develop a 100,000 square foot Advanced Technology Center in the Rockford Register Star building.
"The college for years has been planning for this with developing the programs that we need alive with high-priority occupations. So, today is just another step in that journey that will allow us to have a physical facility in place where we can start working on these growing program needs and to continue to meet the needs of our community," said Douglas Jensen, Rock Valley College President.
The ATC will enhance students' middle skills, like logistics and critical core manufacturing, giving them a boost in the job search. Rockford City Administrator Todd Cagnoni says this center will push the community forward.
"We could identify the educational needs, not only for our existing residents, but what are the workforce needs from our private businesses, so this is a critical component that certainly the Mayor and Rock Valley College and others have been leading on," said Cagnoni.
"It's exciting, it's a proud moment for the college, it's a proud moment for our community. There's so much positive that you're hearing people talking about the economy, but we need to make sure that the talent that we develop stays in this community, that's an investment into our future," said Jensen.
RVC will able to lease the space for 3 and a half years before having the option to purchase it for a special rate, and it expects to have classes kick off in the new center by Fall 2020.