RVC students gain experience with top-ranked engineering program

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rock Valley College is celebrating Engineers Week by recognizing the success of local students involved with the NIU Engineering Program.

RVC students have the opportunity to get involved with NIU's top ranked engineering program without ever leaving Rockford.

Nathan Antczak is only a sophomore at RVC, but he has already taken part in two internships. He says the program has allowed him to experience different engineering paths that will help him when it comes time to find a career out of school.

"Some people graduate without actual industry experience," Antczak said. "The best part is it's an all around, complete picture where you get experience, you get the degree, and you get industry exposure."

College leaders say one of the goals of the program is to prepare students for the real world and introduce them to potential opportunities in the Stateline.

"The idea of having more than one internship really helps sets students apart," said Kelly Cooper, executive director for "Engineering Our Future" at RVC. "To experience what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the workplace and have experience in numerous workplace environments really allows them to come on board once they graduate and hit the ground running."