Rockford Ready: Program provides students an affordable business degree

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Students of all ages can now complete a business management degree customized to their lifestyle.

"The BSMS program has given me the opportunity to finish my degree and still have the flexibility of being a working mom," said Monica Villarreal, Rockford University Student.

Villarreal is in her second year of the Bachelor of Science in management studies program at Rockford University.

"It allows adult learners to put the flexibility in their schedule to be able to take these classes when they need to take them," Villarreal said.
Villarreal works for SupplyCore and says the classes have helped her become a leader in the office.

"Time management, budget analysis all of that is incorporated in all the projects that we are doing and it just makes the team more cohesive with some knowledge that I can bring back to the everyday work environment," Villarreal said.

Rockford University announced Tuesday they will work with Rock Valley College to provide “Rockford Ready”, program allowing students to complete an associate’s degree at Rock Valley, then transfer into the BSMS program.

"We've talked to employers in the community and what they've told us is they want people with technical backgrounds which is what Rock Valley college provides for them. But they also want people to be leaders which is where are degree comes in," said Mandolen Mull, Rockford University.

When students finish the program the hope is they will start their careers in Rockford.

"Rockford Ready” doesn't mean that we are just ready for students to go to Rock Valley College or Rockford University. But once the graduate the city of Rockford is ready for those graduates,"

Thursday night a “Rockford Ready” information session will be held in the Woodward Technology Center lobby at Rock Valley College.