NIU Engineering at RVC Graduates First Class and Celebrates Progress

NIU Engineering @ RVC Celebrates First Graduating Class

NIU Engineering at RVCThe Rockford region is three steps closer to having its own homegrown engineering workforce, as the first graduates of NIU Engineering @ RVC have picked up their diplomas.

In fall 2015, higher education, industry, and community leaders came together to develop a collaborative workforce development solution to the region’s looming engineering shortage.  Today, Rockford area students can earn an NIU B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree on the RVC campus.


We are celebrating!
Join us Tuesday, May 15, 2018, from 1 to 2 p.m. at RVC’s Woodward Technology Center to learn more about the students, the program and the industries that have banded together to address the workforce needs of Rockford area companies.

“Collaboration works. We identified a challenge, got the right people together and developed a program that addresses the needs of a high value regional economic sector, provides excellent career opportunities for local students and retains young talent in the region,” said Sagar Patel, President, Aircraft Turbine Systems, Woodward. “This celebration gives us the opportunity to applaud the accomplishments of our excellent students while reporting on the success of the program.  We continue to be grateful to community partners who so generously supported this initiative.”

The event will feature a program update from Rock Valley College and Northern Illinois University faculty, students and business leaders followed by a cake reception.

For event information, please contact Anissa Kuhar at or (815) 753-8795 or Kelly Cooper at or (815) 921-4092.

For NIU Engineering @ RVC program information, please visit