represent less than 30 percent of the manufacturing workers in our country,
while men make up only 9.6 percent of nurses in the field. Over the last five-to-six
years, we’ve noticed that our high schools mirror the national statistics: predominantly
more males choose the Production Academy, and more girls choose the Health
Academy. Why? Because that’s what they know. That’s what they see in their
families, in our hospitals and medical centers, and on construction sites in
our region and beyond.
At Rockford Public Schools, we’re working diligently to provide experiences for
high school students to explore the careers in our region. The College and Career Academies of
allow students to participate in an interest-based themed Academy and pathway
from grades 10-12. High school Academies provide real world experiences in and
out of the classroom and connect students to local employers. While we know
Academies aren’t necessarily going to help all students determine what they
want to do for the rest of their lives, it is important for them to find out
what they’re interested in so we can leverage that interest and turn it into
In December at Guilford High School, freshman boys met with Andrew Koenig, Athletic Trainer at OSF St. Anthony Health Medical Center, and Dr. Kevin Rynn, Pharmacist at UIC College of Medicine Rockford, to learn more about careers in health care. Dr. Rynn told a story of a
young girl who was hit by an arrow from a bow, and referenced the knowledge
needed to determine dosage based on the height and weight of the patient. Mr.
Koenig shared an experience when he stabilized the leg of a Division I college
football player after an injury. Both examples elicited verbal and physical
responses from the boys. Girls also had the opportunity to meet with several
women from Collins Aerospace, including engineers Kimmy Callan, Dawn Charleston, Lakithia Williams,
Sara Dexter, Nicole Nelson, Coralyn Saxby and Erin Walton. Thank you to our
community partners for continuing to bring relevance and experience to our
The ribbon cutting is at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, followed by a community open house until 5 p.m.
Bricks from New Milford Elementary School will be available to the public starting Monday, Aug. 26.
Rockford Public Schools will receive $1.6 million more than originally estimated for the current fiscal year and school year according to new information from the state.
Auburn High School officials introduced Milwaukee native Jason McClelland to several players and their families on Friday as their choice to lead the girls basketball program in the coming year.
The Chicagoland Summer Showcase, a boys basketball tournament featuring top talent across several states, brought in nearly $650,000 in economic activity to the region.
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