Rockford Leaders Looking to Transform Education


Rockford- City leaders held its annual education luncheon, but this year had a little more urgency. With “Transform Rockford” underway, everyone agrees improving the schools is critical to its success.


RPS 205 Superintendent Dr. Ehren Jarrett says “it’s gonna take all of our educational institution both at the secondary level and post secondary level pulling together to get the kind of outcomes we need for our students. And also for the workforce we need in this community as well.”


Dr. Jarrett says it will take a community wide effort to improve that. Saying “as the business community creates demands for high paying jobs, we need to make sure we can fill that pipeline with students that are ready and when that happens, everybody wins. Students can raise a family with living wage and have a quality job. And businesses have a talented workforce.


Rock Valley College President Dr. Jack Becherer says “if students don’t push themselves to be excellent now, they’re not going to be competitive in the workforce.”


And they’re all echoing the same word that’s been used during this Transform Rockford process…accountability.


Becherer says “students have accountability to work as hard as they can. Our faculty, they have accountabilities to understand where the student is, and moving them from where they are to where they need to be.”


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