Made in the Stateline: Rock Valley College’s TechWorks career school


While not every job opening in the Rockford market need a college degree, many of them require some sort of training for an applicant to get hired.

That’s one of the main reasons Rock Valley College (RVC) hosted an open house of it’s TechWorks program at the Stenstrom Center on Samuelson Road on Thursday.

Inside Stenstrom, career classes are taking place, from CNC Lathe machine training, to automotive, to welding. The career TechWorks classes are designed to fill in-demand jobs right here in Rockford.

TechWorks consists of a series of classes designed to prepare a student for a career in advanced manufacturing within six to eight weeks.

“The core skills that we teach, the shop math, the safety, the blueprint reading and the metrology, all prospective employers would love to have their employees to have the minimal skills to do those things,” said Gordy Blaisdell, RVC TechWorks instructor. “We go a step further and teach them the CNC side of that, and also, if fits into cold forming, another training thing we do here in Rockford, over on Buckbee Street.”

Stenstrom Center will be holding another open house on Thursday, April 12th, from 8:45 a.m. until 11 a.m.

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