Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Right Place to Start

About Us

The Right Place to Start (RPS) program is designed to give intensive academic and personal support to student participants throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. To be eligible for the RPS program you must test into Reading RDG 096 or above, have graduated from a Rockford Public High School, or live in the Rockford Public School District. The benefits of the program include two free classes (STU 100 and 101), one-on-one and group coaching sessions, career and transfer exploration via college tours, and earned incentives (gas cards, meal cards, bus passes, etc.).  

For more information on this exciting academic opportunity please contact Intercultural Student Services at (815) 921-4116.

Newsletters

Right Place to Start newsletters will be published monthly.


 

Workshops

The Right Place to Start Workshops are learning opportunities for all students! From study skills to self-help to career exploration each unique workshop will be a valuable tool for RVC students.

All workshops are free and open to all students.

 

Personal Branding Pt. 1

September 8, 2014: 12-1pm, Student Center 1224

Presented by Terrica Huntley and Matt Gargano

Do you have a personal brand? A Personal Brand is critical to your personal and professional success, as it makes a consistent, powerful, and relevant statement to the world about who you are!Let us help you build your personal brand so you can start having your brand work for you in opening doors of opportunity! Don't miss out!

 

Personal Branding Pt. 2

September 9, 2014: 11am-1pm, Student Center 1222

Presented by Terrica Huntley and Matt Gargano

This continuation of the Part 1 Personal Branding workshop will include a hands-on activity of actually building your brand!

 

Your Dreams Are Real

September 15, 2014: 12-1pm

Presented by Rick Daniels

This workshop challenges students to follow their dreams now! Rick uses personal stories, music, and interactive videos to help students recognize the leader within and take charge of their future.By the end of this program, students will leave feeling motivated and ready to take their careers and their lives to the next level!

 

The Leader in You

September 16, 2014: 12-1pm

Presented by Dr. Howard Spearman

This workshop will be an interactive discussion to help students identify leadership characteristics from within. 

 

I've Got 99 Problems and Class Ain't One!

September 22, 2014: 11am-12pm, Student Center 1224

Presented by Luevinus Muhammad

This workshop focuses on dealing with and overcoming obstacles in our lives.It equips students with a few tools to stay focused on the bigger picture despite life's curve balls. 

 

Becoming Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

September 23, 2014: 11am-12pm, Student Center 1224

Presented by Matt Gargano

We can't all be expected to "just get comfortable" with public speaking, working in teams, drawing attention to yourself, being called on in class, or interacting with others. BUT, we all can become comfortable with being uncomfortable!Don't allow fear, insecurities, lack of confidence, shyness, or anything else hold you back from reaching your goals and achieving your dreams!This workshop will give you practical and equipping strategies and skills to break through those barriers so you can truly experience your best.

 

"According to Forbes – You only have seven seconds to make a first impression!"

September 30, 2014: 12-1pm, Student Center 1224

Presented by Kelly Cooper

Learn how to make the best first impression and what to share when doing so. 

 

Finding your Passion: How to Find your Career Passion through Education

October 1, 2014: 11:45am-12:45pm, WTC 141/142

Presented by Sylvia Mendoza

 

10 Tips on Networking

October 7, 2014: 12-1pm, Student Center 1118

Presented by Dr. Amy Diaz

This workshop will describe different types of networking in addition offering 10 tips on how to leverage your networking opportunities.

 

OMG! I'm a Student Leader

October 13, 2014: 11am-12pm, Student Center 1224

Presented by Rick Daniels

Student leadership is a wonderful part of the college experience. There are opportunities for personal and professional growth, ability to make a positive impact on others, and potential career opportunities.But is it possible for a student to be too involved?In this program, students will learn three key tools that will help them build their resumes, downsize commitments, and avoid burnout!

 

Generation Z:It's not my Responsibility!

October 14, 2014: 11am-12pm, Student Center 1124

Presented by Sonia Reising

Who's really responsible for your actions? 

 

Establishing Your Sense of Belonging

October 20, 2014: 12-1pm, Student Center 1224

Presented by Dr. Howard Spearman and Matt Gargano

Do you often feel like you are on the outside looking in? Do you feel like you don't really belong anywhere—even here at Rock Valley College? Even though you are around lots of people, do you still feel like you are all alone?Then let us help you break through to having a more fulfilling journey by establishing your sense of belonging!

 

Interviewing Skills

October 21, 2014: 12-1pm

Presented by Michelle Rothmeyer

Important skills that will help you in the interviewing process will be discussed.

 

Islam 101: A basic Introduction to the Religion of Islam

October 27, 2014: 12-1pm

Presented by Lamis Diab

 

Exploring your Purpose:Goal Setting

October 28, 2014: 11am-12pm, Student Center 1224

Presented by Sonia Reising

 

OMG! I'm a Student Leader

November 3, 2014: 12-1pm, Student Center 1118

Presented by Rick Daniels

Student leadership is a wonderful part of the college experience. There are opportunities for personal and professional growth, ability to make a positive impact on others, and potential career opportunities.But is it possible for a student to be too involved?In this program, students will learn three key tools that will help them build their resumes, downsize commitments, and avoid burnout!

 

Parental Overdrive: Single Parenting and Education

November 4, 2014: 12-1pm, Student Center 1118

Presented by Brooke Johnson

This workshop will look at ways to balance our duties first and foremost as parents, while putting a heavy emphasis on successfully completing your education.

 

The Future of Fun, Filling, and Fabulous Foods

November 11, 2014: 12-1pm, Student Center 1224

Presented by Kerri Langdon

A discussion and demo about eating tasty, healthy meals while on a college budget! 

 

Time Flies, But You're the Pilot: Owning Your Time Management

November 18, 2014: 12-1pm, Student Center 1224

Presented by Mike Kravitz


 
 
 

RPS Sponsored College Tours

  • Friday September 19, 2014- Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL)

                                                Depart 6:30am, Return 6:30pm

 

  • Saturday October 11, 2014- University of Illinois at Chicago: College Scholarship Fair hosted by 100 Black Men of Chicago
Depart 6:30am, Return 4:00pm

 

  • Friday October 24, 2014- University of Wisconsin Osh Kosh (Osh Kosh, WI)

                                                Depart 6:30am, Return 5:00pm

 

  •   Friday November 19, 2014- University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Cardinal Stritch University  (Milwaukee, WI)

                                                Depart 7:00am, Return 5:00pm