As part of the City of Rockford’s efforts to be involved in the Rockford Public Schools, the Alignment Rockford Industry Councils were formed to build a robust pipeline for students who are interested in a career in public safety from elementary to post-secondary education. In addition, the council works to implement different tactics to streamline careers within Fire Science Pathways including: EMT, EMR, Firefighter, and pre-med. Students that are interested in these careers will be able to have robust work-based learning experiences through the Rockford Fire Department. Alignment Rockford hopes to expand these experiences to middle and elementary schools.
To provide elementary and middle school students career awareness experiences within the Rockford Fire Department; To develop robust experiences within the Fire Science pathway at Rock Valley College; To provide high school students with work-based learning experiences directly connected to careers within the Rockford Fire Department resulting in college credits and industry certification.
Growing talent from within the Rockford Public Schools will ensure continuity of services, a supply of high quality recruiting prospects, and a sustainable way to satisfy a long-term employee need for the City of Rockford.
How does the council plan do accomplish this? The council has identified a few tactics that will help reach our goals as outlined in the Industry Council vision. Click on each tactic below to learn more.
Rig visits incorporate a career awareness component though science and social studies curriculum for 5th grade students. Rig visits are currently implemented at the Rockford Fire Department. The Industry Council will create a standard work around this experience for students. This tactic has not been started yet. Come back to soon to see updates!