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Alignment Rockford Announces New Team Members

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Alignment Rockford is proud to announce the addition of three new team members. Jessica Hayes, Brook Loomis and Rachel Robinson joined the organization on May 4.

Jessica is the Work-based Learning Coordinator and is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with businesses and non-corporate partners with the purpose of aligning Rockford Public School 205 high students with work-based learning opportunities. She will collaborate with the RPS College & Career Readiness department to support the development of students’ employability skills to aid in a meaningful experience for both students and employers. 

Brook is the Ready to Learn Project Manager and is responsible for organizing and managing the implementation of the Ready to Learn project, an initiative that is working to ensure Rockford families and children have the resources they need to be kindergarten ready by using Erikson Institute’s Early Development Instrument. She will provide ongoing support by guiding the initiative’s vision and strategies.

Rachel is the College and Career Readiness Manager. She will manage and facilitate work of the community-wide College and Career Readiness team, which includes developing job shadow/internship programs for high school students, continuously improving the annual Academy Expo event, increasing awareness and diversity through the Public Safety and Fire Science Industry Councils, and recruiting volunteers for IncubatorEDU – an entrepreneurship program that helps students understand how to build a business.  

“We are thrilled to add a diverse group of talented professionals to the Alignment Rockford team,” said Anisha Grimmett, Executive Director of Alignment Rockford. “From early childhood learning initiatives to workforce development programs for Rockford Public Schools, our team is taking a deliberate approach to invest in the bookends of education to aid in the health and vitality of the Rockford region.”

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