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Alignment Rockford Announces New Team Members

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May 12, 2020

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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2 days ago

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A special shoutout to local high school student and videographer, Tamir Bell! The past several weeks, Tamir has been helping us to develop career awareness videos that will be provided as virtual learning opportunities for RPS 205 high school students.

Tamir is a well-known videographer within the Rockford region. He recently started Tamir Bell Productions and has already built a long resumé of filming famous faces in our community, including Mayor McNamara and State Rep. Maurice West.

Tamir Bell Productions is a video production company that develops business brand videos, testimonials, basketball mixtapes, and much more.

You are awesome, Tamir! Thank you for your sharing your talent and time with us!

#ThankYouThursday #TYT #OpportunitiesForStudents
#CareerAwareness #RockfordRocks #RockfordIL

Photo credit: Tamir Bell Productions
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3 days ago

Alignment Rockford

The pandemic isn’t stopping us from connecting students with area employers! In what would have been the Academy Expo today, we are SO excited to announce that in place of our traditional Expo, we launched nearly 50 career-focused videos for students to connect virtually with area businesses and organizations. From engineering to agriculture - we have so many amazing partners in our region that are willing to support students and their career - and life - goals.

Check out the videos on our YouTube Channel! - www.youtube.com/channel/UC84oBxZvdn8uldUTuhcBhXw
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1 week ago

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Thank you, Rockford Fire Department Recruiter, Bo Chaney, for your dedication to supporting Rockford students!

From early childhood learning initiatives to workforce development programs, Bo is volunteering his time to help students of all ages succeed! He is a member of our Ready to Learn Family-Friendly Neighborhoods Team and a member of our Fire Science Industry Council.

FUN FACT: Bo is an educator by trade and author of the children’s book series, “The Adventures of Rob and Rocky,” which helps young children discover a variety of career options.

We love to highlight and share stories of our amazing volunteers and the work they do to make our community a better place to live, work and thrive! Thank you, Bo!

#ThankYouThursday #TYT #OpportunitiesForStudents #RockfordIL #CareerAwareness #RockfordRocks
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