July/August Newsletter
2017 Academy Expo: Register by August 1st! 

Don't forget to register to host a booth at the 2017 Academy Expo  Wednesday, October 4, 2017  at the Indoor Sports Center at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two   to discuss your career with 9th grade Rockford Public Schools students, and help them to make their College & Career Academy selection .

Career Booths Needed In:
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Business Management
  • Education & Child Development
  • Engineering
  • Fitness & Wellness
  • Graphics/Media Production
  • Health & Medical Sciences
  • Health Care Associates
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Land & Resource Management
  • Law & Public Safety
  • Manufacturing Operations
  • Modern World Languages & Communication
  • Performing Arts
  • Performance Production
  • Skilled Trades
  • Studio Art
  • Transportation Technology

Volunteers Needed In:
  • Load-in (setup on Tues, Oct 3)
  • Load-out (tear down on Oct 4)
  • Food service 
  • Student engagement 
  • Registration
  • Booth judging
  • Emergency response
  • Refreshment providers

Click on the button below to read the descriptions of the various volunteer positions

Orientation to be provided Wednesday, September 6th

Calling all Medical Professionals! CAPSTONE KICK-OFF August 30th
Volunteers Still Needed in Health Sciences fields! 

Sign up to assist students at a one day kick-off event the morning of August 30th to help them brainstorm Capstone project ideas within your career field! 

Read the Full Capstone Kick-Off Flyer                                       Read about last year's event


Alignment Rockford Executive Director Appointed to NCAC Board

Alignment Rockford's Executive Director Bridget French has been appointed to the Operating Board of Directors for the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) to assist in Career Academy development, support, and oversight across the nation! 

Executive Director, Dr. Jay Steele, says, "I personally know the outstanding accomplishments and work of each board member and I am proud to work along side this dynamic team of academy experts".

"I am honored and humbled to join the board of an organization that is at the forefront of Academies," stated Executive Director Bridget French. "I look forward to deepening our network with NCAC in order to leverage best practices that will ultimately benefit the students of Rockford Public Schools."  Read more  


Back to School August 21st! 
And the Academies Need You! 
The coming school year marks the beginning of the next phase of our high school Academies as they strive toward national Model Career Academy Accreditation through the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC). Model status requires that each Academy meet various standards of community engagement to ensure their relevance and credibility. To do this community members are needed to help plan and implement project-based learning and real-world experiences with our teachers and our students! 

Be a part of this exciting work! Please consider joining an Academy Support Team (AST) at one of our high schools! Attend monthly or join to support Academy events! 

For more information on how to get involved click here to contact Alignment Rockford's Community Engagement Coordinator, Katy Haun. 

New Knights Orientation August 20th 

Kick off the new school year and welcome the newest Auburn Knights who for the first time will be beginning high school in a Career Academy. Please consider coming out to help show these new students how much they will be embraced  by their new school, the school district, and the community! 

The event will be  August 20th, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. in Auburn High School's stadium (weather location will be the gymnasium.)  Hot dogs, chips, and water will be provided for attendees. 

Event schedule
  • 4:30-5:30 - Games, Event booths, Academy tables, Food
  • 5:30-6:00 - Welcome and Introductions
  • 6:00-6:30 - Academy Break-outs
  • 6:30-7:00 - Building Tours
Meet Auburn's Academy teams, talk with new students, and if you're interested highlight your business/industry by hosting a booth or a table. For more information please contact Auburn's Academy Coach, R.J. Kuligowski
Check out our 2016 Annual Report!
Explore Where You Can Get Involved

Click the image below to read about the work of our teams in 2016 and the exciting work ahead in our 2016 Annual Report! 

See anything that interests you and want to learn how you can get involved? Click on the survey below. 

Alignment Rockford's mission is to align community resources in support of public school strategies to raise student achievement, improve the health and happiness of our children, and advance the economic and social well-being of our community.