Rock Valley College

RVC Board Chooses Belvidere for ATC

Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2020

Media Contact: RVC Public Relations, 815-921-4510

The Rock Valley College District 511 Board has chosen a site for its Advanced Technology Center in Belvidere. The site is located just off of Business State Route 20 near Route 76. The board approval authorizes the staff to finalize the details of the project. This is the first RVC facility to be located outside of Winnebago County. The RVC District 511 has all or parts of six counties.

The Advanced Technology Center will house course curriculums aimed at employment for both employees and employers. The manufacturing sector needs workers with the skills necessary to run the machines that produce the products. The goal of the ATC is to target individuals seeking to further their high school education and job opportunities through an education steeped in the latest technology.

“I want to thank the RVC staff and the board for providing a thorough process for choosing the location of our Advanced Technology Center. The community weighed in with twenty-one separate locations in answering our Request for Proposals. The board and staff narrowed those down to three finalists all of whom we agreed would be suitable options. Ultimately, we had to choose one and that was the Belvidere location,” said RVC Board Chairman Patrick Murphy.

“The ATC is an important addition to the services and educational opportunities that the college provides. The process has been delayed for too long and students have not had access to this program because we did not have a facility to house it. The delays are over and we will get this going as quickly and efficiently as possible so that we will not miss providing this important program to our students and to our community,” said Chairman Murphy.

“The Belvidere ATC project development addresses all of the requirements contained in our RFP including cost, RMTD access, and the completion date. In addition, we will be able to use the facility for our automotive and truck driver training programs. The project is also half the price and 50% larger than the next most viable location which means we have resources and available space  for other projects that will serve our students and community. We have demonstrated that we are good stewards of the taxpayers' hard earned dollars,” said Jarid Funderburg, Chairman of the RVC Facilities Committee.

“We have come one step closer to fulfilling an idea that was advanced back in 2013. The idea grew out of a need to supply an educated workforce to businesses in need of employees. In the process we are meeting the needs and the goals of our students by equipping them for jobs. The mission of the college is to serve our students and our RVC community,” said Interim RVC President Beth Young.

Rock Valley College District 511 includes all, or part of Boone, Dekalb, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties.