Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Right Place to Start

About Us

The Right Place to Start (RPS) program is designed to give intensive academic and personal support to student participants throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. To be eligible for the RPS program you must test into Reading RDG 096 or above, have graduated from a Rockford Public High School, or live in the Rockford Public School District. The benefits of the program include two free classes (STU 100 and 101), one-on-one and group coaching sessions, career and transfer exploration via college tours, and earned incentives (gas cards, meal cards, bus passes, etc.).  

For more information on this exciting academic opportunity please contact Intercultural Student Services at (815) 921-4116.

 

Spring 2015 Workshops

The Right Place to Start Workshops are learning opportunities for all students! From study skills to self-help to career exploration each unique workshop will be a valuable tool for RVC students.

All workshops are free and open to all students.


February 2, 2015 from 11-12pm
The Leader in You? Presented by Dr. Howard Spearman
WTC G07

February 4, 2015 from 12-1pm
Effective Strategies for Maximizing Your Student Experience Presented by Rick Daniels
WTC G07

This session encourages students to keep an accurate track of their involvement on campus by giving clear instructions on how to use the new co-curricular transcript, which is an official college document that students can use to keep a record of campus involvement and community service. Students will learn the benefits of keeping a record of their out-of-classroom commitments and hear real life stories of how student involvement can have a positive impact on their careers.

February 5, 2015 from 10-11am
Are you Commatose or Comma correct?
Presented by Donna Soltys
WTC G10

This workshop will help students to properly use commas.Commas are widely used incorrectly!Students will learn fun and easy ways to properly use the comma.

February 12, 2015 from 12-1pm
Scholarships: Get your college education paid for! Presented by Sonia Reising
WTC G07

This workshop will assist students with locating scholarships.There are many resources available to students that will help them to cover college costs.

February 18, 2015 from 12-1pm
Effective Strategies for Maximizing Your Student Experience Presented by Rick Daniels
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This session encourages students to keep an accurate track of their involvement on campus by giving clear instructions on how to use the new co-curricular transcript, which is an official college document that students can use to keep a record of campus involvement and community service. Students will learn the benefits of keeping a record of their out-of-classroom commitments and hear real life stories of how student involvement can have a positive impact on their careers.

February 19, 2015 from 11am-12pm
Study Smart, Not Hard...Memory Strategies Presented by Cheryl Rinker

WTC G07

How many times have you felt overwhelmed with the amount of material you needed to learn?Do you have trouble remembering?If the answer is yes, then this is the workshop for you.This workshop will explain how your memory works, provide several practical tips and strategies to help build your memory an help you on the road to academic success.

February 20, 2015 from 12-1pm
Call in those dreams that are not! Presented by Matt Gargano with lunch provided
PEC 0200

"Where there is no vision, the people perish" -Proverbs 29:18.  Are you struggling to find your vision?  Do you feel like you are stuck in the land of lack because you don't have a clear view of your life?  Is your current situation and circumstances of 'what is' clouding your view of 'what could be'?  Then learn how to cast a vision and call in those dreams that are not!

February 25, 2015 from 12-1:30pm
Scholar, Literary Entrepreneur & Transformational Speaker, Dr. Trevy McDonald
Student Center Atrium

 

March 3, 2015 from 12-1pm
Application Development Workshop for Budding Web Tech Entrepreneur Presented by Stacy McCaskill

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The students break into teams and develop web or stand alone app business plans.  Students come up with an app idea, problem solved, target market, differentiators, monetization plan, and marketing strategy.   The workshop concludes with a presentation and awards to winning concept and best in class business pitch.

March 4, 2015 from 12-1pm
You're an RVC Student… did you know you have rights? Presented by LaShun McGee
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Yes, you have Rights and Responsibilities.Ever had a concern about a fellow peer, faculty, or staff member?  Have you ever felt like someone should have known about an experience you had here at the college? Do you know what to do if you have a complaint about everything from a basic customer service complaint to a grade concern? On the flip side—do you know what your responsibilities to help us keep a civil, honest, respectful, education environment? Come learn more.

March 17, 2015 from 10-11am
Being a Resourceful College Student:Tips and Advice on How to Save on College Supplies Presented by Kerri Langdon and Alicyn McCully

WTC G10
This workshop will help you become a more resourceful college student.There are many ways you can save on everything from college supplies to everyday items – you just have to look a bit to find the best discounts.We'll provide you with a list of resources that will help you save money and learn more about cost effect approaches to purchasing your college supplies.

March 18, 2015 from 12-1pm
Effective Strategies for Maximizing Your Student Experience Presented by Rick Daniels
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This session encourages students to keep an accurate track of their involvement on campus by giving clear instructions on how to use the new co-curricular transcript, which is an official college document that students can use to keep a record of campus involvement and community service. Students will learn the benefits of keeping a record of their out-of-classroom commitments and hear real life stories of how student involvement can have a positive impact on their careers.

March 19, 2015 from 11-12pm
Tips and Tools on Building the Best Bio Presented by Sonia Reising
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This workshop will equip students with tip and tools on developing and creating a bio to be use for scholarships, applications etc.

March 23, 2015 from 12-1pm
Goal. Plan. Action. Presented by Tek Curry
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Setting a goal. Devising the plan and taking some action steps toward college success.

March 24, 2015 from 1-2pm
Time Flies When You're the Pilot Presented by Mike Kravitz
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Learn how owning how you spend your time will make your life easier and the strategies to make it happen today!

March 25, 2015 from 2-3pm
"Don't be mean behind the screen.Time to take a stand for love." Presented by Michael Jender
CLII - 120

Everything you've always wanted to know about bullying.

 

April 9, 2015 from 11-12pm
Do you have a personal brand? Presented by Terrica Huntley and Matt Gargano

WTC G07
A Personal Brand is critical to your personal and professional success, as it makes a consistent, powerful, and relevant statement to the world about who you are!  Let us help you build your personal brand, so you can start having your brand work for you in opening doors of opportunity!

April 15, 2015 from 12-1pm
Do's and Don'ts of Social Media Presented by Abbye Garcia and Dave Costello
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April 22, 2015 fro 11am-12pm

Establishing your Sense of Belonging Presented by Dr. Howard Spearman and Matt Gargano
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Do you often feel like you are on the outside looking in? Do you feel like you don't really belong anywhere—even here at Rock Valley College? Even though you are around lots of people, do you still feel like you are all alone?Then let us help you break through to having a more fulfilling journey by establishing your sense of belonging!

April 27, 2015 from 12-pm
"According to Forbes – You only have seven seconds to make a first impression!" Presented by Kelly Cooper

Learn how to make the best first impression and what to share when doing so.