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NIU, RVC ink ‘historic’ deal to deliver engineering degrees in Rockford 

Starting next fall, engineering students from the Rockford area can earn bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees from NIU without leaving the campus of Rock Valley College.

Presidents and other leaders of both institutions made the announcement and signed letters of intent this morning before a standing-room-only and energetic crowd gathered inside the Woodward Technology Center.

Words including “historic,” “transformational,” “momentous” and “game-changer” were ascribed to the new partnership, which the panel of educators, manufacturers, local and state elected officials and community leaders expects will help to drive Rockford’s economy.

Baker called the collaboration “a great day for Northern Illinois University and Rock Valley College,” one that will make it easier for future engineers to achieve their dreams. - See more at:

NIU and Rockford At a Glance


  • NIU has more than 14,000 alumni in the Rockford area
  • NIU alumni can be found in countless leadership positions in business, government, social service, and professional organizations in the community


  • Approximately 1,500 students from the Rockford area attend classes in DeKalb each semester    
  • More than 2,000 students attend classes at NIU-Rockford or online each semester

NIU-Rockford Center

  • 40,000  sq. ft. building located at 8500 East State Street
  • 250-seat auditorium and 12 executive classrooms
  • Smart classrooms and videoconferencing technology
  • Space available for corporate meetings and events

Academic Programs in Rockford

Undergraduate Degree Programs in Rockford

  • B.S. in Business Administration (full-time, daytime program)
  • B.S. in Technology – Industrial Technology Management
  • B.S. in Technology – Aviation Management Technology
  • B.G.S. in Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • B.G.S. in Health & Human Sciences
  • B.S. in Nursing – R.N. to B.S.N

Graduate Degree Programs in Rockford

  • M.S. in Education – Literacy Education with Emphasis in Reading
  • M.S. in Education – Instructional Technology (new in Spring 2014)
  • M.S. in Education – Educational Administration (new in Fall 2014)
  • M.S. in Industrial Management
  • M.S. in Public Administration

NIU Certificates offered in Rockford

  • Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (Undergraduate)
  • Certificate in Homeland Security (Undergraduate)
  • Certificate in Homeland Security (Graduate)
  • Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (Graduate)

Alumni Profiles

Ehren Jerrett

Ehren Jerrett

’04 Master of Science in Education
’06 Educational Specialist
’09 Doctor of Education

Superintendent Rockford Public Schools

Judge Michael Mallon

Judge Mike Mallon

’72 Bachelor of Science in Marketing

Retired Chief Circuit Judge, State of Illinois

Barbara Giorgi-Vella

Barbara Giorgi-Vella

’87 Master of Science in Education
'92 Juris Doctor

Attorney At Law, Vella & Lund

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