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Save the Date: RPS 205 Academy Expo Oct. 19

Join Rockford Public Schools students Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the annual Academy Expo!

We’re looking for volunteers to help RPS 205 freshmen make an informed decision on their College and Career Academy selection for their sophomore school year. 

“All RPS 205 students are in a College & Career Academy: Business, Health, Production or Service. They select their academy after attending the Academy Expo their freshman year – a career demonstration where students can engage with more than 100 local business partners.” Learn more about the Academy Expo and other ways the community can support RPS 205 students and their career prep in the August edition of The Voice

There are 3 ways to attend the Academy Expo:

1. Be an Industry Expert: Industry experts are invited to host a booth at the Academy Expo and provide RPS 205 freshmen with a hands-on activity and discuss your career.   

2. Be a Hospitality Ambassador: Our Academy Expo Team is seeking Hospitality Ambassadors, or volunteers for the Annual Academy Expo. Hospitality Ambassador teams create a welcoming and engaging environment that excites students about career opportunities and assists them in meeting local career experts.

3. Sign up for a V.I.P Tour of the Academy Expo: Sign up for a student-led tour for our Annual Academy Expo. 

The Academy Expo is from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Indoor Sports Center MercyHealth Sportscore 2, 8800 E. Riverside Boulevard, Loves Park.

Contact our Work Based Learning Coordinator, Jessica Hayes at to learn more.

Register to Volunteer at Academy Expo

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Bridget French

Bridget French was born and raised in Rockford and is a graduate of Auburn High School. She is the Rockford Public Schools Executive Director of College and Career Readiness, overseeing high school Academies, career and technical education, and middle and high school counselors. She is the mother of two sons, one in RPS 205, and one at NIU.

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