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Local Professionals Mentor RPS 205 High School Students in the Business Academy

RPS 205 high school students recently had the invaluable opportunity to shadow local professionals as part of their involvement in the Business Academy. The initiative aimed to provide students with firsthand insights into various career paths aligned with the academy's focus.

The participating students had the chance to experience the daily routines and responsibilities of professionals from a diverse range of industries. Students were immersed in real-world scenarios, gaining practical knowledge and inspiration for their future endeavors.

The list of businesses that opened their doors to students includes:

Amazon Air

ASM Global (BMO Center)

Beloit Sky Carp

Blackhawk Bank

Collins Aerospace

Delicious Ink Tattoo

Educators of Beauty

Image Signs


Ingersoll Cutting

Larson & Darby

M3 Insurance

Montel Technologies

Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau  

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SPX Multimedia

Symmetry Financial

Wolves Den Barber


The Business Academy caters to students with interests spanning from entrepreneurship to graphic design and information technology. Pathways offered within the academy cover a spectrum of fields, including Business & Entrepreneurship, Graphic Design, Information Technology, Media Production, and Studio Arts. This comprehensive approach ensures that students have the opportunity to explore and pursue their passions effectively.

RPS 205 College & Career Academies serve as small learning communities within high schools, bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. By integrating real-world experiences with traditional coursework, academies like the Business Academy aim to equip students with the skills and insights necessary for success in both higher education and the workforce.

The shadowing experience not only provided students with valuable industry exposure but also fostered connections between academia and the local business community. Such initiatives play a crucial role in nurturing talent and preparing the future workforce for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

As RPS 205 continues to prioritize innovative educational practices, collaborations with local businesses and professionals remain instrumental in shaping the academic and professional trajectories of its students.