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Rockford College shows off its new State St. facility with open house, ribbon-cutting

Thursday, May 06, 2010  
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For immediate release – 5/15/10
Contact: Chuck Brown, Communications, 815-226-3374

Rockford College opened its doors to the community today at its new classroom facility at 5100 E. State St. during an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new expansion includes more than 9,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the art teaching and learning spaces on the building’s top level and is focused on adult learners and their unique set of wants and needs. Tenants include the college’s masters programs in business and education, and the bachelor of science program in management studies for adults returning to college. 

A new fiber-optic connection to an existing network on East State Street developed by the city of Rockford and Northern Illinois University will benefit the new facility and the entire campus with a fiber-optic backbone to the Internet, say college officials. The long-awaited fiber connection brings a faster, more stable source of Internet service, strengthening the college’s technological infrastructure while increasing its capability to connect with a global community. 

For more information on the new facility including a gallery of photos, see www.rockford.edu/?5100


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Features of the new facility:

  • Two large collaborative classrooms with occupancies of 36 and 26 respectively. 
  • Three classrooms designed for 18 students each in a U-shaped configuration. 
  • One 20 seat computer classroom. 
  • Three breakout rooms and two conference rooms designed for students to work on group presentations and other class assignments; and for faculty to meet with students before or after class. 
  • Located throughout the space is soft seating and lounge furniture to encourage students, faculty and staff to gather and socialize. 
  • A snack bar located just outside the classrooms. Coffee, cold beverages, as well as salads, sandwiches and wraps will be available.   
  • The classroom technology includes standard "smart technology” used elsewhere on campus and is defined as a permanently mounted projector, laptop connection, DVD/VCR, speakers, screen, and easy to use control panel. A new component, interactive whiteboards, will be installed. Three interactive whiteboards will also be installed in existing academic buildings shortly after the 5100 building opening. 

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