When Andrea Saldana was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 40, she knew she was about to face the fight of her life. But what she did next is truly remarkable.
“I was diagnosed in April of 2022,” says Andrea. “I have worked in healthcare all my life, and I knew something was wrong with my body. The diagnosis didn’t surprise me, but how much treatment I would need did. I just kept wondering how I was going to get through.”
Facing chemotherapy, a mastectomy and radiation, Andrea knew she would have to take time off work.READ MORE
At Rockford Career College, online programs offer a flexibility many students are drawn too. April Rocha was one of those students who knew the online Cannabis Dispensary Administration program would be challenging, but best fit for her busy schedule.
“The biggest hurdle was juggling 2 jobs and online school at the same time.” says April. “Online was a great option for me so I could continue to maintain my household and care for my family.”READ MORE
Jamie Moran, Veterinary Technician graduate, admits enrolling in Rockford Career College was a big decision for her. “Going back to school in general was intimidating,” says Jamie. “I am not a school person, but I knew becoming a Veterinary Technician was what I wanted to do. Helping animals is a passion of mine.”
Despite the fear of classroom work and studies, Jamie enrolled in Rockford’s Veterinary Technician program, and thrived. She graduated from the program in May 2020, with not only her degree, but accolades to go with it.READ MORE
The summer of 2018 was the “Summer of Love” for Rockford Career College graduates Renee Hahn and Christian Carlson. The two met while working at a local home improvement store, and though they were happy to have found each other, they were both still searching for something more in terms of careers.
According to Renee, Christian was looking at returning to school before she started her search. “He was looking at the Electrical program because his dad owns his own electrical company. He’s the one that told me about Rockford Career College.”READ MORE
If you stop by the Welding Department at Rockford Career College, you’ll be greeted with a warm smile and an enthusiastic “come on in!” from Ryan Johnson. Ryan, a 2019 graduate of Rockford Career College, now teaches Welding in the very same department he learned his skills.
“Teaching welding allows me to help individuals achieve their goals, in much the same way I have been able to because of this program,” says Ryan. “As a graduate of Rockford, I have a unique perspective into life during and after our students are with us.”READ MORE
Adrein Turner says continuing his education was not easy, but it was worth the determination it took to succeed. A 2017 graduate of Rockford Career College, Adrein came to Rockford looking to begin his journey to becoming an Electrical Technician.
“There were times when life threw roadblocks in my way,” says Adrein. “Transportation issues and other setbacks can really make committing to your education difficult.”
But Adrein credits his instructors and Rockford’s team of student services staff for keeping him moving forward.READ MORE