The Academy Expo was designed by Alignment Rockford to serve as the introductory experience to the academy structure for RPS freshmen.  The event assists students in making an informed academy selection prior to their sophomore year. This is also an opportunity for other school districts in attendance to explore career opportunities.


Launched in 2012, the Academy Expo is an opportunity for 9th grade students to experience career-related, hands-on demonstrations in a broad variety of careers.  The Expo will engage students in a variety of career experiences and allow them to explore approximately 200 regional career opportunities demonstrated by approximately 500 Industry Experts.  The event will help to forge a relevant link between curriculum and careers.

Academy Expo Subteam

Team Chairs

Chair: Reid Jutras, RPS205
Co-Chair: Earl Wilsey, Schmeling Construction Co.

Team Focus

The vision of the Academy Expo Subteam is an engaged school and community effort to design a quality career exploration event for freshman students.

Team Members

Bif Buchan - YMCA of Rock River Valley
Jeff Fahrenwald - Rockford University
Amy Heilman - Rock Valley College
Stacy Mullins - Rockford Chamber of Commerce
William Rose - Rockford Public Schools
Marsha Sisney - Rockford Public Schools
John Strandin - Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance
Emily Tropp - Rockford Public Schools


Upcoming Meeting Dates

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 11:30am

Alignment Rockford: 815 N Church Street


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