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Top 15 of 2015: Rocking with Rockford (14)

December 17, 2015
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

NIU’s long tradition of engagement in the Rockford region stepped into the spotlight numerous times in 2015.

Local leaders cheered in August when NIU and Rock Valley College announced an agreement that allows engineering students in Rockford to earn bachelor’s degrees without leaving town.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos were on hand in November to announce a new collaboration that puts Rockford on the leading edge of a renaissance in American manufacturing.

TV viewers, meanwhile, are playing along with the Stateline Quiz Bowl by Bergstrom. Students from high schools across the Rockford region are competing with their brains to win NIU scholarships.