ROCKFORD (WREX) -
Rockford Public Schools has been named a Ford Next Generation Learning Community and is now among 17 schools in the nation to have received that distinction.
The distinction celebrates the high school redesign in the Rockford Public Schools, which began with the roll-out of the academy model in 2010.
Ford Next Generation Learning is nationally recognized for engaging community stakeholders to transform existing public high schools into career academies.
"Our founder Henry Ford built an entire industry for his relentless focus on innovation. Ford Next Generation brings Ford's proven success with innovation in business and manufacturing to the arena of public high school education," says Ford NGL Executive Director Cheryl Carrier.
Now RPS 205 will work toward becoming a model community by 2016 so it can host other communities hoping to start career academies in their schools. Leaders from RPS 205 and the Rockford community were guided by another Ford NGL community, Alignment Nashville, to redesign RPS 205 high schools.
Ford NGL recognizes schools across the county — and now Rockford — as innovators of education.