The School District of Janesville has announced that Rock University High School (RUHS), which has been located at UW-Rock County, will be moving to the Central Campus of Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) located at 6004 S. County Road G in Janesville, in time for the start of the 2016-17 school year.
“This is an exciting development for our students which will allow for continued growth and provide students with access to many wonderful resources that Blackhawk Technical College provides,” said Ms. Tina Johnson, RUHS principal. “We are thankful that Blackhawk is able to accommodate our school’s growing needs, and are very appreciative of the support we received from UW-Rock County over the years.”
RUHS, one of the district’s four charter schools, has been operating on the campus of UW-Rock County since the 2014-15 school year. The school’s program is designed to prepare young leaders in grades 10-12 with the critical thinking skills essential for post-secondary success. Through a rigorous, personalized, and internationally focused program, RUHS students explore real-world applications and learn to be of service, gaining confidence, recognizing their potential, and deepening their understanding of one another and the world.
The move to BTC was motivated by several factors including classroom and facility access needs and the growing enrollment of RUHS students. Ultimately, the opportunity at BTC aligns with RUHS goals and vision, and will continue to inspire and empower its students to craft their own futures.
“The School District of Janesville and Rock University High School have been fantastic partners with UW-Rock County over the years. We have been very pleased to host Rock University High School students on the UW-Rock County campus,” said Dr. Charles Clark, UW Colleges Southwest Regional Executive Officer and Dean. “As RUHS moves to Blackhawk Technical College and so begins a new chapter in its development, we look forward to continuing to work with the District and the high school to expand educational opportunities in the Janesville community. We at UW-Rock County wish RUHS and Blackhawk Technical College great success in this new venture.”
The move from UW-Rock to BTC will be completed over the next several weeks. All RUHS students will report to BTC beginning with the first day of classes on Thursday, September 1, 2016. As part of the relocation, RUHS students will have access to facilities and programs located at the satellite BTC campus centers, including the Advanced Manufacturing Center, located in Milton.
“The Blackhawk Technical College team welcomes Rock University High School to our campus. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to building on the entrepreneurial foundation of RUHS,” said Dr. Tracy Pierner, President of Blackhawk Technical College. “With direct access to BTC’s 45 programmatic and transfer pathways, our state-of-the-art technologies, and best in class facilities, the RUHS students will have the resources needed to achieve the vision of RUHS.”
Pierner added that, “We believe BTC offers an incredible opportunity for RUHS students and another way for BTC to enrich our community and enhance our workforce. In partnership with Janesville Public Schools, the RUHS Board and leadership team, we look forward to assisting students find their pathway to excellence.”