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Exploring in Northern Illinois

Boone & Winnebago counties 







 Career Exploring is a unique career learning program for young men and women ages 14-20.

These programs provide an ideal link between the academic environment and the real world with hands on learning facilitated by professionals in these career fields.


Poplar Grove Airport & Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum – Meets every Thursday, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., at the Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum, blue hanger, 5151 Orth Rd., Suite A-1, Poplar Grove, IL.  Contact: Dennis Blunt, (815) 398-4274,


Educators of Beauty – Meets bimonthly:  Thursdays from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 pm. at Educators of Beauty, 2601 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL.  Contact: Jennifer Hodzic, (815) 639-9200.


UTC Aerospace Systems, 4747 Harrison Ave., Southwest side entrance, Rockford, IL.  Contact: Nick Wlaznik, (815)226-6345,

Fire & Rescue:

North Park Fire Department – Meets bimonthly:  Thursdays from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., at North Park Fire Department, corner of Harlem & Forest Hills, Loves Park, IL. Contact: Dennis Johnson (815) 633-6335,

Rockford Fire Department. – Contact: Investigator Jeff Kloweit, 815.987.5699,

Journalism & Media:

Rockford Register Star – TBA.  For more information or to be put on the contact list, please contact Jared Carlin, 815.397.0210, [Click for member's page]

Law Enforcement:

Boone County Sheriff’s Department and Belvidere Police Department – Meets every 3rdTuesday of the month, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., at the Public Safety Building, lower lever, 615 North Main Street, Belvidere, IL, 61008. Contact: Officer Steve Jones, 815-298-3864,

Cherry Valley Police Department – Meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at the Cherry Valley Police Department, 806 E. State St., Cherry Valley, IL.  Contact: Officer Jesse Pearse, 815-978-5286,

Rockford Police Department, Public Safety Building, 420 W. State St., Rockford, IL.  Contacts: Officer Joel Givens, 815-543-1133,

Law & Government:

Boone County State’s Attorney Office.  Meets bimonthly:  Thursdays from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., at the Boone County Courthouse, 601 N. Main St., Belvidere, IL. Contact: Kelly Rohrer, (815)544-0868,

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Office & Winnebago County Bar Association : Location - Winnebago County Justice Center, Courtroom A, 650 W. State St., Rockford, IL.  For more information or to be put on the contact list, please contact Jared Carlin, 815.397.0210,[Click for member's page]


SwedishAmerican Hospital, meets monthly, Wednesdays.  Contact: Sheryl Head (779) 696-7224,


There is a one-time yearly application fee for most programs.  Each program varies and cost range is $24-$30.  For more information, contact Jared Carlin, 815.397.0210,[Click for member's page].