Now this is exciting news. There are plans in the works to turn the old Barber-Coleman Factory into a technical career college.

WREX reports that Rock Valley College has created a partnership with Rockford Local Development Corporation to turn the 22 acres building into a "state-of-the art technical career education and training campus."

"The program will offer technical degrees and certificate programs in automotive, welding, fluid power technology and other manufacturing systems. There will also be space for other partnerships, small business incubation and entrepreneurship."

Now I think that is so amazing. I love seeing life getting breathed back into old vacant buildings and lots that were once vital parts of our cities life.

How fitting to put a technical college on the very place that held technical jobs that employed hundreds upon hundreds of people in Rockford.