Whether your plan is to take classes and transfer to a four-year university or enter one of our career programs designed to get you into the workforce right away, Rock Valley College has what you are looking for. Select from one of our more than 60 transfer areas or more than 30 career programs.
At Rock Valley College, you're not just a number. Our highly respected faculty have master's degrees, doctorates and real-world experience. You won't be competing for attention in a huge lecture hall. Our average class size is 21, so you'll get a chance to interact, challenge and be challenged by your instructors.
Have fun. Try stuff. RVC gives you opportunities to get involved. There are lots of student activities to choose from. We offer more than 20 clubs and organizations. Try your hands at student government. Join the staff of our campus newspaper. What's it going to be?
Whether you are new to the college or know your way around, we have a variety of services designed to help you succeed. We're here for you every step of the way.
RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, and men's and women's tennis. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won seven national championships and we have had more than 100 All-Americans.
The Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College features nearly 75,000 volumes and more than 650 periodicals, and access to the interlibrary loan system. It also features spaces for individual and group study, and if you get thirsty, there's a coffee shop in the lobby!
If you sign up for an Internet, hybrid or telecourse it is your responsibility to log on to http://www.rockvalleycollege.edu/lms one or two weeks before the class begins for information on online orientation (Online Orientation Syllabus), EAGLE training, or to contact your instructor. This will assure you start the course prepared. At Rock Valley College we've set up distance learning opportunities so you can learn anytime, anyplace, as your schedule dictates. Take one of our convenient online courses or a telecourse where you can learn from the comfort of your own living room. A hybrid course combines face-to-face classroom meetings and distance learning activities. Distance learning education courses do require access to basic technology and the self-discipline to progress independently.
Online courses are delivered over the Internet. Credit, content and assignments are the same for these classes as for standard lecture courses. Students will be expected to do research on the Internet, join in electronic group discussions with other students, and/or access their professors via e-mail. An occasional face-to-face meeting with other students and the professor may be required.
Are online courses right for you? They are, if you have the right equipment (or can come to campus for free use of the necessary equipment), basic computer skills and the discipline to learn by working almost exclusively on the computer.
A hybrid course is an online course that requires students to visit the RVC campus during the semester for testing, lab work, or scheduled class meetings. The number and type of campus visits vary from one course to another. These courses are marked in the schedule with an H. For detailed information regarding class meetings, log on to http://www.rockvalleycollege.edu/LMS.
Telecourses allow students to view videotapes or DVDs keyed to the class textbook in their own homes at times convenient to them. They need to come to campus a very limited number of times, and are in contact with the course instructor by phone, e-mail, or fax. Credit, content and assignments are the same for these courses as for the standard lecture courses delivered on campus. The video lessons for each telecourse may be recorded each week from Rockford Comcast Cable Channel 20. In addition, copies are on reserve in the RVC library and at various public libraries throughout our district. Also, a limited number of video/DVD sets may be borrowed from the RVC Library circulation desk for the entire semester.