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 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.
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.
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.
RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's soccer. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won 13 national championships and we have had more than 130 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!
Completed in August of 2009, the $13 million PEC renovation project provided a significant and much needed upgrade to the original facility that was built in 1973. In addition to providing improvements desperately needed for RVC’s athletes, the new PEC expands the resources for the Fitness, Wellness, and Sport curriculum.
The new configuration of the PEC includes five modern “smart” classrooms (see left) with the latest technology that accommodate 25 to 40 students each and a lecture hall that seats 96. These new classrooms have allowed the FWS programs to expand and offer additional sections of its most popular classes. Beginning Spring 2010, a new Associate in Applied Science degree for Fitness, Wellness, and Sport is being offered in both Exercise Science and Sport Management concentrations, while two 30 hour certificates, one in Coaching Education and one in Personal Training, will also be offered.
Students, student-athletes, staff, and faculty will all benefit from the new state-of-the-art Fitness Lab, located on the west side of the facility. The Fitness Lab (see right) is a Cybex Showcase facility which houses an assortment of cardiovascular machines, weight lifting machines, and free weight equipment. Adjacent to the Fitness Lab is the new Dance/Exercise Studio. Previously housed on the ground floor of the building, the Dance Studio has been relocated to the main level and is bigger, better, and more accessible than ever.
Accessibility was another key issue the remodel addressed. A distinct main entrance now exists on the north side of the facility, and all entrances to the building are now handicap accessible and lead visitors into the main level of the building. Also, prior to the remodel, visitors were required to go downstairs to access restrooms, but now the building is conveniently equipped with restrooms on both floors.
RVC student-athletes and coaches now enjoy a new wood gym floor, as well as a multi-purpose athletic surface with a 1/10 mile three lane track (see left) and interchangeable volleyball and basketball courts. Locker room facilities have also been enlarged and upgraded, and a new scoreboard and concession stand have been added for game days.
Perhaps most importantly, the entire building was designed and built with a focus on energy efficiency. A “Green Build” philosophy was incorporated with a goal of obtaining Gold level L.E.E.D. (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. To help reach this goal, the facility was built by utilizing recycled products in its construction and is expected to drastically reduce energy consumption (see table below for more details), making this building the first of its kind in Rockford.
There are four levels of L.E.E.D. certification (certified, silver, gold, and platinum) and Rock Valley College has been awarded the gold level for the PEC remodel. Listed below are just some of the sustainable design strategies that went into the PEC project.
|95% of the existing building shell was reused
|75% of construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfills
|20% of the new materials used in the construction were recycled materials
|Preferred parking spots were created for low emitting vehicles
|An efficient HVAC system was installed to reduce operational energy usage and reduce greenhouse gases
|Low-flow toilets, urinals, showers, and solar powered faucets were installed to improve water efficiency
|Low emitting materials were used throughout the building
|Natural light in office areas and Fitness Center is distributed throughout the building through the use of reflective wall coverings|