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?
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 140 All-Americans.
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.
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!
Why a high school student should consider Advance Now
Why parents of high school students should consider Advance Now for their kids
Enroll in one of the career tracks listed below and you'll be on your way to a great future!
Your high school counselor can provide more information about the Advance Now program. We also recommend that you discuss the information with your parents.
Students follow an enrollment process administered by RVC and CEANCI. Generally, information for the next school year's programs is distributed to high schools in the fall and the application process begins in November or December. Please refer to High School Connections for questions related to the RVC HS Programs Application, placement testing, and additional program details and requirements at 815-921-4080.
The application period for 2015-2016 programs is now open.
Automotive Service Technology
Do you like to tinker and fix things? Fixing someone's car so they can get to work or school or wherever they need to go can be a very rewarding profession. We'll provide you the skills you need to become a highly trained automotive technician.
Did you know there will soon be hundreds of good paying jobs in Rockford in aviation maintenance and repair? We can provide you the knowledge and skills you need to qualify for those highly sought after jobs.
Skilled welders are always in high demand and you may not even realize all of the things from your daily life that a welder has touched, from the car you drive or ride in to the bridge you drive over to the school or mall you visit. Welding is also part of making airplanes, ships, and all kinds of manufactured products, from lawn mowers to large construction equipment.
Want to make the world a better place? Does the idea of working in a growing field of great importance to our planet appeal to you? Consider our Sustainable Energy Systems program and learn more about energy efficiency and alternative energy.
Sustainable Energy Systems- "Green" Careers
Healthcare careers are always in high demand and can be an extremely rewarding career choice. If you are interested in pursuing a degree or certificate at RVC in Surgical Technology, Dental Hygiene, Radiology, Nursing, or Respiratory Care you will want to explore the Advance Now Allied Health options.
Allied Health/Health Occupations
Did you dream of being a firefighter when you were younger? See what the RVC Fire Science program has to offer. This Advance Now program can also lead to a certificate for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Fitness, Wellness & Sport (Personal Training)
Is athletics more your thing? Personal trainers may find jobs in private health clubs, public fitness centers, college/university fitness centers or personal fitness studios.
Basic Construction or Sustainable Construction
Learn the skills needed to manage major construction projects. Recent RVC graduates from this program have landed jobs managing construction projects for Google and Transamerica.
Career Education Associates of North Central Illinois (CEANCI) is a career delivery system for high school students in north central Illinois. The policy-making board, CEANCI Board of Governors, is composed of superintendents from Belvidere, Byron, Harlem, Hononegah, North Boone, Oregon, Rockford, South Beloit, Stillman Valley and Winnebago school districts. CEANCI, area high schools, and Rock Valley College (RVC) collaborate to offer regional Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs/courses. CEANCI and RVC are committed to preparing students for employment and post-secondary education in an effective, efficient manner. Program Articulation & Dual Credit Agreements between CEANCI and RVC provide a seamless secondary and post-secondary education delivery system, meeting labor market demand and maximizing resources. These agreements also allow high school graduates to accelerate their career education program at RVC.