Rockford, Illinois

Right Place to Start

About Us

The Right Place to Start (RPS) program* provides comprehensive academic and personal support to RVC students who either graduated from a Rockford Public School 205 high school or currently reside in the RPS-205 district. Acceptance into the program is based on a student profile review and department coordinator approval.

We help ensure your success by offering Student Success Workshops, and Life Coaches and Peer Accountability Trainers (PAT), who give you one-on-one attention.

Customized classes like our Summer Bridge, a FREE jump-start to your college experience, also give you extra support.

Once you’ve achieved your personal goals at RVC, we even offer FREE college tours of transfer schools in the area—to help keep you on the road to success!

*The Right Place to Start (RPS) program at Rock Valley College is a grant-funded program through the office of Representative Chuck Jefferson and coordinated by the Intercultural Student Services (ISS) office.

For more information on this exciting academic opportunity please contact Intercultural Student Services at (815) 921-4116.


Spring 2015 Workshops

The Right Place to Start Workshops are learning opportunities for all students! From study skills to self-help to career exploration each unique workshop will be a valuable tool for RVC students.

All workshops are free and open to all students.


April 9, 2015 from 11-12pm
Do you have a personal brand? Presented by Terrica Huntley and Matt Gargano

A Personal Brand is critical to your personal and professional success, as it makes a consistent, powerful, and relevant statement to the world about who you are!  Let us help you build your personal brand, so you can start having your brand work for you in opening doors of opportunity!

April 15, 2015 from 12-1pm
Do's and Don'ts of Social Media Presented by Abbye Garcia and Dave Costello
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April 22, 2015 fro 11am-12pm

Establishing your Sense of Belonging Presented by Dr. Howard Spearman and Matt Gargano

Do you often feel like you are on the outside looking in? Do you feel like you don't really belong anywhere—even here at Rock Valley College? Even though you are around lots of people, do you still feel like you are all alone?Then let us help you break through to having a more fulfilling journey by establishing your sense of belonging!

April 27, 2015 from 12-pm
"According to Forbes – You only have seven seconds to make a first impression!" Presented by Kelly Cooper

Learn how to make the best first impression and what to share when doing so.