Rockford, Illinois

If you've been a student, staff, or faculty member at RVC for any length of time, you've probably overheard an acronym or two and have wondered "what does that mean?" What is the SSB? Who are these EDC people? What is FERPA? My class is in the JCSM? Where is that?

The ABC's of RVC is here to help. We hope you will find this dictionary of RVC acronyms helpful as you navigate around campus. Feel like we may have missed an important one? Fill out the short suggestion form at the bottom of this page and let us know! 

You can also download & print the most current version to keep with you.


* = academic abbreviation

last updated 8/11/15

Associate of Arts
A.A.S. Associate in Applied Science
ACEC Aviation Career Education Center
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
A.E.S. Associate in Engineering Science
A.G.S. Associate in General Studies
ALAS Association for Latin American Students
AP Advanced Placement
A.S. Associate in Science
AST* Astronomy
ATG* Accounting
ATS* Atmospheric Science
ATLE Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (Faculty Development Center)
ATM* Automotive Technology
AVM* Aviation Maintenance Technology
AY Academic Year
BELL Bell School Road Center
BCM* Building Construction Management
BHCC Black History and Culture Committee
BHM Black History Month
BIT Behavioral Intervention Team
BIO* Biology
BLRH Boiler House
BoT Board of Trustees
BPI Business and Professional Institute
BST Bengt Sjostrom Theater
BSU Black Student Union
BUS* Business
CAB Campus Activities Board
CAP Career Advancement Program
C-CERT Campus- Community Emergency Response Team
CCE Community and Continuing Education
CEANCI Career Education Association ofNorth Central Illinois
CEOP Campus Emergency Operations Plan
CIS* Computers and Information Systems
CHM* Chemistry
CLI Classroom Building I
CLII Classroom Building II
CLEP College Level Examination Program
CLR Center for Learning in Retirement
COM* Mass Communication
CNA Certified Nursing Assistant
CRM* Criminal Justice
DNT* Dental Hygiene
DOS Dean of Students
DSS Disability Support Services
DWP Dislocated Worker Program
E (building) President's Office/Administration Building/College Communications
EAGLE Electronic Advanced Group Learning Environment
EAT* Engineering and Technology
ECE Early Childhood Education
ECE Education Credential Evaluators
ECO* Economics
EDC Employee Development Committee
EDU* Education
EET* Electronic Engineering Technology
EGR* Engineering
ENG* English
EP Emergency Preparedness
ERC Educational Resource Center
ESL English as a Second Language
ESP Educational Support Personnel
F Barn/Silo- Studio Theatre
FA Financial Aid (follow this link for a list of acronyms specific to Financial Aid)
FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FLD* Fluid Power
FMP Facilities Master Plan
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
FOP Fraternal Order of Police
FPOM Facilities Planning, Operations and Maintenance
FRE* Fire Science
FRN* French
FSO Faculty Support Office
FWS Fitness, Wellness and Sport
FY Fiscal Year
GAT* Graphic Arts Technology
GECC General Education Core Curriculum
GED General Education Development
GEL* Geology
GPA Grade Point Average
GRC Grade Review Committee
GRM* German
GSC Getting Started Center
GSS Getting Started Sessions
HEARRR Higher Education Alliance for the Rock River Region
HHM Hispanic Heritage Month
HLC Higher Learning Commission
HLT* Health
HR Human Resources
HSC High School Connections
HSR* Human Services
HST* History
HUM* Humanities
IAI Illinois Articulation Initiative
IBHE Illinois Board of Higher Education
ICAPS Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System
ICCB Illinois Community College Board
ICCFA Illinois Community College Faculty Association
ICCTA Illinois Community College Trustees Association
IEP Intensive English (Language) Program
IGP Intensive GED (General Education Development) Program
IR Institutional Research
ISS Intercultural Student Services
IT Information Technology
JA Judicial Affairs
JCSM Karl J. Jacobs Center for Science and Math
JIAC Jobs & Innovation Accelerator Challenge
JiET-A Joint Institute for Engineering & Technology Aerospace
JRN* Journalism
KPI Key Performance Indicator
LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LIT* Literature
LMS Learning Management System
LOC Learning and Opportunity Center
MET* Manufacturing Engineering Technology
MKT* Marketing
MGT* Management
MTH* Mathematics
MUS* Music
NAD* Nursing Aide
NEOC Non-Violence Education and Outreach Committee
NIMS National Incident Management System
NJCAA National Junior College Athletic Association
NRS* Nursing Programs
NUR* Nursing – Hybrid Online
PAIC Promoting An Inclusive Community (Diversity Committee)
PAR Performing Arts Room
PCI* Personal Computer Information
PCT* Personal Computer Technical Specialist
PE Physical Education
PEC Physical Education Center
PGE* Physical Geography
PHL* Philosophy
PNU* Practical Nursing
PHY* Physics
POM Plant Operations & Maintenance
PRS Print Services
PSA Professional Staff Association
PSC* Political Science
PSR Programming Service Request (IT)
PSY* Psychology
PTAC Procurement and Technical Assistance Center
RDG* Reading
RN Registered Nurse
RSP* Respiratory Care
RVC Rock Valley College
Rock Valley College Police Department

SAL Student Awareness Leader
SAS Speakerphone Alert System
SBDC Small Business Development Center
SBS* Sustainable Building Science
SBHS Spring Brook House
SC Student Center
SCCE Stenstrom Center for Career Education
SEM Strategic Enrollment Management
SES Sustainable Energy Systems
SGA Student Government Association
SLO Student Learning Outcomes
SOC* Sociology
SPH* Speech
SPN* Spanish
SRG* Surgical Technology
SRS Student Retention & Success
SSB Support Services Building
STU* Student Development
SURS State Universities Retirement System
TDL Transportation, Distribution, and Logisitics
TDT Truck Driver Training
THE* Theatre

WEB* Web Information Technology
WHM Women's History Month
WLD* Welding Technology
WTC Woodward Technology Center

Feel like we've missed an important acronym? Submit your suggestions below for consideration. Keep in mind this list is meant to help the average staff/faculty member or student decipher the most widely referenced acronyms. While there may be some you use specifically in your department, they may not apply to most of the RVC community.