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!
Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Center (APTAC)
The PTAC program was formed by Congress to help businesses seeking to compete successfully in federal, state and local government contracting. APTAC is the national, professional organization of the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers.
Local Packaging Resources
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Military or Federal Spec and Standards
Federal specifications and standards available in DOD repository can be accessed on the ASSIST Quick Search website. Another great source is this PTAC. Call 815-921-2091 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org your needed Military or Federal Specification or Standard and we will send your the document.
Past Procurement Histories
Do you know the price the government paid for your product? When it was last purchased? Who is your competitor? What are the technical characteristics? This information can be helpful when a bidder is pricing their response to a proposal. The PTAC can provide access to information about millions of active and historical parts. Information about each item includes: part numbers, characteristics, suppliers, procurement history, replacement and alternate parts, supply management and branch-specific information.
Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
The FAR is the principal set of rules in the Federal Acquisition Regulation System. This system consists of sets of regulations issued by agencies of the federal government to govern the purchasing (acquisition) process. The purpose of the FAR is to provide uniform policies and procedures for acquisition. When a government agency issues a contract or a proposal, it will specify a list of FAR provisions that apply to that contract. In order to be awarded a contract, a bidder must comply with the FAR provisions referenced. To download referenced FAR provisions, visit this website.
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)
Supplemental acquisition regulations can be downloaded from the DPAP website.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
The Department of Defense published the final policy on July 30, 2004, that initiated the widespread implementation of Radio Frequency Identification throughout the DOD supply Chain. If your contract delivery requires RFID you will need to become familiar with the requirements. The RVC PTAC can offer assistance too! Stay updated on changes in RFID; download the DOD Supplier's Passive RFID Information' Guide and MIL-STD 129 at this website.
Wide Area Workflow (WAWF)
Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) is a secure web based system for electronic invoicing, receipt, and acceptance. WAWF allows government vendors to submit and track invoices and receipt/acceptance documents over the web and allows government personnel to process those invoices in a real-time, paperless environment. Since 2008, DOD has issued a ruling to require the use of the Wide Area Workflow as the only acceptable electronic system for submitting requests for payment (invoices and receiving reports) under DOD contracts. Learn how to get started in WAWF or call your PTAC office.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The FOIA is a federal freedom of information law that allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States government.
Davis Bacon Act
The Davis-Bacon Act applies to contractors and subcontractors performing on federally funded contracts in excess of $2,000 for the construction, alteration, or repair (including painting and decorating) of public buildings or public works. All federal government construction contracts, and most contracts for federally assisted construction over $2,000, must include provisions for paying workers on-site no less than the locally prevailing wages and benefits paid on similar projects. For additional information and to download helpful tools, fact sheets compliance guides visit the U.S. Department of Labor website.
Local Business Resources
The EIGERlab facility offers area business growth opportunities through innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship. The EIGERlab is a key asset for our community in building a more robust and diverse economy. The facility and programs offered are designed to assist in the development of targeted industry cluster through collaborative efforts of education, business and government. Learn more now.
Small Business Development Center of Rock Valley College (SBDC)
The SBDC's mission is growing business, creating jobs and energizing our economy! Learn more by visiting their website or downloading their brochure. The SBDC, located in the EIGERlab, leverages a large network of resources to ensure the success of existing and start-up businesses in Winnebago, Ogle, Stephenson and Boone counties that will create jobs and grow the region's economy.
"Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. The Northern Illinois SCORE Chapter, located in the EIGERlab, provides business mentoring, workshops and business planning. Email SCORE at email@example.com. For an appointment in Rockford call (815) 962-0122, or in Belvidere call (815) 670-3616. Learn more at the SCORE website.
Local trade specialists can work with your company to help you increase your sales to new global markets. Visit their website for additional information.
Contact Patrick G. Hope, Director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Rockford at Patrick.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (815)316-2380. Mr. Hope's office is located in the EIGERlab.
Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC)
The RAEDC is a staff of economic development professionals and over 200 private and public sector investors who collaborate to enhance wealth creation in the Rockford Region by marketing the area and helping employers retain and create quality jobs. The RAEDC works closely with many partners to serve as a one-stop resource for clients, to improve the competitiveness of the region, and to engage the community in the work of economic development. To contact the RAEDC call (815) 987-8118 or visit their website.
Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity raise Illinois' profile as a global business destination and nexus of innovation. It provides a foundation for the economic prosperity of all Illinoisans, through the coordination of business recruitment and retention, infrastructure building and job training efforts, and administration of state and federal grant programs. Learn more.
Rockford Chamber of Commerce
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce delivers benefit to the community by leading in the promotion of economic growth, advocating for the interests of business, and providing service and educational opportunities that help members grow. They've helped many thousands of businesses grow and expand. Visit their website.