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!
When are classes offered?
Day classes are held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday and can be completed in 4 weeks. Evening classes are from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday – Friday and can be completed in 8 weeks. Class dates may be extended depending on student achievement, holidays, weather or other factors.
Where are the classes held?
Classroom training is held in Room 1 (a clean, comfortable room with multimedia equipment) in the Essex Building Truck Driver Training Center. The remainder of the class time is spent in yard and road training.
What are the costs involved?
The cost of the course is $3,800. This amount includes a DOT pre-employment physical and a NIDA 5 panel drug screen. Additional costs to the student are a $50 CDL permit fee paid to the Secretary of State. Some students will also have a $12 Motor Vehicle Report fee paid to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Is financial aid available?
There are training grants available for unemployed or displaced workers. Those in Winnebago County should contact the Rock Valley College Dislocated Workers Program, 303 N. Main Street, Rockford, (815) 921-2200. Illinois Veteran’s benefits are accepted and student loan information is available.
How many students will be in my class?
The maximum class size will be sixteen students with four instructors.
Do I receive college credit for the class?
Yes, successful completion of the class is worth 10.0 credit hours.
What things might disqualify me from taking the class?
You must be 18 years of age to receive your CDL license, hold a current Illinois driver’s license, and be able to pass a physical and drug screening.
Can I succeed if English is my second language?
The Dept. of Motor Vehicles only administers the required tests in English. You must be able to communicate in English well enough to take the tests and understand the instructions given to you.
How do I register?
Call (815) 921-2063 to schedule a short orientation interview designed to answer your questions and bring awareness of the rewards and demands of a trucking career. You may register after your interview through the Business and Professional Institute.
If I am unable to complete the course, will my money be refunded?
Fees for your physical and drug screening are non-refundable. In order to receive a refund, you must turn in an official withdrawal from within the first 2 days of class. The refund policy will be discussed in detail at your orientation interview.
Who do I contact if I have other questions?
Please call (815) 921-2076 or e-mail email@example.com
Mark Sandoval, Coordinator, Truck Driving Training will be happy to answer your questions or assist you in any way.