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.
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 11 national championships and we have had more than 130 All-Americans.
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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!
Computer Training for Everyone! Enhance: Your Skills!
Computer courses offered through Continuing Education are designed for students with beginning to advanced computer experience. A variety of short-term, hands-on computer courses are offered at various times and locations to meet the needs of the community.
Computer Lab Locations:
BLL – Course sections are taught at the Bell School Road Center, 3350 N. Bell School Road, Rockford
RV – Course sections are taught at the Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford
Teachers! Watch for the Apples.
“Apples” indicate courses that have been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. Please let the instructor know when taking the class for CPDUs.
For additional classes approved for CPDU’s, see the Education Careers Tab.
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Intro to Computers Part 1
This class is designed for the new user or those with no experience interested in learning computers. Provides individuals with the skills and confidence to continue learning. You will learn terms and fundamentals. What is Windows. Software vs. Hardware. What is a hard/floppy drive/CD-ROM. Memory and storage What is a file. Bring flash drive to class. 4 CPDUs
DPR 001 RV 9/5 Th 9:00 am-1:00 pm $49 WTC Room G02
DPR 001 BLL 9/14 Sa 8:30 am-12:30 pm $49 BELL SCHOOL CTR Rm 005
Intro to Computers Part 2
(.5 Credit) This course is a continuation of Computer Basics I. Become familiar with Internet navigation, e-mail, search tools and more. Individual help will be available during class session. Bring a flash drive to class. RECOMMENDED: Computer Basics-Level I or equivalent experience.
Basic Computer Skills
(1.5 Credits) This course covers basic computer skills while offering an overview of the MS Office 2010 Suite. You will be prepared for other courses offered through Continuing Education. Handouts provided. Bring a flash drive to Class. RECOMMENDED: Computer Basics Level 1 or equivalent experience.
You will learn to:
• type letters and documents using Word
• create formulas in spreadsheets using Excel
• create databases using Access
• create presentations using PowerPoint
Windows 7.0 Basics
(1 Credit) Have you purchased a new computer with Windows 7 operating system and need help discovering the many simple and powerful features? You will learn to: Work your way through the operating system–open documents and folders. Start applications from the desktop. Customize the task bar. Change system settings. Manage files and more—along with all the fun new enhancements found in Windows 7! (If you have Windows XP or Vista, almost everything taught in the class will work for you.) Purchase text at RVC Bookstore before first session. RECOMMENDED: Computer Basics Level I or equivalent experience.
Bring a flash drive to class. 16 CPDUs
DPR 003 BLL 9/21-10/12 Sa 1:00-5:00 pm $129 BELL SCHOOL CTR Rm 005
This set of courses provides the education and skills to begin a career, to advance in a current position or to promote professional growth. You can become a Word Processing Specialist, Spreadsheet Application Specialist, Database Management Specialist, Presentation Application Specialist by successfully completing the required courses for each track. Please consult individual courses in this schedule for dates and times.
Word Processing Specialist
Word Level 1 – 12 hours
Word Level 2 – 12 hours
Word Level 3 – 12 hours
Spreadsheet Application Specialist
Excel Level 1 – 12 hours
Excel Level 2 – 12 hours
Excel Level 3 – 12 hours
Database Management Specialist
Access: The Complete Course – 28 hours
Presentation Application Specialist
PowerPoint: The Complete Course – 20 hours
RVC Computer Skills Exam
Upon successful completion of a Specialist Series in MS Word, Excel, Access or PowerPoint, students will receive a RVC Skills Certificate plus be eligible to take the RVC Computer Skills Exam at no additional charge. The exam will be offered on 5/31 from 9-11 am for all topics. (Exam not offered for Web Page Design) Students have one year to complete all of the required Specialist Series courses. To register for the exam, call RVC Continuing Education at (815) 921-3900.
OSB 099 RV2 12/17 T 9:00-11:00 am FREE WTC Room G02
RVC Keyboarding / Typing Certificate
Do you need an instant reliable, accurate typing certification? We’ll test your speed and accuracy. Earn your RVC Certificate with your scores to show an employer. Cost $10. Call Continuing Education to register (815) 921-3900.
Word 2010 Level 1
(.5 Credit) Word 2010, a powerful word processing program allows you to do much more than type documents. Purchase text at RVC Bookstore before first session. RECOMMENDED: Basic Computer Skills or equivalent experience. Bring a flash drive to class. 12 CPDUs
You will learn to:
•open Word and review the new Ribbon interface
•navigate and close Word documents
•create documents and search Help for more information
•create/enhance documents using margins
•work with line spacing, bullets, borders, and shading
•use spell and grammar checker, AutoCorrect, Format Painter
•cut, copy, paste, drag and drop
•create document with mail merge
DPR 023 RV 9/24-10/10 TTh 9:00-11:00 am $99 WTC Room G02
DPR 023 RV1 9/24-10/10 TTh 7:30-9:30 am $99 WTC Room G02
DPR 023 BLL 10/19-11/2 Sa 8:00 am-Noon $99 BELL SCHOOL CTR Rm 005
Word 2010 Level 2
(.5 Credits) Learn intermediate Word skills. (Use same text as Word Level I) RECOMMENDED: Word Level 1 or equivalent experience. Bring a flash drive to class. Purchase text at RVC Bookstore. 12 CPDUs
You will learn to:
•create, sort, format, merge and perform calculations in tables
•work with section breaks, insert columns and column breaks
•insert WordArt, clip art and themes
•create custom Building Blocks & create a one-page promotional brochure
•set page orientation and size, work with shapes, picture editing
•insert and format Smart Art and format page background
•create research paper including footnotes and endnotes, headers
and footer with captions and table of figures
•use built-in templates
DPR 026 RV 10/15-10/31 TTh 9:00-11:00 am $99 WTC Room G02
DPR 026 RV1 10/15-10/31 TTh 7:30-9:30 pm $99 WTC Room G02
DPR 026 BLL 11/9-11/23 Sa 8:00 am-Noon $99 BELL SCHOOL CTR Rm 005
Word 2010 Part 3
(.5 Credits) Learn intermediate Word skills. (Use same text as Word Level I) RECOMMENDED: Word Part 1 and Word Part 2 or equivalent experience. Bring a flashdrive to class. 12CPDU’s.
You will learn to:
• create, sort, format, merge & perform calculations in tables
• create footnotes & endnotes, headers & footer with captions & table of figures
• work with section breaks, insert columns and column breaks
• insert WordArt, clip art & themes
• create custom Building Blocks & create a one-page promotional brochure
• set page orientation & size, work with shapes, picture editing
• insert & format Smart Art & format page background
DPR 036 RV 11/5-1/21 TTh 9:00-11:00 am $99R WTC Room G02
DPR 036 RV1 10/5-10/31 TTh 7:30-9:30 pm $99 WTC Room G02
Excel 2010 Level 1
(.5 Credits) Learn Excel 2010, a powerful spreadsheet application. The focus of this course is on basic skills, starting with a review of the new Office Ribbon interface. RECOMMENDED: Basic Computer Skills or equivalent experience. Purchase text at RVC Bookstore before first session. Bring a flash drive to class. 12 CPDUs.
You will learn to:
• enter & edit data
• elect and format cells and ranges
• create formulas & functions
• adjust row and column
• page setup and printing worksheets
DPR 024 RV 9/24-10/10 TTh 11:15 am-1:15 pm $99 WTC Room G02
DPR 024 RV1 9/24-10/10 TTh 5:15 - 7:15 pm $99 WTC Room G02
Excel 2010 Level 2
(.5 Credits) Learn intermediate Excel skills. RECOMMENDED: Excel Level 1 or equivalent experience. (Use same text as Level I). Bring a flash drive to class. Purchase text at RVC Bookstore. 12 CPDUs.
You will learn to:
• freeze headings and split worksheet windows
• sort worksheet rows
• set print options
• insert art, draw, move, size, rotate and add styles
• create SmartArt
• use office template and create custom templates
• lock/unlock cells, apply protection, set password/attach a digital signature
• copy/move worksheets, copy formatting between worksheets/use linked formulas
• sort/filter table data, hide detail data using the outline/grouping commands
DPR 027 RV 10/15-10-/31 TTh 11:15 am-1:15 pm $99 WTC Room G02
DPR 027 RV1 10/15-10/31 TTh 5:15 - 7:15 pm $99 WTC Room G02
Excel 2010 Level 3
(.5 Credits) Learn advanced Excel features including integrating Excel with other Office programs. RECOMMENDED: Excel Level 2 or equivalent experience. (Use same text as Level I). Bring a flash drive to class. Purchase text at RVC bookstore before first session. 12 CPDUs
You will learn to:
• create Macros to automate routine tasks
• create and format Pivot Table & Pivot Charts
• use PMT & FV functions, Goal Seek, Solver, Analysis Tool Pak & Scenario Manager
• use 3-D cell references, HLOOKUP, VLOOKUP and IF functions
• consolidate data from detail and group worksheets
• use Data Validation and Conditional Formatting
• create data tables and trend lines
• set up project folders, insert comments feature
DPR 037 RV 11/5-11-/21 TTh 11:15 am-1:15 pm $99 WTC Room G02
DPR 037 RV1 11/5-1/21 TTh 5:15 - 7:15 pm $99 WTC Room G02
Access 2010 Complete
(1 Credit) (Level 2-3) Begin building the skills needed to use this powerful database management software then learn the more advanced techniques of Microsoft Access. Purchase text at RVC bookstore before first session. RECOMMENDED: Basic Computer Skills or equivalent experience. Bring a flash drive to class. 18 CPDUs
You will learn to:
• define database concepts – produce reports
• create, build and modify tables – create/modify select queries
• create/use a form to enter data into a table
• strengthen tables – form relationships/format fields
DPR 089 BLL 11/5-11-/21 TTh 1:30-3:00 pm $99 WTC Rm G02
NO CLASS 11/28
PowerPoint 2010 Essentials
(1 Credit) Everything you need to know to assemble and present your own basic PowerPoint presentation. Purchase text at RVC Bookstore before first session. RECOMMENDED: Basic Computer Skills or equivalent experience. Bring a flash drive to class. 20 CPDUs.
You will learn to:
• use Slide Master – change color schemes
• create charts – create and run slide shows
• auto Content Wizard – print handouts and outlines
DPR 095 RV 11/26-12-/12 TTh 9:00 am-1:00 pm WTC Room G02
NO CLASS 11/28
Learn and apply HTML, CSS, and Java Script to web pages and understand the web development process. Upon completion of the five (5) courses below you will receive the Basic Web Technology Mini Certificate:
HTML Essentials – 12 hours
CSS Essentials – 12 hours
Java Script Essentials – 12 hours
Server Side Technologies – 12 hours
WordPress – 4 hours
(.5 Credit) HTML is used to define the content of a web page. A solid understanding of HTML will allow you to maintain web pages without using an HTML editor. Even if you are using an HTML editor such as Dreamweaver, you will need to know enough HTML to make necessary “code tweaks” in order to get your web pages to do what you want them to do. This course is designed to show you how to create web pages using nothing more than HTML. An overview of Open Source HTML tools will be covered along with how to use text, image, list, link and table tags. RECOMMENDED: Basic Computer Skills or equivalent experience. Bring a flash drive to class.
CIS 064 RV 9/14-9/28 Sa 8:30 am-12:30 pm $99 WTC Room G02
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Essentials
(.5 Credit) Where HTML is used to define the content of a web page, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is used to define presentation of that content. This course is designed to show you the basics of CSS, how to convert HTML tags to CSS elements, and how to control those elements via style sheets. RECOMMENDED: HTML Essentials or equivalent experience. Bring a flash drive to class.
CIS 066 RV 10/12-10/26 Sa 8:30 am-12:30 pm $99 WTC Room G02
CIS 068 RV 11/2-11/16 Sa 8:30 am-12:30 pm $99 WTC Room G02
Server Side Technologies
(.5 Credit) To deliver dynamic web content to your website visitors, you will need to understand various server-side scripting technologies. Using these technologies, you can dynamically edit, change or add any content of a Web Page, respond to user queries and form data, access databases, access files, transform XML, date to HTML data and return the results to a browser, customize a Web page, provide security and access control to Web pages, tailor your output to different types of browsers and more. RECOMMENDED: Java Script Essentials or equivalent experience. Bring a flash drive to class.
CIS 069 RV 11/23-12/7 Sa 8:30 am-12:30 pm $99 WTC Room G02
NO CLASS 8/10
QuickBooks 2012 Level 1
QuickBooks 2012 Level 2
(1 Credit) This course provides a continuation of QuickBooks 2012 Level 1. Purchase text at RVC Bookstore (same text as Level 1) Bring a flash drive to class.
DPR 057 RV 10/23-12/4 W 5:30-8:45 pm $145 WTC Room G02
Marketing Your Business Through Social Networking
(.5 Credit) This course is designed for business owners interested in learning how and why to use social media as part of their marketing strategy. This class will provide a comprehensive overview on the fundamentals of creating and managing social media for your small business. Learn how to grow your social network, gain brand exposure and generate web traffic for your business. Learn about the most popular types of social media, how to interact and attract customers with the these media forms and the “do’s and don’ts” of social media etiquette. Information on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Linked In as well as blogging for business will be presented. This timely class will also help you repurpose your business marketing materials into fresh and informative information to add content to your social media venues.
DPR 098 RV 9/9 M 6:00-9:00 pm $39 WTC Room G02
Facebook for Small Business
(.5 Credit) Learn about Facebook and how to use it for small business. Students will open an account, set up a Facebook page and learn what Facebook can and can’t do for a small business. Join us to see how to reach out to customers with this social media tool and how to use Facebook time and resources to your advantage.
DPR 098 RV3 9/23 M 6:00-9:00 pm $39 WTC Room G02
Blogging for Small Business (Word Press)
(.5 Credit) Are you looking to gain customers and increase your status in your industry? Blogging may be the answer! Learn how to open a blog account, what to write about in a business blog, as well as how to use material you may already have to create fun and interesting blog posts. We will also explore places to Host your blog including Word Press and others.
DPR 098 RV2 9/16 M 6:00-9:00 pm $39 WTC Room G02
Twitter for Small Business
(.5 Credit) Learn about Twitter and how to use it for your small business. Learn what a “hash tag” is and how to post interesting information about your business and products to gain Twitter followers. Students will open a Twitter account, design a Twitter page and learn the important points of posting for business.
DPR 098 RV3 9/30 M 6:00-9:00 pm $39 WTC Room G02
Getting Started with an iPhone
You will learn to use the apps that come with your iPhone including mail, Internet, music and more. Plus we will use the App Store to purchase and download many useful and fun apps. Bring your iPhone to class
DPR 051 RV 10/1 T 6:00-9:00 pm $39 BELL SCHOOL CTR Room 005
Getting Started with an iPad
Learn how to organize, explore and maximize your new digital device. Pinch, swipe, tap and shake your way through the features and functions including photos, videos, calendar and various apps. Find some hidden gems and tips to make you a confident and proud iPad owner. Bring your iPad to class
DPR 051 RV1 10/8 T 6:00-9:00 pm $39 BELL SCHOOL CTR Room 005
Evernote Organizational Program
This program will help you organize your “to do” list, projects, notes, recipes, genealogy and more. You’ll learn how to add information from websites, web info and pictures, how to Sync information across computers, smartphones, tablets and any device with Internet access. Learn to edit, share and organize your notes. RECOMMENDED: Computer Basics l or equivalent experience.
DPR 025 BLL 11/1-11/8 F 12:30-4:30 pm $59 BELL SCHOOL CTR Room 005
Storing Information on the Cloud
(.5 Credits) Learn about different Cloud storage sites and amounts available such as Dropbox, iCloud, Googledrive, Skydrive and Sugarsync. Learn advantages of different storage sites, new storage contenders on the market, syncing information from your computer to online storage for backup, deleting content from the Cloud, free or fee storage, sharing information on storage with others and how to utilize storage on all your devices. RECOMMENDED: Computer Basics l or equivalent experience.
DPR 090 BLL 10/11-10/18 F 12:30-4:30 pm $69 BELL SCHOOL CTR Room 005
Adobe Photoshop CS5
(.5 Credits) (Level 2) Learn how to correct and enhance your photos with Adobe Photoshop CS5. You will learn how to retouch and enhance your photos through hands-on experience. You will learn how to use many of the tools to edit your photos and images including selection tools, resizing and cropping, removing red eye, re-coloring certain areas of your photo, contrast and brightness and filters and many other techniques to correct those photos you thought were useless. Purchase text at RVC bookstore before class. Bring a flash drive to store pictures used in the class. RECOMMENDED: Computer Basics l or equivalent experience.
DPR 042 RV 10/1-10/17 TTh 1:30 am-4:00 pm $139 WTC Room G02
Mac for Newcomers
(.5 Credits) This introductory class is designed for the NEW Mac user or individuals with little or NO Mac experience and are interested in learning how to get around the Mac computer. Your will learn the desktop, menu bar, how to use the mouse and dock, basic windows, menu features including finder and file handling. Bring a flash drive to class. Purchase text at RVC Bookstore before the first session.
DPR 019 RV 9/20-10/11 F 1:00-4:00 pm $99 WTC Room 152
(.5 Credits) This course is a continuation of Mac for Newcomers. It will cover the basic functions of iCal, iDVD, iPhoto, iMovie and iTunes.Mac for Newcomers or equivalent experience with Mac computers. Purchase text at RVC Bookstore-the same text is used for Mac for Newcomers. RECOMMENDED: Mac for Newcomers or equivalent experience with Mac computers.
DPR 015 RV 10/18-11/8 F 1:00-4:00 pm $99 WTC Room 152
EBAY: Buying & Selling
This class will focus on how to buy and sell items on EBAY’s online auction. Participants who want to take advantage of this hands-on training should already be registered with EBAY. Otherwise you may also choose to observe the buying and selling process that will be demonstrated during the class. RECOMMENDED: Computer Basics ll, Internet or equivalent experience.
OSB 096 BLL 9/7 Sa 8:30 am -12:3 pm $49 BELL SCHOOL RD CTR Rm 005