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.
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?
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!
English as a Second Language (ESL) is a program designed for adults, 17 years or older, whose native language is NOT English. The ESL program helps students improve reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. ESL classes range from providing basic language and life skills for beginners to helping advanced students refine their English in preparation for higher education, vocational training, or a career.
Can you tell me more about the ESL classes?
Rock Valley College's ESL classes typically start in January and August for 15-17 weeks, with possible summer classes. Classes meet 5-7 hours per week, during the morning, afternoon or evening, and are located throughout the community. There are seven different levels of ESL classes.
What is the cost of an ESL class?
For residents of the Rock Valley College District, tuition for these courses is free.
Who are the students?
Our student population represents a diversity of cultural and educational backgrounds. Our current students are from 65 separate countries and speak 50 different languages.
How do I register for ESL classes?
The Adult Education office will assist students with the registration process on scheduled dates. Placement testing will be conducted at the time of registration to determine what level of ESL courses a student should enroll in. The registration process takes about 2.5 hours.
To be the first to receive registration information about future ESL classes via e-mail, please fill out the form below:
The IEP is an Intensive English Program. It is a 15-week, full-time academic ESL program designed to help non-native English speakers transition to academic/credit classes at Rock Valley College. There are
two levels in the IEP,
beginning and intermediate.
To receive information for an upcoming IEP Information Session, please fill out the information below:
For further testing and program information, please call:
Adult Education Office
Stenstrom Center for Career Education
4151 Samuelson Road
Rock Valley College provides, on a flexible and individualized basis, reasonable accommodations to students who have documented disabilities that may affect their ability to participate in class activities or meet class requirements. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Adult Education office, 815-921-2000, to discuss their needs for accommodations. Approximately 31.5% ($369,522) of total grant dollars to the Adult Education Program are provided through Federal funding.