Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

General Education Development (GED) and Basic Skills

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Group of students in classThe Adult Education program offers, at no cost, GED instruction in both English and Spanish languages.  Basic skill instruction is also offered in Reading, Writing and Math at no cost.  The GED credential - whether called a diploma or certificate - is the most widely accepted and respected high school equivalency credential.

Participants must:

  • Be 17 years of age or older (17 year olds need a High School Withdrawal Letter to register)
  • Not be enrolled or required by state law to be enrolled in secondary school
  • Not have attained a high school diploma or equivalency 
  • Reside in the Rock Valley College District.
For program information call (815) 921-2000.



GED Online Course

Girl on computeripathwaysThis online course is for students who want to prepare for the GED Exam using instruction through the Internet.  Students must be self disciplined, have competent computer skills, access to the Internet and an e-mail address.  Students are required to first pre-register and then attend one 3-hour enrollment session with the instructor.  Students must read at a 9th grade or higher level to enroll in this class.  Classes will begin again in the Spring.


GED Plus

GED GraduationGED Plus is an intensive course for motivated students who plan on taking college level courses. This is a structured course in which students must keep pace with the lessons scheduled by their instructor. In addition to completing their GED, students will learn critical thinking, writing and study skills necessary for college success.


To register for a GED Plus Information Session, please fill out the information below:


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*  Are you interested in a condensed learning option?

*  Are you available 4 mornings or 4 afternoons each week?

If you are currently unemployed and have been determined eligible to receive, are currently receiving or have recently exhausted unemployment benefits, please take a few minutes to see if you qualify for this class.  Click on the link below to complete the survey.

For more information on the Dislocated Workers Program, click on the following link.


GED Testing

GEDGED testing in this area is available through the Regional Office of Education in Loves Park.  Eligible persons may test without taking classes.  Visit the following web page for more information.

NEW!  CLICK HERE for GED Self-Study Websites


E-Mail List

To receive more information by e-mail on any of our GED programs, please fill out the form below:

Providing a phone number is required in case our staff needs to contact you by phone to properly respond to your question or comment.


Approximately 36.58% ($406,612) of total grant dollars to the Adult Education Program are provided through federal funding. Rock Valley College provides, on an 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. Rock Valley College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, marital status or sexual orientation.