Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

JIAC Engineering Program

Jobs & Innovation Accelerator Challenge
Rockford Area Aerospace Cluster

JIAC Program Overview

If you are interested in becoming an engineer, you may be eligible for the JIAC Engineering Program. The U.S. Dept. of Labor – Employment & Training Administration has provided this unique opportunity through the Jobs & Innovation Accelerator Challenge (JIAC) Grant. The intent of the program is to promote Aerospace careers in the Rockford region, by providing students with educational and career mentoring through RVC, NIU and the JiET-A initiative.

JIAC Program Benefits

  • Up to $1200 grant award for tuition, books & fees: That's $4,800 for 2 years!

  • Engineering career mentoring

  • JiETAInternship assistance (help in applying, coaching, advocating for you)

  • Career skills workshops, resources, advising

  • Company and plant tours

  • Guest speakers (engineers, advisors, students with unique internship)

  • Resource assistance with NIU advising, support services, etc.

RVC to NIU: 2 + 2 Engineering Program

Program Overview

This new program allows you to start earning your engineering degree right here at Rock Valley College.  For the first two years of study you can save money on tuition and fees, plus avoid commuting costs and room & board - all while staying here in Rockford!  

  • The Colleges of Engineering at Rock Valley College (RVC) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) have recently finalized a transfer agreement for the new A.E.S Engineering Transfer Degree.

  • This 2 + 2 program ensures that credits earned from the first two (2) years completed at RVC will transfer seamlessly to NIU, where students may complete their final two (2) years of a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.

  • Approximately 15-18 credits per semester while at RVC will complete the AES degree in two years.

  • Mechanical, Electrical, or Industrial & Systems Engineering are examples of the B.S. engineering degrees.

How to get started

1. Complete “Enrollment Information Form” for Rock Valley College

2. Apply for FAFSA for 2013-2014 academic year “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” 
NOTE: Application for FAFSA is required for eligibility in JIAC Program.

3. Complete the “JIAC Program Application

4. Schedule initial meeting with JIAC Engineering Grant Coordinator, Vicki Brust, at Rock Valley College (see contact info below)

           Bring to first meeting: Bring required documents per the “JIAC Eligibility Checklist” to meeting to determine eligibility and suitability for the program.

5. Receive Eligibility Notification for JIAC Engineering Program

6. Enroll in Engineering courses.

NOTE:  All JIAC program related applications and documents are to be returned to the attention of Vicki Brust, via email, mail or in person.



Vicki Brust
JIAC Engineering Grant Coordinator
Student Center (SC) 2322- second floor of Student Center on RVC main campus

  • Program funding by U.S. Dept. of Labor Employment & Training Administration (ETA).

  • All JIAC services are dependent on the availability of funding.

  • Open to residents of RVC district 511, or "in-district" residency, while grant funds are available.

  • Equal opportunity employer/ program.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact the RVC Coordinator/Disability Support Services at (815) 921-2356 or (800) 973-7821.

  • This program is subject to the provisions of the "Jobs for Veterans Act" Public Law 107-288, which provides priority of service to veterans and spouses of certain veterans.

  • JiET-A is a partner with shared goals as JIAC. Participants may be eligible for JiET-A without being eligible for JIAC.