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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
Few careers may be as physically challenging as they are deeply rewarding as is fire service. The tragic events of September 11, 2001 have inspired many college students to enter into the fire service field and created a great interest in the Fire Science Program. Ever changing technologies and firefighting tactics make the fire service a dynamic and exciting career. The Fire Science Program at RVC offers two learning options for students:
Non-Internship Sequence Option A: Intended for experienced firefighters who wish to earn a college degree.
Internship Sequence Option B: Aimed at college students with no firefighting experience. This option includes classroom instruction, firefighting training at a special training facility, and an internship experience with a fire department.
Graduates have secured positions in fire protection and prevention, firefighting, dispatch/communications, fire equipment manufacturing and sales, and volunteer fire protection. With additional training, graduates can enter the specialties of fire inspection and insurance investigation. Since job opportunities can be competitive, students should have the flexibility to relocate if necessary.
Hiring practices for fire service are mandated by civil service legislation. Education is not a guarantee for employment, though educational points are awarded in Illinois for candidates who successfully complete the civil service process and possess an A.A.S. degree in Fire Science.
All students, regardless of whether they are going to follow Sequence A or Sequence B must meet these core course requirements for the degree.
Also includes 12 credit hours of Fire Science electives.
|FRE-112||Vehicle/Machinery Rescue Operations||(3)|
|FRE-217||Tactics & Strategy II||(3)|
|FRE-223||Emergency Medical Technician||(9)|
|FRE-250||Special Topics in the Fire Service||(1)|
Required General Education Courses (16 credits):
Note: CHM 105 is strongly recommended.
|CHM-105||Foundations Chemistry-NonScience Majors||(4)|
|CIS-102||Intro to Computers & Info Systems||(3)|
Select 6 credits from the following area(s) (6 credits): Humanities; Social Science; Mathematics; Physical Science; Life Science; Fitness, Wellness and Sport; or English.