Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois
Whether you are interested in Career & Technical Education that is designed to be completed in two years or less, or you wish to start at RVC and transfer to another college, Rock Valley College has great options for you.   
 
Transfer-Degrees
 
Save big dollars by completing two years at RVC with a low tuition rate and transfer to the college or university of your choice. The key to a successful transfer is to plan your coursework carefully with an advisor. Upon completion of credit coursework at RVC, students may earn one of the following transfer degrees: 
 
Associate in Applied Science
Associate in Engineering Science (A.E.S.) Degree
Associate in Science (A.S.)
Associate of Arts
Associate of Science Degree with Emphasis in Agriculture
General Studies Degree
 
Here is a list of majors that are offered by most Illinois state universities. The first two years of coursework required for these popular majors (and many others) are available right here at RVC! Talk with an Academic Advisor to learn more. 
Accounting
Anthropology
Art
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Automotive
Aviation
Biology
Building Construction
Business
Chemistry
Composition and Literature
Computers and Information
Systems
Criminal Justice
Dental Hygiene
Early Childhood Education
Economics
Education
Engineering
Fire Science
Fitness, Wellness and Sport
Geography
Geology
Graphic Arts
Health
History
Humanities
Journalism
Management
Manufacturing Engineering
Technology
Marketing
Mass Communication
Mathematics
Modern Language
Music
Nursing
Philosophy
Physical Geography
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Speech
Theater
Web Programming & Design

 
Career Education Degree Programs
 
Below you'll find lots of great career programs that are designed to be completed in two years or less. Upon completion, students earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS Degree) or a Certificate. While some of the career and technical courses will transfer, the programs are not designed for transfer to a four-year school. Please consult an Academic Advisor for details.
 

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Accounting
Graduates of this program will play a central role in the financial life of a business or client. They will learn to assemble, identify, record, and interpret financial information in private and public accounting. Students who decide to go on to pursue a bachelor’s degree will find other opportunities available in a wide range of fields.
Automotive Service Technology
Graduates of the Automotive Service Technology (ATM) Program are prepared to assume positions in the automotive industry as entry-level technicians. Students become adept in all aspects of the automobile, including electrical/electronics, engine repair, engine performance, heating/AC, suspension, brakes, and transmissions.
Aviation Maintenance Technology
Federally-licensed graduates of the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program are prepared to assume positions as airline or general aviation engine and/or airframe mechanics. The program is certified to provide approved instruction leading to FAA Airframe and Powerplant certificate examinations.

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Building Construction Management
Graduates of the Building Construction Management (BCM) Program organize, lead, and manage the resources, materials, and the processes related to building construction, both commercial and residential.
Business Administration
Graduates of the Business Administration Program will have acquired knowledge and skills of business and leadership which can be applied to entry level jobs.

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Cisco Networking
Successful graduates have found work as network support specialists, software support specialists, network administrators, system administration, and network specialists among others.
Computers & Information Systems
Graduates of the Computers and Information Systems Program learn the complexities of computer software, hardware, and programming processes to enable them to be successful in the workplace. Although many graduates of the program begin work as entry-level programmers, opportunities are also available as a programmer/analyst, technical support specialist, PC specialist, operations specialist, and in database support.
Criminal Justice
Graduates of the Criminal Justice Program meet the minimum educational requirements necessary to complete for sworn positions at most local and state law enforcement agencies as well as, private security firms. With experience and additional training or education, there are opportunities for graduates to advance into areas of specialization and management. Opportunities include positions in law enforcement, crime prevention, probation, corrections, court records, communications/dispatch, and security/loss prevention.

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Data Assurance & IT Security
Graduates of the Data Assurance & IT Security Program are prepared for a career in computer network and Internet security. Responsibilities include developing information security strategies, performing analyses, installing security software, monitoring network traffic, and developing emergency plans. Graduates secure jobs such as security specialists, network specialists, security technicians, security support specialists, and security assistants.
Dental Hygiene
A career in dental hygiene offers opportunities in multiple settings. Registered Dental Hygienists are part of a dental health team. Dental hygienists work in private and corporate dental offices, where they provide treatment and services that help to prevent oral disease such as dental caries and periodontal disease and educate the client about maintenance of optimal oral health. They also work in hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, schools, correctional facilities, health maintenance organizations and higher education institutions where they serve as faculty members.

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Early Childhood Education
Graduates of the Early Childhood Education Program are well-versed in child development, developmentally appropriate practices, discipline techniques, and other integral facets of early childhood education. Students will be prepared to direct or teach at a day care center or preschool. Opportunities exist in home-based care, day care centers, nursery schools, preschools, private homes, and at before or after-school programs.
Electrician Apprenticeship (ELC)
The Electrician Apprentice (ELC) Program consists of a series of technical core courses covering the required classroom-related instruction for people who wish to become journeyman electrical workers. The program requires a minimum of 800 hours of related instruction and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Those who successfully complete the Electrician Apprentice Program are employed as residential or commercial wiremen, linemen, and/or advanced journeypersons.
Electronic Engineering Technology
Graduates of the Electronic Engineering Technology Program have the necessary skills to use electronic test equipment to make measurements, understand electrical schematics and blueprints, analyze electronic circuits and understand fundamental design concepts, relate the principles of electrical circuits to hydraulic circuits and pneumatics. The graduates are ready to support manufacturing, design test equipment, produce and test products, and to assist in product development. Successful graduates secure positions as test equipment designers, quality assurance and reliability specialists, sales and service professionals, control system technicians, medical equipment experts, or as part of a manufacturing support team.

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Fire Science
Few careers may be as physically challenging as they are deeply rewarding as is fire service. 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. 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.
Fitness, Wellness & Sport (Exercise Science or Sport Management)
The FWS degree provides students with the educational and practical experiences needed to obtain employment in sport, recreation, exercise, or fitness organizations. It also provides students the opportunity to transfer to a 4-year degree program in Exercise Science, Sport Management, or other related fields in order to enhance their earnings potential.

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Graphic Arts Technology
Students in the program are prepared for a variety of jobs in the printing and publishing industry and related fields of graphic arts. The graphic arts industry is a major employer in Illinois. This program focuses on developing students with a well-rounded education encompassing both the creative and technical aspects of the industry with a focus on the digital production techniques that are changing the world of media delivery.

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Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Graduates of this program are prepared for interdisciplinary careers in high-tech manufacturing and industrial technology. The areas of emphasis are modern design methods, production, and continuous improvement techniques. In addition to the areas of product design, 3-D CAD modeling, process planning, production scheduling, quality technician, and CNC programming and operation, a graduate of this degree may assume responsibilities in automated production, technical sales, and problem solving in many other areas of today’s dynamic world of manufacturing.

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Nursing (A.A.S. Degree)
The Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares graduates to work as entry-level registered professional nurses in a variety of health care settings, including acute care facilities, long-term care and many specialty related health care facilities. Classes, labs and clinical experiences are integrated into the program. Supervision by credentialed nursing faculty allows students to develop and practice safe, competent entry level nursing skills.

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Office Professional
The Office Professional Program allows students to focus on one of four areas of office administration: General office, medical office, legal office, or office software application professionals. Under the guidance of the Associate Dean of Business/CIS, students will be able to tailor a program that meets their unique needs.

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Respiratory Care
Respiratory Care is an allied health profession that focuses on the care of patients with cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) problems. The graduates of the RVC program are prepared to work locally and nationally. As highly skilled and knowledgeable Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT), they are vital parts of the health care team. RRT’s actively work to deliver direct patient care with physicians, nurses, and other allied health professionals. This includes patient assessment to help guide the treatment, care, education, and rehabilitation of the patient.

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Sustainable Building Science
Graduates of this program organize, lead, and manage the process related to Building Construction by promoting sound building practices with emphasis on energy conservation, human comfort, and responsible resource management. Graduates work in such jobs as sustainability coordinator, energy auditor, envelope professional, or resource manager. With additional experience, successful graduates can advance to LEED professional, project engineer, building inspector, construction or maintenance supervisor, or green building contractor.
Sustainable Energy Systems
Graduates of the Sustainable Energy Systems Program have a broad understanding of energy efficiency and conservation, comprehensive energy and electrical-load audits, alternative electrical energy generation using photovoltaics, wind turbines, fuel cells, and microhydro. They also understand how active and passive solar technology (including geothermal systems) can be used to produce air conditioning via heat pumps and radiant floor heating. They comprehend solar hot water heating systems as well as well as tankless hot water heating. The graduates are ready to work in alternative energy product and service development, testing and alternative energy product certifications with an emphasis on the electrical and electronic systems.

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Web Programming & Design
Graduates of this program are prepared for a career in Website programming and support. Thus, students will not only be able to design Web pages, but apply technical specifications to bring them to life. Graduates of this program often work as Web programmers, Web programmer assistants, Web server systems administrators, Web designers, or Web media developers. Students obtaining this degree will be better prepared to take the following certifications: WOW, ZEND, PHP Certification, Magento Certification, and the W3C certification.
 
Certificates
 
Career education certificate programs are developed and offered in areas where job-entry training and educational requirements usually can be met in less than two years. These short-term programs are excellent options for the student who is interested in quickly gaining skills for employment.

A number of certificates are offered either as part of career education degree programs or stand-alone certificates. Requirements for a certificate include the following:

1. For certificates with less than 30 credit hours, a minimum grade of “C” is required in each course required in the certificate.

2. For certificates of 30 or greater credit hours, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C” on a 4.0 scale) is required.

3. Substitution of appropriate, approved courses may be made in certificates to a maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours in the respective certificate. Upon successful completion of the requirements for a specific certificate, an application for the certificate must be completed at the Records & Registration Office.
 

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Accounting Certificates
Accounting Certificates include Accounting/Income Tax Fundamentals and Professional Bookkeeping.
Assembly Line Welder Certificate
The Assembly Line Welder Certificate will provide students with instruction in each of the most common welding processes currently used in the industry (e.g., Arc/Stick, Shielded Metal Arc Welding; MIG, metal inert gas; TIG, tungsten inert gas; and Oxyfuel, gas welding and cutting), as well as instruction in welding safety.
Automotive Certificates
Automotive Certificates include Automotive Technician, Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning, Automotive Suspension and Brakes, Automotive Electrical, Automotive Engine Performance, and Automotive Transmission.
Aviation Maintenance Technology Certificates
Aviation Maintenance Technology Certificates include Aviation Maintenance, Airframe Technician, and Powerplant Technician.

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Building Construction Management Certificates
Building Construction Management Certificates include Construction Management, Building Construction, Construction Administrative Assistant, Construction Methods & Materials, Residential Construction, and Basic Construction.
Business Administration Certificates
Business Administration Certificates include Business Fundamentals, Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship.

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Cisco Networking Certificates
Cisco Networking Certificates include Cisco Networking, Cisco Advanced Networking, Microsoft Server Admin.
Coaching Education and Personal Training Certificates
The FWS certificates provide students with the educational and practical experiences needed to prepare for certification as qualified personal trainers or athletic coaches. Each 24-credit hour certificate can be completed in as little as three consecutive semesters.
Computers & Information Systems (CIS) Certificates
Computers & Information Systems (CIS) Certificates include C/C++ Programming and Visual Basic Programming.

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Data Assurance & IT Security Certificates
Data Assurance & IT Security certificates include Voice Over IP, Cisco CCNA, and Cisco CCNP.

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Early Childhood Education Certificates
Early Childhood Education Certificates include Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education Assistant, Child Care Aide.
Electrician Apprenticeship Certificate
The Electrician Apprentice (ELC) Program consists of a series of technical core courses covering the required classroom-related instruction for people who wish to become journeyman electrical workers. The program requires a minimum of 800 hours of related instruction and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training.
Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) Certificates
Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) Certificates include Electronics, Basic Electronics.

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Fire Science Certificates
Fire Science Certificates include Basic Operations Firefighter, Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Foundation of the Fire Service, and Emergency Medical Technician.
Fluid Power Technology
Graduates of this three-credit certificate program are prepared in the basic areas of hydraulics and pneumatics technology. Fluid power technicians are adept in the operation, maintenance, repair, and testing of fluid power equipment or components in factory settings.

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Graphic Arts Technology Certificates
Graphic Arts Technology Certificates include Prepress certification.

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Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MET) Certificates
Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MET) Certificates include CAD, CNC, Basic Quality, Certified Manufacturing Associate.
Mass Communication Certificates
Graduates of this 26-credit Media Production Specialist Certificate Program are prepared to produce a wide range of media projects including multi-format television programs, commercials, public service announcements, short films, and high-quality audio products.

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Nursing Aide Certificate (CNA)
The Nursing Aide Certificate Program prepares students to enter the health care workforce and a pathway to allied health and nursing careers.

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Office Professional Certificates
Office Professional Certificates include Administrative Assistant, Medical Coding, MOS/Word, MOS/Excel, MOS/PowerPoint, MOS/Access.

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Practical Nursing Certificate (LPN)
The Practical Nursing (LPN) Certificate Program prepares graduates to work as entry-level practical nurses in a variety of health care settings, including long-term care and other community health facilities. Classes, labs, and clinical experiences are integrated into the program

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Sheet Metal Apprenticeship
Apprentices in this Program are trained to assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products. They work on air conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems. Those trained in this field learn to read job orders and blueprints. From that, they are able to select the correct metal and shape it over the proper form using solder and welding techniques.
Surgical Technology Certificate
Surgical technologists prepare the operating room and equipment used for surgery, assist in preparing patients for surgery, are responsible for creating and maintaining the sterile environment in the operating room, and assist in other aspects of the procedure. The Program, featuring classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences, prepares students to assume an important role with surgical teams at entry level.
Sustainable Construction Certificate
The Sustainable Construction Certificate is a 15 credit certificate.
Sustainable Energy Systems Certificates
Sustainable Energy Systems Certificates include Sustainable Energy Systems and Basic Sustainable Energy Systems.

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Tool & Die/Precision Machinist Apprenticeship
The tool and die maker/precision machinist apprentice makes the devices used by machinists for mass-produced parts. Tool and die makers are among the most skilled of all machinery workers. Apprentices learn to make the gauges and measuring devices in manufacturing precision metal parts. They are also taught to construct metal forms used to shape metal stamping and forging operations.

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Web Programming & Design Certificates
Web Programming & Design Certificates include Web Development and Web Design.
Welding Certificate
Graduates are adept in the various welding types, including gas, shielded metal arc (STICK), metal inert gas (MIG), flux core, and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding. Welding certification can be acquired in one or more welding processes.