Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois
Advance Now


Advance your life now

Why wait to get started on a career? Advance Now enables high school students to get a great start on their higher education and future career. Rock Valley College (RVC) and the Career Education Associates of North Central Illinois (CEANCI) have formed a partnership to offer college-level classes in career and technical programs for high school students. Most classes are held at RVC's Stenstrom Center for Career Education next to Jefferson High School.

By enrolling in one of the programs listed below, students are eligible to receive dual credits that will be applied to both their high school and RVC transcripts. As a result, students can complete high school with many of the college credits they need to be prepared to work in one of the exciting fields listed on this page.

Enroll in one of the career tracks listed below and you'll be on your way to a great future!

2015-2016 PROGRAMS

TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS

Automotive Service Technology

  • 2 year program - begin Junior year & finish Senior yearAutomotive-Tech
  • Complete Automotive Engine Certificate (1st year)
  • Complete Automotive Suspension & Brakes Certificate (2nd year)
  • Credits can be applied toward additional Automotive certifications & AAS degree
  • 1st year program courses include:
    • ATM 105: Introduction to Brake and Chassis System
    • ATM 106: Introduction to Auto Electrical System/Power Train
    • ATM 140: Engine Diagnosis and Repair
    • STU 100: Planning for Success
  • 2nd year program courses include:

Aviation Maintenance

  • 2 year program - begin Junior year & finish Senior year
  • Credits can be applied toward Aviation Maintenance certificates & AAS degree
  • 1st year program courses include:
    • AVM 101: Materials and Processes
    • AVM 102: Basic Electricity
    • AVM 105: Aircraft Drawing - Weight & Balance
    • AVM 248: Hydraulic & Pneumatic Cont. Sys.
    • AVM 250: Assembly & Rigging
  • 2nd year program courses include:

Welding

  • 2 year program - begin Junior year & finish Senior year
  • Complete Assembly Line Welder Certificate (2nd year)
  • Credits can be applied toward additional Welding Certificate
  • 1st year program courses include:
  • 2nd year program courses include:

Sustainable Energy Systems

  • 2 year program - begin Junior year & finish Senior year
  • Complete Basic Sustainable Energy Systems Certificate (2nd year)
  • Credits can be applied toward additional Sustainable Energy Systems certificates & AAS degree
  • 1st year program courses include:
    • EET 141: DC/AC Circuits and Electronics I
    • EET 105: Intro to Sustainable Energy - Hybrid
    • EET 142: DC/AC Circuits and Electronics II
    • EET 190: Sustainable Electrical Energy Generation - Hybrid
  • 2nd year program courses include:
    • MET 162: Applied Physics
    • MET 100: Introductory CAD and Print Reading
    • EET 135: Digital Electronics
    • EET 107: Introduction to Codes and Standards - Hybrid

HEALTH & EMERGENCY SERVICES PROGRAMS

Allied Health

  • 2 year program - begin Junior year & finish Senior year
  • Prerequisite courses required for admission to a nursing (BSN) degree program
  • Meet most prerequisites required for Allied Health fields, such as, Surgical Technology, Dental Hygiene, Radiology, 2-year nursing (ADN), and Respiratory Care
  • 1st year program courses include:
    • BIO 100: Intro to Human Biology
    • CHM 110: General, Organic & Biochemistry I
    • PSY 170: Introduction to Psychology
    • HLT 110: Medical Terminology
  • 2nd year program courses include:
    • BIO 185: Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology
    • BIO 274: Microbiology
    • FWS 237: Nutrition for Optimum Living

Health Occupations

  • 1 year program open to Seniors only (must be at least 17 years old)Nursing
  • Complete Nursing Aide Certificate (CNA)
  • Includes prerequisite courses for both the Practical Nursing Certificate (LPN) and the AAS Degree in Nursing
  • Program courses include:

Fire Science

  • 2 year program - begin Junior year & finish Senior year
  • Complete Foundation of the Fire Service Certificate (1st year)
  • Complete Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate (2nd year)
  • Credits can be applied toward additional Fire Science certificates & AAS degree
  • 1st year program courses include:
  • 2nd year program courses include:
    • FRE 223: Emergency Medical Technician

Fitness, Wellness & Sport

  • 1 year program open to Seniors only
  • Credits can be applied towards the Personal Training Certificate (NSCA Recognized)
  • Program courses include:
    • FWS 126: Beginning Weight Lifting
    • FWS 127: Advanced Weight Lifting
    • FWS 266: Personal Training I - Concepts & Applications
    • FWS 267: Personal Training II - Concepts & Applications
 

BUILDING CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS

Basic Construction
  • 1 year program open to Juniors & Seniors
  • Complete Basic Construction Certificate
  • Earn OSHA 30 card
  • Certificates can be applied towards additional Building Construction Management certificates & AAS degree
  • Program courses include:
    • BCM 100: Intro to Construction Management
    • BCM 104: Construction Blueprint Reading
    • BCM 117: Construction Materials & Methods
    • BCM 120: Mechanical Systems
    • BCM 125: Construction Safety

Sustainable Construction

  • 1 year program open to Juniors & Seniors
  • Complete Sustainable Construction Certificate
  • Eligible to test for LEED Green Associate credential
  • Certificates can be applied towards Sustainable Building Science AAS degree
  • Program courses include:
    • BCM 117: Construction Materials & Methods
    • BCM 120: Mechanical Systems
    • BCM 268: Home Performance and Energy Auditing
    • BCM 278: Green Building Fundamentals
    • EET 105: Intro to Sustainable Energy
 

ONLINE COURSES

OFF 118: Computer Keyboarding - Applies toward Office Professional AAS degree and Administrative Assistant Certificate

BUS 101: Introduction to Business - Applies toward the following programs: Accounting, Business Administration, Automotive Service Technology (Auto Management), Building Construction Management, Sustainable Building Science, Computers & Information Systems, Fitness/Wellness & Sport (Sport Management), Graphic Arts Technology, Graphic Design, Cross Media Production, Office Professional, and Web Programming & Design

BUS 170: Introduction to Organizational Behavior - Applies toward the following programs: Business Administration, Computers & Information Systems, Data Assurance & IT Security, Web Programming & Design

CIS 102: Introduction to Computers & Info Systems - Applies toward the following programs: Accounting, Business Administration, Automotive Service Technology (Service Technician), Business Administration, Computers & Information Systems, CISCO Networking, Data Assurance & IT Security, Criminal Justice, Office Professional, Web Programming & Design

CIS 180: Introduction to Visual Basic Programming - Applies toward Computers & Information Systems (Visual Basic Specialization) AAS Degree and Visual Basic Programming Certificate

CIS 276: Introduction to C/C++ Programming - Applies toward the following programs: Computers & Information Systems (C/C++ Programming Specialization), CISCO Networking, and Web Programming & Design

CRM 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice - Applies toward Criminal Justice AAS Degree

MGT 270: Principles of Management - Applies toward the following programs: Automotive Service Technology (Automotive Management), Business Administration, Office Professional, Respiratory Care

PCI 106: Microcomputer Applications/Windows Based - Applies toward the following programs: Accounting, Business Administration, Office Professional

 

How do I get started?

Your high school counselor can provide more information about the Advance Now program. We also recommend that you discuss the information with your parents.

Students follow an enrollment process administered by RVC and CEANCI. Generally, information for the next school year's programs is distributed to high schools in the fall and the application process begins in November or December. Please refer to High School Connections for questions related to the RVC HS Programs Application, placement testing, and additional program details and requirements at 815-921-4080. 

The application period for 2015-2016 programs is now open.  

  1. Students should notify or meet with their high school counselor about their interest in applying for an Advance Now program.
  2. Students begin by completing a RVC High School Programs Application for Admission (select "Advance Now" as your program of interest) and submit to High School Connections.
  3. ACCUPLACER placement testing must be completed by Friday, January 30, 2015.  View the High School Testing Schedule for available times.
  4. A separate Advance Now program application will be distributed to high school counselors by CEANCI beginning February, 3, 2015.  Please refer to CEANCI for additional details about this application process and program acceptance at 815-921-1650.
  5. Acceptance letters from CEANCI will be distributed to students in early March.
  6. RVC High School Connections will register accepted students into their Advance Now program classes.
  7. RVC High School Connections will host an Advance Now Orientation in August 2015, prior to the Fall 2015 semester beginning (specific dateTBD).

About CEANCI

Career Education Associates of North Central Illinois (CEANCI) is a career delivery system for high school students in north central Illinois.  The policy-making board, CEANCI Board of Governors, is composed of superintendents from Belvidere, Byron, Harlem, Hononegah, North Boone, Oregon, Rockford, South Beloit, Stillman Valley and Winnebago school districts.  CEANCI, area high schools, and Rock Valley College (RVC) collaborate to offer regional Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs/courses.  CEANCI and RVC are committed to preparing students for employment and post-secondary education in an effective, efficient manner.  Program Articulation & Dual Credit Agreements between CEANCI and RVC provide a seamless secondary and post-secondary education delivery system, meeting labor market demand and maximizing resources.  These agreements also allow high school graduates to accelerate their career education program at RVC.