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?
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.
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.
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.
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 13 national championships and we have had more than 140 All-Americans.
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!
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!
Automotive Service Technology
Sustainable Energy Systems
Fitness, Wellness & Sport
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.
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.