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!

2014-2015 PROGRAMS

TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS

Automotive Service Technology

Automotive students work on an engine

  • 2 year program - begin Junior year & finish Senior year
  • 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:
    • ATM 107: Automotive Electronic Fundamentals
    • ATM 114: Brakes
    • ATM 221: Steering and Suspension
    • STU 101: Career Planning
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

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:
    • WLD 100: Introduction to Welding
    • WLD 153: Arc Welding - Flat
    • STU 100: Planning for Success
  • 2nd year program courses include:
    • WLD 155: Arc Welding - Horizontal
    • WLD 157: M.I.G. Welding
    • STU 101: Career Planning


HEALTH & EMERGENCY SERVICES PROGRAMS

Health Occupations

  • 1 year program open to Seniors only (must be at least 17 years old)
  • Complete Nursing Aide Certificate (CNA)
  • Includes prerequisite courses for both the Practical Nursing Certificate (LPN) and the AAS Degree in Nursing
  • Program courses include:
    • NAD 101: Nursing Aide
    • BIO 100: Intro to Human Biology
    • HLT 110: Medical Terminology
    • STU 100: Planning for Success
    • STU 101: Career Planning

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:
    • FRE 101: Intro to Fire Protection
    • FRE 106: Rescue Practices
    • FRE 118: Building Construction-Fire Protection
    • FRE 208: Fire Prevention Principles
    • STU 100: Planning for Success
  • 2nd year program courses include:
    • FRE 223: Emergency Medical Technician
    • STU 101: Career Planning

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How do I get started?

Your high school guidance 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 CEANCI. Generally, information for the next school year's programs is distributed to high high schools in late fall and the application process begins after winter break. Please refer to CEANCI for additional details and requirements at 815-921-1650.

The application period for 2014-2015 programs is now closed. Information about enrolling in 2015-2016 programs will be released in Fall 2014.

Do I qualify for the Advance Now program?

Your guidance counselor can share more information about each career track's unique screening process, prerequisites, and requirements, and can help you decide which of the programs would be best for you.

Am I a good candidate for college-level classes?

Be prepared to spend more time studying to meet higher expectations in college-level classes. Attendance is mandatory and follows the RVC Academic Calendar.

Questions and getting started

For more information, start by talking with your high school guidance counselor. We invite you to call Rock Valley College High School Connections at (815) 921-4080 or CEANCI at (815) 921-1650.

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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.