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.
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.
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 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.
RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, and men's and women's tennis. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won seven national championships and we have had more than 100 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!
Lynn Shattuck, Disability Services Coordinator
As Disability Support Services Coordinator at Rock Valley College, Lynn's office is responsible for ensuring that all students with documented disabilities have access to the college's programs, services, and activities. Lynn's educational background includes Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and a Master of Art degree from Northern Illinois University Communicative Disorders with a specialization in Deafness Rehabilitation Counseling. She is a member of the national Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), the Illinois/Iowa Chapter of AHEAD and and college's Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT).
Lynn Perkins, Director of Enrollment and Judicial Affairs
As the Director of Enrollment and Judicial Affairs, part of Lynn's responsibilities includes efforts to support student rights and responsibilities. The B.I.T. initiative was developed as part of the Emergency Preparedness initiative in the fall of 2009. Lynn encourages students to reach their potential as well as seek resources to improve their decision making skills and resolve conflicts with respect and civility. Lynn has a Bachelor of Science degree from University Wisconsin-Madison, in Extension Education, and a Masters of Education in Adult Education from University of Minnesota –Twin Cities. She is a member of Association of Student Conduct Administration (ASCA), National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBita), participates in the Annual Gehring Academy of Student Conduct, and currently serves on the following Rock Valley College committees; Nonviolence Education & Outreach (NEOC), - Chair, BIT - Chair, Emergency Preparedness Steering Committee, Academic Council, CAO council, Student Development Management Team, and Strategic Enrollment Management Committee – Co-chair (SEMC).
LaShun McGhee, BIT Liaison & Judicial Affairs Assistant
LaShun serves as the BIT Liaison. LaShun currently helps train staff and students on referral methods for BIT; she is often the initial contact for a student of concern. She also leads the marketing efforts for BIT. She oversees the newly created BIT Student Leader program with a focus on gaining peer-to-peer awareness and support of the BIT efforts. Her degree in Psychology and over a decade of experience with Co-Occurring populations [(Alcohol & Other Drug Addictions (AODA) and Mental Illness & Substance Abuse (MISA) and at-risk populations)], in both residential and outpatient settings have been instrumental with the development of the BIT initiative. Her experience as a Lead Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC) includes having provided individual, family, and group counseling; trained staff in case management and clinical documentation, with expertise in crisis management, and prevention She is a member of the Association of Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) and National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBita). She also serves as Co-Chair, Employee Development (EDC), member of RVC's Nonviolence Education & Outreach (NEOC).
Sarah Marsden, Personal and Success Counselor
As the Personal and Success Counselor at Rock Valley College Sarah assists students with learning new techniques for dealing with life situations, including dealing with feelings of anxiety, inadequacy, loneliness, depression and working on self-image and self-esteem. Sarah provides crisis counseling, short term counseling, and referrals to community and private mental health agencies. She has been with RVC since 2008. Sarah’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts from Northern Illinois University in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. Sarah is a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), and the American College Counseling Association (ACCA). Sarah has also completed numerous certifications including College Counseling and Crisis Counseling. Prior to becoming a member of the Rock Valley College team, Sarah worked as a counselor for severely and persistently mentally ill adults and doing crisis counseling.
Tom Coe, Sergeant, RVC Public Safety
Tom's Law Enforcement career began in the Marine Corps as a Military Police Officer and later recruited onto Embassy Duty where I served at the American Embassy Prague Czechoslovakia and Brussels Belgium. He was hired by Rockford Police Department after his discharge. He served as a patrol officer, Field training officer, Patrol Sergeant, Swat Officer, Bicycle and K-9 unit supervisor, firearms instructor, Community Services supervisor. He retired as Lieutenant from Rockford Police Department. He has served the past five years as platoon leader for a State supported Crowd Control Team, has experience in deployment and dealing with disorderly crowds. He attended the Police School of Staff and Command at Northwestern, The Police Executive Development School, Western. Tom has been trained as a critical incident team member dealing with emotionally distraught individuals.
Brad Fleming, Sergeant, RVC Public Safety
Brad serves as police Sergeant for the Rock Valley College Police Department. He is responsible for the 2nd and 3rd shift officers. He is also responsible for the department’s evidence/property. He is the supervisor for our Field Training Officer (FTO) program, serves on the BIT and the Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT). He brings training in the following areas: SWAT, K-9, Bicycle Patrol, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, Hazardous Materials Technician, and Community Oriented Policing Strategies (COPS). Prior to joining RVC in 2006, he served on the Northern Illinois University Police Department (full-time) and the Rockford Park District Police Department (part-time) from 2000 to 2006. He is a graduate of RVC and NIU with a teaching degree. He truly enjoys his job as a police officer at RVC. He likes engaging with the public and considers it an honor to serve the Rockford community; where he currently lives and went to school.