Rock Valley College

ABC's of RVC (acronyms)


If you've been a student, staff, or faculty member at RVC for any length of time, you've probably overheard an acronym or two and have wondered "what does that mean?" What is the SSB? Who are these EDC people? What is FERPA? My class is in the JCSM? Where is that?

The ABC's of RVC is here to help. We hope you will find this dictionary of RVC acronyms helpful as you navigate around campus. Feel like we may have missed an important one? Fill out the short suggestion form at the bottom of this page and let us know!



* = academic abbreviation


A.A. = Associate of Arts Degree

A.A.R.C. = American Association for Respiratory Care

A.A.S. = Associate in Applied Science Degree

ABE = Adult Basic Education

ACEC = Aviation Career Education Center

ACES = Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences

A.E.S. = Associate in Engineering Science Degree

A.S. = Associate in Science Degree

ADA = American Dental Association

ADA = Americans with Disabilities Act

A.G.S. = Associate in General Studies Degree

ALAS = Association for Latin American Students (Student Org.)

AP = Advanced Placement (testing)

ASCP = American Society for Clinical Pathology (Phlebotomy)

ASE = Adult Secondary Education

AST = Association of Surgical Technology

AST* = Astronomy

ATA = Academic & Transfer Advising

ATC = Advanced Technology Center

ATG* = Accounting

ATIM = Accelerated Training in Manufacturing

ATLE = Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence Dept. (Faculty Development Center)

ATM* = Automotive Technology

ATS* = Atmospheric Science

AVM* = Aviation Maintenance Technology

AY = Academic Year


B.A. = Bachelor of Arts 

BELL = Bell School Road Center

BHCC = Black History and Culture Committee

BHM = Black History Month

BIO* = Biology

BIT = Behavioral Intervention Team

BLRH = Boiler House

BPI = Business and Professional Institute

BoT = Board of Trustees

BR# = Board (of Trustees) Report Number

BS = Bachelor of Science

BST = Bengt Sjostrom Theatre (Starlight)

BSU = Black Student Union (Student Org.)

BUS* = Business


CAB = Campus Activities Board (Student Org.)

CAP = Career Advancement Program

CAREER = Comprehensive Agreement Regarding the Expansion of Educational Resources

C-CERT = Campus - Community Emergency Response Team

CCE = Community & Continuing Education

CDA = Child Development Associate Credential

CEANCI = Career Education Association of North Central Illinois

CEOP = Campus Emergency Operations Plan

CIS* = Computers and Information Systems

CHM* = Chemistry

CLEP = College Level Examination Program (testing)

CLI = Classroom Building I

CLII = Classroom Building II

CLR = Center for Learning in Retirement

CNA = Certified Nursing Assistant

CNC = Computer Numeric Controlled

Co-ARC = Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care

CODA = Commission on Dental Accreditation

COM* = Mass Communication

CPIM = Certified Production & Inventory Mgmt

CPS = Certified Professional Secretary Examination

CRM* = Criminal Justice

CRT = Certified Respiratory Therapist


DNT* = Dental Hygiene Program

DOS = Dean of Students

DSS = Disability Support Services

DWP = Dislocated Worker Program


E (bldg.) = Administration Building

EAGLE = Electronic Advanced Group Learning Environment

EAT* = Engineering and Technology

EC = Early College

ECE* = Early Childhood Education

ECE = Education Credential Evaluators

ECO* = Economics

EDC = Employee Development Committee

EDGAR = Education Dept. General Administrative Regulations

EDU* = Education

EET* = Electronic Engineering Technology

EGR* = Engineering

ENG* = English

EP = Emergency Preparedness

ERC = Educational Resource Center

ESL = English as a Second Language

ESP = Educational Support Personnel


F (bldg.) = Barn/Silo

FA = Financial Aid Dept.

FAFSA = Free Application for Federal Student Aid

FERPA = Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

FLD* = Fluid Power

FMP = Facilities Master Plan

FOIA = Freedom of Information Act

FOP = Fraternal Order of Police

FPOM = Facilities Planning, Operations, and Maintenance Dept.

FRE* = Fire Science

FRN* = French

FSEOG = Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant

FSO = Faculty Support Office

FWS* = Fitness, Wellness, and Sport

FY = Fiscal Year

FYE = First Year Experience


G (building) = Piano Lab

GAT* = Graphic Arts Technology

GECC = General Education Core Curriculum

GED = General Education Development (now HSE)

GEL* = Geology

GPA = Grade Point Average

GPA = RVC Gay Pride Alliance (Student Org.)

GRC = Grade Review Committee

GRM* = German

GSS = Getting Started Sessions



HCCTP = Highway Construction Careers Training Program

HEARRR = Higher Education Alliance for the Rock River Region

HHM = Hispanic Heritage Month

HLC = Higher Learning Commission

HLT* = Health

HR = Human Resources Dept.

HSC = Health Sciences Center

HST* = History

HUM* = Humanities


IAI = Illinois Articulation Initiative

IB = International Baccalaureate (testing)

IBHE = Illinois Board of Higher Education

ICAPS = Integrated Career & Academic Preparation System

ICCB = Illinois Community College Board

ICCFA = Illinois Community College Faculty Association

ICCTA = Illinois Community College Trustees Association

ICTS = Illinois Certification Testing System

IDPH = Illinois Department of Public Health

IEP = Intensive English (Language) Program

IFSI = Illinois Fire Service Institute

IGP = Intensive GED (General Education Dev.) Program

IR = Institutional Research Dept.

ISAC = Illinois Student Assistance Commission

ISS = Intercultural Student Services

IT = Information Technology Dept.



JCSM = Karl J. Jacobs Center for Science and Math

JIAC = Jobs & Innovation Accelerator Challenge Engineering Program

JiET-A = Joint Institute for Engineering & Technology Aerospace

JMC = Japanese Multimedia & Culture Club (Student Org.)


KPI = Key Performance Indicator



LEED = Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

LIT* = Literature

LMS = Learning Management System

LTO = Linking Talent with Opportunity


MAP = Monetary Award Program 

MCC = Multicultural Club (Student Org.)

MEC* = Mechatronics

MET* = Manufacturing Engineering Technology

MKT* = Marketing

MGT* = Management

MHA = Mental Health Act

MTH* = Mathematics

MUS* = Music


NAD* = Nursing Aide

NBRC = National Board for Respiratory Care

NEOC = Non-Violence Education and Outreach Committee

NMST = North Main Street Center

NFA = National Fire Academy

NIMS = National Institute for Metalworking Skills

NJCAA = National Junior College Athletic Assoc.

NRS* = Nursing Programs

NSW = New Student Welcome



PAIC = Promoting An Inclusive Community (Diversity Committee)

PAR = Performing Arts Room

PCI* = Personal Computer Information

PCT* = Personal Computer Technical Specialist

PTK = Phi Theta Kappa (Student Org.)

PE = Physical Education

PEC = Physical Education Center

PGE* = Physical Geography

PHL* = Philosophy

PLB* = Phebotomy

PHY* = Physics

POM = Plant Operations & Maintenance Dept.

PRS = Print Services Dept.

PSA = Professional Staff Association

PSC* = Political Science

PSR = Programming Service Request (IT)

PSY* = Psychology

PTAC = Procurement and Technical Assistance Center



RDG* = Reading

RN = Registered Nurse

RRT = Registered Respiratory Therapists

RSP* = Respiratory Care Program

RVC = Rock Valley College

RVCD = Rock Valley College Downtown

RVCPD = Rock Valley College Police Department



SAS = Speakerphone Alert System

SBHS = Spring Brook House

SC = Student Center

SCCE = Stenstrom Center for Career Education

SCM* = Supply Chain Management

SEM = Strategic Enrollment Management

SES = Sustainable Energy Systems

SGA = Student Government Association (Student Org.)

SLO = Student Learning Outcomes

SME = Society of Manufacturing Engineers

SOC* = Sociology

SPH* = Speech

SPN* = Spanish

SRG* = Surgical Technology Program

SRES = Students for Responsible Environmental Sustainable (Student Org.)

SRS = Student Retention & Success

SSA = Support Staff Association

SSB = Support Services Building

SSW Student Success Workshops

START = Student Admissions Relations Team

STU* = Student Development

SURS = State Universities Retirement System


TDL = Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

TDT = Truck Driver Training

THE* = Theatre



V.I.P.  = Volunteer Incentive Program

WEB* = Web Information Technology

WEI = Workforce Equity Initiative

WHM = Women's History Month

WLD* = Welding Technology

WTC = Woodward Technology Center






Feel like we've missed an important acronym? Submit your suggestions below for consideration. Keep in mind this list is meant to help the average staff/faculty member or student decipher the most widely referenced acronyms. While there may be some you use specifically in your department, they may not apply to most of the RVC community.