Rock Valley College

Enrollment Open for Fall 2019 RAISE Program

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516

Event Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019

Event Contact: MaryAnne Ax

The Rock Valley Academic Institute for Successful Employment (RAISE) invites area young adults with a documented intellectual disability and their parents/guardians to attend an Open House on Thursday, May 23rd from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium on Rock Valley College’s main campus, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, IL.

The Open House event will educate those in attendance about “RAISE” as an alternative postsecondary education program for those with intellectual disabilities at RVC while also having the opportunity to meet RAISE staff, obtain additional information about the program, and register for Fall classes.

RAISE’s goal is to give students with disabilities a college experience while gaining independent living skills and working toward gainful employment.

Students enrolled in the 2-year program will take two classes each semester, culminating in a “Certificate of Achievement in Career Readiness” after successful completion of the required credit hours.

Six courses will be available for the Fall 2019 semester ranging from Career Exploration and Readiness to Personal Empowerment, Safe & Healthy Living, Community Integration and Financial Literacy. Classes will meet Wednesday and Friday mornings at the RVC main campus from August 21 through December 6.

The RAISE Program is particularly interested in reaching those individuals who have left high school and are looking for the next step in transitioning into adulthood. In addition to preparing students for independent and semi-independent living and working, students are also empowered to take advantage of the social aspects of campus and community life.

To inquire about enrollment through your school district or independently, please call 815-921-2371 or visit

The Rock Valley Academic Institute for Successful Employment (RAISE) College for Life program is a collaborative initiative involving Rock Valley College, local not-for-profit organizations and local school districts to provide opportunities for adults who have intellectual disabilities to participate in inclusive post-secondary educational opportunities, gain independent living skills, and to obtain competitive employment. The program is designed to address student's unique learning needs by providing a comprehensive approach that includes career exploration, specialized vocational and academic instruction, and individualized accommodations.