The Rock Valley Academic Institute for Successful Employment (RAISE) program is a collaborative initiative involving Rock Valley College 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 obtain the skills needed for competitive employment.
RAISE is designed to address student’s unique learning needs by providing a comprehensive approach that includes career exploration, specialized vocational and academic instruction, and opportunities for social integration. The RAISE program is based on a learning environment which takes advantage of the social aspects of campus and community life, and as such most courses are held on the RVC Main Campus.
All individuals with disabilities deserve to live rich, meaningful lives and to be integrated into their community as fully as possible. RAISE prepares students with intellectual disabilities for higher education and workforce opportunities through academics, work skills development, and social skills training.
Ideal candidates for the RAISE program are individuals who are motivated, but who would find traditional post-secondary education options challenging without support. All applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
*Final candidate selection is at the discretion of the RAISE program staff.
Courses offered through RAISE are designed specifically for individuals who would find traditional post-secondary educational opportunities challenging. As such, coursework focuses on specific independent living, vocational, and academic skill development, with the goal of helping students to live in the community independently and to obtain competitive employment.
Coursework focuses on specific independent living, vocational, and social skill development, with the goal of helping students to live and engage in the community independently and/or to obtain competitive employment. Students who successfully complete all required coursework receive a Certificate of Achievement in Career Readiness.
Courses are offered on Wednesday and Friday mornings during the fall and spring semesters. Courses are typically held on the RVC Main Campus, but on occasion may be held at RVC satellite sites and other community locations. All credits earned will be listed on the student’s RVC transcript.
For more information on the RAISE program, or to register for classes, contact the Disability Support Services Office at (815) 921-2371 or visit their website.
Phone: (815) 921-2371
Fax: (815) 921-2379