Rock Valley College

Raising Aspirations through an Inclusive Student Experience (RAISE)

RAISE is now an approved Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP) program! 

The RAISE program is one of only a handful of programs in the State of Illinois that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education as a Comprehensive Transition & Postsecondary (CTP) Program. Under this designation, students enrolled in the program are eligible to apply for Federal financial aid.

The Raising Aspirations through an Inclusive Student Experience (RAISE) program is an inclusive and supportive post-secondary program for young adults who have intellectual disabilities and who desire to participate in a comprehensive college experience.

RAISE is a three-year (6 semester) program that affords students the opportunity to earn “stackable” credentials. Students participate in a course of study that includes academic, vocational and life-skills-focused coursework and aligns with a College pathway program. The program has a strong emphasis on social inclusion which is accomplished by engagement of participants with same age peers and the general campus community through a combination of coursework, activities, and various vocational and social opportunities.

Mission Statement

RAISE creates pathways for students to achieve life and career success through the development of educational, personal and vocational skills while fostering personal growth and social engagement within the campus community.

The specific objectives of RAISE are to provide students with:

  • An enriched collegiate experience
  • An interactive and inclusive environment
  • Learning activities that transfer to lifelong independent living skills
  • Work ethics necessary for gainful employment
  • Self-respect and knowledge of individual strengths
  • Empowerment through education
  • Connections with post-21 employment and agencies