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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's soccer. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won 11 national championships and we have had more than 130 All-Americans.
Advance your life now
Why wait to get started on a career? Advance Now enables high school students to get a great start on their higher education and future career. Rock Valley College (RVC) and the Career Education Associates of North Central Illinois (CEANCI) have formed a partnership to offer college-level classes in career and technical programs for high school students. Most classes are held at RVC's Stenstrom Center for Career Education next to Jefferson High School.
By enrolling in one of the programs listed below, students are eligible to receive dual (or articulated) credits that will be applied to both their high school and RVC. As a result, students can complete high school with many of the college credits they need to be prepared to work in one of the exciting fields listed on this page.
Enroll in one of the career tracks listed below and you'll be on your way to a great future!
Automotive Service Technology
Manufacturing Engineering Technology
HEALTH & EMERGENCY SERVICES PROGRAMS
Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
Health Occupations (Includes Certified Nursing Assistant)
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN PROGRAMS
How do I get started?
Your high school guidance counselor can provide more information about the Advance Now program. We recommend that you discuss the information with your parents.
Do I qualify for the Advance Now program?
Your guidance counselor can share more information about each career track's unique screening process, prerequisites, and requirements, and can help you decide which of the programs would be best for you.
Am I a good candidate for college-level classes?
Be prepared to spend more time studying to meet higher expectations in college-level classes.
Questions and getting started
For more information, start by talking with your high school guidance counselor. To get started, we invite you to call Rock Valley College High School Connections at (815) 921-4080 or CEANCI at (815) 921-1650.
Career Education Associates of North Central Illinois (CEANCI) is a career delivery system for high school students in north central Illinois. The policy-making board, CEANCI Board of Governors, is composed of superintendents from Belvidere, Byron, Harlem, Hononegah, North Boone, Oregon, Rockford, South Beloit, Stillman Valley and Winnebago school districts. CEANCI, area high schools, and Rock Valley College (RVC) collaborate to offer regional Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs/courses. CEANCI and RVC are committed to preparing students for employment and post-secondary education in an effective, efficient manner. Program Articulation & Dual Credit Agreements between CEANCI and RVC provide a seamless secondary and post-secondary education delivery system, meeting labor market demand and maximizing resources. These agreements also allow high school graduates to accelerate their career education program at RVC.