Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois
Advance Now

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 students work on an engineAutomotive Service Technology

  • Juniors and seniors (priority given to juniors)
  • Two-year program 
Aviation Maintenance
  • Juniors and seniors
  • Two-year program

Manufacturing Engineering Technology

  • Juniors and seniors
  • Two-year program


  • Juniors and seniors (priority given to juniors) 
  • Two-year program


Emergency Medical Technician-Basic

  • Seniors only
  • One-year program

Fire Science

  • Juniors and seniors (priority given to juniors)
  • One-year program

Health Occupations (Includes Certified Nursing Assistant)

  • Seniors only (must be 17 years of age)
  • One-year program




  • Seniors who have successfully completed Accounting I
  • One-year program


Graphic Arts

  • Juniors and seniors
  • One-year program


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.