Some of our ISS students pose for a photo outside of the Jacobs Center for Science and Math.

Intercultural Student Services

ISS is committed to the overall development of our underrepresented and underserved student populations through educationally purposeful initiatives that enhance academic and personal success, student engagement, and embrace diversity and global awareness. We can enhance all aspects of your life: academic, professional, personal, social, and cultural.

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The Power of 3

1. Intercultural Student Services: For all underrepresented and under-served students

We provide education, awareness and support. ISS works to advise, coach, mentor, and train you as both students and leaders. We also create special programs that establish an atmosphere of respect and success for the diverse needs of international, multicultural, first generation, LGBTQAI+, and student athlete populations, like our First Generation Speaker Series and our initiatives for both males and females.

2. International Student Services: For international students

We work closely with all international and undocumented students, creating a positive, supportive environment for you and your various endeavors. Our International Student Coordinator provides the primary support and assistance for this student population as you develop and complete your educational goals at Rock Valley College. We celebrate various cultures with community presentations, ethnic celebration days, and our multicultural International Showcase.

3. Right Place to Start: For Rockford Public School District students and residents

The Right Place to Start (RPS) program* provides comprehensive academic and personal support to RVC students who either graduated from a Rockford Public School 205 high school or currently reside in the RPS-205 district. Acceptance into the program is based on a student profile review and department coordinator approval.

We help ensure your success by offering Student Success Workshops, and Life Coaches and Peer Accountability Trainers (PAT), who give you one-on-one attention.  Once you’ve achieved your personal goals at RVC, we even offer FREE college tours of transfer schools in the area—to help keep you on the road to success!


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