With locations throughout the Rockford, Illinois Area, Rock Valley College offers a variety of courses and degree programs. The central campus of this public community college is situated on 217 acres in the northeastern part of the city, yet the college also maintains facilities at the Bell School Road Center, the Aviation Center at the Chicago Rockford International Airport, and the Stenstrom Center for Career Education. In addition to the degree programs it offers, Rock Valley College also offers a vast array of continuing education courses and employment and training programs.
The history of Rock Valley College dates back to 1964. During that year a district referendum was passed in response to the completion of a two-year study which established the need for a community college in Rockford. The school was officially opened in 1965, and today it has grown to have a faculty of 140 full-time members 500 part-time lecturers. More than 7,500 students also matriculate at Rock Valley College today. The college’s district includes the counties of Winnebago and Boone, as well as parts of the counties of Ogle, McHenry, DeKalb, and Stephenson.