3301 N. Mulford Rd.
Rockford, IL 61114
The Rock Valley Academic Institute for Successful Employment (RAISE) Program is a collaborative initiative involving Rock Valley College, local not-for-profit organizations, and local school districts to provide opportunities for young adults who have intellectual disabilities to participate in a supportive and inclusive post-secondary educational program that allows them to develop independent living and work readiness skills.
The Program is designed to address student’s unique learning needs by providing a comprehensive approach that includes career exploration, targeted vocational and academic instruction, and reasonable accommodations.
The specific program goals are to:
• Increase independence
• Promote self-determination and self-advocacy
• Promote lifelong learning
• Improve competitive job placement
|Public or private:||Public|
|Type of school:||2-year community college or junior college|
|Is this program a federally funded TPSID program?||No|
|Students in this program:||
|Number of students:||43|
|Deadline to apply to this program:||Preferred: Aug. 15 for Fall and Jan. 10 for Spring|
|Link to admissions process:||Admissions link|
|Requirements for admission to this program:||
|Accepts out-of-state students:||Yes|
|Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:||
|Program length:||2 years|
|Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates|
|Percent of students applying who are admitted:||93%|
|Cost of the program:||Tuition is $300 per class; For students with Individual Education Plans in participating districts, tuition and transportation is provided by the district.|
|Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)?||No|
|Students pay for the program in the following ways:||
Students can apply for several scholarships through our College Foundation.
|Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):||
|More about course access:||
Students MAY take typical college courses for credit or audit and/or typical continuing education courses in conjunction with required RAISE classes. However, typical college classes are not a required part of the program.
|Students take courses that are only for students in this program:||Yes|
|Information on special classes:||
Students complete a total of 30 credits in special coursework to receive a certificate of achievement in career readiness. Required coursework includes: Personal Empowerment, Community Integration, Safe & Healthy Living, Money Management, Work Readiness Skills, Work Preparation and Vocational Experience.
|Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program:||All of the time|
|Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program:||Certificate of Achievement in Career Readiness|
|The credential(s) is/are:||
|Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program:||5%|
|Other career development activities are:||
|We offer the following specialized credentials:||
|Housing is provided to students:||No|
|Students participate in student organizations on campus:||Yes|
|Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program:||All of the time|
|Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:|