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Rock Valley College
3301 N. Mulford Rd.
Rockford, IL 61114
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Program Contact Scott Ramsby
Program Contact Email
Phone 815-921-4125
Website Program website

The Raising Aspirations through an Inclusive Student Experience (RAISE) program provides an enriched collegiate experience for young adults who have intellectual disabilities to gain the independent living, social, and work readiness skills to enable them to live and work as valued and fully contributing members of our community. RAISE is a three-year (6 semester) program that prepares students with intellectual disabilities for higher education and competitive workforce opportunities. The program has a strong emphasis on social engagement, and as such students participate in a combination of academic, vocational, and social opportunities while on campus and have access to the same programs, resources and activities that all other students utilize. The RAISE certificate is intentionally designed to be flexible and as such affords students the opportunity to earn “stackable” credentials.

Program information submitted: March 15, 2022

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:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 22
School district or agency partner: 6 area districts are served
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: Prior to the start date of each semester.
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-22
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • ADHD, Williams Syndrome, Orthopedic, visual, auditory, social emotional, anxiety
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

Students who join the program traditionally stay to completion

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $1200.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

There is an established scholarship program accessible only to RAISE students and not to any other RVC students.

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access:

Once students have completed the 6 core RAISE classes, they are eligible to apply to the CTP program.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Six core classes are designed as the gateway to the CTP program. They are focused on Career Development, Financial Literacy and Advocacy.

Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion for the CTP
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

Too many to list

Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 10%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

A 75 hour internship is built into the requirements of the CTP program

Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 1-24%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation