Snow-cone Walkway

A beautiful 80 degree day ruled the campus at RVC. As students who walked by the main walkway in between CL1 and the ERC to the Student Center had the opportunity to get a free, cool treat. Intervarsity, one of RVC’s student clubs on campus, ran a free snow-cone stand. It would’ve been hard to miss because of the popularity of the walkway; also the significant lines of students waiting their turn for a snow-cone was a clear giveaway. The snow-cone stand was there from 10-2.

Fall 2017 Semester Begins!

Tomorrow marks the start of the Fall 2017 semester at Rock Valley College. Here at The Valley Forge we’re excited for what this year has in store for all of us. RVC is bustling with activities for many students, new and returning. There are film festivals around the corner, sports events to attend, and club activities that will give plenty of chances to make new friends. Last semester was fun, full of good stories.

January 2017 RVC events

The 2017 spring semester has begun at Rock Valley College, and already there is no shortage in upcoming events for January.  

The college campus will be closed on Monday the 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Junior Day.  

In the world of basketball, there are different events to choose from to attend:
Tonight at 5:30 p.m., the women’s basketball team will face Malcolm X College in the Physical Education Center. The men’s and women’s teams will both be playing against Milwaukee Area Technical College on January 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the PEC. On the 21, Rock Valley College will host the fourth annual Rumble in the Rock basketball tournament beginning at 10 am and will feature four Rockford area high schools as well at RVC’s own basketball teams. After the tournament, the Golden Eagles will come up against Triton College with the women playing at 4 p.m. and the men playing at 8 p.m.
Madison College’s teams will travel to RVC’s PEC on the 25 to play against the women at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m.
On the 28, Joliet Junior College will play the women’s basketball team at 1 p.m. and the men’s team at 3 p.m.

January 18 is the last day that students are able to drop a spring semester class in order to receive a refund.

RVC features stress expo in ERC

The Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society held an event in the ERC on November 28 in order to raise awareness for stress among college students. As part of an initiation process for this society, the group contacted the RVC campus officials to help educate students on the dangerous symptoms of anxiety and depression that are common around finals time. With final exams about two weeks away, RVC students must develop techniques to deal with the stress of studying and preparing for the end of the semester. The fundraiser teamed up with Circle of Wellness, a massage therapy organization which specializes in acupuncture, chiropractics, reflexology, nutrition, massage and rehab, and provided free massages for people who wanted them. Observed students who received their own massage promptly noted that they felt entirely relaxed and that they had not realized how stressed and tense they had felt.






Massage therapy was not the only stress free option available.

The Valley Forge hosts recruitment this week











Come visit the Valley Forge in the Student Center as we celebrate our recruit week! Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and earn a souvenir cup and keychain with our logo. The Valley Forge needs support from the student body, and we need your voice!  

Dr. Douglas Jensen accepts title as seventh RVC president

Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Douglas Jensen comes to Rock Valley College to fill the role as President. To begin his college career, Jensen attended the Community College of Allegheny County in search of a business degree or an associates in biological science. This was his initial degree choice because he had a passion for the medical sciences and hoped to pursue this through medical research or teaching in graduate school. But not everything works out in the best way. Jensen became an independent adult early on when his parents unexpectedly passed.

President Mike Mastroianni says farewell to RVC

As a Rockford born native and former RVC student, Mike Mastroianni knows more about this college campus than most. Mastroianni dedicated his career as the president to bettering the functioning of the campus and the lives of each and every student, and understands what it means to attend a community college. By growing up in poverty, Rock Valley College was the best choice for his college education and was made possible through the help of his older siblings and parents. He graduated from RVC in 1972 and then remained in the Rockford area by attending and graduating from Rockford University in 1974. With his later experience in human resources and leading a consulting business, Mastroianni applied for a position at RVC as the Director of Management Institute.

Running for the future, RVC 5K Run/Walk boosts community involvement

It was a brisk Saturday morning on October 8 when the 2nd edition of the Rock Valley College Golden Futures 5K Run/Walk was held. A collective group of around fifty participants which included faculty, student athletes and even weathermen, ran to benefit a general scholarship fund providing “Golden Futures” for future and currently enrolled students currently. The event was coordinated by Dave Costello, a former RVC graduate, who has been the manager of College Communications here at RVC and has worked for public relations for the past 10 years. “Running in general has become a bigger thing,” said Costello, when asked about what has spurred on such an event now two years in a row. “More and more people have become involved and it’s for a great cause.” Not only has this been for a good cause, it’s efficiency has also been taken into consideration.

Happy Birthday, Rock Valley College!


Rock Valley College was developed after a two-year study established the need for a community college in Rockford, on October 10th, 1964. Today, October 10th, 2016, we celebrate the history of Rock Valley College. From the first President Dr. Clifford G. Erickson, to RVC’s current President Dr. Douglas J. Jensen, classes have been open since September 29th, 1965. The college district contains many local counties such as Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, Ogle, McHenry, and DeKalb.  RVC now offers degrees, certificates, and a wide variety of programs to fit the needs of all students. Rock Valley College has been transforming lives for over 50 years now, and will continue to provide and present learning opportunities socially, economically, and culturally within the community.

RVC and Rockford University present career fair for students

The PEC was filled with rows of tables featuring businesses and careers located in Rockford. The Hosting Career and Internship Fair was a wonderful opportunity for students looking for careers associated with their major or certificate degree. It is constantly said by community members, RVC faculty, and those who attend that RVC is a great college to attend in order to determine what profession one wishes to pursue. With its numerous programs dedicated to student success, this college works with community based jobs that sponsor students and encourage applications depending on their career path. One table present was the Rockford Fire Department, represented by fire recruiter Jeff Kloweit and inspector Sonny Chanthaphone. The RFD has an extensive hiring process where an average of 700-800 people between the ages 19 and 21 apply for a limited number of positions on the team.