Rock Valley College

Community Foundation of Northern Illinois Awards RVC Grant for Gateway Courses

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2019

Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516

Rock Valley College is proud to announce it has received a $12,632 grant for supplemental instruction for Gateway Courses. The grant was awarded by the Ralph E. and Mildred Johnson Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois’ Community Grants Program.

The purpose of supplemental instruction is to provide additional learning support to students enrolled in courses who have a high risk for low grades (i.e. D or F), withdrawal, or incomplete. Funds will be used to compensate students who have had prior success in these high-risk courses so that they can provide support, such as tutoring, to students who are currently enrolled in those same courses.

“Rock Valley College appreciates the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois’ continued commitment to higher education,” said Dr. Doug Jensen, President of Rock Valley College. “This specific grant will help us tremendously with persistence and retention efforts. When a student is struggling in a class it is the most likely thing to discourage them from continuing on their educational journey.”

About Rock Valley College:

Rock Valley College is a comprehensive two-year community college in Rockford, Illinois, offering more than 100 courses for transfer, career programs and certificates. Rock Valley College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Rock Valley College is also recognized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and by the Illinois Community College Board.

About the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois:

The mission of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is to serve as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, preserve, and grow an endowment for current and future needs of Northern Illinois. Since its founding in 1953, CFNIL has granted more than $71 million for charitable purposes. Learn more about CFNIL’s grant making and commitment to endowment at