Rock Valley College

Enrollment Open for Fall 2020 RAISE Program

Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Media Contact: David Costello, 815-921-4516

Enrollment is now open for the Rock Valley College Academic Institute for Successful Employment (RAISE) fall semester!

RAISE is a post-secondary education program at Rock Valley College for those with intellectual disabilities. The goal of the program is to provide students with disabilities a college experience while gaining independent living skills, soft skills to use in the workplace and an avenue towards gainful employment.

Six courses will be available for the Fall 2020 semester; Career Exploration & Career Skills Development, Personal Empowerment, Safe and Healthy Living, Community Integration, and Financial Literacy. Classes will meet virtually from August 19 through December 11, 2020.

Participants aged 18 through 22 may participate in RAISE at no personal cost as part of their public-school district’s Individualized Education Plan that permits those with disabilities attend public school until age 22. The program is open to individuals in the community aged 18 to 28.  Tuition is $300 per course, but scholarships are available.

To inquire about enrollment through your school district or independently, please call (815) 921-2371 or visit

The Rock Valley Academic Institute for Successful Employment (RAISE) College for Life program is a collaborative initiative involving Rock Valley College, local not-for-profit organizations and local school districts to provide opportunities for adults who have intellectual disabilities to participate in inclusive post-secondary educational opportunities, gain independent living skills, and to obtain competitive employment.  The program is designed to address students’ unique learning needs by providing a comprehensive approach that includes career exploration, specialized vocational and academic instruction, and individualized accommodations.