Our Story

The year was 1862. The nation was in the throes of the Civil War and the West hadn't even been settled yet. Yet, the national and local economy continued to grow.  Two enterprising businessmen-- Chamberlin and Dell-- noticed a pressing need for people trained in secretarial skills and bookeeping. Realizing that such skills were necessary for local businesses to grow and prosper, they decided to start Rockford's first business college.

Now, some 150 years later, Rockford Career College continues to provide the kind of training needed for companies to grow and for people to advance. We have kept pace with the needs of business over the years to ensure that the skills they need are the skills we teach.

At Rockford Career College, our goal is student success. Students gather here in Rockford in a friendly, small class environment that feels like home. That means you'll get plenty of one-on-one attention unlike a big school. You'll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors all of whom have real-world experience in their field. Classes are highly hands-on so you can get a feel for what you're learning.  During the last quarter of your program, you'll even enter an externship off-campus at a local employer where you'll put your skills to work.

All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it's our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We may have changed names and locations over the years, but our goal remains the same: To prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.