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New Programs at RCC

At Rockford Career College we expand the programs offered to meet the job needs of the community.  Our new programs include: 
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 10-Month Program – Employment is expected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Commercial and residential building construction is expected to drive employment growth, and job opportunities for HVACR technicians are expected to be good.

Create a Roadmap for Your Future?

If you find yourself struggling to achieve your goals, you are not alone.  Here is the good news:  Our admissions staff is trained to help you navigate what career suites you and we start you off with a written plan to achieve your goal.

How important is a written plan (a roadmap to your future)? This excerpt from Mark McCormack will help you understand why a written plan is a critical component to achieving success. 

Trevon Clark Went From Cook to Welder in 10 Months

Hi, my name is Trevon Clark.  I'm a retired US Air Force and for the last three years now, I've been working as a cook in the restaurant business, not really going anywhere. For the last 10 months now, I've been attending Rockford Career College in the welding program and because of the skills I have acquired here, I actually have a job lined up with United Alloy out in Jamesville about to pursue a career I really enjoy looking forward to.


Graduate Highlight: 2018 Paralegal Program - Patricia “Trisha” Hecke

“Successful do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.”
“At my lowest point I was homeless and expecting my youngest child with a toddler.  I am not only the first high school graduate in my family, I am also the first to attend college.  As a mother of two daughters, it is the duty given to me from God to be a witness of how good He is all the time and how he can provide above and beyond all expectations.  Now I am an ordained minister, working to eventually go to N.I.U. (Northern Illinois University), DeKalb School of Law.”

Is Your Job Robot-Proof?

Will you be replaced by a robot? Robots may soon be replacing taxi drivers, brick layers, cashiers and even movie stars*. So how do you find a robot-proof job? Rockford Career College focuses on hands-on trade program that prepare you for a career that is robot-proof. Here are just a few of our programs for careers that need a human's touch:
10 Month Programs:

Some 30 Million Jobs that Pay an Average of $55,000 Don’t Require Bachelor’s Degrees

Some 30 Million jobs in the US that pay an average of $55,000 per year don’t require bachelor’s degrees.1
Many careers that do not require bachelor's degrees are in desperate need of qualified candidates. For example, between 2016 and 2026, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that job growth for:

What do you want to do with your life?

“What do you want to do with your life?” We ask kindergartners for their answers but are often unsure of our own responses. While some individuals have a singular drive early on that fuels their career path, many feel lost even as adults. Massage therapist, welder, electrician, medical billing and coding specialist, veterinary technician, paralegal, construction manager, business manager, and the list keeps going. Sometimes, the multitude of options can feel overwhelming rather than liberating.