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We believe deeply, as we have since 1847, that the best education any of us can experience must be grounded in the firm links between scholarship and engagement in the world. In fact, we would argue that education that separates scholarship from engagement and theory from practice is not worth pursuing. That radical claim is at the heart of our mission and vision as a university.

We also firmly believe that access to education for a lifetime is something each of us should expect and pursue. The Community Education programs at Rockford University are committed to providing education to members of the community from every walk of life. Whether you are a 10-year-old in our Center for Learning Strategies or a 90-year-old coming back to audit a philosophy course, we welcome you as a fellow traveler in the lifelong journey of learning.

Our Community Education programs encompass the following areas:

BSMS students

The Return-to-College program
This program is for adults desiring to finish their undergraduate degree. It is comprised of the adult accelerated degree completion program: the Bachelor of Science in Management Studies (BSMS). Adults can work full-time and earn a college degree in just 18 - 24 months.

RCLC students

The Center for Learning Strategies
TCLS offers both enrichment and remedial programs for children and adults. Since 1952, TCLS has enhanced life-learning skills for more than 30,000 people. TCLS has helped many reach their learning potential by maximizing abilities, encouraging success and challenging them to reach for higher goals.

NICNE seminar

Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE) has been providing capacity building, training, technical assistance and resource support to nonprofit organizations within our region since August 2004. NICNE is the region’s primary resource for nonprofit management and leadership development. NICNE strengthens nonprofits by providing education, training, technical assistance, and assessments, and encourages collaboration resulting in a strong, vibrant nonprofit sector critical to a healthy community.

English Language Institute 
Rockford University’s full-time Intensive English Certificate Program offers courses ranging from two months to 16 months, depending on language goals. Whether your student aspires to study the English language prior to transferring to an American university or wants to improve career opportunities in his or her home country, our program can help reach those educational goals.

summer camp class

Summer Camps
At Rockford University we keep our doors wide open all summer long. The buzz you’ll hear on our campus is a buzz of activity. Lifelong learners of all ages make our beautiful campus their destination of choice all year ’round.

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Student Music Recital

EDP: Seminar #6 - Conflict Management and Resolution

NICNE Customer Service Workshop

FORUM: Sports Management Symposium

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