Are you ready to head off to expand your education and get a college degree? Check out these colleges and universities.

  • Aurora University

    Aurora University’s online degree programs provide distance learners with a dynamic and interactive learning environment focused on a comprehensive curriculum designed and taught by Aurora University’s dedicated faculty. While maintaining high educational standards, the online programs are convenient for working professionals who wish to advance their careers with a college degree. Aurora University offers online degrees in business, education, communication, criminal justice, nursing and social work. Students can study year-round in convenient five- to eight-week modules. Throughout each program, students are encouraged to share their knowledge, experiences, opinions and ideas with classmates through interactive discussion boards and chat rooms.

  • Blackhawk Technical College

    A degree, certificate, technical diploma, apprenticeship or non-postsecondary offering from Blackhawk Technical College will increase your earning potential, enrich your life, enhance your skills, and broaden your perspective. Whether you’re planning to step directly into a career, or transfer to a four-year institution, BTC is the best place for you to start. BTC graduates leave college ready to take on the world and lead with integrity, honor and distinction. Since opening our doors more than 100 years ago, the college has continually hosted a breadth of opportunity with more than 27 associate degrees, 21 technical diplomas, 24 certificates, five apprenticeships and six non-postsecondary offerings (GED, HSED, SEL).

  • Ranken Technical College

    At Ranken Technical College, we know that the best way to prepare students for success in the real world is to begin treating them as professionals from day one. For each hour of classroom instruction, our students spend at least three hours in a lab or shop setting, becoming proficient in the skills they need to excel in their careers. This means that each student spends an average of 15 hours a week doing hands-on work with the guidance of our expert instructors. With this extensive practical experience, Ranken graduates are highly trained and fully equipped for successful careers.

  • Rockford Career College

    The mission of Rockford Career College is to educate our students with a relevant, well-rounded occupational education, provide employers with well-prepared graduates, and serve our community partners. For over 150 years, Rockford Career College has helped thousands by giving them the skills to succeed. As an established, nationally-accredited two-year college, RCC offers degrees, certificates and diplomas in the following fields of study: Business Administration, Accounting, Information Technology, Massage Therapy, Medical Assistant, Medical Office Assistant, Medical Coding & Billing, Paralegal, Pharmacy Technician, Veterinary Technician, Phlebotomy, Certified Nursing Assistant and Internet Design.

  • Rockford University

    Testing the first artificial heart valve in humans. Coaching a Division I program to the NCAA Tournament. Traveling with the national tour of Cats. Winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Rockford University alumni are pretty amazing. For more than 166 years, Rockford University graduates have made their mark all around the world. Far more than preparing students to do something, we empower our graduates to accomplish anything. With rich academic opportunities, practical experiences, and global perspectives, Rockford University students succeed in an inviting community where you can do anything, be anything, and experience anything. Rock solid.

  • Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

    Tricoci University of Beauty Culture is a premier beauty school in the Midwest. We understand that becoming “Salon-Ready” takes time and practice. That’s why we give our students many opportunities to showcase and practice their talents in an assortment of on-campus and off-campus events. Our programs are built to give students the foundation needed to continually grow and become true professionals. By the time a student graduates Tricoci University, we’ll have covered all the skills needed to start a career in the Beauty Industry. Programs: Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, and Teacher Training. Click here to learn more, or call 844-326-4192.

  • Upper Iowa University

    In 1857, Upper Iowa University was founded in Fayette, Iowa, site of its main campus. Today, UIU-Rockford is one of 26 university locations in seven states, UIU-Rockford, which opened in 2008, offers evening courses leading to associate and bachelor’s degrees.  Four master’s degrees are available online.  Certificates also are available.  Students at the center can take evening classes face-to-face, and UIU online classes or complete their UIU degree online. Year-round classes start every 8 weeks; most students take only two courses at a time. Students may transfer up to 90 college credits toward completion of their degree.