Rochester Community and Technical College

Historical Timeline


  • Barefoot in the Park as one of the College's many theater productions during this time.

  • Marie Matt retired in 1973 after 42 years of teaching.

  • Coffman Building in 1966.

  • The 1967 Annual Pole Climb.

  • In 1968, the College added a two-year program for registered nurses after the decision to close the St. Mary's and Methodist-Kahler nursing schools in 1970.

  • The 1967 Wrestling Team.

  • The 1968 Commencement processionals, led by Charles Hill.

  • A future College instructor, Chuck Blattner as a band student in 1970.

  • The 1970 football team played the Mesabi Norsement for the Minnesota Junior College State Championship.

  • The booster award in 1970 was awarded to two students for the first time, Mark Boman and Len Whalen.

  • A type writer class in 1970.

  • "VietRock" speech and drama presentation.

  • RSJC cheerleaders.

  • Bonnie Supalla was the first woman to receive the Booster Cup.

  • Class registration.

  • Graduates outside the new campus.

  • A yellowjacket adorns the outside of the Coffman building during the College's 50th Anniversary.

  • Closer Circuit TV were a staple in the new classrooms and laboratories.

  • The growth in enrollment led to the College leasing space and eventually planning a new campus. In 1970, Rockenbach Gym and Plaza West opened. In 1971, the third phase of construction began, and in 1974, the final phase.

  • Charles Harwood.

  • Emil Heintz was the first leader of the Vocational Institute, which was built on a decision made by the Rochester School Board in 1966.

  • Alumni Warren Skarren was a screenplay writer, most notably for Batman, Top Gun, Beetlejuice, and Beverly Hills Cop 2.

  • Chuck Blattner and a band student.

  • Charlie Hill.

  • Charlie Hill oversaw the largest growth the College has seen during his career.>

  • Don Supalla in his faculty days.

  • Alumni John Borg became a Hennepin County Judge after transferring to Bemidji.

  • Sophomore class officers.

  • Sophomore class officers.