Timeline: 1915-1924 1925-1934 1935-1944 1945-1954 1955-1964 1965-1974 1975-1984 1985-1994 1995-2005


"On July 1, 1995 MnSCU was born. the legislation would merge the state's state universities, community colleges and technical colleges into one system and community colleges and technical colleges collocated in the same city would become consolidated colleges."

In May, 1995 Riverland Tech and RCC would consolidate


In September 1996 the college christened the new college as RCTC.





In April of 1997 Karen Nagle announced that she was leaving RCTC.  In June of 2000 Supalla was appointed the permanent President of RCTC becoming its 8th president and the second alum to ascend to the college presidency.

In 1996, RCTC received the silver level of recognition from the Minnesota Council for Quality.  In 2004 and 2005 the college made application to the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award positioning RCTC as a leader in the quality movement. 

RCTC entered the merger with 4,000 students and started the fall term of 2004 with nearly 6,000 students.  In the spring of 2005, the college was the third largest provider of online credits sold. 


The explosion of post secondary enrollment options, students, and the Collaboration Among Rochester Educators partnership programs with the Rochester Public Schools has led to 1 out 4 graduates attending  RCTC.


In 1998 the citizens of Rochester approved the reauthorization of a local 1/2 cent sales tax to raise $71.5 million in proceeds for local community infrastructure enhancements.  $20 million was earmarked for the development of the University Center Rochester.   

$48 million in campus development, including co-developed projects, occurred since the 1996 consolidation.  This includes the regional sports center, TELEPro, Horticulture Technology Center, athletic fields, interior roadway system and a new health sciences facility.

The switch was on ......again in 1998 with the switch from quarters to semesters.




Academic innovations that made their appearance in this period was the “Common Book” idea.  This led to a selected book being a featured text in college courses, including faculty member Fan Chen’s book “Gang of One”.

RCC’s relationship the Mayo Clinic grew with RCTC being featured as a key Mayo Partner in 2002.


In 1997, the former technical college building called Riverland Hall was renamed to the Heintz Center in honor of Emil Heintz, long recognized as the father of technical education in Rochester.


Tragedy struck the RCTC community in early 2000 with the sudden death of Dr. Joel Swisher, the football coach.  Coach Swisher compiled a record of 44-9 winning 3 Community College Conference Championships and making  four bowl appearances. 

Chuck Siefert replaced Swisher and the team, spurred on by Joel’s memory, went undefeated and captured the NJCAA Division III National Football Championship in 2000.  It was the first and only national team championship in the college’s history.


In 1995 Jean Marconnet would serve as the athletic director for both men’s and women’s sports. 


Shelley Boettcher and Jacki Banitt would receive All-American honors in women’s softball in 2000.  Boettcher would be one of three female athletes to be named All-American twice. 

Women’s soccer made its appearance as a sport at RCTC in 1998 as a club sport and was added as a regular sport in 1999.  The team would win three straight regional titles.

A new mascot was unveiled in this time period.  A contest was held with RCTC staff member Darin Hoffman with the award winning design named “Sting”. 


In October of 2002, the campus played host to President George W. Bush.


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