President's Office

Message from Interim President Gail O'Kane

Welcome to Rochester Community and Technical College, the oldest two-year college in Minnesota, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015.

RCTC serves as a universal gateway to world-class learning opportunities.  The College offers access to a wide selection of online and land-based courses and more than 70 technical and transfer programs.  Moreover, our talented faculty and staff are committed to providing world-class learning opportunities in a supportive, student-centered environment. RCTC offers advising and counseling services to all students and additional advisors for veterans, persons with disabilities, international students, minority students and online students.  The College also prides itself on excellence in teaching. Since 2007, when Minnesota State Colleges and Universities began recognizing educators throughout the system for outstanding teaching, faculty at RCTC have been recognized twice as often as any other MnSCU institution.

Many of RCTC’s programs are nationally accredited, which assures employers and transfer institutions that these programs meet the high bar for quality set by accrediting bodies. In addition, the College actively collaborates with employers and university partners to ensure that students have excellent employment and transfer options once they’ve completed their studies at RCTC. More than 80 percent of RCTC graduates find employment related to their field within one year of graduating. The College’s 95 articulation agreements with two and four-year institutions ensure that credits earned at RCTC will be accepted at transfer institutions. 

Our two-year college also is committed to providing the rich, whole-person college experiences typically found at four-year universities.  On our beautiful 518-acre college campus, students can choose from a variety of student life programs to make connections with other students, develop leadership and life skills, and of course, have lots of fun. These programs include music, theatre, student government, a wide variety of student clubs, and the most extensive varsity sports program of any public two-year college in the state. International and service learning opportunities also offer students a way to expand their education and impact beyond the campus borders.

As an institution where respect is a core value, RCTC is a welcoming campus where we honor civility and appreciate diverse perspectives.  The RCTC learning community represents persons from diverse ages, ethnic backgrounds, experiences and goals, all pursuing an extraordinary education. 

If you’ve been thinking about college and don’t know if now is the time for you, there has never been a better time to enroll. For the next two years, RCTC is guaranteeing that tuition will remain frozen at 2012-2013 levels! In addition, more than 80 percent of our students receive some type of financial aid, and for the first time this year, part-time students will have access to Minnesota’s state grant program!

For information about enrolling, go to    And check us out on Facebook or Twitter. Then let me know what you think by writing to me at

Gail O'Kane
Interim President


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