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Legislative Session Information

As a part of the Minnesota State system, RCTC receives funding via the legislative request submitted by Minnesota State.

Minnesota State is the fifth largest system of colleges and universities in the nation with 30 state colleges and universities across the state that serve as an essential resource to students, business, and industry.

In addition to requesting its operating budget, Minnesota State is requesting $178 million in new funding for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

FY2018-FY2019 MINNESOTA STATE LEGISLATIVE REQUEST

$178 million in new funding over the next biennium
  • $143 million to support and protect campuses like RCTC
  • $25 million for critical technology replacements impacting RCTC
  • $10 million for student incentive grants
To see the Minnesota State FY2018-FY2019 Budget Request, click here.

To see the complete Minnesota State FY2018-FY2019 Legislative Request book, click here.

IMPACT OF THE MINNESOTA STATE LEGISLATIVE REQUEST TO RCTC

  • RCTC will receive $3.8 million of the $143 million supporting and protecting campuses, and an estimated 629 students will be supported by the funding for incentive grants
  • A fully funded request will allow us to
    • Allow employers to continue to rely on RCTC for filling critical open positions in the rapidly growing southeastern MN economy.
    • Continue innovative, interactive learning styles to provide relevant, accessible and affordable educational opportunities to our diverse and growing community.
  • Not fully funded request will:
    • Cause course cancellations and possible program suspensions or closures in high-demand areas.
    • Increase the backlog of deferred maintenance and cause energy efficiencies to be unrealized, causing safety and standards issues impacting learning environments.

To learn more about the impact of the Minnesota State legislative request to RCTC, click here.

2017 RCTC CAPITAL REQUEST

Should any portion of the Minnesota State capital request be funded, RCTC is included for:

  • $2.3 million in asset preservation (HEAPR)
  • $21 million for the Plaza-Memorial Hall demolition/construction/renovation project, which is Minnesota State system priority #7

EXTRAORDINARY REASONS TO #FUNDMINNESOTASTATE AND RCTC

  • RCTC is one of 37 state colleges and universities that are part of the Minnesota State system.
  • The colleges and universities that make up Minnesota State are home to 54 campuses, 1 of which belong to RCTC.
  • Minnesota State serves 396,000 students annually, and RCTC serves 12,060 of those students.
  • Minnesota State serves more students of color, first generation college students, and low-income students, including the 24% of RCTC students who are students of color and the 40% who are Pell eligible.
  • RCTC partners with many regional business and industries (including Mayo Clinic, Kemps, Inc, Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Destination Medical Center), in an effort to make sure we offer the right programs, in the right places, turning out the right number of graduates who are prepared with the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in the jobs of the future.
  • We award more than 1,200 degrees, diplomas, and certificates annually.
  • RCTC is home to many programs that offer students opportunities to enter the workforce with a high-paying, in-demand career including:
    • Health Care: Nursing (NA, LPN, RN), Dental Hygiene/Assisting, Health Information Technology, Health Care Informatics, Coding, Cancer Registry Management, Clinical Assisting, Surgical Technology
    • Technical/Skilled Careers: Welding, Building Utilities, Carpentry, Computer Aided Drafting, Precision Manufacturing, Auto Mechanics
    • Business/Accounting/Marketing
    • Veterinary Technology
    • Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice
    • Cooperative Programs with Mayo Clinic: Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist, Clinical Neurophysiology Technology, Emergency Medicine Paramedic, Histology Technician

See the Minnesota State Extraordinary Facts sheet by clicking here.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND ITS IMPACT ON RCTC:

Contact Information
(507) 285-7210 or 1‑800‑247‑1296
Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Ave SE :: Rochester, MN 55904-4999
Rochester Community and Technical College, a member of Minnesota State.
RCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.
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