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Academic Advising and Counseling


It is very important to meet with your advisor or counselor each semester. Scroll down for contact information for your advisor or counselor.

Bring your DARS report when meeting with your counselor or advisor.

Academic Advising and College Counseling

Every student has an academic advisor or counselor, who is here to support students in their educational growth and guide them through program requirements. Your assigned counselor or advisor appears on your schedule and on your Degree Audit Report (DARS). Students should work closely with their academic advisor or counselor so that educational goals are met. It is very important to meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester to ensure that you receive ongoing advice regarding satisfactory academic and career progress. Students who have concerns that cannot be addressed by their assigned advisor are always welcome to meet with a counselor.

Heintz Center Advisors

Eric Sime
Academic Advisor
APPT: 507-285-7260
Direct: 507-280-5006

Majors Advised:
Communication Studies Certificate
Computer Aided Drafting
Dental Assistant
Dental Assistant Expanded Functions
Dental Hygiene
Equine Science
Health Unit Coordinator
Human Services Assistant
Human Services Specialist
Human Services Technician
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Precision Manufacturing Tech.
Sports Facility Management
Work Place Communication

Laura Duffie-Evans
Academic Advisor
(507) 280-3115

Majors Advised:
Hawthorne Programs
Administrative Clinic Assistant Hawthorne Cohort
Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant Hawthorne Cohort
Welding Hawthorne Cohort

Ariel Carson
Academic Advisor
APPT: 507-285-7260
Direct: (507)-280-3534

Majors Advised:
Automobile Mechanics
Building Utilities Mechanic
Criminal Justice
Horticulture Technology
Law Enforcement
Nursing (Back up nursing advisor)
Surgical Technology
Veterinary Technician
Welding Technology


RCTC Main campus Advisors

Kerry Schad
Academic Advisor SS143
APPT: 507-285-7260
Direct: 507-285-7272

Majors Advised:
Online students (Phone appointments available) Administrative Assistant
Administrative Clinic Assistant
Bus. Admin. Tech. (BTEC)
Cancer Registry
Child Development
Coding Specialist (HIT)
Health Care Informatics
Health Information Tech.
Medical Administrative Assistant
Healthcare Documentation Spec
Liberal Arts (U-Z).

Paula Carlsen
RCTC Welcome Center Shared Advisor
Welcome Center AT107
APPT: 507-285-7557
Direct: 507-535-3791

Majors Advised:
In addition to the WSU-Rochester majors below, current RCTC students planning to transfer to the WSU-Winona campus programs may connect with Paula for advising an efficient and seamless academic plan.

WSU Path to Purple Students
Business Administration
Computer Sciences/CIS/Bioinformatics
Elementary Education K-6
Human Resource Management
Nursing RN to BSN program
Social Work
Social Work/Human Services Specialist
Social Work/Alcohol & Drug Counseling




Jennifer Dahle
Academic Advisor
APPT: 507-285-7260
Direct: 507-280-3535

Majors Advised:
Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant
Nursing Assistant
Practical Nursing
Nursing, ADN



Anna Hanson
Disability Support Services Advisor
(507) 292-5198

To schedule an appointment with Anna, call her directly at 507-292-5198.

Disability Services Advisor

Janell Holter

Janell Holter
Academic Advisor
APPT: 507-285-7260
Direct: 507-280-3120

Serves multicultural and international students

Majors Advised:
Art & Design (DIGI)
Art (AFA)
Graphic Design
Liberal Arts & Sciences (A-D)
Liberal Arts & Sciences (M-R)
Music Technology
Web Design


Glen Saponari
Academic Advisor
APPT: 507-285-7260
Direct: 507-280-5511

Serves as the academic advisor for Veterans and International students.

Nate Smith
Academic Advisor
APPT: 507-285-7260
Direct: 507-280-5005

Serves as the academic advisor for student athletes Majors Advised:
Accounting Clerk
Accounting Technician
Business Administration
Business Management/Marketing
Computer Science (AS)



Brooke Kosok
PSEO Advisor
(507) 285-7160

Works with Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) students and Concurrent Enrollment students

Deb Vang
Gregg Wright
College CounselorsSS133
APPT:  507-285-7260

Serve all students with emotional and personal issues, career and academic issues and students who are pursuing the following majors:
Transfer majors, all pre-majors
Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist
Clinical Neurophysiology Technology
Clinical Research Study Coordination
Computer Information Systems (AS)
Computer Science
Credit for Prior Learning – Deb. V.
Environmental Science
Health Sciences Broadfield
Individualized Studies
Laboratory Science
Liberal Arts & Sciences (E – L)
Natural Science Associate
Physical and Occupational Therapy
Radiography (UMR Transfer)
Respiratory Care (URM Transfer)
Undecided/undeclared majors

Academic Advisors and Counselors: What is the difference?

An Academic Advisors assists students with academic decisions, helps students clarify academic goals and understand how courses fit into these goals. A College Counselor is a credentialed counselor, experienced in assisting students with academic, transfer and career planning. Counselors also provide crisis counseling and services to assist with family and personal relationship concerns. Any RCTC student may meet with a College Counselor. For more information about all aspects of Advising and Counseling available to RCTC students, please visit the RCTC Academic Advising and Counseling website.

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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