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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.

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.

Heintz Center Advisors




Eric Sime
Academic Advisor
(507) 280-5006

To schedule an appointment with Eric, please call (507) 285-7260.

  • 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
  • Surgical Technology
  • Veterinary Technician
  • ADA Coordinator
  • College Rep. for ROC
  • Workforce Center Advisor

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

  • Hawthorne Programs
  • Administrative Clinic Assistant Hawthorne Cohort
  • Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant Hawthorne Cohort
  • Welding Hawthorne Cohort
Ariel Carson
  Ariel Carson
Temporary Career Technical Education
 (CTE) Academic Advisor

  • Automobile Mechanic
  • Building Utilities Mechanic
  • Carpentry
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Medicine Paramedic
  • Emergency Medical Technology
  • Horticulture
  • Law Enforcement
  • Liberal Arts (S&T)
  • Precision Manufacturing Technology
  • Welding Technology

RCTC Main Campus Advisors

Kerry Schad

Kerry Schad
Online Academic Advisor


To schedule an appointment, call (507) 285-7260.  Phone appointments are available upon request.

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Clinic Assistant
  • Cancer Registry Management
  • Coding Specialist
  • Customer Service
  • Healthcare Document Specialist
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Administrative Assistant / Medical Secretary
  • Software Application Specialist
  • Liberal Arts (U-Z)


Paula Carlsen
RCTC Welcome Center Shared Advisor
Welcome Center AT107
(507) 535-3791

To schedule an appointment with Paula, call the RCTC Welcome Center desk at 507-285-7557.

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
    • Accounting
    • 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


Jennifer Dahle
Academic Advisor
(507) 280-3535

To schedule an appointment with Jennifer, call (507) 285-7260.  Phone appointments are available upon request.

  • Nursing, ADN
  • Students seeking majors in:
  • Nursing Mobility (PN to ADN)
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Practical Nursing


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

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

  • Disabilities Services Advisor
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences (E-L)



Janell Holter



Janell Holter
Academic Advisor
(507) 280-3120

To schedule an appointment with Janell, call (507) 285-7260.     

  • Multi-Cultural Academic Advisor
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences  (A-D)
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences (M-R)
  • International Students



Brooke Kosok, PSEO Advisor
SS140 - (507) 285-7160

  • Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) Students





Glen Saponari
Academic Advisor
SS134 - (507) 280-5511

To schedule an appointment with Glen, call (507) 285-7260.     

  • Veterans Advisor
  • International Student Advisor




Nate Smith,
Academic Advisor
(507) 280-5005


  • Student Athlete Advisor
  • Accountant
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounting Technician
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management/Marketing
  • Art & Design (DIGI)
  • Child Development
  • Coaching-Diploma
  • Computer Science A.S.
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Interaction Design
  • Mass Communications (NT)
  • Motion Graphics
  • Music Technology
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Facility Management
  • Youth Worker


Deb Vang




Becky Smith,
Deb Vang,
Gregg Wright

College Counselors:

To schedule an appointment with a Counselor, call (507) 285-7260.      

Serve all students with emotional and personal issues, career and academic issues, and students who are pursuing the following:
  • Transfer majors, all pre-majors;
  • Biotechnology
  • Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist
  • Clinical Neurophysiology Technology
  • Clinical Research Study Coordination
  • Chiropractic
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Histology
  • Individual Studies
  • Laboratory Science
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences (M & N)
  • Medicine
  • Natural Science Associate
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical and Occupational  
  • Therapy
  • Radiography - UMR transfer
  • Respiratory Care - UMR transfer
  • Undecided/undeclared majors

Hawthorne Site Advisor



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

  • Hawthorne Programs
  • Administrative Clinic Assistant Hawthorne Cohort
  • Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant Hawthorne Cohort
  • Welding Hawthorne Cohort



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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