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Academic Advising and Counseling

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

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.

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 licensed and nationally certified career counselor, experienced in assisting students with academic 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.

Heintz Center Advisors

Sara Kling-Punt, Academic Advisor   

HA101D           (507) 280-3534             sara.kling-punt@rctc.edu     

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

  • Automobile Mechanics
  • Building Utilities Mechanic
  • Carpentry
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Criminal Justice
  • EMT/ Paramedics
  • Equine Science
  • Horticulture Technology
  • Law Enforcement
  • Precision Manufacturing Tech.
  • Protective Agent
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Welding Technology
  • Workforce Center Advisor



Eric Sime, Academic Advisor                       

HA101       (507) 280-5006             eric.sime@rctc.edu 

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

  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Asst. Expand. Function
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Health Unit Coordinator
  • Human Services Assistant
  • Human Services Specialist
  • Human Services Technician
  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug  Counselor
  • Surgical Technology
  • ADA Coordinator
  • College Rep. for ROC
  • Workforce Center Advisor

UCR Main Campus Advisors



Emily Buehler

SS143   (507) 285-7469      emily.buehler@rctc.edu

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

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Coding Specialist
  • Customer Service
  • Health Information Technology
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Medical Secretary
  • Medical Transcription

Paula Carlsen - UCR Welcome Center Shared Advisor

Welcome Center AT107 (507) 535-3791 Paula.Carlsen@rctc.edu

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

  • 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, Academic Advisor  

SS136   (507) 280-3535      Jennifer.dahle@rctc.edu  

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, Academic Advisor           

SS175     (507) 292-5198         anna.hanson@rctc.edu

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

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



Janell Holter, Academic Advisor                  

SS142         (507) 280-3120  janell.holter@rctc.edu

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

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


Brooke Kosok, PSEO Advisor

SS140 (507) 285-7160 brooke.kosok@rctc.edu

  • Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) Students



Glen Saponari, Academic Advisor                

SS134   (507) 280-5511         glen.saponari@rctc.edu

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

  • Veterans Advisor
  • International Student Advisor
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences (S-Z)

Becky Smith, Academic Advisor

HA101E (507) 280-3115 Becky.smith@rctc.edu

  • Administrative Clinic Assistant
  • Online Liberal Arts Students
  • Hawthorne Programs
  • Administrative Clinic Assistant Hawthorne Cohort
  • Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant Hawthorne Cohort
  • Welding Hawthorne Cohort

Nate Smith, Academic Advisor

SS138 (507) 280-5005 Nate.smith@rctc.edu

  • Student Athlete Advisor
  • Accountant
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounting Technician
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management/Mktg.
  • 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,Gregg Wright, College Counselors:           


Gregory.wright@rctc.edu Deb.vang@rctc.edu

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 Neuro. Technology
  • Clinical Research Study Coord.
  • 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

HA101 (507) 280-3115 laura.duffie-evans@rctc.edu

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

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



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