Economic Impact

As an institution where respect is a core value, the Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) campus is home to Minnesota’s oldest public two-year college where civility is honored, and diverse perspectives are appreciated.

RCTC is located in Rochester, serving more than 8,000 students from diverse ages, ethnic backgrounds, experiences, and goals all pursuing an extraordinary education. RCTC offers more than 70 programs and over 130 credential options taught by award-winning, expert faculty and staff.

Working closely with local businesses, RCTC offers continuing education and customized training programs for both individuals and for business and industry across the region, ensuring its students are employable immediately upon graduation. Its impact is extended through strategic partnerships. Collaborating with Winona State University, RCTC created the “Path to Purple” transfer pathway program which allows students to complete their two-year and four-year degrees without leaving Rochester.


Contributing to the Minnesota Economy

• RCTC has a combined economic contribution of $231.9 million. This includes a direct impact of $117.9 million and indirect/induced impact of $114.0 million.
• Operational and capital spending in the State of Minnesota generates $107.5 million of the total impact and $124.4 million from student and visitor spending.

Supporting and Sustaining Jobs in the State

• RCTC directly employs 460 people in Minnesota.
• Overall, RCTC supports more than 2,009 Minnesota jobs (1,250 direct and 759 indirect/induced).

Students and Alumni in the State Generate Additional Impact

In academic year 2016–2017, RCTC awarded 978 associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Based upon the (conservative) assumption that each graduate will earn an additional $6,250 annually over those with a high school degree, RCTC alumni living and working in Minnesota will have contributed nearly $5.4 billion over the span of their 40-year careers. The alumni currently living and working in Minnesota total 33,577.

RCTC offers the rich, whole-person college experiences typically found at four-year universities. Student life is centered around the most extensive varsity athletic program of any public two-year college in the state, more than two dozen clubs, student government, and fine arts opportunities in music and theater. The enhanced student life experience draws students and enriches the RCTC alumni experience. Many alumni are employed locally, supporting student scholarships through events and cheering the Yellowjackets on campus and across Rochester.

Making a Difference in the Community and State

Because of the proximity of Mayo Clinic to RCTC, many programs focus on health sciences, and a few are awarded in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.  These include cardiovascular invasive specialist, clinical neurophysiology technology, and histology.  Additional programs are currently being reviewed.

Always tuned-in to economic and workforce development priorities in Minnesota and across the nation, RCTC is responding to a need for increased cybersecurity in health care facilities. A collaborative program will offer continued training to 130 cybersecurity employees and technologists at Mayo Clinic.  RCTC is reaching beyond Minnesota with the scope of the program to eventually be expanded to include the clinic’s campuses in Florida and Arizona, as well as industries outside the health care field. The program will build on other successful cybersecurity programs offered by other Minnesota State colleges and universities.