President’s Welcome

Message from President Jeffery S Boyd

On behalf of the faculty and staff, welcome to Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC), the oldest public two-year college in Minnesota, and one of the oldest in the country! Whether you’re a new student just starting out, a returning student ready to take on a new year, or just inquiring about the potentials that await you at RCTC, we’re here for you.

RCTC serves as a universal gateway to world-class learning opportunities.  The College offers access to a wide selection of online and land-based courses and more than 70 technical and transfer programs.  Moreover, our talented faculty and staff are committed to providing world-class learning opportunities in a supportive, student-centered environment. RCTC offers advising and counseling services to all students and additional advisors for veterans, persons with disabilities, international students, students of color and online learners.

Many of RCTC’s programs are nationally accredited, which assures employers and transfer institutions that these programs meet the high standard for quality set by accrediting bodies. In addition, the College actively collaborates with employers and university partners to ensure that students have excellent employment and transfer options once they’ve completed their studies at RCTC. More than 80 percent of RCTC graduates find employment related to their field within one year of graduating. The College’s 95 articulation agreements with two and four-year institutions ensure that credits earned at RCTC will be accepted at transfer institutions.

Our two-year college is also committed to providing the rich, whole-person college experiences typically found at four-year universities.  On our beautiful 518-acre campus, students can choose from a variety of student life programs to make connections with other students, develop leadership and life skills, and of course, have lots of fun. These programs include music, theatre, student government, a wide variety of student clubs, and the most extensive varsity sports program of any public two-year college in the state. International and service learning opportunities also offer students a way to expand their education and impact beyond the campus borders.

As an institution where respect is a core value, RCTC is a welcoming campus where we honor civility and appreciate diverse perspectives.  The RCTC learning community represents persons from diverse ages, ethnic backgrounds, experiences and goals, all pursuing an extraordinary education. Our community can continue to rely on RCTC and our commitment to respecting diversity and civility.

If you’ve been thinking about college, NOW is the time ! For information about enrolling, go to    And check us out on Facebook or Twitter. Then let me know what you think by writing to me at

Jeffery S. Boyd, Ed.D.