Beehive Blog – April 20, 2022

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Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Apply for Scholarships
Are you okay?
Need to Request a Transcript?
The Summer School You Want
Update Your Address
Register for Fall Semester Today and Breathe Easy Tomorrow


You have until June 6, 2022 to apply for  Rochester Community and Technical College Foundation scholarships. These scholarships, funded through generous contributions from our donors, can help pay for tuition, textbooks, and class fees. Applicants for RCTC Foundation scholarships must be incoming students who have never attended RCTC (even if you attended as a PSEO student) and are enrolling in RCTC in Fall 2022 OR returning RCTC students who have attended for at least one semester and are enrolled in RCTC in Fall 2022. Criteria for these scholarships can include GPA, demographics, area of study, number of credits, financial need, extra-curricular, and essays. The RCTC Foundation uses AwardSpring scholarship application portal. Applicants fill out a general application and then the system applies them to the scholarships they are eligible for based on their answers.

Incoming – New RCTC Student

  • Click on ‘Register’
  • After creating an account, applicants will then be re-directed to their AwardSpring scholarship application dashboard.
  • Prospective students who have previously registered, and are returning to the portal, will login at the SAME link and with the SAME email and password with which they registered.
  • If you are experiencing login issues, please do NOT create multiple accounts. Please contact the RCTC Foundation office for assistance by email at with details.
  • AwardSpring works best with Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox

Returning – Current RCTC Student

  • Students will log in with
  • Students will then be re-directed to their AwardSpring scholarship application dashboard.
  • If you are experiencing login issues, please email with details.
  • AwardSpring works best with Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox

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Are You Okay?: Mind Your Mental Health Week

April 25th to 29th

Student Health Services and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities are collaborating on a week of events to help support mental health and well-being on campus. Events are open to all students and employees. Students who participate have the opportunity to win a Wellness Kit after completing a brief survey.

Let’s get comfortable asking each other “Are you Okay?” and supporting positive mental health and wellness.

Questions contact Katie Swegarden at or Becca Peine at

Monday, April 25th 

Virtual Yoga for All 

Join Jennifer Monsos for a short yoga practice suitable for all levels. Learn a bit about the benefits of yoga for mental health, learn some basic poses you can do while seated or during short breaks in your day. Modifications will be offered to help all students be able to participate. Jennifer is an RYT-500 yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance and is also an accounting and business instructor at RCTC and Normandale Community College.

Tuesday, April 26th 

Healthy Relationships in a Digital Age

Learn about how to build and maintain healthy relationships in a digital age as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Hosted by Minnesota State.

Wednesday, April 27th 

Are You Okay? Talking Circle
Compassion Corner Goddard Library

The COVID-19 pandemic has led many of us to feel disconnected from others.  This “Are You Okay?: Mind Your Mental Health” Talking Circle is an opportunity for students to create connections by sharing their experiences with other students. Talking Circles are a way to bring people together to share their difficulties and to learn from each other.  In a Talking Circle, everyone gets a chance to talk and share their story without interruption or judgment.  Everyone is equal – no one person is more important than anyone else.  This Talking Circle will be facilitated by licensed mental health therapist, Pati Hruby.  Pati provides services to students through RCTC Student Health Services.

Thursday, April 28th 

Makerspace in the Equity and Inclusion Resource Center
Equity and Inclusion Resource Center

Visit the Equity and Inclusion Resource Center (College Center Cafeteria) as it is transformed into a makerspace for the day to help spark creativity! Take a break from the day and use assorted supplies designed to inspire your creativity! All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join in the fun by creating a project, work on a puzzle, relax, and make connections across campus.

Test Anxiety

It is natural to have some anxiety before a test, but too much anxiety can impact your ability to perform your best.  Join licensed mental health therapist, Josh Kaus, as he shares tips and practices to manage test anxiety. Josh provides services to students through RCTC Student Health Services.

Self-care for Resilience Training
Virtual Event Registration is Required

Most people want to build peace into their lives. Join us to learn, explore, and apply simple, free strategies to build peace into our personal and community lives with self-care practices for resilience. This session will be facilitated by trainers from the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute.
Training objectives:

  1. Learn the definitions and purpose of resilience and self-care.
  2. Learn resilience and self-care research and how it applies to everyday life.
  3. Learn strategies for self-care to build resilience.
  4. Consider how to apply strategies self-care for resilience in everyday life.

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Official Transcripts:
If you need an official copy of your transcript, you must make a request to RCTC through the National Clearinghouse. An official transcript cost $7.50/transcript for a two-business day turn-around time. For an additional $5/transcript the Welcome and One Stop Center office will try and release your transcript within two hours of your request, except during peak periods. All official transcripts go by regular postal mail. To send transcripts to a Minnesota State institution, please see below.

Unofficial Transcript (Student Copy):
You can access your full transcript for FREE via the eServices. This transcript is identical to the official transcript in content, however, it is not printed on security paper and thus is not certified as an official RCTC document. Unofficial / Student copies of transcripts are not acceptable generally for employers or other colleges.

To get a FREE copy from the web portal, follow these instructions:

  1. Log in to eServices.
  2. On the left menu select, “Academic Records.”
  3. Then select from the sub-menu, “Unofficial Transcripts.”
  4. Select the option by which you want to view your academic record, then select “Get Academic Record.”
  5. Your academic record will be displayed by the criteria you selected. To get just a printable, PDF copy, select “the PDF icon.”
  6. Remember to log out of your account when finished.

Send Transcript to another Minnesota State Institution
Electronic transcript retrieval is now possible among all Minnesota State institutions for students who are enrolled or transferring to another Minnesota State institution. As a result, it is no longer necessary for most students to order transcripts to be sent to another Minnesota State to ask the staff at the receiving Minnesota State institution about their e-transcript retrieval procedures. Only in some cases will you be asked to order your transcript. RCTC will continue to require a request and will charge transcript fees for all archived records to any destination.

Reverse Transcripts (from any Minnesota State institution):
RCTC will attempt to retrieve e-Transcripts from all other Minnesota State institutions you have attended at the point of application. If you would like an updated transcript pulled, please submit the Transcript Retrieval Form.

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Classes are filling fast for RCTC’s summer term. Catch up or get ahead by taking your general education and prerequisite classes this summer. Find out more at

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Before you finish Spring Semester classes, be sure you update your address in the demographic section of eServices. It’s important to keep your mailing address current so that you receive essential college communications. Keeping your address current also helps us all by lowering the costs of returned and re-sent mail.

If you are graduating, your diploma will be printed and mailed within six weeks of the degree posting. Your address must be correct for awards to be delivered by the postal service.

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Current RCTC students can register for their 2022 Fall Semester classes online. Set yourself up for success and plan ahead!

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