Beehive Blog–February 1, 2023

RCTC Student Blog

Check out the following links for important RCTC information

Black History Month
Bookstore Sale
Scholarship Deadline
Phi Theta Kappa
Olmsted County Family Support and Assistance
Athletic Events
Career and Major Exploration Workshop
Student Life Event Calendar



Black History Month is celebrated annually in the month of February in acknowledgment of the contributions of African Americans to American history, as well as, highlighting their struggles for Freedom, Equality and Equity. America continues to encounter the effects of this history regarding race and racism. As the country grapples with this, Rochester Community and Technical College strives to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students.

In celebration of Black History Month, let us join together and attend the upcoming UNBOUGHT performance which will tell stories of three amazing African American women: Ida B. Wells, Sally Hemings and Shirley Chisholm. The performance will take place on Wednesday, February 22nd, 12-1pm in the Hill Theatre. There will also be a pre-performance Q&A with the cast, for any students, faculty and/or staff interested in attending (11:00am-11:30am in Hill Theatre).

For more monthly updates of events and activities please visit the Student Life website.  

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The RCTC Bookstore is having a Groundhog Day sale on Thursday February 2.

If the groundhog sees his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter, you get 30% off sweatshirts. If he doesn’t see his shadow predicting an early spring, you get 30% off long sleeve and short sleeve t-shirts!

The sale is in-store only and excludes clearance items.

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The deadline to apply for the RCTC Foundation scholarships is February 15th.

The scholarships are for RCTC students that are graduating or transferring to a four-year institution in Spring 2023 or Fall 2023. Scholarships for graduating students can be used to pay for licensing equipment or other costs.  Transferring scholarships will be applied to the tuition at a four-year institution.  There are 28 scholarships available, offering more than $50,000 with a variety of majors and degrees.

Click to apply now for graduating & transferring scholarships.

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Are you one of the 655 students that received the spring 2023 PTK invitation?

Check your email!

Phi Theta Kappa members make the most of their community college experience by being active members of our chapter and contributing their time and talents to activities related to PTK’s hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service. To be eligible, students must complete a certain number of credits (between 9-12 depending on their program) and earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher.

PTK sends out invitations each semester and summer. Please note that invitations to join Phi Theta Kappa will come directly from Dr. Jamie Mahlberg, RCTC psychology instructor. You can feel comfortable treating all other “honor society” invitations (,, etc.) as spam and delete them.

To learn more about Phi Theta Kappa, you can visit or email Dr. Jamie Mahlberg at

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RCTC Advising and Counseling Department has invited Olmsted County Family Support and Assistance to campus to help serve our students. They will be assisting in their Public Assistance programs:

  • Food Support (SNAP)
  • Cash Assistance (MFIP, GA)
  • Medical Assistance (MA, MnCare, MnSure)
  • Emergency Assistance (EA)
  • Referrals to other community and Olmsted County resources (such as childcare assistance, WIC, and more)

To schedule an appointment, stop in Advising and Counseling (SS133-143) or call 507-285-7260.

Drop-ins are welcome.

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RCTC offers nationally renowned varsity athletics. Women’s basketball, soccer, softball, and volleyball. Men’s baseball, basketball, football, and wrestling. Athletic events are free for students; just bring your Student ID!

Congratulations to our Yellowjackets for a productive season play! This past Saturday, January 28th, the Women’s Basketball team continued their seasons winning streak at, 16-0, with a convincing victory over Ridgewater College. They will be playing St. Cloud Technical and Community College this weekend. The Men’s Basketball team has dominated the scoreboard by averaging 77 points and 40 rebounds a game. They will also host St. Cloud Technical and College at RCTC Performance Court this Saturday.

Show your school spirit and come cheer on our Yellowjacket teams!

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At the Career and Major Exploration Workshop, students will use Sigi3 software to learn about two key parts:

  • To identify their values, skills, interests, and personality type and how their traits can match with specific majors and careers.
  • It has excellent job market data that is pulled directly from the National Department of Labor including job duties, hiring trends, salary and much more.

All students are welcome just know your StarID and password!

The workshop will be held in room AT210 on the dates and times provided:

  • Wednesday, February 15, 1-:50pm
  • Tuesday, February 21, 10-10:50am
  • Thursday, February 23, 9-9:50am
  • Monday, February 27, 2-2:50pm
  • Thursday, March 2, 11-11:50am

The goal for students is to identify careers that best fit their strengths and interests. Students have the option to schedule a follow-up career appointment by going to AdvisorVue, stopping in the Advising and counseling office, or calling 507-285-7260 to review their results and develop a personalized career plan.

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Student Life hosts events and activities throughout the year that are free for students! Visit the Student Life Events Calendar to find upcoming activities and events or participate in What’s Up Wednesdays, where we bring campus updates and information about upcoming events to you!

What’s Up Wednesdays take place every week at 12pm in the Hive (3rd Floor of College Center).

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