Beehive Blog–January 11, 2023

RCTC Student Blog

Check out the following links for important RCTC information

Last Day to Add or Drop Classes
Health Updates
Apply for Scholarships Today
Bus Information
Hive Supply
Email Accounts
New Mental Health Service
Social Media



Welcome to RCTC!  Your education here opens doors to new, unexpected opportunities. It’s wonderful to have our new and returning students fill the campus and online learning community again! We, in Student Affairs are committed to your success and begin each semester with this communication campaign called “RCTC Student Beehive”–named in recognition of our campus yellowjacket mascot Sting. Each week on Wednesdays, we’ll share the most relevant and important information about “Bee-ing” successful in accomplishing your goals at RCTC. Bookmark this site and visit it often for all the Beehives and other helpful information.

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RCTC students can make changes to full term schedules through the 5th day of classes. The final day to add and drop full-term classes is this Friday, January 13th. You can manage your class schedule via eServices.

Students are responsible to verify that any change was processed correctly by printing a copy of their academic schedule whenever they make a change. After the deadline to drop a course, refunds are issued only for complete withdrawals in accordance with the published RCTC refund schedule.

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A few friendly reminders about COVID-19 reporting, vaccination, and exposures.

All RCTC students who test positive for COVID-19 should continue to use this form to report it as soon as possible. The form is available in the RCTC COVID-19 Response link at the top of the RCTC website.

Information on COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster doses, is available here.

After COVID-19 Exposure

It’s a good idea to have test kits available at home in case you develop symptoms. Every household in Minnesota is eligible to receive a limited number of free COVID-19 home test kits. Visit here for information on how to order the test kits. Most health insurance plans will cover the cost of home test kits. Check with your insurance provider for details on your plan.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion or runny nose, or loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Many of these symptoms are similar to other viruses like colds and influenza, so don’t assume that a sore throat or nasal congestion is “just a cold.”  The only way to know if symptoms are due to COVID-19 is to get tested.

If you feel sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms – whether or not you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccination you should:

  • Get tested right away. Refer to these testing tips for more information.
  • Stay home and away from others as soon as you notice symptoms and while you wait for your test result. Follow the how long to stay home if your test is positive.
  • Click here to report your positive test to RCTC. COVID-19 is a reportable disease in Minnesota and institutions of higher education are required to report cases and deaths to MDH, per Minnesota Rules, part 4605.7070.
  • Reminder – it is your responsibility to communicate with your instructors if you need to miss class.

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The RCTC Foundation is offering scholarships 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 or 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. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2023.

Click to apply NOW for graduating and transferring scholarships.

As a reminder, our application window for Fall and Spring 2023 will be open April 7-May 15! Email for more information.

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After careful consideration and consultation with RCTC’s student leadership, effective immediately, RCTC Campus parking lots are no longer segregated by employees and students/visitors; but rather, everyone (including students and visitors to the College) may now park in any parking lot on campus.

Special designated parking stalls within the parking lots will remain as posted (i.e., Purple Heart, Special Permit, etc.).  For more information on parking on the RCTC campus, check out our Campus Safety webpage.

Happy stress-free parking!

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Using the bus system in Rochester is easy and convenient. Students can access any part of the city using Rochester Public Transit as their mode of transportation. The buses are clean, safe, and enjoyable to ride. Rochester Public Transit services RCTC Monday through Friday, every 30 minutes from morning until evening. RCTC students ride for free, accessing any RPT bus route.

For additional information on routes, times and more, visit the RPT website.

Have your RCTC Student ID and you can ride any route, anytime for free! If you haven’t received your Student ID yet, visit the RCTC Library today!

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The Hive Supply is RCTC’s on campus food shelf. Current RCTC students can visit the Hive Supply when needed. Some other health and wellness items are also available; non-food items vary throughout the year and are based on donations. Check out the Hive Supply webpage for hours and other information. Donations are also always welcome!

Please note: dates and times are subject to change so check back to our website for the most current information.

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Did you know Campus Email is RCTC’s official means of communication with students?

All RCTC students are provided with an email account through the College. This email account is the official means of communication from the college. Your campus email login format is: – Example: Email can be accessed at: or on your mobile device.

You can find instructions to set up your mobile phone to access your email, calendar information, contacts, and tasks on the RCTC website.

If you have questions, please put in a request at Technology Services or call 507-536-5555.

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New Mental Health Service Available in Student Health Services: Substance Use Assessment

A confidential assessment is often the first step in exploring problematic use of substances. This assessment is completed in a FREE, one-time, one-hour evaluation where an alcohol and drug counselor will interview you in regards to your history of substance use, as well as other dimensions of health. Through a series of questions, the counselor’s objective is to give you a recommendation that best aligns with your current situation and needs.

To schedule an appointment for this services, visit and login with your RCTC login ( + you password). On the left side of the screen, select the Appointments tab, then select the Mental Health Therapy option. If this is your first time scheduling a mental health therapy appointment, you will need to complete the required forms listed in red on the left side of the screen.  Once the forms are completed, you will see the available appointment dates and times. This service is provided in-person in the Student Health Services office area, HS140.

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Stay connected with us on our social media accounts so you stay informed of all the activities and events available to you. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and even TikTok!

Stay “in the know!”

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