Beehive Blog–January 25, 2023

RCTC Student Blog

Check out the following links for important RCTC information

Stakeholder Survey
Library Orientation Tours
Therapy Services Offered
Apply for Scholarships Today
Hands-Free Behind the Wheel
Education Planning Tools
Spring and Summer Graduates
The hive Supply



RCTC is looking for YOU to take a few minutes to complete the Stakeholder Survey. The Survey is to help provide valuable insight into your satisfaction here at RCTC ; prioritize the goals and align our resources to help better serve YOU, our students.

Begin the survey. The survey will remain open through Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

To show gratitude for your participation, one lucky student will earn a $150 gift card to the Bookstore! 

Back to top of page


As a student, the library can be helpful when researching for a paper and citing your work. Get more out of the library and join the upcoming tour dates:

  • Monday, January 30 : 10am, 11 am, 5pm
  • Tuesday, January 31 : 9am, 1pm
  • Thursday, February 2 : 12pm, 6pm

For more information visit the Goddard Library site for regular hours and events.

Back to top of page


RCTC Student Health Services and Zumbro Valley Health Center have partnered to offer on-campus mental health therapy services to our students.  Current RCTC students who may be struggling with relationship issues, depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns can utilize these services.

Licensed mental health therapists are available to meet with students via Zoom or in person within the Student Health Services office area.  To schedule an appointment, go to and login with your RCTC login credentials, or call Student Health Services at 507-285-7261.

If students have health insurance coverage, we will bill the insurance company for mental health therapy services. Students are never denied services if unable to pay or are unable/unwilling to use their health insurance. More information about our services, including a video about What to Expect for Your First Visit with a Mental Health Therapist.

Back to top of page


The Graduating & Transferring Scholarship portal will open on Monday, January 9th.

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 & transferring scholarships.

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

Back to top of page


Are you putting lives at risk while illegally texting and driving?  Are you a head bobber? Do you text and drive while holding the phone down low only rarely glancing up at the road? Or are you a sneak peeker?  Do you check for texts at stop lights or while stuck in traffic?

Minnesota has a hands-free law in place. It is illegal for drivers to hold their device while driving. This means no calling, texting, emailing, browsing, or posting – including while stopped at a traffic light or stuck in traffic.

Here’s what you can do to help keep you and everyone safe on the road:

  • Cell phones
    •  Turn off cell phones or place them out of reach to avoid the urge to dial/answer, read or send a text. If a passenger is present, ask them to handle calls/texts.
    • Set up your phone to send auto-replies stating you are unavailable to callers while you are driving.
    • If you are a passenger, speak up to stop the driver from becoming distracted.
  • Music and other controls
    • Pre-program favorite radio stations and arrange music in an easy-to-access spot.
    • Adjust mirrors and AC/heat before traveling or ask a passenger to assist.
  • Navigation
    •  Designate a passenger to serve as a co-pilot to help with directions. If driving alone, map out destinations in advance, and pull over to study a map or program the GPS.
  • Eating and drinking
    • Try to avoid food/beverage (especially messy foods) and have drinks secured.

Rochester Community and Technical College is promoting this important lifesaving message on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. We want our students to STAY SAFE!


Back to top of page


Remember to use these very valuable tools to assist you and your advisor/counselor in schedule planning for accurate and timely degree completion at RCTC:

Back to top of page


Graduation applications are due within the first 30 days of the semester you intend on completing program requirements.  The Spring 2023 Graduation Application Deadline is February 21, 2023 and Summer 2023 Graduation Application Deadline is March 21, 2023.  You can find the Graduation application online. Accurate and complete DARS Audits must be attached to the application.  You can access your DARS Audit through the eServices site.

RCTC will hold commencement…

Back to top of page


RCTC has two on-campus food pantries; one on Main Campus and one at Heintz Center. Throughout the year, hundreds of students at RCTC visit the Hive Supply to pick up perishable and non-perishable foods, school supplies and hygiene products. This resource is free to all current students.

How does it work? Students enter the Hive Supply, fill up a bag with up to 15 items, and record their student ID on the way out. Recording your ID helps us track how many students utilize this resource and plan for future needs.

For current Hive Supply hours please visit the Hive Supply Webpage. Hours are subject to change throughout the week.

Interested in donating? Bring non-perishable foods, school supplies, or hygiene products to C407 or drop them in a Hive Supply donation bin located at Heintz Center.

Back to top of page