Beehive Blog – March 23, 2022

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Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

RCTC Music Presents: Spring Showcase Concert
Technology Support Center
Summer Registration Available
Learning Center
Office of Higher Ed Resources for COVID-19
Summer Graduation Application
Educational Support Services


Join us this Thursday, March 29 at 7pm for an evening of fun as members of the RCTC music ensembles showcase their talents! ​Meet our new director of ensembles, Michael Mangan! You’ll hear a variety of instrumental and vocal solos, duets, trios and small ensemble performances. You’ll also hear from the choir, jazz combo and arias. It promises to be a lot of fun and a great way to spend an evening. With such a wide variety of musical styles being presented, there will be something for everyone! Tickets: $5.00 each. General admission, get your tickets in advance or at the door. Cash or check only please.

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The Technology Support Center (TSC) is available for students’ technical issues here at RCTC, which includes login and printing issues, installing free software for home use, and guided assistance with laptops and mobile devices.

Additionally, the TSC has digital equipment checkout items and provides traditional media supplies.  A complete listing of TSC checkout items, supplies, and services can be found on the TSC website.

Educational discount tip: as a student, if you plan on purchasing any new technology devices or software, ask for an educational discount! Most retailers offer discounts for college students which can save you quite a bit of money.

Remember: always be very careful when someone contacts you that you were not expecting (with an offer of employment, a free prize, your password has expired, etc., and asks for your personal information, or for you to send them money). It is most likely a SCAM!

Semester Hours:
7:30am-9pm – Monday-Thursday
7:30am- 4:30pm – Friday
7:30am-4:30pm – Saturday

Semester Break:
Hours may vary

 The TSC is located in Goddard Library GL100 and can be contacted at 507-536-5555 or

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The Summer registration window is open to all current and returning degree-seeking students. You are able to register in the eServices site today!  All students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor or counselor prior to registering for any term.

Questions?  Email the Records and Registration Office or call us at (507) 285-7268 or (800) 247-1296 ext. 7268

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The Learning Center tutors are still here to support you; we are just working remotely. Beginning Monday, March 30, we will be offering remote tutoring via email and web conferencing. See the Learning Center tutoring hours and how to get help

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The MN Office of Higher Education has another website/page with COVID-19 resources for students, faculty, staff and colleges. 

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Students should register for summer courses and submit the application ASAP to ensure we have enough time to review and process the application appropriately.

Students MUST apply for graduation to have any degree, diploma, or certificate added to their academic record.

Information regarding how to apply can be found at:

Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

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Settling into a routine for success is important!

Every student – from time to time – needs some assistance with academics.  Whether you’re looking for some help in a math course or you need advice about what courses to take to get your degree, RCTC provides services that assist students in achieving their educational, career, and personal goals through a variety of services and programs!

Academic Advising and College Counseling
Every student has an academic advisor or counselor, who is here to support students in their educational growth and guide them through program requirements.  Your assigned counselor or advisor appears on your schedule and on your Degree Audit Report (DARS).  Students should work closely with their academic advisor or counselor so that educational goals are met. It is very important to meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester to ensure that you receive ongoing advice regarding satisfactory academic and career progress.  Students who have concerns that cannot be addressed by their assigned advisor are always welcome to meet with a counselor.

It is very important to meet with your advisor or counselor each semester.  Bring your DARS report when meeting with your advisor or counselor.

Online Appointment Scheduling
Current students
can schedule an appointment online to meet with their assigned advisor or counselor. Go to Students enter their star ID and password.

New students contact the Welcome Center at 507-285-7557 to schedule an orientation session.

Additional Services (Available through online appointment scheduling)


Advising and Counseling Department has two locations.

  • Heintz Center H1434              (Career and Technical Advisors)
  • Main campus
    • SS133                           (Advisors/Counselors, Veterans/International student services)
    • Welcome Center       (Paula Carlsen, Path to Purple)


Please contact us at 507-285-7260.

Career Central

Career Central Represents an enhanced partnership between Rochester Community and Technical College and Workforce Development, Inc. (WDI) that provides better services for our students and regional employers!

RCTC provides career counseling through our counselors located on the main campus in the Student Services Building, rooms SS133-143. Career Counseling includes, but is not limited to:

  • Personal career planning and counseling
  • Career publications
  • Career assessments
  • Course selection
  • Transfer planning and resources

 WDI provides career services to all of our students through their offices located at the RCTC Heintz Center. Career Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Job postings across the region
  • Job search skills development
  • Creating resumes and cover letters
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Life skills training
  • Clothes closet
  • Young adult services (i.e., career exploration, mentoring, time management)

 Employers wanting to post job leads with us?  Contact Tameka Coleman, WDI, at 507.292.5152

 Computer Lab Services
Instructional computer labs are available to RCTC students using PC and Macintosh computers.  In addition, computers are available for student use in the Library Technology Center (LTC) at the main campus and Student Support Services Program at Heintz Center.  All students pay a per credit technology fee which entitles access to work in any of the RCTC Computer Labs or the LTC.  Without a valid student ID, a fee per day will be assessed to use RCTC computer facilities.  You may be asked to display your student ID when using computers. If while using a computer lab you find something not working, notify the lab assistant or the Technology Support Center at (507) 536-5555 or via email at

Disability Support Services
Location: Main Campus SS176
DSS offers support for disabled students.  Services include pre-admission interviews, assistance with application and registration procedures; career and academic advising; auxiliary aids and adaptive equipment; special testing arrangements; advocacy; accessibility information; and referrals to community agencies.  It is the responsibility of the individual disabled student to let his/her needs be known to the Disabilities Office.  The college will provide reasonable accommodation within the provisions set down in section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990(ADA).  If a student has or believes he/she has a disability and may benefit from services provided by Disability Support Services office, please contact the disability services office director, Travis Kromminga via email or call  507-280-2968.  Visit the website for additional information at:  Disability Support Services

Goddard Library
Location: Main Campus, GL building
Goddard Library acquires and maintains a balanced and up to date collection of print and electronic resources.  Many library resources are available online with access from the student’s home or workplace.  Also located within the library are wireless laptop networks, a 100-station open computer lab, individual and group study spaces, and librarians to assist with your research.  Library staff and facilities are available from 7:30am-9:00pm Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-4:30pm Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday, and 1:00pm-5:00pm Sunday.  Holiday, semester break, and summer hours vary.  Additional information can be found at

International Student Services
International Student Services includes information on visa and immigration regulations, assistance in the enrollment process, orientation to RCTC and the Rochester community, and academic advising.  A resident tuition scholarship is available for those students willing to share their home culture with RCTC and the Rochester community.  Learn more at the International Student Services website at:  International Student Admission

 Multicultural Student Services
Location: Main Campus, SS135
Provides career information, academic support, and academic advising to assist minority students in achieving their educational goals. For further information, call (507) 280-3120 or visit the website at:  Multicultural Student Services

 Student Support Services/TRiO (SSS)
Location: Main campus, SS159
Student Support Services provides academic advising, transfer planning, career information, workshops, cultural activities, and one-to-one peer tutoring to eligible students.  To be eligible for services, students must meet one of the following criteria: first-generation college student, low-income status or documented disability.  Contact (507) 285-7230.

Tutoring Services

  • Learning Center: We offer a joint RCTC-WSU Academic Success Center where students can go for tutoring. It provides assistance in both beginning courses such as developmental writing and advanced courses such as advanced calculus. Students who make regular use of the LC earn significantly better grades than those who do not. The Learning Center can be contacted at (507) 285-7182. Visit the website at:  Learning Center
  • Tutoring Services: Drop-in peer tutoring is available to all students in a variety of subjects. Drop-in tutoring is located on the main campus and Heintz Center. Check out the drop-in hours at Tutoring. Contact the tutor coordinator at (507) 280-5534.

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