Beehive Blog–September 6, 2023

RCTC Student Blog

Check out the following links for important RCTC information

Student Success Day
Sexual Violence Prevention Training
211 Basic Needs Resource Hub
Educational Planning Tools
Educational Support Resources


Don’t forget to plan your schedule of events for Student Success Day. There are no classes on this day!

Student Success Day (SSD) is an opportunity to connect with friends, faculty, and staff while attending sessions designed to help you succeed at RCTC and beyond!​ This year SSD will include both in-person and virtual sessions covering topics such as study skills, planning your career, making the most of your finances, and more. You will access all session information through a D2L Brightspace course shell that will show up with your other courses in D2L beginning on Wednesday, September 7th. By accessing the course shell, you will be able to see a more complete schedule! There will be a free lunch for all students at the Field house from 12-2pm during the What’s Your Future Fair!

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If you are a new student that started classes at RCTC this Fall, you should see a course shell within D2L for Sexual Violence Prevention Training. This training is required for all new students and should be completed at the start of the term. If you are a new student and have not completed the training, please do so as soon as possible! (Note: This training is not for concurrent enrollment students.)

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RCTC and Minnesota State have partnered with United Way 211 to establish a statewide basic needs resource hub. The basic needs resource hub provides RCTC students access to basic needs resources and support available on campus and in the community via phone, text, or chat 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

United Way 211 provides free and confidential health and human services information. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect you with the resources and information you need. If you’re looking for information about services available in your community for you or a loved one, they can help.

MNHELP to 898-211(TXT211) or call 211 (toll free at 1-800-543-7709) to speak with one of their highly trained information and referral specialists. Your call is completely confidential, and they have call menus in English, Spanish, and Hmong. Interpreters are also available for any language. Visit the 211 website to learn more or to explore resources and support that may be available.

Learn more about how RCTC supports student basic needs here

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:

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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 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. Students enter their StarID and password.

New students contact the Welcome and One Stop 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 Advisor)
  • Main campus
  • SS133 (Advisors/Counselors, International student services)
  • SS130 (Paula Carlsen, Path to Purple advising)
  • Welcome and One Stop Center (Othelmo da Silva, Veteran services)


Please contact us at 507-285-7260.

Computer Lab Services
Instructional computer labs are available to RCTC students using PC and Macintosh computers at multiple locations. You may view the locations and schedules for the computer labs here.

All students pay a per credit technology fee which entitles access to work in any of the RCTC Computer Labs.  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.

Disability Support Services
Location: Main campus,SS176
Disability support Services serves students with disabilities by providing academic support services to assist them in being successful both inside the classroom, and in achieving their educational goals. Accommodations may include, testing accommodations, sign language interpreting, early registration, the use of adaptive equipment, and alternative versions of textbooks. Services may include referral to local agencies or on-campus programs, advocacy, and special advising. RCTC is in compliance with the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Prior to requesting academic accommodations, students must provide documentation to the RCTC Disability Support Services office that is relevant and complete enough to establish the existence of a disability, to explain the impact of the disability on one of life’s major activities, and to recommend appropriate accommodations in the college setting. Students may contact the Director of Disability Support Services, Travis Kromminga, via email at or by phone at 507-280-2968. Location on main campus: SS176. Addition information is available at

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

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 Emily Yang, Multicultural Advisor by phone at 507-285-3120 or reach her by email

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
The Learning Center provides FREE tutoring and class help for all RCTC and WSU-R students! Build the skills and confidence you need to be successful in your classes – reach your academic goals. Our tutors are specialists in their content areas, and they’re eager to help you.
The Learning Centers can be found on the main floor of Godard Library for Math, Computer Applications, and Writing. Science help can be found on the third floor of the Atrium building. There are many different options for getting help: drop in help, scheduled appointments with a tutor, group study spaces, and you can always email a question you have. For hours and services visit

Drop-In Tutoring on the RCTC Campus is provided free of charge to students of RCTC but is also open to students of the WSU Rochester Center. Tutoring hours are generally 8am-4pm, Monday through Friday. During open hours, students may simply “drop-in” to ask for help in any classes currently offered on campus. Tutors specializing in those course areas do their best to assist. The Drop-In Tutoring Center is located in AT301 up on the third floor.

For more information regarding tutoring, contact Olha Ratushko ( or call 507-280-5534. Minnesota Relay TTY 1-800-627-3529.

If you are enrolled in classes at the Heintz Center, please contact Career Technical Education (CTE) Academic Advisor located in H1434A for tutoring services at 507-280-3534.

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