Beehive Blog – September 8, 2021

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Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Join us for Homecoming Activities
Fitness Center
Education Planning Tools
RCTC Has Great Educational Support Resources

Come on out for RCTC Homecoming Week activities September 7-11. There are a number of events planned throughout the week. For full details, please visit our Homecoming website.

  • Tuesday:
    • Student Government Vote, open all day on D2L
    • Yellowjacket Mumday, 2:00-3:00pm on the Regional Sports Center Lawn
  • Wednesday:
    • Airplane Competition, Construction 12:00pm, Competition 12:30pm in the Hive Cafeteria
    • RCTC Women’s Soccer at the Stadium at 7:00pm. GO YELLOWJACKETS!
  • Thursday:
    • “Bodies of Water” Art Exhibition Opening, Reception 6:30p-8:00pm, Artist talk at 7:00pm in the Art Gallery
    • Yellowjacket Mumday, 11:00am-12:00pm on the Heintz Center Lawn
  • Friday:
    • Spin and Win, 9:00am-10:30 am in the Atrium, 11:30am-12:30pm at Heintz Center Commons
    • RCTC Women’s Volleyball, 3:00pm and 7:00pm in the Regional Sports Center Performance Court
  • Saturday
    • RCTC Women’s Volleyball, 10:00am and 2:00pm in the Regional Sports Center Performance Court
    • “Bodies of Water” Self-Guided Tour, 10:00am, RCTC Art Gallery
    • Live Painting with Simon Huelsbeck, 11:00am on the RCTC Memorial Plaza
    • Live Music featuring Jaggedease, 11:00am on the RCTC Memorial Plaza
    • Giant Yard Pong, Face Painting, T-shirt Making, 11:00am on the Regional Sports Center Lawn
    • RCTC Football vs. Central Lakes College-Brainerd, 1:30pm at the Rochester Regional Stadium
    • RCTC Women’s Soccer vs Karen Women’s National, 6:00pm at the Rochester Regional Stadium

RCTC students get into all sporting events FREE with their Student ID! Questions, reach out to Student Life at or 507-285-7204. Also check out our Homecoming webpage for details on all the events!

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A 3,000 square foot Fitness Center is equipped with many cardiovascular health stations and exercise equipment as well as adjacent space for free weights and weight machines for cardio equipment, circuit and weight training. The Fitness Center is located in the Regional Sports complex and is available for current RCTC students to utilize at no charge.  To use the Fitness Center, students must first read and agree to the terms and conditions, which are available on the web and will need to present a current student id and pass.  Visit the Fitness Center website for more information.

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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 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. Students enter their star ID 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 Advisors)
  • Main campus
    • SS133, (Advisors/Counselors, Veterans/International student services)
    • Welcome and One Stop Center, (Paula Carlsen, Path to Purple)

Please contact us at 507-285-7260.

Career Development
RCTC has many ways to help you explore careers, navigate your courses, find a job, and then land that job. RCTC Counselors can help you think through what you want to do, who you want to be, and then how to align your academic path accordingly. Please make an appointment with a counselor or stop in to browse or take advantage of a walk-in visit with a counselor or transfer specialist.  Additional information and resources are also available on our  Career Development website.

When are you are ready to find a job and prepare, the WorkForce Center, located in the Heintz Center, provides career services for students, along with a variety of employment and training programs. Services include:

  • Resume assistance
  • Interview preparation
  • Skill and interest assessment
  • Short-term Career Pathway training opportunities
  • Placement information, including regular hiring events, job fairs and daily job boards.
  • Clothing Closet with FREE interview and work clothing

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  Contact Workforce Development, Inc. at 507-292-5152 or 800-543-5627.

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).  Contact Travis Kromminga, Director of Disability Services, at (507) 280-2968 or Anna Hanson, Disability Services Advisor, at or by phone at (507) 292-5198.

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 8:00am-7:00pm Monday/Thursday, 8:00am-7:00pm Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.  Holiday, semester break, and summer hours vary.  Additional information can be found here.

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.

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 Advising website.

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. For more information, visit the Learning Center website.
  • 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 on our Tutoring website. Contact the tutor coordinator at (507) 280-5534.
  •  In addition, is a great resource for getting help in your studies.  Check it out today!

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