RCTC Student Beehive – April 8, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 changes, the Beehive is one tool that will be used to relay important information to you as it becomes available. It’s likely that it will no longer be a Wednesday publication but rather we will send it out as is necessary to keep you updated. Please be sure to take advantage of The Hive (this blog). It has loads of information in addition to the Beehive!

Check out the following links for important resources that are available to you:

Commencement is BACK…on Social Media!
Workforce Development Scholarships
COVID-19 and Alternate Course Delivery
Students, Check Your Email!
Attention Veterans!



COMMENCEMENT IS BACK…ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
Attention Graduates!!!!
We may not be able to meet in the Sports Center this year for Commencement, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate your successes with you.  So here’s the plan!  All those students who have applied for graduation for Fall 2019, Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 will be receiving a packet in the mail at the end of April.  Using the gifts in that packet, graduates should create a photo of yourself which you will upload to a specific site that will be shared with you through D2L.  The week after our original Commencement date (which was May 14), we will be tweeting graduate photos and you can retweet and comment on them and your peers’ pictures.  Watch for more information via D2L and Social Media so you don’t miss your chance to join in the celebration!!!

CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES!

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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIPS
The Minnesota Legislature created the Workforce Development Scholarship program in 2017 to combat the shortage of skilled employees in ​advanced manufacturing, agriculture, early childhood, ​​healthcare services, information technology ​and transportation sectors. For the year 2020, Rochester Community and Technical College will be a recipient of 85 of these scholarships. The scholarships, worth $2,500 each, will be eligible to incoming and returning RCTC students for online applications beginning on April 1. Applicants must be majoring in one of the ​programs listed here, be a graduate of a Minnesota high school and current Minnesota resident.  RCTC students who were awarded a scholarship for Fall 2019 semester are also eligible to apply again if they have completed two academic terms with a minimum of nine credits each and have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.​ ​

Apply now at:

Prospective Student Sign-in (For high school students or incoming students who do NOT have an RCTC star ID or password.)  https://rctcfoundation.awardspring.com/prospective/signin

Current Student Sign-in (Authentication is against Office365 Active Directory using StarID and password.   If students are already signed in to Office365, it is single-sign-on. No need to log in again.)  https://rctcfoundation.awardspring.com/

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COVID-19 AND ALTERNATIVE COURSE DELIVERY
Both the State of Minnesota and the Federal Government have passed legislation to support college students during this difficult time. The ultimate goal is to protect students from academic or financial harm that could occur due to COVID-19 and the alternative delivery methods. While details about implementation are slow to emerge, please know that the College and the Minnesota State System in accordance with these guidelines are looking out for your best interests as you move forward on your academic path. Please watch for further details to be released about impacts to financial aid, grading options, and COVID-19 appeals. Your success and well-being is our highest priority!

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STUDENTS, CHECK YOUR EMAIL!
Students! Remember to check your email, D2L, the RCTC website, and the RCTC App for the most up-to-date information on your classes, and COVID-19 information.

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ATTENTION VETERANS
Are you a veteran who has lost your job due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus?  Click here for information about how MN disaster relief may be available to you.

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