RCTC Student Beehive – February 3, 2021

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Spring Graduation Application Deadline Approaching
Need Help With Child Care Costs?
Student Leaders Creating Change (SLCC)
Scholarship Portal Closes Next Week!
LeadMN Offering Scholarships
Student Life
Black History Month
The Buzz: Student Health Services Information

The Spring 2021 Graduation Application Deadline is February 24, 2021. Students seeking to graduate should complete the application and attach a DARS audit that reads “All requirements complete” before submitting it to the Records and Registration Office for processing.  If your audit states that you are missing a requirement, please meet with your advisor or counselor ASAP for resolution.  Graduation applications and instructions are available online.

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Are your childcare expenses taking a toll on your budget? Maybe we can help. If you are a Minnesota resident and not on MFIP contact Renea Kispert in the Financial Aid Office to find out how. She can be reached at 507-285-7337 or at renea.kispert@rctc.edu

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Student Leaders Creating Change (SLCC) is a program designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to make the RCTC campus and community a safer, welcoming, and more inclusive place. SLCC’s purpose is to give students the confidence and training needed to stand up to those who create a dangerous or unwelcoming atmosphere and to address community issues that may concern them.

The program will consist of training sessions during the Spring 2021 semester. The cohort will meet virtually every Tuesday from 2:00pm-3:30pm, beginning February 9th, 2021. Following the completion of the training portion, the cohort will put their skills into practice with a real-life civic engagement project during the latter part of the Spring 2021 semester.

GOALS: SLCC offers students the opportunity to develop leadership skills, such as community organizing, cross-cultural collaboration, public speaking, and project management. Each of these skills is a critical component to becoming well-rounded community leaders. At the end of the program, students will have a better understanding of their role as an SLCC cohort graduate and community advocate.

Student Leaders Creating Change is presented to RCTC students at no cost. The program is facilitated by the Diversity Council.

Students interested in being part of the Spring 2021 cohort can register HERE

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The RCTC Foundation’s scholarship portal is still open, but will close next week on Friday, February 12, 2021! Please apply if you want to be considered for a scholarship from the Foundation. Check out the Scholarship Portal today! It is important to remember that these scholarships will be for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 and the portal will not open again until later this year.

Please call the Foundation office at 281-7771 with any questions.

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LeadMN is offering scholarships for students who will still be enrolled at one of the Minnesota State colleges and university for the fall semester.  Applications will be accepted for the following scholarships:

  • LeadMN Leadership Scholarship,
  • Morrie Anderson Endowed Scholarship,
  • John Kenneth Niemi Memorial Tool Fund Scholarship and
  • Christine Rice Annual Scholarship (intended for single mothers with one or more child enrolled in a health-oriented field at one of the Minnesota State two-year colleges.
  • As well as others.

For more information, check out the LeadMN website.

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The RCTC Student Life program gives students the opportunity to expand their education beyond the traditional classroom. Students who get involved in extracurricular activities tend to do better in the classroom than those who don’t get involved. Major employers across the nation look for “leadership skills” in prospective hires and being involved with RCTC’s chartered student organizations will give you the opportunity to gain these skills firsthand.  In a two-year college, many of the students involved in an activity graduate each year. This means that the opportunity for a freshman to immediately become active is much greater than in a four-year college. Many of the activities may also be taken as a class to earn credit toward a degree.

Check out what is going on with Student Life.  For further information on student activities, contact the Student Engagement Specialist, email: Kodi.hoscheit@rctc.edu or call (507) 285-7204.

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Black History Month is celebrated annually in the month of February in acknowledgement of the contributions of African Americans to American history, as well as to highlight their struggles for Freedom, Equality and Equity. In recent months, America continues to encounter the effects of this history regarding race and racism. As the country grapples with this, Rochester Community and Technical College strives to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students. In celebrating Black History Month this February, let us participate and engage in Meaningful Conversations About Race. Please check out the Black History Month webpage for details.

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Check out this month’s The Buzz, RCTC Student Health Services monthly newsletter.  It has information on COVID-19 vaccinations and mental health therapy services on campus.  Check it out today!

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