RCTC Student Beehive – January 13, 2021

Welcome new students to RCTC and welcome back to our returning students!  Your education here opens doors to new, unexpected opportunities.  It’s wonderful to have our new and returning students fill the campus and online learning community again!  We, in Student Affairs are committed to your success and begin each semester with this communication campaign called “RCTC Student Beehive” – named in recognition of our campus yellowjacket mascot Sting.   Each week on Wednesdays, we’ll share the most relevant and important information about “Bee-ing” successful in accomplishing your goals at RCTC.  Also, “The Hive” is an online blog where all of this information is stored and is available to you 24/7.  Bookmark this site and visit it often for all the Beehives and other helpful information.

Check out the following links for important RCTC information: Monday, January 18, 2021 is Martin Luther King Day…NO CLASSES!

Last Day to Add and Drop Classes
Updates on COVID-19 and RCTC
Connect with us on Social Media
Parking – Find out Where You Won’t Get Ticketed
Free Bus Rides for RCTC Students
Important Information From Financial Aid
Hive Supply – Student Food Cupboard
Email Accounts – Official Means of Communication
The Buzz: Student Health Services Information



LAST DAY TO ADD AND DROP CLASSES
RCTC students can make changes to full term schedules through the 5th day of classes.  The final day to add and drop full-term classes is this Friday, January 15.  You can manage your class schedule via the RCTC eServices site.

Students are responsible to verify that any change was processed correctly by printing a copy of their academic schedule whenever they make a change.  After the deadline to drop a course, refunds are issued only for complete withdrawals in accordance with the published RCTC refund schedule.

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UPDATES ON COVID-19 AND RCTC
Everyone around the world is working to find normal life amidst COVID-19 and RCTC is no different.  Faculty and staff continue to work hard to create the best environment for students to succeed.  What do students need to know?

  • COVID-19 Screening Tool/Masks Required: There are a couple of requirements for students to gain access to campus. Falling in line with the State mandate, masks are required while on the RCTC campus. Students who have exemption due to a disability, should contact our Disability Services Office before coming to campus. 507-280-2968.  Students are also required to complete the COVID screening tool each day before arriving at campus.  Students who do not receive a green screen after completing the tool, should stay home.
  • Course Delivery Formats: There are a variety of different course delivery formats for students to choose from in order to continue their education while staying within their comfort level of safety. You can find a description of all the Course Delivery Formats on the RCTC website.

For all updates on COVID-19 information at RCTC, please visit our COVID-19 website

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CONNECT WITH US ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Stay connected with us on our social media accounts so you stay informed of all the activities and events available to you. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and stay “in the know!”

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PARKING – FIND OUT WHERE YOU WON’T GET TICKETED!
Student parking is available in any lots designated “Student parking.”  The parking fee is included in your tuition.  For more information on parking on the RCTC campus, check out our Campus Safety webpage.

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FREE BUS RIDES FOR RCTC STUDENTS
Using the bus system in Rochester is easy and convenient.  Students can access any part of the city using Rochester Public Transit as their mode of transportation.  The buses are clean, safe, and enjoyable to ride.  Rochester Public Transit services RCTC Monday through Friday, every 30 minutes from morning til evening.  RCTC students ride for free, accessing any RPT bus route.  For additional information on routes, times and more, visit the RPT websiteShow your RCTC Student ID and you can ride any route, anytime for free!  If you haven’t received your Student ID yet, visit the RCTC Library today!

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM FINANCIAL AID
All financial aid disbursements and student payroll checks at RCTC are disbursed using a system called BankMobile Disbursements.  When your payment is ready to be issued to you, the funds will be sent to an agency called “BankMobile.”  BankMobile will then issue your financial aid change check and/or student payroll check using the refund preference you select.

If you have questions, please contact the RCTC Cashier’s Office at (507) 285-7311 or visit https://bankmobiledisbursements.com/refundchoices/.

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HIVE SUPPLY – STUDENT FOOD CUPBOARD
The Hive Supply is RCTC’s on campus Food Shelf. Current RCTC students can visit the Hive Supply when needed. Some other health and wellness items are also available; non-food items vary throughout the year and are based on donations. Check out the Hive Supply Webpage for hours and other information. Donations are also always welcome! Please note: dates and times are subject to change so check back to our website for the most current information.

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EMAIL ACCOUNTS – OFFICIAL MEANS OF COMMUNICATION
Did you know Campus Email is RCTC’s official means of communication with students?

All RCTC students are provided with an email account through the College. This email account is the official means of communication from the college. Your campus email login format is: StarID@go.minnstate.edu – Example: rc1234tc@go.minnstate.edu. Email can be accessed at: https://www.outlook.com/ or on your mobile device.

You can find instructions to set up your mobile phone to access your email, calendar information, contacts and tasks on the RCTC website.

If you have questions, please email the Technology Support Center or call (507) 536-5555.

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THE BUZZ: STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES INFORMATION
Check out The Buzz, RCTC Student Health Services monthly newsletter.  It has all kinds of tips on how to stay safe and healthy.

Have a great semester!

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