RCTC Student Beehive – January 27, 2021

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Therapy Services Offered
Education Tools
Don’t Thumb It Up Behind The Wheel


THERAPY SERVICES OFFERED
RCTC Student Health Services and Zumbro Valley Health Center have partnered to offer on-campus mental health therapy services to our students.  Current RCTC and WSU-R students who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns can utilize these services.  A previous mental health diagnosis is not required.

Sheri Pearson, LICSW, MSW and Rebecca Potter, MSW, LICSW are available to meet with students via Zoom, or in-person within the Student Health Services office area.  To schedule a confidential appointment, visit https://healthservices.rctc.edu or call 507-285-7261.

Mental health therapy services are often covered by health insurance, so students will be asked to provide their health insurance information prior to their first visit.  Students without insurance are offered assistance in obtaining available insurance coverage.  Financial assistance is available depending on available funds and need.

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EDUCATION PLANNING TOOLS
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:

Questions and/or more information: pidc@stcloudstate.edu or 320-308-7432​

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DON’T THUMB IT UP BEHIND THE WHEEL
Are you putting lives at risk while illegally texting and driving?  Are you a headbobber? Do you text and drive while holding the phone down low only rarely glancing up at the road? Or are you a sneak peeker?  Do you check for texts at stop lights or while stuck in traffic?

In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts/emails, and access the Web on a wireless device — including when stopped at a traffic light or stuck in traffic. It is also illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cell phone at any time.

This emoji #:’-( could be what texting drivers experience after crashing, while this one  >:-(  is how texting drivers will feel after getting ticketed for “thumbing it up” behind the wheel.

Traffic crashes are the leading killer of Minnesotans ages 1-34.  Here’s what you can do to stay focused behind the wheel:

  • Cell phones — turn off cell phones or place them out of reach to avoid the urge to dial/answer or read or send a text. If a passenger is present, ask them to handle calls/texts.
  • If making/receiving a call to/from someone driving, ask them to call back when they are not driving.
  • If you are a passenger, speak up to stop the driver from becoming distracted.
  • Music and other controls — pre-program favorite radio stations and arrange music in an easy-to-access spot. Adjust mirrors and AC/heat before traveling or ask a passenger to assist.
  • Navigation — designate a passenger to serve as a co-pilot to help with directions. If driving alone, map out destinations in advance, and pull over to study a map or program the GPS.
  • Eating and drinking — try to avoid food/beverage (especially messy foods) and have drinks secured.

Rochester Community and Technical College is promoting this important lifesaving message on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.  We want our students to STAY SAFE!

TAKE ACTION TO STOP THE DISTRACTION!

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