RCTC Student Beehive – March 24, 2021

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Graduates: RSVP For Commencement
The TSC is Here to Help
Summer Registration Available
RCTC has Great Educational Support Resources

RCTC is holding a virtual Commencement ceremony this year and if you graduated in Fall 2020 or will be graduating in Spring or Summer 2021, here’s your next steps.

If you have not yet applied for graduation for Spring or Summer, do so ASAP.  Students MUST apply for graduation to have any degree, diploma, or certificate added to their academic record. You can find the application on the graduation application webpage.

Once you’ve applied for graduation, RSVP for the Commencement ceremony.  This will tell us that you’d like to participate in the ceremony and you will receive more information about how to move forward in the process.  The RSVP form takes only seconds to complete. You will find more information about the 2021 Commencement on the commencement webpage.

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The Technology Support Center (TSC) is available for students’ technical issues here at RCTC, which includes login and printing issues, installing free software for home use, and guided assistance with laptops and mobile devices.

Additionally, the TSC has digital equipment checkout items and provides traditional media supplies.  A complete listing of TSC checkout items, supplies and services can be found on the TSC website.

Educational discount tip: as a student if you plan on purchasing any new technology devices or software, ask for an educational discount! Most retailers offer discounts for college students which can save you quite a bit of money.

Remember: always be very careful when someone contacts you that you were not expecting (with an offer of employment, a free prize, your password has expired, etc., and asks for your personal information, or for you to send them money). It is most likely a SCAM!

Semester Hours:
7:30 am to 8:00 pm – Monday-Thursday
7:30 am to 4:30 pm – Friday
9:00 am to 1:00 pm – Saturday

Semester Break:
Hours may vary

The TSC is located in Goddard Library GL100 and can be contacted at (507) 536-5555 or tech.help@rctc.edu.

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The Summer registration window is open to all current and returning degree-seeking students. You are able to register in the eServices site today!  Non-degree seeking students can register on March 29, 2021.  All students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor or counselor prior to registering for any term.

Web registration
Wednesday, February 8, 2021:  All current and returning degree-seeking students
Monday, March 29, 2021:  All non-degree seeking, visiting and new summer session students

Counter Registration – OPENS Thursday, March 25, 2021 for all admitted degree-seeking current and returning students

The Records and Registration office hours are: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm.

Email the Records and Registration Office or call us at (507) 285-7268 or (800) 247-1296 ext. 7268

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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 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 Advisor)
  • Main campus
    • SS133                           (Advisors/Counselors, Veterans/International student services)
    • SS130                          (Paula Carlsen, Path to Purple)

Please contact us at 507-285-7260.

Career Central
Career Central represents an enhanced partnership between Rochester Community and Technical College and Workforce Development, Inc. (WDI) that provides better services for our students and regional employers!

RCTC provides career counseling through our counselors located on the main campus in the Student Services Building, rooms SS133-143. Career Counseling includes, but is not limited to:

  • Personal career planning and counseling
  • Career publications
  • Career assessments
  • Course selection
  • Transfer planning and resources

WDI provides career services to all of our students through their offices located at the RCTC Heintz Center. Career Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Job postings across the region
  • Job search skills development
  • Creating resumes and cover letters
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Life skills training
  • Clothes closet
  • Young adult services (i.e., career exploration, mentoring, time management)

Students wanting to schedule career services may contact the WDI front desk at 507-292-5152. For help proof reading resumes, students may contact Victoria directly at 507-923-2826.

Employers wanting to post job leads with us? Contact WDI at 507-292-5152.

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.  Check out the computer lab website for more information on the campus computer labs or contact the Technology Support Center at (507) 536-5555 or via email at tech.help@rctc.edu.

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).  If a student has or believes he/she has a disability and may benefit from services provided by Disability Support Services office, please contact the disability services office director, Travis Kromminga via email  travis.kromminga@rctc.edu or call 507-280-2968.  Visit the website for additional information at:  Disability Support Services.

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-8:00pm Monday-Wednesday, 8:00am-4:30pm Thursday-Friday, and 9:00am-3:00pm Saturday.  Holiday, semester break, and summer hours vary.  Additional information can be found at the Goddard Library webpage.

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 at:  International Student Admission.

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. Visit the website at:  Learning Center
  • 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 at Tutoring. For more information, contact the tutor coordinator at (507) 280-5534.

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Thursday, March 25

  • GRADUATING STUDENTS: If you’re graduating and would like to be filmed sharing some thoughts about your time at RCTC, please email StudentAffairs@rctc.edu for the details. The filming will take place on campus on Thursday, March 25. Students must email ahead of time to participate.

Monday, March 29

  • Hive Supply Deliveries, 9:00am-11:00am
    Students must fill out form to receive delivery.

Tuesday, March 30

  • Free Speech on Campus Presentation, 2:00pm, YouTube
    Speaker CL Lindsay will be presenting a live YOUTUBE presentation about free speech on college campuses. Click here a few minutes prior to the 2pm start time to join. March 30, 2pm.Building Confidence, 2:00pm, Zoom
    Self-confidence enables students to handle setbacks with ease. Instead of being crippled by failure, resilient children get up quickly, learn from their mistakes, and try again. They accept that failure is a part of life and take more chances as a result – which makes them even more successful later in life.  Zoom link

Events Coming Spring Semester

April 1, 2021 Commencement Ceremony Participation Deadline, Complete the RSVP form
April 20, 2021 Employee Development Day – NO CLASSES
May 12, 2021 Spring Semester Ends
May 13, 2021 Virtual Commencement, watch the graduation website for continuing updates.
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