RCTC Student Beehive – March 27, 2019

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:
Express Advising
Mental Health Services for Students
RCTC Music Presents…
The TSC is Here to Help!
Summer 2019 Registration is Available
RCTC Has Great Educational Support Resources


It’s time to register for classes! Have you met with your advisor yet as you look at enrolling in Summer and Fall classes? Are you unsure of the classes you should be taking? Are you having trouble reading your DARS? The RCTC academic advisors are waiting to talk to you. Every student at RCTC has an academic advisor or counselor, who is here to support students in their educational growth. Students should work closely with their academic advisor or counselor so that educational goals are met. They will have walk-in hours scheduled during the following times:

  • Wednesday-Friday, April 3-5, from 1:00pm-4:00pm

Advisors will be standing by to discuss your academic plan with you. Stop in and make sure your schedule is pointing you toward your goals!

Can’t make it during the times above? Make an appointment with your advisor or counselor using AdvisorTrac. Don’t wait until your classes aren’t available. Get ready TODAY!

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Welcome back from what was hopefully a restful spring break. As you prepared to finish strong for this semester, know that there are multitude of services and resources for you to tap into. One of those is fairly new to the college, and that is a mental health therapist right on campus for you to utilize. RCTC has partnered with Zumbro Valley Health Center (ZVHC), which is Olmsted County’s mental health provider to bring these services right to you on campus.

A recognized regional mental health provider, Zumbro Valley Health Center offers a comprehensive array of integrated behavioral health services designed to prevent students? personal and school-related issues from intensifying to more serious problems. Common issues among today’s college students include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addiction and suicide.

Through on-site mental health services, both RCTC and WSU-Rochester students now have access to licensed mental health providers for therapy and, if you choose, on-going treatment for your behavioral health needs. Zumbro Valley Health Center complements these in-person services with a toll-free hotline, which is available 365 days a year. This 24-hour service provides students with the opportunity to speak directly with a mental health practitioner in critical or emergency situations.

A licensed practitioner is now accepting appointments on campus for both RCTC and WSU-Rochester. The new therapy office is located in RCTC’s Student Health Services area. The office is open on the following days and times:

  • Mondays 8:00am to 12:00pm
  • Tuesdays 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Thursdays 1:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Fridays 8:00am to 12:00pm

Also note:

  • If you have health insurance coverage, ZVHC will bill the insurance company for these services. Students are never denied services if unable to pay or are unable/unwilling to use their health insurance.
  • ZVHC services are confidential and all records are kept separate from RCTC Health Services records.
  • The Student Health Services nurse practitioner is available to see students regarding medications for some mental health-related issues as well as for other health concerns. Appointments are required and can be scheduled online at https://healthservices.rctc.edu?

For further information or to schedule an appointment, call (507) 285-7261 or email HealthServices@rctc.edu, or contact the Coordinator of Student Health Services Katie Swegarden, RN at 507-280-2887 or katie.swegarden@rctc.edu.

Good luck this semester, and make sure to take care of yourself and each other!

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Join us for an evening of choral music featuring tunes from some of Broadway’s hottest musicals. The Aires and the Jazz Band will also be on hand to perform musical selections guaranteed to get your toes tapping. Featuring the RCTC Concert Choir, the Aires, and the Jazz Band. Thursday, March 28, RCTC Hill Theatre, 7:00pm. Tickets: $5.00 each. RCTC students get in free with a valid student ID. General admission, call 507-285-7200 for tickets. Cash or check only please.

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The Technology Support Center (TSC) is available for student’s 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 personnel information, or for you to send them money). It is most likely a SCAM!

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

Semester Break:
Hours may vary

The TSC is located in Goddard Library GL100 and can be contacted at (507) 536-5555 ortech.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 April 1, 2019.All students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor or counselor prior to registering for any term.

Web registration
Wednesday, February 6, 2019: All current and returning degree-seeking students
Monday, April 1, 2019: All non-degree seeking, visiting and new summer session students

Counter Registration – OPENS Thursday, March 28, 2019 for all admitted degree-seeking current and returning students

The Admissions and Records Office registration hours are 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00am – 4:30pm Friday.

Email the Admissions 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 Advisors)
  • Main campus, SS133 (Advisors/Counselors, Veterans/International student services)
  • Welcome Center (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)

Employers wanting to post job leads with us? Contact Tameka Coleman, 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. All students pay a per credit technology fee which entitles access to work in any of the RCTC Computer Labs or the LTC. Without a valid student ID, a fee per day will be assessed to use RCTC computer facilities. You may be asked to display your student ID when using computers. If while using a computer lab you find something not working, notify the lab assistant or 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 7:30am-9:00pm Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-4:30pm Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday, and 1:00pm-5:00pm Sunday. Holiday, semester break, and summer hours vary. Additional information can be found on our website.

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

Multicultural Student Services
Location: Main Campus, SS135

Provides career information, academic support, and academic advising to assist minority students in achieving their educational goals. For further information, call (507) 280-3120 or visit the website at: Multicultural Student Services

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. Contact the tutor coordinator at (507) 280-5534.

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Thursday, March 28

  • Baseball vs. Rockford College JV, AWAY, 3:00pm & 5:00pm
  • RCTC Music on Broadway, 7:00pm, Hill Theatre
    Join us for an evening of choral music featuring tunes from some of Broadway’s hottest musicals. The Aires and the Jazz Band will also be on hand to perform musical selections guaranteed to get your toes tapping. Join us!

Friday, March 29

  • Career Workshop, 9:00am-10:00am, AT210
    RCTC Counselors Gregg Wright and Deb Vang will teach you how to use our SIGI 3 Career Development program. All RCTC students are welcome! No advanced sign-up needed.
  • Baseball vs. Rockford College, AWAY, 1:00pm & 3:00pm

Sunday, March 31

  • Softball vs. Rainy River CC, MN Classic Tournament, AWAY, 7:00am
  • Softball vs. Central Lakes College – Brainerd, MN Classic Tournament, AWAY, 8:45am
  • Softball vs. Northland CTC, MN Classic Tournament, AWAY, 10:30am

Monday, April 1

  • Glow-in-the-Dark Yoga, 10:00am-10:50am AND 1:00pm-1:50pm, CF206,
    Glow Yoga is a free pop-up fitness class that provides a low impact workout while simultaneously pumping up participants with upbeat music, glow sticks, glow lights and more.

Tuesday, April 2

  • Career Workshop, 9:00am-10:00am, AT210
    RCTC Counselors Gregg Wright and Deb Vang will teach you how to use our SIGI3 Career Development program. All RCTC students are welcome! No advanced sign-up needed.
  • Guided Meditation: Finding Peace in the Moment, 10:00am, CF206
    Meditation can relieve stress and replace it with a dose of inner peace, greater clarity and focus. Meditating on your own may be difficult for beginners. Join us forthis guided mindfulness meditation by RCTC’s own Sara Atkinson. She will guide?you through a meditation and help you find a calm and peaceful state?one step at a time.
  • Live@Lunch, 11:30am-12:30pm, Cafeteria
    Join us weekly for live music every Tuesday from 11:30am-12:30pm in the Cafeteria!

Wednesday, April 3

  • Manufacturing and Industry Jobs and Career Fair, 10:00am-12:00pm, Heintz Center
  • Drop-In Advising/Counseling Appointments, 1:00pm-4:00pm, Advising/Counseling Center
    vs. Iowa Central Community College, AWAY, 2:00pm & 4:00pm

Intramurals information can be found on the Yellowjackets Athletics website for RCTC.

Events Coming this Semester

April 4
Drop-In Advising/Counseling Appointments
April 5
Drop-In Advising/Counseling Appointments
April 8
Yoga: Mindfulness in Motion
April 9
April 10
Art Therapy: “The Mandala”
Health Care Jobs and Career Fair
Career Workshop
April 11
Career Workshop
April 15
Ragamala: The Art of Traditional Dance
Career Workshop
April 16
Career Workshop
“Who Will Write Our History?” Film Showing
April 17
Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone
April 23
Employee Development Day – NO CLASSES
May 7-9
Destress Fest
May 13-15
Stress Relief Week
May 15
Last Day of Classes
May 16
Commencement – 6:00pm
Baseball and softball games either at home or away every week
Intramural Sports every week
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