RCTC Student Beehive – November 11, 2020

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Fall 2020 Withdrawal Deadline
Student Life Activities Calendar
Receive Your Tax Forms Electronically
Fall Financial Aid Loan Acceptance Deadline
RCTC Weather Emergencies
RCTC Foundation is here to help students!
Watch for these upcoming events!

November 25 is the last day to withdraw from Fall Semester 2020 full-term classes. Students unsure if they should withdraw from a course are encouraged to consult an academic advisor or counselor.

You can withdraw on the eServices site until 11pm or withdraw in person at the RCTC Records and Registration counter until 5pm.  Students with “holds” on their record must withdraw in person.

The published withdrawal deadlines for short term courses that start late or end early in the semester is available on the RCTC web site.

PLEASE NOTE:  Withdrawals do not impact a student’s GPA, but they impact a student’s completion rate and may impact your ability to maintain satisfactory academic progress.

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Check out the Student Life Activities Calendar. The webpage lists student life activities that are happening, on and off campus, in a calendar format or a list format.  By clicking on an event title, you can view additional details such as location, time, website and contact information.

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You can receive your 2020 1098-T and W-2 tax forms electronically, rather than receiving a paper copy by U.S. mail.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Quicker access to year-end tax forms
  • Reduce printing and mailing costs
  • Environmentally friendly

Visit your eServices site before the end of the semester and indicate that you’d like to receive your forms electronically.  If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 507.280.2953 or the Cashier’s Office at 507.285.7311.

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Students receiving Financial Aid for the Fall semester only have until December 4, 2020 to accept their Federal Direct Loans for Fall Semester.  If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (507) 285-7271 or financialaid@rctc.edu.

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As we approach the winter season, now is the time to remind everyone of the policies and procedures followed should classes need to be canceled, or the campus need to close, due to a weather or other emergency.

All students are encouraged to sign up for the RCTC Emergency Alert, an emergency alert text-messaging system that enables RCTC to notify subscribers of any campus-related emergency, such as potential campus safety hazards or campus closures due to weather.

During questionable weather conditions, a number of factors will be considered in making the decision on whether to delay the start of classes or close the campus.  These include, but are not limited to:

  • Are state highways open and snowplows operating?
  • Are local transit systems running?
  • Is wind, cold, or ice a factor?
  • Are power or heating systems affected?

During an emergency, an emergency alert email will be sent to all RCTC students and employees, and a phone call/text message will be sent to all subscribers of the RCTC Emergency Alert system.   In addition, RCTC’s Facebook, Twitter, and website  will have up-to-date information, the College’s main switchboard will have a recorded message with the status of any campus closing (507-285-7210), and the following media outlets will be notified:

  • Radio:  KRCH/Laser 101.7; 102.5 (The Fox); KWEB; KROC AM/FM; Y105; KWWK, KLCX, and KDZZ
  • Television: KTTC-TV; FOX 47-TV and KAAL-TV

In the event of inclement weather, RCTC will make every effort to make an announcement by 6:00 am whether the campus will be closed or have a delayed start for the day.  The decision to cancel evening classes will be made by 3:00 pm.

Because weather and related road conditions are not the same in every area where students live, the decision as to whether it is safe to travel ultimately resides with each individual.

Please remember, the personal safety of the members of the campus community is RCTC’s number one priority in making any weather-related decision about campus operations.  For the complete RCTC Weather/Emergency Policy, click here.

Faculty individually canceling classes for personal or medical leave will be posted on the website.

 Other Helpful Information

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The RCTC Foundation raises money to support students and programs at RCTC.

This spring, we worked with staff, alumni, and community donors, to raise $17,127 from 176 donors to support the Yellowjacket Emergency Support fund.  Because the need for help this year is significant, we currently have students on waiting lists for our Student Emergency Fund, and we are reaching out to the community to help.

We need your help to spread the word about how giving to RCTC can help students like you. 

Give to the Max is Minnesota’s state-wide day of giving.  For each gift the RCTC Foundation through GiveMN, the RCTC Foundation will be entered in a drawing to win an additional $10,000 to support for our students.

We could do a lot of good with $10,000—stock the Hive Supply food pantry, provide emergency loans, start a scholarship, buy equipment, fund student support programs, and enhance high-quality education.

How you can help:

  • Share this link
  • Forward the sample email below.
  • Post this flyer in the community to help raise awareness.

Many students are struggling and are finding it hard to pay their own bills, so we know making a gift may not be possible for some.  If you are able, know that your gift is deeply appreciated.  There is no more powerful statement to our alumni and community supporters than when a student gives to the RCTC Foundation.

P.S. There’s another chance to win!

Every donation made from November 1-19, 2020 will be entered in the RCTC FOUNDATION PRIZE DRAWING to win flight simulations, gift certificates, and other goodies.  No donation necessary to be entered in the drawing.  See attached flyer for details.


Sample Student email:


You probably know I’m studying at RCTC.  I’m reaching out today because the RCTC Foundation helps support students through scholarships, emergency loans, student support programs, new equipment, and investments for improving RCTC programs.  

We are trying to raise awareness and support for the RCTC Foundation on Give to the Max Day on November 19, 2020.  You can find out more at https://www.givemn.org/story/Ourcommunityourcollege.

Please consider a gift to the RCTC Foundation which helps students like me. 


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