RCTC Student Beehive – October 14, 2020

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Spring 2021 Registration
COVID-19 Campus & Community Support for Students
2021 OAKS Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted
Learning Center Open Over MEA
Study Tips

for RETURNING, Degree-seeking students according to the schedule below:

Current and Returning Students:

Selective Admission* Web October 13, 2020
Earned 45 or more credits Web October 15, 2020
Earned 30-44 credits Web October 19, 2020
PSEO Earned 30 or more credits Counter See Brooke Kosok to register
Earned 1-29 credits Web October 22, 2020
PSEO Earned 1-29 credits Counter See Brooke Kosok to register
Earned 0 credits Web October 26, 2020
Current and returning degree-seeking Counter October 27, 2020

New Admitted/Degree Seeking Students:

RCTC New Students Orientation Will receive enrollment information once application is processed

Visitor and Non-Degree Seeking Students:

Non-Degree Seeking Web November 12, 2020
Visiting Students Web November 12, 2020

Web windows open at 7:30am.

You can check your window by logging in to the eServices site, selecting the ‘Registration’ tab and the proper year/term, then clicking on the ‘Registration Window’ link. If you have any questions regarding registration, email the Records and Registration Office at registration@rctc.edu or call us at (507) 285-7268 or (800) 247-1296 ext. 7268.

Transfer students may register by participating in an orientation session or by completing the online orientation at www.rctc.edu/orientation.

All students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor or counselor prior to registering for any term.

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The College recognizes that this a difficult and unprecedented time which may be filled with uncertainty. Your safety, health, and well-being are our primary concern and we want to be able to support you in any way that we can.

We understand that at this time you may be facing some obstacles that would make it difficult to meet your academic goals. Please use this form to share if you have any concerns related to basic needs (housing, food, financial, medical, mental health, child care, etc.), clarification on official College communication, access to relevant technology, or information on campus services available at this time. After completing this form, you will be contacted by a staff member at the College as soon as possible to provide support and assistance.

You are not alone and we will navigate these challenges together. Yellowjackets take care of their hive!

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The Rochester Community and Technical College Foundation is currently seeking nominations for our 2021 OAKS (Overcoming Adversity Keeping Strong) Scholarship program to honor high school seniors and first-year RCTC students who have overcome significant challenges in their lives.

The OAKS is a unique scholarship program that pays tribute to high school seniors and first-year RCTC students from Rochester and surrounding communities who have encountered obstacles (such as personal or family hardships, abuse, neglect, medical issues, disabilities, chemical dependency, or language and cultural barriers) and despite these struggles, have become both personally and academically successful.

If you know a student who meets these criteria, please consider nominating them for this distinguished award. Finalists receive a $2,500 scholarship award for Rochester Community and Technical College. We will also celebrate these students and pay tribute to individuals who have supported these students and nominated them for an award.   

To be eligible, a student must be:

  1. A high school senior who is on track to graduate in June 2021 and has plans to attend Rochester Community and Technical College in Fall of 2021. PSEO Students included.


  1. A student who is currently enrolled at RCTC and is attending as a first-year student and plans to continue at RCTC in Fall 2021.

The deadline to apply is Monday, November 9, 2020. The OAKS Nomination Form can be found on the Foundation website.

If you have questions, please contact the RCTC Foundation office at 507-281-7771 or foundation@rctc.edu

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The Learning Center will be open modified hours over MEA – October 15 and 16. Tutor availability varies by discipline. Fall MEA Tutor Schedule

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We all have the ability to concentrate – sometimes. Think of the times when you were “lost” in something you enjoy: a sport, playing music, a good game, a movie. Total concentration.

But at other times,

  • Your mind wanders from one thing to another
  • Your worries distract you
  • Outside distractions take you away before you know it
  • The material is boring, difficult, and/or not interesting to you.

You can prepare yourself to succeed in your studies by developing and appreciating the following habits:

  • Take responsibility for yourself
    • Recognize that in order to succeed you need to make decisions about your priorities, your time, and your resources
  • Center yourself around your values and principles
    • Don’t let friends and acquaintances dictate what you consider important
  • Put first things first
    • Follow up on the priorities you have set for yourself, and don’t let others, or other interests, distract you from your goals
    • Avoid your cell phone or telephone
  • Discover your key productivity periods and places
    • Morning, afternoon, or evening?
    • Find spaces where you can be the most focused and productive. Prioritize these for your most difficult study challenges
  • First understand others, then attempt to be understood
    • When you have an issue with an instructor (a questionable grade, an assignment deadline, etc.) put yourself in the instructor’s place.
    • Now ask yourself how you can best make your argument given his/her situation
  • Look for better solutions to problems
    • For example, if you don’t understand the course material, don’t just re-read it. Try making flashcards and take them with you wherever you go. When you have free time…study them!
    • Try something else! Consult with the professor, a tutor, an academic advisor, a classmate, a study group, or the Learning Center
  • Focus
    • Before you begin studying, take a few minutes to summarize a few objectives, gather what you will need, and think of a general strategy of accomplishment
  • Take notes as you study
    • Write notes in the margins of your notebook/textbook, etc.
    • Read captions, footnotes, graphs, charts, maps, pictures, etc.  They are often on exams or quizzes
    • Answer study questions at the end of chapters
    • Know the vocabulary
    • Summarize the material in the chapter
    • Draw pictures, charts, diagrams, and highlight with various colors if it will help you remember the material
    • Refer to your syllabus
  • Change topics
    • Change the subject you study every one to two hours for variety
  • Vary your study activities
    • Alternate reading with more active learning exercises
    • Ask yourself how you could increase your activity level while studying. Perhaps a group will be best? Creating study questions?
    • Ask your teacher for alternative strategies for learning. The more active your learning, the better.
  • Take regular, scheduled breaks that fit you
    • Do something different from what you’ve been doing (e.g., walk around if you’ve been sitting), and in a different area
  • Consider yourself in a win-win situation
    • When you contribute your best to a class, you, your fellow students, and even your teacher will benefit. Your grade can then be one additional check on your performance

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