RCTC Student Beehive – September 9, 2020

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Educational Planning Tools
Educational Support Services

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:

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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 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 StarID and password.

New students contact the Welcome and One Stop 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)
    • Welcome and One Stop Center (Paula Carlsen, Path to Purple)

Please contact us at 507-285-7260.

Career Development
RCTC has many ways to help you explore careers, navigate your courses, find a job, and then land that job. RCTC counselors can help you think through what you want to do, who you want to be, and then how to align your academic path accordingly. Please make an appointment with a counselor or stop in to browse or take advantage of Career Development website.

When are you are ready to find a job, Workforce Development, Inc. (WDI) and CareerForce Rochester, located in the Heintz Center, provide career services for students, along with a variety of employment and training programs. Virtual and in-person services include:

  • Resume assistance
  • Interview preparation
  • Skill and interest assessments
  • Short-term Career Pathway training opportunities
  • Placement information, including virtual hiring events, job fairs and weekly job boards
  • Clothing Closet with FREE interview and work clothing

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Contact Workforce Development, Inc. at 507-292-5152 or 800-543-5627.

Computer Lab Services
Instructional computer labs are available to RCTC students using PC and Macintosh computers.  During the current COVID-19 pandemic, computers are available for student use in the Library Technology Center (LTC) at the main campus and has both PC and Macintosh computers. There are PC labs at Heintz Center for student use as well.

Additionally, student technology work spaces have been created in GL132 on the main campus where students can participate in Zoom classroom meetings with Plexiglas table top barriers to limit sound interference and provide a level of privacy. Stop at the helpdesk located in GL100 off of the main campus atrium entrance to use a space in GL132.

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 by email.

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).  Contact Travis Kromminga, Director of Disability Services, at (507) 280-2968 or Anna Hanson, Disability Services Advisor, by email or by phone at (507) 292-5198.

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 30-station open computer lab, and librarians to assist with your research.  The library is also where you can get an ID card M-F from 8-4.  For this fall semester, due to COVID concerns, study space within the library is limited.  The book stacks are closed but books are readily available by request.  Library staff and facilities are available from 8:00am-8:00pm Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-4:30pm Friday, and 9:00am-3:00pm Saturday.  Holiday, semester break, and summer hours vary.  Additional information can be found at Library website.  Click on “Library Home” to see the library 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.

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 Chao Mwatela, Multicultural Advisor by phone (507) 280-3120 or by email.

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 Learning Center earn significantly better grades than those who do not. The Learning Center can be contacted at (507) 285-7182 or visit the Learning Center website.
  • 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 or contact the tutor coordinator at (507) 280-5534.

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