Fall Semester 2020: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will Rochester Community and Technical College be open for Fall semester 2020?

A: YES! We will be open in the fall and ready to welcome students. We will adapt as necessary to safely serve you and continue to provide an extraordinary education.

Q: Will it be safe for me to attend classes in the fall?

A: YES! Protecting the health and safety of our students, our faculty, and our staff is our top priority. RCTC will follow the guidance of the MDH, the CDC, and the government of the State of Minnesota. This fall we will minimize the number of people on campus as much as possible, reducing the possibility of exposure. We encourage you to bring your own mask if you’re on campus and would like to wear one. If needed, we will provide masks to use in cases where people have to work in closer proximity than 6 feet. For programs or classes that require close contact, less than 6 feet, you will be required to wear a cloth face mask.

Q: Which classes will be held on campus, and which classes will be held using alternative modes of delivery (such as online)?

A: As a comprehensive college, many of our programs require hands-on training in our labs, including most majors in STEM, Career and Technical programs, and Health Sciences. These programs will be held on campus following safety guidelines such as social distancing, limited class sizes, and rigorous cleaning procedures.

To keep the number of people on-campus as low as possible, other courses will be held using a combination of on-campus and distance learning technologies. These include majors in Liberal Arts & Sciences such as Business, Math, some Fine Arts, and more. This is a good time to strengthen your computer skills as we all prepare for a future that’s changing because of Covid-19. We are here to support you!  Click here to see what types of classes are being held this fall.

Q: How will classes that are being held on campus change in order to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff?

A: To ensure social distancing requirements are met, seating arrangements in classrooms will be modified so that students are spaced at intervals consistent with social distancing. Campus maintenance staff will ensure that facilities are cleaned and sanitized frequently. Plus, our faculty and staff are developing creative solutions to make sure you have a safe and exciting learning environment.

Q: What should I expect when I come to campus?

A: RCTC will follow the guidance of the MDH, the CDC, and the government of the State of Minnesota regarding frequent hand washing, hand sanitizing, covering coughs and sneezes, etc.

Q: Do I have to wear a mask while on campus?

A: It is strongly encouraged that you wear a mask. Please bring your own mask. If needed, masks will be provided to use in cases where people have to work in closer proximity than 6 feet. For programs or classes that require close contact, less than 6 feet, you will be required to wear a cloth face mask.

Q: Where can I get a mask, gloves, hand sanitizer or other safety items if I need them while on campus?

A: These items will be in numerous place in all buildings.

Q: Can I bring my children with me when visiting the bookstore, the Welcome Center, Records Office, or the Financial Aid Office?

A: Children are not allowed in classrooms. When using service areas visitors are strongly encouraged to leave children at home. If childcare is not available, parents should keep children close at hand and tend to them at all times.

Q: How do I decide if I should stay home?

A: Use this screening flyer to help you make this decision.

Q: Should I get tested?

A: Use the MDH self-screening tool to help you make this decision.

Q: What happens if there is a resurgence of COVID-19?

A: Our faculty and staff are preparing to adapt to changing health guidelines. Thanks to their incredible work, we have tremendous flexibility to quickly pivot if conditions change.

Q: Will Student Services will be available?

A: YES! All student services that we normally offer, including tutoring, advising, financial aid and more, will be available fall semester. Depending on the health and safety protocols in place, these services may be offered by phone, e-mail, Zoom meeting, or in-person.

Q: Can I register for Fall 2020 classes now?

A: YES! If you are a new student, begin here! If you are a current student you may register through e-services. If you need assistance, make an appointment with your advisor or counselor through advisortrac or by calling us at 507-285-7260.

Q: Can I take classes at Rochester Community and Technical College and transfer the credits to another college or university?

A: YES! This can be a great strategy for maintaining your progress towards your educational goals while staying close to home. RCTC offers the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MNTC) and several Transfer Pathway degrees which are accepted for transfer to other state colleges and universities, the University of Minnesota, and many private colleges and universities.

Q: I have questions. Can I talk with someone about this?

A: YES!  Please e-mail us at admissions@rctc.edu or give us a call at 507-285-7557.