Concurrent Enrollment Students

Taking Concurrent Enrollment (CE) courses means you are a college student. As an RCTC student, we want you to be successful. It is not only a privilege to be a college student, but there are responsibilities as well. If you have questions about what it takes to be a college student or are struggling in one of your classes, please contact your high school counselor or email to make an appointment with the college transition advisor at your school. There are potential consequences that could affect your future college if you do not take this opportunity seriously.

College Transition Advisors 
Century High School – Jamie Johnson, jamie.johnson@rctc.edu
John Marshall High School – Jamie Johnson, jamie.johnson@rctc.edu
Lourdes High School – Tiffany Betcher, tiffany.betcher@rctc.edu
Mayo High School – Jamie Johnson, jamie.johnson@rctc.edu
Triton High School – Sarah Kling-Punt, sara.kling-punt@rctc.edu

The annual High School Schedule links contain the concurrent enrollment high school partnerships with RCTC. The following information is provided: Course, Course Title, Course ID, Semester, High School Partner, Number Enrolled/Max, High School Instructor, College Liaisons.

Registration

Meet with your high school counselor if you are interested in concurrent enrollment. Your counselor will help you determine if concurrent enrollment is a good fit for you, discuss courses offered through your high school, ensure you are on track for high school graduation, and assist with the application and registration process.

The process for student registration:

1. RCTC College Transition Advisor assists students with application process and subsequently proctors the Accuplacer placement assessment on site at each high school in February and March. Through the application process, students will obtain a StarID, Tech ID and password. It will be received through an automated email sent from MinnState as well as in an acceptance letter for the RCTC Admission and Records Department.

2. Upon completion of the application process, the high school counselor will notify students of their acceptance to RCTC and that they are ready to select their concurrent enrollment course(s).

3. Students, with the assistance of their high schools counselor, review the course description to determine if the course meets their academic needs and if they meet the prerequisite required for the course. The course descriptions and prerequisite information can be found in the college catalog online.

Approved Concurrent Enrollment Courses

4. Registration for both fall and spring semester courses occurs during April and May as part of the student’s regular high school registration. The high school counselor and the RCTC College Transition Advisor assist students with the registration process which includes completing registration cards complete with student signature.

5. Once course choices are complete, the high school counselor and the RCTC College Transition Advisor will send the registration materials to the RCTC Admission and Records staff who will verify information, including prerequisite requirements for each course, and input the courses into the College’s Student Records System. In general the RCTC staff complete all registrations by June 30th.

6. In July the student will go online at https://www.rctc.edu/eservices/ to view their concurrent enrollment course schedule. Students will need Tech ID, STAR ID and password to access the information. Students are asked to contact Admissions and Records at 507-285-7268 if questions.

Purpose of the Accuplacer

The Accuplacer provides students information relating to basic reading and math skills. There are no specific scores required to be admitted to the Concurrent Enrollment program, however, some courses require a specific score for registration purposes. (Note: some courses have prerequisites that must be met as well.)

Minnesota State policy requires all students take the Accuplacer unless an approved alternative placement method has been utilized. In place of the Accuplacer, students may substitute an ACT score of 21 or higher in Reading for ENGL 1117, a score of 21 or higher in Reading to enroll in all other Liberal Arts courses and a score of 22 or higher in Math for college level Math courses. In place of the Accuplacer, students may substitute an MCA score of 1047 or higher in Reading for ENGL 1117 and all other Liberal Arts courses with a college level reading prerequisite and a score of 1158 or higher in math for college level math courses.

Sites for Accuplacer Preparation

http://www.studyguidezone.com/accuplacertest.htm

http://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students

More on the Accuplacer

https://www.rctc.edu/admissions/getting-started/new-student-assessment/

Student Handbook

As an RCTC college student, it is important that you understand the student policies that apply to your college enrollment.

The Concurrent Student Handbook contains not only student policies and student course expectations but also provides information regarding academic standards, grading standards, academic records, support resources, library access and transferring your college credits to other college and universities.

Understanding the Difference between High School and College

Minnesota Association of Developmental Education (MNADE) developed a brochure that compares high school and college learning environments to better prepare students and their families for postsecondary education.

The brochure highlights the differences in curriculum, instructor expectations, and student responsibilities. The brochure is a useful tool to review prior to enrolling in a PSEO or Concurrent Enrollment course to ensure readiness and success.

MNADE Transition to College Brochure

Student Resources

Transfer Information: RCTC and Minnesota State are committed to making the transfer process as easy for you as possible. Anyone may access www.transferology.com. Simply sign up for a free account. You will be able to view how the classes you take at one college will be recognized at another college.

It is always important to contact the college you wish to transfer to prior to taking classes from another college so that you will know in advance how the classes will transfer for both the college and major requirements.

As a high school student, you may be applying to several colleges without knowing exactly which college you will attend. It is best to take advantage of any college opportunities that your high school offers. The preparation and experience will be well worth it.

Desire to Learn/Brightspace (Online Learning System): Desire2Learn/Brightspace (D2L) is the instructional management system used at RCTC and throughout Minnesota State.

D2L/Brightspace provides a secure online environment, either to supplement face-to-face courses, or to offer classes entirely online. D2L/Brightspace includes a number of interactive tools which allows students to access course materials, upload assignments (dropbox), participate in discussions, watch recorded lectures, take tests and quizzes, and see their grades.

The RCTC Department Educational Technology provides support for D2L/Brightspace for both students and faculty, through workshops and training sessions and one-on-one consultation.

College Academic Calendar: While PSEO students will follow the RCTC academic calendar; Concurrent Enrollment students will follow their high school calendar.

Student Life: As a Concurrent Enrollment student, you ARE an RCTC student and you are welcome to enjoy student life activities. RCTC has an art gallery, theatre, athletic and music events; and many other student activities. All RCTC students gain free admission to theatre productions, concerts, athletic events with a valid RCTC ID. Student Life also organizes Wild, Timberwolves, and Vikings trips that include bus ride, food, and a game ticket at extremely reduced prices.

Scholarships:  The RCTC scholarship application portal is typically open for about six weeks beginning in January and ending in mid-February each year. High school students are encouraged to apply during their senior year for a scholarship their first year of college. More information about the numerous RCTC and external scholarships available, use this link