Any student at RCTC in a remote learning mode, such as online course, hybrid, or HyFlex will need access to technology in the form of a laptop or desktop system as well as internet access to effectively participate in their courses and do homework from an off-campus location.
Minimum Computing Requirements
|Computer*||Windows or Mac laptop or desktop|
|Operating System||Windows 10 or MacOS 10.15 Catalina (supported OS within the last 2 years)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5 or AMD equivalent|
|Memory||8GB or larger|
|Storage Drive Capacity||256 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) or larger|
|Network/Wi-Fi||Wireless network card for WiFi access|
|Remote Collaboration||Web camera, speakers (or headphones) and microphone|
|Supported Browsers||Chrome, FireFox, Safari, Microsoft Edge|
*Please note: Chromebooks are not recommended as there have been compatibility issues reported from students and instructors. If you use your SmartPhones and some tablets as your primary learning device, you will encounter limitations. Homework assignments and other activities may not be doable on these devices.
Student Discounts: Most manufacturers will offer student academic pricing on both the purchase of a new computer and when purchasing software, so be sure to ask for an academic discount to help save money!
Office365 is part of your fees: as a student at RCTC you will be able to download Microsoft Office 365 for using Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc. and purchasing it separately will NOT be required.