RCTC Student Beehive – August 30, 2017

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Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Attention Golfers:  We Need You!
Change in RCTC Business Hours
Library Tours Available in September
RCTC Blood Drive
Check Out the Student Senate Meeting – September 5, 2017
RCTC Policies
RCTC Complaint Procedure
Education Planning Tools
RCTC Has Great Educational Support Resources
Fall Graduates
Student Achievements



ATTENTION GOLFERS: WE NEED YOU!
RCTC Golf has openings on its roster. The season starts now and ends Oct 5th. Please contact Brian LaPlante at 507-285-7106 or brian.laplante@rctc.edu.

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CHANGE IN RCTC BUSINESS HOURS
Normal RCTC business hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm.**

The RCTC campus is open at other times due to classes and events. Service areas with extended office hours can be found at the links below:

**Please note: The buildings are generally open from 6:30am until 10:00pm Monday through Friday.  This is a change from previously opening at 6:00am.  While the campus is open on Saturday and Sunday until 5:00pm, most service areas are not staffed on the weekend. The Heintz Center is closed on Sundays.

CAMPUS CLOSED for these holidays:

  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • New Years
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day

For event scheduling, please email mona.permann@rctc.edu.

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LIBRARY TOURS AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER
Goddard Library is hosting Library Tours for all students. Stop by for a tour of the Goddard Library and a short session about our online resources. The tours last under a half hour. Any questions, just email: Michele.McCaughtry@rctc.edu

Fall 2017 RCTC Library Tours

  • Tues., Sept. 5:        11:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Wed., Sept. 6:        8:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
  • Thurs., Sept. 7:      9:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m.
  • Fri., Sept. 8:           8:00 a.m.
  • Sat., Sept. 9:           11:00 a.m.
  • Mon., Sept. 11:       8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 7:00 p.m.
  • Tues., Sept. 12:      9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
  • Wed., Sept. 13:      Student Success Day
  • Thurs., Sept. 14:    11:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m.

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RCTC BLOOD DRIVE
Tuesday, September 5th from 8:30 – 4:30, CC412, College Center, 4th floor.   Please email Joe Schlichenmeyer at joseph.schlichenmeyer@rctc.edu to set up a time.  Walk ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred.

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CHECK OUT THE STUDENT SENATE MEETING – SEPTEMBER 5, 2017
The RCTC Student Senate is the representative body for all students at RCTC. If you are a student interested in advocacy, leadership development, and campus activities, then Student Senate would like to invite you to their first meeting September 5th at 2:00pm in HB117 (Heintz Center). During this meeting you can learn more about Student Senate and have an opportunity to get involved if you choose! To learn more about the Student Senate, please visit: http://www.rctc.edu/studentlife/studentsenate/.

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RCTC POLICIES
As we begin a new academic year, it is time to remind all students of their responsibility to familiarize themselves with, and adhere to, state, system, and college policies. All Minnesota State and RCTC policies are available through the RCTC website.

Policies include information on such things as:

  • Acceptable Use of Computers and Information Technology Resources
  • Fraudulent or Other Dishonest Acts
  • Student Complaint
  • Reports/Complaint of Discrimination/Harassment Investigation and Resolution
  • Satisfactory Progress (Academic and Financial Aid)
  • Weather/Emergency Closings

Most recently, the following policies were created or updated:  Student Data Practices, Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress, and Return to Title IV Refund.

To find a policy, go to http://www.rctc.edu/policies/, type a keyword to search or choose from the list of categories provided.  The website is intended to function as a convenient reference. Although the site is updated regularly, it is impossible to guarantee complete accuracy at all times. In the event of any discrepancy between the policy documents formally approved and the policies listed on the website, the former shall be the governing version.

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RCTC COMPLAINT PROCEDURE
Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) is committed to conducting all personnel and educational activities without regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law.

RCTC will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of these protected class categories in accordance with all state and federal equal opportunity/affirmative action laws, directives, orders, and regulations.

Any student or employee who feels they are a victim of, or hears or witnesses such behavior should inform one of the following:

Complaints should be directed to:

Renee Engelmeyer
Chief Human Resources Officer
(507) 285-7183
renee.engelmeyer@rctc.edu

If you require an accommodation for a disability please contact:

Travis Kromminga
Director of Disability Support Services
SS172
(507) 280-2968
travis.kromminga@rctc.edu

The official complaint procedure and complaint form may be found on the RCTC website at http://www.rctc.edu/studentaffairs/html/Complaint_Procedure.html.

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EDUCATION PLANNING TOOLS
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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RCTC HAS GREAT EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT RESOURCES
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 College 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. Go to https://Advisortrac.rctc.edu. Students enter their star ID and password.

New students contact the Welcome Center at (507) 285-7557 to schedule an orientation session.

Additional Services (Available through online appointment scheduling)

Locations
Advising and Counseling Department has two locations.

  • Heintz Center H1434 (Career and Technical Advisors)
  • Main campus SS133   (Advisors/Counselors, Veterans/International student services)
  • Welcome Center         (Paula Carlsen, Path to Purple)

Questions
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 a walk-in visit with a counselor or transfer specialist.  Additional information and resources are also available on our website at: http://www.rctc.edu/counseling_career_center/html/career_center.html.

When are you are ready to find a job and prepare, the WorkForce Center, located in the Heintz Center, provides career services for students, along with a variety of employment and training programs. Services include:

  • Resume assistance
  • Interview preparation
  • Skill and interest assessment
  • On-the-job training opportunities
  • Placement information, including regular hiring events, job fairs and daily job boards. Follow us at facebook.com/rochesterwdi and twitter.com/RochesterWDI
  • Resource Area with computers and staff to assist with resumes and online job search
  • Clothing Closet with FREE interview and work clothing

Contact Bruce Thompson at 507-292-5174 or 800-543-5627 or online at www.workforcedevelopmentinc.org to take advantage of these services.

Computer Lab Services
Instructional computer labs are available to RCTC students using PC and Macintosh computers.  In addition, computers are available for student use in the Library Technology Center (LTC) at the main campus and Student Support Services Program at Heintz Center.  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 via email at tech.help@rctc.edu.

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, at anna.hanson@rctc.edu or by phone at (507) 292-5198 or Eric Sime, ADA Grievance Coordinator, at (507) 280-5006.

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 100-station open computer lab, individual and group study spaces, and librarians to assist with your research.  Library staff and facilities are available from 7:30am-9:00pm Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-4:30pm Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday, and 1:00pm-5:00pm Sunday.  Holiday, semester break, and summer hours vary.  Additional information can be found at www.roch.edu/library/.

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 at: www.rctc.edu/admissions/html/international_main.html

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 (507) 280-3120 or visit the website at:  www.rctc.edu/student_support_center/html/minority_services.html

 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

o    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 LC earn significantly better grades than those who do not. The Learning Center can be contacted at (507) 285-7182.  Visit the website at: www.rctc.edu/learningcenter.

o    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 at www.rctc.edu/student_support_center/html/tutoring_schedule.html.  Contact the tutor coordinator at (507) 280-5534.

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FALL GRADUATES
Graduation applications are due within the first 30 days of the semester you intend on completing program requirements.  The Fall Semester Graduation Application Deadline is Tuesday, October 3, 2017.  Accurate and complete DARS Audits must be attached to the application.  You can access your DARS Audit through the eServices site.   Graduation applications and other information are available on our website at:  www.rctc.edu/admissions/html/graduation.html

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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS
Rochester Community and Technical College wants to make sure that you’re recognized for your achievements. RCTC uses a platform called The Link to publicize your accomplishments like making the dean’s list, and graduating from RCTC. This platform allows us to send news items about your achievements back to your hometown newspapers.

When RCTC issues news stories about your accomplishments, you’ll receive an email to your RCTC email account with a link to view your story online. You can connect with Facebook and share your achievement with friends and family.

You always have the option to “opt-out” of publicity about your success by following the College’s non-disclosure process as per Student Data Practices Policy which can be viewed on our website at: www.rctc.edu/policies/student/Student_Data_Practices.html.  Students who do not want to disclose directory information must submit specific written requests to the Admissions and Records Office by contacting the office for additional information and/or to obtain a “Request for Non-Disclosure” form.

We look forward to celebrating your achievements with your local hometown media and online. Keep up the good work and be on the lookout for emails about your accomplishments!

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