RCTC Student Beehive – August 31, 2016

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Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Check out the Student Senate Meeting – September 6, 2016
RCTC Policies – Learn Your Rights and Responsibilities
RCTC Complaint Procedure
Educational Resources



CHECK OUT THE STUDENT SENATE MEETING – SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
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 6th at 2:00pm in Singley Hall 210. 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/counseling_career_center/html/Complaint_Procedure.html.

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RCTC HAS GREAT EDUCATIONAL 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!

Career Center
Location:  Main Campus, SS133 within the Counseling Center.
The Career Center library is updated on an ongoing basis. In addition to several career exploration inventories, we also offer Discover, a computer career investigation program.  The Career Library includes 4-year university guides, transfer guides, many college and university catalogs, personal self-help material and other career resources. To access the career information, 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: www.rctc.edu/counseling_career_center/html/career_center.html.

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 e-mail at tech.help@rctc.edu.

Counseling and Advising Center
Location:  Main Campus, SS133.
At RCTC, counselors and academic advisors are available to assist you in making the learning experience at RCTC a positive one. Every student is assigned an academic advisor or counselor who is here to support students in their educational growth and guide them through program requirements.

Counselors
A Counselor is a licensed and nationally certified career counselor who is experienced in assisting students with academic and career planning, transitioning and adjusting to college, goal setting, special accommodations, selecting classes to take, deciding on a major, choosing a career, choosing the right RCTC degree, getting help for academic problems, graduation checks, and locating additional help for other concerns. Counselors also provide services to assist with family and personal relationship concerns and provide referrals to community agencies.

RCTC Counselors are here to:

  • Help students reduce anxiety
  • Help students cope with depression
  • Help students with relationship problems
  • Help students identify careers and create a course plan for careers
  • Help students graduate
  • Help students with life problems through counseling
  • Help students resolve difficulties adjusting to college
  • Help adult students balance family, work and school demands
  • Help students through crises
  • Help students create efficient academic transfer plans

Academic Advisors
An Academic Advisor specializes in matters pertaining to your educational program and focuses on academic decisions.  An Academic Advisor can help you with: interpreting test scores, selecting classes to take, schedule planning, getting help for academic problems, graduation checks, and locating additional help for other concerns.

RCTC Academic Advisors are here to:

  • Help you understand your Degree Audit Report (DARS)
  • Facilitate decision making on educational and career goals
  • Help you determine classes needed for degree, diploma or certificate programs and requirements
  • Coordinate admission into special programs
  • Facilitate educational transactions; e.g., schedules, drop/adds, withdrawals, change of major, waivers, graduation requirements, etc.
  • Clarify policies, procedures and requirements
  • Provide general information on special services including academic remediation, admission, placement testing, courses of study, registration, and academic probation and suspension
  • Interpret placement scores and recommend appropriate classes.

Your assigned counselor or academic advisor appears on your schedule and on your Degree Audit Report (DARS). Students should work closely with their counselor or academic advisor to develop an academic action plan so their educational goals are met. Careful planning is essential when assisting students in completion of a diploma or degree, transfer to a four-year college, and/or enrolling in courses for enrichment. 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. Additionally, if you are planning significant changes in your program, contact your counselor or academic advisor.

When possible, it is helpful to plan your visit to the Counseling and Advising Center by calling (507) 285-7260 to schedule an appointment.  Students can utilize the daily walk-in schedule which does not require an appointment but may limit the time available. Please bring a recent DARS and any program guide information you have used in the past when meeting with your counselor or academic advisor. Also, consider writing down the questions that you have so that you can get all of them answered! We recommend that you keep a binder/folder of your program information and bring this each time you meet with your advisor.

Visit the Counseling and Career Services web site which contains career, employment, personal counseling, and scholarship information. In addition, the website has information on career options in Health Care, information on crisis intervention, choosing majors, Placement Test (for math and English) practice resources and an anonymous depression and addiction screening survey as well as other helpful information. The Counseling and Career Services website is:  www.rctc.edu/counseling_career_center/index.html.  Students are also encouraged to visit RCTC’s GPS (Goals + Plan = Success) Lifeplan website as a first place to seek information at www.gpslifeplan.org/rctc/.

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/.

GPS (GOALS + PLANNING = SUCCESS)
A great source for information and answers to many questions is the GPS LifePlan.  Students and parents can access this at www.gpslifeplan.org/rctc/ and can find helpful information on a wide range of topics including career, finance, leadership and other self-help topics.  This is a free service for all students and is meant as a first stop for help.  If your questions go beyond what is offered on the GPS LifePlan site, you are always welcome to make an appointment with your advisor and/or counselor.

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

Learning Center
Location: Main Campus, Atrium, 3rd floor
Overwhelmed and don’t know where to turn?  The Learning Center is meant to help students at all ability levels and educational levels – whether you are at the top of the class or barely passing.  Put up the red cup and a tutor will help you, leave it green and you will be left alone to work on homework.  MATH – help in building the skills and confidence you need to be successful in entry-level through upper-division math and statistics courses.  SCIENCE – help is available in biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, or microbiology.  Students also have access to science models, specimens, and equipment to augment laboratory studies. WRITING – one-on-one help with an accomplished writer or coach for students of all writing levels in any classes, even creative writing.  COMPUTER APPLICATIONS – One-on-one help with a tutor who can help in most areas of computers, from Microsoft Office, BTEC, to more complex programs.  ACCOUNTING – Help for any student struggling with accounting concepts from entry-level through upper-division courses.  READING – guidance for any student trying to make sense of difficult reading assignments, whether it’s an essay or a textbook chapter. ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS – help in all areas for English Language Learner students with opportunity to develop writing and language skills in a one-on-one setting.  So, if you are a non-native speaker of English, take advantage of the help that we have to offer.  SPEECH – Help in all areas of public speaking including outlining, both verbal and nonverbal delivery, citing sources orally, as well as interviewing skills.  SPANISH – Practice your Spanish with impromptu conversation or work on homework. There is also an online service offered, independent of D2L, for both online classes and traditional face-to-face classes.  DROP-IN TUTORING – Drop-in tutoring also has various hours in various disciplines.  Check out the drop-in hours at www.rctc.edu/student_support_center/html/tutoring_schedule.html.

Student survey data shows that 97% of students surveyed believe that their grades were improved by using the Learning Center and 98% said they would recommend the Learning Center to a friend. Come and see what the buzz is about! The Learning Center can be contacted at (507) 285-7182.  Visit the website at: www.roch.edu/learningcenter.

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.

Supplemental/Career & Technical Education Services
Supplemental/Career and Technical Education Services are available to students in career and technical programs at no cost.  Services include academic advising; referrals to educational tutors; assistance in program advising; time management; balancing the responsibilities of home, school and employment; referrals to community services; career and occupational information.  Supplemental/CTE Services is located in Heintz Center HA101. For further information, contact (507) 280-3534 or (507) 280-5006 or visit the website at: www.rctc.edu/student_support_center/html/supplemental_services.html.

Tutoring Services

  • Learning Center: We offer a joint RCTC-WSU Learning 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 CLC earn significantly better grades than those who do not.
  • 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. Contact the tutor coordinator at (507) 280-5534.

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