RCTC Student Beehive – December 5, 2018

Welcome to RCTC! Your education here opens doors to new, unexpected opportunities.

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:
Mental Health First Aid
How to Request a Transcript
Don’t Wait to Reigster for Spring Semeste
Phi Theta Kappa Survey – We Need YOU!
Campus Carpet Replacement Update
Testing Center Hours Over Winter Break
UPCOMING EVENTS



MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
As part of Student Success Day (Thursday, January 31st) up to 30 students will be able to participate in Mental Health First Aid. Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

Just as CPR training helps a person with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a person assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis such as contemplating suicide. In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives. Mental Health First Aiders learn a single 5-step strategy that includes assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help and other supports.

Participants are also introduced to risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use problems, engage in experiential activities that build understanding of the impact of illness on individuals and families, and learn about evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies. Participants receive a certificate and certification is valid for three years. The training is a great opportunity to develop skills to help others and would look great on a resume.

Please note that this training is an eight-hour training and will take place on Student Success Day from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Participants will receive a free lunch and are expected to participate in the full training for certification.

Students can register for Mental Health First Aid here.

You can find more information on Mental Health First Aid here.

Contact Becca Peine at rebecca.peine@rctc.edu with questions about the training.

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HOW TO REQUEST A TRANSCRIPT
Your college transcript is the official record of all courses taken at RCTC. There are two ways to access your transcript.  (RCTC does not accept transcript requests via fax machine nor do we fax transcripts)

 RCTC transcripts cannot be released in the following scenarios:

  • There is a hold on your RCTC record. 
  • There is a discrepancy (duplicate) on RCTC record. 
  • If you attended RCC prior to 1968 and/or RTC prior to 1990*

*RCTC will continue to require a transcript request and change transcript fees for all archived records.

Official Transcripts:
If you need an official copy of your transcript, you must make a request to RCTC through the National Clearinghouse. A official transcript cost $7.25/transcript for a two business day turn around time,. For an additional $5/transcript the Admissions office will try and release your transcript within two hours of your request, except during peak periods. All official transcripts go regular postal mail. To send transcripts to a MinnState institution, please see below.

Unofficial Transcript (Student Copy):
You can access your full transcript for FREE via the eServices. This transcript is identical to the official transcript in content, however it is not printed on security-paper and thus is not certified as an official RCTC document. Unofficial / Student copies of transcripts are not acceptable generally for employers or other colleges.

To get a FREE copy from the eServices site, follow these instructions or view the steps:

  1. Log in to eServices.
  2. On the left menu select, “Grades and Transcripts”.
  3. Then select from the sub-menu, “Academic Record”.
  4. Select the option by which you want to view your academic record, then select “Get Academic Record”.
  5. Your academic record will be displayed by the criteria you selected. To get just a printable, text copy, select “Text Copy of this Academic Record”.
  6. Remember to log out of your account when finished.

 Send Transcript to another Minnesota State Institution
Electronic transcript retrieval is now possible among all MinnState institutions for students who are enrolled or transferring to another MinnState institution. As a result it is no longer necessary for most students to order transcripts to be sent to another MinnState ask staff at the receiving MinnState institution about their e-transcript retrieval procedures. Only in some cases will you be asked to order your transcript. RCTC will continue to require a request and will charge transcript fees for all archived records to any destination.

 Reverse Transcripts (from any Minnesota State institution):
RCTC will attempt to retrieve e-Transcripts from all other Minnesota State institutions you have attended at point of application. If you would like an updated transcript pulled, please submit the Transcript Retrieval Form.          

Transcript Status (to see if RCTC has received previous transcripts)
Email the admissions office at admissions@rctc.edu or call us at (507) 285-7268 or (800) 247-1296 ext. 7268

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DON’T WAIT TO REGISTER FOR SPRING SEMESTER
Act now if you haven’t already registered for Spring Semester! 

  • Earlier registration benefits YOU because you will have your schedule and plan in place before finishing out Fall Semester.
  • You can also plan your work/personal schedules earlier too.
  • Don’t assume seats in courses will remain available . . . new students have already started registering for Spring Semester
  • Financial Aid students with an accepted award do NOT need to pay at the time of registration.  Your Financial Aid award will hold your courses and payment will not be due until March 25, 2019.

DON’T WAIT!
Online registration for Spring 2019 is open to all current and returning students. You are able to register on the eServices site today!  All students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor or counselor prior to registering for any term. For assistance, you can contact Admissions/Records by email at admissions@rctc.edu or call us at (507) 285-7268 or (800) 247-1296 ext. 7268 until 5pm.

Best wishes for successful completion of your semester at RCTC!

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PHI THETA KAPPA SURVEY-WE NEED YOU!!
RCTC’s Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is exploring how individuals make voting decisions. Your response to the survey will help us in our research. You can find the survey here.  Thank you for participating.

Your individual responses are/will remain anonymous, so please answer honestly.

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RCTC CAMPUS CARPET REPLACEMENT
As part of our ongoing efforts to improve campus facilities, the College will once again be replacing carpet in a number of areas across campus during winter break.  This project will impact areas in all three campus locations including Main, Sports Center, and HeintzIf you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mark Faas, Physical Plant Director.

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TESTING CENTER HOURS DURING WINTER BREAK
Please be advised that the Testing Center will be closed​ on the following days during semester break:

December 20, 21, 2018
December 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 2018
December 31, 2018
January 1, 2, 2019

The Testing Center will be closed on these days due to renovations and holidays. These closures are also posted on the Testing Center’s webpage.

If you have any questions, please email Alicia Zeone at alicia.zeone@rctc.edu.

Thank you for your cooperation!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, December 6

  • U of M Rochester Campus Bachelor of Science in Health Professions* (BSHP), 11:30am, HS136. (*BSHP includes Echocardiography, Respiratory Therapy, Radiography and Sonography). No sign-up necessary. All RCTC students are welcome.

Friday, December 7

  • Women’s Basketball vs. Hibbing, AWAY, 5:30pm
    Men’s Basketball vs. Hibbing, AWAY, 7:30pm

Saturday, December 8

  • Wrestling, SCSU Husky Open, AWAY, 10:00am
  • Women’s Basketball, Rainy River, AWAY, 1:00pm
  • Men’s Basketball, Rainy River, AWAY, 3:00pm

Tuesday, December 11

  • Destress Fest, 9:00am-11:00am, Heintz Center Commons
    Stress is an issue for the mental and physical health of all college students.  Here at RCTC, finals week will be dedicated to relieving stress.  DeStress Fest is designed for the students to relax and take their minds off of their hectic schedules.  We will be providing various activities to help students relax and have some fun during this busy week.  With some yummy snacks, a relaxing massage, and a sensible amount of caffeine, you can make it through this. So, go forth and knock those final exams out of the park!
  • Sweets and Treats, 9:00am-11:00am, Heintz Center Commons
    Nothing eases the stress of finals like a good ole sugary goodness! Stop by the Heintz Center E. Commons for an assortment your favorite breakfast bites while supplies last.
  • Stress Relief Massage Therapy, 9:00am-11:00am, Heintz Center Commons
    Indulge in a soothing massage designed to comfort your weary body and mind
  • Unleash Your Inner Child, 9:00am-11:00am, Heintz Center Commons
    Come play video games and get crafty with crafts and coloring fun – all are available for students to drop in for a break.

Wednesday, December 12

  • Destress Fest, 9:00am-11:00am, Heintz Center Commons
    Stress is an issue for the mental and physical health of all college students.  Here at RCTC, finals week will be dedicated to relieving stress.  DeStress Fest is designed for the students to relax and take their minds off of their hectic schedules.  We will be providing various activities to help students relax and have some fun during this busy week.  With some yummy snacks, a relaxing massage, and a sensible amount of caffeine, you can make it through this. So, go forth and knock those final exams out of the park!
  • Therapy dogs, 9:00am-11:00am, Heintz Center Commons
    Therapy dogs will be visiting Heintz for a stress relief event. Students, staff and faculty are invited to paws and take a break with our canine friends!
  • You are a Rockstar, 9:00am-11:00am, Heintz Center Commons
    If you’re running late and you need a burst of energy, stop by Heintz Commons for an energy drink and conquer your week! *While supplies last.
  • Unleash Your Inner Child, 9:00am-11:00am, Heintz Center Commons
    Come play video games and get crafty with crafts and coloring fun – all are available for students to drop in for a break.
  • Bookstore Balloon Sale, 8:00am-6:00pm, RCTC Bookstore
    Come pop a balloon for great savings!!!

Intramurals information can be found on the Yellowjackets Athletics website for RCTC.

Events Coming in December and January

Date Event
December 4-January 14: WILD Game Tickets on Sale
December 13: Pizza With A Purpose-Integrity
December 14-15: RCTC Holiday Concert, “Home for the Holidays,” Hill Theatre, 7:00pm
December 15: President’s Cup Chess Tournament, 10:00am-5:00pm, RCTC Cafeteria
December 17-20: Stress Relief
December 18: Student Creativity Recital
December 22-January 13: Winter Break
January 21: Martin Luther King Day-No Classes
January 31: Student Success Day-No Classes
Basketball games and Wrestling matches either at home or away every week
Intramural Sports every week
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