RCTC Student Beehive – January 25, 2017

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Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Scams Targeting College Students
Education Planning Tools
Goals + Planning to Accomplish Your Success
Spring/Summer Graduates
Failure for Non-Attendance and Failure to Withdraw
Student Life



SCAMS TARGETING COLLEGE STUDENTS
College students across the United States continue to be targeted in common employment or loan scams. Scammers advertise phony job opportunities on college employment websites, and/or students receive e-mails on their school accounts recruiting them for fictitious positions. This “employment” results in a financial loss for participating students. We’ve had a number of RCTC students who have fallen prey to some of these scams.

Remember that RCTC/Minnesota State will never ask for personal information via text or other platforms.  Please contact the Financial Aid office if you receive any messages that look suspicious. Protect yourself!  Check out this link TODAY and learn how to arm yourself against these scams.

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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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GOALS + PLANNING IS THE FORMULA TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR SUCCESS
Schedule a meeting with an academic advisor or counselor to make steps to educational and career planning.  Appointments with them can help you determine what classes to register for next semester and discuss your progress thus far.

Academic advisors are professionals trained to advise students seeking technical and online degrees.

Counseling serves all students with emotional and personal issues, career and academic issues, and students seeking the following degrees:

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences,
  • Transfer majors, and pre-majors (Nursing, dental hygiene, radiography, engineering, surgical tech, computer science)
  • Undeclared and Undecided
  • Path to Purple majors, Associate in Science Transfer majors

To make an appointment with either service professional, contact Rose Conway via email Rose.conway@rctc.edu or call 507-285-7260.

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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SPRING/SUMMER GRADUATES
Graduation applications are due within the first 30 days of the semester you intend on completing program requirements.  The Spring and Summer 2017 Graduation Application Deadline is Friday, February 23, 2017.  Graduation applications are available at:  www.rctc.edu/admissions/html/graduation.html.  Accurate and complete DARS Audits must be attached to the application.  You can access your DARS Audit through the eServices site.

Graduation information is available on our website at:  www.rctc.edu/admissions/html/graduation.html

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FAILURE FOR NON-ATTENDANCE (FN) AND FAILURE TO WITHDRAW (FW)
Instructors may assign students the grades of FN and FW.  The grade designations are for students who never attend a class and students who stop attending a class during the semester but do not officially withdraw.  These grades carry the same weight as a failing grade (F).  Withdrawals from courses where students were assigned an FN or FW cannot be made using the eServices site.  If students are assigned an FN or FW grade prior to the end of the withdraw date for a course, they can still elect to withdraw but must do so in person at the Admissions and Records Office.

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STUDENT LIFE
The RCTC Student Life program gives students the opportunity to expand their education beyond the traditional classroom. Students who get involved in extracurricular activities tend to do better in the classroom than those who don’t get involved. Major employers across the nation look for “leadership skills” in prospective hires and being involved with RCTC’s chartered student organizations will give you the opportunity to gain these skills first hand.  In a two-year college, many of the students involved in an activity graduate each year. This means that the opportunity for a freshman to immediately become active is much greater than in a four-year college. Many of the activities may also be taken as a class to earn credit toward a degree.

RCTC students can attend sporting events, concerts and theatre productions free of charge. All RCTC sponsored events are alcohol and drug free.

Check out what is going on with Student Life: www.rctc.edu/studentlife.  For further information on student activities, contact the Student Life Director, email: studentlife@rctc.edu or call (507) 285-7206.

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