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Mark your calendars to come out and join RCTC during Homecoming as we thank our community heroes September 9-13. Plan to participate and enjoy all the campus sponsored events. Here’s what we have in store for you:

Thursday, September 11
10:00am: Homecoming Pepfest in front of the Atrium
11:00am-1:00pm: Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe Grill-Out in front of the Atrium

Friday, September 12
Disc Golf Tournament hosted by the RCTC Disc Golf Club

Saturday, September 13:
1:00pm: RCTC Women’s Soccer vs. Century College
5:00pm: “Battle for the Hammer” RCTC Yellowjackets vs. Ridgewater College
Half-Time Entertainment
Post-game fireworks and free walking tacos for all game attendees!

This year, our Homecoming theme is “Community.” Our half-time show will be dedicated to those people and organizations within our community who protect and serve us each and every day: Fire/EMS, Police Officers, Sheriff’s Deputies, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen.

Also, all area high school athletes who wear their high school jerseys to our Homecoming football game will earn free admittance to the event.

Additional details will be sent next week or can be downloaded from our website at

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:

ADA Coordinator
Travis Kromminga
Student Services Room 176

Affirmative Action Officer
Renee Engelmeyer
Coffman Center Room 116

The official complaint procedure and complaint form may be found on the RCTC website at

Tuesday, September 16
10:00 – 1:00
Student Health Services (HS140)
Confidential!  No Appointment Needed!

For more information call 507-285-7261 or email

Wednesday, September 24
9:00 – 11:00 in the Atrium
The cost is $35 for the injection or the nasal mist.
Cash only.  No appointment needed.

For more information call 507-285-7261 or email

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!

Ask Sting
Location: Online
Got a Question? RCTC posts current information about many common questions you might have on Ask Sting, a 24-hour a day, seven-day a week service, to you. You can search for questions you may have as well as ask additional questions if you need assistance. These questions automatically get directed to the departments and people who can help you.

Career Center
Location: UCR (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:

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 UCR 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

Counseling and Advising Center
: UCR (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.

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:
o    Help students reach their graduation goal
o    Provide short-term personal counseling for issues that may interfere with studies
o    Facilitate decision-making on educational and career goals
o    Facilitate college adjustment for in-coming freshmen (homesickness, time management, depression, anxiety)
o    Facilitate college adjustment for returning adult students (balancing roles of student, parent, spouse, and/or employee).
o    Teach study skills, coping skills, and stress management
o    Provide crisis counseling
o    Develop individualized retention interventions
o    Interpret career inventories

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:
o    Help you understand your Degree Audit Report (DARS)
o    Facilitate decision-making on educational and career goals
o    Help you determine classes needed for degree, diploma or certificate programs and requirements
o    Coordinate admission into special programs

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:  Students are also encouraged to visit RCTC’s GPS (Goals + Plan = Success) Lifeplan website as a first place to seek information at

Disability Support Services
Location: UCR
(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 or by phone at (507) 292-5198 or Eric Sime, ADA Grievance Coordinator, at (507) 280-5006.

Goddard Library
: UCR (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-10:00pm 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

A great source for information and answers to many questions is the GPS LifePlan. Students and parents can access this on the RCTC website, and then click on GPS Lifeplan located at the bottom right of the page or go directly to Students and parents 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:

Learning Center
: UCR (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 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 BTEC, PROCTORING AND MORE!

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:

Multicultural Student Services
: UCR (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. For additional information, please visit the website at:

Student Support Services/TRIO (SSS)
Location UCR
(Main campus) SS159
Student Support Services provides academic advising, transfer planning, career information, workshops, cultural activities, and one-on-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:

Tutoring Services
Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC): The University Center Rochester operates 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 UCR and Heintz Center. Contact the tutor coordinator at (507) 280-5534.

The Student-Parent Support Initiative provides resources and support to students as they balance life as a college student and as a parent. We offer support lunches for those pregnant or parenting students (moms and dads) every Tuesday from 11:00am-2:00pm in the Charter Room (CC412).  We offer social and emotional support, advocacy, one-on-one and group coaching/mentoring, referrals for campus and community-based programs, assistance with problem solving, parenting and life skills and a safe place to meet others that are pregnant or parenting. Our program is here to support these students in accomplishing their goals of higher education and maintaining positive health and well-being for themselves and their children. We know many of the students feel somewhat “invisible” on campus and we are happy to give them a space to get together and meet one another.

For more information contact Deb Hammel at 507-457-2298 or by email at


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