Student Beehive – November 25

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Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Don’t Forget to Register Before You Leave for Thanksgiving!
Bookstore Coupon
Balances Due Notice
RCTC Offers Two New Certificates
CYFS Needs Festival of Trees Volunteers
RCTC Yellowjacket Football to Play for National Championship in Mississippi Bowl VIII

If you haven’t registered for Spring Semester classes yet, be sure to do so before you leave for Thanksgiving.  Registering now offers you a better chance of getting the classes you need.  Waiting to register can postpone your graduation.  Be proactive!  Register Today!!!!

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Have you used your RCTC Bookstore coupon yet? In your 2015-16 student handbook on page 35 there is a 10% off clothing coupon that expires 12/31/15. Don’t let it expire without using it. Now is the perfect time to buy that warm sweatshirt or sweatpants that you have been wanting!

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Spring semester 2016 payments are due Friday, December 11, 2015.

NOW is the time to check your account balance via the eServices site at

If you need instructions for viewing or printing your account balance, go to:

Important Information regarding student accounts:

  • RCTC no longer mails statements – it is the student’s responsibility to monitor and manage their accounts through the eServices site as detailed below.
  • Failure to check your account does not release you from your financial obligation to Rochester Community and Technical College.
  • Payments received after the due date will be subject to late and/or payment plan fees.
  • Financial aid funds are applied to student accounts after the drop/add period, on Thursdays with change transmitted to Higher One, be sure your Yellowjacket card is active.
  • Students who have not received their financial aid by the payment deadline are required to pay.
  • All balances must be paid in full prior to registering for future semesters. Any unpaid balances will be referred to the MN Department of Revenue – Collection Division.

How to Pay:

  • Pay at the RCTC Cashiers Office during regular business hours (M-F; 8:00am-4:30pm)
  • Send a check payable to RCTC to:
    RCTC Cashier’s Office
    851 30th Ave SE
    Rochester, MN 55904
  • Pay with a Visa, MasterCard or e-check via your online account. To make payment online follow these instructions:
    1. login to your online account
    2. select the proper semester Login
    3. select the Student tab
    4. select My Account
    5. select Pay Online
    6. select the institution you wish to pay
    7. enter the payment amount
    8. provide required credit card information
    9. authorize payment
    10. close payment window

Need a Payment Plan?
If you are unable to fully pay your tuition by the deadline, you may request a payment plan. In all cases, full payment is expected by the end of the semester for which the tuition is owed. RCTC has a contract with “FACTS” as our payment plan provider. After you register, go to check my account balance, click on payments and payment plan option. Please note that the FACTS payment plan is only available until Friday, January 15, 2016.

Contact Ruth Siefert, RCTC Business Officer Supervisor, at (507) 285-7472 or

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Rochester Community and Technical College is excited to announce the addition of two new academic certificate programs in our science division.  The “Science Foundations A” and “Science Foundations B” certificates are designed for students who currently hold a baccalaureate degree and want the opportunity to complete coursework necessary to apply for admission to health and other professional schools including medical, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, occupational therapy, pharmacy, dentistry, chiropractic, osteopathic medicine and other professional programs.

RCTC Chemistry Instructor and lead faculty for the newly approved certificates, Heather Sklenicka, Ph.D., says this program, first in the state of Minnesota for two-year schools, has been student-driven from the beginning. “Our students asked why we didn’t have this type of program option.”  She adds, “We saw this as a great opportunity to create an in-demand program and worked with faculty, financial aid, counseling, advising and administration to make our vision a reality.”

The certificates, slated to begin in January 2016, have the support and blessing of some big names in medical schools.  Officials from the University of Minnesota, University of Iowa and Mayo have penned letters indicating their support of the certificates and the proposed coursework will fulfill their academic requirements.  Kathlene Huebner, Director of Admissions at the University of Iowa Medical School, notes, “Their school is committed to finding students who don’t fit the mold for Medical School and [RCTC’s] program would meet the preparation needs for such students.”

“For many years, RCTC has provided high-caliber healthcare-related programs to Rochester and the surrounding community,” said Dr. Greg Mosier, RCTC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs.  “So it only makes sense that we are again a leader among two-year institutions across the country by providing these ‘post-baccalaureate’ certificates. Dr. Sklenicka and the other RCTC science faculty have worked hard to develop these offerings and we are extremely happy to make these available in the spring.”

Former RCTC student Bridget Dolan-Lawler expressed her desire for the program in a letter earlier this year.  “RCTC embodies attributes different from many of the more expensive, distant, post-baccalaureate programs and offers an ideal solution for career changers looking for a more realistic path towards a medically related career.”

“This program is great for art majors or business majors who have decided that they want to go in a different direction from where their undergraduate degrees have taken them,” said Sklenicka.  “It’s also a good fit for those nurses with a bachelor’s degree who may want to go onto to PA [Physician Assistant] or medical school.”

The two pathways, Science Foundations A and B, are designed to be taken sequentially—with the “A” pathway covering more introductory concepts and the “B” pathway engaging students in advanced coursework.  Each certificate is designed to take one academic year to complete, but depending on the student’s educational background, both certificates could be completed in three semesters.

In addition to these two certificate programs, the RCTC Student Life office approved the creation of the “Aspiring Medical Professionals Club.”  Dr. Sklenicka will act as faculty advisor for this group which will help students prepare for entrance exams, find volunteer opportunities and offer support to students in the programs.

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Once again the Child, Youth, and Family Studies department is hosting the children’s crafts at the Hiawatha Homes Festival of Trees at the Rochester Civic Center.  We could really use more volunteers to help us.  The activities are ready.  We need volunteers to help with the activities on Saturday, November 28th from 10:00am – 4:00pm

Here are the exact times when we need volunteers:

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Bring a friend or family member.  I promise its really fun!  Our craft tables are in among the trees and it really gets you in the holiday spirit.  Please let me know if you can join us.

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