Mar 18
Granados and Goya: An Evening of Spanish Art and Music


RCTC Student Life and RCTC Music Present: "Granados and Goya: An Evening fo Spanish Art and Music" 

This concert recital will be a  tribute to the great painter, Francisco Goya, through the music of composer, Enrique Granados. This will be an evening of beautiful music and art that will delight the senses, featuring the talents of Ms Amaya Arberas, Soprano and RCTC's own instructor of music and piano virtuoso, Dr. Ainhoa Urkijo.  

FREE and Open to the Public. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016. 7:00pm Hill Theatre. Doors open at 6:30pm.  


Mar 17
Fall 2016 Orientation Dates

The first Fall 2016 Orientation will be held Wednesday, April 20th at ​9:00 a.m. and run on selected days through August 16th. There is a new process this year: students must be exempt from or have taken assessment testing PRIOR to attending Orientation.  For information on assessment testing and to sign up for a test date, students and families can visit

For a listing of currently posted Orientation dates, please visit​.  If you have additional questions regarding Orientation, please contact Ariel Carson (x5013) or Alicia Zeone (x3509).

Thank you!

Mar 16
RCTC’s Workplace Communication Program Offered Completely Online

​Rochester Community and Technical College will be offering a Workplace Communication certificate completely online starting fall semester 2016.  This program consists of the following coursework: Interpersonal Communications; Team/Small Group Communications; and Intercultural Communications or Public Speaking.

According to a comprehensive iSeek 2012 study (partnership of MN employers and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities), Minnesota employers are looking for, but not finding, communication training in the following areas: interpersonal communication skills, team/group communication skills, conflict management skills, presentation skills, and interviewing skills.

"Giving students the option to complete this certificate online provides greater opportunity for people to obtain this degree," said Annie Clement, RCTC Communication Studies Instructor.  "We feel this is a strong option for those who are trying to move ahead in their careers while learning valuable communication skills such as team work, communicating nondefensively and conflict management."

Based on the iSeek study and Rochester's Workforce 2020 "Profile of a World-Class, College/Career Ready Graduate in Rochester, MN, " RCTC created both a Workplace Communication certificate and a Communications Studies certificate. These programs help students to increase their skills and abilities in communication and can be completed in a traditional classroom or online. The classes utilize active learning with a skill-based curriculum using real world scenarios and activities. The student-centered approach is one of the reasons RCTC has high rates of student success in its classes, even though a class such as public speaking is listed as a top fear for most people. 

Anyone interested in more information can go to and can apply for free at

Mar 16
Postage Rate Reduction


Mar 16
March 2016: RCTC’s Third AQIP Action Project for Accreditation: Strategic Enrollment Management--Improving Student Retention
After their hard work at the recent Higher Learning Commission Strategy Forum in Chicago, an RCTC work group, in collaboration with the college’s Strategic Enrollment Management Council (SEMC), finalized RCTC’s third AQIP action project. Such projects are the major college initiatives RCTC implements in order to improve quality at the college. According to Dave Atwood, Math Instructor, “The strategy forum was an intense process, but we got a lot of good work done. The goal of this SEMC project is entirely focused on student retention.” Lisa Mohr, Dean of Student Success, said that the this action project is important as well. “Our goal is to improve student retention,” Lisa said, “and now everyone is focused on putting those puzzle pieces together.”

The plan for this action project is straightforward.

  • Establish a single, institution-wide retention goal.

  • Create targeted strategies for three to five specific student populations in order to achieve this goal.

  • Monitor the action project by measuring student persistence and retention rates.

The entire campus community will have a role in this action project during the next three semesters. The best way to improve student retention, after all, is through collaboration.  

SEMC is responsible for the implementation of this project and will engage workgroups and institutional functional areas as appropriate based on identified tasks. SEMC meets twice a month to discuss issues, analyze data,  and make decisions about improving retention and student success. Smaller work groups include SEM Academic Affairs; SEM Retention/Student Success; Outreach and Marketing; and Admissions Processes.  These groups also meet twice monthly.

This action project is important for two reasons. First of all, over the next few years RCTC will face increased competition from other colleges for prospective students, a tight labor market, and declining high school graduation numbers. In other words, there will be fewer possible students with more choices available to them. More significant, though, is that RCTC has always been committed to student success. We want our students to stay in college and achieve their goals so that they have bright futures ahead of them. That’s why this action project is so important.

SEMC and its work groups are always seeking willing helpers. If interested, contact Lisa Mohr, Dean of Student Success

Mar 16
Power of 1 Invite: Re-Empowering Core Outcome Assessment

You are invited to attend a

Power of 1 Retreat

focused on Core Outcome assessment.


Through the completion of pre-retreat "assignments" and onsite activities, you will fully develop ONE assessment tool for ONE learning outcome with the intent of implementing it in ONE upcoming semester as related to the Core Outcomes of Communication, Critical Thinking, and/or Personal and Professional Accountability. After implementation, you will evaluate learning and propose ONE recommended change to enhance student learning. The results of your work will be aggregated with others across campus to gain a better understanding of student learning.

Friday, April 1st, 2016

11:30am – 3:00pm

Kahler - Apache

Lunch will provided. 

More details will be shared upon your positive response to this invitation.​

If you are interested in attending, contact Teresa Brown or Jaime Tjossem. or


Response requested before Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Mar 15
D2L Unavailable Sunday April 3 (5:00 AM - 7:00 AM)

D2L will be unavailable to users on Sunday, April 3, 2016 from approximately 5:00 AM – 7:00 AM.

This downtime is required to perform maintenance work on the SQL server. 

This information has been posted on D2L News, but has not been sent to students via campus email.

D2L status updates will be posted at

Please contact Education Technology if you have any questions.

Thank you.

The Education Technology Department

Mar 15
2016 Standard Mileage Rates

The 2016 Standard Mileage reimbursment rates are:

  • .54 cents per mile effective Jan 1, 2016 (IRS rate) if a State-owned vehicle not available.
  • .47 cents per mile effective Jan 1, 2016 (IRS rate less .07 cents) if a State-owned vehicle is available but declined.

Any questions, please contact the Business Office.

Mar 14
Business Office Forms
A new SharePoint site has been created that has all travel forms along with other common Business Office forms.


Mar 14
RCTC College Relations and Marketing Wins National Awards

The ​RCTC College Relations and Marketing Department has been recognized for outstanding work by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.  This nation-wide group is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges. As one of the fastest-growing affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges, NCMPR has more than 1,550 members from more than 650 colleges across the United States, Canada and other countries.

Each year NCMPR hosts their Paragon Awards with thousands of entries from schools all across the country.  RCTC is very proud to be amongst the schools which won awards.

Tshirt.jpgIn the Novelty category, RCTC received a Gold award for our Centennial T-shirt.  Graphic Arts Specialist Jenee McGurren designed the shirt that featured jumbo-print, multi-colored foil printing--a first for our vendor.


In the Annual Report "B" category (larger staff and agencies), RCTC took home the bronze for the 2015-16 Vision Book.  Again led by Graphic Arts Specialist Jenee McGurren.VisionBook.jpg

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