RCTC INTERIM PRESIDENT AWARDED LEADMN PRESIDENT OF THE YEAR

(Rochester, MN) Rochester Community and Technical College is proud to announce Interim President Dr. Mary Davenport was awarded the LeadMn 2018 President of the Year, Saturday evening at its annual General Assembly held in Breezy Point, MN.

 

"President Davenport embodies everything that is great about the Minnesota State community," said Mike Dean, Executive Director of LeadMN, the statewide student association for community and technical college students. "She goes to work every day with the goal of making an impact on student lives by encouraging an educational environment that propels students to reach for the stars."

 

RCTC Student Senate President Sarah Brakebill-Hacke, added, “I learned more about leadership from President Davenport than anyone I have ever known. She has been a steadfast supporter of students, she has gained the trust of the faculty and administration, and most importantly, she has facilitated communication and cooperation among all the various groups on campus: faculty, students and staff. There is no person that could possibly deserve this award more than President Davenport, and I offer my heartfelt thanks and congratulations to her on a job well done.”

 

The entire RCTC community thanks President Davenport for her tireless dedication to student success—not only at RCTC, but throughout her three-decade career serving Minnesota State students, faculty, and staff.

 

LeadMN also honored Heather Darby with its Alumni of the Year award.  Ms. Darby graduated from RCTC in 2000 and was RCTC’s Student Senate President in 1999-2000. "This alumni member has been a huge help to what goes on behind the scenes," said Chelsea Self, Public Relations Coordinator for LeadMN, "from reading hundreds of scholarship applications to assisting with our annual scholarship gala." This is the second time that Ms. Darby has been honored with this award.

 

LeadMN - College students connecting for change. We represent 180,000 two-year college students that come to Minnesota to transform their lives and their communities. Our students LeadMN by developing the leadership skills to realize their potential, see beyond what they thought was possible for personal success, and to drive community-wide change.

 

Established in 1915, RCTC is the largest higher education provider in the fastest-growing city in Minnesota, serving more than 8,000 students a year in credit courses and nearly 3,700 in non-credit continuing and workforce education programs. RCTC combines the best in liberal arts, technical, and life-long learning with more than 70 credit-based programs and over 100 credential options. RCTC’s expansive 518-acre campus includes university partnerships, a diverse student body, and a vibrant student life program. RCTC provides a unique learning environment that offers the feel of a four-year university campus with the commitment to access and opportunity of a two-year college.

 

The Minnesota State system consists of 37 colleges and universities with over 16,000 employees offering nearly 4,000 educational programs to nearly 400,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system in the United States.

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RCTC is a member of the Minnesota State system.

 

RCTC TO EXPAND PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM

(Rochester, MN)— In response to growing healthcare industry needs, Rochester Community and Technical College is excited to announce the expansion of its practical nursing program in the spring of 2019.  Working with partners including Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center, and other nursing and care facilities, RCTC determined additional graduates are necessary to meet the growing demand for practical nurses. This program expansion is on top of the 25% increase in admitted students that began in the fall of 2017.

 

RCTC currently runs one practical nursing (PN) cohort per year that begins in the fall. The expansion will add a January-start group in 2019 and 2021, bringing an additional 100 potential PN graduates into the workforce. RCTC’s 10-month diploma program offers students an opportunity to pursue an in-demand healthcare career within a year.

 

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are at the forefront of patient care, promoting wellness and providing assistance for sick, injured, disabled or elderly patients in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes. Specific job duties include monitoring patient vital signs, dressing wounds, administering medications, and reinforcing patient education.

 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for LPNs will grow by 16% between now and 2024 compared to the average job growth of 7%. On a national level, the Department of Health and Human Services projects a national shortage of approximately 151,500 LPNs by 2030.

 

Susan Jansen, MS, RN, CNE, RCTC’s Associate Dean of Nursing, said “RCTC is proud to offer additional practical nursing cohorts.  Together with our community healthcare providers, our nursing advisory board has identified the Licensed Practical Nurse or LPN as a critical care need in our community.  The diploma in practical nursing leads to meaningful careers and a livable wage for families.  Strong families lead to strong communities.”

 

Upon completion of necessary coursework, PN students will take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN), which upon passing designates PN students as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN).  RCTC’s NCLEX-PN pass rates have been consistently above the national average.

 

This program expansion is made possible through an innovative public-private partnership between RCTC and Mayo Clinic.  RCTC’s faculty meet the governing organizations requirements of master’s preparation in nursing education. Mayo Clinic master’s prepared nurses will provide the additional clinical support needed for the increased cohorts through a joint appointment faculty program.

 

“The need for licensed practical nurses is growing stronger, both in our community and across the country,” says Sherry Chesak, Program Director for Nursing Academic Affairs, Mayo Clinic. “Their skills are used in many patient care settings—clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes to name a few. It is a lifelong career and, at Mayo Clinic, LPNS are integral members of the healthcare team. We are pleased to be working with RCTC to expand their program and increase the number of LPNs serving our community.”

 

RCTC’s PN program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

 

Students interested in learning more about RCTC’s practical nursing program should visit the program’s website at www.rctc.edu/program/pnm.  Students wishing to seek admission to the program should contact Jennifer Dahle, the PN academic advisor, at 507-280-3535.  For further additional information, please contact Susan Jansen, MS, RN, CNE, Associate Dean of Nursing at 507-285-7143.

ROCHESTER COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE STUDENTS ONLY MINNESOTANS AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS COOKE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

(Rochester, MN)  Rochester Community and Technical College is honored to announce two of its students, Sarah Brakebill-Hacke and Munira Alimire, have been awarded prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships. These RCTC students are the only recipients in the state of Minnesota.

 

Announced today, Sarah Brakebill-Hacke is one of 47 recipients and 2500 applicants of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. This highly competitive national scholarship will provide Ms. Brakebill-Hacke with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete her bachelor’s degree. 

 

Sarah is currently a sophomore at RCTC and the 2017-2018 Student Senate President. Ms. Brakebill-Hacke was the only student from Minnesota to be selected for the Cooke Foundation College Transfer Scholarship Program. Last week, Munira Alimire, who is currently a post-secondary enrollment option (PSEO) student, was awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship. Ms. Alimire holds an executive leadership position as the Student Senate Secretary and will also receive up to $40,000 annually to complete her bachelor’s degree. Ms. Alimire has applied and been accepted to several prestigious universities including: Stanford, Yale and Harvard.

 

In addition to the monetary award, these new Cooke Transfer Scholars will receive comprehensive educational advising from foundation staff to guide them through the processes of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing for their careers. The foundation will additionally provide opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding, as well as connection to a thriving network of 2,300 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

 

“Community colleges provide an affordable first step for many students with financial need to begin their higher education journey,” said Harold O. Levy, executive director of the Cooke Foundation. “Cooke Transfer Scholars have demonstrated incredible ability and ambition, and we look forward to supporting their success at universities such as Stanford, Cornell, and MIT.”

 

This year, nearly 2,500 students applied for the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The foundation evaluated each submission based on academic ability, persistence, leadership, and service to others. The recipients selected have a median adjusted gross income of $5,000 and an average GPA of 3.92. Biological sciences, engineering, and computer/informational sciences are the most popular fields of study among the cohort.

 

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About the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded $175 million in scholarships to more than 2,300 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The foundation has also provided over $97 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. www.jkcf.org

 

 

Established in 1915, RCTC is the largest higher education provider in the fastest-growing city in Minnesota, serving more than 8,000 students a year in credit courses and nearly 3,700 in non-credit continuing and workforce education programs. RCTC combines the best in liberal arts, technical, and life-long learning with more than 70 credit-based programs and over 100 credential options. RCTC’s expansive 518-acre campus includes university partnerships, a diverse student body, and a vibrant student life program. RCTC provides a unique learning environment that offers the feel of a four-year university campus with the commitment to access and opportunity of a two-year college.

 

 

RCTC is a member of Minnesota State—a higher education system that includes 30 two-year community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.

 

 

Rochester Community and Technical College Student Awarded Cooke Foundation Scholarship

(Rochester, MN)  Rochester Community and Technical College is proud to announce student Munira Alimire has been awarded a prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship. Ms. Alimire is a current student at RCTC and holds an executive leadership position as the Student Senate Secretary. She was the only student from Minnesota to be selected for the Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program. Each scholarship recipient will receive up to $40,000 annually to complete their bachelor’s degree.

 

In addition to the monetary award, these new Cooke College Scholars will receive comprehensive educational advising from foundation staff to guide them through the processes of transitioning to campus and preparing for their careers. The foundation will additionally provide opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding, as well as connection to a thriving network of 2,300 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

 

“High-achieving students with financial need are often deterred from applying to elite colleges and universities,” said Harold O. Levy, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.“ And yet, the research clearly shows that when they are able to enroll in selective institutions, lower-income students are just as likely as their wealthier peers to be academically successful and graduate. We look forward to supporting Cooke College Scholars as they matriculate to universities such as Stanford, Yale, and Harvard.”

 

This year, over 5,000 students applied for the Cooke College Scholarship. Many of these students were identified through a partnership with the College Board, which connects scholarship organizations to students through their participation in the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10. The foundation evaluated each submission based on academic ability, persistence, leadership, and service to others. Engineering, political science and government, biological science, and physics are the most popular fields of study among the cohort.

 

 

Established in 1915, RCTC is the largest higher education provider in the fastest-growing city in Minnesota, serving more than 8,000 students a year in credit courses and nearly 3,700 in non-credit continuing and workforce education programs. RCTC combines the best in liberal arts, technical, and life-long learning with more than 70 credit-based programs and over 100 credential options. RCTC’s expansive 518-acre campus includes university partnerships, a diverse student body, and a vibrant student life program. RCTC provides a unique learning environment that offers the feel of a four-year university campus with the commitment to access and opportunity of a two-year college.

 

 

RCTC is a member of Minnesota State—a higher education system that includes 30 two-year community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.

 

 

 

Jeffery Boyd Named President of Rochester Community and Technical College

ST. PAUL, Minn., March 21, 2018 – The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has named Jeffery Boyd to serve as president of Rochester Community and Technical College. The appointment becomes effective July 1, 2018.

“Jeffery Boyd possesses the exact combination of education, experience, and passion for community colleges that RCTC needs in its next president,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State. “He is not just committed to helping students start their pursuit of earning certificates or degrees; he is committed to helping them make it across the finish line. His proven track record of passionate and transparent leadership will serve him well as president.”

Boyd has a reputation as a leader with a vision for the future of higher education and a champion for the mission of community and technical colleges. A first-generation community college graduate, he currently serves Tidewater Community College (VA) as the provost, chief operating officer, and lead academic and student affairs administrator of its campus in Norfolk, which serves approximately 12,000 students annually. Under his leadership, the campus developed new degree and academic options for students including a one-year to completion accelerated Associates degree, an Associate in Fine Arts transfer degree in Music, and a retention program focused on encouraging students to complete 15 credits per semester.

Previously, he served Elgin Community College from 2006 to 2014 in several capacities including associate dean, interim dean, and dean of Business and Career Technologies, and he served the Quad County Urban League as director of education and employment in 2005. He held roles in student services for Olivet Nazarene University from 2003 to 2004, and Waubonsee Community College from 2001 to 2003.

Boyd holds an associate degree from San Joaquin Delta College (CA), a bachelor’s degree from Judson University (IL), a master’s from the University of Phoenix (AZ), and a doctorate in Community College Leadership from National Louis University (IL).

Boyd will succeed Mary Davenport who has served as interim president of Rochester Community and Technical College since 2016.

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Established in 1915, Rochester Community and Technical College is the largest higher education provider in the fastest-growing city in Minnesota, serving more than 7,500 students a year in credit courses and nearly 4,000 in non-credit continuing and workforce education programs. RCTC combines the best in liberal arts, technical, and life-long learning with more than 70 credit-based programs and over 100 credential options. The expansive 518-acre campus includes university partnerships, a diverse student body, and a vibrant student life program. Rochester Community and Technical College provides a unique learning environment that offers the feel of a four-year university campus with the commitment to access and opportunity of a two-year college.

Minnesota State includes 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving approximately 375,000 students. It is the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States.