RCTC STUDENT GOVERNMENT AND KTTC-TV PARTNER TO PRESENT ROCHESTER MAYORAL DEBATE

(Rochester, MN)— Rochester Community and Technical College’s Student Government and KTTC Television are teaming up to present a Rochester mayoral candidate debate on Tuesday, July 24th at 5:30PM in the RCTC Heintz Center Commons.  The 60-mintute debate will be moderated by KTTC news anchor Tom Overlie.

 

While not specifically designated as an education-focused debate, RCTC student leaders want candidates to share their views on important issues concerning students including housing and transportation.  RCTC Student President Drew Brinker and Mental Health Awareness Club President Prakash Peethambaram are spearheading this event.  “We are organizing this debate to provide an opportunity for younger voters to make their voices heard and learn about the candidates. We hope that this will encourage younger people to cast ballots and participate in government.”

 

There are currently seven candidates vying for the city’s top elected position including BW (Brent) Coggins, Jordan James Glynn, Spencer Goetzman, Regina Mustafa, Kim Norton, Charlie O’Connell, and George Rownd.  Current Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede is retiring after serving more than 15 years in office.

 

Due to parking lot construction on the west side of the Heintz Center, all visitors must use the East Lot and enter through door H8 (Workforce Center entrance).  The RCTC Heintz Center is located at 1926 College View Road.    

 

  

 

 

About Rochester Community and Technical College

Established in 1915, RCTC 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. 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.

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RCTC CAD PROGRAM AWARDED SECOND CONSECUTIVE GRAUC WORKFORCE INNOVATOR GRANT

(Rochester, MN) Rochester Community and Technical College is proud to announce that its Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) program has been awarded a second consecutive Workforce Innovator Grant from the Greater Rochester Advocates for Universities and Colleges (GRAUC).

GRAUC Board members awarded $1,000 in Workforce Innovator grant funding to the ongoing partnership between the RCTC CAD program and Rochester Public Schools’ CTECH program. RCTC CAD students will continue to mentor CTECH students, assist them in designing and creating on the computer, and teach them how to use three-dimensional printing software. Review Committee members were impressed with the continued collaboration between CTECH and Computer Aided Drafting students and educators. 

RCTC Computer Aided Drafting Instructor Pam Benson received the Workforce Innovator Grant award at the GRAUC Celebration Breakfast on Friday, June 22rd. For further information on GRAUC and its Workforce Innovator grant funding, go to www.grauc.org or call GRAUC Executive Director, Don Supalla, at 507-258-8109.

Pictured in the attached photo are: RCTC President-designate, Dr. Jeffery Boyd; RCTC Computer Aided Drafting Instructor, Pam Benson; and RCTC Interim President, Dr. Mary Davenport. For further information on RCTC’s CAD program, go to https://www.rctc.edu/program/cadtech/ or call 507-285-7557.

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.

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.