RCTC JOINS INTERNATIONAL CHARTER FOR COMPASSION

(Rochester, MN) Rochester Community and Technical College is proud to announce the signing of its Charter for Compassion. President Jeffery Boyd officially affirmed the Charter for Compassion, making RCTC a full educational partner in the Charter movement.

Unveiled in 2009, The Charter for Compassion is an international network of organizations that believes “compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate suffering of our fellow creatures” and that we must treat “everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity, and respect.”

RCTC is the only college or university in the Midwest to join the Charter for Compassion, and one of only a few other community colleges nation-wide. Other notable higher education institutions to partner with the Charter include Stanford University, the College of William and Mary, Georgia State University, and Western Connecticut State University.

This Compassion initiative has developed over many years at RCTC and has truly been a college-wide effort. RCTC staff have held food and school supply drives, sponsored a book club, and participated in grant projects. Faculty have developed a compassion studies course, incorporated related curriculum into classes and workshops, written grants, and engaged frequently with off-campus communities. Administration has supported compassion efforts with time, thoughtful advice, and leadership, and students have organized and attended many compassion-focused events.

As a full educational partner, RCTC will collaborate with other Charter organizations to develop compassion-rich environments and opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and visitors. RCTC also aims to continue its strong partnerships with Compassionate Rochester, MN and other local and regional organizations to support compassion-centered education and action.

RCTC is one of the oldest, two-year colleges in the United States. Signing the Charter affirms that RCTC’s rich legacy of compassion will continue—with focus, energy, and determination—into the future.

For further information on RCTC’s Charter for Compassion, contact RCTC faculty steve.juenemann@rctc or mike.mutschelknaus@rctc.edu.

 

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 CELEBRATES PROJECT GROUNDBREAKING

(Rochester, MN) In what was billed as an event 10 years in the making, Rochester Community and Technical College broke ground Friday morning on its new Memorial Hall building. The ceremony marks the beginning of a $23 million project funded by the passage and signing of the 2018 bonding bill.  Joining the celebration and offering congratulatory messages were Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra, Senators David Senjem and Carla Nelson, and Representatives Tina Liebling, Nels Pierson, and Duane Suake.

The project consists of three phases: construction, renovation, and demolition. The construction phase will include new offices, academic flex-space, and a large, versatile classroom which will occupy the two-story addition that wraps around Endicott Hall, Coffman Center, and Singley Hall on the west side of Main campus. The existing maintenance garage and old child care center will be torn down. A new building entrance and drop-off lane will also be constructed.

In an effort to maximize space utilization amongst existing square footage, spaces in Endicott, Singley, College Center, and Science and Technology buildings will see a number of upgrades and renovations including moving walls, upgrading technology, updating furniture, and making the spaces more learner-friendly.

The entire project is expected to be completed within two years. Construction, renovation, and remodeling will begin shortly and conclude in July, 2020. 

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.

 

Attached photo of RCTC’s Memorial Hall Groundbreaking includes from left to right: Dan Froelich, RCTC Math Faculty; Karin Wright, RCTC Faculty President; Don Supalla, RCTC President Emeritus; Representative Tina Liebling; RCTC President, Jeffery Boyd; Minnesota State Chancellor, Devinder Malhotra; Senator David Senjem; Representative Nels Pierson; Senator Carla Nelson; Kevin Mills, RCTC Student Vice President; Representative Duane Sauke; and Ann Voda, BTR Architects.

 

 

GRAUC NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Julie Nigon appointed to lead post-secondary education/workforce development mission for GRAUC

 

Rochester, Minn. (October 29, 2018) -   Julie Nigon, former head of the Rochester Public Schools Adult and Family Literacy Program and administrator of Hawthorne Education Center, was appointed as GRAUC Executive Director effective November 1, 2018.  Nigon replaces Don Supalla, who retires October 31, after more than five years leading the community’s premier workforce development and post-secondary education advocacy organization.  Supalla was the longtime successful president of RCTC, leaving that post in 2013 after 16 years.

 

Nigon brings a wealth of collaborative experiences and numerous education, business and industry and community connections to the position and holds licenses in K-6 Education and Adult Education.   During the 37 years she was employed with the Rochester Adult and Family Literacy Program, it grew from a small General Educational Development (GED) Preparation and basic literacy volunteer project to a multi-faceted and multi-site program serving adults from Southern Minnesota and 60 different nations.  Julie became the program manager in 1992 and encouraged and assisted the educational efforts of 50 staff and 2000 learners per year. Hawthorne Education Center staff currently collaborates with Mayo Clinic, Rochester Community and Technical College, United Way of Olmsted County, and Workforce Development, Inc. on the Bridges to Careers Project that prepares adult learners for post-secondary education and employment.  The program was recognized for its excellence by the Humphrey Institute of the University of Minnesota and Harvard University’s Ashe Center at the Kennedy School for innovation in public/private partnerships.

 

“As we transition this important leadership role to Julie Nigon, I have complete faith in her ability to keep the organization moving forward in fulfilling our mission,” said Guy Finne, GRAUC Board Chair. 

“Julie brings outstanding leadership skills and abilities that will help the organization ensure successful outcomes. Our higher education goals will help develop a vital, ready workforce to serve and strengthen our region.  Julie is a proven collaborator and a proven partnership developer and we are truly blessed to have Julie as our new Executive Director leading us into 2019 and beyond."

 

Working with past GRAUC leaders and board members, Supalla has provided vital leadership, direction and structure to develop GRAUC’s transformation and vision:  To meet the workforce needs of our region with a focus on post-secondary education.  Building on GRAUC’s first quarter-century as the premier community post-secondary advocacy group, during Supalla’s five-year’s as Executive Director GRAUC has:

Ø  Successfully advocated for the continued growth of educational programs and services at all levels of the education spectrum, including public and private providers, craft trade associations, AIM programs and more

Ø  Garnered significant capital bonding and sales tax resources for the purchase of land and demolition, renovation and construction of new higher education infrastructure

Ø  Quadrupled the Workforce Innovator endowment to fully-funded status, providing enough annual proceeds to fund several grant projects

Ø  Planned and executed three increasingly successful GRAUC Annual Awards Celebration Breakfasts

Ø  Rebranded GRAUC with a new mission, logo and updated website

Ø  Transformed, based on a Board strategic planning process, GRAUC’s by-laws, governance board, committee structure and formed the Partnership Council

Ø  Increased annual funding from both the city and county, garnered several corporate and private general operating and endowment gifts and implemented a Partnership Council membership fee structure

 

“Under Don’s dedicated leadership, GRAUC has continued to build on its strengths to fulfill its important mission," said Finne.  "As we transitioned into a new Partnership Council structure this past year, Don provided us with wisdom, keen insight and connectivity to new potential partners. Don kept us grounded in our work, focused on our mission and has always been a tremendous GRAUC Ambassador in the community. We are thankful Don will continue to be a great advocate for GRAUC moving forward.”  

 

Since 1987, GRAUC has successfully advocated for over $150 million in state and local investments to advance the educational missions of Rochester’s post-secondary educational institutions.

 

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RCTC AWARDED MINNESOTA JOB SKILLS PARTNERSHIP GRANT

(Rochester, MN) Rochester Community and Technical College has been awarded a Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) grant from the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) of $371,922 to train cybersecurity professionals at Mayo Clinic. MJSP allocates grants to educational institutions who are working to expand employment opportunities in growth sectors within Minnesota’s economy to keep high-quality jobs in the state.

Partnership grants work with businesses, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations to train or retrain workers, to develop and deliver custom training specific to the organizations’ needs.  Each grant requires a one-to-one cash match or in-kind contribution from the participating business(es), putting the project over $750,000. 

RCTC’s Center for Business and Workforce Education will collaborate with Mayo Clinic’s Information Technology department to develop technical skills training for individuals preparing to attain a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) certification.

Today data breaches are occurring more often, requiring organizations and businesses to increase the level of security within their data systems. CISSP certification is a globally recognized cybersecurity and information technology certification. 

“RCTC is excited about this opportunity to serve one of Rochester’s largest employers,” said RCTC Director of Business and Workforce Education, Jennifer Wilson, Ph.D. “In the state of Minnesota, business and education partnerships are crucial for enhancing a strong training program because it is through these partnerships that allow us as educators to develop curriculum that meet the standards of industry.”

For further information on RCTC’s MJSP Partnership Grant, contact Jennifer Wilson at 507-529-2736.

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.