(Rochester, MN) Beginning this fall, in an effort to foster additional student success, Rochester Community and Technical College is offering an enhanced First-Year Experience (FYEX) course for new freshman students seeking an Associate of Arts degree.


“While many of today’s students begin college with the skills necessary to navigate the higher education environment, too many still come underprepared to be successful for a variety of reasons. Along with a possible lack of academic preparedness, many students have not yet been given the opportunity to form personal autonomy, self-confidence, proper study behaviors or have not yet gained the social competency to be comfortable in this new and different world. As educators, it is our responsibility to help form these abilities in our students as much as forming solid English, math and technical skills” said Dr. Greg Mosier, RCTC’s Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs.


The OnCourse curriculum addresses several student success factors, and the workshops are created for college faculty, staff and administrators looking for a proven approach to dramatically improve student success, retention and graduation. Used in classrooms at more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, the curriculum’s learner-centered strategies represent best practices from innovators in higher education, business, psychology, sports and personal effectiveness. These strategies help students become full and active participants in their own education. The curriculum focuses on engaging and empowering students and teaches them strategies for success in both college and life.


As RCTC prepares to make this a required course in fall 2018 for students new to college seeking to earn an Associate of Arts degree, RCTC has brought this training to campus to help faculty prepare for this exciting new class. In the spirit of collaboration, RCTC has offered to share the training with sister institutions in the Minnesota State system so other colleges and their faculty can benefit from this excellent opportunity as well. Joining RCTC in the training are faculty from Hennepin Technical College; Minneapolis Community & Technical College; Minnesota State Community and Technical College;  Minnesota State University, Mankato; Ridgewater College; and Riverland Community College. 

For further information about RCTC’s First-Year Experience course or the OnCourse training at RCTC, contact Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs, Dr. Greg Mosier at 507-285-7256 or greg.mosier@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 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.