(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.