(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.


RCTC is a member of the Minnesota State system.