(Rochester, MN)— Rochester Community and Technical College is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Bissonette, Ed.D., as the College’s Interim Dean of Career and Technical Education and Business Partnerships.  Dr. Bissonette succeeds current Interim Dean Lori Jenson, who is returning to her role as RCTC’s Associate Dean of Career and Technical Education.


Bissonette is a familiar face in southeast Minnesota career and technical education.  He most recently served the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce as its Vice President where he focused on partnerships with K12, higher education, and workforce development in the Rochester-area.  Prior to joining the chamber, Dr. Bissonette served Riverland Community College as its Dean of Business & Technology, Trade & Industry, and Health & Wellness, as well as its Director of Customized Training and Education.  The Stewartville-native holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, a Master’s in Transformational Leadership from Bethel Seminary (St. Paul), and a Doctorate in Career and Technical Education from the University of Wisconsin, Stout (Menomonie, WI).


Dr. Bissonette’s first day on campus will be August 19, 2019.   



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.