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RCTC Receives $2.25 Million TRO Grant

(Rochester, MN) Rochester Community and Technical College is proud to announce that its TRIO Student Support Services program has been awarded a $2.25 million grant to fund an additional five years of service to students. TRIO is a federal outreach and student retention program funded through a grant competition and is committed to helping students develop the skills to earn a college education. 
 
RCTC’s TRIO program has served students for more than 35 years—each year assisting 250 students who are first-generation college students, students who come from a low-income experience, or students with documented disabilities.   
 
“Student Support Services staff are excited to continue RCTC’s tradition of helping students overcome barriers to higher education by providing hope and opportunity to attend, persist in, and graduate from college,” states RCTC Student Support Services Director, Jason Bonde. 
 
As part of RCTC’s Student Support Services, the TRIO program provides students with academic coaches who support and motivate students with advising, peer tutoring, and workshops including note taking, test strategies, study skills, financial literacy, and resume and cover letter writing. Student Support Services also offers participants access to a variety of cultural events, career exploration, and college transfer assistance. Learn more about RCTC’s TRIO program at https://www.rctc.edu/services/academic-support-center/sssp/. 
 
For further information about RCTC’s TRIO program or Student Support Services, contact RCTC Student Support Services Director, jason.bonde@rctc.edu or 507-280-3543.   
 

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. 

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