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RCTC: A proud past, a golden future

Leslie McClellon

Our Centennial is here, and it's time to celebrate!

I would like to thank all of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners for supporting RCTC through 100 years of service to this wonderful city, state and beyond. We would not be who we are without you.

In 1915, seeing the need for a skilled workforce in Rochester, Dr. Charles Mayo proposed a revolutionary concept for Southeastern Minnesota — a junior college — a place designed to give students the necessary skills to head right into the workforce. The school, while small at the time (its first graduating class had only 17 students), planted the seeds for what Rochester Community and Technical College would grow to become.

And grow we have.

From the Coffman Building to a new campus; a student body of 17 to more than 8,000; RCTC has blossomed into a world-class institution focused on equipping our students and graduates with the qualifications, skills and resources that will allow them to compete in the globalized 21st Century marketplace. We offer unique and specialized curricula in state of the art facilities all designed to help our students achieve their educational and career goals.


A golden future involves many strategies to advance our vision — one that strengthens educational and co-curricular programming, fosters a pervasive presence for the College, enhances enrollment and expands donor relations and giving.

As president of RCTC, I have the distinct honor to continue the foresight of Dr. Mayo and all of my visionary predecessors. They not only grew our campus in physical size, but in academic strength as well.

I hope to do their legacies justice as we celebrate a proud past and vision and plan a golden future.

In the words of Dr. Charles H. Mayo, "The great contribution we can make is to prepare the oncoming generation to think they can and will think for themselves." RCTC continues to prepare the next generation of thinkers and doers.

From our humble beginnings to what we have become today, and what we will be in the future, we remain steadfast in our commitment to growth and continued opportunities for our students and the community.

It has been our pleasure to provide an educated workforce and we cordially invite you to join us in celebrating our Centennial year and look forward to 100 more years of success and dedication to the communities we serve.

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