RCTC: Main Building, Regional Sports Center & Heintz Center
The college’s classroom spaces and other facilities intended for WSU-Rochester (WSU-R) students are run by WSU-R faculty and staff.
The RCTC location features a variety of helpful offices, exercise facilities, and lab spaces as well as on-campus meal options and comfy study lounges on each floor of the Main Building and Heintz Center.
What’s In This Building?
- Student support services
- On-campus clinic
- State-of-the-art labs
- Dining options
Regional Sports Center
- Open gym exercise
- Machine workouts
- Equipment rentals
- STEM Village
- STEM Camp
Student & Campus Services Office
The Student & Campus Services (SCS) Office is located on the first floor in the Student Services wing next to RCTC’s Cashier’s Office.
The SCS Office has many free resources—including admissions, financial aid, a student advocate, and Veteran and international student support services—for students of all academic levels. These resources also mirror what we offer at our main Winona campus, which all Rochester students have access to as well.
Take advantage of extended exam time, low-distraction testing environments, and alternate textbook formats.
This is where you can pick up your Warrior ID and, if you choose to participate in the eWarrior Program, your fully-configured laptop. Choose a PC or a Mac—there’s no right or wrong. We recommend you check with your program for device recommendations before selecting.
Either way, you’ll be equipped with all the right software and apps right away to excel in your classes. Then after two years, you’ll be able to trade in your laptop for the next best model.
And upon graduation, you can purchase your laptop for a small fee, meaning you’re set up for success with technology even as an alum.
Warrior Wireless Network
Every student can connect to the Warrior wireless network to print and browse anywhere on campus, regardless of participation in the eWarrior Program.
However, if you choose to use your personal laptop, whether you’re a Windows or an Apple user, your device must meet minimum specifications to connect to our network.
Tech Support won’t be able to provide extensive assistance to students who have personally-owned devices and are currently enrolled in and registered for classes.
Our team will do their best, but they won’t know your device as well as the devices we offer through the eWarrior Program, so this is something you should consider when determining your technological needs.
Whether it be presentation notes, speeches, or other forms, there’s a good chance you’ll need to print a thing or two while on campus. Use one of the many printers on campus by logging in to the Warrior wireless network—you’ll need your Star ID to do so.
To promote conservation, all students are given a printing quota of 1,000 pages for black and white printing each semester. Stay on top of how much you’re printing by frequently checking your printing history and current balance.
If you exceed your printing quota (which is totally okay!), you can purchase additional pages at an affordable price through Tech Support.
We also offer a variety of other printing services for students who want to take their posters and projects to the next level. Color printing, lamination services, and other services come at extra costs.
Note: If you decide to not participate in the eWarrior Program, please review our info on web-based printing.
Counseling & Health Services
To make an initial appointment to meet with a counselor over the phone, please stop in the WSU-R SCS Office or call us at 507.285.7100.
You can then meet with a WSU counselor on Zoom anytime or in person when they visit the WSU-R SCS Office once a month.
If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment, please email or call 507.457.5330.
A Registered Nurse is available every day and a Nurse Practitioner is available by appointment every week.
The costs for most services are covered by the Health Service fee included on your tuition statement, so you typically don’t have to pay an additional fee for meeting with a nurse. Otherwise, you may be charged for certain services or supplies, which you can opt to be billed to your student account.
Walk in, email, or call 507.285.7261 with questions or appointment requests.
Even More Mental Health Support
You’ll be able to work with licensed mental health providers to suit whatever needs you have.
The best part: you’ll never be denied services if you aren’t able to pay or don’t have health insurance to cover any service fees.
Make an appointment by calling 507.285.7261 or visiting the office in person.
Ask-a-Nurse Message Line
You’ll get quick access to a nurse who can answer any health questions you may have and suggest treatment options.
Nursing Simulation Lab
Students get to work with high-fidelity—meaning sophisticated and life-like—manikins, including newborn, infant, child, adult, and a birthing mom.
The Nursing Department works closely with community partners like Mayo Clinic and many surrounding county health departments in Rochester.
This is just one of the many ways we promote community engagement, provide students service-learning opportunities, and improve the world all at the same time.
Computer Science Lab
This lab also requires a security access card, which is available from Tech Support.
Graduate Studies Lab
There are two computers in this lab that are equipped with WSU software and apps, making it the perfect spot for graduate students to work on assignments or research online.
Head over to Tutoring Services in the Learning Center, located on the third floor of the Goddard Library.
You can become a tutor for a rewarding student employment opportunity, too.
The Learning Center also features a computer lab space equipped with several computers for students who elect not to participate in the eWarrior Program and need quick access to a device.
On the third floor, you can chow down on something tasty a la carte at the Fresh Stop Café, from Aldo’s Burgers and Nice Slice Pizza to Noodle House and World Tacos to salads, grilled cheese sandwiches, coffee, and more.
Students, faculty, and staff can also use the Café Rewards app to pay at the café all year long.
Regional Sports Center
Head on over to the open gym in the Regional Sports Center—located on the eastern edge of campus—for a free workout, whether you’re into walking, running, or playing basketball, volleyball, or soccer.
If you prefer working out with machines and equipment, you can also access the Fitness Center for free with your Warrior ID and a membership pass. To get your membership pass, you’ll need to visit the Cashier’s Office, show your current semester schedule to prove you’re a student, and sign a few forms.
The Fitness Center has several treadmills, ellipticals, free weights, lifting machines, and other exercise equipment. We’ve got everything you’ll need.
To meet these demands and prepare our aspiring teachers at the same time, WSU-R’s Education Department worked with public and private stakeholders and created the STEM Village, located in the Heintz Center.
The STEM Village is a space dedicated to providing educational resources to kindergarten through high school teachers. These resources range from an extensive lending library of STEM equipment and materials to workshops and other collaboration opportunities year-round.
This space has ultimately helped teachers become better educators of science, technology, engineering, and math subjects for their students in Rochester and surrounding areas of southeast Minnesota.
WSU-R students who are currently enrolled in the Elementary Education, Graduate Induction, and Education MS programs—as well as recent graduates of those programs—teach a variety of courses at Riverside Central Elementary School during the summer break.
Riverside students can take two different classes based on their top five choices.
There’s a breadth of class options, like:
- Solar Power
- Lego Mindstorm
- Snap Circuits
- The Science of Sound
- Build It!
Over the past decade, STEM Camp has grown to serve between 150 and 200 students each summer, and we’re excited for it to continue growing and getting more children excited about STEM in the years to come.