NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series at Rochester Community & Technical College

June 20 – June 21, 2019
Rochester Community & Technical College | Rochester, MN

The NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series (CCSS) is the association’s engaging initiative to support community college professionals across the country. Built as a day-long event, the CCSS offers a dynamic curriculum and networking opportunities. Hosted multiple times a year, the CCSS is meant to provide a low-cost, high-quality professional development event in your own backyard.

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Distinctive for its open door admissions policies, workforce training and responses to changing needs in society, the community and two-year colleges have secured their place in the history of higher education in America. Community colleges continue to be the primary door to accessibility and educational opportunity, while insuring diversity in post-secondary education.

NASPA stands ready to address the professional development needs of community college student services professionals by providing opportunitites to build skills and knowledge about student affairs to prepare them for future challenges. The Community Colleges Symposium Series is designed by and for community college professionals. This event will provide attendees a framework to understand the context and role of community colleges in America, how each person contributes to these colleges' success, and the ways in which our work contributes to student success in higher education. 

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • contextualize the community college experience in the history of higher education
  • apply student development theory and adult learning theory to current practice
  • develop multicultural competence and envision ways services can be enhanced or expanded to meet the needs of the diverse community college population
  • utilize the NASPA Community Colleges Division to serve as a resource to support student affairs work and/or development at community colleges

Symposium Benefits

The NASPA Community College Symposium Series is a fantastic way to engage with community college professionals throughout your state and NASPA Region (for a detailed description of the regions, click here). Attendees leave the symposium with practical advice for supporting their students in addition to new connections outside of their campus. 

About our host campus: 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 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. 

Rochester Community and Technical College is part of the Minnesota State system consisting of 37 colleges and universities with over 16,000 employees offering nearly 4,000 educational programs to nearly 400,000 students. It is the fourth-largest higher education system in the United States.  RCTC is the oldest, public two-year college in Minnesota, and one of the oldest in the country.  Find out more at www.rctc.edu.


Presented By

Community Colleges Division
NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series at Rochester Community & Technical College


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Undergraduate


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While typically a one-day event, the Symposium at RCTC will take place over one and a half days. With a full offering on June 20, the programming will continue with post-symposium workshops on June 21. The schedule currently posted is tentative and will be updated as the planning team finalized topics, presenters, and additional details.

Thu, Jun 20

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Arrival and Registration Check-in
8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Opening and Welcome
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Networking Break
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
4:30 p.m.
Optional No-Host Social Activity

Fri, Jun 21

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Post-symposium workshops


Registration as a member is based on your individual membership status. For more details on member statuses check here.

NASPA is pleased to offer faculty/staff members of our host campus, Rochester Community and Technical College, the NASPA member rate. If you are a Rochester Community and Technical College faculty/staff member and are not already a NASPA member, you qualify to receive this discount.

To inquire, please contact the following individuals. Please note, this discount is only for non-members.

For questions about NASPA membership and to check if your institution is a current member, contact our membership team at 202-265-7500.

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Early Bird
before 05/31/2019
06/01/2019 to 06/08/2019
after 06/09/2019
NASPA Member
NASPA Non-Member


Tonya Murphy
Assistant Director, Constituent Experience and Services
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183

Jake Frasier
Assistant Director, Professional Development
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 202-719-1180


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Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by May 30, 2019, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is May 30, 2019, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to [email protected]. This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues.

Substitutions: Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to [email protected]

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting theView Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to [email protected].


Rochester Community & Technical College

Rochester Community and Technical College
Rochester, MN

All symposium events will take place in the Coffman Building and Health Sciences Building on campus.

Campus Map

To learn more about Rochester Community and Technical Colleges' campus, and for a digital map, click here.

Hotel Accomodations

There is no hotel room block for this event. A list of recommended hotels can be found here for your consideration in the event you will be staying overnight. Please note, each hotel is approximately 8-9 miles away from the RCTC campus where event activities will occur. 

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