Schools, Colleges and Universities in Rochester, MN

Rochester’s high education expectations stem from the work of a dedicated community

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Rochester, MN

<p>Rochester’s high education expectations stem from the work of a dedicated community, says&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rochester.k12.mn.us/&quot; target="_blank">school board</a> chair Gary Smith, who trusts the same institutions here to educate his grandchildren as they did his own children.</p>

<p>“One of the things that makes Rochester truly unique is our culture of collaboration, especially in education," he says. "The strength of the district is that everyone – students, teachers, administrators, businesses, and the community –&nbsp;revolve around our mission. We value public education.”</p>

<p><strong>K-12 Public Schools</strong></p>

<p>That starts with the city’s exceptional <a href="http://www.rochester.k12.mn.us/&quot; target="_blank">K-12 program</a> in a diverse district that serves more than 16,000 students. Smith iterates the need to serve all students, making sure that in getting kids from point A to point B on a particular subject, they recognize “not all students start at A, and many go on to point C and beyond.”</p>

<p>The district began all-day kindergarten in 2014. It's also dedicated to creating a learning environment that provides individual technology for all students for 1:1 computing study. Although the district’s success levels are already high, with 80 percent of children going on to some form of post-secondary education, “we can’t afford for anyone to fall through the cracks,” Smith says.</p>

<p><strong>CTECH</strong></p>

<p>To that end, the city has begun design on <a href="http://www.postbulletin.com/news/local/rochester-career-and-technical-e…; target="_blank">CTECH</a> (Career Technical Education Center at Heintz), an extraordinarily innovative center on the <a href="http://www.rctc.edu/&quot; target="_blank">Rochester Community and Technical College</a> campus designed to meld the education and business communities. CTECH will provide hands-on vocational and career learning opportunities to prepare students for post-secondary study as well as training for the job needs of the local business community.</p>

<p><strong>Colleges and Universities</strong></p>

<p><a href="http://www.rctc.edu/&quot; target="_blank">Rochester Community and Technical College</a> shares its campus with a branch of <a href="http://www.winona.edu/rochester/&quot; target="_blank">Winona State University</a> at the <a href="http://www.roch.edu/&quot; target="_blank">University Center Rochester</a>, previously home to the <a href="http://www.r.umn.edu/&quot; target="_blank">University of Minnesota Rochester</a> (UMR). <a href="http://www.r.umn.edu/&quot; target="_blank">UMR</a> has recently established a separate, downtown campus near the Mayo Clinic. The <a href="http://www.mayo.edu/mms/&quot; target="_blank">Mayo Medical School</a> offers medical study and research programs as well.</p>

<p>Area private schools include <a href="http://www.crossroadscollege.edu/&quot; target="_blank">Crossroads College</a> and branches of <a href="http://www.augsburg.edu/rochester/&quot; target="_blank">Augsburg College</a>, the <a href="http://www.css.edu/Locations/Rochester.html&quot; target="_blank">College of St. Scholastica</a> at the new Minnesota&nbsp;BioBusiness Center, <a href="http://www.stritch.edu/&quot; target="_blank">Cardinal Stritch University</a> and <a href="http://www.smumn.edu/&quot; target="_blank">St. Mary’s University of Minnesota</a>. The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_School_of_Business&quot; target="_blank">Minnesota School of Business</a> also has a campus in Rochester.</p>

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Journalist Stephanie Stewart-Howard is the author of The Nashville Chef&#39;s Table and the forthcoming Barbecue Lover&#39;s Guide to Memphis and Tennessee Style and a yet-to-be na... more
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