Oct 23, 2019  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
    
College Catalog 2019-2020

Student Services



ATM

An automated teller machine (ATM) is available outside the entrance to the Cafeteria in the Robert C. Roberts Campus Center, (Building I). Users pay a nominal fee.

Bookstore

The RTC Bookstore provides all required textbooks and course materials for your classes, as well as reference books, supplies, electronics, clothing, and gifts. You may also make purchases online via the RTC Bookstore website to have your order shipped to your home, or you can pickup in store at no extra cost.

Extended and Saturday hours are available for the first two weeks of Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. Please call the Bookstore or visit the Bookstore website for extended, school break, and Summer hours.

Located in the Robert C. Roberts Campus Center, Building I.

Hours of operation: Monday - Thursday  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

For more information, call (425) 235-2323 or visit on the web at rtcbookstore.com.

(Note: Bookstore hours will vary throughout the academic year).

Bus Routes

Metro buses serve the college’s main campus. For bus schedules or information on bus routes to our other sites, please call the Metro Transit Information Line (206) 553-3000 or visit the Metro King County website.

Campus Security

Renton Technical College is committed to providing a safe and secure learning and working environment for our campus community. The RTC Security Office is located in building N on the first floor, Room 103. We have staff to serve the campus community Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to midnight excluding holidays and campus closures. RTC Security can be reached directly by calling (425) 235-7871.

The Renton Technical College Security Department actively patrols campus buildings and grounds and responds to calls for service. All crimes and emergencies should be reported to RTC Security and/or 911. RTC Security also provides vehicle unlock and jump-start services with a completed release of liability.

RTC Security also coordinates emergency management and response on campus and works closely with City of Renton first responders. For daily crime log and Annual Security Report information please visit the RTC Campus Security webpage where you will also find other helpful information about parking, emergency mass notification, and campus closures.

Cooperative Education

Many of the training programs offer a cooperative education component, a combination of classroom instruction and related work experience. Cooperative positions often become jobs when the training is over because employers want to retain proven workers. Instructors coordinate and seek out cooperative opportunities.

Counseling and Advising/Student Success Center

Renton Technical College offers counseling services to prospective students to assist them in selecting college offerings that fit their interests, goals and aptitudes, as well as insights on other career-related issues.

Located in the Robert C. Roberts Campus Center, Building I.

Hours of operation: Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  Saturday Appointments available upon request.

For more information, call (425) 235-5840.

(Note: Counseling & Advising/Student Success Center hours will vary during summer months).

Disability Resource Services

The college is dedicated to providing equal access to all college programs and activities per Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. Disability Resource Services offers accommodation services to students who are Deaf or hard of hearing, and students with disabilities or health conditions. Students are encouraged to contact the Disability Resource Services office for more information at (425) 235-5840, drs@RTC.edu, or in DeMoss Building, J, Room 218.

Food Services

Our restaurants and bakery provide a hands-on environment for training students. Food services are available when school is in session. Limited food services are available when school is not in session. A wide variety of vending machines are available in Buildings A, B, C, I, and L for all your night and weekend food needs.

The Culinary Arts facility is located in the Robert C. Roberts Campus Center, Building I. Weekly menus are available on the RTC Student Dining Services webpage.

Bakery

An assortment of freshly baked goods is prepared daily by students in the Professional Baking program and sold in the RTC Bakery. Special order cakes, pies or other breads and pastries are available, when school is in session.

Hours of operation: Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

For more information, or ordering, call (425) 235-2353, ext. 5596.

Minimum three (3) day notice required for special orders.

(Note: Open hours during summer, holidays and between quarters will vary).

C.A.F.E.

The college cafeteria features daily specials from the grill, breakfast, deli, salad bar and beverage station.

Hours of operation: Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

(Note: Open hours during summer, holidays and between quarters will vary).

Catering

Let RTC make your event special, whether it’s a wedding, box lunch, sit-down meal, or special occasion at home or at work. Facilities on campus are available for rental for any size group, from small business meetings to weddings and conferences. Also available for rental are staging, draping, audiovisual and other equipment.

For more information, call (425) 235-5845, ext. 4, or visit the RTC Catering & Events webpage.

Culinaire Room

The Culinaire Room is a sit-down restaurant featuring upscale daily menus at reasonable prices. It offers a delicious selection of Northwest, ethnic and international cuisine.

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

(Note: Open hours during summer, holidays and between quarters will vary).

Culinaire Express

Fast foods for people on the go! Quick burgers, wraps, baskets, pizza, and specials are offered daily.

Hours of operation: Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

(Note: Open hours during summer, holidays and between quarters will vary).

International Students

The college can accept students with F-1 and M-1 visas. Student must provide the required documents and the college can help issue an I-20 to international students who plan to enroll in a vocational or academic program. For requirements please visit the RTC International Student Services webpage.

For more information, call (425) 235-5840.

Learning Resource & Career Center

The Learning Resource & Career Center (LRCC) offers personalized assistance and specialized tools that help students achieve their academic and career goals. The LRCC staff is committed to helping students make connections between academic experiences and career paths. Providing compassionate, comprehensive assistance to RTC students and alumni is our top priority.

The LRCC is located in Building C, Room C-102 and provides several free services to the students, staff, and alumni of RTC. Services provided include:

  • Three types of tutoring: online eTutoring, drop-in tutoring, and program peer tutoring
  • Career services: job search, resume, mock interview
  • Open work space: tables, projector, whiteboards
  • Open computer lab with free printing
  • CHIPS: free computer help & repair
  • Financial aid and scholarship help
  • Student ID cards

The RTC student body is diverse and so are the ways we can help everyone succeed. For more information, call the Learning Resource & Career Center at (425) 235-2352 ext. 5721 or visit the RTC LRCC webpage.

Library Resource Center

The library has a full range of books, periodicals, DVDs, video tapes, and audio tapes.

In addition, the library subscribes to many online databases that expand the library collection with thousands of full-text resources. Library staff members are eager to help students locate information and do research to support instructional and career development. The library staff will also help users identify and obtain items from other libraries. The library has ample study space, including many private group study rooms.

Even when the library is closed, through the RTC Library webpage students have access to more than 40,000 online books, 10,000 magazines and journals, and 24 hours a day 7 days a week, online chat consultation with a live librarian.

Normal library hours during Fall, Winter and Spring quarters are:

Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(Note: Open hours during holidays and between quarters will vary).

Parking Rules & Permits

Parking rules and regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the calendar year. RTC students, employees and visitors are required to obtain parking permits for their vehicles.

  • Student parking permits are free of charge and are available from:
    Student Services, Roberts Campus Center, Building I
  • Employee parking permits can be obtained from the Campus Safety Office at:
    Security, Building N, Room 103

General Parking Rules

Unless cars are marked with a special permit (disabled, carpool or visitor), students are required to park in the regular student parking lots on weekdays. On weekends, students may also park in any employee lot.

Information subject to change - please check entrance sign at lots for current restrictions.

  • Park one vehicle to a space inside a set of white lines. The rule of thumb is: if the area does not have white lines around it, it is not a legal parking spot-be aware that RTC does not mark all illegal zones with red curbs and “No Parking” signs.
  • No one may park at any time in roadways, fire lanes, bus zones, loading zones, service driveways, on sidewalks, or on the landscape.
  • No one may park in a reserved space without the appropriate permit or authorization.

In addition to imposing fines, vehicles may be impounded due to the following grounds but not limited to:

  • Blocking a roadway so as to impede the flow of traffic.
  • Blocking a fire hydrant or fire lane.
  • Creating a safety hazard.
  • Blocking another legally parked vehicle.
  • Parking in a marked “tow away” zone.
  • Having outstanding unpaid parking citations.

Student Housing & Transportation

While RTC does not provide housing or transportation for students, we will assist in providing information. Housing in the Renton area is available in a variety of price ranges.

Student Insurance

Accident and health insurance is available for all students of Washington State’s Community and Technical Colleges. Students are responsible for paying the insurance premiums outlined in the plan.

For more information, call (425) 235-5840.

Student Leadership

Student Leadership facilitates leadership development, provides opportunities for student involvement and supports student learning, creating connections for student success. Diverse activities and programs are supported in a nurturing learning environment. Student Leadership teams include the RTC Associated Student Government, Events & Activities Board, Student Ambassadors and diverse student organizations and clubs.

Testing Services

Our testing center provides testing services to a diverse community, fulfilling the assessment needs of prospective and current students. The Testing Center publishes a monthly calendar is available both on campus and online.

Please note that children are not permitted in the Testing Center.

All tests administered in the Testing Center require non-expired government issued picture identification and a copy of the receipt showing payment for the test. Test fees are not refundable.

Testing Center check-in is located in the DeMoss Building J, Room 218.

For more information, call (425) 235-2352 ext. 5704 or email testingcenter@RTC.edu

ACCUPLACER Placement Testing

Before enrolling in certain Professional-Technical programs or General Education classes at RTC, students are required to take the ACCUPLACER placement assessment. The ACCUPLACER test includes reading comprehension, sentence skills, arithmetic, elementary algebra, college-level mathematics and the writing test. The ACCUPLACER assessment is offered on the computer and has no time limit. The scores are used to determine appropriate class placement, referral services, and financial aid for state aid consideration. A counselor or advisor may review the scores with the tester as part of the educational planning process. Students must start the assessment during the posted hours on the testing calendar.

Before taking the test, students are encouraged to visit the Learning Resource & Career Center (C-102) to take a practice exam. While in the LRCC students can get free math tutoring to brush up on their skills before taking the actual exam.

The ACCUPLACER assessment costs $10 per exam, or $25 for all three exams.

Using Assessment Scores from Other Schools: If you have taken the ACCUPLACER placement test at another school, you have the option to transfer those scores to Renton Technical College.

We do not accept ACCUPLACER scores. You may submit your ACCUPLACER scores from other schools only if they are less than two years old.

Exception: If you have attended other colleges and have completed college level English, writing or math (intermediate algebra and higher) with at least a 2.0 grade point average, please bring your transcript to the Student Success Center in Building I and the ACCUPLACER assessment may be waived. Copies of your transcript are acceptable.

Students registering in continuing education classes are not required to take the ACCUPLACER assessment test.

Visit the RTC Testing Services webpage or the GED Testing Service website for more information.