Friday, March 24, 2017

President Bustamante Joins Higher Learning Advocates

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Rio Salado College is pleased to announce that President Chris Bustamante now serves on the board of directors for the newly-created Higher Learning Advocates (HLA).

A recent article by Inside Higher Ed mentions that HLA is a bipartisan policy-focused organization that announced its formation on March 15, 2017. The nonprofit group’s goals are to advocate for federal policies that are "equitable, outcomes-based and focused on educational quality" to increase post-secondary attainment.

This an exciting opportunity to strategically tackle federal educational policies that will affect students. To learn more about Dr. Bustamante and the HLA, visit his board member page.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Student Finds Success Through Counseling

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Have you ever wondered what the secret to student success is? 

While it is different for every person, Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck Brown has a story to share about how one student’s success went hand in hand with positive thinking.

“Positive thinking is not a new concept, nor are the ways to implement it into your daily life—vision boards, positive self-talk, sticky notes. The premise remains the same - choosing positivity is healthy for you.

I discovered this for myself years ago, when I decided to wake up each morning and proclaim, ‘Today will be a good day.’ It was hard to believe at times, especially when trying to cope with a cranky kid in the morning or sitting in rush hour traffic. I kept repeating the phrase to myself even if I did not really believe it at the time. Eventually I did believe it, but this story isn’t about me; it’s about Britteny Schultz. 
Britteny is a student I met about a year and a half ago. She was moving past a tough period in her life and was ready to earn her GED diploma so Britteny began taking High School Equivalency courses at Rio Salado College. Last December, she came to my office to fill me in on what had been going on in her life. 

Britteny was nearly halfway finished with completing her high school diploma. After long days at work, she would find herself wanting to go home and rest. She decided to implement positive thinking into her life and would repeat to herself, ‘I can do this and I will do this.’ Despite her personal problems, Britteny became motivated to attend class and earn her GED, with credit to positive thinking and hard work.”

Want to learn how you can apply positive thinking to your life? Take Rio Salado’s online CPD150 course Strategies for College Success. Enroll now!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Let's Lounge Around -- Join RioLounge on Google+

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Sometimes it's nice to lounge around! Join RioLounge to connect with other students, network & make friends.

RioLounge is a great place to sell your books, get fellow students' perspectives on programs, find study mates and learn more about what's going on at Rio. Share photos and videos, plan and promote local events or just hangout. Here’s how to get started:

1. Log into or create a Google+ profile using a personal Gmail account.
3. Join the RioLounge Community on the right hand side of the page.

To stay in the loop, follow us on social! You can find the links to Rio Salado's social media pages including Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Twitter here

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Get the Financial Aid You Deserve $$$

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Have you completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid yet? 

Don't miss out on your opportunity to potentially receive federal aid! The federal deadline to apply online is by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2017. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 9, 2017.

We know that June seems like a long time from now, but time flies when you're having fun so visit to get started. To submit your application as a Rio Salado student, use school code 014483.

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Need help? Call on our Financial Aid team at (855) 622-2332. Visit for additional contact information and resources. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

St. Mary's Mobile Pantry @ Rio 3/22 & 3/30

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Rio Salado College is proud to partner with the Maricopa Community Colleges and St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance® to host two Mobile Pantry special events at Rio Salado Northern and Southern locations-- to distribute free fruits and vegetables to people in need.

If you or someone you know is struggling with food insecurity, please join us for these free, community events:

Rio Salado – Northern
Wed. March 22, 2017 

10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1715 W Northern, Ave. Phoenix AZ, 85021

Rio Salado – Southern
Thurs. March 30, 2017 

9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
3320 S Price Rd. Tempe, AZ 85282

Open to the public.  No identification required.

You can make a difference in the lives of people in need-- and earn tax credits. Visit St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance to learn more.  Together we can work to end hunger!