Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Rio Salado Downtown Building A Closure

Rio Salado Downtown Building A is closed and classes are cancelled until further notice due to mechanical problems with the AC unit. 

Testing services in Building B will remain open. 

We will provide updates about repairs as soon as possible.

We appreciate your patience.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Pasta-Making Workshop Nov. 3

Image of colorful raviolli.  Text: Pasta-Making: Raviolli from scratch for beginners

Rio Salado's next Community Cooking Workshop will focus on Pasta-Making, Nov. 3.

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This is the next in a series of in-person cooking and gardening lessons hosted by Café at Rio chefs and the Sustainable Food Systems team.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/cafe and click on the Community Education Workshops tab to enroll.

Workshops will take place at the Café at Rio, at the Rio Salado headquarters in Tempe. No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion fun in the kitchen! Get the latest details about upcoming events by visiting www.riosalado.edu/cafe.

Pasta- Making Ravioli From Scratch for Beginners 
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Thu., Nov. 3
6-8 p.m. 
$25 each or 2 for $40
Demystify ravioli making. This workshop will start with a chef's demonstration on how to make fresh pasta dough. You and other participants will help roll the dough into long sheets and stuff with various fillings, learn how to trim, cook and garnish your dishes with special sauces and ingredients and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Perfect Pie Crust and Pumpkin Pie for Beginners 
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Tue., Nov. 22
5-8:30 p.m. 
$35 each or $60
Tired of ready-made pies and pie shells? This class will teach you the tricks of the trade-- with hands on experience making your own pie, which you can take home to enjoy during the Thanksgiving holiday. You'll learn how to make the dough and a scrumptious pumpkin pie filling and how to ensure a perfectly baked pie.

Tamale Fiesta 
Sat., Dec. 10
9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
$29 each or 2 for $50
Work with a professional chef to make green chile chicken and red chile pork tamales. This is a hands-on cooking class that includes a chef demonstration and a chance for you to enjoy your creations for lunch.

Proper kitchen attire is required including close toed shoes, long pants, long or short sleeve shirts and hair restraints.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Free Career Tools From AZ CIS & Rio Library

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Rio Salado students and employees can access valuable and free-of-charge online career development resources through Arizona Career Information Systems (AZ CIS) and Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

AZ CIS and Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center are designed to help you with your career research, planning and exploration. They offer free career assessments so you can learn more about yourself, your interests, your skills and how they relate to an occupation.  You can review occupations and discover more about a variety of different jobs. There is information regarding programs of study and the schools that offer them. You can even learn more about employment tools, such as resume writing and interviewing skills. They also give you the means to create a portfolio to keep track of your career planning.

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Students and employees should contact Rio Salado's Counseling team via email at resume.help@riosalado.edu to receive a login for AZ CIS.

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Your access to Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is available now thanks to the Rio Salado Library.  You will need to log into RioLearn to gain access.  See related blog for additional details.

Another great resource is CPD 102AB, Career Exploration, a college credit course at Rio Salado that will help you develop a career and education plan.

For additional support, call on the Rio Salado Counseling team. They're ready to help you set career goals and prepare for your job search.

Rio PTK Hosts Free Career Workshop Nov. 1

Image of students taking part in a workshop, raising their hands and a moderator fielding questions.   Text: Rio Salado Workshop: Take the next step to make your dream career a reality.

Join the Rio Salado Phi Theta Kappa - Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter for a free career workshop at the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters, Tue., Nov. 1, 1-4 p.m.

  • The Cover Letter and Resume Building session will provide tips on how to write effective cover letters and resumes.
  • The Mock Interview Dress for Success session will provide helpful tips and address the importance of proper attire.
  • The Public Speaking and Communication Skills session will provide tips on how to overcome anxiety and fears of public speaking.

Please contact Rio Salado College Student Life & Leadership Coordinator John Bastian at StudentLife@riosalado.edu or by calling 480-517-8050. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Expert Advice on How to Become a Teacher

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Ready to launch your teaching career?  Rio Salado Teacher Education staff member Paulina Ngo has advice and answers to some of the most common questions for newcomers to the teaching profession.

“How do I become a teacher?”
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As a field experience coordinator in a college educator preparation department, I can say that this is the most frequently asked question we get.

Most states have the same standard licensure requirements: completing an approved educator preparation program, clearing a background and/or fingerprint check, and passing the state’s exams for the certification.

While these requirements may appear pretty basic, it is helpful to break down each requirement into manageable steps.

Completing an approved educator preparation program
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Investigate potential colleges or universities to see if they offer a state-approved educator preparation program. You will want to ensure the program you are pursuing leads to certification and not just a degree.

For example, some universities offer a degree in education but do not include all of the state certification requirements such as student teaching.

Don’t rule out community colleges, which have the unique advantage of offering bachelor degree pathways with partnering universities at a lower tuition cost. And remember, community college does not mean low-quality. Many community college educator preparation programs are national award winners!

Some colleges also offer post-baccalaureate certification programs. These are tailored for individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree, but require specific coursework for teacher certification.

When researching programs, keep in mind that colleges and universities may differ in how they deliver their programs – in-person, online or hybrid. So choose a learning method that is right for you.

Clearing a background and/or fingerprint check
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Any person seeking teacher certification must clear a state background and/or fingerprint check. These checks are made through the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). For specific instructions, visit your state’s department of education website. As a rule of thumb, expect the process to take 6-8 weeks. School districts may require a separate background check for job applicants.

Passing the state’s exams for the certification
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Generally, there are two state mandated exams required for certification: a subject/content knowledge exam and a professional knowledge exam. Teaching candidates must receive a passing score on both exams. The subject/content exam measures how much a person knows about a specific subject area as defined by the state’s academic standards. The professional knowledge exam measures how much a person knows about teaching/pedagogical skills.

Explore teaching
Image of hand writing on a chalkboard.  Text: "Rio Salado Teacher Education Orientation Sessions In-person and via webinar.  Free!"

Now that you’ve learned the basics of how to become a teacher, I encourage you to research programs in your area for specific information.

At Rio Salado College, we offer an Explore Teaching Workshop that covers our program pathways and requirements. For more information visit www.riosalado.edu/teachers or contact a Rio Salado College Academic Advisor at (480) 517-8580. 

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Paulina Ngo serves as the Field Experience Coordinator and Coordinator of Marketing for Rio Salado's Teacher Education program.  She is celebrating 10 years of service with the college and nine years as a member of the Teacher Ed team.