Monday, January 22, 2018

AZ K-12 Schools Need Teachers. Answer the Call.

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What is the state of Arizona K-12 education? 

This azcentral report by Education Reporter Ricardo Cano addresses one of the most pressing issues-- a looming teacher shortage.

Poster featuring a young man looking at the camera.  Text: Learn how to be a teacher.  Illustrated images of teaching in background.Arizona needs you—to teach! 
Join Rio Salado's Teacher Education team for a free orientation session in-person or online to learn about the educational pathways, scholarships, teacher-in-residence programs and employment opportunities available to help you succeed.

Visit or contact a Rio Salado College Academic Advisor at (480) 517-8580 for more information.

Post-Baccalaureate Orientation Schedule:

Teacher-in-Residence Orientation Schedule:

Rio Salado College offers Arizona Department of Education approved Educator Preparation programs that provide convenient and cost-effective ways for undergraduate students and working individuals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into teaching.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Volunteer to Help Veterans in Need Jan. 25-27

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Help veterans in need by volunteering your time during the 2018 Maricopa County StandDown, Jan. 25-27.

This event, which is hosted by the Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance and Arizona Housing Coalition is open to local military veterans and their families in need of medical services, housing, employment, clothing, other essential services and more.

More than 2,100 veterans benefited from this event in 2017!

How to Volunteer:
Maricopa Community Colleges employees are encouraged to register through the Maricopa Learns through Service HCM portal. For questions, please contact Dee Dee Tapson at 480-731-8299 or via email at

Maricopa Community Colleges students are encouraged to register using this Valley of the Sun United Way portal.

Services that will be provided during the event:

  • VA Benefits Assistance 
  • DES Benefits Assistance 
  • Maricopa County & City Municipal Courts 
  • MVD Services - IDs & driver licenses 
  • Social Security Administration Services 
  • Medical, Vision, & Behavioral Health Services 
  • Substance Abuse Assistance 
  • Housing Assistance 
  • Employment Services 
  • Education Services & Opportunities 
  • Pet Care (all domestic animals welcome) 
  • Haircuts & Hygiene 
  • Sleeping area for men, women, and families 
  • On-site storage for personal items 
  • Dental services provided by Central Arizona Dental Society Mission of Mercy 

Get the latest news and information about this event by visiting

HuffPost Spotlight on Rio Artist Jenita Landrum

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Check out this HuffPost feature by contributing writer Patrick A. Howell about Rio Salado PLUS Facilitator and Phoenix College art history adjunct faculty instructor Jenita Landrum, which provides some insights into her work as an artist and curator of Studio J in Phoenix.

"Art means to me living a true creative life that is never knowing, but it is also searching for what feels right in my creation, and to define what is beautiful to look at," said Landrum.

Landrum, who has been a professional artist for 38 years, has focused much of her work on themes of “invisibleness,” and celebrating the essence of being a black woman.

a set of three paintings of black women by Landrum
#(UN) Define Visible/Invisible Black Women in Columbus, Ohio at Shot Tower Gallery.

"As a Black Women that entered college in 1980’s, doing research it was hard to find positive images that looked like me and didn’t objectify our bodies, they were somewhat invisible or not easy accessible," said Landrum. "Part of my drive is to leave a body of work that celebrates and focus on what makes black women resilient, powerful and to lift black artist to a higher prominence." 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Understanding the Science Behind the Flu!

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Flu season reminder! Take a moment to understand the science behind the flu and how viruses work with this fascinating NPR video.

Please, help stop the spread of germs: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Get more NPR science news on member-supported KJZZ Phoenix, a community service of Rio Salado College.

Understand Financial Aid SAP Requirements

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This is the time of year when many Rio Salado students are going back to school-- and receiving financial aid. If you qualified for financial aid, you need to do one very important thing to keep it -- you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress.

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This video will help you understand what that means-- and the connection to pancakes.

To learn more about SAP, the appeals process and financial aid eligibility visit

Take advantage of other new student orientation videos by checking out this YouTube Playlist.