Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Financial Aid Widgets and Calculators

RSC's Financial Aid Department offers several automated tools to help students budget educational expenses. Here's a look at what you have at your disposal:

Financial Aid Calculator - Find an estimated monthly student loan payment by entering the loan amount, annual interest rate and loan duration.

Net Price Calculator - Estimate the total annual cost of attending Rio Salado College including things like books, transportation and housing.

Block Calendar Calculator - Determine your next available start date.

Disbursement Calculator - Estimate the arrival of your financial aid refund. (Note: this tool provides an estimate only and does not provide a guaranteed disbursement date.)

Monday, April 14, 2014

RSC Dental Clinic Open House April 15

Join us for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, tour the facility, meet the staff and students and learn about the dental hygiene clinic services available to you.

When: Tuesday, April 15
Time: 3-6 p.m.
Where: RSC Dental Clinic, 2250 W. 14th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281

The clinic is located across the street from the Conference Center @ Rio.

Free Screenings and Discounted Cleanings:
Rio Salado’s dental hygiene students are looking for clinic and clinical board patients. A screening appointment is free and takes about 30 minutes to identify your individual need and type of cleaning. Make an inquiry about this during the open house or schedule a screening appointment by calling the clinic at 480-377-4100.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mission Completed: Veteran Convocation

The Maricopa Community Colleges and Maricopa Veterans Education TaskForce (MVET) are pleased to invite veteran students and their families to attend the 2014 MVET Student Convocation on May 1, 4:30-6 p.m. at Phoenix College.

This celebration will include remarks by guest speaker Carl G. Schneider, Maj. Gen. USAF (Ret.)

The program includes light refreshments and a ceremony for all graduating veteran students.

Regalia is encouraged, but not required for students or faculty.

2014 MVET Student Convocation
Thursday, May 1, 2014
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Phoenix College North Gym
1202 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85013

Please RSVP by the April 25 at http://tinyurl.com/n6vmpvz.

Contact Darcy Breault at darcy.breault@riosalado.edu or 480-384-9862 for more information. For the latest event details, visit m-vet.org/events.

All convocations are open to all graduates from all ten Maricopa Community Colleges. Employees, family and friends of graduates are welcome to join in these celebrations.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Summer 2014 Financial Aid Instructions

Students are welcome to use financial aid to pay for summer classes but there are a few things you should know, especially by way of semester blocks.

Federal student aid is determined on a yearly basis so students who have already used their full award for the 2013-14 school year will not have funds available for the summer term.

Federal regulations require that:
  • Your summer classes must begin and end within your chosen summer 2014 semester block.
  • Coursework for the 2014 fall term cannot begin until after the official end date of your chosen summer term.
  • Students in a spring semester block that ends after June 23, 2014 will not be eligible for the 2014 summer term. The next available semester block will be Fall Block 1 which begins Aug. 25, 2014. 
Review the summer 2014 financial aid instructions and filing deadlines web page for more details.

Rio Library April Additions

Images of some of the newest additions: Book: Talk Like TED and DVD Gravity
Check out the latest additions to the Rio Salado College Library.




To request a title please call the Library at 480-517-8424.

This list is updated throughout the month as new materials arrive. To view the complete list of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive

Monday, April 7, 2014

East Valley Veterans Center Gets New Home

Former U. S. Congressman Harry Mitchell leads ribbon cutting ceremony
at the new East Valley Veterans Education Center in Tempe.

“Our military men and women leave their families, their jobs, and their civilian lives, placing themselves in harm’s way to protect our way of life. This center is just one way we can honor and serve these brave men and women when they return home.”

President of Rio Salado College Dr. Chris Bustamante spoke those words during a March 26 ribbon cutting ceremony for the new East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) at 3320 S. Price Road in Tempe, AZ.

The remodeled 4,000-square-foot facility at the southwest corner of Price and Southern is a one-stop center for active duty service members, veterans and their families to take advantage of academic advisement; assistance applying for VA educational benefits; educational, employment and workforce development workshops; Internet, computer and Skype access. 

Zeny Stuart, a veteran of the Iraq War, understands first-hand how beneficial this kind of center can be. She said discovering the EVVEC was like uncovering a gem. “The staff recognizes that I have a unique set of life experiences as a combat veteran. I am so glad to know that the center is truly benefiting students and veterans as they discover new paths and opportunities for the future.”

The skill assessment, financial aid and college orientation services help veterans use their Post-9/11 benefits by mapping out an education plan that fits their unique needs and goals. Academic advisors also assist with course and degree selection, class registration and information about resources that help students succeed, while counselors help students set personal, educational, and career objectives.

The center also serves as an access point for Maricopa and Phoenix Workforce Development and has a comprehensive referral service program, working closely with community-based agencies that can provide assistance with employment, health and housing services.

The EVVEC had been serving Tempe from a leased space near Broadway and Price for more than three years. The move to this location provides a permanent home for the center, which is now adjacent to Rio Salado College Southern—a new location that offers Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, English Language Acquisition classes and testing services.

The EVVEC is hosted by Rio Salado College in partnership with the Maricopa Community Colleges District, Scottsdale Community College and Mesa Community College. Other partners include the Arizona Department of Labor, Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, Disabled American Veterans, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Phoenix VA Healthcare System, and Phoenix VA Regional Office.

Former U. S. Congressman Harry Mitchell, who served as a key advocate and partner in helping the EVVEC open its doors in 2010, took part in last week’s ceremony and shared a few remarks with guests before cutting the ribbon.

“I firmly believe this: no one can be successful without a lot of people wanting them to be successful. This is true of individuals as well as programs. All of the participating colleges and other partners of this education center want all of you veterans to be successful.”

For more details about the EVVEC, visit evvec.org or call 480-384-9850.

This story was published in the April 4 edition of the Tempe Republic and at azcentral.com. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Community Job Fair for Teachers - April 25

Take advantage of this FREE community job fair, which connects public, charter, and private schools with potential teacher candidates. 

More than 60 Arizona schools and districts will be on hand to collect resumes, interview candidates and talk about open positions for 2014-2015.

Students and people thinking about a teaching career are also encouraged to attend. It’s a great networking opportunity for anyone interested in teaching. 

Learn about career opportunities as a:
  • Certified Teacher                      
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Teacher Intern Candidate
  • Paraprofessional/Teacher’s Aide 

Rio Salado College Teacher Career Day
Apr 25, 2014
Conference Center @ Rio
2323 West 14th StreetTempe, AZ 85281
12 – 4 p.m.

Free and open to the public. 

For the latest details and to register for this event, visit www.riosalado.edu/studentevents or call 480-517-8140.

To learn more about Rio Salado College’s Teacher Education Programs, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/education.
*Note: Pre-screening interviews are available exclusively for Rio students who are teacher certified by 2015 and teachers in residence.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Awaken Your Inner Poet

Behold.  I do not give lectures or a little charity.  When I give, I give myself
The Rio Salado Library is proud to celebrate National Poetry Month and has a number of poetry collections that will awaken your inner poet:

 · Books

 · eBooks (requires RioLearn username/password)

 · Streaming films (search the collection using poetry-related keywords—requires RioLearn username/password)

Interested in learning more about poetry? Sign up for CRW160: Introduction to Writing Poetry today!

Image by Gisela Giardino under a CC-BY-SA license.