Friday, October 31, 2014

RSC Named a Top 40 Online Community College

Afflordable Colleges Foundation seal for 40 Top Online Community Colleges

The Affordable Colleges Foundation (AFC) just added Rio Salado to its 40 Top Online Community Colleges list for 2014.

The list is comprised by two-year schools offering the best online learning opportunities at the most affordable price. Rio Salado is listed as number 18

AFC, which is a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information, based its decision on data from thousands of community colleges across the country. You can see our college's ranking and related data on this ACF web page.

This new analysis focuses on affordability and online learning. Each community college on the list has tuition and fees less than $3,000 per year and at least 10 full online degree programs available to students.

Rio Salado is committed to making education affordable and accessible to anyone with a passion for learning.

We can help you get started right now. 


Affordable Colleges Online has an expert-driven resource guidebook for students seeking advice and information about affordable programs from community colleges that offer flexible online learning classes. It's available free of charge online. Check it out now.

Get ready to RockYour Mocs!

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Rio Salado is celebrating Native American Heritage Month and Rock Your Mocs Day with special performances and presentations on November 14, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., outside the Café at Rio in Tempe

Share your Rock Your Mocs photos and stories on our Facebook page and with using #RioSaladoCollege #RYM2014

Rio Salado Southern Celebrates Student Diversity

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Rio Salado College locations have become a melting pot of world cultures, in great part because of the English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) classes they offer. Students and staff from RSC Southern in Tempe decided to celebrate that diversity by hosting an International Days Festival Oct. 28-30.

Image of attendee holding a flag.

The three-day long festival gave students a chance to share music, food, clothing, stories and traditions that make their culture and country of origin unique.

The celebration kicked off with a Parade of Nations on Oct. 28, which recognized students from more than 35 countries, who proudly waved flags from their country of origin and posed for pictures.
image of map with pins showing student countries of origin

A world map was provided for students to pinpoint their birth country with tacks that included their names. As you can see from this photo, the geographic coverage was extensive.

The event also brought together students who participate in RSC Southern’s Music Club, which meets once a week to improve their English speaking skills through music and song.

Rio Salado Instructor Linda Putnam chooses music that makes it fun and easy for students to memorize lyrics and sing along while they learn and retain correct pronunciation and annunciation.

Rio Salado Lab Technician Francisco Alberto De La Torre-Guiterrez recently joined Linda for weekly classes, contributing his welcomed skills as a trained guitarist.

“It’s really a learning environment,” said Francisco. “The group gets together every Wednesday and we sing traditional American Folklore songs,”

“Students are able to apply what they learn in Music Club to what they are currently learning in ELLA. It seems to really help them to better comprehend the English language.”

Khurram and Francisco
Francisco says he truly enjoys sharing his passion for music and the English language with students from across the globe. He has even begun teaching one of the club’s students, Khurram Shahzad, how to play guitar.

“I was a performance guitar major, so having the opportunity to come to work and share my passion and expertise with students is incredibly rewarding and exciting.” said Francisco.

Khurram attests to the success of the Music Club’s innovative approach to mastering English, and- a side benefit- was inspired by Francisco to learn to play guitar.

“It was something I really wanted to learn, and when the opportunity was offered to students at this location for free, I couldn’t wait to sign up.” said Khurram.

Music also played a special role throughout the International Days Festival, which continued with a talent show, pot luck and other events that gave students a chance to share in a truly multi-cultural experience.

Check our our Facebook page for more photos.

By Aubrie Artiano, PR Coordinator at Rio Salado College

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Get Your Free Copy of Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 Free to Students!  The ability for students to: 1. Install on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets (including iPad!) 2. Use with OneDrive for automatic device syncing. 3. Gain valuable skills on the world’s most popular productivity software. 4. Use the same programs as your instructors to ensure file compatibility.

The Maricopa Community Colleges are providing Microsoft Office 365 to every current student free of charge! How great is that?

Office 365 is the latest version of Microsoft’s productivity suite, and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, and more.  It's available for offline and online use to help you prepare for class and your academic journey.

Take advantage of this free student service today. Visit for additional information.

One-Stop Resource Center for Veterans

William Phaler from and veteran Ignacio Reyes.
You can have the best program or service in the world but if no one knows anything about it—what good is it? Increasing awareness about the benefits available to veterans was the primary focus of the Veterans Healthcare Benefits and Resources Clinic at Rio Salado College Southern in Tempe on Friday, Oct. 17.

“After listening to veterans in our district, we found that many were unaware or did not have access to all available community resources,” said Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, who hosted the clinic with Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, Councilmembers Robin Arredondo-Savage and Corey Woods, the Phoenix VA, Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) and the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC).

Left to right: Woods, Sinema, Arrendondo-Savage and Mitchell

More than 30 organizations and VA benefits eligibility advisers offered one-on-one advisement, information on medical care and Medicaid, and how to find help with grief, military sexual trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other issues affecting veterans.

“The importance of ensuring that our veterans have what they need to be successful cannot be understated,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “When a veteran cannot find the services they need, whether that be healthcare, benefits, or an education, we all suffer.”

The clinic was also an opportunity for the EVVEC to increase awareness about the comprehensive services it offers to veterans and their families-- all year long.

“The EVVEC is a one-stop center that provides many free services,” said Troy Friedman, EVVEC’s site coordinator. “Academic advisors assist students with understanding and completing course and degree requirements, class registration and information about student services and resources. On Wednesdays, a Rio Salado career counselor is available for face-to-face meets-- to help students set personal, educational, and career objectives-- and share resources to help them learn, grow and succeed.”

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EVVEC Service providers are available to veterans all year long.

The center also provides skill assessments, financial aid and college orientation services to help veterans use their Post-9/11 benefits by mapping out an education plan that fits their unique needs and goals. It hosts Arizona State University’s Veterans Upward Bound classes, which help students improve developmental English, math and computer skills and transition into college. It is also an access point for Maricopa and Phoenix Workforce Development and has a comprehensive referral service program that includes many community-based agencies that can provide assistance with employment, health and housing services.

There are monthly workshops, which include help with resume preparation, interviewing skills, financial literacy, and VA benefits; free wireless Internet and computer access; help learning how to use computers and private Skype access for family of deployed service members.

Rio Salado College Southern is located right next door, so veterans and their families have additional access to Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, English Language Acquisition classes, workshops, testing services and more.

The EVVEC began providing services in 2010 from a temporary location on Broadway and Southern. This new facility, which opened its doors in February 2014 serves as a permanent home for the center, which is hosted by Rio Salado College in partnership with the Maricopa Community Colleges District, Scottsdale, Mesa, Gateway, Chandler-Gilbert and South Mountain Community Colleges. 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 the Phoenix VA Regional Office.

For more details about services, hours of operation and to schedule a tour of the EVVEC, visit or call 480-384-9850. 

EVVEC Service Providers pictured above: Jeannette Breden, ASU Veterans Upward Bound Program Coordinator; Troy Friedman EVVEC Site Coordinator; Kara Cutler, NAU Military Program Coordinator; David Lopez, Maricopa Workforce Connections Trainer. They were among the service providers available during the Oct. 17 Veterans Healthcare, Benefits and Resources Clinic at Rio Salado College Southern in Tempe and offer help to veterans and their families all year long at the EVVEC. 

This story can also be found in the October 25, 2014 issues of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2015 Career Guide: Find Your Passion

Find your passion and explore your options with the Maricopa Community Colleges 2015 Career Guide. 

Check it out online now:

Early Registration & Student Services Advantage

Don't get Stuck at the Back of the Line!  Register now for Spring 2015 Classes.  Here are the steps you should take to succeed: 1. See an academic advisor to help you choose your classes, update your academic plan, and ask about graduation.  2. Register now at and check out our flexible schedules; day, afternoon and evening classes and hybrid/online options.  3. Pay for your classes.  Complete your FAFSA, check on your Financial Aid Award and sign up for a payment plan.  4. Apply for scholarships by visiting, there are numerous scholarships that are available all year-round.
Take advantage of the benefits of registering early--and the student services available to you through Rio Salado's Academic Advisement and Counseling Services teams.

We also recommend you enroll in Rio Salado's College and Career Success Classes, which are designed to help you succeed in your educational career and personal growth-- especially CPD 150, which is also available online.

With CPD 150, you'll learn about college support resources, how to develop an educational plan, time-management strategies, goal-setting strategies, effective communication skills and note-taking, strategies to improve memory, test-taking tips, career planning resources and more.

Here's a look at what students are saying about CPD 150
I am very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed taking this class. I wish there was a way to tell everyone attending Rio Salado the importance of taking this class.

I just wanted to say thank you, for everything! This class has been an amazing guide and I have recommended it to my brother and best friend who are both undecided.

I have learned many valuable time-management skills that have resulted in working smarter rather than harder. I have also learned that no matter how “mature” and “wise” you think you are, you can develop new skills that will result in new experiences. I have developed new skills that are making my classes more enjoyable.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Volunteers Break World Record to End Hunger

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Thanks to the support of countless volunteers, the Valley of the Sun United Way’s World Record to End Hunger event on Oct. 25 was a smashing success!

In three minutes, volunteers packed 1,993 bags to benefit local children in need, beating the previous record of 1,000 bags. 

Check out this azcentral story at for more details about the event and how you can continue to make a difference.

We thank you for joining Rio Salado, the Maricopa Community Colleges and Valley of the Sun United Way in this year's effort to help end hunger in Maricopa County. 

You do make a difference.  


Friday, October 24, 2014

First Annual Veteran Summit at PC Nov. 6

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Phoenix College Veteran Services is collaborating with Support Education and Employment for Vets (S.E.E.4VETS) and the Valley's business community to host the First Annual Veteran Summit, November 6.

The summit is designed to give business leaders, veteran students and alumni an opportunity to engage in an open dialogue about ways skilled veterans can help satisfy the needs of local employers.

The Summit is not a job fair. It is a way for veteran students and alumni to network with leaders in the business community and learn how to transition into the business industry.

Phoenix College Career Services staff will be on hand to help veterans with resume preparation. Free business cards, flash drive, and resume printing will be available prior to the event.

Network and meet great people who can help you get to the next stage of your career!

First Annual Veteran Summit at Phoenix College
Thursday, November 6, 2014

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Phoenix College, Hacienda Room, F Building
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Lunch will be provided

Please call (602) 285-7342 or stop by the PC Veteran Services office in the Hannelly Center to register for the event.

Program Summary
Moderated discussion with veterans and business leaders who will share:
  • Their experiences in navigating the business community and what they learned.
  • What they wished they knew while they were in school.
  • How veteran students can best highlight their important skills and training.
There will also be time for participants to ask questions.  

  • 11:00 a.m. - Welcome
    Dr. Heather Kruse, Dean, Student Affairs, PC
  • 11:05 a.m. - Opening Remarks
    Dr. Anna Solley, President, PC and Laura Pastor, District 4 Councilwoman
  • 11:15 a.m. - Summit Overview
    Ray Torres, Chairman of the Board S.E.E.4VETS, Major General USAF (Ret.) Carl Schneider, S.E.E.4VETS Strategic Advisor and John Nicholas, S.E.E.4VETS Strategic Advisor
  • 11:30 a.m. - Panel Discussion
    Student and Alumni Panel  
  • 12:15 p.m. - Photos, Networking and Prizes
  • 1:00 p.m. - Appreciation Fair
    Bear's Den Patio / Sophomore Square 

Image of soldiers saluting, as seen on PC Veterans Services web page
Presented by PC Veteran Services in partnership with the S.E.E.4VETS (Support Education and Employment for Vets)

Student Success Tip: Ask for Help

Poster for Student Success Tips: Everyone needs a little help sometimes.  Ask for Help.  You don't have to figure out everything on your own.  Experts are available to help you in the following areas: Financial Aid to help pay for college, Tutoring to help you improve your grades, Career Services to help you find your purpose, Counseling to help you with personal and academic concerns and our Library, which can help you research, find books, articles and other resources.

Everyone needs a little help sometimes. Successful students understand they can't go it alone and seek the counsel of experts.

Take advantage of the student services available to you at Rio Salado College. Learn more by talking to our Academic Advisement and Counseling Services teams, which can help you:

  • Select degree pathways
  • Evaluate transfer credits
  • Choose appropriate classes
  • Identify college resources
  • Explore university transfer and articulation agreements
  • Personal and educational goals
  • Time management and stress 
  • Set career goals and prepare for your job search

If you're new to Rio Salado, we highly recommend you enroll in our College and Career Success Classes

#help #financialaid #tutoring #advising #careerservices #counseling #library #collegeresources #askforhelp #iwillgraduate

Cyber Security Tips You Can Use All Year Long

Cyber Security month is drawing to close but we hope you'll employ these tips all year long:

Stop. Think. Connect.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

UNITE with Rio Salado to End Hunger

Who's hungry in Maricopa County?  82,000 Valley households don't know where their next meal is coming from.  That's enough refrigerators to reach rim-to-rim and back again at the Grand Canyon.  Enough Dinner Tables to reach the top of Camelback Mountain, 130 Times!  According to a 2010 US Census Bureau, the average houehold in Arizona has 2.63 occupants.  That's enough people to fill a city almost as big as Scottsdale or fill Chase Field-- Five Times.  Sign up to end Hunger at
We are pleased to announce that the United Way has already reached its volunteer capacity for the World Record Event to End Hunger! We truly appreciate your participation.

You're welcome to join us as a spectator at the event to cheer us on and celebrate this momentous occasion. We cannot, however, guarantee you a spot inside of the official Guinness "attempt area" for the backpack assembly.

The event takes place Sat. Oct. 25 from 12-3 p.m. at ASU's Band Practice Field at 511 S. Rural Rd. The event starts at noon, and the attempt happens 2-3 p.m. (parking will be limited, please car pool).

Other Ways to Help:
The goal of this year's United Way fall campaign is to end hunger once and for all in Maricopa County, which effects 82,000 Valley households.  

Food Drive
Drop off food donations at Rio Salado locations across the Valley by Friday, Oct. 24. Suggested Items: Peanut Butter, Canned Vegetables or Fruit, Rice, Pasta, Beans. No glass please. 

Make a monetary contribution that works with your budget.

Be the One to make a difference.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SIS Access Update and Outage Oct. 23

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You maybe experiencing issues logging into SIS or experiencing intermittent access issues. Our Maricopa Colleges ITS teams are working to resolve this problem as quickly as possible.

Please note, SIS will not be available Thursday, Oct. 23, 7-9 p.m. for maintenance and repairs.

We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this.

College Connect Workshop for High School Students

Attention high school students: register for the next City of Tempe L.I.F.T. workshop at the Tempe Public Library on Saturday, November 1. This community-based program is specifically designed to help you fulfill your dream of a post-secondary education.

The next session will focus on funding your college career. 

Visit for more details.

Students attending the workshop will be entered in a drawing to win one of five $250 scholarships.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rio Salado Bookstore Sale Oct. 21-22

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The Rio Salado College Bookstore sale takes place online and in-store, October 21-22. 

Save 25% on all hooded sweatshirts, sweatpants, blankets, writing instruments, tailgate merchandise, tech accessories and even earbuds! 

Help End Hunger in Maricopa County

United Way logo for World Record to End Hunger event, 10/25/14.
Join Rio Salado, the Maricopa Community Colleges and Valley of the Sun United Way to help end hunger in Maricopa County.

Whether you GIVE, ADVOCATE or VOLUNTEER—every action you take will make a difference.

On any given day in Maricopa County, 82,000 households struggle with chronic hunger, which means they may not know where they’re going to get their next meal. Valley of the Sun United Way and partners like the Association of Arizona Food Banks, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Rio Salado are working together to help families meet their daily food needs-- while creating change to end hunger once and for all.

We hope you'll join us in tackling this bold goal by taking part in one of the following activities during the remainder of Hunger Action Week, October 20 - 24.

Food Drive - October 20-24
Look for the white United Way food boxes at Rio Salado locations across the Valley and drop off non-perishable food items the rest of this week, until Oct. 24.

Suggested Items: Peanut Butter, Canned Vegetables or Fruit, Rice, Pasta, Beans. No glass please.

Guinness World Record to End Hunger for Local Kids Volunteer Event October 25, 12-3 p.m.
UNITE with Rio Salado College, Valley of the Sun United Way and 2,000 of our closest friends as we try to break the Guinness Book of World Record® for the most Weekend Hunger Backpacks assembled in three minutes.

The assembled hunger relief kits will be distributed to more than 500 children each week. These children have been identified as chronically hungry, and face even greater hardships when school is out of session and on weekends.

You MUST register in advance with Valley of the Sun United Way to take part. 

Give – Any time!
Make a donation that works with your budget. It’s quick, easy and may come with tax benefits—while creating profound change in your community.

It has become an annual tradition for Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges to take part in a fall fundraising campaign on behalf of the Valley of the Sun United Way and in support of the many programs and services it provides. This year, we’re focusing our efforts in support of the United Way's mission to Help End Hunger in Maricopa County. 

Be the One to make a difference.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

How to Sell Yourself & Your Company Workshop

Header for Workshop: How to Sell Yourself and Your Company: a Breakfast Discussion with Nancy Sanders.  A Rio Salado College Business Education Seminar

What comes to mind when you hear the word “salesperson”?  Last year’s Gallop poll ranked “car salespeople” among the least honest professions in the country, a step above members of Congress and lobbyists. How can ethical business professionals put their customers at ease about the sales process?

Valley entrepreneurs, business owners and sales professionals will have an opportunity to learn key skills to effectively market or “sell” themselves and their organizations during a community breakfast and workshop led by award-winning marketing expert, author and business owner Nancy Sanders on Thursday, Nov. 6, 7-9 a.m. at Rio Salado College Southern in Tempe.

Nancy Sanders photo

Sanders, who is also serving as the newly appointed Regional Center Director for the Maricopa Small Business Development Center (SBDC), will focus her hour-long discussion on developing a personal sales plan, creating value within your network and effective use of non-verbal communications.

Sanders has generated millions of dollars in revenue and profits for both small businesses and Fortune 500 companies by building strong relationships, creating value for her clients and implementing simple marketing strategies.

“Marketing and sales can be easy,” said Sanders, who is the founder of Galaxy Consulting Services and Three Dog Marketing. Her goal now is to help guide Valley businesses toward success.

This is the second in a series of four workshops presented by Rio Salado College, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce and the Maricopa Small Business Development Center as part of Rio Salado’s 2014-15 Business Education Seminar Series, which is designed to address topics that are important to Tempe small business owners and entrepreneurs.

“We chose this topic in particular because many businesses overlook the importance of sales in their operations,” said Rio Salado’s Director of Business and Industry Partnership Mike Crusa. “A lot of new start-ups think the product or service will sell itself. You can have the best product on the planet but if you don’t have solid sales principles, practices and strategies in place-- you’re setting yourself up for failure.”

Crusa said Sanders will impart tips and success strategies that work, and that most people can use. “Everyone sells something or another-- but not everyone does it well. Nancy will show how easy and fun it can be—when you have the right mindset and intention.”

How to Sell Yourself and Your Company
Breakfast Discussion with Nancy Sanders

November 6, 2014
7-9 a.m.
Rio Salado College - Southern

3320 S Price Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282

7 - 7:30 a.m. Registration
7:30 - 8 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8-9 a.m. Program (ends promptly at 9)

Open to the public. Cost: $10 (cash only, please)
Free to students and lifelong learners 55+

For event details and to reserve your seat, contact Mike Crusa at or 480-377-4167.

Image with Rio Salado College, Tempe Chamber of Commerce, SBDC logos and illustrations of brainstorming

This story can also be found in the October 18, 2014 issues of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.

Complete Survery & Enter to Win $150 Gift Card

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Take part in our annual Maricopa Community Colleges Media Preferences Survey and enter to win one $150 Amazon gift card.  Deadline is Nov. 7.

Visit for details.

Featured Library Database: Films on Demand

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Films on Demand is a database that provides access to nearly 20,000 streaming videos appropriate for academic research. Videos can be watched in their entirety, or as individual segments, on your computer.

Check out the recently added title Ebola: The Search for a Cure for a compelling look at efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

5 Successful Time Management Tips

5 Steps to Successful Time Management 1. Create a semester calendar to record when all of your exams, quizzes, papers and finals are due. 2. Choose specific times each day to work on each class. 3.Keep your classwork with you.  If you find yourself with extra time, you can get something done.  4. Prioritize your time.  Sometimes you have to learn to say no. 5. Take time for yourself.
Here are some simple steps to help you manage your time effectively. 

Share your student success strategies.

#timemanagement #5steps #prioritize #organize #plan #iwillgraduate

Cyber Security Awareness Month Lesson 2

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Today's National Cyber Security Awareness Month lesson: 

Be careful about sharing personal data when participating on social networks.

Watch this video for helpful tips.
Stop. Think. Connect.  

One Application for Multiple Scholarships

Maricopa Scholarships One Application Poster for Spring 2015. More details below and at
Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is now accepting applications for Spring 2015. Complete one application for multiple scholarships.

Apply now. Applications close November 15th.

Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Scholarships are privately funded and open to all Maricopa Community College students. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required to apply.

Foundation scholarship applications open twice a year. Students are able to create an account and apply for scholarships online during two application periods, once during the Fall semester and once during the Spring semester. An email notification with specific application dates will be sent to students, staff and faculty each term prior to the application period.

Foundation scholarship applications are reviewed by Maricopa Community Colleges faculty, staff, scholarship donors and community volunteers. Award and denial notifications are sent via email. Awards are generally posted at the start of each semester.

Check the status of your Fall 2014 applications. 

Volunteer to be a scholarship application reviewer.

Learn more at

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Improving Student Information Literacy Skills

High five to the Rio Salado Library team for its efforts to improve students’ Information Literacy skills!

In 2010, when Information Literacy was formally adopted as a college-wide student learning outcome, the Library Faculty Chair began collecting baseline data on students’ online research proficiency by administering the Research Readiness Self-Assessment (RRSA). This test measured how well students could obtain and evaluate online information, as well as their understanding of plagiarism.

Baseline data indicated that students were performing below college-level (college-level is defined as 70% or better). Armed with these data, the Library Program developed and initiated several interventions to help improve Information Literacy student outcomes.

In cooperation with Faculty Chairs, all online course syllabi were modified to include links and information for library resources and services. Additionally, the Library Instructional Coordinator assisted with the design or modification of content and assignments in 31 online courses across disciplines to require more rigorous research, and the use of qualitative, validated library materials in lieu of “Googling.”

After the interventions were in place, Rio Salado students scored higher in all Information Literacy categories. 

The overall score of the pre-intervention cohort was 67.87%, while the post-intervention cohort scored 71.1%. This score exceeded the college-level benchmark, and demonstrated that the interventions were a success!

The library team continues to explore ways to further develop students’ information literacy skills and to prepare them for success in college and beyond. 

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.  

Image by rdubois under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Affordable Dental Clinic Services for You

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When was the last time you had a dental exam and cleaning?

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public-- while giving students practical educational experiences.

The clinic opened in late spring at its new location in Tempe, AZ. It features 20 patient chairs, six X-ray units, an instrument processing room and serves as an instructional lab where dental hygiene and dental assisting students gain hands-on experience working in a clinic setting.

Photo of Holly Harper
“Patients are very happy when they leave our clinic because they know they have had the best treatment possible,” said Holly Harper, Rio Salado’s Faculty Chair of Dental Programs.

“Rio Salado has one of the best dental hygiene programs in the nation. Our Clinical Dental Assisting Program is a unique combination of online and in person. It is one of three programs in the State of Arizona that is accredited."

The clinic can accommodate as many as 20 patients, with an equal number of dental hygiene students and dental assisting students during clinic hours. The students work under the supervision of licensed dentists, registered dental hygienists and certified dental assistants.

Services offered include: blood pressure screening, oral examination, X-rays, cleaning and polishing, fluoride application, gum disease screening, oral hygiene instruction, and other selected services, including sealants and dietary counseling. Services are available to adults and children 4-years of age and older.

Patients should visit their family dentist for other needs such as major restorative work and surgeries. The clinic can provide patients with a list of community dental clinics if they do not already have a dentist.

In addition to the quality services provided by students, patients benefit from an affordable pricing structure.
“Rio Salado's dental clinic provides the best dental hygiene treatment possible, at a reduced fee for the patients,” Harper said. Currently, fees range from $25-35 depending on the age of the patient.

The Rio Salado College Dental Clinic is located at 2250 W. 14th Street in Tempe. Clinic hours and appointments may vary. All new patients must have a screening visit prior to a dental hygiene appointment. To schedule a screening appointment, call (480) 377-4100.

For more information, visit our Dental Clinic web page.

This story can also be found in the October 11, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Successful Students Do the Following Things

Here are the latest tips from Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges to help you become a successful student and reach your graduation goal. 
Successful Students do the following things... Students' class attendance is the best predictor of academic performance in college.  Always go to class!  Students who feel connected to their classmates and professors are more likely to complete their goals than those who feel isolated.  GO TO CLASS.  TAKE NOTES. READ ASSIGNMENTS.  SCHEDULE STUDY TIME.  START ASSIGNMENTS EARLY.  ASK QUESTIONS.  GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSOR.  CONNECT WITH YOUR PEERS.  PARTICIPATE IN CAMPUS CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES.  GET ENOUGH SLEEP, EAT WELL AND EXERCISE

Click on the image to enlarge. 

Engage in the dialogue by sharing your #tips #successfulstudent #iwillgraduate

Testing Services at Northern Resume Saturday

Testing services at Rio Salado College Northern will remain closed today but will be available Saturday morning.

In the meantime, please visit our other Testing Centers if you would like to take an exam today. Visit or call 480-517-8560 for additional details about location hours and services.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Testing Center at Rio Salado Northern Closed

Attention Students:

The Testing Center at Rio Salado Northern will be closed this evening and Friday, Oct. 10 due to an unexpected maintenance problem.

We will keep you posted on when services resume. In the meantime, please visit our other Testing Centers to take your exam. Visit or call 480-517-8560 for more information about location hours and services.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cyber Security Awareness Month Lesson 2

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an opportunity for all of us to think about ways we can secure our personal and professional information.

This week, Cyber security expert Miguel Hernandez IV, Ph.D and MCCD Chief Information Security Officer deals with a subject that affects all of us:

Choosing a Safe Password

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Learn about effective strategies you can use to protect your accounts in this video.

Stop. Think. Connect. 

Veterans Healthcare, Benefits & Resources Clinic

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U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, Councilmembers Robin Arredondo-Savage, Corey Woods, Phoenix VA, MIHS, and the East Valley Veterans Education Center are honored to host the

Veterans Healthcare, Benefits & Resources Clinic
Friday, October 17, 2014
10:00 a.m.—8 p.m.
Rio Salado College Southern and EVVEC Complex
3320 S. Price Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282

  • Sign up for medical care
  • Check the status of existing primary care and other appointment requests
  • Receive one-on-one advising from VA benefits eligibility advisers
  • Check eligibility and sign up for Medicaid
  • Receive a range of education and information regarding grief, military sexual trauma, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Receive information on all VBA benefits to include:
  • Compensation, Pension, Vocational and Rehabilitation and Employment, Home Loans, and Education

This is event is free and open to all veterans and their family members.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

In-person Computer Workshops Begin Oct. 17

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Do you have a goal that requires you to further develop your computer skills? Perhaps you want to go to college and are considering taking online classes. Perhaps you have a future job in mind that requires knowing how to use a computer. Maybe you just want to keep in touch with family and friends or access the vast amount of knowledge available on the Internet. Regardless of your goal, Rio Salado has a series of workshops to help you take the first step.

The workshops are comprised of three, three-hour, non-credit, in-person (hybrid) basic computer classes, which will be held at RSC-Northern, RSC-Downtown, RSC-Avondale, RSC-LLC, RSC-Thomas, RSC-Southern throughout 2014-15.

Workshops begin as early as Oct. 17 at RSC Downtown and Nov. 7 at RSC Northern.

Dates and times vary by location. Review class schedule pages at or click on the class schedule links below for current offerings.

Here's a list of the classes available to you: 
Basic Computer Workshop 1 (CBP800-01CPT):
Basic Operating System, Basic Internet, Basic Word 1

Basic Computer Workshop 2 (CBP800-02CPT):
Basic Word 2, Basic Excel 1, Maricopa Email
(Pre-requisite: Must complete CBP800-01CPT in order to register for CBP800-02CPT.)

Basic Computer Workshop 3 (CBP800-03CPT ):
Basic Excel 2, Basic PowerPoint
(Pre-requisite: Must complete CBP800-02CPT in order to register for CBP800-03CPT.)

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Computer Workshops Registration Options 2014 -2015
Enrollment and payment for the basic computer workshops can be completed by phone, online, or in person at Rio Salado's Tempe headquarters.

Each workshop requires a $15 fee paid with advance registration.

These workshops are open to the public. If you are not already admitted into the college, you can complete the “noncredit” quick admit at or call Student Enrollment Services at (480-517-8540) to register. 

Register by Telephone
480-517-8540 or 800-729-1197

Mon – Thurs, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Register Online
1. Choose your classes from our online class schedule
2. Add the classes you want to your worksheet
3. Head over to and register for the classes listed on your worksheet. If you are unsure how to use, check out our Start at Rio guide.

Register In-Person
Register with Student Enrollment Services at our Tempe headquarters.
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Mon – Thurs, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Teacher Inspires Adult English Learners

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Imagine living in a world where the text you see, the words you hear, and the culture that surrounds you is almost impossible to decode. How do individuals in this situation manage their most basic needs? Who can they turn to for help and support?

The answer is Sister Georgene Faust!

Faust is a highly dedicated and qualified educator who has devoted her life to academically advancing and empowering others. She spearheads an English as a Second Language (ESL) literacy foundations class at Rio Salado College Downtown.

“The reading foundations course prepares students to take the next step in life,” Faust said. “It teaches students the most basic fundamental skills of literacy, from writing a single sentence to completing a full-length essay.”

Designed specifically for adults, the reading foundations class invites students of all ages and literacy levels to improve on their basic reading, writing and comprehension abilities. The key feature is the use of intensive phonics to help students decode words to improve reading and writing skills.

“People at different levels are really learning, and they build these very basic skills systematically,” Faust said. “They are learning the tools they need to be successful and to reach higher levels of education.”

Faust first became acquainted with ESL courses when a long-time friend and colleague of the Scottish Rite approached her about volunteer work. She immediately recognized the need for such courses throughout the Phoenix area.

“It’s an incredibly supportive and rewarding experience for the students, just as much as it is for me,” Faust said.

Faust volunteered at Rio Salado’s downtown location, where she has been teaching courses for more than 20 years.

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Nicolas Lopez is one of Faust’s current students. Originally from southern Mexico, he dropped out of school after sixth grade to relocate to the United States and start a business.

“I didn’t have a need for schooling or English literacy at first because my customers were Spanish-speakers,” Lopez said. “But then suddenly I had to close my business, and I realized that I needed to do something.”

Lopez’s wife had received her high school equivalency through a Rio Salado prep program, and encouraged him to sign up for classes.

“I couldn’t be happier with my decision,” Lopez said. “Sister Georgene is such a great teacher and she really understands the needs of her students.”

Lopez describes his time in the classroom as personally rewarding and professionally invaluable. He feels motivated and inspired every day to keep working and learning.

“Every time I learn something new it is very exciting,” Lopez said. “Everyone in the class is so supportive and truly wants to see you succeed. We all have very different backgrounds, but we want to help each other.”

Lopez is now pursuing his high school equivalency and hopes to continue his education through Rio Salado’s Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program to obtain his degree.

To learn more about Rio Salado’s college bridge pathway opportunities for adult learners visit

This story can also be found in the Oct. 4, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Aubrie Artiano, PR Coordinator at Rio Salado College

Friday, October 3, 2014

How to Become a Successful Student

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Rio Salado is joining the Maricopa Community Colleges to share student success strategies and resources to help you become a successful student and reach your graduation goal

We hope you'll engage in the dialogue by sharing your challenges and strategies. 

We begin today with this simple question and rule of thumb.

Do you spend enough time preparing and studying for your classes?

#1equals2 #studytime #iwillgraduate

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Healthy Habits of Successful Students

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To be a successful college student it’s critical to have well-rounded goals, tools, and success strategies that can assist. One that may not be first to come to mind is overall physical health and well being.

Heard any of these things recently?
I’ve got six tests this week and a term paper, so I’ve decided to only sleep every other night.

If we only eat from the dollar menu and join a lot of clubs we can eat for five dollars a week.


I don’t need to exercise… I get enough exercise walking to class.
The party goes until four am but I don’t have class until eight am so… it’s going to be great!
I don’t need to drink water. There is plenty in soda and other drinks I buy.

If these sound all too familiar, chances are succeeding is a priority and health is on the back burner.

The problem with making everything but personal health a priority is that success is unattainable if a student is ill, fatigued, or burnt out.

Here are some basic tips that will help in feeling better and being more successful while achieving that college degree.

The “doing good” mindset…hardly anyone will eat perfectly, sleep eight hours a night, or exercise daily. However, the “doing good” mindset increases the body’s ability to fight off stress, illness, exhaustion, and depression.

Don’t give into the “forget about it” effect that encourages ignoring foods etc. that are healthy…just because you have one bad meal or night out.

Hate going to the gym? Find a place close to you that offers fun classes such as Zumba.Enlist friends to help. Make trips to the store for healthier food items. Schedule time to study and exercise with them….then schedule time to blow off steam and have fun.

SLEEP! Sleep is by far one of the best things that does a body good! Minds recover while sleeping as well as immune systems. Not to mention sleep makes people nicer! Basically, take care because the human body will find it’s own way to rest and recuperate if it has to…unplanned illness and mental burn out is highly inconvenient and stressful.

Maintaining healthy habits can increase a body’s fight/flight response to win and fight off stress of any kind…even the good kind.

Here’s to health and college success!

Contributed by Thomas/Avondale Counselor Autumn Cardott on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services team, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cyber Security Awareness Month Lesson 1

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month so Rio Salado is joining forces with the Mariciopa Community Colleges District to share weekly tips that can help you stay cybersafe. We begin this week with a basic lesson:

What is information security?

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Cyber security expert Miguel Hernandez IV, Ph.D, MCCD Chief Information Security Officer will tell you exactly what that means and how it affects you in this video.

Stop. Think. Connect.

Free English Language Classes for Tempe Parents

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Rio Salado College is working with the Tempe Elementary School District to provide English language classes to parents.

This East Valley Tribune story by Laura Davis includes a discussion with Kate Packer, Director of Rio Salado's Adult ACE and College Bridge Pathways Workplace Education program, who talks about how this community service works.

Rio Salado offers English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) classes Valley-wide. To learn more, visit: