Thursday, January 29, 2015

EVVEC Workshops and Presentations

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The East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) offers free services to veterans and their family members, including educational and career outreach, academic advisement, community referrals and in-person workshops and classes.

February 2015 Workshops

RSVP Required. Reserve Your Seat Now.

Financial Literacy Workshop – Tuesday, Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m. 
Presented by Five Rings Financial to help you set financial goals, manage credit and debt, protect yourself against identify theft and find ways to save and invest while managing risk. Group and individual Q&A sessions will follow presentation. Complementary literature and workbooks provided free of charge.

Employable Skills & Readiness Workshop – Wednesday, Feb. 11, 4 p.m. 

Presented by the Maricopa Workforce Connection to provide strategies on how to improve your resume, enhance your interviewing and networking skills and capitalize on your military experience as part of the civilian workforce.

VA OEF/OIF/OND Veteran Informational Presentation – Thursday, Feb. 19, 5 p.m. 
Presented by VA patient advocates, who will provide information about VA benefits, vocational rehabilitation, filing disability claims, medical care and more. They will also help you register with the VA Medical Center and set appointments with counselors. Complementary literature provided free of charge

Where: EVVEC, 3320 S. Price Road, Tempe, AZ 85282
More Information: 480-384-9850 /

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Submit Your Mascot Entry by Jan. 31

Image of a teddy bear silhouette with question mark and caption: Help Choose Rio Salado's New Mascot.

T minus 4 days until the Rio Salado College Mascot Contest ends. You have until midnight, January 31 to submit your entry and a chance to win a $100 gift card. 

Learn more at

Monday, January 26, 2015

Earn a Certificate or Degree in Retail Mgmt.

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Rio Salado College’s certificate and associate degree in retail management is helping dozens of local employees get the training needed for management careers in the retail food industry.

Fry’s Food Stores has offered its associates a tuition reimbursement program through Rio Salado for years.

“We chose to work with Rio Salado for several reasons,” said Joe Bands, HR Field Trainer for Fry’s Food Stores. “The first reason is the flexibility of online classes, which many of our associates prefer. It gives them the ability to schedule school around their shifts, as opposed to a traditional classroom setting.”

Bands said the second reason centers on Rio Salado’s customer service.

“The support from Rio Salado’s staff embodies the spirit of customer service on the administrative side,” Bands said. “At what other community college in the state could an associate decide to start a class next Monday? The multiple start dates have led to a quadrupling of our enrollment rates.”

Recently, Fry’s Food Stores (as well as Basha’s, Safeway, Albertsons, Smart & Final) has begun paying up front for employees to take retail management classes for the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) certificate.

The WAFC is an organization that serves the food industry by providing educational programs for food industry associates. Many of the large grocery chains are WAFC members.

“We want to ensure food industry employees have the skills they need for success in retail leadership careers,” said Cherie Phipps, Director of the Retail Management Certificate for the WAFC. “In fact research shows that, over the long run, companies who develop their workforce and cultivate leadership significantly outperform companies who do not.”

Bands agrees with the importance of having an educated workforce.

“Our employees get great on-the-job experience,” Bands said. “The key to making them successful, well-rounded managers is this experience, along with mentorship. But adding in education can create a leader who can meet all challenges with the confidence and knowledge that a formal education affords them.”

Phipps also cites the need for education to keep up with changing times.

“Retail employs over 42 million people in the United States,” Phipps said. “In the past several years, the retail workplace has become far more sophisticated and technologically advanced. In fact, the need for people with skills in marketing, management, technology, budgeting, and leadership is at an all-time high.”

According to Phipps, over the next several years, the need will be even greater as baby boomers exit the industry.

“Retail companies want to cultivate a skilled talent pool to meet the projected growth and need to fill openings,” Phipps said.

At Fry’s, associates from courtesy clerks to operations management are seeking out the retail management certificate to transition to the next level.

“Our young and developing associates are taking classes to prepare for leadership roles and learn how to manage effectively and successfully,” Bands said. “On the opposite end of the spectrum, middle and senior managers are taking refresher courses to stay current on technology and new models of leadership.”

To learn more about Rio Salado’s retail management degree and certificate, visit

By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College. This story was also featured in several editions of the Arizona Republic on January 17.

SPOT 127 Featured on CBS 5

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Learn about Rio Salado's Youth Media Center SPOT 127 in this news story by CBS 5 Reporter Catherine Holland.  

SPOT 127 is an innovative youth media center in Phoenix that empowers high school students to develop state-of-the-art skills in digital media, radio and journalism. It is operated by 91.5 KJZZ, which is a community service of Rio Salado College. For more details, visit

Friday, January 23, 2015

World Religion Course Begins Feb. 9 at EVVEC

Image: Golden Rule by Norman Rockwell 1961.

Rio Salado is offering a new, in-person option at the East Valley Veteran’s Education Center for REL100 — World Religions, designed specifically with veterans and their families in mind.  

While this class is geared toward veterans, it is also open to the public.

Explore the rich history and development of world religions. Examine their development since prehistoric times and the political, economic, social and geographic relationships among world religions.

Classes are offered in a cooperative learning environment, providing support and guidance from Rio Salado personnel to help you succeed!

Course: REL100 — World Religions Spring 2015
Section #: 38487
Instructor: Dr. Wanda Tucker
Dates: 2/9/2015 - 4/8/2015
Days: MW
Time: 4 - 6:50 p.m.
Location: East Valley Veteran’s Education Center, 3320 S. Price Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282.
Weeks: 8
Prerequisites: None

Register now online or call us at 480-517-8540 

This course is included in our Textbook Savings Program.

Image: Golden Rule by Norman Rockwell 1961.

Saturday Services for You Jan. 24 & 31

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Take advantage of Saturday services at Rio Salado Tempe headquarters, January 24 and 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   

Students Services Available:

We are providing these extra hours of service to help you meet the increased demands that normally occur at the start of a new year.

EVVEC & City of Tempe Unite to Help Vets

Image of male and female acitve duty military saluting.  Captions: Join Us to Celebrate a New Community Partnership.  East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) is now Tempe’s Official Resource for Veterans

As the City of Tempe's official resource for veterans, the East Valley Veterans Education Center provides services to help veterans and their families access and claim the benefits they deserve—while building private, civic and business partnerships that create innovative workforce development opportunities for veterans.

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Program begins at 11:15 a.m.

East Valley Veterans Education Center 
3320 S. Price Road, Tempe, AZ 85282

Opening festivities include:
  • Remarks by Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante, Maricopa Community College District Chancellor Dr. Rufus Glasper, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell and Councilmember Robin Arredondo-Savage
  • Ceremonial presentations by ASU ROTC Color Guard and Sun Devil Battalion
  • Live musical performance by Gililland Middle School Orchestra

Information about the many benefits and services available to veterans provided by the following partnering agencies:
  • Arizona Coalition for Military Families
  • Arizona Department of Economic Security
  • Arizona State University’s Pat Tillman Center
  • City of Tempe Human Services
  • Honor Walk Foundation
  • Maricopa County Veterans Court
  • Maricopa Workforce Connection
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Veterans Administration
  • Veterans of Foreign Affairs
  • Veterans History Project
  • Veterans Upward Bound

For additional details call 480-384-9850 or email

This event is made possible by the Maricopa County Community College District and Rio Salado College in partnership with the City of Tempe.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Additions at Rio Salado Library

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




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

An Introduction to Rio Salado Systems

Attention new students. This new video provides a great introduction to three, important online systems that will help you on your educational journey.

2015 Military Career Event Jan. 26

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Take advantage of the 2015 Military Career Event hosted by BestCompaniesAZ, Birdies for the Brave and the Waste Management Phoenix Open.  Attendance is FREE to all veteran job seekers and their spouses.

Register in advance and receive a free talent report, which can help you in targeting the right company, increase your chances of an interview and land the ultimate dream job.

Learn more by visiting the event page.

Search for Rio Mascot Ends Jan. 31

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If you haven't heard, Rio Salado is in search of a mascot.

The college is calling on students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public at large to take part in the Rio Salado College Mascot Contest, between now and January 31, by submitting mascot ideas that reflect the college’s culture, brand and history– and will fit in with the motley crew of Maricopa Community Colleges mascots. The selected winner will receive a $100 gift card.

Why the effort?

“Our research indicates that mascots can have great value,” said Deborah Spotts, Rio Salado College Coordinator of Public Programs and co-chair of the college’s mascot committee. “Mascots can help create college spirit and help us increase awareness about what we’re trying to achieve as a community college. It’s also a fun and creative way for us to engage with the communities we serve.”

Participants can submit suggestions for a name, idea or design concept to the Rio Salado College Mascot Contest committee until midnight, January 31. Entries must be submitted by email to Multiple submissions are allowed, but each idea must be submitted individually.

The committee and a panel of final judges will select the winning entry this spring and announce the winner during its College-Wide meeting (date TBD). Once chosen, the mascot will be used for college publications, advertisements, website and other collateral material.

For complete entry criteria and other details, visit

Pictured above: MCCCD Chancellor Rufus Glasper surrounded by Maricopa Community Colleges mascots. 

Informational Interviews Provide Perspective

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Many students begin college without a clear major, career, or professional goal in mind. Students will often hear various suggestions about how to navigate the career exploration process.

The most popular recommendations are to experiment with taking a variety of courses, acquire an internship in an area of interest or volunteer at an organization that entices you.

Informational interviewing is another option, but often a foreign concept to many people. Informational interviews entail seeking out individuals who are currently working in a career or a related field you would potentially like to pursue, to gather information about their occupations.

We suggest you prepare at least ten or more questions that specifically address the kinds of details you think you should know about, including common trends in their profession and how they acquired their position. Here is a helpful website to find potential informational interview questions.

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Engaging with someone through an informational interview who is actively employed in a profession that is appealing to you can offer you a “real-world” perspective you would not receive through online research.

This is just one of many tools that can assist undecided college students in choosing a satisfying career.

Contributed by Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Friday, January 16, 2015

It Pays to Investigate Nina Mason Scholarship

Photo of Patrick Andrew, Psychology Major, cohort 11.  Quote: Because of the generosity of the Nina Scholars Program, I am extremely grateful to not feel the added pressure of financial burden.  The staff is alwys helpful and available to answer questions, so I can focus on my classes.

Scholarships are one of the best ways to cover expenses because you don’t have to pay them back, yet so many students don’t take advantage of them, leaving thousands of dollars unclaimed. Why? 

There seem to be a few misconceptions about scholarships. Among the most common is that you need to have a 4.0 GPA and a long list of achievements. Think again.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic year. The program covers full tuition, fees and books, while providing each student with an academic advisor and mentor. It also includes a $2,750 annual living allowance.

It is available to all Maricopa Community Colleges students who meet one of these criteria:

  • Adults 25 years or older with dependents
  • College-age youth and adults living with physical disabilities
  • Incoming freshmen ages 18-25, raised through the child welfare system and have no form of financial support

Visit the application page for additional requirements. The deadline is March 1.

Need help applying? Visit this Maricopa Colleges web page to watch a video tutorial about successful tips and strategies to consider in all of your scholarship applications. You can also call on our counseling services team for help.

Get a start on your application now.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

9 University Transfer Fairs this Spring

Image of woman in a lab.  Text reads: Meet Pilar Ramos, Cancer Researcher and a graduate of a Maricopa Community College.  Complete your Associate Degree with us, then Transfer to a University Partner.   Learn more.

The Maricopa Community Colleges are hosting university transfer fairs across the Valley, February 17 - March 25.

More than 40 of our partners will share information about transferring from a community college to a four-year college or university, including how to apply, earn scholarships and maximize transfer credits.

Visit this University Transfer page for the latest dates, times and locations for these events.

Check out this page to learn more about the partners.

FBI Warning About Work-from-home Scams

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The FBI warns that college students across the U.S. have been targeted to participate in work-from-home scams. 

Students have been receiving e-mails to their school accounts recruiting them for payroll and/or human resource positions with fictitious companies. 

Learn tips on how to protect yourself from this scam.

Full or Cancelled Class? We Can Help.

Did you receive notice that an in-person class was cancelled or full? Need an alternative to stay on track with your program of study? We can help!

With more than 600 online classes, flexible Monday start dates, 8-week and 16-week options and credits that easily transfer-- Rio Salado is a convenient and affordable option.

The seating capacity is unlimited and we never cancel an online class—ever.

Visit or call 480-384-9959.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr. Biography in Context

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The Biography in Context database is great place to learn more about the civil rights activist and humanitarian Martin Luther King, Jr.

What makes Biography in Context so unique is that its content—which includes multimedia sources like videos, images, magazines, and news articles—is updated daily. So even if a famous figure that you are researching is no longer with us, you can see how his/her legacy continues to impact contemporary society today!

Check out this page on Martin Luther King, Jr.

Note: You may be prompted to enter your RioLearn username/password to access this content.

Image by Anthony Quintano under a CC-BY 2.0 license.

News courtesy of Rio Salado Library

Watch 12News Discussion with Sun Sounds of AZ

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Sun Sounds of Arizona Manager of Programming and Volunteers Andrea Pasquale joined volunteers and the 12News team this morning, to increase awareness about the services Sun Sounds provides. 

Included in the discussion was Donna Schober, who has been a Sun Sounds volunteer for 35 years!  

You can watch the segment now on YouTube.

Sun Sounds is a community service of Rio Salado College. We are always looking for volunteers who have a passion for reading. Visit for more details.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Rio President Appointed to Governor Committee

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Rio Salado College President Dr. Chris Bustamante was recently appointed to Governor Doug Ducey’s Education Transition Committee.

Dr. Bustamante will work with other education and community leaders on the committee to advise the new administration on important education issues of the day, including those pertinent to Arizona's community colleges.

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  

We encourage you to learn more about Dr. King and the impact he had on the American Civil Rights Movement by visiting our Rio Salado Library digital archives.

FPRAZ Outperforms Most Charities in U.S.

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Charity Navigator recently awarded Friends of Public Radio Arizona (FPRAZ) a 4-star rating for adhering to good governance, best practices and executing its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

FPRAZ is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization which stewards resources on behalf of public radio stations KJZZ 91.5 FM and K-BACH 89.5 FM, which are a community service of Rio Salado College.

This is the highest rating offered by Charity Navigator, which means FPRAZ outperforms most other charities in the U.S.!

Charity Navigator is the leading charity evaluator in the U.S. The organization rates charities by how efficiently charities use donor support, how well charities sustain programs and services over time and their level of commitment to accountability and transparency.

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We appreciate your trust and commitment to support KJZZ and K-BACH. We could not have received this top rating without you.

You can listen to KJZZ and K-BACH online right now.

Monday, January 12, 2015

United Way 2014 Great Success Thanks to You!

Cedrtificate of Appreciation to Rio Salado College from St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance on December 24, 2014.  "for helping to eliminate hunger in our community."

We are pleased to announce that Rio Salado College raised approximately $18,300 during its 2014 employee giving campaign in support of the Valley of the Sun and Mesa United Way, including St. Mary’s Food Bank. 

Approximately $283,000 was raised by all ten Maricopa Community Colleges.

image: Who's Hungry in Maricopa County.  Unite to End Hunger.

The focus of our 2014 campaign was to Help End Hunger in Maricopa County. We appreciate the role you played in making this campaign a great success.

Every action you take will make a difference.

Special Saturday Service Hours, Jan. 24 & 31

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Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will provide special Saturday service hours for several student services, January 24 and 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., to help meet the increased demands that normally occur at the start of a new year.

Students Services Available:

The Testing Center, Knowledge Commons and Technology Support Helpdesk will have normal Saturday hours.

Visit our online listings for more details about important dates, closures and extended service hours.

Here are a few tips to help you avoid lines and hold times:
  • Take advantage of self-serve options like the financial aid steps and to-do list.
  • Avoid the lunchtime rush between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and try to call before 10 a.m. You can always leave a message requesting a callback.
  • Avoid calling or coming in on Mondays and consider a mid-week visit.
  • Come prepared before you call or come in to see an advisor by reviewing your program at

For a step-by-step guide on how to get started at Rio Salado, visit

Friday, January 9, 2015

Save the Date! Geeks Night Out, March 5

Join Rio Salado College, the City of Tempe and the Arizona SciTech Festival for the 4th Annual Geeks' Night Out, Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Tempe City Hall.

This FREE, family-friendly event is a blend of science, technology, engineering, arts, math and much more.

Learn more about this exciting event by visiting the City of Tempe. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Energy Stystems Tech Classes Begin Jan. 12

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In-person classes for our NEW certificate in Energy Systems Technology begin January 12 at RSC Downtown

Course content will focus on energy management and conservation concepts, building codes, standard rating systems, blueprint reading, and efficiency-- with hands-on lab and field-based learning experiences.   

There's still time to register. 

Learn more about this program in this RioNews blog and

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New! RDG 091 College Prep Reading Classes

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Need help with basic reading and study skills, vocabulary and comprehension? You’re not alone. That’s why we have RDG 091: College Preparatory Reading.

Now there’s an 8-week, hybrid option with in-person classes that meet once a week for 3 hours, complemented by online coursework.

Classes begin January 20 and 21 at four Rio Salado locations across the Valley.

Enroll in one of these classes now.

Locations and Times

RSC Avondale
Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.
Course dates: 1/20/15-3/10/15

RSC Suprise LLC
Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.
Course dates: 1/21/15-3/11/15

RSC Northern
Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.
Course dates: 1/20/15-3/10/15

RSC Southern
Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.
Course dates: 1/20/15-3/10/15

This course is included in our Textbook Savings Program

RDG 091 is a prerequisite for BIO 156, Nursing students and students who score 77 or less on the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension exam.