Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rio Salado Testing Center Services

Did you know that Rio Salado's testing centers serve thousands of Valley residents including U.S. military personnel, U.S. Postal Service workers, FBI agents, GED® test-takers and college students?

Each of Rio Salado’s nine Valley-wide testing centers offers 33 CLEP exams, which assess subject matter proficiency and provide an opportunity for students to receive college credit with qualifying scores. Students can apply knowledge they’ve gained through prior coursework, independent study, internships, job training, professional development and personal pursuits.

There are also testing services for IT professionals who need to keep certifications up-to-date, including Pearson Vue CompTIA certification exams, which are recognized by thousands of companies as a predictor of employee success.

All Maricopa students, faculty and staff are eligible for significant discounts on these exams. Students pursuing A+ certification save about 55%. Network+ certification students pay approximately half the normal rate. Rio Salado students may also receive college credit for their certifications.

Rio Salado testing centers also offer exams that assess English language skills, Adobe Certified Associate and Microsoft Office Specialist Certiport exams and more!

For a comprehensive view of the types of services offered, the locations, hours of service, forms of identification required and other details, visit:

Earn a Certificate or Degree in Retail Mgmt.

Interested in pursuing a career in retail management? Rio Salado’s certificate and associate degree in retail management are helping dozens of local employees get the training needed for management careers in the retail food industry!

The curriculum will provide you with the background and knowledge to develop the judgment skills you will exercise as a business manager.

Certificate & Degree Programs
Many local retailers, such as Fry’s Food Stores, Basha’s, Safeway, Albertsons, Smart & Final, have begun paying 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.

Watch a short video on the many benefits of Rio's retail management certificate.

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

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rio Salado Bookstore Sale - 40% off Clearance
Valid 7/27 – 8/30 in-store and online on already reduced merchandise while supplies last!

Offer not valid on food items, Starbucks products, or graduation items. In-store discount automatically taken at register. Sale prices for purchases made online will reflect in the cart. Cannot be combined with any other offer. See store for details.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New Program Helps Dental Pros Improve Access

Rio Salado Dental Clinic staff, volunteers and students at July 8 Community clinic
Rio Salado Dental Clinic staff, students and volunteers at July 8 Community Clinic for Kids

Rio Salado College is offering an online certificate program that trains community health workers to help bring better dental health to people in underserved communities.

Classes for Rio Salado's Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) program, created by the American Dental Association (ADA), begin on Aug. 25. The class is limited to certified dental assistants and registered dental hygienists.

The registration deadline is Aug. 1, 2015, however, this deadline may be extended provided students have most requirements fulfilled by Aug. 1.  Please call for approval.
image of rio dental clinic staff with patients

“CDHCs truly are making headway in improving access to care for people living in communities suffering disproportionately from dental disease,” said ADA President Dr. Maxine Feinberg. “We are excited about the extent to which these future CDHCs can help break down the barriers impeding people from attaining good oral health.”

Rio Salado’s classes will take place during three 16-week trimesters, followed by internships. Approximately 10 students will be accepted.

The college is offering the program to prospective CDHC students in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the District of Columbia.

“This program will not only be an asset to dentists in Arizona, but to dentists throughout the country,” said Arizona Dental Association Executive Director Kevin Earle.

CDHCs are trained to provide oral health education and disease prevention, and to help people navigate the public health system to receive care from dentists. Rio Salado College hosted the initial ADA CDHC pilot program, from which 34 people graduated.

“We are thrilled that Rio Salado is again hosting this wonderful program, which will ensure that more Arizona residents, as well as others throughout the country, will be able to enjoy good oral health.”

For more information about Rio Salado's CDHC program, visit this web page.

Be A Leader Scholarship Opportunity

Are you interested in being a positive mentor for middle school students in your community?

The Be A Leader Foundation scholarship is designed for Rio Salado students who want to help local youth prepare for and consider a college education.

Students are asked to commit to nine months of mentorship, and are required to volunteer for five hours one Saturday per month. Selected students will be awarded a minimum of $500 for the 2015-16 academic year.

Am I eligible?
  • Any student may apply who has a GPA of 2.0 or higher and plans to take at least one Rio Salado course during both the fall and spring 2015-16 terms. Your GPA will be calculated for all courses taken with the Maricopa Community Colleges. If you have not taken any Maricopa courses, your GPA will be calculated based on your previous college grades or your high school grades.
  • Students who are native Spanish speakers or have some fluency with the Spanish language are encouraged to apply.
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.
  • You must have reliable transportation.
  • You must make the nine-month commitment. Most programs are from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on one Saturday per month beginning in August, 2015.

The application is available at:

You must log into your My.Maricopa account to apply.

All applications must be submitted by August 11, 2015.

If you would like more information or have questions, please contact John Bastian at or 480-517-8656.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Rio's Addictions and Substance Use Programs

Rio Salado’s Addictions and Substance Use Disorders programs are designed to give you the tools you need to change the lives of others. 

Rio Salado is one of Arizona’s top trainers of chemical dependency professionals among National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) approved colleges.

Coursework focuses on the recovery process, relapse factors, family dynamics, various intervention models and professional ethics.

“There is an ongoing problem with addiction in this country, and that is why addictions counseling remains one of the top growth professions,” said Dr. Kirk Bowden, faculty chair for the college’s addictions and substance use disorders program.

Dr. Kirk Bowden
“We are committed to educating the next generation of addictions counselors.”

  • Professional Addictions Counseling Addictions and Substance Use Disorders - Levels I and II
Degree Program
  • Associate in Applied Science in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders 
Continuing Education

For additional information about Rio Salado’s Behavioral Health/Addictions and Substance Use Disorders program, visit or call Academic Advisement at 480-517-8580.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Higher Education Can Help You Live Longer

Does a higher education help you live longer? According to a recent study, the answer is yes!

Check out this scientific study that USA Today shared, Higher Education Can Help You Live Longer.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

PTK Fundraiser for Homelessness

Students from Rio Salado's Alpha Theta Omicron chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society are collecting items to donate to homeless individuals as part of a community service project. Donation boxes will be available at Rio Salado locations through Thursday, Aug. 6.

"We chose this project as a way to directly help those who are homeless have some necessary items for personal use," said PTK Chapter President Vanessa Williams.

"Everyday there are homeless people out there who are unable to take care of some of their most basic needs. Washing their hair, washing their face. For someone who can’t do this, that little bit of dignity to stay clean can make a world of difference. Having sunscreen would help keep their bodies and skin from being sunburned."

Care packages will be distributed at Tempe Town Park.

Items Needed: 
  • Soap
  • Razor
  • Sunscreen
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Feminine Hygiene

Additional items needed include, band aids, baseball caps, ponytail holders, water bottles, AAA batteries, deodorant, laundry detergent pods, heavy duty combs, safety pins, mini sewing kits, body wash, wash cloths, shampoo, conditioner.
PTK will also accept monetary donations. Volunteers are welcome for the assembly of care packages as well as distribution.

To donate or volunteer, contact John Bastian at 480-517-8656.

Pictured above: PTK Officer Christy Neighbors and PTK Chair for Honors-in-Action Project Theresa Maheux.

Teacher Education Events in August

Schools out for summer, but you can still learn to become a teacher!
Attend one of Rio Salado's teacher education classes, workshops or orientation sessions, designed specifically for teachers and those interested in teaching.

All orientation sessions and continued education courses are free to attend.

Teacher-in-Residence Orientation
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4, 6:30-8 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) intern program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into a K-12 teaching career. Through paid employment opportunities in the classroom, students can earn an income while completing the certification coursework. The program can be completed in two years. Register at
Post-Baccalaureate Orientation
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, 6-8 p.m., Communiversity at Surprise
  • Monday, Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m., Communiversity at QC
Program Orientation - Learn about Rio Salado's Post-Baccalaureate Education Program. Applicants can receive certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary (content specific) and Special Education. Learn more and register at
Explore Teaching
  • Saturday, Aug. 15, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
The Explore Workshop will introduce students to the teaching profession, providing important insight into administrative and classroom expectations, course planning and preparation, student assessment, salary and benefit expectations, etc. The workshop is designed to address many of the concerns and expectations of potential teachers before they fully commit to a certification program and a career in education. Register by calling 480.517.8140.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Time Management Success Strategies

The topic of time-management is often stressed and emphasized to college students as an essential tool for success; however, time-management is not only imperative to acquire success as a college student but also is a required ingredient to achieve success in life. 

Randy Pauch, an inspirational professor, leader, and innovator, at Carnegie Mellon University, presented an entertaining and relevant lecture on time-management and can be viewed below:

Pauch highlighted an effective approach to the countless tasks that not only college students encounter, but also we face as individuals in our day-to- day lives. The suggestion offered by Pauch entails the idea to work on the “ugliest” thing first, which means to dedicate time to the task that is the most undesirable.

Moreover, Pauch discussed his battle with pancreatic cancer and integrated his life lessons as an educator throughout his invaluable lectures, until his death in 2008, and is known for his New York Time’s best-selling book The Last Lecture.

In conclusion, students’ abilities to incorporate time-management strategies will enhance the productivity required to accomplish academic goals and improve the life-work balance necessary for overall well-being.

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services.

The Benefits of Internships

"Experience required." This is a common phrase on many job postings. However, many students and recent graduates don't have professional or industry-specific experience.

So, how can you get the experience you need to land a job in your field? By interning! Internships are the perfect way to gain practical experience and apply what you’ve learned in the classroom. 

If you are still trying to decide on a career path, working as an intern is an excellent way to explore various careers.

Internships come in all different “shapes and sizes.” They can be full-time, part-time, for credit or non-credit, paid or unpaid, but the goal is the same: gaining experience!

Finding an internship is just like the job search process. It takes an excellent resume, solid interviewing skills and networking. 

If you need help with these skills, Rio Salado offers Creative Job Hunting (CPD 102AC) as a two-credit course. The Counseling department is also available by appointment to discuss your career goals and to offer guidance on how to find an internship.

Now you can earn college credits toward Rio Salado’s many Business and Public Administration programs through our new Internship Program.

To learn more, including
application guidelines, visit

Monday, July 20, 2015

Internet Access Restored

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We believe the issues with Internet connectivity have been resolved.

Please let us know if you're having problems by contacting our Technology HelpDesk.

Thank you for your patience.

Intermittent Internet Issues

The Maricopa Community Colleges are currently experiencing intermittent Internet issues. This may affect your ability to connect to our Maricopa network. Technical teams are working to resolve.

Please be patient as you may have issues using email, directories, SIS and other student interfaces. While we do not expect this outage to affect RioLearn, please plan accordingly.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.

Join the RioLounge Community

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Have you checked out RioLounge? It's a great resource for buying and selling used textbooks and engaging with other students!

You can also share photos and videos, plan and promote local events or just hangout. 

All students are encouraged to participate. Here’s how:

  1. Log into or create a Google+ profile using a personal Gmail account.
  2. Visit
  3. Join the RioLounge Community on the right hand side of the page.

New Titles at the Rio Salado Library

Here is what’s new in the Rio Salado College Library!

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.




Thursday, July 16, 2015

Social Media Strategist Needed

Put your creative genius to work as Rio Salado’s Social Media Strategist!

The ideal candidate will have a passion for education and confidence in developing dynamic, timely content and customer-driven conversations using multiple social media platforms that will engage and inspire people to pursue and support life-long learning.

Be a part of a fun, dynamic creative services team that takes pride in its college mission, ingenuity and collaborative spirit—while you enjoy the benefits of paid holidays, health and retirement benefits, professional growth funds and more!

Interested applicants must apply at by Aug. 9, 2015. Please reference Job ID # is 15691

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Study Time and Space

photo of Albert Einstein in his office, pondering.

Have you given any thought to how much time and what kind of space you should devote to studying? Rio Salado's Counseling team has some advice to consider.

study rule: 1 = 2.  Rule of thumb: 1 hour of class time = 2 hours of study time.
Did you know that college students are encouraged to approach their coursework as they would a 40-50 hour work week?

In terms of study time, the goal should be two hours per unit each week, for a total of 25-35 hours each week.

The question now is where to study so you can make your time productive.

Here are some suggestions to consider for locations and settings.

The Rio Salado Library is a great option. The Tempe headquarters houses our biggest library and study rooms. Please visit for details about library services at other locations such as Northern and Thomas.

The Café @ Rio and our student lounge on the second floor at the Tempe headquarters is another option to consider. All locations provide WiFi access.

Many of you will likely ended up studying from home. Here are some proven ways to make your study space more conducive to learning.

image of a bright and colorful study space.

Keep it fun and interesting. Even though we encourage you to hit the books in a neat and well-organized space, you’ll want to include some kind of pleasing aesthetics and stimulus. Otherwise, you'll probably find yourself face first in your books and swimming in zzzzzzzs. One of the easiest ways to punch up the personality above your desk is to create an inspiration or mood board featuring favorite photos, quotes, textiles, and clippings. This is a great place to shift your attention and recharge when experiencing studying doldrums.

Pull up a comfortable chair. If all you can think about is how uncomfortable your bottom is, you’re not likely to get much work done. Make the investment in a cushy desk chair. Tight budget? Consider one of those flokati fur rugs. They’ll keep you warm too!

A place for everything and everything in its place. We know you probably heard this axiom from your mom one too many times growing up, but we repeat it here just because it's true! If everything from your paperclips to your protractor has a designated space, you'll not only quickly know where to find it, but you'll squander less time straightening up your desk before you get to work.

Consider color. The color orange has been proven to stimulate brain activity—a good reason to dose yourself with vitamin C-inspired hues. Yellow is also known to activate brain waves. Pale blue is another popular color, which is often used in classrooms, because it is known to increase productivity, creative thinking and intuition. On the other hand, it can also make you drowsy, so take caution with this color.

You may have to go through a little trial and error in finding the right study space but don’t lose site of the ultimate goal—to study!   

Time and space are relative. Do what's right for you!

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” ― Albert Einstein 

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardott on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Attend Free Teacher Ed Orientation

Take advantage of these in-person and webinar orientation sessions hosted by Rio Salado Teacher Education.

Learn more about Rio Salado College’s Teacher Education Programs. Undergraduate Orientation Dates: •Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 •Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 •Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 •Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 Orientations will be held from 6-9 p.m. at Rio Salado College, 2323 W. 14th Street, 6th Floor Tower Bldg. , Tempe, AZ 85281. 480-517-8430.   Post Baccalaureate Orientation Dates: •Monday, July 20, 2015 - Communiversity at Queen Creek •Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - Webinar •Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 - Webinar •Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 - Communiversity at Queen Creek •Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 - Webinar •Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 - Webinar •Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 - Webinar In-person orientations will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, 21740 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek, AZ 85142. Webinars held from 7-9 p.m. on dates listed. 480-517-8580   Secure your future today.     Board-approved program from the Arizona Department of Education  Northcentral University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC).  (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 1.800.621.7440, For program disclosures, please visit  Rio Salado College is an accredited institution. Online classes may have in-person components, testing requirements, block calendar guidelines and require proof of legal residency. Payment plan options and financial aid are available to those who qualify.

UPDATE: The July 22 orientation session has been cancelled.  Please visit these web pages for the latest updates:

Meet Jenna Leahy, Teacher Extraordinaire

Jenna Leahy surrounded by grade school children.

Here's a terrific success story from the team at Maricopa Matters about Jenna Leahy, who benefited from Rio Salado's Teacher Education program, which helped her become a co-founder of a local charter school. 

"Being able to work full time and take courses at my convenience really fit my personality. Getting my certificate while I was teaching allowed me to learn in real time."

To learn more about Rio Salado's Teacher Education programs, visit

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Dental Clinics Give Kids Reason to Smile!

images from the clinics of kids, volunteers, staff and students.

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic hosted two wellness clinics for kids in June and July and provided free dental services to nearly 200 children!

The services included exams, X-rays, cleaning and Fluoride treatments provided by Rio Salado’s dental hygiene students.

“A big goal for us is to offer services to the community, while also providing a learning experience for our students,” said Clinical Coordinator Nikki Shipp.

The Arizona Dental Foundation, which served as one the event sponsors reported that Rio Salado provided $23,223 worth of treatment at the June clinic! 

A big thank you to Rio Salado dental hygiene students, staff and volunteers for all their hard work and dedication in making the clinics a resounding success!

We would also like to thank the Arizona Dental Foundation, Delta Dental of Arizona, Xlear, CBS 5 AZ - KPHO and all of our community partners for helping us get the word out about this event, for donating services and volunteering their time!

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public all year long. Fees range from $25-35 depending on the age of the patient. For more information, call 480-377-4100 or visit

image of dental clinic students providing service to a young patient.

Interested in a Dental Career? Visit this web page to learn more about our dental hygiene and dental assisting programs, and how we can help you get started.

Monday, July 13, 2015

In-person Classes Return to EVVEC

The East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) is excited to announce the return of in-person classes starting fall 2015.

The EVVEC will offer an in-person COM100 (Introduction to Human Communication) class, beginning August 31, 2015. The 3-credit, 8-week class will meet on Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 - 8:20 p.m.

EVVEC on-site academic advisors are available to help students determine whether this course meets their education plans.

To learn more, please contact Military Advisors Jordan Sherwood at (480) 384-9850 or Melanie James at (480) 517-8159.

To learn more about upcoming classes or information on workshops and other services available at the EVVEC, please email, call 480-384-9850 and visit the EVVEC Facebook page.

The EVVEC is hosted by Rio Salado College, A Maricopa Community College.

New Faculty Chair for Physical Science

Rio Salado College welcomes Shawn Korman as the new Faculty Chair for Physical Science, Food and Nutrition, Sustainable Food Systems and Sustainability.

Korman has been a part of the Rio family for more than 10 years, serving as an adjunct faculty member in chemistry, a course developer, and acted as the ELN liaison to the EDU department to assist with adjunct faculty and student matters.

"I am excited to be a part of an institution that allows students the flexibility to continue their education even with the varying demands of life," Korman said.  

"My passions are teaching and science and this position gives me the opportunity to ensure that students are getting the very best they can from Rio Salado."

Korman holds a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University, and a M.Ed. from Northern Arizona University.

"We are excited to have Shawn join our Rio Salado family and our small faculty cohort," said Rio Salado Faculty Senate President and Faculty Chair of English & New Media Studies and Curriculum Development Jennifer Shantz. "Shawn has been a valued adjunct faculty member of the college and brings a wealth of experience with her as she transitions to her new role. The faculty look forward to collaborating with her on various initiatives, including student success and adjunct faculty support.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

MCCD’s Outstanding Adjunct Faculty for Rio Salado

Janice “Cat” McDonald, adjunct faculty in the Incarcerated Reentry and Psychology departments was selected as the Maricopa Community College District's Outstanding Adjunct Faculty for 2015.

The Adjunct Faculty Association (AFA) is a nonprofit professional organization that serves as a framework for MCCCD adjunct faculty to better serve and support students.

McDonald was nominated by two faculty department chairs, Dr. Melanie Abts and Dr. Wanda Tucker, for her exceptional teaching practices and commitment to students.

Dr. Wanda Tucker cited McDonald's tireless efforts to connect with her students by phone, email, and through U.S. mail to ensure her students receive support to compensate for the lack of face-to-face capabilities between students and faculty.

"McDonald is a leader in incarcerated education and goes over and beyond for her students to empower them. We would like to congratulate her for receiving this well-deserved recognition," said Abts.

Dr. Tucker highlights McDonald's dedication by acknowledging her commute from California to Arizona to attend the colleges’ all-faculty meetings and trainings as a demonstration of her commitment to students.

McDonald teaches Workforce Reentry (WFR) courses in a print-based format for Rio Salado’s incarcerated students, as well as PSY 101. 

The WFR curriculum is a valuable resource for students as it provides the necessary skills to effectively transition from an incarcerated environment into the community. WFR courses are available nationwide and focus on job readiness, job preparation, and job retention skills, as well as family reunification, personal growth, and social skills development.

McDonald's overall accessibility, responsiveness, and feedback are among the many positive comments students cite throughout her evaluations.

More importantly, McDonald's WFR students reveal that their increased confidence in themselves, their skills, and ability to acquire employment after incarceration are the most priceless tools they develop as a result of her courses.

News courtesy of Rio Salado Counseling Faculty Chair and PTK Advisor Dr. Melanie Abts on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services.

Pictured above: President of the Adjunct Faculty Association (AFA) Leo Valverde, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost for MCCCD Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Adjunct Faculty of Incarcerated Reentry Janice McDonald and Chancellor of MCCCD Dr. Rufus Glapser.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Former ELAA Student Pursues Career Dream

Rajab Zaza, who is originally from Syria, is a National Adult Education Honor Society member and former Rio Salado Southern student. Zaza began taking Rio Salado’s English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) classes last fall to improve his English while pursuing admission to a dental program.

Zaza was recently accepted into a dental internship in Dallas. He stopped by Rio Salado Southern to thank his teachers and the staff for their coaching and assistance.

“We are delighted that he will resume his 20 year profession upon earning his license to practice dentistry in the United States,” said Aliza Dodell, coordinator of instructional programs at Rio Salado.

Interested in learning about how Rio Salado's ELAA programs and services can help you get ahead? Classes and resources are available throughout the Valley. Visit this web page for more information.

Get to know some other Rio Salado ELLA students in this blog post.

News courtesy of Rio Salado Director of Community Development and Partnerships Charles Flanagan and Coordinator of Instructional Programs Aliza Dodell.

TouchNet Service Outage, July 10

The Maricopa Community Colleges student payment system TouchNet will not be available on Friday, July 10, between 12-4 a.m. as staff complete year-end processing. 

Students will not be able to view their accounts or make payments during this time.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Films on Demand: Career Exploration Videos

By GotCredit under a CC-BY 2.0 license
Are you stuck in a career rut? Are you interested in finding a new career path but don’t know where to start?

Check out the Films on Demand Career Exploration videos.

With 649 titles to choose from, you are bound to find something to help motivate you to consider your options and forge a new career path if the time is right!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Noyce Scholar Teaches High School Science

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"The Noyce Scholarship program provided me with the opportunity to become a teacher," said Matthew Ford, one of 28 scholars who recently completed Rio Salado's Noyce Scholars Program.
Ford teaches earth and forensic science at Chino Valley High School.
"In addition to the stipend, the program provided me with registration and advisement assistance, and access to learning from qualified teachers,” Ford said.
The Noyce Scholars program is accepting applications for 15 qualified candidates who are interested in earning a secondary Arizona teaching certificate in math or science for grades 6-12.
Participants are also given a generous $16,500 stipend to help with expenses.
The program provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.
Classes begin the first week of September.
Please note: The application process usually takes about one month to complete.
For more details, visit or call 480-517-8066.

Helpdesk Application Maintenance Thursday, July 9

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The Rio Salado Technology Helpdesk application will be offline for regular maintenance on Thursday, July 9, from 6-8 a.m. 

We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Rio Salado's New Vice President of Student Affairs

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Welcome Dr. LeRodrick Terry!

LeRodrick Terry, Ph.D., has accepted the position of vice president of student affairs at Rio Salado College effective July 1, 2015. He was selected following a national search. Terry brings a proven track record of results-driven leadership, teamwork and student success to the college.

Terry has worked in higher education leadership roles for more than 10 years. He previously served as dean of student services at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, and in director roles at Talladega College in Alabama, and Shorter University in Georgia.

“Dr. Terry is a passionate advocate for student success and has a strong reputation as a student-focused, collaborative leader who explores and implements innovative strategies to support student services, recruitment and retention,” said Dr. Chris Bustamante, Rio Salado College president.

“His wealth of knowledge and experience will benefit Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community College District through the many contributions he will make during his tenure here."

Terry’s work has focused on developing innovative recruitment and retention strategies, increasing completion rates, promoting student advocacy, and creating best practices that positively support student affairs and diversity.

“It is an honor and privilege to assume the role of vice president of student affairs at Rio Salado College,” Terry said. “I am eager to serve and contribute to the missions and values of Rio Salado by imparting my passion for supporting student success through innovation and teamwork.”

As vice president of student affairs, Terry will oversee the administration and strategic planning of the college’s academic advisement, ace puente/hoop of learning, admissions, records and registration, college copy center services, disability resources and services, financial aid, international education, institutional advancement, judicial affairs, quality assurance and training, student life and leadership, testing and assessment, and veteran services departments. In addition, he will have oversight of the strategic enrollment management initiative, commencement and the development of a welcome center for the college.

Terry’s academic background also includes teaching. He served as an adjunct faculty instructor for seven online universities. He has also taught in-person middle school, high school and GED classes in Alabama and Florida.

Terry holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Auburn University, and a M.A. in Leadership from Shorter University.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Teacher Education Events This Summer

Summer professional development for educators.

Make the most of your summer by attending one of Rio Salado's teacher education classes, workshops or orientation sessions, designed specifically for teachers and those interested in teaching.

All orientation sessions and continued education courses are free to attend.
Teacher-in-Residence Orientation
  • Tuesday, July 14, 6:30-8 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4, 6:30-8 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) intern program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into a K-12 teaching career. Through paid employment opportunities in the classroom, students can earn an income while completing the certification coursework. The program can be completed in two years. Register at
Post-Baccalaureate Orientation
  • Wednesday, July 15, 6-8 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
  • Monday, July 20, 6-8 p.m., Communiversity at QC
  • Tuesday, July, 21, 6-8 p.m., Communiversity at Surprise
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, 6-8 p.m., Communiversity at Surprise
  • Monday, Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m., Communiversity at QC
Program Orientation - Learn about Rio Salado's Post-Baccalaureate Education Program. Applicants can receive certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary (content specific) and Special Education. Learn more and register at
Explore Teaching
  • Saturday, Aug. 15, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
The Explore Workshop will introduce students to the teaching profession, providing important insight into administrative and classroom expectations, course planning and preparation, student assessment, salary and benefit expectations, etc. The workshop is designed to address many of the concerns and expectations of potential teachers before they fully commit to a certification program and a career in education. Register by calling 480.517.8140.

A-to-Z Web 2.0
  • Tuesday, July, 18, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Rio Salado College, Room 515
Explore innovative H.O.T. (Handy, Outstanding, Timesaving)Web 2.0 Tools, such as: wikis, Google sites and digitized interactive notebooks, integrated with empowering Active Engagement Instructional Strategies that will help you connect with students and create a challenging and energized classroom environment.

Design your course around outcomes, teach with passion and develop Web 2.0 tools that assist in checking for understanding as your students engage in the lessons. Register by calling 480.517.8140.
Moving At-Risk Students Forward
  • Saturday, July 11, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Rio Salado College, Room 515
This workshop will help teachers bring true hope to at-risk youth, adolescents who are less likely to transition successfully into adulthood and achieve economic self-sufficiency. Workshop participants will engage in activities and discussion to better understand the at-risk students’ emotional or behavioral problems, truancy, low academic performance, showing a lack of interest for academics and expressing a disconnection from the school environment.

Learn how to build and motivate student resilience to have a strong sense of purpose and a belief in success; including goal direction, education aspirations, motivation, persistence, and optimism. Register by calling 480.517.8140.

Dual Enrollment Grad Student Spotlight

Megan Yousefelahi, a 2015 Rio Salado dual enrollment graduate from Tempe Desert Vista High School, was recently awarded a Homa and Irene Wood Foundation Scholarship, which will help her continue her educational journey at the University of Arizona this fall.

“The Homa and Irene Wood Foundation Scholarship means a chance to get higher education--a chance that I would have not otherwise received,” said Yousefelahi.

“My family's low income would have translated into not going to college and not having an opportunity to better my quality of life. I am so thankful to the Homa and Irene Wood Foundation for giving kids like me an opportunity to be first generation college graduates.”

Yousefelahi was one of a record-number of dual enrollment graduates who took part in the May 2015 Commencement ceremony, and among a select few to receive an Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, all before graduating from high school!

“What I liked most about being a dual enrollment student was getting the opportunity to earn college credit that could be transferred over to my university,” said Yousefelahi.

“Now, I have completed all of my university's general education classes and requirements and can get a head start on my major. This also frees up time so I can look for a minor, double major, or get into internships or other research opportunities.”

Dual enrollment credits transfer to all Arizona public colleges and universities, as well as many public and private colleges and universities outside of Arizona.

"It has been so rewarding to work with Megan,” said Rio Salado College Dual Enrollment Site Coordinator Claudia Bermudez.

“For her to graduate from high school with an associate in science degree is truly exceptional. She is the ideal student-- smart, dedicated and goal driven. We know she will succeed at University of Arizona.”

Despite her academic workload, Yousefelahi was also an active member of Rio Salado's Alpha Theta Omicron chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

“Being a member of a highly prestigious college organization gave me bragging rights to universities and scholarships. I was able to interact with college students and provide service to the community,” said Yousefelahi.

Yousefelahi plans to major in physiology at University of Arizona before applying to medical school.

“I picked medicine as my future career path as a young child because my mother has heart problems (which I too have inherited) therefore I decided to pursue a career involving cardiovascular complications,” said Yousefehali.

She hopes her story will inspire others to achieve their educational dreams.

“Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Ask a lot of questions and help with as many projects as you can. High school is a great time to gain experience and knowledge,” said Yousefelahi.

“You will be able to take all your experiences with you to college and mold yourself to be the person you have always wanted to be, but that doesn't happen if you are afraid of trying something new!”

For more details about Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program, including scholarship opportunities, visit or call 480-517-8080.

Learn how you can make the most of your time, energy and experience in college through Rio Salado’s programs and services. 

Pictured above: Desert Vista High School / Rio Salado 2015 dual enrollment graduates Chase Boeke, Angelique Cappo, Rex Moore, Megan Yousefelahi and Sepehr Rostamzadeh

Monday, July 6, 2015

Communiversity at Surprise lockdown lifted

The Communiversity at Surprise  lockdown has been lifted.

Classes will resume as scheduled.

10 Reasons to Attend a Community College

Two-year colleges offer many benefits to students, including affordability and convenience, to name a few.

Check out this U.S. News & World Report article, 10 Reasons to Attend a Community College.

We are delighted to help you on your educational journey and encourage you to take advantage of the programs and services we provide.

Veterans Upward Bound EVVEC Schedule

image of a soldier standing next to a chalk board with caption that reads, "Earn your degree."

Arizona State University’s Veterans Upward Bound Project is a free educational program that prepares veterans to transition to college.

Classes are designed to help veterans improve English, math and computer skills, and are held at the East Valley Veterans Center at no cost to qualified applicants.

Students receive one-on-one instruction, tutoring, assistance with financial aid and scholarship applications and referrals to other services as needed.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Low-income and/or a first generation student
  • Served on active duty for more than 180 consecutive days
  • Served more than 30 consecutive days and called to active duty on or after 9/11/2001.
  • Have discharge status anything other than dishonorable

VUB classes are non-graded with open-entry start dates.

English and Computer Literacy (Mon. and Wed., 2 – 4 p.m.)
  • Reading
  • Composition
  • Grammar

Math (Tue. and Thur., 2 – 4 p.m.)
  • Basic math through pre-calculus

For more details, call 480-384-9850.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Early Childhood Certificate-to-Degree Programs

Interested in an Early Childhood and Human Development career? Rio Salado offers several certificate-to-degree programs with Monday start dates!

Rio Salado’s Early Childhood program offers multiple opportunities for career entry or professional development, including program pathways in Early Learning and Development, Family Life Education and Early Childhood Administration and Management.

Learn more about Rio Salado's program by visiting this web page, and check out the latest schedule of classes.

For more details, contact a Rio Salado student services specialist at 480-517-8580 or send an email inquiry to