Monday, August 31, 2015

Student Sucess Tip: Build Relationships!

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Looking for student success tips and advice? Look no further.

Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges have compiled a list of common things successful students do-- to help you succeed!

Today's tip: build relationships! 

Poster for tip: Build Relationships.  1. Get to know your professors.  2. Connect with peers in your classes.

Don't forget about connecting with your advisor!

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Save Big with 90/30 Transfer Programs

If you're like many community college students, you maybe thinking about transferring to a 4-year college. This re: THINK blog feature by NAU-Extended Campuses will introduce you to the benefits of its 90/30 transfer program, which allows you to transfer up to 90 community college credits toward a bachelor’s degree. That means considerable savings for you! 

Rio Salado has articulation agreements with more than 40 university partners across the country that accept student transfer credits toward specific programs.  Like NAU, some of our other partners offer a 90/30 transfer program option. Visit this web page for more details and to schedule an appointment with one of our transfer specialists.

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MacGarret Becker is your NAU transfer coordinator at Rio Salado. He is here Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. You can make an appointment to see him by contacting Rio Advisement at (480) 517-8580. You can reach Becker in between visits at (602) 776-4609 or Visit this web page for more details about transferring to NAU.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Rio Salado Bookstore Price Match Promise

The Price Match Promise: We'll match the lowest advtertised price on your college textbooks

Take advantage of the Rio Salado Bookstore Price Match Promise-- to meet the lowest advertised price on your college textbooks!

Purchased or rented, new or used-- show the bookstore a better advertised price and it will give you the difference on a gift card.

To receive a one-time price adjustment:
● Bring your original receipt and advertisement for the better price to the store within 7 days of your original purchase.

● The book must be in stock with the bookstore and with the retailer advertising the lower price.

● The lower priced item must match the exact book and edition purchased or rented, including accompanying CDs, online access codes, student manuals, etc.

● Excludes: Digital books, peer-to-peer marketplaces and online aggregator sites.

Free shipping to the store or $7.50 to your home.

*Offer valid through 12/31/2015, in-store only at the Bookstore @ Rio Salado. If, within 7 days of the original transaction, you find a cheaper price for the book you bought from this store, we'll give you the difference in price on a gift card. The price must come from another local bookstore or Neebo, Amazon (excluding its marketplace), Chegg or Barnes and Noble. Peer-to-peer marketplaces, aggregator sites, digital books and publisher direct prices are excluded. The item being price matched must currently be in-stock with us and the local competitor or online site. The price advertised has to be for the exact book and edition in our store, including accompanying components such as CDs, online access cards, student manuals and the like. Original receipt must clearly state whether the book was purchased new, used or rented. Additional rules and restrictions apply. See store associate for more details.

Brookings Now Tips on Applying to College

Here are some interesting findings from The Brookings Institution to consider as you plan for your educational journey.

Included is analysis of the actual value of a college degree in today’s economy, how your choice of school or major affects your future opportunities, whether the return on your investment will pay off and more.

Microsoft Office 365 Download Update

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.

Having difficulty downloading the free version of Microsoft Office 365?

The Maricopa Community Colleges IT team is working with Microsoft to resolve issues that are preventing students from downloading this software. We will keep you posted on their progress.

Please visit for the latest updates.

Office 365 is the latest version of Microsoft’s productivity suite, and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, and more-- available free of charge to every Maricopa Community Colleges students for offline and online use. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Student 101: Need to Know Terms

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Monday starts, Block Calendar and other systems that are unique to Rio Salado can be a bit confusing, especially if you’re not familiar with the related terminology. Here are a list of words and phrases that will help new students understand what they must do to meet academic, registration and financial aid requirements.

Academic Program
A prescribed series of classes designed for a specific degree, certificate, or other credential. See your Academic Advisement team for support.

  • Program Seeker – Students who have declared a Rio Salado certificate, degree or transfer program in, ESF (Electronic Student File) or by meeting with an advisor.
  • Non-Program Seekers – Students who take classes for personal or professional gain, to supplement a degree program at another college or university and students who have not declared a Rio Salado certificate, degree or transfer program.

Satisfactory Academic Progress
To keep your financial aid, you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress, which is measured by three criteria: Progress, Grade Point and Maximum Time-frame. Here’s a clever video to introduce you to this concept and what these terms mean. Visit your Financial Aid team for more details.

Block Calendar System
Unique to Rio Salado College, the block calendar system uses semester blocks to provide students with flexibility in class scheduling. The importance of you understanding how this system works is critical to your success at Rio Salado. Here is an introductory video that makes it easier to understand this system. 

  • Academic Terms – Like traditional semesters at other colleges, Rio Salado has fall, spring and summer terms.
  • Semester Block – Each Academic Term is divided into Semester Blocks, with a definitive start and end date. Students choose a block that works best with their schedules and complete classes within the specified time-frame. Semester Blocks must be completed within a specified Academic Term.
  • Term Block – Synonymous with Semester Blocks.
  • Class Start Date – When a class begins, which is typically Monday. Students can choose multiple class start dates within their Semester Block, as long as they complete all classes by the Semester Block end date.
  • Class End Date – The last day course materials can be can be submitted.
  • Monday Starts - When Academic Terms, Semester Blocks and most classes begin.
  • Out of Block – Classes that do not start and end within a Semester Block, which will automatically be dropped if not completed by a student’s Semester Block end date. 

This Block Calendar Planning Tool will help you determine which Academic Term, Semester Block and Class Start Dates will work best for you!  If you need additional support, call on your Admissions and Records team.

Visit our student orientation web pages for more student success tools.

Saturday, Aug. 29 Extended Service Hours

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The Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will be open Saturday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to help students during the back-to-school rush.  
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Student services available:
Academic Advisement
Cashier's Office
Financial Aid
Admissions and Records

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

    The back to school rush usually continues through September.

    For a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado College and other new student resources visit

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    A Review of Addiction Counseling Requirements

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    Rio Salado Faculty Chair of Addiction and Substance Use Disorders program Kirk Bowden published an editorial called My Big Concern for the Addiction Counseling Profession (Part II) for the summer edition of Advances in Addiction & Recovery, a professional journal published by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals.

    This is a follow up to a spring 2015 editorial published by Bowden about the same subject.

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    Bowden calls on state behavioral health regulatory/licensing boards to implement a requirement that behavioral health professionals have addiction-specific education and experience before practicing addiction counseling independently. Most states do not have this requirement.

    Rio Salado College is one of Arizona’s top educators of addictions counseling professionals, offering online classes, certificates and an associate degree in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders.

    “We have a lot of highly-qualified faculty who are experts in the field,” Bowden said. “For example, one adjunct is the author of a textbook that is used nationally and another works as a policy writer for President Obama.”

    Bowden himself is well known in the field.

    In addition to serving as NAADAC’s President since October 2014, Bowden, PhD, MAC, NCC, LPC, serves on the Editorial Advisory Committee for NAADAC’s Advances in Addiction & Recovery magazine. While serving in many capacities for NAADAC through the years, Kirk has also served as Chair of the Chemical Dependency Counseling Rio Salado College, Director of the Department of Professional Counseling and Addiction Studies at Grand Canyon University, President of the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education (IN CASE), and as a steering committee member for SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Partners for Recovery, and the Higher Education Accreditation and Competencies expert panel for SAMHSA/CSAT.

    Bowden was recognized by the Arizona Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors as Advocate of the Year for 2010, and by the American Counseling Association for the Counselor Educator Advocacy Award in 2013, the Fellow Award in 2014, and most recently for the Outstanding Addiction/Offender Professional Award in 2015.

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

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    College Savings Tips & Traps for Parents

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    Here’s a story by U.S. News Education reporter Deborah Ziff that includes some great advice for parents who are trying to save for their children’s education—while managing their own student debt—and how to avoid common college savings mistakes.

    Need help financing your education?  Call on our Financial Aid team for assistance. 

    Earn College Credits with an Internship

    New! Business & Public Administration Internship Opportunities.  Apply Now.

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

    Internships are a great way to earn college credits, attain professional experience to include in your resume and help you prepare for a career after graduation.

    A qualified internship is a structured, practical experience in which you apply all that you've learned throughout your coursework at Rio Salado. An internship should also further your knowledge and skills in an area that specifically relates to your current program of study and future career goals. 

    Internships can be paid or voluntary assignments. Once an internship is established, it can be arranged for one, two or three credit hours, depending on work hours. Students can use up to six internship credit hours toward approved degrees and certificates.

    Students must be currently enrolled at Rio Salado with a freshman or sophomore status and have a minimum 2.0 GPA to be eligible for an internship. It is the student’s responsibility to secure an internship opportunity.

    To learn more about this program, including application guidelines, visit

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    Exercise Your Right to Vote!

    Arizona voters will take part in the Phoenix general election and Tucson primary election tomorrow, August 25, to choose a mayor, council members and ballot measures they want to adopt.

    Are you prepared to make your decision?

    We hope you take the time to engage in this important civic duty.

    Visit your county recorders office for details on how to vote this August and November. Here are links to Maricopa and Pima voter resources:

    Early ballots must be received by August 25.

    Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world. -- Sharon Salzberg

    New VP: Strategic Initiatives & Information Services

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    We are pleased to announce that David O’Shea has been appointed to serve as Rio Salado College's Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Information Services

    O’Shea, who has served Rio Salado for the last two and half years, is eager to help the college expand its reach and impact through innovative technologies and strategies.

    “I am very proud to be able to serve the students, faculty and staff of Rio Salado College and MCCCD,” said O’Shea. “I think that post-secondary education is the key to success for our community, and I am looking forward to helping Rio Salado deliver that education and to making our college and our community a better place.”

    O’Shea has been serving as Rio Salado’s Acting Chief Information Officer for nearly a year. Preceding that, he served as Rio Salado’s Chief Technology Officer.

    O’Shea has worked in the information technology field for nearly 20 years, most recently in the higher education sector. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, in business administration with an emphasis in economics, and an associate degree in information technology from Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

    We hope you'll join us in congratulating Mr. O'Shea on his new appointment, which began August 24, 2015.

    Café at Rio Cuisine and Discounts for You!

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    Lunch plans? Enjoy local, organic and homemade delights from the Café at Rio.

    The Café at Rio is open to the public-- and so is our Café at Rio Gift Card, which can save you 10% on all of your purchases. Talk to one of our friendly staff for details. 

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    The Café at Rio is committed to serving sustainable food that nourishes the body and soul. We support local food suppliers, and feature their products in our daily specials and seasonal menu options. We employ sustainable food practices to better serve you and the environment. 

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

    Orientation Tips for New Rio Waves

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    Many of you will begin taking classes tomorrow. Here’s to a successful fall 2015 and a big welcome to all of the new Rio Waves

    Are you ready?

    If you haven't already, get acquainted with your student systems. This video will give you an introduction.

    You should check your RioLearn account to see whether you have any assignments due on the first day of class.

    Visit and search the RioNews archives for more student orientation tips.

    Want to engage with other students?  Join RioLounge.  It's a place where you can chat, ask questions, share perspectives and buy, sell and trade books. Log into or create a Google+ profile using a personal Gmail account.  

    Friday, August 21, 2015

    July Dental Clinic Raffe Winner

    The Rio Salado student chapter of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association is conducting a monthly raffle for an Oral B Vitality Power Toothbrush as part of their fundraising efforts.

    Congratulations to Brian C., the July raffle winner, pictured above with Rio Salado dental hygiene student Rachel E.

    Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and can be purchased from any dental hygiene student or at the Rio Salado Dental Clinic.

    The clinic is open on Wednesdays and Fridays for patient care. Call 480-377-4100 to set up an appointment. Visit this web page for more details about services.

    Labor Day Closure, Sept. 7

    Rio Salado College will be closed in observance of Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. 

    All services will be closed, unless noted in Special Service Hours listings on locations pages.

    Do you know the historical significance of Labor Day? Learn more here

    Thursday, August 20, 2015

    Sustainable Food Education Courses

    Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program is offering non-credit community education courses throughout the year to help you get ahead in the kitchen!

    Cooking the Perfect Pizza at Home
    Thursday, Oct. 1
    6-8 p.m.
    Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen
    Class fee: $39

    Learn to make delicious pizzas at home from a professional chef. This 2 hour hands-on workshop will cover all of the basics of making a great pizza including making and proofing dough, making sauce, how to properly stretch a pizza, loading a pizza into the oven and a pizza toppings discussion.

    Desert Gardening: Soil Building
    Saturday, Oct. 10
    9-11 a.m.
    Rio Salado Tempe Garden
    Class fee: $20

    Tired of your clay soil? Do your plants die every summer? Not sure when or how much to fertilize? Join us for a soil building workshop. Learn how soil forms naturally and how you can facilitate the process in your garden. Familiarize yourself with the benefits of microbes in your soil, and how to employ no-till techniques turning your hard clay into rich, loamy earth by allowing nature work for you.

    Sushi Basics for Beginners
    Thursday, Oct. 15
    6-8 p.m.
    Rio Salado Tempe Kitchen
    Class fee: $39

    This class is designed for students with no sushi making experience. Class will cover essential sushi ingredients; how to properly steam and season sushi rice; how to roll a basic sushi roll, inside out roll and hand roll; and how to make classic sushi rolls such as spicy tuna, California roll and vegetarian rolls.

    Thanksgiving Cooking Essentials for Beginners
    Thursday, Oct. 29
    6-8 p.m.
    Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen
    Class fee: $39

    Are you tired of boxed stuffing mix and canned cranberry sauce? If so, come hone your skills in Thanksgiving meal cookery! This class will cover how to roast the perfect turkey; make silky smooth pan gravy; prepare a perfect holiday stuffing; and create a wonderful butternut squash, pomegranate and local greens side dish.

    Thai Cooking at Home
    Thursday, Nov. 12
    6-8 p.m.
    Rio Salado Tempe Kitchen
    Class fee: $39

    Thai cuisine is filled with wonderful flavors from the very spicy to sweet and sour. In this class, you will learn to make a stir-fried rice noodle dish commonly known as Pad Thai. Another Thai favorite, Tom Kha Gai, is a sweet and savory chicken soup made with coconut milk, lemongrass, galangal and Kaffir lime leaves. Finally, you will prepare made from scratch vegetarian green curry with perfectly steamed Jasmine rice.

    Holiday Cookies
    Tuesday, Dec. 8
    6-8 p.m.
    Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen
    Class fee: $39

    What says the holidays more than fresh baked cookies? Learn to make four different holiday cookies including gingerbread, thumbprint peanut butter jam cookies, Chai Tea Eggnog cookies and chocolate peppermint cookies.

    Proper kitchen attire is required. Please come prepared with close toed shoes, long pants and a long or short sleeved shirt. Hair must be pulled back. 

    Register now online or call 480-517-8540 for assistance.

    Rio Joins Industry Leaders to Reinvent Higher Ed

    Rio Salado College joined nine educational institutions in Washington D.C., July 28-31 to reinvent higher learning and the student experience as part of the EDUCAUSE/Next Generation Learning Challenges 2015 Breakthrough Models Incubator funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    This is the third Breakthrough Models Incubator hosted by EDUCAUSE and NGLC, which is designed to bring leadership teams of forward-thinking colleges and universities together to develop and explore the latest innovations in new business and learning models for higher education.

    The primary charge for the 2015 cohort is to create competency-based education (CBE) models, which reward students for skills they acquire rather than time spent in class. Other anticipated outcomes include solutions to improve accessibility, affordability, student academic success and the overall student experience through personalized student services and technological innovations, especially for students who do not have access to or have difficulty learning in a traditional college.

    Rio Salado was chosen to take part in the cohort because of its expertise in non-traditional learning.

    “As a pioneer in distance learning, Rio Salado College has a rich history of creating innovative solutions that positively impact access, persistence, retention, and completion for students through scalable technologies, said Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante. 

    “Participation in the Breakthrough Models Incubator will help us to plan and implement competency-based initiatives and learn from the best-practices of others who are creating next generation learning models.”

    Holly Morris, director of post-secondary model development and adoption for EDUCAUSE said, “Rio Salado College has so much to share with the cohort from its experience developing student-centered approaches and achieving operational flexibility that other institutions often believe is impossible. They are a great example of how to execute on an ambitious goal.”

    Northern Arizona University another NGLC grant recipient from 2012 now offers “direct assessment” competency-based academic programs. These self-paced programs, which are untethered by the credit hour standard, assess what students know and can do. Students can earn a Personalized Learning degree by completing assignments and assessments that measure proficiency in cross-disciplinary concepts.

    This is the kind of innovation EDUCAUSE and NGLC expect from the 2015 cohort.

    “We are hopeful that the 2015 cohort can build on the success of other NGLC grantees and take advantage of the momentum building in the field to make CBE an option for any institution that wants to offer it and any student who wants to experience it. Rio Salado and the other nine participating institutions are poised to do just that, by driving toward their individual programmatic goals while collaborating with others--where a common effort will serve us all. “

    “Our participation in the Breakthrough Models Incubator gives us a chance to collaborate with institutions that have broken ground with competency-based education,” said Rio Salado Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs Shannon McCarty. 

    “Rio has an opportunity to learn from their best practices and difficult challenges. It gives us a chance to leverage ideas and network with colleges and universities, creating a collective resource for higher education to provide continued momentum to develop competency-based education.”

    NGLC and EDUCAUSE have been partnering with Rio Salado for some time. They provided a generous grant of $970,000 in October 2012 to help fund RioAchieve, the college’s student success program, which is designed to target five specific interventions that support student success, retention, and completion through technological innovations that help students and instructors track academic progress and personalized, ongoing communications with coordinators, advisors, and peer mentors.

    The July 28-31 meet in D.C. is the first phase of the year-long Breakthrough Models Incubator program, which will provide 2.5 days exposure to new problem-solving approaches, and uninterrupted quality time to think, design and plan. 

    Phase two will focus on model design, whereby teams work with coaches and content experts to reinforce new ways of thinking and to create action plans. Phase three will focus on design launch, feedback and reporting. The result for each institution will be a launch-ready plan by January 2016. 

    The other participating institutions are: Central Arizona College, Coppin State University, Cuyahoga Community College, Ivy Tech Community College, Metropolitan State University–Denver, National Louis University, Northeastern University, Simmons College and University of Central Oklahoma.

    This is one more way Rio Salado is fulfilling its vision to "reinvent the learning experience to change lives."

    Pictured above: Rio Salado Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs Dana Reid and Rio Salado Director of Financial Aid Nanci Regehr. 

    Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    Law Enforcement Technology Program

    Whether you’re already an officer or looking to join the force, Rio Salado has the training you need to advance your career!

    The Law Enforcement Technology program is designed to provide you with the education needed to enhance your professional skills, earn promotions and meet the challenges of being a law enforcement officer. You can earn 39 credits toward your degree just for completing your basic training.

    Certificates & Degrees

    Rio Salado is proud to have 13,000 individuals from the Arizona Department of Corrections graduate from its program! 

    Test Anxiety - What You Need To Know

    Test anxiety is that bubbly feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when a test is looming. Symptoms may include sweaty palms, trouble sleeping, increased caffeine intake, and/or irritability. These symptoms can range from the very mild to severe.

    Although a certain amount of anxiety before taking an exam is normal and expected, if your anxiety is causing you to forget learned information or if it becomes debilitating, you may need to seek professional advice.

    Mild to normal levels of test anxiety can be managed simply by making sure to be adequately prepared for the exam. This means regular study sessions to review the material, completing homework on time, keeping up with assigned reading, and attending class if it is an in-person class. 

    Waiting until the last minute to study and/or spending all night cramming for a test is not only bad for managing anxiety, it also will result in little to no information retention. Typically, if a student is confident regarding content knowledge, test anxiety is kept at a minimum.

    On the day of the test, in the moments just before the test is supposed to begin, anxiety is typically at its height. Fortunately, using that energy to create positive results rather than negative ones is relatively easy with a little practice. 

    First, practice positive self-talk. Running a short phrase through your mind like the screen saver on your computer such as, “I have mastered the knowledge. I am prepared. I will successfully pass this exam,” will put success at the forefront.

    Taking a minute or two to practice relaxation breathing is another simple tool to keep the mind calm and focused on the task that needs to be completed. Inhale slowly—count to 10--through your nose, hold the breath for a two-count, and then exhale just as slowly—count to 10 again. 

    This can be repeated as many times as needed and can be used in a variety of situations. Finally, taking time to form a mental picture of success in your mind can be a simple, yet powerful weapon against anxiety.

    Minor anxiety can be tackled using one or more of these strategies, in many cases. 

    A Rio Salado Counselor is available to help you refine these strategies. Call 480.517.8785 for an appointment. If your anxiety is more serious, a counselor can help locate a behavioral health professional that meets your needs.

    Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck-Brown on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services. 

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    15 Tips For a Successful School Year

    Get ahead this fall semester by setting the tone for a successful academic year! 

    Check out this article, 15 Actions to Take This Fall For a Successful School Year.

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

    New Titles at the Rio Salado College 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.




    Monday, August 17, 2015

    New Hybrid Course for Law Enforcement Pros

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    Rio Salado College Hosts Investigator Training Course for Law Enforcement Professionals at the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

    Fall 2015 Classes: Aug. 27 – Dec. 10.

    Rio Salado College is now offering its Investigator Training course in a hybrid format. Also known as, Detective School, this course has been taught to Valley law enforcement since 1994. Many agencies require officers attend this training prior to testing for a detective position; however, this training is equally beneficial to patrol officers who desire to enhance investigative skills and report writing.

    A hybrid course is a blend of in-person and online classes. There are three lessons during the 16 weeks, which require in-person attendance. The remainder of the course is conducted online.

    This hybrid course offers more flexibility to those who cannot attend in-person on a weekly basis such as officers who live and work in neighboring counties. 

    Investigator Training Classes:
    • CRIME SCENE MANAGEMENT: Manage an investigation, collect evidence, and re-construct a crime scene.
    • INVESTIGATION REPORT WRITING: Write quality reports that gain convictions.
    • INTERVIEW AND INTERROGATION: Ask effective questions in an interview or interrogation.
    • SEARCH WARRANTS AND COURT ORDERS: Write thorough search warrants and court orders.
    • DEATH INVESTIGATIONS: Investigate a death investigation from beginning to end. Other investigations include property and other violent crimes.
    • COURTROOM TESTIMONY: Testify as the primary investigator in a homicide.
    • INVESTIGATIVE RESOURCES: Learn about DNA, blood stain patterns, and information sources used to develop and analyze intelligence.

    Instructor: Detective Paul Dalton, Phoenix PD. 

    Officers will receive 16-hours of continuous training from AZPOST per college credit.  Through this program, participants can earn up to 64 hours of AZPOST training hours.

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    Communiversity at QC Schedule
    In-person classes will meet at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, Thursday evenings, 4:30-9 p.m.
    August 27, 2015
    October 15, 2015
    December 10, 2015

    Communiversity at Queen Creek
    21740 S. Ellsworth Rd.
    Queen Creek, AZ 85142

    To enroll, contact Sylvia Anderson at 480-517-8461

    This course is open to sworn and civilian law enforcement personnel only and closed to the general public.

    New, Self-serve Option to Order Transcripts

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    There’s a new way to order college transcripts!  This online, self-serve option through Dynamic Forms makes the process quick, easy and secure. It also gives you a chance to upload attachments, including those needed for applications and requests to send via Fed Ex. 

    Additionally, you will receive an automatic confirmation message, which you can cross-reference if there are future questions about your transcript.

    You will need to set up a Dynamic Forms account to get started. You can do that here.

    To learn more about the ways in which you can secure transcripts, visit this web page:

    Please note, students will no longer have the option to order transcripts via fax.

    Rio Salado Library eBooks on Business

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    The Rio Salado Library provides students with access to the CRISP 50-Minute Series, available via the EBSCO eBook collection

    These short, easy-to-read books cover the most critical aspects of business topics in a minimum amount of time. 

    Please note, you must be logged into RioLearn to access.

    NACCTEP Student Spotlight: Federico Poloni

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    Rio Salado student Federico Poloni was awarded a $1,000 scholarship through the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP).

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    Each year the NACCTEP Scholarship Committee reviews applications from teacher education students across the country. Poloni was one of two awardees.

    He is a student in the Educator Preparation Program's undergraduate partnership with Northcentral University and will be completing a secondary certificate with a content focus of math education.

    Poloni brings a strong background of mentorship with high school students and a passion for working with at-risk students.

    Here's Poloni's way of saying thank you by way of video. For more details, visit

    NACCTEP is an affiliate of the Maricopa Community Colleges and operates out of Rio Salado College.

    Thursday, August 13, 2015

    “Fall” into Good Habits

    Fall semester is typically the start of a new school year for students. While Rio Salado offers more flexibility to go to school year round, fall is still a good time to develop new and improved habits to increase your chances of success.

    Here are 5 tips to help you kick off the fall season with your best foot forward!

    1. Touch base with an Academic Advisor
    It’s good to talk with an expert occasionally to ensure you are taking the right courses for your long term goals. If you are still unsure of your educational and career goals, consider talking to a Counselor or taking a Career Exploration course like CPD 102AB.

    2. Set a study schedule
    Find a time management tool that works best for you. For example, the calendar app on your phone! Input all important dates both personally and academically. Next, schedule time each week to study, work on homework, and prepare for larger projects or papers. If you have a well-organized plan on how to spend your time, you will conquer procrastination and the stress of last minute assignments.

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    3. Get to know your instructors
    Your instructors are experts in their subject matter. There is no better resource to get help in your courses. You have to take the initiative in an online class to develop a relationship with your instructor. It can be well worth your effort. Instructors can recommend additional resources like websites, articles, books and more to help you tackle topics you are struggling with!

    4. Use Student Services
    Rio Salado offers a plethora of services to help you navigate your college career such as Tutoring, Career Services, and the Library. The most successful people know you need to ask for the help of others. Asking for help is not a weakness but a strength to know when you can’t do it alone.

    5. Refresh or improve your study skills
    Have you ever taken a study skills course or given any thought to how you can improve your grades by working smarter not harder? Try reading some online articles about different study techniques or take a college success course like CPD 150 or CPD 115. It may just help you use your time more wisely and improve your grades!

    Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Kamela Craig on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services.

    Book Advances: FAQs & Your Responsibilities

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    As a friendly reminder, book advance funds are now issued through the Maricopa Student Refund Program (MSRP) and will be issued nine business days before the start of a semester. 
    MSRP began issuing advances as of yesterday, August 12 through the Money Network®, which lets  you choose how to receive your payments, through direct deposit, a Visa prepaid card or paper check.

    Student Responsibilities:

    • Opt-in to receive your advance if eligible. Meet all terms and conditions for your financial aid.
    • Spend the money wisely! Use the funds to purchase the required books and supplies for your classes. Remember to review your class schedule in your Online Student Center so you purchase the right materials.
    • If you receive a book advance and are later found ineligible, you are responsible for returning the funds back to your school.
    • If you receive a book advance and decide not to attend school, you are responsible for repaying the amount you received.

    To learn more about book advances, please visit this My.Maricopa web page.

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    Explore the Many Benefits of Dual Enrollment!

    Are you a high school student looking to get ahead? 
    We have the solution-- dual enrollment!
    This video will introduce you to the many benefits of Rio Salado's dual enrollment program and how you can get started. 
    Visit this dual enrollment web page for more details and check out this blog post to learn how some of Rio Salado's newest dual enrollment graduates have benefited from our program.

    Special Saturday Services Hours for You

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    The Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will be open Saturday, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to accommodate the increased demands of the back to school rush.

    The following student services will be 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.

    The back to school rush usually continues through September.

    Here are a few tips to help you avoid wait times:
    • Take advantage of self-serve options available through financial aid and
    • 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 getting started at Rio Salado College visit

    Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    Free Admission to Phoenix Art Museum!

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    The Phoenix Art Museum is offering free general admission to all Maricopa Community Colleges students, faculty and staff from now until June 30, 2016.  

    All you have to do is show a current MCC identification.

    The Phoenix Art Museum believes that one of its primary functions is to make art accessible to everyone in our community.  The museum offers a variety of programs including tours, a full art research library, and unique programs in conjunction with their exhibitions.

    If you're a faculty member interested in leading a group of students on a tour, please contact the school tour line at (602) 257- 4356 at least two weeks prior to the visit date.

    This special admission offer does not include family members or specially ticketed events.

    For information on current exhibitions, please visit the Phoenix Art Museum at

    For additional details, please contact Don Jensen-Bobadilla at or by phone at (480) 731 - 8296.

    Thank you Phoenix Art Museum!

    Veterans Job Fair, Aug 12

    On Wednesday, Aug. 12, the Maricopa Skill Center is hosting a veterans job fair from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Families of veterans and supporters of veterans are welcome and encouraged to attend.  

    Take advantage of the opportunity to meet face-to-face with over 40 of Phoenix's top veteran-friendly employers! Come prepared with copies of you resume, dressed for an interview.

    Maricopa Skill Center
    1245 E. Buckeye Rd.
    Phoenix, AZ 85034
    Wednesday, Aug. 12 
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    Brought to you by the Maricopa Skill Center, Arizona Department of Economic Security Veteran's Services, Maricopa Workforce Connections, Mesa Community College and