Photos from the Maricopa Community Colleges Veterans Convocation at Glendale Community College on May 7 are now available through the East Valley Veterans Education Center Facebook page.
A special thank you to photographer Jordan Sherwood for beautifully capturing these special moments.
Sherwood is a U.S. Marine veteran who serves as a Rio Salado Student Services Specialist at the East Valley Veterans Education Center. You can learn more about Sherwood in this Maricopa Matters profile: ow.ly/ND6XU
Congratulations to all of the graduates!
Friday, May 29, 2015
Approximately 300 people gathered for the event on Thursday, May 21 at the Orangewood Nazarene Church in Phoenix to celebrate the accomplishments of more than 50 graduates—students who have successfully completed Rio Salado’s High School Equivalency prep program and among the first Arizonans to pass the newly revised GED® test.
You will also have an opportunity to purchase individual photos from GradImages at www.gradimages.com in the next few weeks and a chance to view the ceremony in its entirety on MCTV. Stay tuned for air dates. It will be well worth your time!
For more details about Rio Salado’s HSE prep program, GED ® testing services and other college bridge pathway programs and services, visit riosalado.edu/programs/abe or call 480-517-8110
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Check out this helpful Huffington Post article, 7 Financial Tips Every College Student Should Know.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The next deadline to apply is July 24, 2015.
Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program is ideal for Valley STEM professionals who’ve been thinking about making the transition to teaching. The stipend funds are part of a $1.2 million NSF grant awarded to Rio Salado in 2011 as a way of encouraging STEM professionals to bring their industry experience to the classroom, combat the shortage of qualified STEM teachers and help Arizona teens prepare for high-need STEM careers.
It was a natural decision for Phoenix resident Katy Westersund to enter the program. “I started to think about my prior career as an environmental engineer, and about what I can do now,” said Westersund, a full-time mom who also volunteers at her children's school.
“I decided to pursue a career as a secondary math teacher because I loved my career as an environmental engineer, said Westersund. “I think I saw that as a mother I could advocate for my children, to give them the best opportunity and to love math and science. By me becoming a secondary math teacher, I can be an advocate for a classroom of students.”
Westersund completed a student teaching assignment at Tempe Union High School in November and received her teacher certification in January. She plans to teach honors algebra and financial algebra at Horizon Community of Learning Charter School in Phoenix. Westersund is one of 28 Rio Salado students who has already completed the program.
Qualified applicants will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12. They will be provided mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support.
The 15-month post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.
“Students are supported throughout the program with their coursework by a success coach and a mentor during the first year of teaching to assist with classroom management and other first-year teacher challenges,” said Noyce Scholars Program Manager Karen Nave.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM career-- and a passion for teaching. The application process includes a subject knowledge exam, a teaching seminar and screening interview. Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete.
Classes for the next cohort begin the first week of September. For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066.
Pictured above: Rio Salado Teacher Ed staff accompany Noyce Scholars at February 2014 National Title I Conference for Educators Conference in San Diego.
Take part in a free early childhood education workshop at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, Tuesday, June 23, 6-8 p.m. The topic: Community Resources and Services.
The class is based on a training program developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University, which promotes the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and school readiness by the age of five.
Rio Salado adjunct faculty member and co-owner of Shining Stars Learning Center Victoria Diforte will serve as the instructor. Check out this RioNews blog to learn more about Diforte.
Participants will earn a two-hour training certificate upon completion of each class. The class meets Arizona’s Children Association and A Place to Call Home training requirements.
Register online at www.sslcaz.com or call (480) 888-9545.
Child care provided by Shining Stars Learning Center, 21805 S. Ellsworth Road, Suite B101, across the street from the Communiversity at QC.
Learn how Rio Salado can help you earn a degree in Early Childhood Administration and Management.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The clinics take place Friday, June 12, and Wednesday, July 8, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rio Salado Dental Clinic.
The clinic is located at
2250 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Free clinic services include: exams, X-rays, cleaning, and a Fluoride varnish. Each child will also receive a gift bag to take home, as well as educational tips on maintaining good oral health.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, but is almost entirely preventable.
“Prevention starts with knowledge,” Shipp said. “We want to help educate parents and kids about the importance of good oral hygiene and cavity prevention.”
Clinic services are free for children 17 and younger. Parents are asked to RSVP to 480-377-4100 or email@example.com to guarantee a spot, as space is limited.
Walk-ins will be accommodated if time and space permit.
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 about Rio Salado College’s dental clinic, call 480-377-4100 or visit www.riosalado.edu/dentalclinic
The Rio Salado student chapter of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) is conducting a monthly raffle for an Oral B Vitality Power Toothbrush as part of its fundraising efforts.
Raffle tickets are $1 each or you can purchase six for $5.
Ticket sales help the students pay for their pinning ceremony in December. The remaining proceeds will go to ADHA. As part of their program, Rio Salado Dental Hygiene students are required to make a charitable contribution.
This year, the students chose to raise money on behalf of ADHA, which is a non-profit, charitable organization that "believes in helping dental hygienists achieve their full potential as they seek to improve the public’s oral health."
You can contact any dental hygiene student or come by the Rio Salado Dental Clinic to purchase your tickets.
Brusha... Brusha... Brusha.
Pictured above, April raffle winner Christine Avenetti with Rio Salado Dental Hygiene student Alex R.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Rio Salado College celebrated the accomplishments of these go-getters at its annual High School Equivalency (HSE) graduation ceremony on Thursday evening, May 21 at Orangewood Nazarene Church, in Phoenix.
In her 30 years, Gomez has already dealt with a lifetime of adversity. She has faced a childhood spent in hospitals, the death of her mother from a brain tumor, a marriage and divorce, the births of her three children, the loss of a home, and the deaths of her beloved grandparents on the same day.
“I decided to go back to school when my family hit financial hardships,” Gomez said.
Working retail and temporary positions since she was 19, Gomez was passed over for promotions at work because she did not have a high school diploma. She reached out to Rio Salado to take high school equivalency prep classes.
“I was terrified to return to school after being out of the classroom for almost 15 years,” Gomez said. “But the program at Rio Salado took away all of the scary parts and made it a very comfortable experience.”
She specifically cites the personal attention and dedication of Rio Salado College staff.
Gomez plans to pursue college in the near future, after her family is more stable financially.
“Once you put your mind to a goal, do whatever you have to do to get there,” she said. “Put your nose to the books and put in the hours necessary to learn, and you'll get there.”
Visit this web page for details about Rio Salado's HSE Prep program.
Photo 1: HSE Grads lineup for processional
Photo 2: HSE Graduation ceremony begins
Photo 3: Gomez with Rio Salado Director of Community Partnerships College Bridge Pathways Lily Beth Brazones
Photo 4: Gomez with Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck-Brown
By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College.
A special thank you to our guest speakers who helped make last night extraordinary, especially student speaker Tera Gomez for sharing her inspirational story.
Many thanks to all of the volunteers, faculty, staff and guests for your attendance and support. And caps off to the 2015 HSE graduates who took part in the ceremony. Congratulations. You should be very proud of your achievements!
We will post high resolution photos you can upload and share in the next few days. You will also have an opportunity to purchase individual photos from GradImages at www.gradimages.com in the next few weeks. You will also have a chance to view the ceremony in its entirety on MCTV. Stay tuned for air dates. It will be well worth your time!
Pictured above: MCCCD Governing Board Member Doyle Burke, Deputy Associate Superintendent of Adult Education Services Sheryl Hart, Tera Gomez, Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante, MCCCD Governing Board President Tracy Livingston and MCCCD Governing Board Member Dana Saar.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Civic engagement – active involvement in college campus and community life – is a cornerstone of Maricopa Community Colleges’ mission. These students exemplify what it means to be highly engaged.
Chancellor Glasper created the award to acknowledge these students and to encourage others to follow their example. This honor highlights students’ effective civic participation and leadership as a central goal and function of higher education.
Rio Salado Scholar Daniel Cassidy recently completed his last class at Rio Salado and plans to graduate from Arizona State University in May, 2016 with a degree in Political Science, with the hope of attending law school immediately thereafter. He has a particular interest in constitutional and health law and eventually would like to work with indigent populations on legal matters.
"Daniel Cassidy is deserving of the Chancellor’s Civic Leadership Medallion not only due to his engagement with many activities, but also because his efforts to make inroads through action and advocacy are exactly what this award is designed to promote," said Student Life and Leadership Coordinator John Bastian, who submitted a letter of recommendation on Cassidy's behalf.
To be considered for this honor, students must demonstrate broad general and educational contribution to the campus and community and increase students’ and community involvement in governmental processes (i.e., public policy). They must help grow awareness about critical community and political issues or ones that expand students’ and community members’ capacity for leadership and political efficacy.
Congratulations to Daniel Cassidy and all of the 2015 honorees for their outstanding achievements!
Visit this web page or contact John Bastian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-517-8656 for more details about the Chancellor's Civic Leadership Medallion award.
Photo 1: Chancellor Glasper with Civic Leadership Medallion scholars.
Photo 2: Chancellor Glasper, Daniel Cassidy, Deanna Villanueva-Saucdeo and Alberto Olivas from the MCCCD Center for Civic Participation.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Look around and realize that there are many individuals in your zone of proximity suffering from the shame, hopelessness, isolation, and other negative emotions that are the defining attributes of mental illness. Perhaps you are one of them.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The Rio Salado Library is proud to support Mental Health Awareness Month by pooling together resources to help identify the causes of mental illness and strategies to overcome it.
- Mental Health Awareness Month: By the Numbers National Institute of Mental Health
- Ruby Wax: What's so Funny about Mental Illness? TED Talk
- Vikram Patel: Mental Health for All by Involving All Ted Talk
- We All Have Problems Mental Health Awareness Ad
- Let’s Talk About Shame Interactive tool that shines a light on the power of shame and its role in the complexities of issues such as addiction, co-dependency and mental health.
- Health-Related Library Databases
- Mental Health-Related Magazines and Journals
- Boy Interrupted Documentary Films on Demand Video
- Maintaining Mental Health Films on Demand Video
- Coping with Stress Films on Demand Video
Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the armed forces.
The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. At noon their memory is raised by the living.
Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices. - Harry S. Truman
Image 1: United States Marine Corps War Memorial by Felix de Weldon
Image 3: War Memorial in Washington D.C. by Vinoth Chandar
Monday, May 18, 2015
Rio Salado 2015 HSE Graduation
Thursday, May 21, 2014
Orangewood Nazarene Church
7510 N 27th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85051
5:30 p.m. Lobby opens to graduates and guests
6 p.m. Auditorium doors open
6:30 p.m. Graduates line up with marshals
7 p.m. Graduation ceremony begins
Light refreshments will be available for purchase.
There's still time to take part in the ceremony. Visit this web page to register.
Gowns, Caps & Tassels
Graduates participating in the ceremony must wear the official college blue gown, cap and 2015 tassel. The $25 graduation fee includes the cost of these items, as well as a diploma cover.
Rio Salado staff photographers will be taking photos, which will be posted on our Facebook page for you to upload and tag. Grad Images will also be taking photos during the ceremony, which can be purchased online at gradimages.com in the next few weeks.
You will have an opportunity to purchase a DVD copy of the ceremony at the event or by way of email. The cost is $20 and must be paid when ordering. Cash or credit cards will be accepted. Email requests can be made between now and Monday, May 25 by submitting to email@example.com. A Rio Salado representative will contact you to complete your order.
MCTV Cox Channel 115 will be videotaping the ceremony for broadcast, which will be sometime in late May or June.
We encourage you to share your graduation stories.
- Use the #RioGrad hashtag in your posts.
- Join us on Facebook to post photos and comments and to tag photos.
- Use Google+ and Instagram to share photos and comments.
Congratulations to the Rio Salado 2015 HSE Graduates!
For more details about Rio Salado’s HSE prep program, GED ® testing services and other college bridge pathway programs and services, visit riosalado.edu/programs/abe or call 480-517-8110.
The most important thing to consider is that every class is different, every instructor is different, and online learning is different! Here are some key things you should know and plan to do before taking college courses at Rio Salado.
Learn how to use Rio Salado's online platforms
Here's an introductory video about using three key online platforms.
New students are automatically enrolled in New Student Orientation (NSO101), a free, non-credit class that provides an overview of the college and introduces you to RioLearn, our online learning system.
If you're still left scratching your head, you can always call the Instructional Helpdesk. This team is there to answer questions and help train you, as well as act as a liaison between students and instructors. They can be reached at: 480-517-8380, 866-511-8380 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Know your responsibilities
It’s best to assume the first day and week of classes will provide valuable information, which can be found in the syllabus, welcome letter, announcements and during instructor discussions. Make sure you fully investigate and understand course requirements.
Prepare for homework assignments first day of class
Don't be the one who gets blindsided when an instructor launches a discussion forum on the first day of class about an assignment. It is common for college instructors to expect you to have an assignment completed for the first day or week of class. These assignments are typically given via e-mail, posted online or printed on the syllabus — so keep a lookout.
Reach out to classmates
RioLounge is available for students to communicate and offer support, friendship, and information. You can form and find study groups and quick support from other peers. Don't underestimate the ability of your classmates.
Sleep, stay healthy and plan ahead
These common sense tips will help you in all areas of your life-- classes, career, and relationships. Being successful takes work and being prepared for class is the first step. You’ve got this!
Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardott on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
For more details about Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program, including scholarship opportunities, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/dual or call 480-517-8080.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
There were a total of 38 dual enrollment grads from 10 different high schools this year, 26 of whom took part in Rio Salado’s 2015 Commencement Ceremony at Comerica Theatre on May 5. This represents a record number of graduates, commencement attendees and schools participating in Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program.
The students come from Deer Valley and Heritage high schools in Glendale; Brophy College Prep, Desert Vista, Horizon, Mountain Pointe and Xavier College Prep in Phoenix as well as Tempe’s Corona del Sol, Marcos de Niza and McClintock high schools.
“I chose dual enrollment because I wanted to take as many core classes as possible to get a head start on my biomedical engineering degree,” said Slade Hermann, a senior at Deer Valley High School, who earned an associate in arts degree at last week’s ceremony.
“Through Rio Salado’s program, my high school offered multiple classes not only for high school credit, but for college credit as well, so I took advantage.”
“I earned a college degree before I graduate from high school,” said Hintze. “That is a claim most kids can't make.”
Hintze will be enrolling as a junior in Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University this fall, with plans to major in computer systems engineering.
Kate Boyle, another Xavier College Preparatory student, noted the benefits of getting a jump start on her college career. “I will be a second semester sophomore when I go to college and will have completed all the general education classes I would have had to take if I did not go through Rio’s dual enrollment program,” Boyle said.
Approximately 7,000 students earned high school and college credits simultaneously through Rio Salado’s dual enrollment classes. Classes are taught in person at each school by high school instructors who meet the qualifications to teach college classes.
“Research shows students who participate in dual enrollment programs have higher college GPA’s and are more likely to graduate from college than those who don’t,” said Dr. EJ Anderson, Rio Salado director of community partnerships for early college.
“Dual enrollment is one of the best strategies to improve a student’s ability to go to college and graduate on time,” said Anderson.
Anderson says parents play a key role in the program. “The Dual Enrollment program has really flourished in the past few years as students, parents, teachers and administrators see the incredible benefits,” Anderson said.
Dual enrollment credits transfer to all Arizona public colleges and universities, as well as many public and private colleges and universities outside of Arizona.
“Dual enrollment helped prepare me for college,” said Desert Vista High School senior Rex Moore, who is also a member of Rio Salado’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society and one of two Rio Salado All Arizona Academic Scholars who was awarded full tuition to one of Arizona’s public universities this February.
“I was always interested in math and science and want to do something to help people. That is why I am pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering.”
“Dual enrollment allowed me to complete most of my associate in science (AS) degree by taking the classes I needed to take anyway to graduate high school,” Hornbaker said. “As it turns out, the AS and AA are so similar that I have completed the requirements for both degrees.”
With two associate degrees under his belt, Hornbaker will have the first four semesters of his bachelor’s degree in physics completed before he even sets foot on the ASU campus this fall.
“I will be able to jump right into the interesting physics classes instead of spending my first two years completing general education requirements,” Hornbaker said.
For more details about Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program, including scholarship opportunities, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/dual or call 480-517-8080.
Rio Salado Dual Enrollment Class of 2015
- Brophy College Prep: Kevin Mead, Michael O'Gara
- Corona del Sol: Steven Dykstra, Austin Hornbaker*, Samuel Juetten
- Deer Valley: Slade Hermann, Michael Barnes, Grady Telfer, Jordan Tovar, Peter Tuohy, Victoria Vincent
- Desert Vista: Angelique Cappo, Chase Boeke, Eric Kooinga, Megan Yousefelahi*, Rex Moore, Sepehr Rostamzadeh, Tessa Reinhart
- Heritage: Andreas Grossen
- Horizon: Angelica Gutierrez, Jasmine Robinson, Megan Fried
- Marcos de Niza: Elizabeth Bierwagon
- McClintock: Katie Canevit
- Mt. Pointe: Kyra de la Torre, Shugri Abdulle, Teresa Velasco
- Xavier College Prep: Brittney Hintze (2013), Aimee Skornik (2014), Anna Aloma, Areen Badwal. Erin Hintze, Jessica Kuretich, Kate Boyle, Katrina Knapp, Kyra Ochsner Madison Kumnic, Maria Brunacini, Mary Martin, Monica Tibajia, Morgan Snopko, Tianna Bengston, Tristan Richards
*Earned an associate of arts and science degree.
1. Group photo of Valley dual grads from Rio Salado Commencement Ceremony with President Chris Bustamante. Photographer Kenneth Krehbiel.
2. Sister Joanie Nuckols with Xavier Prep graduates. Photographer Kenneth Krehbiel.
3. Desert Vista Grads: Chase Boeke, Angelique Cappo, Rex Moore, Megan Yousefelahi and Sepehr Rostamzadeh. Photographer Gordon Fong.
Other high-resolution photographs available at www.facebook.com/RioSaladoCollege