Friday, October 30, 2015

Help Foster Youth Transition to Adult Life

snapshot of azcentral web page featuring story in question.

Teens in foster care are more likely to face homelessness, incarceration, teen pregnancy and substance abuse than their peers.  Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges are working with Arizona State University to change that with Bridging Success, a program to help foster youth transition to higher learning and life as an adult.

Learn more about this effort and ways you can make a difference in this azcentral story by reporter Kaila White.

New Titles at the Rio Salado College Library

Cover of Works Well with Others: An Outsider’s Guide to Shaking Hands, Shutting Up, Handling Jerks, and Other Crucial Skills in Business That No One Ever Teacher You by Ross McCammon

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.

Fiction
Nonfiction

DVDs
All the President’s Men
American Sniper
Chinatown
The Overnighters
Still Alice


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Preparing for Opportunity Fair & Forum, Oct. 30

Tomorrow's 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair & Forum at the Phoenix Convention Center will provide attendees with an opportunity to meet with more than 20 employers who are eager to recruit, hire and provide support services to young people between the ages of 16 and 24 and Maricopa Community Colleges students. Are you ready?



Here are 5 career tips from the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative team and Fusion Lightworks to consider.

The job fair will provide participants with information about what to expect in an interview, said Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck Brown, who will help staff Rio Salado’s information booth at the event.

“I suggest attendees wear a plain, button-up, collared shirt if they don’t have a suit, which are relatively easy to get from Goodwill, Savers or Last Chance,” said Brown.

Qualified participants are encouraged to attend regardless of whether they can secure business attire.

Contact Rio Salado’s Counseling & Career Services for additional tips on how to prepare and other support services.

100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair & Forum
Friday, October 30
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. Third St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative:
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is a coalition of leading U.S.-based companies committed to training and hiring 100,000 Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of school and not working by 2018. Launched in August of 2015 to create more pathways to economic opportunity for young Americans, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative aims to be the largest employer-led coalition in the country. The Initiative creates pathways for youth with untapped talent and potential to build skills, gain credentials and employment, and reclaim the American Dream. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is an employer-led coalition that will leverage the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions. It is supported by many of the country’s youth and opportunity-focused nonprofit organizations, local governments, and participating funders.

#StartSomewhere #100kOpportunities

New! Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

image of a computer keyboard, return key reads "careers"

The award-winning Ferguson's Career Guidance Center is now available to students via the Rio Salado Library.

Highlights:

  • Industries and Careers: covers 94 different industries and career fields and thousands of professions.
  • Launch Your Career: offers solid advice on writing résumés and cover letters, interview skills, applying to apprenticeships and internships, workplace etiquette, and other important area.
  • Career Advice Blog: regular new blog posts "From Our Career Experts" with an archive of more than 2,300 posts.
http://fcg.infobase.com/default.asp
  • Career Interest Assessment: ranks users' work interest areas and suggests related occupations and industries.
  • Links to Outside Jobs and Internships: searchable, current, live job and internship postings.
  • Videos: more than 300 tablet/mobile-friendly videos covering jobs, industries, and career development skills, including "Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight" videos.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Image by GotCredit under a CC-BY 2.0 license.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Teeth Cleanings = Support for Dental Students!


Help support community college dental hygiene students by scheduling your dental exam and cleaning now.

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

All new patients must have a screening visit prior to a dental hygiene appointment.

Screenings are being scheduled Wednesdays and Fridays through November 18.

Additional appointments may be available through Dec. 17.


Fees start at $25-35 for comprehensive services which include: blood pressure screening, oral exam, X-rays, cleaning and polishing, fluoride application, gum disease screening, oral hygiene instruction, and other selected services, including sealants and dietary counseling.

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic is located at 2250 W. 14th Street in Tempe.

To schedule a screening appointment, call (480) 377-4100.  Visit this web page
for more details.

Interested in a dental career?  Visit this web page to learn about Rio Salado's Dental programs. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Introducing the New RioCompass!

image of online interface before and after RioCompass upgrades
Rio Salado is preparing to fully integrate the latest version of RioCompass into its college operations so that all students, faculty and staff can use this newly updated academic planning tool to help track student educational goals and progress. The deployment is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29.

photo of students using a computer
RioCompass is an online interface that gives students a way to monitor their progress toward degree completion, access valuable student success resources and communicate with staff-- who can in-turn use the system to get a holistic view of student progress by having access to their course enrollments, online check sheet, a semester by semester plan-- and much more.

A new and improved version of RioCompass was launched in March of 2014 as part of RioAchieve, a grant-funded pilot program made possible by a Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant. NGLC is a partnership led by EDUCAUSE, which is primarily funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. (see related story). RioAchieve students have been using and enjoying the newly revised planning tool since last year.

view of new RioCompass interface

Starting this week, all Rio Salado students will have access to the new version, which has a new look and a few new features including a status bar showing student progress, career and transfer goal, program plan in SIS along with a semester block and block history.

For RioCompass login instructions please visit www.riosalado.edu/advisement/Pages/progress.aspx. For additional details, please contact Rio Salado’s advisement department at 480-517-8580 or academic.advisement@riosalado.edu.

Job Fair for Youth & Maricopa Students!

logo for 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Project Fair & Forum Phoenix

Rio Salado is proud to join the Maricopa Community Colleges and Starbucks in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair & Forum at the Phoenix Convention Center this Friday, October 30 to help young people between the ages of 16 and 24 find employment and educational opportunities. 

http://www.100kopportunities.org/phoenix/

Starbucks will be joined by 20 other companies to recruit, hire and provide support services at the event.

While the event is designed specifically to help young people who are not currently employed or in school and who have had difficulty finding jobs and educational opportunities, Starbucks is inviting all Maricopa Community Colleges students to take advantage of the workshops, services and interviewing opportunities available during the free community event.
  • Meet and interview with more than 20 companies 
  • Practice interview skills with one-on-one coaching 
  • Create or improve resume with personalized support 
  • Get resources to complete high school degree and explore college 
  • Get help with job applications 
  • Attend workshops on how to set career goals 
  • Tap into legal resources and immigration services 
  • Find a mentor and job training programs, open a bank account and more!
Participants will also have access to bus passes, food, haircuts and other services to help them prepare for on-site interviews.

100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair & Forum 
Friday, October 30 
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. Third St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

To register, visit 100KOpportunities.org/phoenix.

Register and Schedule Your Interviews Now!
Participants can pre-schedule up to two interviews online and should plan to dress for success to meet with various employers during the event.

logo for 10K opporunities initiative

About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative:
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is a coalition of leading U.S.-based companies committed to training and hiring 100,000 Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of school and not working by 2018. Launched in August of 2015 to create more pathways to economic opportunity for young Americans, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative aims to be the largest employer-led coalition in the country. The Initiative creates pathways for youth with untapped talent and potential to build skills, gain credentials and employment, and reclaim the American Dream. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is an employer-led coalition that will leverage the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions. It is supported by many of the country’s youth and opportunity-focused nonprofit organizations, local governments, and participating funders.

#StartSomewhere #100kOpportunities

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Live United: Connecting with our Communities

Montage of images from United Way Project Connect day.  Text: Give. Advocate. Volunteer.  Live United.  United Way.

Rio Salado College embraces community outreach and service. Each year, the college participates in the annual United Way campaign in a variety of efforts including book drives, fundraising activities and community service. 

Image of Dr. Terry registering to volunteer

Last week, Rio Salado’s Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. LeRodrick Terry participated in a United Way Project Connect event in Tempe to benefit the homeless.

Project Connect helps those in need on their journey to health, financial stability, and housing by bringing over 50 service providers to one location.

image of someone getting a hair cut.

This event allows individuals and families to receive numerous services in one day that could normally take days, weeks, or months on their own.

“I believe as educators, we have a responsibility to serve our communities,” Terry said. “Just as teaching and learning surpass the walls of traditional educational settings, the same is true in regards to the impact created through community service and outreach.”

back of a volunteer.  T-shirt reads: "...because we are all connected."

Terry said participating in the Project Connect event was enlightening on many levels.

“Interacting with people from the community reminds me of why we do what we do,” Terry said. Our purpose as an institution and as people are made clearer when we take the time to serve.”

He recounted this memorable interaction:

Image of Dr. Terry talking to another volunteer as his companion Carol shops.

“As I went around from one resource to another, I got to know my participant. Her name was Carol. She shared her testimony. She was adamant that she didn’t come for a hand out. She did not want charity. She wanted access and information to assist her in taking advantage of available resources. Even though she was enduring intolerable hardships, her dignity was still intact. Our conversation and interaction was inspirational. In sharing her story, she exemplified the strength of the human spirit.”

In addition to Project Connect, the United Way offers many ways for people to get involved in their communities.
Image of Dr. Terry shaking hands with another volunteer


“You can volunteer a few hours of your time and/or commit to a modest financial donation,” Terry said. “In this act, you have the ability to become a change agent, and the opportunity to make a difference.”

Additional volunteer opportunities with the Valley of the Sun United Way include WeekEnd Hunger backpack assembly, Generation United kids care, Make a Difference Day, literacy fairs, serving Thanksgiving dinner at community centers and shelters, and more. Visit www.vsuw.org to learn more about the Valley of the Sun United Way and how you can make a difference all year long.

For more information about Rio Salado United Way initiatives and how you can get involved, visit this blog.   

Check out this Facebook album for additional photos.

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich.

Congratulations Adult ACE Completers!

photo of students and staff at completion ceremony.

Rio Salado held a ceremony on October 6, 2015 to recognize 34 students who recently completed the Adults Achieving a College Education (Adult ACE) program. 

Adult ACE is a scholarship-based college and career preparation program for adults, 16-years-of-age or older, designed to help students prepare for the GED® test, transition smoothly into higher education and complete a degree, certificate, or workforce training program.

image of attendees and guests

Many of the students stated they were going to continue their post-secondary education said Rio Salado Director of Adult ACE and College Bridge Pathways Workplace Education Kate Packer. “The students worked hard and did well in this rigorous four semester program that prepares HSE (High School Equivalency) students and graduates for the demands of college,” said Packer.

Packer served as the master of ceremonies for the event and was joined by Rio Salado Dean of Instruction and Community Development Dr. Jo Jorgenson and Associate Dean of College Bridge Pathways Blair Liddicoat who helped to recognize the students.

Packer in background. Jorgenson, student Eng Kim Stirnaman and Liddicoat.
“Student speakers Anna Andersen, Ayla Lopez, and Patrick Tellez touched everyone’s hearts with their stories,” said Packer.

Adult ACE Completion Ceremony speakers Lopez, Tellez and Anderson

“There were some tears, laughter and a great deal of inspiration. We look forward to seeing these students’ names among our college graduates soon-- they are definitely ready,” said Packer.

Congratulations Adult ACE Completers! 

Visit this Facebook album to see additional photos. 

To learn more about this program, visit http://www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe/Pages/ace.aspx.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Rio Faculty Chair Leads Addiction Profession

Kirk Bowdend photo
Congratulations to Rio Salado Faculty Chair of Addiction and Substance Use Disorders program Kirk Bowden for his leadership role in the behavioral health profession!

The Arizona Board of Behavioral Health recently appointed Bowden to a three year term as one of three members of the Substance Abuse Academic Review Committee. This is a new position created in response to a SB 1374 mandate.


The ARC committee is a crucial part of the board's licensing process and will be responsible for reviewing applications from individuals applying for licensure in Arizona. The ARC will also review applications from regionally accredited colleges and universities for approval of their addiction counseling degree programs.

2015 NAADAC conference graphic.

Bowden also took part in NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals 2015 National Conference in Washington D.C. earlier this month.

The conference included a visit to Capitol Hill to meet with congressional leaders and to advocate for the addiction profession. As NAADAC's current President, Bowden served as the chair for the conference.

Bowden has been instrumental in developing Rio Salado’s Addictions and Substance Use Disorders program, which is one of Arizona’s top educational programs for addictions counseling professionals. 

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

cover of Advances in Addiction Recovery fall issue
Bowden’s latest published work is entitled Key Terms Important to Moving Forward the Addiction Counseling Licensing Effort, which is featured in the fall 2015 edition of Advances in Addiction & Recovery, a professional journal published by NAADAC.

Friday, October 16, 2015

White House Names Rio a “Bright Spot”

web header for White House initiative

Rio Salado College has received two recognitions from the White House for its dedication to serving Hispanic students.

The college is one of more than 100 Commitments to Action named yesterday by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Organizations that participate in the commitment pledge to increase educational opportunities, improve educational outcomes, and deliver a complete and competitive education for all students, including Hispanics.

“We are honored to be recognized by the White House for our efforts to reach out to underserved populations,” said Dr. Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College. “Educational opportunity has never mattered more than it does today. Regardless of where a student is on their educational journey, Rio Salado College is here to help prepare them for the jobs of the future.”

students studying at a Rio Salado location

As part of its action plan, Rio Salado is increasing efforts to reach local schools with large Hispanic student populations, assess their education needs and increase awareness of college programs.

“Rio Salado College already has many offerings from GED® test preparation to post-baccalaureate master’s degree partnerships,” said Dr. Jennifer Gresko, faculty chair for teacher education. “By identifying the school’s needs, our staff members can start conversations about enrolling in the many different programs, whether within educator preparation or in other fields.”

AACE graduate holding up her certificate of completion

Last month, the Initiative named Rio Salado College’s Adults Achieving a College Education (Adult ACE) program as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education as part of its 25th Anniversary of Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Bright Spot organizations are recognized for using data-driven approaches, promising practices, and effective partnerships resulting in increased educational completion opportunities for the Hispanic community.

“This nation has set a goal for citizens to achieve at least some post-secondary education to be competitive in the job market,” said Dr. Jo Jorgenson, dean of instruction and community development at Rio Salado. “Yet, more than 40 million Americans lack either a high school or equivalency diploma.”

Rio Salado’s Adult ACE program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, helps bridge that gap by providing an educational pathway for minority, first-generation college students.

Adult ACE students are simultaneously enrolled in Rio Salado’s college classes and in classes to help them prepare for the GED® test. Students are also provided with personalized academic advising and support services to ease the transition.

“The primary objective of Adult ACE is to help students become more confident, improve their college and workplace skills, and lay the foundation for a better future,” Jorgenson said.


About the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
The Initiative was established in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community. To learn more visit www.ed.gov/HispanicInitiative.

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

United Way 2015 - United We Serve!

United Way banner: Text: Give. Advocate. Volunteer.  Live United.

We are excited to join the Maricopa Community Colleges in the 2015 Valley of the Sun United Way Giving Campaign!

This is an opportunity for employees, students and our community partners to collectively donate time, money and resources to improve the lives of our neighbors who need a helping hand.

How can you help?

give icon
Make an online pledge! It's quick, easy and secure at https://donate.vsuw.org/checkout/donation and every donation makes a difference!  Rio Salado and MCCCD employees are encouraged to use this online interface at https://epledge.vsuw.org using their MEID username and default password (birthday (mmdd) + last 4 digits of employee number)

Donate to the Rio Salado Unites Book Drive! Drop off new and gently used books for K-12 students at any Rio Salado location throughout the month of October.  Rio Salado's Educator Preparation Program will collect the books for students attending local, high-need schools and living in communities struggling with poverty. The donations will benefit Wilson Elementary School District, a small K-8 district in the downtown Phoenix area, which has a rich history of serving kids in the community for more than 100 years.  Additionally, your donations will be used to provide books directly to students in Rio’s Educator Preparation Program, who will distribute them when student teaching at schools in need.

Volunteer your time at Project Connect! Serve as a Guest Guide alongside Rio Salado's new Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. LeRodrick Terry to provide one-on-one support services for people who are homeless. Project Connect offers instant access to the resources people in our community need to start the journey back to health, financial stability and housing. This includes access to goods – like food and clothing – and services such as counseling and job placement.

image of united way volunteers
Project Connect
Friday, October 16

7 a.m. – 1p.m.
Tempe Arizona South Stake
1111 East Knox Road
Tempe, AZ 85284



Rio Salado and MCCD employees can register via https://hr.dist.maricopa.edu/employeeAccess/signon.html by choosing Community Project Course #002263, Session #0006 or through the Maricopa Learns through Service (MLTS) Project at https://hr.maricopa.edu/professional-development/creative-pathways/maricopa-learns-through-service

Rio Salado students should contact Rio Salado United Way Coordinators: Dannan Glasper at dannan.glasper@riosalado.edu or Danielle Steely at danielle.steely@riosalado.edu to register for this event.

To learn more about ways you can give, advocate and volunteer, visit www.vsuw.org.

Rewarding Careers in Sustainable Food Systems

image of an instructor and students in a garden

Looking for a new program of study and career option? Consider Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program.

If you support fair trade and local products, have an interest in learning how sustainable practices benefit the environment-- then this Rio Salado program of study is for you!

Learn more by visiting www.riosalado.edu/programs/sustainable

Here's a new video featuring testimonials from program graduates that shows why this program is perfect for busy, working professionals!


 Classes start Monday! Enroll today.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Job Opportunity to Help Students Succeed!

Rio Salado Student and Peer Mentor Samantha Hill
Here's an employment opportunity that will give you a chance to change lives! Rio Salado College is seeking a part-time Peer Mentor to serve students at Rio Salado Tempe headquarters.

Job Duties: Peer mentoring requires being a knowledgeable, experienced guide and role model. Mentors are responsible for assisting students achieve their goals by providing structure, support, feedback and referrals, as well as assisting students with basic information regarding advisement, admissions, registration and financial aid.

Read the full job description and details about how to apply.

Visit our Employment Page for additional information about other part-time and full-time opportunities.

Pictured above is Sam Hill, a dedicated Rio Salado Peer Mentor and student who understands first-hand how valuable a peer mentor can be. “As a peer mentor and student, I’m able to relate directly with students I work with and share my experiences with them,” said Hill. “I can help share some of the mistakes I made early on and what I wish I had known first starting out. I believe so many students could benefit from a model like this and by having a peer mentor.”

We encourage Rio Salado students to apply!

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

Monday, October 12, 2015

Scholarship time!

image of diploma, graduation cap and money

Scholarships are great way to receive funding for your education but are often not easy to find. However, there is good news!

The Maricopa Colleges Faculty Foundation has created a scholarship fund students can use as early as Spring 2016.


A few of the criteria requirements include:

● Must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA
● Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges
● Must obtain at least two faculty signatures to submit with complete application


The application deadline to apply is October 15 and interested applicants need to visit maricopacollegesfacultyfoundation.wildapricot.org to learn all the details and how to apply.

Please note applicants will need to submit their application online, with a copy of an official or unofficial transcript, and a typed essay describing how the funds would benefit the applicant’s educational goals.

Be sure to review the additional scholarships available through the Maricopa Community College District that allow you to submit one application for multiple scholarships at mcccdf.academicworks.com.

This feature allows you to save time with the convenient one-time application and the deadline to apply is October 12.

Remember to take the time to have a colleague, mentor, teacher, or someone you trust review your applications and essays, if applicable, to search for grammar, punctuation, and/or spelling errors. Failing to thoroughly review your application packet can be the deciding factor to whether or not you receive the funding available to you.

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Friday, October 9, 2015

A Renewed Commitment to ‪#‎ClimateLeadership!

Image of MCCCD Executive Council signing sustainability commitment

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Chancellor Rufus Glasper and his Executive Council reaffirmed the Maricopa Community Colleges' commitment to sustainability. Each member signed the 2015 Climate Leadership Network (formerly ACUPCC) Integrated Climate Leadership Commitment.

Rio Salado College is proud to join MCCCD and the Network in their commitment to building a sustainable global future and to renew our pledge to develop innovative, sustainable solutions as a college!

At Rio Salado, sustainability is more than just "thinking green," it's a way of life! 

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children ~ Native American Proverb 


To learn more about our commitment to sustainability, visit www.riosalado.edu/about/news-resources/sustainability

#‎ClimateLeadership #‎ClimateChange‬ ‪#‎HigherEd‬ ‪#‎Sustainability‬ ‪#‎ActOnClimate‬

Free Parent Workshops Begin Oct. 10

Image from flier: Father taking care of an infant in a crib.  Text: Rio Salado College and the Communiversity at Queen Creek Host Parenting Workshops

The first in a series of free community workshops for parents hosted by Rio Salado College’s Early Childhood and Human Development Program and Shining Stars Learning Center will begin this Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

These non-credit classes, which will take place monthly from October 2015 - April 2016, are 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.


program flier, text is the same as blog.Saturday Workshops
10a.m. - 12p.m.

2015

Oct. 10 - Making Connection - This Saturday!
Nov. 14 - Making it Happen
Dec. 12 - Why Do Children Do What They Do?

2016
Jan. 9 - Recognizing and Dealing with Childhood Trauma
Feb. 20 - Teach Me What to Do!
Mar. 12 - Facing the Challenge (Part 1)
Apr. 9 - Facing the Challenge (Part 2)


Register online with Shining Stars Learning Center at www.sslcaz.com or call (480) 888-9545.  

Participants will earn a two-hour training certificate upon completion of each class. The classes meet Arizona’s Children Association and A Place to Call Home training requirements.

Image of Shining Stars Learning Center front door and staff.
Classes are free and open to the public.

Learn more about Rio Salado instructor and co-owner of Shining Stars Learning Center Victoria Diforte, in this related blog story.



Interested in taking your education a step further? Learn how Rio Salado can help you earn a degree in Early Childhood Administration and Management.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

#IamUCC


Rio Salado College staff, students and guests gathered for a moment of silence at 11 a.m. to honor the memory of the victims of last week's tragedy at Umpqua Community College and to let the UCC community know that we stand with them as they begin the process of healing.
"With this offering, we also show our support to our friends and colleagues who are working tirelessly to pick up the pieces on the UCC campus." --Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante

#‎IamUCC‬

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

#IamUCC Moment of Silence Oct. 8, 11 a.m.

text over white: #IamUCC

We encourage you to join Rio Salado, the Maricopa Community Colleges and our country in a National Moment of Silence in memory of Umpqua Community College victims on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 11 a.m.

Staff, students and guests are invited to gather for a group memorial by the amphitheater between the Hohokam and Tower buildings at Rio Salado's Tempe headquarters. Please arrive by 10:55 a.m. if you plan to take part.

Let’s show Umpqua that we stand with them as they begin the process of healing their campus community.

Apply for MCCDF Scholarships by Oct. 12!

image of graduates. text: Pursue Your Dreams

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarship deadline is quickly approaching.  You have until October 12, 2015 to submit your application! 

There are several scholarship opportunities specifically for Rio Salado College students and employees, including the We Are Rio Employee Scholarship fund, the Dr. Harry E. Whyte Memorial Scholarship for Dental Hygiene students and the Rio Salado College/Helios Foundation Teacher Certification Scholarship Program.

Visit maricopa.academicworks.com and enter “Rio Salado” into the search engine to find opportunities unique to the college.

One general application, hundreds of scholarships.



Visit this Maricopa Colleges web page for successful tips and strategies to consider in all of your scholarship applications.

Rio Salado students who need additional help are encouraged to reach out to our Counseling team for assistance.

Scholarships are one of the best ways to cover expenses because you don’t have to pay them back, yet so many students don’t take advantage of them, leaving thousands of dollars unclaimed. It will be well worth your time to apply!