Monday, November 30, 2015

Insurance Scholarship Deadline Extended

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The deadline for our new ‪Insurance Studies scholarship‬ has been extended to Dec. 3, 2015!  

Apply now.

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Insurance Studies focuses on general knowledge of the insurance industry, and touches on property and liability insurance, personal insurance and commercial insurance.


Students who complete the certificate can transfer to a variety of business programs offered at Arizona's public universities.

Rio Salado College collaborated with Glendale and Mesa Community Colleges, the Maricopa Community College District  and 35 insurance professionals from 20 different insurance companies to develop the program.

Check out this blog post for additional details about Rio Salado's Insurance Studies program.

How & When to Apply for Financial Aid

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New and continuing students interested in applying for federal student aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

You will need to provide your college's FASFA code. Rio Salado's FAFSA code is 014483.

Once your application is completed and submitted, your FASFA will be sent to your designated institution where your application will be processed to determine eligibility. This process can take up to four to six weeks.

Apply for Financial Aid as early as possible!

For the 2015-16 award year, students can complete their FASFA through June 30, 2016. The 2015-16 FAFSA application is available now.

For the 2016-17 award year, students can complete the FAFSA through June 30 2017. The 2016-17 FAFSA application will be available January 1, 2016.

New and continuing students are encouraged to apply for financial aid as early as possible. Please note: the student’s calendar block start number will determine when financial aid is disbursed.

Please check your My.Maricopa.edu Student Services Center approximately 5-7 days after you submit your FAFSA to see whether you have any outstanding related tasks by checking your:

● To Do List
● Message Center
● Official Student Email


Please also pay close attention to FAFSA deadlines and related deadlines noted on this Rio Salado Financial Aid web page.

Visit this web page for more information about Rio Salado Financial Aid services.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Federal Work Study Reduces Student Debt

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Rio Salado College has several, part-time student Federal Work Study (FWS) job opportunities that can help you pay for school while you gain valuable workforce experience.

FWS opportunities are need based. Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

For a list of job openings, visit www.riosalado.edu/jobs and look for listings under Part-Time Student Federal Work Study Opportunities.


Attention: Please submit your resume and related documents to the email address noted on the job postings.

We hope you will consider joining our team!

Attend Free Teacher Ed Orientation Sessions

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The Rio Salado Teacher Education team hosts free orientation sessions to provide details about its Bachelor Degree Pathway and Post-Baccalaureate programs!

Please join us for one of these orientation sessions in December!


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Bachelor Degree Pathway Orientation
Learn how this educator preparation program allows students to complete 90+ credits at the community college level and then transfer to Northcentral University for the remaining courses toward earning a bachelor's of education degree.


Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
6:30 - 8 p.m
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Rio Salado Tempe
Rio Tower - Disney Room #4 (6th floor)

Register now

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Post- Baccalaureate Orientation Sessions
Learn about the convenient and cost-effective ways students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree can transition into a K-12 teaching career. Applicants can receive certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary (content specific) and Special Education.


Traditional Pathway
Learn about the traditional pathway model for certification which includes completion of all coursework, testing, and 12 week student teaching experience.

  Monday, Dec. 14, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.
Communiversity at Queen Creek

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.

Communiversity at Surprise

Register now

Teacher in Residence Pathway
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher-in-Residence Orientation

Learn about paid employment opportunities in the classroom available to students while completing certification coursework. Visit this blog post for additional insights about this program and Arizona's pressing need for teachers.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Rio Salado Tempe Conference Center

Register now

Monday, November 23, 2015

International Ed Week Photos to Share!

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Photos from last week's International Education Week festivities are now available on Facebook. Feel free to download and tag!

We hope you enjoyed this annual celebration led by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, which is intended to increase awareness about the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.
Poster of International Ed Week 2015.

We encourage you to share your stories and photos on our Facebook and Twitter accounts and the InternationalEdWeek Facebook page using #Rio2015InternationaEdWeek, #IEW2015 and #RioSaladoCollege.

Learn more about last week's activities by visiting this blog post.  Learn more about International Education Week by visiting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Friday, November 20, 2015

International Ed Week -- Touch of Japan!

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We conclude International Education Week with a Touch of Japan!  Join us for these activities.


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Origami Demonstration
See a demonstration of the art of Japanese paper folding and try your hand at it! (See attachment for do-it-yourself instructions). Café Dining Room, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Café at Rio Lunch Special
Sushi Bento with spicy tuna roll or California roll, wasabi, soy and pickled ginger - $5.99

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Books and Documentaries
The Rio Salado College Library will have a table of Japanese-themed literary materials available to browse, and will show the following documentaries/videos in the Café at Rio dining room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Click the links to watch now online by logging into RioLearn. To view all Library recommendations visit http://libguides.riosalado.edu/International_Education_Week.

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Last chance for Selfie Contest
Send us a selfie of yourself participating in an International Education Week activity, wearing an item of clothing that celebrates your heritage, or visiting an international destination and email it to the Wave (thewave@riosalado.edu) by noon on Friday.


We encourage you to share your stories and photos on our Facebook and Twitter accounts and the InternationalEdWeek Facebook page using #Rio2015InternationaEdWeek, #IEW2015 and #RioSaladoCollege.  We will post photos on Facebook soon!  Feel free to download and tag yourself!

We hope you enjoyed Rio Salado's International Education Week festivities. Learn more about this national, annual celebration by visiting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Special Service Hours for Thanksgiving Week!

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Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Thursday – Sunday, November 26-29 to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

Some Rio Salado locations, services and testing centers will be available on Saturday, November 28.

Please also take note of special hours of service for locations Monday - Wednesday, November 23-25. Most offices will be closing at 5 p.m
.

We will resume regular business hours on Monday, November 30.

Please visit this web page for details about closures and special hours of service for each of our locations.

We hope you enjoy a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

International Ed Week -- Native American Day!


International Education Week - Schedule of Events for Thursday, Nov. 19 – Native American Appreciation.

Cultural Performances
Enjoy Native American cultural performances in the Rio Amphitheater, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Café at Rio Lunch Special
Native American Indian Taco - Traditional fry bread topped with refried pinto beans, seasoned ground beef, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar, salsa and sour cream - $5.49.


Books and Documentaries
The Rio Salado College Library will have a table of Native American literary materials available to browse, and will show the following documentaries/videos in the Café at Rio dining room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Click the links to watch now online by logging into RioLearn. To view all Library recommendations visit http://libguides.riosalado.edu/International_Education_Week.

Learn more about International Education Week by visiting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Rio PTK AZ College Transfer Night - Nov 19

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Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter is hosting a College Transfer Night with Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona and Grand Canyon University on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015.

Learn how you can transfer seamlessly to one of these schools and prepare for your next step in higher learning.

This event is open to all Rio Salado students.

Rio Salado PTK College Transfer Night 
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
6-7:30 p.m.
Rio Salado Conference Center in Tempe

2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Representatives from each school will share briefs about their college and programs with all attendees and then provide you with an opportunity for one-on-one discussions, so you can address your unique questions.

Complimentary pizza and soft drinks provided.  

We would appreciate an advanced confirmation of your attendance.  Please email StudentLife@riosalado.edu by 12 p.m., Thursday Nov. 19. We encourage you to bring family members and friends.

We look forward to seeing you there! 


To learn more about our transfer options, visit www.riosalado.edu/advisement/university-transfer

Contact John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656 for more details about this event. 

International Ed Week -- Indian/Spanish Fusion Day

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International Education Week - Schedule of Events for Wednesday, Nov. 18 – Indian/Spanish Fusion Day!

Kathak and Flamenco Dance Performances
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Kathak (Indian) and Flamenco (Spanish) performance by professional dancers. Come and see the similarities between the dances. Takes place outside between the Rio Tower and Hohokam buildings, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Photo: Left to right: Performers Carlos Montufar and Anjali Shah).
 

Café at Rio Lunch Special
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imag of curry dish Spanish tortilla with vegetable curry, local olives and prosciutto - $6.99



Books and Documentaries
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The Rio Salado College Library will have a table of Indian and Spanish-themed literary materials available to browse, and will show the following documentaries/videos in the Café at Rio dining room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Click the links to watch now online by logging into RioLearn. To view all Library recommendations visit http://libguides.riosalado.edu/International_Education_Week.

International Education Week at Rio Salado College takes place Nov. 16-20, 2015. We encourage you to share your stories and photos on our Facebook and Twitter accounts and the InternationalEdWeek Facebook page using #Rio2015InternationaEdWeek, #IEW2015 and #RioSaladoCollege.  

Learn more about International Education Week by visiting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Live Google+ Hangout with White House Nov 18!

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Rio Salado College Adults Achieving a College Education (Adult ACE) staff will be taking part in a live discussion about college access with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and other Bright Spot organizations via Google + Hangout on Wednesday, November 17 from 12-1 p.m. Arizona time (2-3 p.m., EST).

The Initiative named Rio Salado’s Adult ACE program a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education last month. 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.

Tomorrow's Google + Hangout is one of several conversations the Initiative will host throughout the coming year, to give educators and the public a chance to learn what Bright Spot organizations are doing to help close the achievement gap for Hispanic students-- and to learn ways in which we can continue helping Latino students and families progress forward. It's also a chance for you to pose your questions and concerns about the future of education and access for Hispanics.

We encourage you to engage in the dialogue via Google+ and Twitter using #BrightSpots and #CollegeAccess.  You can begin posting questions and comments now.

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.

See related blog story.

Rio Bookstore Sale! 25% Off, Nov 17-18.


Get 25% off clearance items, backpacks, imprinted merchandise and much more at the Rio Salado Bookstore, November 17-18!  

Shop now online.

Monday, November 16, 2015

International Ed Week - Wear Your Beret Day!

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Here's today's International Education Week itinerary for Monday, Nov. 16 – Wear Your Beret Day!

Coffee and Pastries
Stop by the International Education Department (ground floor, Tower building) from 9:30 a.m. to noon to enjoy coffee and pastries.

Café at Rio Lunch Special
Chicken Cordon Bleu - Chicken breast stuffed with ham and Swiss cheese, topped with sauce mornay. Accompanied by rice pilaf and green beans amandine - $7.99

Books and Documentaries
The Rio Salado College Library will have a table of French-themed literary materials available to browse, and will show the following documentaries/videos in the Café at Rio dining room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:



To view all Library recommendations visit http://libguides.riosalado.ed/International_Education_Week.

ALL WEEK: Snap a Selfie/Participation Contest
All week long, snap a selfie of yourself participating in an International Education Week activity, wearing an item of clothing that celebrates your heritage, or visiting an international destination and email it to the Wave thewave@riosalado.edu by noon on Friday. Photos will be posted on Rio’s Facebook page. You are also invited to fill out ticket entries at each day’s event to be entered into the drawing. Winners will be selected at random to win participation prizes.


Visit this blog post to get a glimpse of other activities we have planned for the rest of the week!

We encourage you to share your stories and photos on our Facebook and Twitter accounts and the InternationalEdWeek Facebook page using #Rio2015InternationaEdWeek, #IEW2015 and #RioSaladoCollege.  

Learn more about International Education Week by visiting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Friday, November 13, 2015

Celebrate International Ed Week - Nov 16-20!

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International Education Week is an initiative led by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

Rio Salado is taking part in the week-long celebration by hosting a series of activities and special events at the Tempe headquarters. There will also be daily, multicultural culinary delights from the Café at Rio

Here is a brief of activities we have in mind.

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International Selfie Contest
Snap a selfie of yourself participating in an International Education Week activity, wearing an item of clothing that celebrates your heritage, or visiting an international destination and email it to the thewave@riosalado.edu by noon, Friday November 20.

Photos will be posted on Rio Salado’s Facebook page. Winners will be selected at random to win participation prizes.
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Wear Your Beret Day 
Coffee and pastries in the International Education Department (ground floor, Tower) - 9:30 a.m. to noon.
French-themed videos and library display – Café at Rio, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Café at Rio lunch special: Chicken Cordon Bleu - $7.99

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Tuesday, Nov. 17
Mexican Heritag

● Day of the Dead display and crafts area - Rio Amphitheater, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
● Salsa Contest! Sample salsa made by Rio Salado staff and vote for your favorite. Café Dining Room, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
● Mexican-themed videos and library display – Café at Rio, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
● Café at Rio lunch special: Street Tacos- $1 each

Wednesday, Nov. 18
Indian-Spanish Fusion
● Indian and Spanish-themed videos and library display – Café at Rio, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
● Kathak (Indian) and Flamenco (Spanish) performance by professional dancers between the Hohokam and Tower buildings. Two performances: 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., and 12:15-1 p.m.
● Café at Rio lunch special: Spanish Tortillas with Vegetable Curry - $6.99

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Thursday, Nov. 19 
Native American Appreciation
● Native American cultural performances – Rio Amphitheater, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
● Native American-themed videos and library display – Café at Rio, - 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
● Café at Rio lunch special: Native American Indian Tacos - $5.49
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Friday, Nov. 20
Touch of Japan
● Origami demonstration – Café Dining Room, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
● Japanese-themed videos and library display – Café at Rio, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
● Café at Rio lunch special: Sushi Bento - $5.99

Visit RioNews next week for additional details and post shares.

We encourage you to share your stories and photos on our Facebook and Twitter accounts and the InternationalEdWeek Facebook page using #Rio2015InternationaEdWeek, #IEW2015 and #RioSaladoCollege.
 

Learn more about International Education Week by visiting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veterans Day!

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Today we extend our deepest thanks to all veterans for their service and sacrifice—and renew our commitment to provide the support they need to transition to civilian life and higher learning.

Rio Salado is proud of its Military Advisement program, East Valley Veterans Education Center, Military Friendly Schools® distinction and ability to provide comprehensive support services for veterans and their families.

This edition of Sonoran Living provides a glimpse into the other ways Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges are serving veterans.

‪#‎VeteransStudentsSuccess‬ ‪#‎VeteransDay‬ #Veterans

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

my.maricopa.edu Scheduled Outage Nov. 14

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Attention Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges students. Our online Student Center, my.maricopa.edu will be down for scheduled maintenance on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.

You will not have the ability to log into the system, register, check placement test scores, create an MEID, etc. Please plan ahead.

Other support systems such as email, Canvas and RioLearn will be available for use.

We appreciate your understanding!

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Benefits of Community College for Veterans

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Here's some advice from Marine ‪#‎veteran‬ Christopher Flurry about the benefits of attending community college, which was recently featured in Task & Purpose.

Rio Salado, the Maricopa Community Colleges and East Valley Veterans Education Center are ready to help you transition to college life and succeed!

Learn more about Rio Salado's Veterans Affairs services at www.riosalado.edu/veteran.

New Scholarship Oppty for Insurance Studies!

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Ready to jump-start your career in the insurance industry?

Here's a new ‪scholarship‬ opportunity for you to begin Rio Salado's new ‪Insurance‬ Studies program! 

Apply now.

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Insurance Studies focuses on general knowledge of the insurance industry, and touches on property and liability insurance, personal insurance and commercial insurance.


Students who complete the certificate can transfer to a variety of business programs offered at Arizona's public universities.

Rio Salado College collaborated with Glendale and Mesa Community Colleges, the Maricopa Community College District  and 35 insurance professionals from 20 different insurance companies to develop the program. Learn more about the development and purpose of this program in this blog post.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Veterans Day Closure, Nov. 11

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. 

Normal business hours will resume Thursday, Nov. 12.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

NSLS Recognizes Rio Student Life Coordinator!

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The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) has recognized John Bastian, coordinator of student life, for his outstanding achievements on behalf of the Rio Salado chapter and its student members.

"Through dedication and commitment, John has effectively motivated society members to attain individual goals, demonstrate leadership and prepare for the real world by continually striving for success," said the award letter sent by NSLS President Charles Knippen.

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The letter goes on to say that Bastian has "inspired students to serve as a powerful force of good by encouraging and organizing action that results in positive impacts" in our community.

"The National Society of Leadership and Success is an organization that presents positive opportunities for Rio Salado students," said Bastian. "I am grateful to the NSLS for this recognition."

We hope you will join us in congratulating him for his exceptional service.

Interested in learning more about Rio Salado's NSLS chapter and other student life programs? Visit this web page or contact John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656 for more details.

Photo of John with Rio students at a widerness retreat The National Society of Leadership and Success is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. It was founded in 2001 to build a community of like-minded, success oriented leaders who come together to help one another succeed. The Society offers interactive broadcasts with the nation’s best speakers, training in goal setting, and team meetings in which students set and hold each other accountable for achieving goals. These benefits, which aim to help members personally and professionally, are offered for the rest of their lives. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 400 college and university campuses nationwide and serves more than 350,000 members.