Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays!

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We wish you the very best this holiday season and the new year! 

As a reminder, most Rio Salado departments and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Sat., Dec. 24, 2016 – Mon., Jan. 2, 2017. We will resume regular business hours Tue., Jan. 3

Visit this RioNews blog for details about special services available during the break.

We look forward to being of service to you in 2017! 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

New Titles at the Rio Salado Library

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Enjoy the latest in fiction, nonfiction and DVD releases from the Rio Salado 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.

This service is free to all Rio Salado students and staff-- with convenient pick-up and drop-off options.

Learn About Federal Work Study Jobs this January!

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Looking for employment and workforce experience? We can help. Join Rio Salado's Financial Aid team to learn about Federal Work Study (FWS) opportunities and benefits, Jan. 9, 10 and 12, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Tempe headquarters.

Staff will be available to share insights about current openings, the application process and some of the financial benefits that are available to students who choose to take on a FWS position.

Look for their information booth near the front lobby on the first floor of the Tower at Rio.

In the meantime, visit this job page to view current FWS and other part-time openings. 

We hope you will consider joining Rio Salado's team!

Pictured here are Rio Salado Financial Aid specialists Maribel Carlos, Traneice Bradley and Mary Herron, who will be among the staff available to help you apply.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Save the Date -- Commencement 2017!

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Save the Date for Commencement 2017-- Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the Comerica Theatre in Downtown Phoenix. 

We look forward to helping you celebrate your graduation and educational accomplishments with family and friends this May!

Watch for more details soon at

If you have any questions about your degree program or catalog year, contact Academic Advisement at 480-517-8580.

Desserts That Won't Put a Dent in Your Diet

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Countless cookies, creamy chocolates, and decadent desserts – that’s what makes the holidays so delicious, but by the time January rolls around, it’s more like pants that don’t fit and an overpriced gym membership.

The holidays are a great time to indulge in moderation, but did you know that the average American gains 1.3 pounds during the holiday season? According to US News, it can take up to five months to lose that extra weight.

If you don’t want to sport the unintentional skinny jean until May 2017, check out these awesome delicious alternatives from US News -- including treats like pomegranate bark, dark chocolate popcorn, and lighter versions of classic holiday beverages like eggnog and hot chocolate. The holidays can still be delicious without putting too big of a dent in your diet.

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Maintaining a healthy weight plays an important role in your overall health – so, let’s start 2017 off by aiming for a healthy, active lifestyle together.

If you’re an MCCCD employee, don’t forget that the Maintain. Don’t Gain initiative weigh outs will be held between January 23-27 with future details to come.

#weightmanagement #maintaindontgain #healthy #healthyfood #gym #exercise #wellness #holidays #dessert #newyear #newyearsresolution

Stay in Touch with Rio's Mobile App

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Looking for a way to keep up with the latest Rio Salado news and stay connected with fellow students-- on the go?

Look no further than the Rio Salado College mobile app!

Download it now from the Google Play Store!

Please note this app is only available for Android users.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

SPOT 127 Expands into the East Valley

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After the success of the original SPOT 127 location in the West Valley, a new location is slated to open in January 2017 in the East Valley.

SPOT 127 is KJZZ's youth media center. SPOT 127 empowers teens to find their voices and engage with their communities through photo, audio and video storytelling.  SPOT 127 offers free programs -- during and after school -- in multimedia production for at-risk and low-income high school students in the Phoenix area. Students are instructed by industry professionals, including KJZZ reporters.

The opening of the new location will allow students from the East Valley to experience a new type of education they may not have had access to before. They'll learn production techniques, journalistic standards, video editing and production -- even graphic design.

This year SPOT 127 students won two Student Production Awards from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). Students won in the High School Public Service and High School Student - Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs categories. 
Nominees worked individually and in teams to create engaging multimedia material highlighting issues important to youth in the valley, as well as serious social causes such as human trafficking.

SPOT 127 was created through the collaboration of Friends of Public Radio Arizona, a 501(c)(3) organization, Rio Salado College and KJZZ 91.5 FM. The Maryvale center opened in 2012, but the program's roots reach back to 2007, when KJZZ piloted its Teen Radio Project. The Teen Radio program sent skilled journalists into local high schools to work with at-risk students.

SPOT 127 East will be opening up Jan. 19, 2017 at Rio Salado’s Southern Campus, 3320 S Price Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Tips on Coping with Grief During the Holidays

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Grief is always hard.

It’s a process that is not always linear. It hits hard and subsides, confronts, and then hides. The holidays can often trigger grief in a harsh way. You may be struggling with thoughts like, "Who will put the star on the tree this year now that Dad is gone?" You may also wonder whether anyone feels like you do or not feel motivated to participate in any holiday activities. This is normal! 

Rio Salado College Counselor Autumn Cardenez has put together some tips on how to deal with grief during the holidays.

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Here are four tips on dealing with grief during the holidays:

1. Give back to others: It can be very comforting to help others who are struggling. Serve at a homeless shelter, provide a meal for a family, or buy a gift for a child in need.

2. Reach out to loved ones for support: It’s easy to slip into “leave me alone” mode, but it can be harmful to your mental health. Surround yourself with people who love and support you. Sing nostalgic songs, reminisce over memories and look back at pictures. This can bring many tears but it will also help you to relieve your sadness.

3. Be mindful of your health and well-being: Do the form of physical activity that you enjoy the most whether it is yoga, running, or strength training. A good sweat can release endorphins and boost your mood. Try to avoid unhealthy coping mechanisms such as alcohol abuse, emotional eating, or other harmful self-medicating activities.

4. Create a new tradition: Family traditions can be sentimental, however, it can be fun to create a tradition of your own, such as a holiday themed craft or adding a new recipe to the holiday spread.

The takeaway is to remember that grieving is a process. Feeling sad during the holidays is normal. Allow those feelings to manifest, stare at them in the face, and address them.

If you are personally being affected by grief this holiday season, we are here to help. Reach out to Rio Salado Counseling to find the resources that you need.

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardenez on behalf of Rio Salado Counseling, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

#Holidays #HolidaySeason #Counseling #MentalHealth

Connect with Other Students Via RioLounge!

RioLounge on Google + provides a space for you to chat with other students, promote local events, find study buddies, sell your textbooks and more!

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

1. Log into or create a Google+ profile using a personal Gmail account.

3. Join the RioLounge Community on the right hand side of the page.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

January 2017 Advising 101 Sessions

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Attend a Rio Salado Advising 101 session to satisfy your Initial Advising Session requirement! All sessions are free and open to all students. 

Learn how to
  • Work with an advisor to reach your educational goal
  • Choose appropriate classes and programs
  • Apply prior college classes to your program
  • Transfer credits to a university program
  • Find helpful college resources and tips for college success

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Advising 101 satisfies Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” to complete registration in

Wednesday In-person Sessions  
  • Jan. 4, 11 a.m. at RSC Thomas
  • Jan. 4, 6 p.m. at RSC Tempe
  • Jan. 11, 12 p.m. at RSC Northern
  • Jan. 11: 6 p.m. at RSC Tempe
  • Jan. 18, 3:30 p.m. at Communiversity @ QC 
  • Jan. 25, 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. at RSC Avondale

Online sessions
Thursdays in January at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Register Now

Contact Academic Advising at (480) 517-8580 or for more details.  Visit for the latest in-person and online sessions.

PBS NewsHour Acknowledges Rio's Innovation

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Education is ageless, but according to the American Association of Community Colleges the average age of a community college student is 28. 

Many colleges are still geared toward serving recent high school graduates. These younger students are generally not tied down with the volume of responsibilities that many 28-year-old students have, such as working full time or supporting a family. Older college students require additional flexibility and unique services provided by their educational institution.

This PBS NewsHour story contributed by Matt Krupnick from The Hechinger Report cites how Rio Salado is trying to adapt to this new reality. 

Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante was interviewed for the story and referenced the college's online platform as a way to create flexibility for working students. "We build it so they really don't need to come to campus," Bustamante said. "Tutors, financial aid counselors and academic advisers are always available online. It's not enough for campuses to just build an online program. They have to build in those support systems."

We are proud to support students who are not typically accommodated by traditional education systems. Everyone deserves the opportunity to realize their potential through education, pursue their passion, and aim for success.

Learn how to get started by visiting:

Online Education Teaches Real-World Skills

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This online story by U.S. News & World Report contributor Darwin Green shows us how online education can teach real-world skills.

Green points out four ways that online learning can relate to the real-world:

1. Sometimes you will never meet your coworkers in person.

2, Online programs rely on self-discipline.

3. You learn to make deadlines on your own.

4. Online schools familiarize students with technology.

Green says the takeaway is online schools teach work ethic and prepare students for the real-world, which is increasingly becoming an online world.

You can start your online education and learn those real-world skills at Rio Salado College!

Rio Salado is one of the largest online public community colleges in the nation, offering 600+ online classes, 100+ degree and certificate programs and general education courses.

#onlineeducation #onlinelearning #learning #highered #school #students

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

You're Invited! Free ASU Night of the Open Door

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Mark your calendars for ASU Night of the Open Door -- an opportunity for visitors of all ages to explore laboratories, living collections, museums and classrooms and participate in hands-on activities.

Each of ASU’s campuses have a unique identity and they invite you to visit all of their campus locations throughout the month of February.

As a signature event of the Arizona SciTech Festival, discover all things science, technology, engineering, arts and math. For more information about event dates, please visit

#SciTechOutreach #ArizonaScienceEvents #NightoftheOpenDoor #ASU

RioLearn & Rio Web Outage Dec. 19-20

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The Rio Salado web site, RioLearn and other online interfaces will not be available Dec. 19-20 due to planned maintenance.

Services should be restored by 8 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20.

Please plan accordingly.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may pose.

Winter Break Closures & Special Service Hours

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Most Rio Salado departments and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Sat., Dec. 24, 2016 – Mon., Jan. 2, 2017 for the winter break. We will resume regular business hours Tue., Jan. 3

Most Rio Salado offices will adjust service hours to 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Dec. 19-23, and some locations will begin closures as early as Dec. 19. Please take note, however, that some Rio Salado locations, services and testing centers will be available during the break. See charts below and visit our location pages for details about special hours and services for each location.

Services normally available 24/7 such as RioLearn, Technology Support Helpdesk, Ask a Librarian and will remain available.

Please also take note of these special service hours:
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RSC Locations Early Closures 
  • Communiversity at Surprise, Dec. 22 - Jan 2
  • Avondale, Dec. 19 - Jan 2
  • Downtown, Dec. 19 - Jan 2
  • Lifelong Learning Center, Dec. 19 - Jan 2
  • Thomas, Dec. 19 - Jan 2
  • Southern, Dec. 19 - Jan 2

Services available Dec. 24, 2016 – Mon., Jan.2, 2017



RSC Financial Aid

Throughout the break

24/7 phone service

RSC Technology Helpdesk

Throughout the break

24/7 phone service

RSC Tempe and RSC Northern Testing

Dec. 26 - Dec. 31

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

RSC Tempe Computer Lab

Dec. 26 - 31

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

RSC Tempe Tutoring

Dec. 26 – 31

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

We hope you enjoy a happy and safe holiday season!