Thursday, March 31, 2016

MCFF Scholarship Deadline April 15!

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The Maricopa Colleges Faculty Foundation has a scholarship fund for students.  The next deadline to apply is April 15.

Awards:
$250 Part-time (6-11 credit hours)
$500 Full-time (12+ credit hours)

Criteria:
  • Enrolled in 6 or more hours at a Maricopa Community College or Skill Center
  • Minimum GPA – 2.5
  • Completed Application Packet
  • Completed application form
  • Unofficial transcript(s)
  • Two Page essay

The essay should focus on your academic and professional goals and how your community college experience will help you achieve them.

Completed application packets should be delivered, faxed or mailed to:
MCFF Office
520 E. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85283
Fax: 480.894.871

For additional details about this scholarship and the Foundation, visit www.mcff.org .



The Maricopa Colleges Faculty Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization established in 2007 by the Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association to help Maricopa Community College students reach their educational goals.

In addition to granting scholarships, the Foundation provides Emergency to help students avoid having to drop out of school as a result of unforeseen financial emergencies. Foundation dollars are also helping students pay for bus passes, baby food, rent, car repairs and other daily expenses. You can make a difference too. Donate Now.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

What Does it Take to Meet Student Expectations?

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Rio Salado Dean of Enrollment Services Rachelle Clarke joined Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs Shannon McCarty to share insights and perspectives with The EvoLLLution team about the use of technology in meeting the expectations, demands and needs of today's students.

In this interview, Clarke and McCarty focus on the importance of personalization and customization of services-- and how technology can help educational institutions improve their student services, experiences and successes.

Read the full interview now

Your thoughts? Engage in the dialogue!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Don't Miss 4/15 Veteran Success Conference!

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Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges are dedicated to supporting veterans as they transition out of the military and into college life!

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The MCCCD 2016 Veteran Student Success Conference is just one way veteran students can learn about the resources available to them-- and receive the assistance they need to succeed in a new career! 

The conference is free and open to students from all universities and community colleges across the state. 

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Andy Mandwee, program manager for Student Veterans of America, is the keynote speaker. He founded Glendale Community College’s Student Veteran Affairs of America chapter and as a graduate of GCC and ASU, he knows the importance of having the encouragement of others during the transition from the military to student and civilian life.

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The conference will include breakout sessions to provide attendees with success tips they can use in the classroom and on their journey to finding a new career.  

Local community organizations and agencies will share information about:
  • How to be a GI Bill® Ninja
  • Transferring to a University
  • Navigating the College Classroom
  • Student Veterans of America
  • Entering the Workforce After Graduation

2016 Veteran Student Success Conference
Friday, April 15
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
GateWay Community College

108 N. 40th St. IE Building - Copper Room
Phoenix, AZ85034
See map: Google Maps

Register now! 

For additional details, contact:
Andrea Banks
andrea.banks@domail.maricopa.edu
480.731.8071

Visit this event page for the latest details.

See related azcentral and Maricopa Matters stories about MCCCD efforts to create a statewide program to support military personnel, veterans, and their families as they move from active duty to civilian life.

New Titles at the Rio Salado Library

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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

Online Career Center Offers Wealth of Resources

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If the thought of searching for a new job causes heart palpitations, perhaps a visit to Rio Salado's Career Services is the right first step.

Rio Salado Counselors understand the challenges of searching for employment and, therefore, have invested considerable time in developing an online Career Center to meet the unique needs of our students.

When students enter the Career Center, they are given choices regarding which direction they would like to go, just as they would in a physical office. Students who are looking toward the longer term goal of determining a future career can click on the Find a Career Path option while those looking for ways to expand their monthly budgets can click on Find a Job.

No matter which path students choose, they will be presented with a host of self-exploration options. Students can take their time delving into the various options, knowing that a Rio Salado Counselor will be available to provide additional, in-depth guidance via telephone, email, or in-person at one of 10 Valley locations.

By choosing to explore career paths, students can take a self-assessment, research various careers, begin planning an educational pathway and receive guidance for establishing concrete goals.

Enrolling in one of the career exploration classes is an alternative way to go into the career search process in a more in-depth way. The Counseling Department offers two courses that feature career exploration--CPD102AB Career Exploration and CPD150 Creating College Success.

The Career Center’s path toward finding a job offers guidance on writing a resume, interviewing, networking, and the various methods for finding job leads. Although there is considerable information in the online center, it is just the tip of the iceberg. That could be sufficient for some students, but those who require additional assistance can reach out to a counselor. 


Students are invited to email resumes to the resume help email at resume.help@riosalado.edu. Counselors are also available for mock interviews, cover letter writing assistance, and to provide advice on networking. Call (480) 517-8785 to connect with a Counselor near you.

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck-Brown on behalf of Rio Salado’s Counseling Services-- helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Friday, March 25, 2016

M.E.N. ASU Scholarship Deadline April 1

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The application deadline for the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation George Evans Minority Male Initiative Transfer Scholarship Fund sponsored by the Helios Education Foundation is April 1.

It's an exclusive opportunity for active members of a Male Empowerment Network (M.E.N.) chapter who are transferring to Arizona State University (ASU).

Download the application and review scholarship qualifications now online.

Learn more about M.E.N. by visiting this Maricopa Colleges web page and Rio Salado's chapter web page.

Rio Salado PTK Team 2016 Regional Awards

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Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Omicron chapter participated in and co-hosted the 2016 PTK Regional Convention at Mesa Community College March 4-5, 2016 and took home several awards and recognitions.

Rio Salado students Vanessa Williams, Theresa Maheux, Evea Morrow, Oliva Mendez, Daniel Mott, Joy Georgette Jimenez, Dulce Penalosa, and Rodney Falberg attended the event with Rio Salado advisors Melanie Abts and John Bastian.

Awards and recognitions:
· Arizona Distinguished Chapter Award
· Outstanding College Project Award
· An Honors in Action Award
· Apex Award for membership growth
· Outstanding Chapter Officer - Theresa Maheux


As part of their 2015 student project, the chapter produced a video focusing on why working adults are returning to school and the obstacles they have overcome. We encourage you to watch this inspiration video.


 


PTK actively promotes scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship. To learn more about PTK and other student life initiatives, visit this Rio Salado Student Life web page or contact John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu and 480-517-8656.




Photo above, left to right: Dulce Penalosa, Joy Georgette Jimenez, Vanessa Williams, Evea Morrow, Melanie Abts and Theresa Maheux.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Rio AACE Spotlight: Kathleen Hall


This inspiring video will provide a glimpse into the life of Kathleen Hall, one of many adult students who has overcome obstacles to pursue a college education-- and found help and guidance through Rio Salado's Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program.

Rio Salado staff are committed to help you succeed! Whether you need assistance preparing for the GED® test, learning English as a second language, finding financial aid or meeting any of the other challenges of returning to school-- we're ready to help. 

Visit: www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe to learn how we can help you!

#‎GED‬ ‪#‎ESL‬ ‪#‎ABE‬

Student Success Tip: Focus on Time Management

What do successful Rio Waves do? They employ time management techniques!

Manage your time effectively by following these steps:
1. Create a semester calendar to record when all your exams, quizzes, papers, and finals are due.
2. Choose specific times each day to work on each class.
3. Keep your classwork with you. If you find yourself with extra time, you can get something
done.
4. Prioritize your time. Sometimes you have to learn to say no.
5. Take time for yourself.

Visit this web page for additional student success tips.

#timemanagement #5steps #prioritize #organize #plan #iwillgraduate #‎StudentSuccessTip‬

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Featured Library Database: Ethnic NewsWatch

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Ethnic NewsWatch contains full-text articles from more than 200 American ethnic, minority and native publications. 

There is no other periodical resource which so thoroughly covers ethnic studies as a whole and which presents unique ethnic presses and publications.

Ethnic NewsWatch comprehensively covers these ethnic categories:
  • African American/Caribbean/African
  • Arab/Middle Eastern
  • Asian/Pacific Islander
  • European/Eastern European
  • Hispanic
  • Jewish
  • Native People

A sampling of titles includes Kurdish Life, Minority Business Entrepreneur, Asian Week, Jewish Exponent, Seminole Tribune, Appalachian Heritage, Irish Voice, Chinese America, Islamic Horizons, The Filipino Express, Hmong Times, and Black Masks. A majority of this content is exclusive to the resource and is not available in any other database.

Another unique feature is the availability of Spanish language content. Of the more than 2.5 million articles contained in the collection, nearly a quarter are presented in Spanish, making Ethnic NewsWatch a useful bilingual resource of current periodicals.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Meet Rio Salado 2016 All-AZ Honorees

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Among the 25 extraordinary Maricopa Community College students honored for their distinguished achievements and leadership at the 2016 All-Arizona (ALL-AZ) Academic Awards Luncheon on March 3, 2016, were Rio Salado scholars Shawna Daniels and Vanessa Williams.

Each year, participating colleges nominate two of their most distinguished students to receive the ALL-AZ honor, which includes tuition to one of Arizona’s three state universities and a cash scholarship.

Daniels and Williams were selected as Rio’s 2016 honorees for their academic excellence, community leadership and personal determination.


Shawna Daniels is a working mom who lives in Payson, Arizona, with her husband and their children.

“Being a busy mom of three, I would never have thought I would have the time to complete my college degree and help my community in the ways that I have this year,” said Daniels.

Parenthood came with more challenges than the young couple expected. After getting through the early childhood years, Daniels realized it was time to invest in herself to create the financial future she wanted for her family.

“I chose Rio Salado because of the convenient online classes and staggered start dates,” Daniels said. “With Rio Salado’s amazing technology and student support, I can properly plan and stay dedicated to my studies.”

Daniels with her grandmother Marlene
and husband Mark.
In addition to being a member of Rio Salado’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society, Daniels engaged in several community service projects including volunteer work for the Rotary Club of Payson and Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. She also organized a charity golf tournament that raised approximately $7,500 for Payson charities.

Daniels plans to attend Northern Arizona University (NAU) with the ALL-AZ scholarship and is working toward becoming a certified public accountant.

“I would not likely be able to attend NAU without this scholarship,” said Daniels. “Being awarded full tuition to a university is priceless and has changed my entire life.”


Vanessa Williams also knows a thing or two about life changing events. The Rio Salado student is both honored and humbled to be recognized at the ALL-AZ awards.

“My life has been one of perseverance,” Williams said. “I was diagnosed with severe depression at the age of 13. I began to use drugs in my twenties. I spent more than thirteen years of my life homeless and destitute, lacking the ability to see any hope in my future.”

But everything changed six years ago when Williams took a training class to become a peer support specialist.

“A peer support specialist assists people who are recovering with mental illness or drug addiction,” Williams said. After working part time for a year at Warm Line, a peer-run support line, Williams was promoted to supervisor.

“I then made the second best decision of my life which was to return to school and get a degree,” Williams said. “As a mother and a grandmother, it was important to return to college to set a good example for my family. Returning to school was also a vital part of my recovery.”

Williams chose to attend Rio Salado College, and quickly found an aptitude for leadership and service.

Williams with husband Joe
As president of Rio Salado’s PTK chapter, and vice-president of the National Society of Leadership and Success chapter, Williams invested her time to champion behavioral health issues and to advocate for people who are homeless.

“I love being of service to others,” Williams said. “I also like seeing people succeed when they didn’t believe that they could. Continuing my education will allow me the ability to help others discover their own unique leadership skills.”

Williams plans on attending NAU this fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Her dream is to start a non-profit organization that assists in the professional development of people who have been diagnosed with behavioral health issues.

“I feel like anything is possible when you put your mind to it,” Williams said. “I am grateful to Rio Salado College for all they have done to help me to achieve my dreams.”

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Maricopa Career Network for Job Seekers!

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Students in search of part-time or full time employment opportunities can take advantage of the Maricopa Career Network at www.maricopa.jobing.com, a unique space to search for local openings. All of the site’s offerings are easy to use and free for students!

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Employers interested in one of Maricopa’s talented students can post positions. Students can go into the employment application process knowing their future employer is aware of their status as a student. Students can actively search for positions throughout the Valley or they can post their resume, which will allow employers to search for them!

Students who know they want to locate employment but aren’t sure where to start can take advantage of MCN’s Job Search Tool Kit. This feature presents seven learning modules that teach students about the entire job search process from preparing to interviewing. Each module lasts thirty minutes or less and can be watched as a series or student can pick and choose the modules they need most.

sample resume

Jobing.com also provides a variety of sample resumes for students who are struggling with that critical piece of the puzzle. Rio students can access this feature to get started on their resumes and then receive a free, personalized review from a Rio Salado Counselor by emailing their resumes to resume.help@riosalado.edu.

Students can also take advantage of Rio Salado classes CPD102AB Career Exploration and CPD102AC Creative Job Hunting to learn more about jobs, careers, networking, interviewing and much more!


Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck Brown on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.Contributed by

Congratulations to Rio 2016 NAEHS Inductees!

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Rio Salado's College Bridge Pathways (CBP) team held its 22nd National Adult Education Honor Society (NAEHS) induction ceremony on February 23, 2016.

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The NAEHS ceremony held at the Rio Salado Conference center, recognized CBP students who have shown exceptional commitment to their educational goals, persistence in class, a strong work ethic and willingness to help fellow students.

The students recognized for this honor are enrolled in Rio Salado’s English Language Acquisition for Adults program, which provides instruction for those learning English as a second language-- and Rio Salado's High School Equivalency prep program, which helps students prepare for the GED® test.

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Each year the NAEHS induction ceremony recognizes outstanding students who often come from diverse backgrounds but all share one thing in common--  a desire to continue their education and reach for their dream!

See additional event photos on our Facebook page.

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About NAEHS: The mission of the National Adult Education Honor Society is to provide meaningful recognition to deserving adult education students, to improve student employment opportunities, to develop student ambassadors for local adult education programs and to create adult education awareness with school administrators and state legislators.

Learn more about Rio Salado's CBP programs by visiting www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe

News and photos courtesy of Rio Salado Instructional Specialist Philip Suriano. 

Muslim Mythbusters Discussion March 23

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Join the ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy for the next Healing Racism Series discussion, Muslim Mythbusters-- March 23.

Image of event flier.  Text: Healing Racism Series Muslim Mythbusters The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and the Healing Racism Committee Present Muslim Mythbusters,Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 6 – 8 p.m. ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus A.E. England Building 424 N. Central Ave.  This is the fourth forum in a series addressing “Difficult Dialogues.” The Healing Racism Committee facilitates public discussions concerning current events and topics related to racism, Arizona communities and American society. Dialogues are designed to bring together academic experts, community leaders, and citizens for engaging discussions that encourage critical thinking and positive change.  Remainder of text in blog.The conversation will include experts, students and members of the Muslim community who will examine common myths and truths about Muslim life.

Muslim Mythbusters
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 6 – 8 p.m.
ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus
A.E. England Building
424 N. Central Ave. 

Free and open to the public. Space is limited.


Reserve your seats now.

Engage in the dialogue online: #HealRacism

Monday, March 21, 2016

Exercise Your Right to Vote Super Tuesday!

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Let's make it a Super Tuesday Arizona‬

Exercise your right to vote‬ by taking part in the Presidential‬ Preference Election March 22, 2016. 

Learn more about where and when to vote by visiting azcleanelections.gov or azsos.gov/elections/voting-election.

Rio Salado Welcomes New MCCCD Students!

A warm welcome to all of the new Maricopa Community Colleges students!  Today is the first day you can begin registering  for summer and fall classes!  

We look forward to helping you on your educational journey!  

Ready to take classes now? There's no need to wait with Rio Salado's flexible Monday starts!


 

Begin choosing your classes now: www.riosalado.edu/schedule.

*$84/credit for Maricopa County residents.

Please work with your academic advisor and financial aid team to make sure you are meeting SAP and Block Calendar requirements. Learn more about both of these important issues by visiting this web page.

Teacher Ed Employment Workshop March 22

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There's still time to register for tomorrow's Evening of Job Preparation-- a free employment workshop for teachers and student teachers who are job hunting!

Rio Salado's Educator Preparation team will help you:

  • Enhance Your Resume
  • Create a Compelling Cover Letter
  • Prepare for Job Interviews
  • And more!

Please note, there will be a follow-up Educator Preparation Mock Interview Day on April 7. Students who wish to take part, must attend the Evening of Job Preparation event.

What: Evening of Job Preparation
When: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Where: Rio Salado College 

Conference Center 
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Time: 7-9 p.m. 

Register now


Contact Karen Nave at (480) 517-8743 or karen.nave@riosalado.edu for more details.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Enjoy Your Spring Break!

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Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed for Spring Break, Thursday - Friday, March 17 - 18. 

Services normally available 24/7 such as our Technology Support Helpdesk and Ask a Librarian will remain available. Visit this web page for the latest updates about college closures.

We hope you'll take this time to relax and rejuvenate!

March 19 Services Available:
The Rio Salado Testing Center at Northern and the Tempe headquarters will be open Saturday, March 19 for regular business hours. The Tempe Computer Lab and Tutoring centers will be open 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.



MCTV Spotlight on Rio Insurance Studies Program

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This news story by Maricopa Community Colleges Television reporter Jesus Hernandez gives insights into a new Insurance Studies program developed by Rio Salado, Glendale and Mesa Community Colleges-- with the help of industry experts.

Included are perspectives from Rio Salado student Felicia Melton, who is taking advantage of the online classes to advance her insurance career.

Learn more about the stable, rewarding and limitless ‪#‎careertrifecta‬ opportunities available to you in this high-demand industry, which plans to hire 400K new workers by 2020.  Visit www.riosalado.edu/insurance and this related RioNews blog for more details.

‪#‎insurance‬ ‪#‎jobs‬ ‪#‎employment‬

Monday, March 14, 2016

Use Journal Finder to Find Periodicals

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Looking for the latest issue of your favorite magazine or journal? The Rio Salado library subscribes to thousands of periodicals that are freely available to registered students.

Use the “Journal Finder” feature on the library homepage to find electronic issues of a specific magazine or journal!



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For best results, use the pull-down menu to select “Title equals” and type in the name of the desired magazine or journal: 

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News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

20K NCU Kick-Starter Grant Deadline March 28

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Here's a great opportunity for ‪#‎RioGrads‬ who are considering Northcentral University to pursue a master's or doctoral degree!

NCU will award eight $20,000 Kick-Starter Grants to new students who have applied and started an NCU master’s or doctoral degree program on or before March 28, 2016.


The eight scholars selected will attend NCU to the completion of their chosen master’s or doctoral degree and, upon graduation, NCU will present a $20,000 check to the recipients to kick-start their dreams.

Get started on your application now.

Northcentral University and Rio Salado College are working together to provide a unique, innovative educator preparation program that allows students to complete 90+ credits at the community college level and then transfer to NCU for the remaining courses toward earning a bachelor's of education degree. Learn more about this program.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Freedom Riders Screening & Discussion March 18

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We encourage you to take part in the next ASU Center for the Study of Race & Democracy Created Equal Film Series screening and discussion of Freedom Riders, March 18 at ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus.

About the Film: Attracting a diverse group of volunteers—black and white, young and old, male and female, secular and religious, northern and southern—the Freedom Rides of 1961 took the civil rights struggle out of the courtroom and onto the streets of the Jim Crow South. Freedom Riders tells the terrifying, moving, and suspenseful story of a time when white and black volunteers riding a bus into the Deep South risked being jailed, beaten, or killed, as local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks.

Watch a preview and find additional details at http://csrd.asu.edu/freedomriders.

RSVP now 

Rio Salado Avondale Power Restored

The Rio Salado Avondale power has been restored by APS, however the location will remain closed for the rest of the day.

We will resume regular business hours on Monday.  

Please call the Rio Salado main line if you have any questions, 480-517-8000.

We appreciate your patience.

Rio Salado Avondale Power Outage

Attention, Rio Salado Avondale and the surrounding area are experiencing a power outage.  

APS estimates that power will be restored later tonight.

As a result, the Avondale location and Testing Center will be closed for the rest of the day. 

We will provide updates as soon as they're available.

The location cannot field calls. If you have an inquiry that requires immediate attention, please call the Rio Salado main line: 480-517-8000.

Student Success Tip: Ask for Help!

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Everyone needs a little help sometimes! 

Take advantage of the student services available to you at Rio Salado College. Learn more by talking to our Academic Advisement and Counseling Services teams, which can help you:

  • Select degree pathways
  • Evaluate transfer credits
  • Choose appropriate classes
  • Identify college resources
  • Explore university transfer and articulation agreements
  • Personal and educational goals
  • Time management and stress
  • Set career goals and prepare for your job search 

If you're new to Rio Salado, take advantage of our College and Career Success Classes, especially CPD150!

#help #financialaid #tutoring #advising #careerservices #counseling #library #collegeresources #askforhelp #iwillgraduate

Innovating Language Education

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The New Media Consortium (NMC) recently published a report called Innovating Language Education: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief, which provides insights about language education trends, challenges and opportunities to improve student proficiencies and cultural awareness through the use of new technologies.

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Among the NMC editorial board members contributing to the 2016 report was Rio Salado Faculty Chair of Languages Angela Felix, who addressed matters of personalized learning strategies.

"Done well, personalized learning can serve to celebrate and validate what heritage speakers already know, which can increase their academic confidence and foster a willingness to spend more time on what needs improvement," said Felix. "Adopting a curriculum that adapts to these learners' needs means that they are not sitting idly by while their classmates struggle with vocabulary and pronunciation that the heritage speakers learned growing up; they can focus on honing the language skills they will need to be successful in academic and professional settings.”

image of a medical professional conversing with a patientThe report also addresses the importance of educational institutions creating partnerships with government and industry to advance the field of language education. Included as a proof of concept is Rio Salado’s online Spanish Medical Interpreting curriculum, which was developed in partnership with Phoenix Children's Hospital in response to the urgent need for qualified interpreters in healthcare settings. Content from the two online classes has earned national accreditation from the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters.

Students who complete the classes can apply for a 40-hour externship, which provides opportunities for real-life interpreting experiences at hospitals, clinics, and organizations. See related story and Rio Salado’s Spanish for Medical Interpretation web page for additional details.

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The full report, which is available online, was commissioned by the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center (LFTIC) at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.

The New Media Consortium is a community of hundreds of leading universities, colleges, museums, and research centers. The NMC stimulates and furthers the exploration and use of new media and technologies for learning and creative expression.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Free Teacher Ed Employment Workshop March 22

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Join Rio Salado College’s Educator Preparation program for an Evening of Job Preparation!

Teachers and teaching students are invited to take part in this free event featuring presentations by Educator Preparation staff.

You will learn how to:
  • Enhance Your Resume
  • Create a Compelling Cover Letter
  • Prepare for Job Interviews
  • And more!

Please note, there will be a follow-up Educator Preparation Mock Interview Day on April 7. Students who wish to take part, must attend the Evening of Job Preparation event.

What: Evening of Job Preparation
When: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Where: Rio Salado College 

Conference Center 
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Time: 7-9 p.m. 

Register now


Contact Karen Nave at (480) 517-8743 or karen.nave@riosalado.edu for more details.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

#‎TeachersMatter‬!

We are delighted to share this video tribute to teachers presented by the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, featuring Professor Stephen Hawking talking about being inspired by his St. Albans School math teacher Mr. Tatha, who he says “opened my eyes to the blueprint of the universe itself—mathematics.”

Here’s to all of the amazing teachers in the world who inspire us—and help us find our purpose!

Young man looking into camera.  Text: I want to be a teacher (one day crossed out), now!


We encourage you to contact the Rio Salado Teacher Education team to learn how you can transition into a rewarding teaching career. www.riosalado.edu/programs/education

#‎TeachersMatter‬!