Friday, November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving Week Special Hours & Closures

Navy poster with script text in orange: Happy Thanksgiving

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Thu. – Sun., Nov. 23-26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Some Rio Salado locations, services and testing centers will be available on Sat., Nov. 25. Please visit our location pages for details about special hours and services available.

Please also take note of special hours of service for locations, Mon. – Wed., Nov. 20-22. Most departments will close at 5 p.m. Testing centers will be open for regular hours Mon. - Tue., Nov. 20-21 and closing at 5 p.m. on Wed. Nov. 22.

We will resume regular business hours on Mon., Nov. 27.

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

Here's a look at other student services that will be available to you during the Thanksgiving break:

LOCATION

DATES OPEN 
HOURS

RSC Financial Aid           

Throughout the break             

24/7 phone service

RSC Technology Helpdesk           

Throughout the break

Saturday, Nov. 25
24/7 phone service

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

RSC Tempe Testing        

Saturday, Nov. 25
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

RSC Tempe Computer Lab       

Saturday, Nov. 25
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

RSC Tempe Tutoring
Saturday, Nov. 25
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

RSC Northern Testing

Saturday, Nov. 25
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
RSC Northern Computer Lab

Saturday, Nov. 25
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Communiversity at QC Testing

Saturday, Nov. 25
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lifelong Learning Center Testing

Saturday, Nov. 25
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


a woman pulling a turkey out of the oven with a big smile and young girl in background jumping for joy

We hope you enjoy a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Find Enrichment in Early Childhood Education

snapshot from the video featuring a baby smiling at the camera

Looking for an enriching career? This video provides insights into the many rewards and benefits of a career in Early Childhood Education from local industry professionals who have a deep passion for what they do. 

image of a white male teacher smiling, coloring with a couple of black toddlers.
Learn about the many opportunities in this field and how you can create a lasting impact on the lives of children, your community and your life.

Rio Salado’s Early Childhood Education Program provides multiple opportunities for entry-level career seekers and professionals pursuing continuing education. Learn more by visiting www.riosalado.edu/earlychildhood, emailing earlychildhood@riosalado.edu and calling 480-517-8771.


Here are some of the options available to you through Rio Salado’s Early Childhood Education Program:

Certificates 
  • Academic Certificate in Child and Family Professional Development
  • Certificate of Completion in Family Child Care Management
  • Certificate of Completion in Infant Toddler Development 
Degrees 
  • Associate in Applied Science in Early Learning & Development
  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Administration and Management 

This video was made possible by funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Education under the Carl D. Perkins Act.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tune into KBACH 89.5 Your Classical Connection

KBACH 89.5 logo. Classical. Arts. Community.
Need a break from the daily grind? Kick back and unwind with KBACH​ 89.5-- the Valley's source for classical music. 

Tune in 24/7 at 89.5 FM and worldwide at kbaq.org.


KBACH is a community service of Rio Salado College

Successful Students Use College Resources!

Image of a female student checking in at a student service desk.  Text: Resources!  Image of Rio Salado mascot Splash standing in foreground carrying backpack and books.

There are so many tools and services available to help you with your coursework, educational goals, financial aid, career plans and more!

Need help? Just ask!


Meet regularly with your advisors and counselors to make sure you’re taking advantage of the support resources available to you!

www.riosalado.edu/counseling
www.riosalado.edu/advisement

Check out these student success videos for additional tips.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Explore New Military & Veterans Success Center

snapshot from Maricopa County video open, exterior shot of new center.

This video produced by Maricopa County provides a thoughtful brief about the purpose of our new Military and Veterans Success Center - West at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, AZ.

Learn more about the center in this RioNews blog post.

We are grateful for the generous community support of this initiative and we look forward to being of service to Maricopa County’s transitioning military, veterans and their spouses!

Check out event photos on Facebook.

Photo of Luke Air Force Base commander Brigadier General Brook J. Leonard.
Brigadier General Brook photo courtesy of Luke AFB photographer Caleb Worpel 
"We are proud of the partnership that this center represents, combining Air Force programs at Luke with the resources of our incredible community for a more seamless transition in education and employment opportunities for our men, women and their families."
--Luke Air Force Base commander Brigadier General Brook J. Leonard.

Café@Rio Thanksgiving Pie Sale! Order by Nov. 17

image of a rustic dining table with servings of pumpkin pie, a bowl of cinnamon and fall leaves

Order scrumptious pies for your Thanksgiving feast from the Café at Rio!

Apple Pie - $11.99
Classic Pumpkin - $9.49
Pies are 10” 


Fresh, delicious ingredients and made with love!

Pre-order your pies during your next visit to the Café @ Rio or by calling 480-517-8728.

Pre-orders are due by Friday, Nov. 17.

Payment is due at time of pre-order. Price includes tax.

Pies can be picked up by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21 or Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Enjoy.

Monday, November 13, 2017

New Titles at the Rio Salado College Library

Book cover for "Boost Your Career"  Quote: "I love how this book shares hurdles as well as 'aha' insights for getting ahead in a competitive environment." -- Faith Popcorn.

Check out the latest additions to the Rio Salado Library

This is a free service for Rio Salado students and staff.  You can arrange for free pick up and drop off of your selections at Rio Salado locations across the Valley.

Fiction

Nonfiction
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. To request a title please call the Library at 480-517-8424.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

New Military & Vets Success Center at Luke AFB!

Military and Veterans Success Center - West at Luke Air Force Base Grand Opening Banner with American flag

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a proclamation today to commemorate the new Military and Veterans Success Center - West at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, AZ-- the nation’s first community supported, case-managed, holistic support center for transitioning military, veterans and their spouses.

“The support from multiple state agencies including the Department of Corrections and the Department of Veterans’ Services demonstrates our belief in this new model as a better pathway,” states the proclamation, which was read by Arizona Department of Veterans' Services Public Information Officer Nicole Baker, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house hosted by the Maricopa Community Colleges, Rio Salado College and Luke Air Force Base.

snapshot of Senator McCain video

“I want to thank Chancellor Harper-Marinick and the Community College District for helping Arizona lead the country in supporting our transitioning military, veterans and spouses,” said Senator John McCain, during a message recorded for event attendees, which included community partners and local media.
“Our District is committed to our veterans, not simply by offering educational pursuits for students utilizing their G.I. Benefits, but by supporting any transitioning military, veteran or spouse,” said Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick during ceremony opening remarks.

If unprepared, transitioning out of the military can be a challenging and confusing adjustment. Within 30-days, military members and their families may lose employment and housing, their support systems, sense of place and identity. It’s not that there aren’t resources available, in fact there are more than 40,000 organizations supporting military and veterans nationwide, however, the awareness of these resources is lacking. That’s the big gap the Military and Veterans Success Center plans to narrow.

"Enabling our Airmen to grow while on active duty and setting them up for success as they transition from active duty is something we emphasize daily,” said Luke AFB commander Brigadier General Brook J. Leonard, who was among the presenters at the event. “The Military and Veteran Success Center will support this effort in amazing ways for the 5,600 Airmen at Luke and the nearly 450 that transition out of Luke and into our community and others across America each year. We are proud of the partnership that this center represents, combining Air Force programs at Luke with the resources of our incredible community for a more seamless transition in education and employment opportunities for our men, women and their families."

group photo at today's ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Luke AFB commander Brigadier General Brook J. Leonard & MCCCD Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick

The Military and Veterans Success Center will serve as a one-stop-shop to bridge resources to military members and their spouses, to help them transition smoothly and successfully into civilian life. Case managers will help individuals create success plans that incorporate all facets of their lives. The center will also help individuals seek funding through the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation for scholarships, books, tuition, housing, resume writing, financial literacy, transitional classes, child care and emergency needs.

Event attendees toured the center, which is located near the Luke AFB Lightning Gate entrance. It is one of two centers hosted by Rio Salado College that will provide free services to military families transitioning to civilian life in Maricopa County. The other center, known as the East Valley Veterans Center in Tempe, AZ will begin offering specialized transition programs in coming months.

“This center will support our hero community by giving them resources, sometimes years before they leave the military, that holistically develops a personal plan for success; financial, career, and family,” said District 8 Congressman Trent Franks.

Students enrolled in Rio Salado’s Incarcerated Re-Entry classes at Arizona Department of Corrections facilities played a key role in the center’s construction. Federal and local agencies and community partners were instrumental in getting the initiative funded.

“Maricopa County and our Industrial Development Authority has contributed almost a million dollars to support these centers with the latest technology that gets our veterans working as quickly as possible,” said District 4 Supervisor Clint Hickman.

“On behalf of the city of Glendale and our entire City Council, I welcome the Military and Veterans Success Center to Glendale,” said Glendale Mayor Jerry P. Weiers. “This is an example of how a multi-agency partnership from the local, county, state and federal levels can work to transition our nation’s heroes and keep them on a pathway to success. We want our best and brightest to remain here in our community as an integral part of our highly-skilled workforce.”

“We owe a great debt of gratitude to the brave men and women of our military and their families," said Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante. “This center represents our collective efforts to show how much we honor their sacrifice and demonstrates our commitment to helping them succeed.”

To learn more about this initiative, visit: https://mcccdf.org/fundraising/veteran-success-project.

Photos courtesy of MCTV Director René Blatté.  

Photo 1: Group photo with Luke AFB commander Brigadier General Leonard and Chancellor Harper-Marinick leading ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Photo 2 features Business Development Officer for the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority Gregg Ghelfi, Chancellor Harper-Marinick and District 4 Supervisor Clint Hickman.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Donate Items to Goodwill Veteran Drive by 11/9

Text: Goodwill is partnering with the Maricopa Community Colleges, the Maricopa Community Colleges District Foundation for a Donation Drive.  We accept: clothes, shoes, books, furniture, household items. Bring donations to your college’s Veteran’s Center November 1-10.  Donations help raise funds for scholarships for veteran students.  By responsibly donating your no longer needed clothes and household items to Goodwill, you’re helping our community and the environment by providing career and education services, and diverting no-longer needed items from landfills.  The Maricopa Community Colleges are EEO/AA institutions.
You still have time to help raise funds for veteran scholarships and emergency relief funds by taking part in our Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona donation drive. 

Please drop off your donations by tomorrow, Nov. 9 before the Veteran's Day closure. You can drop off donations at Rio Salado's Tempe headquarters, the East Valley Veterans Education Center or any of the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Proceeds will be equally distributed among the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges to provide veteran students access to courses the VA may not pay for or assist them financially during hardships – all in an effort to help them graduate and succeed.

Have questions? Rio Salado students and staff should contact Tara Simo at 480-517-8675 or tara.simo@riosalado.edu.

We appreciate your participation!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Vote Today. Democracy Needs You!

1998 commemorative stamp in honor of 19th Amendment, featuring a woman suffragette voting

Happy Election Day! We encourage you to exercise your right to vote. Democracy depends on you!

Not sure where to vote or to drop off your ballot today? Curious if your ballot has been received or what early election returns are like? Check out these Maricopa County Elections and Secretary of State voter guides:

http://www.arizona.vote
https://recorder.maricopa.gov/elections

Monday, November 6, 2017

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month!

Image of a Native American pow wow dancer in colorful traditional dress.

The Rio Salado Library is proud to celebrate the rich culture, diversity, and contributions of the Native American community.

Native American Heritage Month is observed each November. This commemorative month aims to provide a platform for Native people in the United States to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and ways and concepts of life. 

Heritage Month is also an opportunity for native people to educate the general public about their tribes, the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present-- and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

Check out Rio Salado Library’s Native American Heritage Month Guide for library and web resources that explore the culture, achievements, and history of Native Americans.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Veterans Day Closure, Nov. 10-11

Poster featuring the American flag with text: November 11 Veterans Day

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Fri., Nov. 10 and Sat., Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

We look forward to celebrating this national holiday with Arizona veterans and their families.

Thank you for your service!


Take part in honoring Arizona veterans at the annual Phoenix Veterans Day Parade, Saturday, Nov. 11. Learn more atwww.phoenixveteransdayparade.org

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Goodwill Donation Drive Helps Veterans, Nov. 1-10

Text: Goodwill is partnering with the Maricopa Community Colleges, the Maricopa Community Colleges District Foundation for a Donation Drive.  We accept: clothes, shoes, books, furniture, household items. Bring donations to your college’s Veteran’s Center November 1-10.  Donations help raise funds for scholarships for veteran students.  By responsibly donating your no longer needed clothes and household items to Goodwill, you’re helping our community and the environment by providing career and education services, and diverting no-longer needed items from landfills.  The Maricopa Community Colleges are EEO/AA institutions.

Join us in an effort to raise funds for veteran scholarships and emergency cash reserves by donating clothes, shoes, books, household items and small furniture, Nov. 1 – 10 to Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona

You can drop off your donations at Rio Salado's Tempe headquarters, the East Valley Veterans Education Center or any of the Maricopa Community Colleges.

The proceeds from this effort will go to a special Maricopa Community Colleges District Foundation fund for veterans, which will be equally distributed among the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges. This funding will provide veteran students access to courses the VA may not pay for or assist them financially during hardships – all in an effort to help them graduate.

Items being accepted: books, clothing, computers, cooking supplies, electronics, furniture, housewares, handbags, jewelry, knick-knacks, linens, instruments, pictures, shoes, sports equipment, tools, and toys.

Items that will not be accepted: auto parts, building materials, hazardous materials, tires, cleaning products, flammable products, pesticides/lawn garden products, paint/paint supplies, televisions.

Goodwill diverts more than  100 million pounds from  going directly to Arizona  landfills every year. Read more at https://www.goodwillaz.org/#5AVyAcg82ASwpcwV.99

Rio Salado is proud to join Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona, the Maricopa Community Colleges Student Affairs Office and the Maricopa Community Colleges District Foundation in this effort to help Valley veterans!

Have questions? Rio Salado students and staff should contact Tara Simo at 480-517-8675 or tara.simo@riosalado.edu.

We appreciate your participation!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Try Us Out! Explore Online Learning with Rio!

Image of a young woman lounging on her couch using her laptop.  Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges logo.  Text: Try Us Out!  See what it's like to take an online class at Rio Salado College.  Find out more.

Get a sneak peek at what it's like to learn online with Rio Salado College. Check out our interactive online class demo to explore the options and convenience of our online learning platform and see why more than a quarter million online students have taken classes at Rio Salado.

Start your demo now!



Rio Salado is a proud member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), providing distance-education options to students in all 50 states.

For more information about SARA and the programs and classes available in your state, please visit this web page.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

How to Make Education Affordable & Responsive

Image from National Press club event. Left to right are Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante; EJ Delpero, George Mason University Class of 2018; and John Englehart, UMUC Class of 2017.  (Photo courtesy of Joshua Fernandez)

Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante took part in an engaging panel discussion about making education more affordable and responsive with PBS NewsHour / Education Week Correspondent Kavitha Cardoza on Oct. 30 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The event was hosted by Higher Learning Advocates to address why the needs of today's student should determine federal policy and not the other way around.

This story by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Reporter Jamaal Abdul-Alim provides a brief on the event and how Higher Learning Advocates is working to improve access and success for nontraditional students.

Learn more about the Higher Learning Advocates policy framework: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/48a79d_360a4d95501145579579217840c9e52c.pdf

Pictured above, left to right, are Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante; EJ Delpero, George Mason University Class of 2018; and John Englehart, UMUC Class of 2017. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Fernandez)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Project Connect to Help Homeless Nov 2

Montage of images from a past Project Connect event.  Volunteers working and someone getting a haircut. United Way logo.  Live United
On any given day, thousands of people experience homelessness in Maricopa County. Many of these individuals and families are experiencing homelessness for the first time and only need temporary assistance to get back on their feet. 

Join the Maricopa Community Colleges and Valley of the Sun United Way for a Project Connect event at South Mountain Community College on Nov. 2 to help our neighbors in need.

Who Can Benefit From the Event?
Individuals and families who are in need of assistance with housing, shelter, benefits, identification and other basic health and human services. Services are concentrated on helping people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

What Kind of Services Will be Available?
Employment services, medical and healthcare, affordable rental services, clothing, personal care items, spiritual support, behavioral health, substance abuse services, shelter providers, haircuts, food, showers, DES, Social Security, veteran benefits and more.

United Way Project Connect @ Maricopa
Thursday, November 2
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
South Mountain Community College
7050 S. 24th St. Phoenix
Info: creative.pathways@domail.maricopa.edu


Banner for VSUW: Give, Advocate, Volunteer, Join a Group


Volunteer Opportunities
image of volunteers for United Way
Most volunteers work one-on-one with guests, escorting them through the array of service providers available on site. The guest guide role is a supportive position that encourages a connection between individuals. Other roles available to volunteers include registering guests, serving food, distributing clothes, assisting with the guest check-out area and event clean-up.

Register now at http://volunteer.vsuw.org\volunteer. For groups of 10 or more, contact the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at volunteer@vsuw.org.

group photo of Rio Salado employee volunteers at December 2016 eventMaricopa Community Colleges employees are encouraged to register as volunteers through the Maricopa Learns through Service HCM portal. For questions, please contact Dee Dee Tapson at 480-731-8299 or via email at creative.pathways@domail.maricopa.edu.

Rio Salado employees and students should contact Elizabeth Cole-Fay at elizabeth.cole-fay@riosalado.edu to learn more about Rio Salado team efforts.

Project Connect is part of Valley of the Sun United Way’s long-term, multi-faceted strategy to end homelessness in our community. This event offers instant access to resources people need to start the journey back to health, financial stability and housing. More than 28,000 individuals have been connected to services since Project Connect began in 2008.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Obama Foundation Community Training, Nov. 11

Obama Foundation logo, image of a group photo from a training session with youth

The Obama Foundation is hosting a one-day, in-person community engagement training for 18 to 24 year olds in Tempe!

The training session will take place Sat., Nov. 11, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. It will include inspirational workshops that use storytelling, community building, and skills training to teach you how to make change in your community.

The application deadline is today, but the foundation is extending the deadline to Sat. Oct. 28 for Maricopa Community Colleges students! To qualify for the extension you must respond with, "AVC Ganther at MCCCD" for question 12.

Apply now: go.obama.org/tempetraining17

If you care about what’s happening in your community and want to be part of creating solutions but don’t know how to start-- this training is for you!

The Foundation is inviting young people who are looking for new ideas and opportunities to get involved. This training will help you build the relationships and skills you need to be the change you want to see.

The foundation is committed to bringing together a group of people with diverse viewpoints, backgrounds, socioeconomic status, education levels, religious beliefs, races, and ethnicities. Participants should be at least 18 years old, open-minded, eager to engage, and build relationships with people different from themselves.

This is one of the first events of its kind, and by getting involved, your voice will be integral to shaping the future of The Foundation’s programming. No prior experience necessary!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Earn a Business Degree in High School!

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Attention high school students! If you’re a budding entrepreneur with a knack for customer service or marketing, then you’ll want to check out Rio Salado’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) business program for dual enrollment students!

This new video will give you a brief on how our CTE classes can give you a head start on a business degree and career!

With our dual enrollment program, you can earn high school and college credits at the same time! Learn more about program requirements, benefits, and how to enroll by visiting: www.riosalado.edu/dual.

Rio Salado Dual Enrollment is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships www.nacep.org.

The Many Benefits of Dual Enrollment!

  • Earn college and high school credit simultaneously
  • Transfer to one of our many university partners
  • Save money on college tuition and text books
  • Finish college faster
  • Eliminate duplication of coursework during your early years of college

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Discussing Education Access with PBS NewsHour

Snapshot of Higher Learning Advocates web banner invite.  Text: Mismatched?  Why We Need to Re-Wire Higher Education Policy to Work for Today's Students.  Oct. 30 @ p.m. ET National Press Club, Forth Estate Room.  Image of Rio President Chris Bustamante and HLA logo.

Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante will be taking part in a discussion with PBS NewsHour / Education Week Correspondent Kavitha Cardoza about making higher education affordable and responsive for more students on Oct. 30 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Bustamante and Cardoza will be joined by a panel, which includes students, to talk about the evolving needs and demographics of today’s students by addressing these questions: What realities do adult learners and other non-traditional students face? What are the innovative models needed to serve them better? How can federal policy catch up to better support them in the process of accessing and financing higher learning?

Learn more and register for this event at http://bit.ly/2yXFTZl

This event is hosted by Higher Learning Advocates

Monday, October 23, 2017

Women in Technology Workshop Nov. 4!

Snapshot of flier.  Text in blog

Attend a free Women in Technology workshop presented by Positive Paths at the Chandler General Motors Innovation Center, Sat., Nov. 4. 

Learn from career panelists about opportunities and challenges for women in technology careers.

Women in Technology
Sponsored by
General Motors
Sat., Nov. 4, 2017

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
General Motors Innovation Center
2900 W. Geronimo Place
Chandler, AZ 85224
RSVP preferred

Call 480-733-3013 or email info@positivepathsaz.org for more information.

Positive Paths logo.

Positive Paths is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to build life bridges for women through education and mentorship. A 2017 goal is to award up to 30 scholarships and provide group mentoring for as many as 100 women. Learn more at positivepathsaz.org

Friday, October 20, 2017

Be a Leader College Resource Fair Oct. 22!

Poster for event featuring sponsor logos: Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Univision Arizona, Cox, Sullivan Foundation, Bank of America 12 News.  Taking Steps Towards College Success Walk-A-Thon and Resource Fair hosted by the Be a Leader Foundation on Sunday, Oct. 22 in Downtown Phoenix.

Take part in the 9th Annual Taking Steps Towards College Success Walk-A-Thon and Resource Fair hosted by the Be a Leader Foundation on Sunday, Oct. 22 in Downtown Phoenix.
This event provides an opportunity for all Arizonans to have direct access to college going materials and to support and promote higher education. Rio Salado College is a proud supporter of this initiative and will host an information booth at the event. 

Image from 2016 Walk-a-thon featuring participants holding a large sign that reads: I'm taking steps towards college success because....

Register now 
The first 1,500 attendees to check-in will receive a free event t-shirt and tote bag. 

The event will begin with a college community resource fair, allowing participants to obtain information and resources from 50+ community focused organizations and programs. The Walk begins at Civic Space Park in Downtown Phoenix and ends at the National Association for College Admission Counseling College fair, located inside the Phoenix Convention Center. More than 200 colleges will be participating.

Visit this web page for additional event details.
This family-friendly event is perfect for teens who want to explore a variety of college career options-- and educational advocates who want to support a good cause.

The Be a Leader Foundation promotes personal development and higher education opportunities for students in grades 7-12.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

My.Maricopa SIS Outage Oct. 21-22

Graphic of SIS scheduled maintenance

The My.Maricopa Student Center will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance beginning 5 p.m., Sat., Oct. 21 until 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 22. 

The following online student services are unavailable during this time:
  • Maricopa Enterprise ID account creation
  • Enrollment for classes
  • Grade reports
  • Transcripts
  • Financial aid information
  • Student message center
Your student email, Canvas and RioLearn portals will still be available.

Visit this web page for the latest updates.

We appreciate your patience during this time.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SPOT 127 Teens Awarded Rocky Mountain Emmys!

Photo of SPOT127 winners

Congratulations to SPOT 127 students Michelle Ailport, Itzel Rios, Noah Delgado and Max Trapp--- 2017 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Rocky Mountain Emmy Student Production award-winners!  The students received their awards at a special gala on Sat., Oct. 14. 

Here are the winning categories, with links to the student videos:

  • High School Student - Arts and Entertainment/ Cultural Affairs, Max Trapp - Prom Dress
  • High School Student - Arts and Entertainment/ Cultural Affairs, Michelle Ailport, Noah Delgado and Itzel Rios - SERVED, Pita Jungle
  • High School Student - Craft Editor Michelle Ailport - SERVED, Nana Pancha's
A special thank you to the SPOT 127 staff members who helped the students with their projects: Rick Fowler, Cheryl Lambert, Trevor Gahona, Sylvia Cook, senior production assistant Alicia Bozutto and production assistants Gisselle Loera and Olivia Parker.

SPOT 127 is a community service of KJZZ Phoenix and Rio Salado College, with a mission is to help high school students find their voices and engage in their communities by developing skills in digital media, radio, and journalism. Learn more at spot127.org

Itzel Rios is a freshman at Prescott College, Max Trapp is a sophomore at Paradise Valley High School, Michelle Ailport is a senior at Greenway High School and Noah Delgado is a freshman at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Arizona State University.

Photo1: Left to right: Catherine Schwartzmann (senior, Corona del Sol High School), Itzel Rio, Max Trapp and Michelle Ailport.

Speak Up & Out Against Contract Cheating!

snapshot of web home page for International Day of Action against Contract Cheating.  Illustration of two little bandits exchanging money for homework.

We all know cheating is wrong. While there are no excuses and the consequences are great, the stress and pressures of school can make it tempting and sometimes irresistible for students.
Most of us are familiar with cheat sheets and copying homework, but there’s a new kind of cheating called Contract Cheating.

Contract Cheating is a “form of academic dishonesty where students get academic work completed on their behalf, which they then submit for academic credit [and/or advantage] as if they created it themselves,” according to www.contractcheating.com.

Examples of contract cheating include:
  • purchasing an assignment from an online site
  • sharing answers to an assignment on a file sharing site
  • posting or purchasing answers to an exam, assignment, or other assessed work
  • paying someone to write a test or exam

Speak Up & Out! 
Rio Salado student Lori Beasley
Rio Salado encourages students to practice academic integrity and ethics in their studies and to take a stand against cheating on Oct. 18, International Day Against Contract Cheating, by sharing a selfie with our Facebook and Twitter fans, with a statement that completes this sentence:

“I don’t contract cheat because ___________.”

Include others in the conversation by using hashtags #RioSaladoCollege #defeatthecheat #excelwithintegrity.

Rio Salado is a proud member of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI), which is leading the International Day Against Contract Cheating effort.

Learn more about Contract Cheating by visiting contractcheating.weebly.com, www.contractcheating.com or contacting Rio Salado’s Academic Integrity team academic.integrity@riosalado.edu.

Rio Salado wants you to succeed. We encourage you to take advantage of our Resources for Academic Success toolbox, Student Success videos, Tutoring services and Counseling teams.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Attend Domestic Violence Conference Oct. 25

Poster with images related to domestic violence with a circle and cross out mark, colorized purple

Rio Salado College is hosting a Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Conference at the Rio Salado Conference CenterOct. 25, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In partnership with community advocates to end domestic violence and sexual assault, conference presenters will address violence against women, teens and men.

The conference sessions will educate attendees about the types of domestic violence, root causes, prevention, defensive training, resources, the role of law enforcement and family advocacy, teen dating abuse and a segment on the arts and healing.

Free and open to the public.  No registration is required.  Participants can attend single workshop sessions.  Engage in the dialogue!

Conference Agenda

9 a.m – 10:30 a.m.
Topic: Why Don’t They Just Leave?

Presenter: Doreen Nicholas, Arizona Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Topic: Root Causes - Why Domestic Violence Happens

Presenter: Donna Bartos, Bloom365
This is an interactive session

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Topic: The Role of Law Enforcement and Family Advocacy

Presenter: Detective Deb Taylor, Phoenix Police Department

1:45 – 3 p.m.
Topic: Self-Protection Techniques

Presenter: Adam Thompson, Universal Wellness
Dress comfortably

3:30 – 5 p.m.
Topic: Healing Through the Arts

Presenter: Rio Salado College Student Support Specialist Jenita Landrum
This is an interactive session. Counselors will be available.

This event is sponsored by Dr. Wanda Tucker, Faculty Chair-Psychology Department and the Rio Salado Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council. Please contact Dr. Tucker if you have any questions: 480-517-8268, wanda.tucker@riosalado.edu.