Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Calling All Aspiring Chefs - Cooking Workshops

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So you set off the smoke detector while trying to cook dinner on date night... now what? The Café at Rio has new Spring Cooking Workshops that can help you become a pro!

Mark your calendars for our February Workshops:

Greek Phyllo Dough for Beginners
Feb. 2, 6 – 8 p.m.

Tamale Workshop for Beginners
Feb. 25. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Register now at riosalado.edu/cafe!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Gates Foundation Profiles Rio President Bustamante

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This Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success article by Jeffrey J. Selingo profiles Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante and provides an overview of the strategies the college employs to help increase student access and success—including a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant-funded program to help 5,000 students increase degree completion rates.

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“It’s in our culture that if there is a better way of doing something, let’s do it,” Bustamante said. “Too many institutions wait too long—years, in some cases—for experiments to be completed, for multiple layers of approval, and by then the momentum for the idea is lost.”

Read the article now

Friday, January 27, 2017

It Pays to Apply for MCCCDF Scholarships!

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Take advantage of hundreds of scholarships available through the Maricopa Community Colleges FoundationFall 2017 applications will be accepted Feb. 1 – March 10, 2017.

Hundreds of scholarships, one application!  Scholarship applications for Fall 2017 open from  February 1, 2017 through March 10, 2017. The Maricopa County Community Colleges Foundation has simplified and streamlined the scholarship application process by using the Academic Works Scholarship System. District-wide and campus specific scholarships are entered into the Academic Works system, and student profiles are compared to existing scholarships for eligibility.  Students create one profile and apply for hundreds of scholarships!  For additional help or questions, please email us at foundation.scholarships @domail.maricopa.edu  Steps to apply: 1) Please visit mcccdf.org/scholarships  2) Sign in using your MEID and college password in the upper right hand corner. Please read the instructions before sign-ing in and review the FAQ page. (If you have trouble signing into the system, please use the link “Trouble signing in?” in the lower left hand corner)  3) Review the instructions above the application.  4) Fill out the entire general application. Use the Save and keep Editing button often while completing the application. Select Finish and continue to Submit your application.  5) We encourage you to apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible for by clicking the “Opportunity” button and the “Apply” button for those scholarships you believe you are qualified for.  Scholarship Tips:  Be mindful of grammar, spelling and provide details in your essay questions using at least seven sentences.  Take the time to completely explain your circumstances in the essay questions—please be yourself.  Check your Maricopa.edu email for updates  2419 W 14th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281 Phone 480-731-4080
There are hundreds of scholarship opportunities for students-- and a streamlined process that only requires one general application!  Check out this accompanying information sheet for valuable tips on what to consider when completing your application.

There are several scholarship opportunities specifically for Rio Salado College students and employees, including the James P. Hornburg Memorial Scholarship for students majoring in Law Enforcement and Corrections degree programs at Rio Salado and the Dr. Linda M. Thor Scholarship, which is geared toward helping single moms.

Apply now at mcccdf.academicworks.com
Type “Rio Salado” into the search engine to find opportunities unique to the college.

If you need help with your application, do not hesitate to call on Rio Salado’s Counseling Services team.

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designated by the Maricopa County Community College District to receive and manage gifts on behalf of its ten colleges, two skill centers and multiple satellite centers. The Foundation actively seeks contributions from a variety of public and private sources including individuals, corporations and other foundations. It acts as a trustee for donations to assure that gifts are distributed in the manner specified by the donor.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Advanced Study Tips for College Students

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There’s no shortage of new and alternative methods to approach studying.

If this isn’t your first time around the block and you are looking for ways to improve your study habits, this YouTube video by Thomas Frank is full of innovative and thought-provoking studying techniques to consider trying.

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Frank talks about a free software program called Anki, which allows students to learn and commit information to memory more effectively than reviewing flashcards over and over. The technique Anki uses is called space repetition, which displays concepts you’re not likely to have mastered more frequently than concepts you’re already familiar with. 

Everybody has different study methods that work best for them, so space repetition may not work for you but it can be helpful to try something new, compare it with what you’re already doing and see what gets the best results for you.

Happy studying!

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

Got Teeth? Get Dental Cleaning Services at Rio

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

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Comprehensive services include blood pressure screening, oral exam, X-rays, cleaning and polishing, fluoride application, gum disease screening, oral hygiene instruction and other selected services.

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

Fees for a basic cleanings: Dental hygiene appointments for adults can range from $35 - $75. If it’s time for the kiddos to get their cleanings, those start at just $25.

Appointments are available Wednesdays from 12:30-4 p.m. and Fridays from 8-11:30 a.m.

Please call 480-377-4100 to schedule an appointment.  Visit www.riosalado.edu/dentalclinic for additional details.

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Let's Get Geeky - SciTech Fest & More

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Geeks unite! The Arizona SciTech Festival is back!

With more than 340 events lined up this year, the Arizona SciTech Fest is bound to have something to spark your scientific interests. The goal of the statewide initiative is to educate and excite Arizonans about STEM-related subjects and show them how youth can help to drive the state forward.

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges are proud sponsors of this annual event. Check out this list of 30 + MCCCD events.

Rio Salado will be sponsoring the City of Tempe's Geek's Night Out-- a family-friendly evening when you can roam freely with your light saber, cape or Spock ears.

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Explore the newest frontiers in science, technology, engineering and math with Rio Salado College's STEM Faculty Chair Rick Vaughn and Faculty Chair of Applied Technology Richard Cuprak who are back again this year to inspire young scientists.

Bring your friends and get geeky! 

Advising 101 Sessions - This Week!

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Rio Salado is hosting a series of in-person and webinar Advising 101 sessions to help you complete your Initial Advising Session requirement! 

The next in-person session will be Jan. 25, 12 p.m. & 6 p.m. at RSC Avondale. The next online session will be a Jan. 26 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Register Now!

Sessions are free and open to Maricopa Community Colleges 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 my.maricopa.edu.

Contact Academic Advising at (480) 517-8580 or academic.advisement@riosalado.edu for more details. Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for the latest in-person and online sessions.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Time to Apply for Graduation - Deadline March 1!

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If you recently completed a certificate or degree program-- or you're getting ready to finish a program of study-- we encourage you to celebrate your accomplishments with us during Rio Salado's 2017 Commencement ceremony, May 3 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix.

Graduation applications are due March 1.

Rio President Chris Bustamante with a large group of 2016 Dual Enrollment graduates

Commencement is a time to celebrate your educational accomplishments and the journey you took to reach your goals. Share this amazing achievement with your family and friends by participating in Rio Salado’s annual commencement ceremony in May. - Dr. Bustamante

Learn more about the ceremony and submit your graduation application online by visiting this web page.

#‎RioGrad ‪#‎RioWaves

Explore Rio & MCCCD 8-14 Week Class Options!

All 10 Maricopa Community Colleges offer classes that you can finish in just 8 to 14 weeks. 

Your life is busy, so we make it easy to choose from day, evening, and online classes. Why wait? www.maricopa.edu/flexible-start-dates

Your Schedule. Your Way. With the Maricopa Community Colleges you have lots of options. Choose from 600+ online classes-- and enjoy flexible Monday starts at Rio Salado!

Giving Back-- Rio Staff Learn Through Service

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Last December, Rio Salado’s Counseling and Career Services team and other Maricopa Community Colleges employees volunteered their time with the Valley of the Sun United Way Project Connect team at Monte Vista Church to assist community members who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness.

Approximately 250 individuals were served; receiving essential resources such as food and clothing, help securing employment services, vital records, state IDs and personal hygiene products.  Each participant was paired with a dedicated volunteer.

This experience gave Rio Salado’s Counseling and Career Services staff an opportunity to take part in an enriching and rewarding community service project, learn more about community services available to people in need and network with more than 30 volunteer providers and partners such as AAA, Vanguard, Nationwide and Wells Fargo.  From this experience, Rio Salado’s counselors are able to share new knowledge, referrals and resources to the students they serve.

We encourage you to take part in future Project Connect events.  

Visit this web page to learn how you can make a difference as a volunteer.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Rio Helping AZ Schools Fill Teacher Vacancies

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This Scottsdale Independent story by reporter Melissa Fittro provides an update on Arizona’s K-12 teacher shortage and how Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) program is helping students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree fill vacancies through a fast-track teacher certification program, which includes paid employment opportunities in the classroom, so students can earn an income while completing the coursework.

Fittro interviewed Rio Salado Faculty Chair of Educator Preparation Programs Dr. Jennifer Gresko and Scottsdale Unified School District Certified Staffing Coordinator Diane Ellett, who talked about the partnership between Rio Salado and school districts to meet the increasing demand for certified teachers.

“With the teacher shortage at hand, it helps that pipeline in bringing teachers to the classroom,” said Gresko.

Rio Salado’s TIR program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for qualified candidates to transition into a K-12 teaching career through a two-year certification program.

TIR candidates are paired with a partnering Arizona school district, to work full-time and receive the same salary and benefits of fully-certified classroom teachers.

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Ready to answer the call? If you have a passion for teaching and want to learn more about Rio Salado’s TIR program, visit this Teacher Education web page or call 480-517-8140 to speak to a program Outreach Specialist.

Attend a free orientation session in-person or via webinar to learn more about our teacher education programs.

Free Orientation: Learn How to Be a Teacher!


Join Rio Salado's Teacher Education team for a free orientation session -- in-person or online-- to learn how to become a teacher!

You'll learn about:
  • Rio Salado College's Teacher Preparation program requirements 
  • Program expectations and support 
  • Registration process and requirements 
  • Answers to any related questions you may have 

Rio Salado's Post Baccalaureate programs are designed for people who have earned a bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited university and would like to become a teacher.

In-person orientation sessions are from 6-8 p.m. and will be held at the Rio Salado Tempe Headquarters & the Communiversity at Queen Creek.  
  • Jan. 23
  • Feb. 6 
  • Feb. 27
  • March 27
  • April 24
  • May 15
Register now.

or call 480-517-8140 for the latest details about orientation sessions.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Service Hours for Rio Salado Library

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Please note, the Rio Salado Library will be closing at 2 p.m. on Fridays.

New, in-person hours of operation are as follows:

  • Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed 

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If you need library assistance outside of these hours, please use Ask a Librarian 24/7 chat.  Get help with:

● Starting your research
● Searching smarter and faster
● Finding articles, books and media
● Citing sources and more!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Meet Rio State Farm Insurance Studies Scholars

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Rio Salado is working with State Farm to fill a void in the local job market while providing financial assistance to students.

In 2016, Rio Salado launched a certificate in Insurance Studies to help prepare students for entry level jobs in the insurance industry.

State Farm provides program scholarships to help students pay for the certificate. It’s a win-win scenario! 

Students receive financial assistance to cover their educational costs and Rio Salado and State Farm are paving the way for career opportunities in the insurance industry.

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"The certificate was created to assist the insurance industry in filling both current job vacancies as well as shortfalls projected in the future" said Gina Pinch, interim faculty chair for business at Rio Salad College. "We are excited to partner with insurance companies to provide employment opportunities for our students."

Developed in collaboration with the Maricopa County Community College District and 35 insurance professionals from 20 different insurance companies, the certificate prepares individuals for entry-level jobs in the insurance industry and enhances the skills of current insurance employees.

The first group of students recently completed the insurance studies program at Rio Salado. The cohort included a group of veterans who completed their classes at the East Valley Veterans Education Center in Tempe.

Janet Orozco
"My experience in Rio Salado’s insurance studies program has truly been amazing. I have learned a lot, and was offered many resources to help me apply for jobs, such as preparing for interviews and creating a well-developed resume. I am currently working in the insurance field and because of what I have learned, I can do my job better." 

Elena Bates

"After serving eight years in the U.S. Army, I applied for the State Farm scholarship to transition from the military into a civilian career. With the help the program, I was able to land a job with State Farm as a customer service representative. My goal for the future is to continue working for State Farm and earn a bachelor’s degree in order to become an underwriter."

Eric Sanders

"I served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years. I decided to take classes at Rio Salado College because they have a department specifically dedicated to the educational needs of veterans. I applied for the State Farm scholarship to learn about the insurance industry. They have a genuine appreciation of veterans and a willingness to help us succeed."

Brionna Joiner

"I chose to go to Rio Salado for the insurance studies program because it prepares you for a career in a specific field. I now have a foundation of knowledge to begin a career in the insurance industry. I plan to earn the AINS designation to become licensed for property and casualty. I look forward to becoming part of such a rewarding industry."

Stevie Vega

"I'm a veteran, student, mom and now insurance professional! Thanks to Rio Salado College’s insurance studies program, I was able to get the knowledge and tools necessary to start a new career. This program got me acquainted with many of the industry’s top companies allowing me to get my foot in the door. I now looking forward to an exciting career in the insurance industry."

For more information about State Farm scholarship opportunities and Rio Salado’s insurance studies program visit www.riosalado.edu/insurance.

Contributed by Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator.

An Essay on Bridging Educational Gaps

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What qualifies as “higher education” and who needs it?

Daniel Greenstein, Director of Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation addresses this question and others he thinks higher education must confront in an essay called, Bridging Higher Education’s Rhetoric and Reality in a Changing World.

Greenstein writes, “…our view of “what counts” as higher education is far too limited and parochial, our existing delivery systems are too leaden and inflexible, and new ways of packaging and delivering knowledge face many cultural and regulatory hurdles. This must change if higher education is to remain relevant and keep pace in today’s economy.”

Greenstein includes Rio Salado among the colleges he thinks are bridging the access gap.

“These gaps can be bridged,” writes Greenstein. “We know they can, because we have seen it in places like Georgia State University, Delaware State University, the University of Central Florida, Miami Dade College, Rio Salado College, and Sinclair Community College, institutions as diverse as the students they serve, and yet united in a common goal – to leave behind no one – to respond nimbly to our society’s rapidly changing educational needs, to measure their excellence in terms of who they include and how well they succeed. Some see that as counterintuitive, even wishful. We see it as possible, and essential.”

Rio Salado is honored by Greenstein’s recognition and support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop student success initiatives.

We are committed to our vision, “We reinvent the learning experience to change lives,” and to make education affordable and accessible to anyone who has a passion for learning.

Photo (c) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation by Michael Hanson, featuring Rio Salado Southern, English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) student Berty Nafissato.

Friday, January 13, 2017

KJZZ Hosts Grand Opening of SPOT 127 East 1/19

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Join KJZZ Phoenix and SPOT 127 for the grand opening of SPOT 127 East, Thursday, Jan. 19 at Rio Salado Southern in Tempe.

This new, youth media center will empower teens to find their voices and engage with their communities through photo, audio and video storytelling. Learn more at spot127.org/

SPOT 127 East Grand Opening
Thursday, January 19
2-4 p.m.

3320 S Price Rd
Tempe, AZ 85282-7513

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SPOT 127 and KJZZ are a community service of Rio Salado College.

New Paralegal Classes to Enhance Your Skillsets

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Rio Salado has added three new electives to its online paralegal program. The classes include environmental law, immigration law, and legal investigation

A class in e-discovery is coming soon. These classes will offer students more specialized course content that is socially relevant and can help established paralegals meet continuing legal education requirements.

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“The new class options provide students with areas of interest to explore and may help them focus their career paths,” said Angela Kwan, Rio Salado’s faculty chair for Administration of Justice Studies and Paralegal.

Rio’s curriculum prepares students for the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) certification exam.

Classes focus on fundamental skills such as legal research, writing and analysis, IRAC writing, Bluebook legal citation and Westlaw training.

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In addition to the substantive coursework, Rio Salado’s program offers professional development opportunities through partnerships with private law firms, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations and corporate businesses.

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Qualified candidates have the opportunity to intern and apply their legal education in a legal setting. For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/paralegal.

#Paralegal #LegalCareer #LegalTech #eDiscovery #ImmigrationLaw #EnvironmentalLaw #Career #Success

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Learning the Language of Success

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Rio Salado College student Miriam Ponsock has turned her language skills and compassion into a career.

Ponsock is a wife and mother of two who speaks Spanish and has a passion for helping people. When she was recently contemplating her career options, these two skills merged into one clear direction. “I care about people, and figured if I can get training in something I enjoy, and do it as a career, that is a good thing,” said Ponsock.

She promptly enrolled in Rio Salado College’s Spanish for Medical Interpretation classes.

The two-class sequence was created to give students the opportunity to gain valuable career skills while helping fill voids in the local healthcare community.

“Communication is key, especially in emergency room situations,” said Angela Felix, Rio Salado College’s faculty chair for languages. “There is an increase in the number of people needing quality medical care. Receiving the correct information in a language they understand is critical.”

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Rio Salado partnered with the Phoenix Children’s Hospital to develop the course content, which was accredited by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters in 2014.

“This training is perfect for students who are bilingual but don’t know what career path to follow,” Felix said. “The most important thing to know is that students don’t have to have a medical background to take these classes. We will teach them the terminology and how to manage interpretive encounters.”
Offering the classes online allows students to enjoy the convenience of learning on their schedule.

“I like the online experience,” said Ponsock. “My class is user-friendly and flexible. I can log in at any time and contact my instructor, check my grades and complete my assignments.”

However, it has not all been smooth sailing for Ponsock. Her husband is fighting a life-threatening disease and may require an organ transplant.

“I was trying to get a job, going to school, visiting the hospital for my husband’s health emergencies and attending the needs of my children,” Ponsock said. “There were moments when I felt burdened and had difficulty focusing.”

“But there were also moments of relief where I would give it my all,” Ponsock said. “I believe that with divine grace I was able to push through. I’m grateful that Rio Salado gave me the flexibility to study, work and care for my family.”

Ponsock’s perseverance paid off. After completing the first Spanish for Medical Interpretation class, she got a job with a company that specializes in interpreting and translation services.

“The work I did for my class and my teacher’s constructive feedback were a huge stepping stone for me to obtain this job,” Ponsock said. “The class has helped me grow and has boosted my confidence to a level that I had never imagined.”

Ponsock’s instructor was Dr. Elida Testai, a former science journalist in Argentina who believes that interpretation goes far beyond word choice.
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“Anybody can check words in a dictionary,” Testai said. “Interpreters transmit a message, a concept or an idea while respecting the tone and intention of the speaker in context. It’s about conveying a deep level of meaning.”

For more information about Rio Salado’s Spanish for Medical Interpretation classes visit http://www.riosalado.edu/programs/medinterpret/. Enroll now -- classes start Mondays!

Contributed by Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Special Saturday Hours to Help You Get Ready...

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The Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will be open Saturday, Jan. 14, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. to help you get ready for school!

The following student services will be available:
The Testing Center, Knowledge Commons and Technology Support Helpdesk will have normal Saturday hours.

Avoid wait times!

For a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado College visit www.startatrio.com

Monday, January 9, 2017

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Jan. 16

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Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Monday, Jan. 16 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

We encourage you to take pause during this national holiday to reflect on Dr. King's contributions to the Civil Rights Movement-- and how you can serve as a steward of this cause.

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The Gale Biography in Context database offers current and archival multimedia resources that will provide you with insights into Dr. King's life, achievements and legacy.  Please note, you will need to log into RioLearn to access. 
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Reminder: Work Study Workshop on Monday Jan. 9

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Do you know if you qualify for Federal Work Study?

Meet with Rio Salado's Financial Aid team to learn about Federal Work Study (FWS) opportunities and benefits. Workshops will be held January 9, 10, and 12 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Financial Aid office located on the second floor of the Tower at Rio 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.

In the meantime, visit this job page to view current openings. We hope you will consider taking advantage of this program and joining Rio Salado's team!


Need Help With Your New Year’s Resolutions?

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If you’re like many students, you start the semester with a grand goal of earning a straight A's. 

By the time midterms roll around, you’re telling yourself that it won’t be THAT bad if you skip a study session to meet up with the gang for Taco Tuesday. Before you know it, you end up settling for a B+. Why settle? You can have your tacos and a 4.0 too!

These six recommendations from Forbes contributor, Molly Cain provide a sure fire way to help you stick to your goals. 
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1. Look at it. Molly says that creating a vision board can be a fun and helpful way to visualize your goal, or if you are more tech savvy, try envisioning your goal on Pinterest. When you can envision the reality that you want to achieve, it is possible to realize the changes that are necessary to get there. 

2. Tell people. When you tell your friends and family, you become accountable for your actions. If you leave people in the dark about your goals, there is no one to cheer you on when you skip happy hour to study or go to the gym instead. There is also no one to remind you of your goals other than yourself, which can be difficult even for the most disciplined (especially when going to bed early sounds way better than taking notes and reading). 

3. Break it up. Setting smaller goals can help you feel like you are making accomplishments along the way, not to mention that setting a large goal can be overwhelming. You wouldn’t expect to learn French overnight, would you? First, you would start with words and pronunciations, then fragments and phrases, then sentences, and then you would know how to speak French. 

4. Set a date. When you set a date, there is a sense of pressure to achieve your goal on time. Plus, every day that goes by is an opportunity to get closer to reaching that goal. 

5. Be realistic. Maybe your goal is to lose the holiday weight that you said you wouldn’t gain, but did (because cookies are really, really good). It’s possible that you may be able to transform your body by summer or next winter, but you won’t be losing 200 pounds by the end of January. Setting realistic timelines is important so that you don’t feel completely defeated.

6. Commit to yourself.
 You are the one putting in the hours – the blood, sweat, and tears to reach your goal and this can only happen when you commit. Don’t settle for “close enough.” You deserve to reach your goals this year!

If you have serious academic goals this semester like graduating in May, completing a certificate, taking on a difficult class load, or getting straight A’s, contact Academic Advisement to create a strategy that you can stick to! If you have personal and career goals to achieve this year, contact our Counseling team for advice.

#NewYearsResolution #NewYearNewMe #Goals #Goals2017 #GoalsFor2K17

@MCCCD SIS Now Available!

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The Maricopa Community Colleges Student Information System is now available for enrollment and all systems are functioning as normal. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Don't Miss Out -- Apply to be a Nina Scholar Today

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Meet Tiffany Thornhill, a 35-year-old single mom of five who decided to go back to school to pursue AAS coursework in substance abuse counseling at Glendale Community College and benefited greatly from the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars Program. Learn more about her story and the program in The Maricopan.

"Becoming a Nina Scholar has changed my life. I honestly don't know where I would be without this scholarship,” says Thornhill. “I started my academic journey with small dreams and now I believe my possibilities are endless.”

The Nina Scholars Program covers full tuition, fees and books, and provides each student with an academic advisor mentor. It also includes a $2,750 annual living allowance.

Learn about program benefits and eligibility requirements here or apply now!

#scholarships #success #highered