Friday, August 18, 2017

New Titles at the Rio Salado Library this August

Book cover for "The Stress Test"  How Pressure Can Make You Stronger and Sharper by Ian Robertson.  "You can change and here's the proof," -- Oliver James

Here are the latest additions to the Rio Salado Library!

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

Fiction

Nonfiction
DVDs

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.

It's Go Time! Student Services Open Sat., Aug. 19

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The back-to-school rush is here and we're working this Saturday to help you get going! Take advantage of these student services on Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


The Bookstore will also be open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19 and 26.

The Testing Center, Knowledge Commons and Technology Support Helpdesk will have normal Saturday hours.

Visit our online listings for more details about important dates, closures and extended service hours.

Peak season starts in early August and continues through September.
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Here are a few tips to help you avoid lines and hold times on the phone:

Avoid calling during peak times, like Monday mornings. Please click here for suggested times to call. 

Take advantage of self-serve options like the financial aid steps and my.maricopa.edu to-do list

Come prepared before you meet with an advisor by reviewing your program at www.riosalado.edu/programs

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


Thursday, August 17, 2017

New to Rio? Check Out New Online Student Guide!

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You're registered for classes... now what?

We have a new, online guide to help new students during their first semester at Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Check it out now!

Succeed with New Student Orientation NSO101

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We want you to be a successful online student!

Our online New Student Orientation (NSO101) class provides new students with an overview to online learning at Rio Salado College.

This video highlights why NSO101 is the foundation for your college success.

To learn more, visit: http://www.riosalado.edu/nso


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Apply for 2018 MCCCDF Scholarships 9/1-10/15

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Rio students, mark your calendars! The next Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarship cycle takes place from Sept. 1-Oct. 15, 2017. The Foundation will be posting scholarship opportunities available for the Spring 2018 semester.

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Student Success
Rio Salado College student Jessica Chapman credits her Foundation scholarship for aiding her in going back to school and realizing her dreams.

“I’m working on an AAS in Paralegal Studies, and I just want to keep learning more things,” Chapman said. “I just can’t quench that thirst for knowledge and will definitely be continuing on the path of higher education.”

As a single mother who works full-time, Chapman found Rio Salado’s online classes made it possible to fit education into her life. 

“Rio Salado College offers many fascinating courses and makes education convenient for older students as myself, who have jobs and children,” Chapman said. “I think I will be a lifelong student because there really is so much out there to learn and experience!”

Read more about MCCCDF scholars.

How to apply
Students who wish to apply for a Foundation scholarship must complete a General Scholarship Application to be matched to scholarship opportunities for which you qualify.

Students must have a valid MEID and password to apply.

You can also view current openings by visiting https://mcccdf.org/ and clicking on Scholarships.

Part-Time Site Support Wanted in Queen Creek

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Are you looking for a part-time position that puts your customer service skills to good use?


Rio Salado College is looking for a part-time site support representative at the Communiversity at Queen Creek to provide customer service and administrative support to our internal and external customers. 

The Communiversity is located at 21740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142.



Job Duties
  • Provides a variety of general and specific information to students, faculty, community leaders and the public regarding courses and programs offered
  • Provides assistance to faculty on classroom technology before and during class if needed
  • Uses multi‐line phones, computers, and general office equipment on a daily basis
  • Assists in the setup of events including Community Room, working with event coordinators and providing additional support during the day of the event
  • Schedules counseling and advising appointments for students
  • Performs tasks in support of the operations at the site
  • Assists with data entry
  • Performs various clerical duties and other duties as assigned

Qualifications/Experience
Customer focus oriented; excellent organizational skills; effective written communication skills; ability to work as a team player; computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite to include Word, Excel & PowerPoint; knowledge and experience with general office equipment, phones, copiers, and web based applications; prior administrative/clerical and work in a customer service setting preferred; experience with Microsoft Access and Publisher; experience working in a college or university setting; experience working with people where English is not their primary language; prior experience working with diverse populations.

Hours and Pay Rate
  • Up to 19.5 hours per week
  • Mid‐Day availability preferred with hours to be determined.
  • Must be flexible as hours to be scheduled: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
  • Employee work shifts may change depending on department needs
  • Please note that early morning, evening and/or weekend hours may be requested
  • $10.35/hour 
  • This position is part‐time with no benefits

How to Apply
Please send resume and cover letter, including hours/days of availability to HR@riosalado.edu.

Learn more about employment opportunities at Rio Salado College by visiting this web page.

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Special Saturday Hours for You Aug. 19

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The back-to-school rush is here! To help with the increased demands during this busy time, the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will provide the following student services on Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


The Bookstore will also be open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19 and 26.

The Testing Center, Knowledge Commons and Technology Support Helpdesk will have normal Saturday hours.

Visit our online listings for more details about important dates, closures and extended service hours.

Peak season starts in early August and continues through September.
Splash sitting at a desk with a computer

Here are a few tips to help you avoid lines and hold times on the phone:

Avoid calling during peak times, like Monday mornings. Please click here for suggested times to call. 

Take advantage of self-serve options like the financial aid steps and my.maricopa.edu to-do list

Come prepared before you meet with an advisor by reviewing your program at www.riosalado.edu/programs

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


Monday, August 14, 2017

Mediterranean Flavors Cooking Class Sept. 14

Opa! Join us for Mediterranean Flavors, the first cooking class of the 2017 Fall Rio Salado College Community Education Workshop series. The class takes place Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. at the Café at Rio.

Our professional chefs teach you how to prepare Mediterranean staples such as Spanakopita, Hummus and Red Quinoa Tabbouleh.


Rio Salado College culinary workshops are designed to be fun and low pressure. Come and learn new techniques and recipes to add to your culinary repertoire while most importantly having fun!

After preparing the wonderful, flavorful food, the class will sit down as a group to dine on the delectable fare. Proper kitchen attire is required which includes: close-toed shoes, long pants and long or short sleeve shirt. Please restrain hair while in the kitchen.

The cost to register is $25 for one person, or $40 for two. Register now!


See all the culinary classes offered in the 2017-18 Community Education Workshop series.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Get Credit for What You Already Know!


At Rio Salado College, we know that not all learning takes place in the classroom. That's why our credit for prior learning can help you get college credit for what you already know.

Check out this video on YouTube to find out what types of learning qualify, and how to earn college credit for it. 


With credit for prior learning, you can complete your certificate or degree in less time by taking fewer classes, which saves you money on tuition.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

PT & Federal Work Study Jobs for Students!


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

We encourage you to review the current job openings listed under Part-Time Student Federal Work Study Opportunities.

Federal Work Study opportunities are need based and do not have to be paid back!

If you have an interest in a current job opening, please ensure you will meet the following criteria:
  • Complete your FAFSA application for 2016/17 academic year
  • If selected for verification complete all “to do” items in your my.maricopa.edu Student Center
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) each semester

Please submit your resume to the email address noted on the job posting.

For additional information, please contact our Financial Aid Answer Center at (855) 622 - 2332.

We hope you will consider joining our team!


Learn About Federal Work Study Jobs this August at the Tempe headquarters Aug 14-15.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Get 50% Off a Second CLEP Exam in August

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To help celebrate the CLEP 50th Anniversary, students who take one CLEP exam in the month of August will get the next exam for half price!


To receive the discount, students must take one exam before registering for a second and enter the code CLEP50 at check out.

The code can only be applied to one CLEP exam and can only be used one time per customer.

CLEP exams are offered at these Rio Salado College testing centers: RSC Tempe, RSC Thomas, RSC Southern, Lifelong Learning Center, Luke Air Force Base and the Communiversity at Queen Creek.


The College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds to earn college credit by examination.

Students can earn credit for what they already know by getting qualifying scores on any of the 33 examinations.

CLEP exams are accepted by more than 2,900 colleges and universities and are offered at 1,800 test centers world-wide.

Learn More.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Rio Graduate Earns Multiple Honors

Oliva Mendez with MCCCD
Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick

The civic advocate and future educator credits her single mother for being her inspiration to achieve.


Congratulations to Rio Salado College graduate Oliva Mendez for earning several academic and civic accolades. Mendez recently received a place in the Miracle Corners of the World (MCW) Young Leaders Access program, the Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor’s Civic Leadership Medallion, and the Soroptimist International Live Your Dream award.

The young leader also earned an associate of arts degree from Rio Salado in May – making this spring a particularly memorable time.

Mendez credits her single mother, who left Mexico in pursuit of a better life, for reinforcing the value of hard work.

“My mother would work long hours, arrive home when the kids were asleep, and leave before we woke up,” Mendez said. “We communicated with her through notes.”


Following her mother’s example, Mendez applied for multiple academic scholarships and programs to give herself leadership and volunteer opportunities.

Leadership Preparation


Mendez is one of 50 students internationally to be selected for the MCW Young Leaders Access Program, an intensive, year-long program for youth who want to contribute to positive change.

She is currently attending the group’s “Young Leaders Incubator” program in New York City and Vermont, where participants create action plans to address community issues.

“My project is to encourage the youth population of Arizona to learn more about public policy and how to be civically engaged in our community,” Mendez said.


“My goal is to increase awareness on the local level, then state, national, and eventually global.”

During the remainder of the year, young leaders will implement their plans with the assistance of mentors and online workshops.

Civic Participation


While studying at Rio Salado College, Mendez became active with Arizona Town Hall, a non-profit organization that brings diverse people together to solve critical policy issues.

“I learned how coming together as a community and finding common ground can help find solutions to the issues that no one wants to talk about, like immigration,” Mendez said.


She also served as co-president of Rio Salado’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society chapter, and directed a project that emphasized employability skills.

Her Arizona Town Hall and PTK involvement earned Mendez the Chancellor’s Civic Leadership Medallion, which highlights and promotes student civic participation and leadership.

In addition, Mendez received the Live Your Dream award and grant from the Soroptimist International of Phoenix. The organization empowers women and girls and conveyed the award to Mendez to help her pursue her dream of becoming an educator of children.

Next Steps


Mendez is planning to enroll in Rio Salado’s Elementary Education degree program this fall.

“I still plan on attending school to fulfill my goal to be a global educator,” she said. “I will begin my career by teaching third grade in Arizona once I graduate from university.”