Friday, September 29, 2017

MCCCDF Scholarships Await You! Deadline 10/15

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The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation has awarded thousands of scholarships through the years! You still have time to apply for spring 2018 scholarships but the October 15 deadline is quickly approaching!

There are several scholarships 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.  There are also scholarships just for veterans.

Type “Rio Salado” or "veteran" into the search engine to find opportunities.

Do the Math!
The streamlined process, which only requires one general application, will make it well worth your time! Don't discount those small scholarships.  The few hours you spend on a scholarship application will be a good investment.  At the very least, you'll gain valuable practice at mastering the application process.

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How to apply
Students must have a valid MEID and password to apply and complete a General Scholarship Application to be considered.

Apply now

Don't hesitate to call on Rio Salado’s Counseling Services team if you need help with your application.

Time to Register for Spring Classes

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Attention Rio Waves! If you're taking classes at our sister Maricopa Community Colleges, it's nearly time to register for spring classes!

🗓️ Priority Registration - begins October 2
🗓️ Spring 2018 Registration - begins October 9

Start here

In the meantime, take advantage of our flexible Monday starts between now and this spring! http://www.riosalado.edu/Schedule/pages/default.aspx

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Addictions & Counseling Continuing Ed Webinars

Ad for new classes.  Image of Dr.  Kirk Bowden.  Text: ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & CONTINUING EDUCATION NEW! Non-Credit Seminars* Seminars are online $89 per seminar (15 CE's) Developed & instructed by addictions professionals Work at own pace Online certificates and degrees also available. For a complete list of seminars visit www.riosalado.edu/Addictions-CE  LEARN MORE TODAY!480-384-9990.  Images of Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges logos. Text: Rio Salado College is a regionally accredited institution and is acredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC). Online classes may have in-person components, testing requirements, block calendar guidelines and require proof of legal residency. Payment plan options and financial aid are available to those who qualify. The Maricopa Community Colleges are EEO/AA Institutions.

Rio Salado College is offering a series of non-credit, online seminars to help addictions and counseling professionals stay informed about the latest industry developments and strategies, and meet continuing education requirements. 

Visit www.riosalado.edu/addictions-ce for a full listing of current offerings.

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The seminars focus on topics such as treatments for stimulant use disorders, adolescent substance use disorders, domestic violence and addictions, intervention and treatment for substance use disorders, professional ethics, eating disorders and behavioral addictions.


Rio Salado offers 45+ Monday start dates so participants can enroll in courses throughout the year. The cost is $89 per course.  Many seminars have 4, 8 and 14-week completion options and most textbook and course materials are available at no or low cost (<$40). Many seminars do not require additional course materials.


Photo of Dr. Bowden

The seminars were developed under the direction of Rio Salado’s Faculty Chair of Addiction and Substance Use Disorders program Kirk Bowden, MAC, NCC, LPC; a well-known industry leader.

Rio Salado is one of Arizona’s top educators of addictions counseling professionals, offering online classes, certificates and an associate degree in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders.

Bowden works with a team of Rio Salado faculty, who are also experts in the field, to create engaging educational content to help professionals stay relevant, informed and connected.

While Rio Salado seminars are designed to help addiction and counseling professionals meet their continuing education requirements, they are also available to the public-- giving practitioners a resource to share with the communities they serve.

“Many of our students are parents, teachers and social workers, who, through their daily lives and jobs, encounter people with addiction issues,” Bowden said. “They complete our seminars and courses for a variety of reasons. As such, we are committed to providing quality instruction that will educate and empower professionals and students alike,” said Bowden.

For more information about Rio Salado’s Behavioral Health/Addictions and Substance Use Disorders programs, visit www.riosalado.edu/ASD or call an academic advisor at 480-517-8580.

Maricopa OER Project Saves Students Millions!

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According to a 2016-2017 year-end report, the Maricopa Community Colleges have saved students more than $10 million dollars since launching the Maricopa Millions Open Educational Resources Project. This amount is almost double the estimated projections when the program was first conceived five years ago!


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Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick will share more details about the project today, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2:30 -4 p.m. at GateWay Community College.

What are Open Education Resources?
Open Education Resources (OER) are a teaching, learning, and research resources that are copyright-free or have been released under a copyright license that permits others to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute them. Examples of OERs include full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Celebrate Your Freedom & Banned Books Week

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September 24-September 30 is Banned Books Week.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

The Rio Salado Library is proud to support this celebration. Check out the following resource for more information, including common reasons books are banned and links to banned books that you can check out from Rio and other Maricopa Community Colleges Libraries: http://libguides.riosalado.edu/banned_books

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library

Monday, September 25, 2017

Learn About GED® Test Prep at Rio Salado

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It Literally Pays to Go to School!

Earning more is within reach-- with Rio Salado's GED® test prep program.

Get started now by calling 480-517-8110. For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe.

Friday, September 22, 2017

September New Titles at the Rio Salado Library

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Check out the latest additions to the Rio Salado Library for Septemeber, including the newly released PBS DVD, To Walk Invisible; a dramatic film chronicling the Brontë sisters extraordinary rise to literary fame in the male-dominated 19th-century world.

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.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Successful Students Practice Life Balance!

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Life​ ​balance​ ​makes​ ​learning​ ​easier!
  • Sleep, eat and exercise
  • Enjoy​ ​extracurricular​ ​activities​ & hobbies
  • Call on your ​counseling​ ​department​​ ​for support www.riosalado.edu/counseling




Insights into Rio Salado's Adjunct Faculty Team

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Rio Salado College is unique in many ways, especially as it relates to the role and impact of adjunct faculty. 

Over the last academic year, Rio Salado had 1,418 adjunct faculty members teaching a total of 10,410 sections of 1,071 different courses with a faculty turnover rate of less than 7 percent from the prior year. How do we do it?

Rio Salado Languages Faculty Chair Angela Felix shared some insights about Rio Salado’s adjunct faculty and how inclusion plays a key role in their success with the American Association of Community Colleges 21st Century Center team. Read now.
“Rio’s adjunct faculty are at the heart and soul of our instructional model," said Felix. "Ultimately, supporting the success of adjunct faculty supports the success of students, and that’s an outcome that benefits us all.”

Find the Super Teacher in You at Free Orientation

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Join Rio Salado's Teacher Education team for a free, Teacher-In-Residence orientation session-- so you can discover the super teacher in you!

Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into and launch a teaching career—with paid employment opportunities in the classroom— so students can apply what they learn and earn an income while they complete their certification coursework.

illustrated cartoon caption "Super Teacher"Are you ready to follow the callingTake part in one of these upcoming orientation sessions!

In-Person
October 4, 2017
November 1, 2017
December 6, 2017



All in-person sessions will take place 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Rio Salado Conference Center in Tempe: 2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281.

Virtual

Virtual sessions will take place 5 - 6:30 p.m Via Skype. Instructions will be provided after registration has been completed.


Register Now: www.riosalado.edu/tir

Eager to learn more now? Call 480-517-8140.

Rio Salado Teacher Preparation Programs are approved by the Arizona State Board of Education and Rio Salado College is a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Improve Safety with RAVE Guardian Mobile App!


Improve Your Safety and Be a Guardian for the Maricopa Community Colleges with the New RAVE Guardian Mobile App and RAVE Alert Text Messaging!

The Maricopa Community Colleges are making a substantial investment to increase security at all of the colleges with the all-new Rave Guardian app.

RAVE Guardian Mobile App
The RAVE Guardian Mobile App is a free service for students, faculty and staff to upload from the Apple App Store or Google Play.  Once you download it to your mobile device, authenticate your account with your employee or student email address, then create a username, password and personal profile.

Rave poster for Guardian.  Text: Download Rave Guardian, Set a Safety Timer, Connect with Your Guardians, Easier Emergency Communication

Once open, Rave Guardian will display a simple interface with six icons:

● Inbox — Manage messages to the District-wide Public Safety communications center
● Guardians — Create a network of guardians looking over you, including family, friends, and others you trust
● Safety Timer — Allows Guardians to access your status and location so they can alert Public Safety if you fail to check in at a designated time
● Send a Tip — See something, say something. Anonymously send messages and photos to Public Safety
● Call Campus Police — Make a one-touch voice call to Campus Public Safety
● Call 9-1-1 — Easy access to a voice call in case of an emergency



RAVE Alert Text Messaging

Rio Salado staff, faculty and students are automatically opted in to receive RAVE Alert Text Messaging about college incidents. Please take the time to confirm that your current mobile phone is listed and that it is tagged as a cell/mobile device to ensure you receive messaging.

Students should use My.Maricopa.edu and staff should use HCM to confirm their status and to make updates.


By working together as a community, we can help create the safest possible environment at Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Questions about RAVE? Don’t hesitate to call on Rio Salado’s Public Safety Office for support: (480) 377-4555.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

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Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges are proud to celebrate the rich culture, diversity and legacy of our Hispanic and Latino communities!

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year from September 15 to October 15. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30 day period.

Learn more intriguing facts and insights by exploring this Rio Salado Hispanic Heritage Month Library Guide: libguides.riosalado.edu/HispanicHeritageMonth


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Join the Maricopa Community Colleges for live performances, street festivals, art exhibits and engaging conversations this Hispanic Heritage Month!

Visit maricopa.edu/hispanic-heritage-month for a calendar of events.


Most events are free and open to the public.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Happy Constitution Day!

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Constitution Day commemorates the inception and signing of the United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787

The holiday serves as a strong reminder that our rights as citizens and the structure of our government were founded upon the guiding principles in this document—and that freedom and liberty require civic engagement and sacrifice.

We take pause each year to honor and reflect upon the importance and meaning of the United States Constitution and to encourage students and the communities we serve to join us.

The U.S. Constitution Talking Blues
We created this web page, which includes details about an essay contest, resource guide, thoughtful essays, podcasts and more to get you into the Constitution Day spirit: www.riosalado.edu/constitutionday.

It also includes this music video featuring Rio Salado Library Assistant Christopher Orf performing a song he wrote called The U.S. Constitution Talking Blues-- to inspire you to read and think about how the Constitution affects your life.




Express Yourself! Enter the Rio Salado Constitution Day Essay Contest!

The contest is open to all students currently registered at Rio Salado College who submit an essay addressing this topic:

Given that the United States Constitution is a living document, how would you use it to promote change?

Participants will have a chance to win one of 3 prizes:
• 1st place: $100 Amazon gift card
• 2nd place: $50 Amazon gift card
• 3rd place: $50 Amazon gift card

Essays are due by midnight, Sunday, Sept. 17. The winners will be notified on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017.

Visit this web page for additional details: www.riosalado.edu/constitutionday/Pages/Essay-Contest

Friday, September 15, 2017

What Does the Constitution Mean to You?

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We called on a few students to share their sentiments about what the U.S. Constitution means to them-- to help you get into the Constitution Day spirit.  Here's a look at what Taryn Rebuck has to say.

What the Constitution Means to Me – By Taryn Rebuck
The Constitution of the United States, one of the most important documents ever drafted in American history. It was created to protect the people from the government gaining too much control over our country.

The Constitution is a contract created by the ‘states’ to prevent the federal government from treading over individual rights, as well as, state’s rights. States are the ‘boss’ of the federal government and are responsible for ensuring the federal government does not breach the rights of citizens.
I believe the federal government needs to remember that the people are the voice of the country and the constitution ensures that they keep that voice. 
The everyday person needs to make sure they are informed of local and federal politics and that everyone exercises their civic duty, including their right to vote. Voting at a state level makes sure we elect the right representative for our voice. The representative is then responsible for voicing the opinion of the people to the federal government.

The Constitution and the Bill of Rights is supposed to limit the powers of the government as well as strengthen the United States. Without this monumental document, our country would not have a resilient foundation based on individual rights and freedoms. 

I believe the Constitution was created to protect the people, and that our lives would be a different place if the government had 100 percent control over anything and everything that happened in our country. 


Image of Rio mascot Splash dressed as a founding father

Celebrate Constitution Day, September 17-- and enter the Rio Salado Constitution Day Essay Contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card!


The contest is open to all students currently registered at Rio Salado College who submit an essay addressing this topic: Given that the United States Constitution is a living document, how would you use it to promote change?

Essays are due by midnight, Sunday, Sept. 17. The winners will be notified on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017.

Learn more at www.riosalado.edu/constitutionday

Rio Headquarters Testing Center Closed 9/16

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The Rio Salado Tempe headquarters testing center will be closed Saturday, Sept. 16 for scheduled maintenance.

Rio Salado testing centers at Southern, Northern, the Communiversity at Queen Creek and the Lifelong Learning Center will be available.

Please arrive early as there may be longer wait times.

Please do not hesitate to contact the testing team for details: www.riosalado.edu/testing

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Successful Student Tip: Organize!

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Successful Students Organize!

Manage​ ​your​ ​time:
  • Stay​ ​on​ ​top​ ​of​ ​quizzes,​ ​tests,​ ​study​ ​time by​ ​using​ ​a​ ​calendar
  • Keep​ ​classwork​ ​with​ ​you​ ​in​ ​case​ ​you find​ ​extra​ ​time​ ​in​ ​your​ ​day​ 
  • Prioritize 
  • Seek​ ​the​ ​help​ ​of​ ​a​ ​college​ ​advisor​ ​for planning​ ​and​ ​goal​ ​setting 

We have a series of student success videos that provide additional tips on how you can get organized. Check them out now.

And don’t hesitate to call on our Academic Advisement and Counseling teams for additional support!

Enter Constitution Day Essay Contest by Sept. 17

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Celebrate Constitution Day, September 17-- and enter the Rio Salado Constitution Day Essay Contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card!

The contest is open to all students currently registered at Rio Salado College who submit an essay addressing this topic: 

Given that the United States Constitution is a living document, how would you use it to promote change?

Participants will have a chance to win one of 3 prizes:
• 1st place: $100 Amazon gift card
• 2nd place: $50 Amazon gift card
• 3rd place: $50 Amazon gift card

Essays are due by midnight, Sunday, Sept. 17. The winners will be notified on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. 

Visit our Constitution Day web page for additional details: www.riosalado.edu/constitutionday

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

36K AZ Photos Added to Artstor Digital Library!

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The Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona is collaborating on a release of nearly 36,000 photographs in the Artstor Digital Library.

The Center is recognized as one of the world's finest academic art museums and study centers for the history of photography.

View the collection in the Artstor Digital Library now!

Learn more about the Center at www.creativephotography.org


News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Take Part in a Civil Liberties Discussion Tonight!

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Alessandra Soler, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, will deliver the first lecture in the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (MCLI) Honors Forum Lecture Series, hosted by Maricopa Community Colleges. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Bulpitt Auditorium at Phoenix College.

Soler’s lecture “Protecting and Advancing Civil Liberties in the 21st Century” will cover the ACLU’s history, current threats to civil liberties and their impact on democracy, the ACLU of Arizona’s work in four key areas – immigrants’ rights, education equity, LGBTQ equality, and criminal justice reform – and how to get involved.

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“For nearly 60 years, the ACLU of Arizona has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties everyone in this country is guaranteed by the Constitution,” Soler said. “But the promise of the Bill of Rights is constantly under threat and currently faces extraordinary challenges. I’m excited to share the ACLU of Arizona’s work and vision with the Maricopa Community Colleges community.”
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Soler came to the ACLU of Arizona as Executive Director in February 2006. She is the first Latina to head the organization. Soler has over 18 years of ACLU experience, including work at offices in Florida and Louisiana. Before joining the ACLU, she worked as a reporter for publications in Miami and Virginia.

The Honors Forum Lecture brings together distinguished local and national speakers for lectures themed “Democracy in Action.” Future speakers include Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, and Associate Professor and Author Django Paris. The series concludes with Carmen Perez, Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice.

Protecting and Advancing Civil Liberties
in the 21st Century
Wednesday, September 13, 2017  - 7 p.m.

Phoenix College - Bulpitt Auditorium
1202 W Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85013


The Honors Forum Lecture Series is open to the public, with free admission and unassigned seating. 

Contributed by the Maricopa Community Colleges

Celebrate your rights and your liberty with Rio Salado this Constitution Day, Sept. 17.  Learn more at www.riosalado.edu/constitutionday

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

It’s never too late to be what you might have been!

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"It’s never too late to be what you might have been." 
-- Mary Anne Evans (pen name George Eliot)

We can help you get back on track! 

With flexible Monday starts and 8-14 week class options-- you can resume your educational journey in no time at all! 

What Does the Constitution Mean?


We called on a few Rio Salado students to share their sentiments about what the Constitution means to them as part of our Constitution Day celebration.  Diana Betts, who also serves as a Rio Salado employee and was recently honored as one of the college's 2017 All Academic Scholars had this to say. 

What the Constitution Means to Me – By Diana Betts
To me, the United States Constitution is a promise that we make to our children.

In school, I was taught about the Constitution and what it meant to the citizens of the United States. I learned, from this document, what to expect of my country as I grew to adulthood. 
This document is the standard for the legacy that we will leave for our children, just as it was left for us by prior generations. This is a huge responsibility.
We must live up to the ideals set forth in the Constitution, in order to give our children the future that they are being promised, in their Social Studies classes.

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We, as citizens, are responsible for demanding that the rights outlined centuries ago are preserved and passed down, for future generations. 
The most beautiful things about the United States Constitution, in my eyes, are the Amendments. As time has passed, some aspects of the Constitution have needed to be altered.

I appreciate that there is a pathway for changes to be made as they become necessary, over time. There can be no perfect document that is a model for the perfect country.

Allowing for alterations to be made by subsequent generations, to help the document to continue to align with the will of the people, is what makes America such a great country.



Image of Rio mascot Splash dressed as a founding father

Celebrate Constitution Day, September 17-- and enter the Rio Salado Constitution Day Essay Contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card!

The contest is open to all students currently registered at Rio Salado College who submit an essay addressing this topic: Given that the United States Constitution is a living document, how would you use it to promote change?

Essays are due by midnight, Sunday, Sept. 17. The winners will be notified on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017.

Learn more at www.riosalado.edu/constitutionday

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bashas' Job Fair at RSC Northern 9/12

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Take part in a free job fair hosted by Bashas' Family of Stores, Chicanos Por La Causa - CPLC and Rio Salado at Rio Salado Northern on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Alt Text for flier: We’re hiring.  Join Bashas’ Family of Stores.  Job Fair, Tuesday, September 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Rio Salado College 1715 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021. We will be interviewing on-site and hiring qualified candidates. On-site hiring for 100+ positions. Family owned & operated since 1932. Great work environments. Flexible hours. Competitive pay. Family atmosphere. Opportunities for growth. Apply in advance now at bashas.com.
Participants will have a chance to take part in on-site interviews. 

The goal is to hire 100 people by day’s end.

Apply in advance now at bashas.com



Open to the public.

Tips on How to Pay for College

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Wondering how to pay for college? 

This video from Rio Salado’s Counseling team reviews four funding sources to consider:

1. Personal resources – personal savings, employer tuition programs and college savings fund.
2. Scholarships – based on merit, talent and financial need.
3. Veterans benefits – for eligible students with military service experience.
4. Federal financial aid – grants, loans and federal work study.

Look for additional tips and resources from our Financial Aid team: www.riosalado.edu/fa.

#NeverForget911

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We take pause to remember 9/11-- in memory of the victims-- and to honor the countless acts of compassion and courage demonstrated by our citizens and friends around the globe.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

There's Still Time to Enroll for Fall 2017!

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Full or cancelled class? No problem!

We can help you stay on track with our flexible Monday start dates and 8-14 week classes.

Learn what options are available to you!

Enter Constitution Day Essay Contest by Sept 17!

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Celebrate Constitution Day, September 17-- and enter the Rio Salado Constitution Day Essay Contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card!

Image of Splash dressed as a founding father.

The contest is open to all students currently registered at Rio Salado College who submit an essay addressing this topic: 

Given that the United States Constitution is a living document, how would you use it to promote change?


Participants will have a chance to win one of 3 prizes:
• 1st place: $100 Amazon gift card
• 2nd place: $50 Amazon gift card
• 3rd place: $50 Amazon gift card

Essays are due by midnight, Sunday, Sept. 17. The winners will be notified on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Visit this web page for additional details: www.riosalado.edu/constitutionday/Pages/Essay-Contest

We asked a few students to share their sentiments about Constitution Day. Here’s a look at what Michaelanthony C. Arberry Jr. had to say from the perspective of a Rio Salado student, academic advisor, new dad of twins, military veteran and champion of the Constitution.

Image of American flag, US Constitution and photo of Michael

What Constitution Day Means to Me
by Michaelanthony C. Arberry Jr.

The United States Constitution means a great deal to me.

I come from a family of Marines. My father served 27 years, my brother served 4 years, and I served for 6 years. My great grandfather fought in WWII and was listed as Missing in Action (MIA), he was never found.

Before we are shipped off to basic training we swear an allegiance (military oath). One part of the oath is; “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

The United States Constitution is the foundation of our country. It established the national government, it established fundamental laws, and it gave certain basic rights to our citizens. The Constitution is the pillar of our country. Though our country is not perfect the Constitution allows us to make changes.

With the end of the civil war the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments were introduced to the U.S. Constitution. Collectively these amendments were known as the Civil War Amendments which ensured equality for recently emancipated slaves. As our country continues to grow and change we will encounter problems. The great part about this country is we can change the constitution (add amendments) as our country changes. I am proud and blessed to be a citizen of the United States.

I know the sacrifices that were made by family to get to where I am at. My great grandfather though he fought for the United States during WWII he was not a citizen. He was from the Philippines and the United States offered Filipinos to fight alongside them with the promise of streamlining their U.S. citizenship.

That is the power and allure of becoming a U.S. citizen; my grandfather was willing to die for the chance to become a U.S. citizen. His sacrifice has shaped me into a man I am today.

Look for other essays and Constitution Day resources at www.riosalado.edu/constitutionday.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

My.Maricopa Student Center Outage Sept. 9 - 10

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The Maricopa Student Center will not be available at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9-- until 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 10.

Please note, your student email, Canvas, and RioLearn are still available.

You will not have access to Maricopa Enterprise ID account creation, enrollment for classes, grade reports, transcripts, financial aid information and the student message center.

We appreciate your understanding.

Get the latest details

Successful Student Tip: Plan!

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Successful Students Plan! Keep these tips in mind when planning for your semester:
  • Plan to succeed, prioritize your time and stay informed
  • Create a semester calendar to record due dates for all exams, quizzes, papers, and finals 
  • 1 hour of class time = 2 hours of study time
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We have a few new student success videos produced by Rio Salado’s Advisement and Counseling teams that provide valuable advice about planning, time management and more: Check them out now.

For additional planning resources, visit www.riosalado.edu/counseling

100+ Positions to fill at Bashas' Job Fair Sept. 12

Alt Text for flier: We’re hiring.  Join Bashas’ Family of Stores.  Job Fair, Tuesday, September 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Rio Salado College 1715 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021. We will be interviewing on-site and hiring qualified candidates. On-site hiring for 100+ positions. Family owned & operated since 1932. Great work environments. Flexible hours. Competitive pay. Family atmosphere. Opportunities for growth. Apply in advance now at bashas.com.

Looking for employment? Take part in a free job fair hosted by Bashas' Family of Stores, Chicanos Por La Causa - CPLC and Rio Salado at Rio Salado Northern on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Participants will have a chance to take part in on-site interviews. The goal is to hire 100 people by day’s end.

Apply in advance now at bashas.com.

Open to the public.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tempe Headquarters Testing Center Closed 9/16

Image of a Rio Salado staffer at testing center.

The Rio Salado Tempe headquarters testing center will be closed Saturday, Sept. 16 for scheduled maintenance.

Rio Salado testing centers at Southern, Northern, the Communiversity at Queen Creek and the Lifelong Learning Center will be available.

Please arrive early as there may be longer wait times.

Please do not hesitate to contact the testing team for details: www.riosalado.edu/testing