Tuesday, October 31, 2017

How to Make Education Affordable & Responsive

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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

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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


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Volunteer Opportunities
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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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.

Successful Rio Waves Meet with their Advisors!

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Schedule a meet with your advisor regularly to get help with:

• Making the most out of RioCompass
• Planning for your next semester
• Updating your educational plan
• Mapping out your career goals



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RioCompass is a dynamic Web-based database that you and your advisor can use to create individualized check sheets, contact notes, task list items and semester by semester plans!  Learn more about this powerful tool at www.riosalado.edu/advisement/Pages/progress.aspx


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Computer Technology CTE for Dual Students!

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If you're a high school student who likes working with computers, check out this video to see how you can get a head start on a computer technology degree. Our dual enrollment program offers students the chance to earn high school and college credit-- at the same time!

Learn more about Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program and how you can get a head start on your college career! www.riosalado.edu/programs/dual

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 textbooks
  • Finish college faster
  • Eliminate duplication of coursework during your early years of college

Rio Salado Dual Enrollment is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Apply for Earn to Learn Transfer Program!

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If your goal is to transfer to a four-year college or university and save money, Maricopa Community Colleges has an exciting new program to help make this happen called: Earn to Learn.

Earn to Learn will give you the financial assistance you need if you are planning to transfer to Arizona State University (ASU), The University of Arizona (UA), and Northern Arizona University (NAU).

You can potentially receive up to $4,500 toward educational expenses and financial literacy skills!

You will benefit most from this program if you are considering attending ASU. Over 70 percent of the students who transfer from Maricopa Community Colleges select ASU.

ASU is committed to ensuring that you will benefit from this program. In fact, they are so dedicated that they are sending Earn to Learn ambassadors to your college to share this great opportunity so that everyone can be in the know about Earn to Learn.

ASU is currently accepting applications for students entering ASU in Fall 2018. The pre-application deadline to apply is Nov. 8, 2017.

News courtesy of the Maricopa Community Colleges

MCCCDF Scholarship Deadline is Oct. 15!

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Last call! The deadline for Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarships is Oct. 15!

Apply now: mcccdf.academicworks.com

Do the math. It Pays to Apply!

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.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Attend Free Career & Resource Fair Oct. 28!

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Join the Maricopa Community Colleges and City of Phoenix - My Brother's Keeper for a free Career & Resource Fair at Phoenix College, Sat., Oct. 28, 12-4 p.m.

  • Meet with representatives from all 10 Maricopa Community Colleges 
  • Take advantage of free workshops for parents and students
  • Get enrollment help from admissions and financial aid experts 
  • Learn about college and community resources available to help students succeed
  • Explore the many certificate and degree programs available to students


Register now: maricopa.edu/explore

Free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Begin Your Educational Journey - GED® Test Prep

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What's your motivation?

We can help you transform that passion into action and help you begin your educational journey! No matter what kind of student you are, Rio Salado has classes and programs to meet your needs! We’re ready to help you with advising, registration, tutoring, new student orientation classes, GED® test prep and English as a second language programs, financial aid, work-study programs, scholarships and more!

Learn more about Rio Salado’s GED® test prep program by calling 480-517-8110. For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New Maricopa CareerLink Service for You!

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Maricopa Community Colleges Career Services has partnered with local employers around the Valley to announce job and internship opportunities through a new platform called Maricopa CareerLink!

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Register with Maricopa CareerLink to get a first-hand look at resume building, mock interviews, job and internship postings, plus receive information about upcoming career fairs and events. 

Check it out now: maricopa-csm.symplicity.com/students

The Maricopa Community Colleges Career Services team can assist in all stages of career planning. Services are open to students, alumni, and employees.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Successful Student Tip: Plan to Succeed!

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You stand a better chance of succeeding if you do these things:

  • Understand Block Calendar and Satisfactory Academic Progress guidelines.
  • Read your syllabus and understand your responsibilities. 
  • Log into RioLearn, Rio Compass and My.Maricopa.edu frequently.
  • Complete your assignments on time.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for help. 
  • Reach out to your instructor through your Message Center. 
  • Understand how the Instructional Helpdesk team can help you with your coursework and problem-solving.
  • Take advantage of in-person and online tutoring if you need a helping hand.
  • Meet with your advisor regularly.


Check out these student success videos and others on our YouTube channel for additional tips.

And don’t hesitate to call on our Academic Advisement and Counseling teams for additional support!
www.riosalado.edu/counseling