Monday, August 13, 2018

Enrollment Services & More Open Aug. 18!

Image of a young female student smiling, in the company of other students.  Text: Saturday enrollment services. Aug. 18 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Student enrollment services will be available this Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters and other Maricopa Community Colleges across the Valley to help you with last-minute transactions before the fall semester!

The Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will provide the following student services on Saturday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Bookstore will also be open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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

Splash sitting at a desk with a computer

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 riosalado.edu/programs

Visit startatrio.com for a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado. 

Welcome back, Rio Waves! Here’s to a successful fall 2018!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Nanotechnology Enrollment Deadline Aug. 27!

snapshot from video of a student working in a nanotech lab

Pursue your love of science, engineering and chemistry—and apply what you learn in the workplace with Rio Salado College’s Nanotechnology Program!  

The deadline to apply is Aug. 27!

Nano Knows No Limits posterWatch this video to learn how nanotechnology can help you create your future.

Nano Knows No Limits. 
See where it takes you!

Learn more and enroll today at www.riosalado.edu/nano


Thursday, August 9, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 2000-2002

Alt text: Rio Salado 40th anniversary banner, text: an innovative leader in higher education.  Image of former KJZZ Morning Edition host Dennis Lambert in one of the new studios.

Welcome to the past! Our next stop on the 40th anniversary Throwback Thursday timeline is 2000-02.

East Valley Tribune clipping
In 2000, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association recommended Rio Salado College for a 10-year re-accreditation, the maximum length allowed. 

In an address to the college, team leader Dr. Peg Lee said, "You are the river that runs through this district, and through people's lives beyond this district, into places near and far away. You are changing the world for the better in the work that you share in this time and this place.”

To help address a national shortage of teachers, Rio Salado began offering an online-based teacher certification program in August 2001.

In 2002, KJZZ, KBAQ and Sun Sounds of Arizona staff moved into 19,000 square feet of renovated office space on the fourth floor of Rio Saldo's Tempe headquarters, which featured soundproof studios and state of the art broadcasting equipment.  Pictured above is former KJZZ Morning Edition host Dennis Lambert in one of the new studios. 

Check out other historical photos and facts on our 40th Anniversary website at www.riosalado.edu/40.

Do you remember this time? 
Share your photos, stories and memories via email to RSCmemories@riosalado.edu or social media using the hashtag #RioSaladoCollege40th.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Student Success Tips for Rio Waves!

Image of a young graduate on stage, next to Rio Salado mascot Splash standing next to him in graduation attire.  Text: Successful students plan to succeed

This is the time of year when many new students begin their educational journey at Rio Salado College. A warm welcome to all of the new and returning Rio Waves here in Tempe, Arizona and all across the globe! We look forward to helping you achieve academic excellence this fall!

Successful students plan for success-- and ask for help along the way! You stand a better chance of succeeding if you do these things, Rio Waves:

  • Read your class syllabus and understand your responsibilities. 
  • Complete your assignments on time. 
  • Reach out to your instructor if you need help. 
  • Meet with your advisor regularly. 
  • Ask for help when you need it!

snapshot of a YouTube video, animated text: Success Comes to Those Who Plan


Check out these student success videos on our YouTube channel for additional tips!

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


snapshot of rio salado web page for new students.  Students gathered around a help desk at Rio Salado headquarters.  Text: Welcome Students.  A Guide to Help You Get Started with your Classes


New to Rio Salado? Check out our online guide for new students! It’s a step-by-step blueprint that will provide you with a plan for success!



Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Enroll in Free IT Job Training by Cognizant

Image featuring adult students in classroom.  Text: Information Technology.  Free Job Training

Join the Maricopa Corporate College (MCOR) and Cognizant Technology Solutions for a free information session on Aug. 9 to learn how you can take advantage of free Software Support training that will begin Aug. 20!

This training will help elevate your knowledge, experience and skills to teach you how to work across dynamic software, manage business solutions and improve business efficiencies as a consultant and engineer. Upon successful completion of this program, participants will earn a guaranteed interview with Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Aug. 20 - Nov. 9 Training Topics include:

  • Databases (Oracle)
  • Java Basics
  • JavaScript & Bash
  • ITSM Strategy
  • ITIL® (CMDB, SLA, Ticketing, Catalog)

This unique opportunity is the result of a partnership with Cognizant, the City of Phoenix, ARIZONA at WORK and MCOR, a service of Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges

Monday, August 6, 2018

Cast Your Vote for SPOT 127 Youth Media

image of SPOT 127 teens working in a studio.  Text: Phoenix Business Journal Phoenix Stories Poll 2018. Vote for SPOT 127.

KJZZ's SPOT 127 Youth Media Center is a finalist in the Phoenix Business Journal's Phoenix Stories Poll! The prize-- $10,000 to the winner! You can cast your vote now!

SPOT 127 student editing in an audio studio

At SPOT 127, students learn to produce culturally and socially relevant stories while developing new skills and increasing their digital literacy. They recently completed an in-depth series of stories on how to identify, avoid and recover from harm in teen dating relationships, which you can hear now at spot127.org/content/spotondating

The students have also covered the sensitive and important topics of human trafficking and bullying. The human trafficking series had nearly 2,000,000 impressions on social media.

SPOT 127 winners: (left to right) 
Itzel Rio, Catherine Schwartzmann,
Michelle Ailport and Max Trapp.
                                  
In the past two years, five SPOT 127 student projects have been honored as part of the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences High School Student Awards for Excellence. See related blog story.

Numerous alumni from the SPOT 127 high school program have gone on to pursue higher education degrees in communications and/or journalism at community colleges and universities like ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.


Learn more about SPOT 127 achievements at spot127.org.

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

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Saturday Aug. 18 Back to School Services for You!

Rio Mascot Splash standing in the middle of school imagery like pencils, pens, apples, rulers and a clock.  Text: Back to Shcool

The back-to-school rush is almost 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. 18, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Bookstore will also be open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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

Splash sitting at a desk with a computer

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 riosalado.edu/programs

Visit startatrio.com for a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado. 

Welcome back, Rio Waves! Here’s to a successful fall 2018!

My.maricopa.edu Online Student Center Outage

snapshot of my.maricopa.edu maintenance web page.  Image of a tech robot in background.  Text: Online Student Center Maintenance.

The Maricopa Community Colleges’ my.maricopa.edu Online Student Center is experiencing some technical difficulties that may temporarily prevent you from making changes to your class schedule, setting up a payment plan, paying for your classes, submitting financial aid paperwork or requesting a transcript. 

Get the latest news and information by visiting https://redirect.maricopa.edu/student-center-maintenance. 

Our teams are working diligently to rectify these technical problems as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

New Student Online Guide to Success!

snapshot of Rio Salado web page for new students.  Students gathered around a service desk, registering for classes.  Text: Welcome Students.  A Guide to Help You Get Started with your Classes!

You're registered for classes-- now what?

Check out our online guide for new students! It’s a step-by-step blueprint that will show you how to take online classes, how to communicate with your instructors, track your progress and more!

Make the most of your first semester at Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges by getting started on the right foot, right now: www.riosalado.edu/web/newstudents

Monday, July 30, 2018

2018 Voter Registration Deadline is Today!

Photo of a voter registration rally.  The American flag in foreground.  Sign reads: Register to Vote Here.
Today is the last day to register to vote in the 2018 Primary Election, Arizona! 

You can register online via Arizona Department of Transportation's Service Arizona portal – if you have an Arizona Driver License and/or an Arizona non-operating I.D. card issued by the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). It's quick and easy!

Learn more about registering and voting in our 2018 elections from our Arizona Secretary of State 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Fry's Food Job Fair in Maryvale Aug. 2

Alt text for Poster: Poster for hiring event.  Text: Fry’s Food Storres Hiring Event.  Interviews on site.  Please apply online prior to event at https: jobs.kroger.com.  Aug. 2 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Maryvale Family YMCA 3825 N. 67th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85033.  Openings: Entry Level, grocery clerk, grocery, stocking hourly, fresh hourly associate, front end hourly associate and more!  Logos for Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. and Rio Salado College, a Maricopa Community College.

Don't forget about the Aug. 2 Fry's Food Stores hiring event at the Maryvale Family Valley of the Sun YMCA on Aug. 2.
Apply in advance at jobs.kroger.com. Check out the career options and generous educational growth opportunities!

Fry's Food Stores Hiring Event
Aug. 2, 2018

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Maryvale Family YMCA
3825 N. 67th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85033

Friday Summer Closures Reminder

Rio Salado Splash Mascot riding a surf board in the mouth of a very large shark.
Happy Shark Week, Rio Waves!

A friendly reminder, Rio Waves!  Maricopa Community Colleges and most Rio Salado locations and services are closed on Fridays during the summer.

The following Rio Salado services are available:
Services normally available 24/7 such as RioLearn, Technology Support Helpdesk, Ask a Librarian and My.Maricopa.edu remain available.

The college will resume regular hours Aug. 6. 

Please visit our locations pages for details about hours of operation for each of our locations.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

KJZZ Opens Hermosillo News Bureau

(Left to right) Al Macias, Murphy Woodhouse, Michel Marizco,
Dr. Chris Bustamante, Ralph Romero, and Kendal Blust.
               
Rio Salado’s member-supported NPR station KJZZ 91.5 FM hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 10 to celebrate the official grand opening of its news bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora Mexico in a partnership with the Universidad Tecnológica de Hermosillo.

(Left to right) Sonoran Office of the Secretary of Education and Culture Representative
Lourdes Del Carmen Tato Palma, Sonora-Arizona Commission Executive Director Yamilett
Martinez, UTH Chancellor Adalberto Abdalá Calderón Trujillo and Dr. Bustamante.
                                          
The news bureau, which is located on the Universidad Tecnológica de Hermosillo campus, will help the KJZZ Fronteras Desk team expand its coverage of the fast-growing market between Arizona and Mexico-- providing listeners with information to help them better understand economic globalization and its impact on the Southwest.

“There are so many news stories that are left untold – stories that don’t often reach the residents of our communities,” said Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante, who joined members of the KJZZ news team for the grand opening.
Photo of Chris Bustamante speaking in front of a microphone


“The goal of creating a KJZZ satellite news bureau in Hermosillo is to increase awareness by providing individuals with the information they need to better understand globalization and its economic impact, especially as it relates to our respective regions of the world,” Bustamante said.

The Hermosillo bureau will cover the rapid expansion of trade between Sonora and Arizona, the growing overseas shipping industry on Sonora's shores and the impact this is having on U.S.-Mexico trade and on Arizona. KJZZ reporters Kendal Blust and Murphy Woodhouse have been assigned to cover these stories.

The bureau will also serve as a training ground for students who aspire to be journalists, providing hands-on experience to support the learning they receive in the classroom.

“This venture supports our mission to work collectively to meet the life-long learning needs of our diverse student body and the communities in which they live,” said President Bustamante. “It also demonstrates our commitment to transform learning through active community engagement.”

The Hermosillo news bureau will complement the efforts of KJZZ’s Mexico City news bureau. With its two international bureaus, KJZZ is now the only NPR member-station with an established presence in Latin America. 

Tune in for the latest coverage on 91.5 FM or visit kjzz.org/hermosillo

photo of KJZZ Phoenix newsroom.

KJZZ is a community service of Rio Salado College, licensed to the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Ask a Librarian 24/7!

Photo of a Rio Salado College student at the library, looking up at the stacks.  Banner at top reads: "Ask a Librarian 24/7 chat Rio Salado"

Need a librarian-- in the middle of the night or when most libraries are closed? Ask a Librarian was made for you!

Give it a try now!

The librarians are quick to reply-- and available when you need them most.

Get help 24/7 with:

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

CLEP Exams Offer College Credit for Prior Learning

Steve Clendenen watches on as students register to take CLEP exams at Rio Salado Tempe
      
In early May, Steve Clendenen made his annual trek to Rio Salado’s Tempe headquarters. This year, Clendenen, a Spanish teacher at Franklin Police and Fire High School in Phoenix, was shepherding a group of 15 students.

The purpose of the “field trip?”
Students registering for CLEP exams at Rio Tempe Testing

Clendenen’s students were at Rio Salado’s testing center to take the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Spanish exam.

CLEP exams measure subject matter proficiency and are geared toward adults returning to school, military service members, home-schooled students and those who want to get a head start on college credits.

Students can earn up to 16 credits for the Spanish CLEP exam.

“Each of his 15 students were successful in earning 16 college credits,” said Rachel Rahn, Testing Coordinator at Rio Salado College. “We are excited these students had the opportunity to earn such a large number of credits from taking one CLEP exam.”

Clendenden attributes the success to his students’ dedication.

“Most students receive the maximum credits due to the preparation and the hard work that we put in throughout the year to prepare for the test,” said Clendenen. 

The teacher must be doing something right, too. Over the last five years, a majority of the 174 students Clendenen has brought to Rio has successfully earned the maximum 16 college credits on the CLEP Spanish exam.


Rachel Rahn
     
Why Take CLEP Exams?

“CLEP exams allow students to accelerate their college degrees by earning credit for what they already know,” Rahn said. “This allows students to save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in tuition costs.”

Students also save time. Most CLEP exams are 90 minutes to 2 hours long. Imagine earning a semester’s worth of credits in a brief 2 hour period.

The learning can be acquired from many areas including independent or prior study, on-the-job training, military training, volunteering, community service and more.

Rio Salado Tempe Testing Office
Coordinator Stevie Campbell
                                        
Rio Salado has been recognized nationally as a Top 100 CLEP testing center for the last 10 years.

The college offers 33 CLEP exams in a variety of subject areas including composition and literature, French, German, Spanish, history, social sciences, science, mathematics and business.

CLEP exams are offered at six Rio Salado testing centers: Communiversity at Queen Creek, Luke Air Force Base, RSC Southern, RSC Surprise, RSC Tempe, and RSC Thomas.

Most centers are open until 9 p.m. and offer CLEP on a walk-in basis.

“Many of our testers work full-time, go to school full-time, and are parents,” Rahn said. “The convenience of Rio Salado's locations, flexible hours, and walk-in testing have proven to be beneficial and convenient for our students.”

For more details about CLEP exams visit www.riosalado.edu/testing or call 480-517-8560.

Contributed by Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator.

Monday, July 23, 2018

MCCCD Fall Tuition Payment Deadline July 29

Group of students in bean bag chairs sitting around with laptops, engaging.  Text: Don't Lose Your Seat!  Payment options available.

If you're taking classes at other Maricopa Community Colleges this fall-- it's time to pay tuition!

Don't lose your seat! Make payment arrangements before the July 29 deadline.  Learn more

Friday, July 20, 2018

Free Ed Tech Webinars for Teachers and the Public

Poster for webinars.  Image of educators in a classroom working with young k-12 students using computer devices in a conventional classroom

Take advantage of a free, Educational Technology webinar series for teachers presented by Rio Salado's Teacher Education EdRising@Rio team and Education Technology Consultant Lucy Gray.

This webinar series will focus on teaching effectively with educational technology—available free of charge to Rio Salado Educator Preparation students, alumni and the public.

Each interactive webinar is aligned to educator standards from the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) and includes hands-on activities and resources for further exploration.

Our next webinar, Re-designing Lessons for the Digital Age is July 25!

Learn more and register now for these free EdRising@Rio webinars by visiting this web page

All webinars will take place 7-8 p.m., MT. A link to the webinar will be sent to your email address with your registration confirmation.

Dysart Unified Military Appreciation Night Sept. 7

Alt text for poster: Military Appreciation Night. All retired and active military and veterans are invited to be recognized during our pre-game celebration @ Willow Canyon High School prior to the Shadow Ridge vs. Willow Canyon Varsity Football game. Friday, September 7, 2018. Willow Canyon High School 17901 W. Lundberg Street Ceremony begins at 6:40 p.m. Kick off begins at 7:05 p.m. Military guests should reserve seats in advance to Jenna.Bowen@Dysart.org or John.Williams@Dysart.org by Aug. 17. We hope you can join us for this special night!  Then stay for the game as the Wildcats battle the Stallions.

The Dysart Unified School District is hosting a Military Appreciation Night to honor veteran and active duty military members during a pre-game celebration at Willow Canyon High School, before the Shadow Ridge vs. Willow football game on Friday, Sept. 7.  

Take part in this free, family event!

Military Appreciation Night
Friday, September 7, 2018

Willow Canyon High School
17901 W. Lundberg Street
Surprise, AZ 85388
The ceremony begins at 6:40 p.m.
Kick off begins at 7:05 p.m.

Military guests should reserve seats in advance to Jenna.Bowen@Dysart.org or John.Williams@Dysart.org by Aug. 17.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

40th Anniversary Photo Album Additions


Enjoy the latest additions to our 40th anniversary Facebook photo album!

Please feel free to tag, download and share. 

We encourage you to share your photos, stories and memories via email to RSCmemories@riosalado.edu or social media using the hashtag #RioSaladoCollege40th.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/40 for the latest news about our 40th anniversary celebration.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Fry's Food Stores Hiring Event Aug. 2

Alt text for Poster: Poster for hiring event.  Text: Fry’s Food Storres Hiring Event.  Interviews on site.  Please apply online prior to event at https: jobs.kroger.com.  Aug. 2 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Maryvale Family YMCA 3825 N. 67th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85033.  Openings: Entry Level, grocery clerk, grocery, stocking hourly, fresh hourly associate, front end hourly associate and more!  Logos for Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. and Rio Salado College, a Maricopa Community College.

Looking for a job? Take part in a Fry's Food Stores hiring event at the Maryvale Family Valley of the Sun YMCA on Aug. 2.

Apply in advance at jobs.kroger.com. Check out the career options and generous educational growth opportunities!

Fry's Food Stores Hiring Event
Aug. 2, 2018
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Maryvale Family YMCA
3825 N. 67th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85033

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Rio Salado Dental Clinic Helps Veterans in Need

collage of images of veterans being served at Rio Salado's Dental Clinic

The Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Clinic joined forces with the Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation (CADSF) to host a free dental clinic for veterans in need on Sat., July 14.

The Rio Salado team was joined by volunteer dentists, lab technicians and assistants, who provided free care to more than 50 veterans who were not able to receive services at other community events hosted by CADSF throughout the year.

The top priority was relieving pain and infection. Volunteers were also on duty to provide exams, x-rays, some basic lab work, cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings and extractions, simple root canals and denture services.

snapshot of ABC 15 video with reporter Jamie Warren interviewing veteran John Hulett, who is being prepped for a denture procedure.


Among the air force veterans served was John Hulett, who was getting help with new dentures. “It is absolutely critical to my overall health,” said Hulett who was interviewed by ABC15 Arizona Reporter Jamie Warren. (watch the video now).

Airforce Veteran John Hulett before and after his dental treatment

“This free clinic is a great way for us to get real-life practical learning experience-- while giving back to our community,” said Rio Salado Dental Hygiene student Christina Pflumm who was among the 20 Rio Salado students who volunteered at the clinic.


“Community service is a core principle at Rio Salado College-- and a requirement for dental hygiene students, who volunteer at least 40 hours of service during their program of study,” said Rio Salado Dental Programs Instructional Services Supervisor Patty Price, a long-time CADSF volunteer who helped to organize the event.

Rio Salado Dental Programs Instructional Services Supervisor Patty Price
(orange tee) and student Christina Pflumm with CADSF volunteers
Check out other event photos on our Facebook page.


The Rio Salado Dental Hygiene clinic is open to the public all year long-- providing comprehensive services at affordable rates. For more information call 480-377-4100 or visit riosalado.edu/dentalclinic for more details.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Be an Informed Arizona Voter!

Poster for Arizona Elections, featuring U.S. and Arizona flags

Are you ready to vote in Arizona's August primary and November general elections?


Be in the know! Tune into Rio Salado's member-supported public radio station KJZZ Phoenix for the latest election news! 

Check out candidate interviews and more at elections.kjzz.org


Illustration of clean elections voter guide
And check out these free resources from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and Maricopa County Recorder:





"Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education."
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

KJZZ is a community service of Rio Salado College

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday Summer Closure Reminder

Rio Mascot Splash with a beach ball, on a beach standing next to a sign that reads sorry we're closed.

A friendly reminder, Rio Waves!  Maricopa Community Colleges and most Rio Salado locations and services are closed on Fridays during the summer.

The following Rio Salado services are available:
Services normally available 24/7 such as RioLearn, Technology Support Helpdesk, Ask a Librarian and My.Maricopa.edu remain available.

The college will resume regular hours Aug. 6. Please visit our locations pages for details about hours of operation for each of our locations.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 1997-99

snapshot of "InSide Rio" magazine Volume 2, No. 2.  Headline: Rio Parnters with Dentists for New Hygiene School

Welcome to the past! Our next stop on the 40th anniversary Throwback Thursday timeline is 1997-99.

In the late 1990s, Rio Salado was all about the smile. To help address a critical shortage of dental hygienists, Rio partnered with the Arizona Dental Association and Delta Dental Insurance to create the Rio Salado School of Dental Hygiene. In 1998, a building located at 12th street and Washington in downtown Phoenix was renovated to create a state-of-the-art facility where students trained to become dental hygienists during the 15-month program.

The dental hygiene program represented a success for Rio on two fronts: the college forged a successful business-education partnership to benefit the local community and offered students an education that could lead to employment opportunities.

In fact, the demand for skilled hygienists was so strong at the time that many students had already secured jobs while awaiting the outcome of their licensing exams.

"This program exemplifies Rio Salado's approach to meeting the needs of the community · by partnering with employers," said Dr. Linda Thor, who was president of Rio Salado College at the time. "The result is a triple win -- for students, for the dental community, and for the college."

Do you remember this time? Share your photos, stories and memories via RSCmemories@riosalado.edu or social media using the hashtag #RioSaladoCollege40th.

Contributed by Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator.

Kroger Foundation Joins Us to Fight Hunger

Pantry shelves stocked with food items.

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is excited to announce a $20,000 grant from the Kroger Co. Foundation to support food pantry initiatives district-wide. 

The mission of the Kroger Co. Foundation is “to Feed the Human Spirit” and they focus their support on organizations that work to end hunger, improve food security, and provide balanced meals to families in the most need.

MCCCD will use the $20,000 grant to support existing college food pantries and to create new ones. Currently, eight of the ten Maricopa colleges provide a food pantry for students. Two colleges are in the process of planning and developing their pantries. The grant will allow the Maricopa Community Colleges to purchase food, toiletries, shelves, storage bins, and other resources needed to operate campus food pantries.

According to a 2017 Wisconsin HOPE Lab study, which represented more than “33,000 students at 70 community colleges in 24 states,” every two out of three students suffer from food insecurity. All ten Maricopa Community Colleges participated in this study in an effort to gain greater clarity on the depth of food and housing insecurity its students face. The study found that: Sixty-four percent of MCCCD students reported marginal or worse food security.

MCCCD respondents reported low and very low food security (52 percent) less frequently than other students surveyed in the regional (61 percent) and national (56 percent) survey samples.

MCCCD students faired marginally better than their regional and national counterparts. Nonetheless, with over half of all MCCCD students who were surveyed indicating some level of food insecurity, it is a high priority issue for the district. MCCCD is working diligently to turn the tide among its student population. Having well run food pantries on each campus is critical to the academic success of far too many students. When students’ are able to meet their basic needs, they can focus more energy on completing their coursework and completing their academic programs.

“The success of our students is very important to all of us. Addressing issues of hunger is one more way our colleges support our students,” states Felicia L. Ganther, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

News courtesy of the Maricopa Community Colleges


Rio Salado students, please do not hesitate to call on one of our counselors if you need help overcoming food insecurities or you're experiencing other obstacles that are interfering with your academic performance. www.riosalado.edu/counseling

Rio Dental Hygiene Clinic Provides $42K+ in Care

Group shot of students, staff and volunteers at clinic

Rio Salado Dental Hygiene students, alumni and staff members partnered with the Arizona Dental Foundation and community volunteers to host a free clinic for kids on Saturday, June 23.


photo of a dental hygiene student working with a teen
The clinic offered cleanings, sealants, x-rays, fluoride treatments, exams and oral hygiene instructions to 124 children. A total of 690 dental procedures were provided, totaling $42,724.64 of care in one day! 

A special thank you to Shanna Jennings and Ryan Cluff who serve as co-chairs for this event. And thanks to Cody Jennings and Susan Fuller for taking event photos, which you can view on our Facebook account.


The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public all year long. Visit riosalado.edu/dentalclinic for more details.


young boy sitting in a clinic chair holding up a sign "open wide" Dental student in background smiling.

​​Remember, tooth decay is almost entirely preventable with good oral hygiene and regular check-ups!


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Free Educational Technology Webinars!

Poster for webinars.  Image of educators in a classroom working with young k-12 students using computer devices in a conventional classroom

Rio Salado's Teacher Education EdRising@Rio team is collaborating with Education Technology Consultant Lucy Gray to host a webinar series focused on teaching effectively with educational technology—available free of charge to Rio Salado Educator Preparation students, current and future educators.

Each interactive webinar is aligned to educator standards from the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) and includes hands-on activities and resources for further exploration.

Our next webinar, Fostering Global Collaboration is July 11.

Learn more and register now for these free EdRising@Rio webinars by visiting this web page


All webinars will take place 7-8 p.m., MT. A link to the webinar will be sent to your email address with your registration confirmation.

Avondale Power Restored, Open Today

APS has restored power to our Avondale location.
We will resume regular business hours today.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Rio Avondale Closed Due to Power Outage

Our Avondale location is closed for the rest of the day due to a power outage.

APS crews are working to restore power.

We will keep you posted about updates.

Visit this APS sight for the latest information about power outages: http://outagemap.aps.com/outageviewer/

Friday, July 6, 2018

Northern Power Restored. Open Saturday!

Power has been restored to our Northern location

We will resume regular business hours on Saturday.

We appreciate your understanding.

Northern Testing Closed Due to Power Outage

Our Northern location will be closed for the remainder of the day due to a power outage. 

We anticipate power will be restored this evening and that we will be open for testing services on Saturday. 

We will keep you posted. 

Please visit riosalado.edu/testing/Pages/default.aspx or call 480-517-8560 for alternate testing options.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

KJZZ Earns Prestigious Journalism Awards

Image of KJZZ newsroom and shots of winning reporters Matt Casey, Jimmy Jenkins, Laurel Morales, Sarah Ventre and Stina Sieg

KJZZ 91.5 FM and its reporters were recognized by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) and Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTNDA) 2018 award committees for their outstanding contributions to journalism excellence.

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PRNDI awards recognize and celebrate the work of reporting, editing, anchoring and producing at local public media radio stations across the U.S.
KJZZ reporters took home first and second place awards in the Division AA Best Writing category and a second place prize in the Enterprise and Investigative Reporting category.

  • 1st Place Best Reporting - Christmas Stuffing: AZ Class Beginners to Taxidermy, Stina Sieg
  • 2nd Place Best Reporting - Earth & Bone: Havasupai Stand Up to Mining Company, Laurel Morales
  • 2nd Place Enterprise/Investigative - On the Inside: The Chaos of AZ Prison Health Care, Jimmy Jenkins

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Four KJZZ reporters were also recognized with five RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards, which are among the most prestigious in the broadcast and digital news industry. The Murrow Awards embody the values and principles set forth by Edward R. Murrow, a journalism pioneer who set the standards for the highest quality of broadcast journalism.

  • Excellence in Writing - Remembering Bisbee Deportation, Stina Sieg
  • Feature Reporting - A musical Tribute to Arizona Violinist Jane Hilton, A Friend to Many, Stina Sieg
  • Hard News - Temporary Protected Status Man Trapped in Constant Limbo, Matt Casey
  • Investigative Reporting - On the Inside: The Chaos of Arizona Prison Health Care, Jimmy Jenkins
  • News Series - Short Creek: Beyond FLDS, Sarah Ventre

Regional award winners are being considered for a National Murrow Award.


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KJZZ is a community service of Rio Salado College.