Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Maricopa Enrollment Day is Wed., June 13!

Poster for Maricopa Enrollnent Day featuring a group of students smiling at the camera.  Text in blog.

Ready to begin your educational journey with Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges? We’re ready for you! Visit any of the 10 colleges on Enrollment Day, Wed, June 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to complete enrollment in one day.* 

What can you do on Enrollment Day?
  • Apply for Admission
  • Take the Placement Test
  • Seek Academic Advisement
  • Attend Student Orientation (campus tours and student IDs)
  • Explore Payment Options (FAFSA assistance, scholarships, payment plans, etc. If you are a dependent, bring your and your parents' 2016 tax returns.)
  • Register for classes. Payment is due immediately for Summer classes; Payment is due July 30 for Fall classes.

Staff at the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters, Northen and Suprise locations will be available to help students complete their enrollment. 

Scottsdale Community College will host Enrollment Days Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14.

To ensure proper service, please make sure to bring a photo ID (school/government issued: e.g., state ID, drivers license, permanent resident card, passport, etc.) Please also bring your Social Security number (alternate arrangements will be made for non-residents).

*Please Note: Students arriving after 4 p.m. will still be seen but may not complete the entire process. A “next steps” guide will be furnished to students who are not able to complete the enrollment process.

Monday, May 21, 2018

2018 HSE Graduation Highlights & Memories

wide shot of HSE graduation finale as attendees applaud for grads

The 2018 High School Equivalency (HSE) Graduation ceremony was a memorable event, especially the speech by Student Speaker Maida Dugalic!

More than 200 students attended the May 17 ceremony. These students joined nearly 20,000 adult basic education students who have taken classes at Rio Salado over the past 40 years and earned their HSE credential.

Bustamante and Liddicoat
Among the other highlights was Dr. Bustamante’s recognition of Associate Dean of Instruction and Community Development Blair Liddicoat, who presented Liddicoat with the President’s Leadership Award for his 28 years of service to adult basic education.

Bustamante and Douglas
Dr. Bustamante also presented the President’s Partner Award to the Arizona Department of Education to commemorate 40 years of partnering to provide adult basic education. The award was received by Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas.


Thanks to Maricopa Community Colleges Television, you can watch the graduation ceremony-- and hear student speaker Maida Dugalic's extraordinary speech! Learn more about Dugalic in this RioNews story.

Check out our Facebook event photos now.

Share your Rio HSE grad story using #RioGrad and #GEDGradDay.

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

Memorial Day Closure

American flag waving in front of the sky and sun

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed on Monday, May 28 in honor of Memorial Day.

Please also take note that the colleges and most Rio Salado locations will be closed on Fridays during the summer.

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the armed forces. The National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed in 2,000 to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity.” 

The Act encourages all Americans to pause at 3 p.m. for a minute of silence on Memorial Day.

flags at half-mass, in front of Satue of Liberty at sunset

There is a traditional way of displaying the U.S. flag on this special day. 

The flag is raised quickly to the top of the staff and then lowered slowly to the half-mast position, where it remains until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. At noon their memory is raised by the living.

poster with a star with American flag design.  text: memorial day.



Visit this azcentral web page for a list of Memorial Day gatherings in Arizona.



Friday, May 18, 2018

Enjoy First Set of HSE 2018 Graduation Photos

images from graduation, featuring stage party and graduates being honored.
Top photo: President of Maricopa Community College District Governing Board Laurin Hendrix, 
Arizona’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas and grad speaker Maida Dugalic


We are delighted to share the first set of photos from last night’s High School Equivalency (HSE) Graduation ceremony, which was inspirational and memorable— thanks in great part to student speaker Maida Dugalic, who captivated the audience with her story and grace!

collage of grad imagesCheck out the photos now on Facebook.

Maida represented more than 200 HSE grads, who have completed Rio Salado’s GED® test prep classes and passed the GED® test.

Here’s to all of the 2018 HSE Rio Grads! Congratulations! We hope you will continue your educational journey to higher learning.

Share your Rio grad memories using #RioGrad and #GEDGradDay.


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

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Here's to Rio Salado 2018 HSE Grads!

Photo of 2-017 grads, moving their cap tassels over to the right.

Tonight is the night we host our 2018 High School Equivalency (HSE) Graduation ceremony—to celebrate students who have successfully completed our GED® test prep classes and passed the GED® test. This is your night, HSE Rio Waves! Happy graduation day! 

We look forward to tonight's ceremony and celebrating this day with you and your loved ones. We encourage you to share your grad stories using #RioGrad and #GEDGradDay.

poster of Rio Salado College Graduate Badge
Download your favorite 2018 Rio Waves Grad Badge! 

Watch the Live Stream
Can't make the ceremony? Watch the live stream courtesy of Maricopa Community Colleges Television. 

Reminder, Friday Summer Closures Begin May 18

Rio Mascot Splash floating down a river in an inner tube.

As a reminder, Maricopa Community Colleges and most Rio Salado locations and services will be closed on Fridays, May 18 - Aug. 3 in an effort to conserve energy during the slower summer months.

The following Rio Salado services will be available on Fridays:
Services normally available 24/7 such as RioLearn, Technology Support Helpdesk, Ask a Librarian and My.Maricopa.edu will remain available. Students are also encouraged to use self-serve enrollment options at My.Maricopa.edu.

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

Have a great summer!

Meet Tonight's HSE Grad Speaker Maida Dugalic

Photo of Maida Dugalic in graduation regalia.  HSE Graduation Banner.

Tonight is our annual High School Equivalency (HSE) Graduation ceremony. This is the night we celebrate the accomplishments of Rio Salado students who have successfully completed our GED® test prep classes and passed the GED® test. Among the honorees is HSE student speaker Maida Dugalic.

Dugalic left her home country of Bosnia, and everything she knew behind, in order to give her family a better life. She earned a high school equivalency diploma to give herself a better life.

“After the war, the situation in Bosnia wasn’t very promising,” Dugalic said. “I was concerned about my children’s future and education, and knew that if we stayed there, I wouldn't be able to provide for them.”

Dugalic and her family came to Arizona to be near her husband’s family. She began looking for jobs, and realized she was missing out on many opportunities because she did not have a high school diploma. She decided to pursue Rio Salado College’s in-person GED® test prep classes.
Photo of Dugalic  in front of Rio Salado headquarters.
“I did some research and decided that Rio Salado was the place I wanted to go,” Dugalic said. “It didn't feel like I was going to school, or that I was out of place. The teachers were always friendly and easy going and I felt welcome.”

Dugalic also wanted to earn her diploma to set an example for her kids.

“I wanted to be an example to my children, to walk the walk not just talk the talk,” Dugalic said. “I expect from them hard work and high goals, so I had to show them by example.”

With her diploma in hand, Dugalic knows her future is bright.

“I know I want to go to college and continue studying, maybe nutrition or social work,” Dugalic said. “I don't know what specifically, but I do know that with a GED - I have many more options.”

Contributed by Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator.

Click here for more details about tonight's ceremony. We encourage Rio HSE grads to share their stories using #RioGrad and #GEDGradDay.  

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


Learn more about #GEDGradDay at www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/gedgradday

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Create Your Future with Nanotechnology!

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!

Watch this video to learn how nanotechnology can help you create your future.

Nano Knows No Limits poster

Nano Knows No Limits. 
See where it takes you!

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


Celebrate #GEDGradDay & Rio HSE Grads!

Poster header for #GEDGradDau May 16th 2019 with photo of a Rio Salado HSE graduate taking a selfie at 2017 ceremony.

Today is #GEDGradDay—a nationwide celebration to recognize the accomplishments of new GED® graduates-- and to inspire other adult re-entry students to fulfill their potential. 

We are celebrating the accomplishments of Rio Salado students who have successfully completed our GED® test prep classes and passed the GED® test at our annual HSE Graduation Ceremony, Thursday, May 17 at North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix. 

photo of 2017 graduation ceremony.  wide shot of stage and students in caps and gowns.

For more details about tomorrow’s graduation ceremony, please visit this web page.

Photos of grads in line, someone taking a group shot with a cell phone
We encourage Rio HSE grads to join in the celebration by sharing their stories using #RioGrad and #GEDGradDay.

We look forward to taking part in this celebration with you and your loved ones!

Can’t make the ceremony? Tune in for the live stream on YouTube.


Learn more about #GEDGradDay at www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/gedgradday

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

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

2018 #RioGrad Photos & Achievements

Montage of graduation images

Oh, What a Night! Thank you for a memorable commencement celebration-- and congratulations once again Rio Salado College Class of 2018.


Rio Salado President Bustamante with 2018
Dual Enrollment Students
         
Check out the latest commencement photos on our Facebook pageWe hope you enjoy the magical moments captured by Kenneth Krehbiel at ImageWorks Photography. Please feel free to tag, download and share. We encourage you to share your photos and memories using #RioGrad.

Approximately 200 students took part in the 2018 commencement ceremony on May 9 at Comerica Theatre, including 92 dual enrollment students! More than 50 of the dual enrollment participants were from Xavier College Prep-- the first high school Rio Salado partnered with in 1987 to launch its dual enrollment program, which helps nearly 7,000 Maricopa County students at 43 schools earn college and high school credits at the same time.

The attendees of last week’s ceremony represented nearly 3,400 Rio Salado graduates from Arizona, 32 other states across the country as well as Australia and Poland. Together, they have earned more than 3,740 degrees, certificates and credentials. Here’s a snapshot of their accomplishments.

Pictured here are Rio grad Rachelle 
Fisher receiving her Associate of Arts
in General Studies diploma with her 
trusted companion Austin right by her side.
        
Degrees, Certificates & Recognitions of Achievement*
  • 562 Associate Degrees 
  • 31 Academic Certificates 
  • 2,996 Certificates of Completion 
  • 36 Post-Bacc. Teacher Certifications 
  • 117 Teacher in Residence Certifications 
  • 4 Ed. Bachelor Partnership Degrees
TOTAL – 3,746
  • Academic Honors
  • 114 Distinction
  • 114 High Distinction
  • 85 Highest Distinction
  • 145 Phi Theta Kappa
  • 100 Honors Program
  • 32 National Society of Leadership and Success


*Data to be verified after June 30, 2017

We look forward to sharing more details about the extraordinary class of 2018!

Did you miss the ceremony? Check out the YouTube stream now.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Rio Northern Reopens at 3 p.m. Today, May 14

We're happy to announce Rio Salado Northern water line repairs have been completed and the facility will be open for business after 3 p.m. today, May 14.

Testing services will also resume after 3 p.m.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Need Help with Research? Ask a Librarian 24/7!

Image of a student at a library, surrounded by books.  Header at top reads: Ask a Librarian 24/7 chat at Rio Salado

Working on a paper and need to find awesome sources? 
The Rio Salado Library offers live research help 24/7. 


With Ask a Librarian chat service, you can get live help anytime, day or night!

Rio Northern & Testing Closed Today, May 14

Attention, Rio Salado Northern and the testing center are closed until further notice due to water main repairs by the City of Phoenix.

Rio staff and utility companies are working to resolve the issue.

Estimated time for repairs is 6 p.m.

We will share updates when they become available.

Need testing services? For other testing locations visit: riosalado.edu/testing.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Attend KJZZ Explore AZ StoryFest & Expo 5/12

StoryFest logo, image of a storyteller on stage engaging an audience

What's your story? You still have time to take part in the KJZZ 91.5 Phoenix Explore Arizona StoryFest & Expo at the Mesa Convention Center on Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are $10. Children 13 and younger are free.

Register now online at storyfest.kjzz.org.


This family-friendly event will showcase some of the state’s most animated storytellers and feature booths from popular and unique Arizona destinations. Check out the list of confirmed storytellers now: storyfest.kjzz.org/storytellers

Donate a book! 
Vist the KJZZ and KBACH Book Club table to donate or exchange books. Attendees will receive one entry to win an Arizona Staycation and other Arizona travel prizes for each book donated. Learn more: storyfest.kjzz.org/book-club-donation

KJZZ’s mobile studio and food truck Soundbiteaz will also be on hand to serve up some great food and entertainment! www.facebook.com/soundbiteaz

This event is made possible by KJZZ 91.5, a community service of Rio Salado College. by azcentral, The Storytellers Project and South Mountain Community College.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fry's Career Fair Today at RSC Northern!

Hungry for knowledge?  Feed Your Future! Take part in a Fry's Food Stores career fair at Rio Salado's Northern location in Phoenix, May 10, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Fry's Food Stores Career Fair  Rio Salado Northern 1715 W. Northern Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021  Your journey starts here, apply in advance now online @jobs.frysfood.com  You @Fry's Food Means You: Will feel part of a team Will have growth opportunities You will receive up to 21,000 toward your academic career  image of mobile app code

Take part in a Fry's Food Stores career fair today at Rio Salado Northern in Phoenix.

Explore the career options and generous tuition reimbursement opportunities.  

Apply in advance right now at jobs.frysfood.com

Fry's Food Stores Career Fair

May 10, 2018
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Rio Salado Northern
1715 W. Northern Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Meet Rio's 2018 Student Commencement Speaker

Banner for graduation featuring Jamie Peredo in graduation attire.  Text: Congratulations Rio Salado College Class of 2018

Meet Jamie Peredo-- Rio Salado's 2018 Student Commencement Speaker! 

Some people who attend college know exactly what program they want to pursue, and others take a little while to figure out where their interests lie. For Jamie Peredo, attending Rio Salado College not only gave her a college degree, but awakened a new career path as well.

Peredo, a mother of two children, had already found a career field she loved – dental care. She just needed the college degree to advance her career.

Peredo in graduation attire


She chose Rio Salado College, and recently graduated with honors, earning an associate degree in dental hygiene.

“It was such a blessing to have been accepted into Rio Salado College, as the faculty and staff were extremely helpful and approachable with their 'students first' attitude,” Peredo said.

While attending Rio Salado, Peredo juggled family and school obligations while also working part-time as a dental assistant at a local family dentistry, and part-time as an instructor for the American Institute of Dental Assisting.

“Having trained many new and seasoned dental assistants, I realized that something I found most rewarding is helping others succeed,” Peredo said.
Peredo in dental clinic scrubs



Peredo became a lead instructor, teaching lab and clinical skills.

“My students look to me for support and guidance, knowing that I have their best interests at heart,” Peredo said. “This position allowed me to find my love for teaching.”

Peredo’s instructors were also influential in helping her discover a love of teaching.

“I was blessed with an inspiring and skilled group of instructors at Rio Salado College,” Peredo said. “Their clear desire for students’ success has encouraged me to continue my education.”

As an honors student, Peredo was one of two Rio Salado students named to the 2018 All-Arizona Academic Team (ALL AZ). Students are chosen for demonstrating academic excellence and leadership and service to the community.

 ALL AZ PHOTO. Back: Holly Harper, Kerrie Specker, Dr. Chris Bustamante,
John Bastian and Dr. Melanie Abts. Front scholars: Crystal Roberto,Jamie Peredo

The honor includes tuition to one of Arizona’s three state universities and a cash scholarship. (See related story)

Peredo is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene at Northern Arizona University.
“My new career goal – my new dream – is to become an adjunct faculty member,” Peredo said. “I want to ultimately teach dental hygiene at a community college and help students succeed in reaching their full potential.”

Contributed by Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator.

Happy Graduation Day Rio Waves!

Rio Salado Grad Badge featuring Rio mascot Splash.  Text: Rio Salado Class of 2018

Today’s the big day, Rio Waves! Happy graduation day! All together now: woohoo!!!! 

This is our favorite day of the year and we are eagerly awaiting tonight's commencement ceremony at Comerica Theatre to celebrate this joyous occasion with you and your loved ones.
Can't make the ceremony? Watch the live stream courtesy of Maricopa Community Colleges Television at https://youtu.be/oxkfHlxVziw

Share your photos and memories using #RioGrad and #RioWaves.

Pictured above is one of several grad badges you can download. 

Check out your grad badge options and get event details by visiting this web page.


Here's to the Rio Salado Class of 2018 and all Maricopa Community Colleges graduates! Let's do the numbers

Please note, Rio Salado Advisement, Admissions, Registration & Records offices will close at 5 p.m. today for commencement. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Teacher Appreciation Spotlight: Lennon Audrain

Snapshot from mctv115 profile of Audrain teaching in a classroom.

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day! Here’s to all of the amazing educators who have left an indelible mark on our lives! This MCTV115 story produced by reporter Lisa Acquafredda provides thoughtful insights into Arizona teacher Lennon Audrain, who is sharing his passion for education in the classroom-- and as an advocate for teachers.

Audrain with Rio Salado President
Chris Bustamante at 2018 Commencement
 
Audrain is a 2017 Brophy College Preparatory and Rio Salado dual enrollment graduate, who is attending Arizona State University, and serving as the national student president of Educators Rising to make a difference in teaching and Arizona’s K-12 schools.

Audrain decided to pursue education after developing a love for teaching from his parents.

“My mom came to the United States from Thailand to pursue a master’s degree in education and my dad is a teacher now,” Audrain said. “From a young age, I saw the impact that teachers made on myself and others.”

Check out this related RioNews story to learn more about Audrain.

Learn more Teacher Appreciation Day at www.nea.org/grants/teacherday.html

Monday, May 7, 2018

Oh Snap! Download Snapchat Grad Filter May 9

Alt text for poster¨ Poster featuring two student grad photos embedded in a Snapchat filter with Rio Salado logo and text: Congratulations Class of 2018.  Text on poster: Oh Snap!  We have a filter.  Download Snapchat to use it.

Download Rio Salado's Snapchat commencement filter on graduation day, May 9 as you make your way into the Comerica Theatre. It's a great way to share your memories!

Commencement is Wednesday.  Are you ready?  Check out this blog for a quick rundown of other things to consider and bookmark this event page, to get the latest details about the event.

Live Stream
The event will be available via live stream, courtesy of MCTV

Share this link with family members and friends: http://youtu.be/oxkfHlxVziw



Share your stories and memories using #RioGrad #RioWaves.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Fry's Food Stores Career Fair @Rio May 10

Hungry for knowledge?  Feed Your Future! Take part in a Fry's Food Stores career fair at Rio Salado's Northern location in Phoenix, May 10, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Fry's Food Stores Career Fair  Rio Salado Northern 1715 W. Northern Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021  Your journey starts here, apply in advance now online @jobs.frysfood.com  You @Fry's Food Means You: Will feel part of a team Will have growth opportunities You will receive up to 21,000 toward your academic career  image of mobile app code

Hungry for knowledge? Feed Your Future! Take part in a Fry's Food Stores career fair, May 10 at Rio Salado Northern in Phoenix.

Explore the career options and educational growth opportunities-- and apply in advance right now at jobs.frysfood.com

Fry's Food Stores Career Fair

May 10, 2018
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Rio Salado Northern
1715 W. Northern Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Friday, May 4, 2018

Exploring Rio Salado's Unique Model with WCET

Alt text snapshot of ASU web page link to study.  Image of an instructor and student.  Text: Making Digital Learning Work: Success Strategies from Six Leading Universities and Community College. WCET logo

This WCET Frontiers blog addresses a recent study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation called, Making Digital Learning Work: Success Strategies from Six Leading Universities and Community Colleges, which included Rio Salado College as one of “approximately 50 candidate institutions cited as exemplars in the implementation of digital learning.”

The blog includes a follow-up discussion about that study with Rio Salado College administrators and WCET’s Director of the Digital Learning Solution Network Stacey VanderHeiden G├╝ney.

Rio personnel included in the dialogue were:
  • Janelle Elias, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Innovation
  • Angela Felix, Faculty Chair for Languages, Faculty Senate President
  • Zach Lewis, Analyst in Office of Institutional Research
  • Kate Smith, Vice President of Academic Affairs


We appreciate the efforts of WCET in facilitating this dialogue, and for giving us the opportunity to explain our unique model and outcomes.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Summer Hours Begin May 18!

image of Rio Salado mascot, Splash smiling with RSC shirt

The Maricopa Community Colleges and most Rio Salado locations and services will be closed on Fridays, May 18 - Aug. 3 in an effort to conserve energy during the slower summer months.

The following Rio Salado services will be available on Fridays:

Services normally available 24/7 such as RioLearn, Technology Support Helpdesk, Ask a Librarian and My.Maricopa.edu will remain available. Students are also encouraged to use self-serve enrollment options at My.Maricopa.edu.

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

Have a great summer!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month!


Jewish American Heritage Month is a time of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture. 

It is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the achievements of American Jews in fields ranging from sports and arts and entertainment to medicine, business, science, government, and military service. The 2018 theme is Jewish Contributions to American Music.

The Rio Salado Library is proud to take part in this celebration and has created a guide that highlights Jewish American accomplishments in music as well as library and web resources that can help you learn more about the rich cultural history of Jewish Americans.


News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

KJZZ 91.5 Explore Arizona StoryFest & Expo May 9

logo for event.  KJZZ Explore Arizona StoryFest Expo


KJZZ 91.5 Phoenix invites you to celebrate storytelling and our great state of Arizona during its Explore Arizona StoryFest & Expo at the Mesa Convention Center on Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

This family-friendly event will showcase some of the state’s most animated storytellers and feature booths from popular and unique Arizona destinations. 

photo of a storyteller on stage, addressing audience

Tickets are $10. Children 13 and under are free. The event benefits Sun Sounds of Arizona and is presented in partnership with The Storytellers Project and the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute. 

Pre-registered listeners will have the chance to record their stories of family, success, discovery and more. Recording time slots will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis at storyfest.kjzz.org

photo of soundbiteaz food truck

KJZZ’s mobile studio and food truck Soundbiteaz will also be on hand!

• Be Entertained
• Donate a Book
• Explore the Arizona Expo
• Take Part in the Children’s Storyteller Stage
• Discover Mesa HOTSPOTS
• Meet Jon Talton
• Enjoy SOUNDBITE
• Meet Travel Expert Roger Naylor

This event is made possible by KJZZ 91.5, a community service of Rio Salado College. Additional support is made possible by azcentral, The Storytellers Project and South Mountain Community College.