Thursday, June 21, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 1994-96

Snapshot of a July 1995 newspaper article by East Valley Business Times.  Headline: Rio Salado Community College Moves Headquarters to Tempe.

Welcome to the past! Our next stop on the 40th anniversary Throwback Thursday timeline is 1994-96.

In the mid-1990s, Rio Salado was on the move! In 1995, the college purchased a building in Tempe to serve as its new headquarters, after being located in Phoenix for 17 years. The Tempe building, located at 2323 W. 14th Street, was to be home to administrative offices, faculty and student services, 12 classrooms, the KJZZ and KBAQ radio stations and a Technology Center.

Here are some statistics about Rio students from that time:
  • 3,000+ students taking "distance learning classes" 
  • 24,000 students a year at 250 locations throughout the Valley 
  • 71% of Rio students worked full-time

Rio Salado was also moving into the West Valley to expand its offerings. In 1996 the college opened its Lifelong Learning Center (LLC) in Surprise to serve seniors and learners of all ages. The LLC offered credit and non-credit computer classes and continuing education programs.

“I’m very pleased to know that it’s an inter-generational facility, from the older to the younger end of the learning spectrum,” said Joan Shafer, mayor of Surprise at the time. “It’s the key to a better and happier future.”

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

Earn Your Degree with Our Reverse Transfer

illustrated image of a wall with a clock, photos and associate degree diploma.

An official associate degree is a valuable credential, which can give you a competitive edge when you’re applying for internships and jobs.

Did you know that Maricopa Community Colleges students and alumni can combine community college and university credits to meet the requirements for an associate degree?

snapshot from Maricopa Community Colleges transfer video.  Image of ASU, NAU and UofA logos.  Text: Did You Transfer?

Finish What You Started! See if you qualify for our Reverse Transfer Program!


June is #PTSD Awareness Month

Poster for PTSD Awareness Month.  Collage of images of military, civilians engaged in every day life.  Text: Learn: PTSD Treatment Works.  Connect: Reach out to Someone.  Share: Spread the Word.    You can make a difference today.  www.ptsd.va.gov

Learn, Connect and Share!

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like combat, assault or disaster.

If you have experienced trauma or know someone who has, visit this U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs web page to learn about new research, treatment methods and educational resources.

Veterans, please, do not hesitate to call on our Military Veterans Success Center staff for local resources and referrals 480-384-9850.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Meet the Rio Salado AACE Class of 2018

Group photo of grads and staff

Congratulations to the Rio Salado College 2018 Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) graduates!

Pictured above are the 37 AACE students who were honored at the June 12, 2018 completion ceremony at Rio Salado College in Tempe, accompanied by Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges staff who helped them to celebrate their accomplishments. Check out this Facebook album for more photos.

Rio Salado’s AACE program is designed to help students transition seamlessly to college—while they are completing their High School Equivalency GED® test preparation program and English Language Acquisition for Adults classes at Rio Salado.

The program helps students improve their academic skills in math, reading and English so they are prepared to take college-level courses.


Here is what some of the 2018 graduates have to say about the AACE program.

The first day in AACE was the worst in my life because I was very afraid of failure, but through this journey I discovered my new self-worth. Today, I am more confident and productive because I know that I can accomplish what I set my mind to. Ruba Mahmood

When I started AACE, I was afraid. My English was not great, but I didn’t want to give up. Because of my instructors and fellow students, I am closer to my goals. My life is changing because I am more confident. I feel so much appreciation for this program, the staff, and the teachers who encouraged me - this program changed my life. Aurelio Yanez

The program helped me to have better time management and to rewire negative thoughts and opinions I set up for myself. Teachers and staff are very understanding and very helpful when times are tough and when it's not quite easy. I'm very happy that I have done this for myself and my family, now I feel better prepared for my future. Kaylanna Etsitty

The AACE program was a great opportunity to further my education. I was able to learn a lot and gain essential skills to take along with as I progress further. Skills like time management and core knowledge. I plan on starting my bachelor's in science soon. Anthony Flores

If I didn’t get accepted into AACE, I probably wouldn’t have continued to pursue my GED. AACE gave me more confidence. I am now excited to continue with my education and I will transfer to ASU with a major in CIS and a focus in Information Assurance. Magdalena Espinoza



Visit this web page to learn more about Rio Salado’s AACE program.

Rio Salado College serves as the principal provider of GED® test preparation programs for the Maricopa Community Colleges and the largest provider of adult basic education in the state of Arizona. Visit this web page for additional details.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Remembering Juneteenth and U.S. End of Slavery

Copy of Emancipation Proclomation. Visit this web page for full text https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lcJp5OG2ePzuNsf0b2HcC4kUWJl55lvITfs_6Fi_sq8/edit

Rio Salado College proudly recognizes Juneteenth-- the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. 

More than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, effective January 1, 1863, Texans received the news on June 19, 1865, that slavery had ended. 

In many states, festivals are held annually by African Americans to commemorate their freedom. 

Learn more about Juneteenth in this USA TODAY feature.

News courtesy of Rio Salado’s Diversity and Inclusion Council

Friday, June 15, 2018

SPOT 127 Boot Camp for Teens

collage of photos of students in multi-media settings.  Spot 127 logo

Looking for a summertime experience for teens? Check out SPOT 127 Summer Boot Camps! 

These two-week-long camps offer hands-on training in multimedia production under the guidance of SPOT 127 staff, KJZZ Phoenix journalists and other media professionals! 

Learn more at spot127.org/apply

Upcoming Sessions:


East Valley July Session: July 9 - July 26
Monday through Thursday (no Friday)
2 - 6 p.m.

West Valley July Session: July 9 - July 26
Monday through Thursday (no Friday)
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The cost for the program is $250, which includes lunch. Some scholarships are available for students based on financial need.

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

Friday Summer Closures 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, June 14, 2018

Free Dental Clinic for Kids 6/23 to End Tooth Decay

Poster featuring kids with Rio Salado dental students.  Text: Rio Salado College Free Dental Hygiene Clinic for Kids

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic will host a free clinic for children and teens ages 17 and younger on Saturday, June 23, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Rio Salado students, instructors and dental community members will volunteer their time and expertise to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care at the clinic, which is located at 2250 W. 14th Street, in Tempe.

Services include exams, X-rays, cleaning, fluoride varnish and fun educational tips on staying healthy. Each child will also receive a wellness goodie bag to take home.

Harper working with parents, patients and students at 2016 dental clinic
“One of the things we want to emphasize is that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, but it is almost entirely preventable,” said Rio Salado’s Faculty Chair of Dental Programs Holly Harper.
“Prevention starts with knowledge and this clinic gives us the chance to educate parents and kids about the importance of good oral hygiene and cavity prevention.”

Harper said the clinic gives students and staff a chance to give back to the community—while providing an invaluable learning experience for the students.

“Community service is one of the core principles at Rio Salado College-- and a requirement for dental hygiene students,” said Harper. “We require our dental students to volunteer at least 40 hours during their program of study.”

smiling baby boy working with students.

Parents and guardians should register children in advance by calling 480-377-4100 or emailing dental.hygiene@riosalado.edu to guarantee a spot, as space is limited. Walk-ins will be accommodated if time and space permit.

logos for ADA and ADF

This June 23 clinic is made possible in part by the Arizona Dental Foundation and American Dental Association.

Flier for clinic.  Text in blog.  Images of students and young patients at clinics, smiling at camera.


Dental Clinic for Kids
Saturday, June 23, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rio Salado College Dental Clinic
2250 W. 14th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281

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.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Get Help 24/7 with Ask a Librarian!


Ask a Librarian is a free, online service that provides you with 24/7 access to a live librarian who can help you start your research, find resources, answer questions about citing sources and more! 

Go ahead, give it a try. Ask a Librarian now!

Learn more about Rio Salado Library services available to you at www.riosalado.edu/library

Welcome New & Returning Maricopa Students!

Photo of Rio Salado staff at front welcome desk.

We are eager to help you complete enrollment for summer and fall classes on this Maricopa Enrollment Day! 

Rio Salado staff will be available to help students enroll at our Tempe headquarters, Northern and Surprise locations.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Honors Student Spotlight: Caleb Ingegneri

Photo of Caleb at WRHC conference, standing in front of his visual presentation.

Congratulations to Rio Salado Honors student Caleb Ingegneri, who presented his SLC201 Honors Project at the Western Regional Honors Council (WRHC) conference in Orange, CA. in April. 

His Honors Project, "Heritage: Cultural Diversity and Dialect," researched how bilingual Spanish speakers in Arizona communicate and recognize regional Spanish dialects. 

Dr. Kerrie Specker, Honors Director, and Dr. Angela Felix, Chair of Languages, attended the conference with Caleb, which was held on the campus of Chapman University.

Make the most of your educational experience by joining Rio Salado’s Honors Program. Visit riosalado.edu/honors or call 480-517-8521 for more details.

Enroll in One Day-- Maricopa Enrollment Day, 6/13

Poster for Maricopa Enrollment Day, featuring image of a group of smiling students.  Text: Complete enrollment in ONE DAY, at ANY of our three  locations:Wed, June 13, 9 a.m. – 4p.m. 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.).    THINGS TO BRING: Photo ID (School/Government issued: i.e. State ID, Drivers License, Permanent Resident Card, Passport Etc.).  Social Security Number (alternate arrangements will be made for non-residents). High School Transcript (If you have graduated within the last 3 years). o reserve your spot, go to: maricopa.edu/enrollment-day  RSC Tempe 2323 W. 14th St. Tempe, AZ 85281 RSC Northern 1715 W. Northern Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021 RSC Surprise 12535 W. Smokey Drive Surprise, AZ 85378

Ready to begin your educational journey? Join us for Maricopa Enrollment Day-- June 13 at Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges to complete enrollment in one day.* 

Rio Salado staff will be available to help students enroll at our Tempe headquarters, Northern and Surprise locations. 


snapshot of Rio Salado's startatrio web page.  Image of a young woman working on a laptop.  Text: College Designed for you.  Follow these four easy steps to enroll.  Become a student

Don't want to wait? Get started right now at startatrio.com. Classes start Monday!

*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, June 11, 2018

Making & Canning Preserves for Beginners June 14

colorful jarred preserved stacked on an wooden fence in a yard,

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own preserves? Well, we have just the right workshop for you.

Join the Cafe at Rio for Making and Canning Preserves for Beginners— a community education workshop June 14 here at our Tempe headquarters.

In this class you will learn how to make homemade preserves and learn the standards of safely canning them. You’ll also get to bring some samples home.

Cost is $25 per person.

Register now

Check out other community education workshops at www.riosalado.edu/cafe.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Fry's Career Fair at Rio Southern Tempe, June 14

Career poster, featuring a young woman smiling.  Hungry for knowledge? Feed Your Future! Take part in a Fry's Food Stores career fair, June 14 at Rio Salado Southern in Tempe.    Explore the career options and generous educational growth opportunities!  Apply in advance now at jobs.frysfood.com   Fry's Food Stores Career Fair  June 14, 2018  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Rio Salado College - Southern  3320 South Price Road  Tempe, AZ 85282

Need a job? Take part in a Fry's Food Stores career fair, June 14 at Rio Salado Southern in Tempe.

Explore the career options and generous educational growth opportunities!  Apply in advance now at jobs.frysfood.com

Fry's Food Stores Career Fair

June 14, 2018
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Rio Salado College - Southern
3320 South Price Road
Tempe, AZ 85282

Friday Summer Closures Reminder

Rio mascot Splash floating down the Salt River Canyon

As a reminder, 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, June 7, 2018

Reflections of Graduation 2018 Video

Snapshot from video of grads cheering with Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante

We hope this 40th-anniversary commemorative video tribute to the Class of 2018 inspires you to continue your educational journey-- and to encourage others to join you!

“Graduation represents the culmination and the beginning of a bright new chapter in your lives.” – Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante
“Success is an attitude and it is a process. It is an indication that you have made a choice to make the most of yourself and to develop your potential to the fullest.” -- Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board Vice President Linda Thor.

Learn about the extraordinary Class of 2018 in this RioNews blog.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Student Spotlight: Laura Manna Winning Essay

Collage of photos featured below in blog

Memories Inspire Student’s Award-Winning Essay

Every writer gets it. The blank page. No ideas. Fingers that won’t type. What do you write about when nothing comes to mind?

Laura Manna presenting 
her winning essay
       
Rio Salado College computer technology student Laura Manna was facing this dilemma when she had to write a descriptive essay for an English assignment.

“I thought about a writer from BuzzFeed,” Manna said. “She couldn't think of anything to write about. One of her grandparents came from Malta. She Googled Malta and was dumbfounded by its beauty. She ended up writing a blog about visiting Malta, and eventually traveled there herself.”

Manna took the writer’s basic idea, and considered her own grandparents.

“I followed a similar thought process,” Manna said. “I started thinking about my grandparents and life in Mexico, but I didn't feel that there was enough story there.”

Manna then recalled some words of wisdom from her Rio Salado instructor.

“At the start of my English 101 course, my instructor Gail Dudley shared a tip about making the writing memorable,” Manna said. “Memorable made me think of memories. So then I expanded my memories of Mexico with those of coming to the United States.”

The idea for Manna’s essay, “Rain, Dirt and Sky” was born. Read it now.
snapshot of the essay

“My essay is a memory of simpler times,” Manna said. “It’s about remembering that even if we get caught up in our daily lives, we should appreciate and take in our surroundings and everything that comes with that moment.”


“I really cherish the memories of my grandparents because they were loving and patient,” she said. “I've been told I have an old soul and I like to attribute that to spending time with them in my early years.”

Dudley recognized the well-thought writing and poignancy of Laura’s essay.

“When Laura submitted this essay in my English 101 class, I knew it could be a winner,” Dudley said. “Laura is an exceptional student with an inquiring mind and a creative spirit.”

Image of Manna's awards and gifts for her achievement, including a Rio Salado mascot plushDudley encouraged Manna to enter the essay in the Maricopa County Community College's creative writing competition held each spring.

Manna’s story won second place in the essay category and was published in a booklet that included all the creative writing award winners.

“When I received the award, I was truly stunned,” Manna said. “It is very exciting to have my work shared and makes me feel proud and honored.”

In April, Manna and Dudley were invited to the creative writing awards dinner, where honorees read their works out loud to those in attendance.

Group photo of Manna with other honorees
Manna with other Maricopa Community Colleges student winners and Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick
                                                                                                              
          
“Listening to Laura read was one of the high points in my career as an adjunct instructor for Rio Salado College,” Dudley said.

Manna also thanked Dudley for her support.

Dudley with Manna
         
        
“Gail gave me the confidence to feel that my work was worth being shared,” Manna said. “Her honesty and positive feedback helped me gain the motivation to push myself and attempt the creative writing competition.”

Winning an award has helped to boost Manna’s confidence as a writer and a student.

“I didn't have grand plans for college except for passing, but I believe now that I can do so much more,” Manna said. “This award has opened doors of opportunity. I see a better future.”

Contributed by Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator.

SPOT 127 Summer Boot Camps for Teens

Collage of images of SPOT 127 students using broadcast production equipment and SPOT 127 logo


Looking for a way to inspire your teens this summer? Check out SPOT 127 Summer Boot Camps. 

These two-week-long camps offer Valley high school students intensive, hands-on training in multimedia production under the guidance of SPOT 127 staff, KJZZ Phoenix journalists and other media professionals. The cost for the program is $250, which includes lunch. Some scholarships are available for students based on financial need.


Participants spend two weeks learning to report, write, shoot and edit audio and video stories with the latest equipment. It is an excellent opportunity for students to get hands-on production experience and to develop multimedia pieces that can be used in portfolios and scholarship and college applications.

July sessions at SPOT 127 will offer a variety of experiences in digital media with a close connection to topics that impact the lives of high school students. Students write stories on a specific topic, gain new skills, expand upon existing skills and create an assortment of exciting projects.

Learn more at spot127.org/apply

group photo of SPOT 127 Summer Boot Camp team

Here's a look at upcoming sessions:

West Valley Boot Camp: June 18 - June 29
Daily classes (Monday through Friday)
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

East Valley July Session: July 9 - July 26
Monday through Thursday (no Friday)
2 - 6 p.m.

West Valley July Session:
July 9 - July 26
Monday through Thursday (no Friday)
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


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

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Maricopa Enrollment Day June 13

Poster for Maricopa Enrollment Day, featuring image of a group of smiling students.  Text: Complete enrollment in ONE DAY, at ANY of our three  locations:Wed, June 13, 9 a.m. – 4p.m. 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.).    THINGS TO BRING: Photo ID (School/Government issued: i.e. State ID, Drivers License, Permanent Resident Card, Passport Etc.).  Social Security Number (alternate arrangements will be made for non-residents). High School Transcript (If you have graduated within the last 3 years). o reserve your spot, go to: maricopa.edu/enrollment-day  RSC Tempe 2323 W. 14th St. Tempe, AZ 85281 RSC Northern 1715 W. Northern Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021 RSC Surprise 12535 W. Smokey Drive Surprise, AZ 85378

Attention new students! Join us for Maricopa Enrollment Day-- June 13 at Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges to complete enrollment in one day.* 

Rio Salado staff will be available to help students enroll at our Tempe headquarters, Northern and Surprise locations. 


snapshot of Rio Salado's startatrio web page.  Image of a young woman working on a laptop.  Text: College Designed for you.  Follow these four easy steps to enroll.  Become a student

Don't want to wait? Get started right now at startatrio.com. Classes start Monday!

*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.

Nanotechnology Knows No Age Limits - Enroll Now

collage of images of a nanotechnology student in a lab, at a library, studying and poster in the middle with text that reads: Nano Knows No Limits

Ready to reinvent yourself and embark on a new career? 

This video, featuring Rio Salado student Jeffrey Reed, provides some insights into the benefits of our nanotechnology program and how it can help you transition into this growing, dynamic field.  

Rio Salado's nanotechnology program will give you a chance to pursue your love of science, engineering and chemistry—and apply what you learn in the workplace. 

At Rio Salado, Nano Knows No Limits! 

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

Monday, June 4, 2018

My.Maricopa SIS Outage June 4 at 6 p.m.


Attention students, the Maricopa Community Colleges Online Student Center, My.Maricopa will be unavailable this evening beginning at 6 p.m. as technical teams continue efforts to improve performance for users.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Rio Hosts Free Dental Clinic for Kids June 23!

Poster for Give Kids a Smile Dental Clinic, featuring dental students and young paients.  Text in blog.

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic will host a free clinic for children and teens ages 17 and younger on Saturday, June 23, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students, instructors and support staff will volunteer their time and expertise to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to more than 100 children at the free clinic.

Register now for guaranteed service by calling 480-377-4100 or emailing dental.hygiene@riosalado.edu.

Baby smiling at doctor, holding a tooth brush.


Services Available
Services include exams, X-rays, cleaning, fluoride varnish, and educational tips on staying healthy. Each child will also receive a wellness goodie bag to take home. Walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated if time and space permit.

logos for Arizona Dental Foundation and American Dental Foundation
This June 23 clinic is made possible in part by the Arizona Dental Foundation and American Dental Association.


Rio Salado Dental Clinic for Kids
Saturday, June 23, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rio Salado College Dental Clinic
2250 W. 14th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281


Dental student showing a young girl how to brush


The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public all year longFees range from $25-75 depending on the age of the patient. For more information, call 480-377-4100 or visit riosalado.edu/dentalclinic.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Fry's Career Fair at Rio Southern Tempe, June 14!

Career poster, featuring a young man smiling.  Text in blog

Hungry for knowledge? Feed Your Future! Take part in a Fry's Food Stores career fair, June 14 at Rio Salado Southern in Tempe.

Explore the career options and generous educational growth opportunities!  Apply in advance now at jobs.frysfood.com

Fry's Food Stores Career Fair

June 14, 2018
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Rio Salado College - Southern
3320 South Price Road
Tempe, AZ 85282

Friday Summer Hours Reminder

Rio Mascot Splash as a lifeguard on a beach.
As a reminder, 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.