Friday, August 31, 2018

Faculty Chair Kirk Bowden Appointed to APA Board

Photo of Kirk Bowden

Rio Salado's Faculty Chair for Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Kirk Bowden was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association's Society of Addiction Psychology

The group works to promote advances in research, professional training, and clinical practice within the broad range of addictive behaviors. Dr. Bowden was elected to serve as the board member-at-large for science. In addition to serving as a voting board member, he will serve as the liaison to the APA Science Directorate. His term runs from August 2018 through August 2021.

Dr. Bowden is a well-known, national leader in the Addiction and Substance Use Disorders field.

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Student Success Tip: Engage!

Alt text for blog: Image of Chandler Gilbert Community College volley ball players Rio Salado mascot Splash dressed in a baseball uniform, wearing a cap that reads “Rio Waves,” joined by to other Splash mascots also in uniform.

Successful Students Engage! We encourage you to get involved in Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges student life activities! 

By taking part, you’ll increase your chances for success in the classroom, develop life and career-building skills, meet and network with other students and community members and help make a difference in other peoples' lives. 

Learn about the enriching opportunities available to Rio Waves by visiting this web page.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Free Educational Tech Webinar Wed. 8/29

Alt text: Alt text: Image of young, multi-cultural students in a classroom, using iPads.  Text: Educational Technology Ed Rising@Rio Webinars.  Free and Open to the public.

Take advantage of a free Educational Technology webinar session hosted by Rio Salado’s Teacher Education team, Fostering Digital Citizenship, on Wed. Aug. 29!


This interactive webinar is free for teachers, Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges students and the public.

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

Learn more about Rio Salado’s Teacher Education programs: www.riosalado.edu/programs/education

Vote in Today's Arizona Primary!

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You still have time to cast your vote in today's Arizona Primary!  Find your polling place at arizona.vote.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Make a Difference. Cast Your Vote!

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Tomorrow is the big day! Be a good citizen and cast your vote in the Arizona Primary. 

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Where do you vote in Maricopa County?
Locate your Bonus Vote Center or Assigned Polling Location using this Maricopa County Recorder Guide: recorder.maricopa.gov/pollingplace/

Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world.
-- Sharon Salzberg

KJZZ Arizona Elections banner with American and Arizona flag images.  Text: click her for more info.

Tune into KJZZ Phoenix for the latest election coverage!

KJZZ is a community service of Rio Salado College.

CLEP Back-to-School Discounts & Contest!

Rio Salado Tempe Testing Office Coordinator Stevie Campbell 
College Board College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test-takers can benefit from a 20% discount on the proctoring fee for all CLEP tests taken at Rio Salado College Testing Centers between now and Sept 30 as part of CLEP’s Back-to-School 2018 celebration.

Take Part in Student Success Story Contest!
CLEP will award a $500 gift card to a test-taker with the most unique student success story during this back-to-school celebration! CLEP student success story submissions, which can include narratives, images and videos, should be sent to clep@collegeboard.org by Friday Oct. 5, 2018. To learn more about this contest, visit this CLEP web page.

CLEP will also recognize college testing centers which achieve the highest number of CLEP exams administered nationally, the highest number of CLEP exams administered to DANTES funded candidates and other achievements.

Banner that reads: Celebrating 50 Years of Learning with CLEP


What are CLEP exams? 
They test a student’s proficiency in a field of study and give students a chance to earn college credits for what they already know. For example, Spanish CLEP test-takers can earn up to 16 college credits.  There are 33 different examinations, which are accepted by more than 2,900 colleges and universities.

Rio Salado Testing Coordinator Rachel Rahn
The College Board has recognized Rio Salado as a Top 100 CLEP® testing center since 2002.

Learn more about CLEP exams and the services available to you at Rio Salado’s Testing Centers by visiting: www.riosalado.edu/testing.


Rio Opens New Math Emporium to Help Students

: Image of Rio Salado Math Emporium ribbon cutting ceremony with Chancellor and Rio Salado Interim President Kate Smith getting ready to cut ribbon with guests.  Above the photo is a banner featuring math symbols floating above a book. Text: Announcing the opening of Rio Salado College’s new Math Emporium.

Rio Salado College celebrated the opening of its new Math Emporium in Central Phoenix during a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted Friday, Aug. 24. 

The Math Emporium is a first-of-its-kind center designed to help Maricopa Community Colleges students succeed in mathematics.

image of opening ceremony with guests.  In foreground is a sign that reads: No matter what kind of student you are, Rio Salado has classes and programs to meet your needs.

     
“Today we celebrate the opening of a center that will help students succeed in math," said Rio Salado College President Kate Smith. “This informal center will provide resources for students to brush up on their math skills, prepare for college-level coursework or find support for upper level math classes. At the emporium, students can meet with tutors, peers, or work on their own; to access resources which will help them increase in confidence and success."

The cozy, café-style center was designed to create a non-traditional, less intimidating environment that makes it more conducive for learning.

Rio Salado Faculty Chair of Mathematics John Jensen (left) works with student Shawnda Howerton (right) and her sign language interpreter Nancy Oster (behind Jensen)
       
Students will receive personalized attention from a math concierge who acts as a tutor, small group presenter and coach in an effort to provide a dynamic, innovative learning experience.

Student Leila Roberts
Students will have access to computers and cutting-edge learning software including a subscription for EdReady instructional software, which helps students progress at their own pace and achieve defined learning outcomes. Each of the Maricopa Community Colleges will have the ability to track their students' progress.

This Math Emporium is aligned with the transformation work being done throughout the Maricopa Community Colleges to help students prepare for college-level work and succeed in their courses.

The Math Emporium is located at Rio Salado's Northern location, 1715 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021. For additional details visit www.riosalado.edu/math-emporium.

Pictured above, Maricopa Community Colleges District (MCCCD) Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick center, with Rio Salado College President Kate Smith to her right, joined by guests at ribbon cutting.

Check out event photos on our Facebook page.


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Honoring John McCain

2008 photo of mcain looking off, behind an american flag.

We join you in honoring the memory and service of a great American hero, John McCain.

Listen to this thoughtful KJZZ memorial special, which shares sentiments and memories from family members, friends, public officials and community members.

Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself, something that encompasses you but is not defined by your existence alone.
― John McCain, Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir

Friday, August 24, 2018

Rio Salado Closed Labor Day, Sept. 3

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Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed for Labor Day, Monday, Sept 3.

Here's to all of the hard-working students, faculty and staff who are working to achieve academic excellence! 


Enjoy your day off!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 2003-2005

Snapshot of a 2004 Rio Salado newsletter with headline: RioLearn Pilot Underway.  Pictured is Dr. Willie Minor, Rio Salado’s Faculty President in 2004.

Welcome to the past! The next stop on our 40th anniversary Throwback Thursday timeline is 2003-05!

In 2004, Rio Salado College piloted RioLearn, a learning management system for students to use when taking their online classes. RioLearn was developed through a three-way partnership with Rio Salado, the Microsoft Corporation and Dell Computers.

RioLearn was designed to be the first totally integrated course management and delivery system for Rio Salado, meaning everything needed for a course was included in it. 

Snapshot of a 2004 Arizona Republic story about opening of Rio Salado Conference Center
Also of note in 2004, the college opened its new 13,600-square-foot Conference Center at the Rio Salado headquarters in Tempe.

In 2005, Rio Salado's award-winning Teacher Education department launched its Teachers-in-Residence program as a new pathway to replace the need for emergency certification and help to ease the state's severe teacher shortage.

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 22, 2018

Univision AZ Spotlight on Dual Enrollment

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Our Manager of Early College Programs Claudia Bermudez met with Univision Arizona host Romy Bustamante to inform Spanish-speakers about Maricopa Community Colleges’ dual enrollment program, which gives teens a chance to earn college credit while in high school. 

Watch now!

For more information about Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program visit: www.riosalado.edu/dual or call 480-517-8080

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Join in an AZ Town Hall on Criminal Justice 9/21

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What is the best way to create and maintain safe, productive communities? Let your voice be heard at the September 21 West Valley Community Town Hall on Criminal Justice in Arizona hosted by Arizona Town Hall and Estrella Mountain Community College

Register now!

Registration is FREE and open to Maricopa Community Colleges students, staff, alumni and the public.

Complimentary refreshments will be served.

West Valley Community Town Hall 
Criminal Justice in Arizona
Friday, September 21, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Estrella Mountain Community College Conference Center
3000 N Dysart Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392

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If you plan to participate or you’re interested in more information about Arizona’s criminal justice system, please review this Arizona Town Hall Background Report and fact sheet

The Background Report for the 111th Arizona Town Hall was prepared by the Morrison Institute, in partnership with Arizona universities and the Arizona Town Hall Research Committee.

Additional support for this event is made possible by FWD.us and the Maryvale Revitalization Corporation.

Stay Organized! Download Free MyInfo Mobile App

Poster for mobile app.  A group of students sitting on a bench using their mobile devices and interacting.  Text: Check out the new MyInfo.maricopa.edu mobile app today.  Features includes: Your class schedule, TERM and GPA, Required books and purchase options, Financial aid award status, Account hold information, Class schedule integration with your email and calendar, GPS naviattion to your classes.  Logos for Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges and EEO disclaimer, which embedded in our blog page under "About Rio Salado College" section

Successful students take advantage of support services! We have an app for that! 


image of a hand holding a mobile device.  Text: Convenience at your fingertips

Download the free Maricopa Community Colleges MyInfo mobile app to get ready access to your classes, grades, financial aid and more at myinfo.maricopa.edu.



Free Education Technology Webinar Aug. 22

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Check out our next EdRising@Rio Education Technology webinar session Conducting Online Research on Aug. 22! 


This interactive webinar is free for teachers, Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges students and the public.  

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

Learn more about Rio Salado’s Teacher Education programs: www.riosalado.edu/programs/education

Monday, August 20, 2018

Welcome Back Rio Waves! Here's to Your Success!

Image of grad caps and Rio Salado mascot Splash dressed in graduation attire.  Text: Welcome Fall Students.  We look forward to helping you Make it Happen at Rio Salado this fall

A warm welcome to all of the new and returning Rio Waves here in Tempe, Arizona, across the country and around the world! 

If you didn’t get a chance to register this fall, there’s still time! At Rio Salado, classes start most Mondays—throughout the year. Choose from 600+ online classes and 8-16-week options at www.riosalado.edu/Schedule


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

Successful students plan to succeed! Here are some student tips and resources to help you succeed this fall!

Cognizant & Maricopa Community Colleges Partner

Rio Salado Interim President Kate Smith joins Cognizant Executive Vice President of Global Client Services DK Sinha, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO Sandra Watson and others for a ribbon cutting ceremony at new Cognizant Mesa facility.

Cognizant, a Fortune 500 technology company, announced its partnership with Maricopa Corporate College (MCOR) and the Maricopa Community Colleges at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the company’s new Mesa location on Thursday, August 9. See related azcentral story.

At the event, Cognizant announced that its new office will bring 500 additional jobs to the area, boosting Cognizant's Arizona workforce to nearly 3,000 employees.

Image featuring adult students in classroom.  Text: Information Technology.  Free Job Training.  Cognizant, Maricopa Community Colleges and MCOR logos

To help fill these positions, Cognizant partnered with MCOR to provide non-credit training to more than 250 individuals over the next yearThese accelerated training programs are offered at no cost to the participant and include a guaranteed job interview with Cognizant upon successful completion.

Governor Doug Ducey, Arizona Commerce Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Sandra Watson, and DK Sinha, President, Global Client Service, Cognizant were among the speakers at the August 9 ribbon-cutting event. Interim Rio Salado College President Kate Smith attended on behalf of the Maricopa Community Colleges.

After the ribbon cutting, Kate Smith and MCOR Chief Operating Officer Patti O’Brien participated in a roundtable discussion on workforce needs with several major employers in Arizona. Patti O’Brien was a featured presenter at the roundtable followed by representatives from the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.

MCOR is a service of Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Pictured above: Rio Salado Interim President Kate Smith joins Cognizant Executive Vice President of Global Client Services DK Sinha, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO Sandra Watson and others for a ribbon cutting ceremony at new Cognizant Mesa facility.

Friday, August 17, 2018

SPOT 127 Welcomes New Executive Director

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KJZZ’s youth media center SPOT 127 welcomed Matthew Myers as its new Executive Director on July 30. 

Myers is an award-winning educator and filmmaker who brings a wealth of knowledge to share with the students from his experiences working on feature films, television shows and documentaries for Orion Pictures, MTV, Discovery Channel, ESPN, FX Channel, Animal Planet, PBS, CBS and NBC. He has also been involved in commercial and industrial projects.

“We are excited to have a leader with such a broad media background,” said Linda Pastori, KJZZ General Manager, Development. “The KJZZ youth media students have produced stories on sensitive and timely topics over the past few years. We are eager to have Mr. Myers take the program to another level.”

Myers is a two-time Fulbright Scholar with an MFA in Screenwriting from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. He has taught and administered undergraduate and graduate programs at universities in Indiana, Arizona, Oregon, Jordan, Dubai, England and China.

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At SPOT 127 students learn to produce culturally and socially relevant stories while developing new skills and increasing their digital literacy. Students recently completed an in-depth series on how to identify, avoid and recover from harm in teen dating relationships. 

The students have also covered the sensitive and important topics of human trafficking and bullying. 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 in the last two years. 


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SPOT 127 Centers:
  • West Valley: 3701 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85019 
  • East Valley: Rio Salado Southern, 3320 S Price Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282

Learn more at spot127.org

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

Thursday, August 16, 2018

August Rio Salado Library Additions

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Check out the latest additions in fiction, nonfiction and DVDs at the Rio Salado Library!

This is a free service for Rio Salado students and staff. You can arrange for free pick up and drop off at Rio Salado locations across the Valley. Let us know if you have a special request by calling 480-517-8424. 

Click on the title to check availability.

Fiction

Nonfiction

DVDs

This list is updated throughout the month as new books arrive. To view the complete list of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive.



Need a librarian-- in the middle of the night or when most libraries are closed?

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Full or Cancelled Class? Stay on Track with Us!

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Full or cancelled class? No problem! We can help you stay on track! 

With 600+ online classes, flexible Monday start dates, 8-week and 16-week options and credits that easily transfer-- Rio Salado is a convenient and affordable option to help you complete your program of study-- on your timeline! 

The seating capacity is unlimited and we never cancel an online class—ever. 

Visit our online class schedule and then register at www.startatrio.com.


SARA logo

Rio Salado is a proud member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), providing distance-education options to students in all 50 states. For more information about SARA and the programs and classes available in your state, visit www.riosalado.edu/about/research-planning/state-authorization.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Free Tech Training by Cognizant & MCOR

azcentral headline: Fortune 500 tech-services firm Cognizant announces Mesa expansion, hiring 500.  Image of a road sign that reads: New job just ahead

This azcentral story provides some insights into Cognizant and the employment opportunities the tech-services company will bring to the Valley. 


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Learn about Maricopa Corporate College's FREE Software Support training program with Cognizant! Participants who complete the training will get a guaranteed interview with Cognizant. Apply now to get on the waitlist.

The training program starting August 20 is full, but future start dates for fall will be announced soon!

The Maricopa Corporate College is a service of Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Enrollment Services & More Open Aug. 18!

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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!

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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!


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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!

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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!