Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Tamale Workshops this December!

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The holiday season is nearly here, which means it’s Tamale Time! 

Our Cafe at Rio team still has a few openings for these Tamale Making Workshops in December:

🌯 Dec 8, p.m. session: 2 openings
🌯 Dec 15, a.m. session: 5 openings
🌯 Dec 15, p.m. session: 7 openings

Work with a professional chef to make green chile chicken and red chile pork tamales—and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Register now: www.riosalado.edu/CAFE

$24.99 for singles, $45 for parties of two.

Dozens of Jobs Await You at 11/15 Career Fair!

Alt text: Poster for event featuring image of a large job fair and text in blog.  Additional text: Featuring a cornucopia of employers.  List of jobs to fill: - Cashier - Truck Unloader - Stocker - Customer Service Associate - Retail Store Manager - Mobile Expert - Assistant Manager - Cook - Food Service and Prep Worker - Barista - Inbound Call Center Representative - Bilingual Interpreters - Police Officer - Cosmetic Associate - Auto Technician - Youth Clinician - Business Analyst - Crisis Case Manager - Teacher Assistant - Bus Driver - Facilities Custodian - Airport Communications Dispatcher - Street Maintenance Worker - And many more!

Don't forget about tomorrow's Pre-Holiday Career Fair in Phoenix hosted by Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) Workforce Solutions!

Participating employers include Walmart, PSCU, Lowe's, CPLC, City of Phoenix, T-Mobile, Aramark, Cyracom, Phoenix Police Department, Carvana and many more.

Pre-Holiday Career Fair
Thu., November 15
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Chicanos Por La Causa - Workforce Solutions
at Rio Salado Downtown
619 N. 7th Ave. Building B
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Questions? Contact CPLC at www.cplcworkforce.org or call 602-527-8451

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Celebrate #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

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Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with dance, food, storytelling and more!

Join us in honoring the rich heritage and history of indigenous cultures at these Maricopa Community Colleges events.

Free Tutoring Services for You!

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Need a helping hand with your studies? Our tutoring centers offer free support services to help you succeed!

Enhance Your Learning Experience! Call on our tutors for help with 
  • Problem-solving complex concepts and homework assignments
  • Study skills and strategies
  • Preparing for exams

Get help in-person and online!
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🔎 Comfortable study rooms for students
🔎 One-on-one and group tutoring with professional tutors
🔎 Online tutoring via Smarthinking

There are also some video conferencing tutoring options for select subjects!

Get help with Math (All Levels), CIS ( Graphic Design, Web Development, Programming and Java), Accounting, Statistics, Spanish, English Reading and Writing, Chemistry, Biology and more!

Learn more by visiting www.riosalado.edu/tutoring

Here’s what Rio Waves are saying about our tutoring services:
Everyone one of your math tutors has been excellent. Before coming for tutoring I failed my college algebra class and nearly dropped out of school. Then I heard about the tutoring center and I decided to give it a try. Your tutors were patient with me and I never felt judged and it seemed as if they were all rooting for me. They helped me pass my algebra class with no sweat so I decided to use them for my calculus class and I aced my two calculus classes easily. Math is really easy when you have people to help. Thanks all of your tutors and you of course for hiring them in the first place. Fawn
Dawn is by far the BEST tutor I’ve ever had. She has gone out of her way too many times to help me with questions and assignments. She has provided resources on her own time to help me with the material given in courses and has a high level of knowledge of each thing taught. Larry Norris 
Photo of two students working together on a computerThe fact that Rio has a Statistics dedicated tutor, Dawn Bulriss, made a big difference for me. I started out the online class by reading the book that I purchased word for word to attempt to ‘teach myself’ the statistics concepts and problems.This quickly broke down at Chapter 4-5 which was a huge week. I almost quit the class! I was encouraged by others to ask for help, something I’m not good at! In one session with Dawn, I was back on track and I decided to keep visiting twice a week. When you allowed Dawn to have online sessions, this was a real gift for me so I could continue with the needed tutoring. Lastly, I am grateful for the dedication that Dawn displays with each student she has. She has a personal stake in each student’s success. I hope to see these services continue for others. Marylin Curiel
The tutoring the Statistics tutoring program via web chat was very helpful and enabled me to get past my frustrations with the material and prepare for an exam- both assignments were successful because of the help Dawn was able to provide. Alex

Friday, November 9, 2018

Military & Veteran Success Center Anniversary


Happy anniversary to the Maricopa Community Colleges Military and Veteran Success Center West at Luke A.F.B. on its one-year anniversary! 

Learn how the Military and Veteran Success Centers of Maricopa are helping active duty military members, veterans and their spouses transition smoothly and successfully into civilian life at www.riosalado.edu/locations/mvsc

Pictured above are Luke A.F.B. Brigadier General Brook J. Leonard and Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick leading last year’s ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 9, 2017.

Check out this related Maricopa Now feature by MCTV and this related RioNews story to learn more.

Save with Perkspot Student Discount Program!

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Take advantage of the benefits of being a Maricopa Community Colleges student-- like Perkspot, which will give you access to thousands of exclusive discounts and offers!

Sign up and start saving now: maricopastudents.perkspot.com. 

It's free!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

#RioGivesBack Progress Report

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Rio Salado staff members have been volunteering their time and talents to local charities as part of a college-wide effort to fulfill 40 acts of community service during our 40th anniversary celebration. Here’s a look at the latest activities by our Rio Salado family.

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Rio Salado staff members from our Library, Counseling, Student Life and Alumni teams volunteered 20 hours of service to the Valley of the Sun United Way’s Book-in-a-Bag project on Sept 13 and Oct. 2. Volunteers collected new and gently-used K-4 grade books, decorated bags to represent the theme of the specific book and assembled literacy kits that included the books, bookmarks, reading comprehension pages and reading tips for parents. The teams were was able to assemble 27 literacy kits. They also collected 45 books. Library volunteers included Tricia Hansen, Karen Docherty, Sarah Stohr, Kirstin Thomas, Kim Watson, Chris Orf and Hazel Davis. Members from the Counseling, Student Life and Alumni teams included Melanie Abts, Amberly Lebeck Brown, Evea Morrow, Todd Aakhus and Alicia Lammie. 

Group photo of financial aid team next to donation boxes

Rio Salado’s Financial Aid team set up donation boxes at our Tempe headquarters and collected hygiene products for Mesa United Way’s Helen's Hope Chest. Among the participants were Christine Avenetti, Veronica Ochoa, Rebecca Feliz, Angela Clark, Maria Ruelas, Maribel Carlos, Charity Downing, Cindy Hall, Trish Smith, Nanci Regehr, Mary Rosas, Jeff Anderson and Traneice Bradley.

Large group photo of Admissions and Records team

Members from our Admissions and Records team volunteered their time and service on Oct. 11 to OCJ Kids (Opportunity Community and Justice for Kids). The team created Cuddle Bags for children entering either foster care homes or group homes. Staff donated blankets, small teddy bears, overnight hygiene supplies, snacks and water bottles, which they placed into convenient drawstring bags so kids can easily carry. These bags are given to at-risk children when they are being removed from their homes by Department of Child Safety workers. Among the participants were Melissa Sandoval, Max Christenson, Amber Adams-Hill, Elaine Andrade, Kevin Castillo, Alma Aguilar, Sophia Cordova, Sasha Flores, Laurel Redman, Terri Sandoval, Pam Kramer, Priscilla Guitierrez, Claudia Contreras, Jake Hall, Cori Christenson & Greta, Kristine Ballard, James Schermetzler, Kay Pealstrom, Chab Bailey, Aileen Bonilla, Heather Windster, Mark Traintor, Chris McCollum, Alberta Salcido, Mary Andrade, Tamara Webb and Emily De la Ossa.

Visit this Facebook album to see more photos.

November Rio Salado Library Additions

Cover for book, Fake News, Propaganda, amd Plain Old Lies: How to Find Trustworthy Information in the Digital Age by Donald A. Barclay

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

A Cloud in Shape of a Girl: A Novel by Jean Thompson
Dream Daughter: A Novel by Diane Chamberlain
Every Breath: A Novel by Nicholas Sparks
Gone So Long: A Novel by Andre Dubus III
Mycroft & Sherlock: A Novel by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The Reckoning by John Grisham
Spark of Light: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
Unsheltered: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
Vendetta: A Novel by Iris Johansen
The Waiter: A Novel by Matias Faldbakken

Nonfiction


DVDs

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Free Job Fair - Nov. 15 at Rio Downtown!

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Looking for a job? Join Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) Workforce Solutions for a Pre-Holiday Career Fair in Phoenix, November 15!

Participating employers include Walmart, PSCU, Lowe's, CPLC, City of Phoenix, T-Mobile, Aramark, Cyracom, Phoenix Police Department, Carvana and many more.

Pre-Holiday Career Fair
Thu., November 15
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Chicanos Por La Causa - Workforce Solutions
at Rio Salado Downtown
619 N. 7th Ave. Building B
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Questions? Contact CPLC at www.cplcworkforce.org or call 602-527-8451

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

My.maricopa.edu Outage Today, 5:15 - 7: 15 p.m.

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Our Maricopa Community Colleges Student Information System (SIS), Admissions application, MAPP Student Acknowledgement Form, MyInfo, and Reactivate ID portals will be down for scheduled maintenance today, Nov. 6, 5:15 - 7: 15 p.m.

This means you will not be able to enroll in courses, access your class schedule, sign up for MAPP programs, make payments, check grades, or reactivate your MEID until after 7:15 PM.

Get the latest details by visiting this web page.

Thank you for your patience as we work to update our systems!

Happy Election Day, Rio Waves!

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Be a good citizen-- get out and vote!

Arizona Rio Waves can find their polling place and see the results for statewide elections at the Arizona Secretary of State website. 


Get the latest election news and analysis from KJZZ Phoenix, a service of Rio Salado College. kjzz.org/elections

Monday, November 5, 2018

Free FAFSA Workshop Nov. 7 at Rio Northern!

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Need help figuring out how to pay for college? Join Rio Salado for a FAFSA Day Workshop, November 7 at our Northern location in Phoenix. 

Representatives from Rio Salado’s Financial Aid, Student Life and Counseling departments will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and funding options available to you.

FAFSA Day Workshop
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Rio Salado Northern
1715 W. Northern Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85021.

Free and Open to the Public

What to Expect
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  • Q & A’s about FAFSA 
  • Help completing and filing your 2019/20 FAFSA 
  • Laptops to help you complete your FAFSA online 
  • Information about the types of financial aid available to you: 
    • Grants
    • Scholarships
    • Direct Student Loans

What You Need to Bring
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  • Social Security Number: Students younger than 24 and classified as a dependent by their parents before Dec. 31 of 2019, will also need to bring their parent’s social security number.
  • 2017 Taxes: IRS 1040, 1040 A, 1040 EZ, and foreign tax return if applicable. If you are a dependent or married at the time you are applying, you will also need to bring your parent or spouses’ taxes. 
  • Records of Untaxed Income: For example, child support, interest income, non-education veteran benefits. Also records for parents if you are a dependent.'
  • Financial Records: Documentation of cash, savings and checking account balances, investments, stocks, bonds and real estate investments (not including your home where you reside), business and farm assets. Also records for parents if you are a dependent.
  • Driver License: If issued
  • Alien Registration Number: If you are not a U.S. citizen

If you want to complete the 2018/19 FAFSA bring your 2016 taxes as applicable along with all other information noted above.

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Get Started on Your FAFSA Now-- for 2019/20!

To submit your application as a Rio Salado College student, use school code 0014483.

Exercise Your Freedom & Liberty with Your Vote!

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Tomorrow is Election Day! If you did not mail in your early ballot, you can drop it off at any polling location by 7 p.m. tomorrow. And yes, please remember to sign it!

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Still unsure about how to vote? Get the facts and learn about the issues with 91.5 KJZZ--- your Arizona election headquarters, and a service of Rio Salado College.

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Find the nearest Maricopa polling place at recorder.maricopa.gov/elections.




Veterans Day Closure & Celebrations

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Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Mon., Nov. 12 in honor of Veterans Day.

We look forward to celebrating this national holiday with Arizona veterans and their families.

Thank you for your service!


Image of people attending a veterans day parade, clapping at oncoming paradeJoin us for these family-friendly Veterans Day celebrations with the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Recipe for a Sustainable Sunshine Smoothie

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Learn how to make a sunshine smoothie with our Café at Rio Chef Erin Moore-- and learn about the Cafe's special partnership with RhibaFarms in this MCTV115 feature with Lisa Acquafredda!

Collage of images of Cafe at Rio staff, the Cafe at Rio Garden and a dish with grilled chicken, colorful vegetables and sides.

Check out this RioNews story to learn about our sustainable Café at Rio and the food it serves fresh from the garden!

“There are days when the lettuce on the salad bar was picked at 8 a.m. that morning and we open at 11,” said Café General Manager Michael Hodgins. We have lettuce from November to April coming out of our garden.”

Thursday, November 1, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 2012-14

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Today’s 40th anniversary trip down memory lane is taking us to 2012-14, when the college opened three new locations—and hosted a visit with Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Rio Salado was busy in 2012!
In April, the college celebrated the grand opening of its Downtown and Thomas locations and Spot 127 Youth Media Center in Phoenix.

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The Downtown and Thomas locations provide adult basic education services like English as a second language and GED® test prep classes-- and programs to help these students transition seamlessly to achieve a college degree.

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The SPOT 127 Youth Media Center, which is service of KJZZ 91.5 and Rio Salado College, was designed to offer an after-school digital media, radio and journalism program for high school students. 


In November 2014, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and other leaders from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation stopped by for a visit to get updates on college initiatives supported by the Foundation and to meet with students like Shawn Lee, pictured here next to Gates. Check out this related YouTube video and RioNews blog.

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

Visit our 40th anniversary website to learn more about our year-long celebration 40.riosalado.edu.


Photo of Gates with Lee courtesy of ©Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Michael Hanson.