Monday, December 10, 2018

Winter Break Hours & Closures

Banner with winter holly.  Text: Happy Holidays.  The college will have limited service hours during the winter break, Dec. 22, 2018-Jan. 1, 2019

Happy Holidays, Rio Waves! The Maricopa Community Colleges and most Rio Salado services will be closed Mon., Dec. 24, 2018 – Tue., Jan. 1, 2019 for the winter break.

We will resume regular business hours Wed., Jan. 2.

Please also take note of these adjusted hours and closures the week before the break, Dec. 17-21:


Services Available During the Break:
TESTING CENTERS:


TUTORING

COMPUTER LAB

Our 24/7 services such as Technology Helpdesk, RioLearn, Ask a Librarian and My.Maricopa.edu will remain available.

Rio mascot Splash dressed in a Santa hat and holly bow tie.  Text: Happy Holidays

We hope you enjoy a happy and safe holiday season-- and a prosperous New Year!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Thursday, December 6, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 2018


Our 40th anniversary look back at Rio Salado College’s history is coming to an end—and we’re heading back to the future! Today, we begin revisiting 2018

photo of human 40

At the beginning of 2018 we launched our year-long 40th anniversary celebration and hosted a series of events including a gathering to form a giant human 40. Enjoy this behind-the-scenes video. We also worked to fulfill 40 acts of service. Check out these related stories to learn about our volunteer efforts. 

Group photo of dozens of 2017 dual enrollment graduates

2018 was a record-breaking year for Rio Salado dual enrollment graduates! Of the 200 students who took part in the 2018 commencement ceremony on May 9 at Comerica Theatre, were 92 dual enrollment students (See related story).

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. 


photo of students, staff and program partner volunteers at clinic

In June, the college’s dental hygiene students, alumni and staff members partnered with the Arizona Dental Foundation and community volunteers to host a free clinic for kids. A total of 690 dental procedures were provided to 124 children, totaling $42,724.64 of care in one day!

Look for other 2018 memories later this month.

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.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

ParalegalEDU Picks Rio as Top Paralegal Program

Ribbon/Seal from ParalegalEDU.  Text: BEST Pre-Degree Certificate 2018

ParalegalEDU.org has recognized Rio Salado College for offering the Top Entry-Level, Pre-Degree Paralegal Certificate Program in Arizona for 2018-19! 

Photo of Emily Klein Alice
The ParalegalEDU.org team interviewed our Lead Instructor Emily Klein Alice, who is a J.D.; Professor at Law, to share insights about what makes our program unique. Check out the interview now: www.paralegaledu.org/rio-salado-college-interview.

“Being an online platform that offers flexible start dates, Rio draws a diverse student body at various stages of their lives,” said Alice. “Our industry-specific curriculum accommodates any type of student regardless of their legal background or experience.”


Rio Salado’s Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal program was recognized for the following:
  • Helps Facilitate National Certification: National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Certified Paralegal (CP) – Rio Salado aligns coursework with NALA certification competencies, and is considering the option of allowing incoming students to apply NALA certification toward credits for the AAS 
  • Provides Valuable Field Experience in the Form of an Internship 
  • Offers the Flexibility of an Online Option 
  • Provides Outstanding Career Assistance and Student Support Services 

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ParalegalEDU reviewed more than 250 regionally and nationally accredited community colleges, career and technical training institutes, state schools, private universities and proprietary schools offering basic, pre-degree certificates in paralegal studies and related fields.


Snapshot from Rio Salado's Paralegal web page.  Image of a woman smiling at camera.  Text: Fast-Track Your Career in Law.  Explore the paralegal program.  Rio Salado College logo

Rio Salado offers a certificate and associate degree in paralegal studies. Online classes start most Mondays. To learn more visit riosalado.edu/paralegal.

Honoring George H. W. Bush

Photo of George Bush smiling.  Text: “We are a nation  of communities…  a brilliant diversity  spread like stars,  like a thousand  points of light  in a broad and  peaceful sky.”   – George H. W. Bush

We take pause to join you and the nation in saying goodbye to our 41st President George H. W. Bush-- and honoring his service to this country.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

My.Maricopa SIS Outage Dec 7-10

.  Image of a little drone at work.  Text: System Maintenance

Reminder! The Maricopa Community Colleges Student Information System (SIS) will not be available this weekend for scheduled maintenance.

SIS will not be available during these times:
  • Fri., Dec. 7, 6 a.m. – Mon., Dec 10, 6 a.m. 
This means you will not be able to register or pay for classes, request official or unofficial transcripts, check grades and financial aid status or access to-do list items and message center notices. Please plan accordingly.

Faculty and staff will not have the ability to complete assignments or enter grades.

Maricopa email and Canvas/RioLearn portals will not be impacted by these changes and will remain available to students and faculty.

Get the latest details by visiting this web page.

We appreciate your patience as we update our systems to improve our service to you.

Thank you.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Rio Alum Awarded for Classroom Excellence

Educator Preparation completer Robert Upham (second from right) 
          

Bob Upham was ready to retire from a 30-year career as a civil engineer but wasn’t sure what he wanted to do for the next 15 years of his life.

Bob Upham
      
“I couldn’t sit in a rocking chair on my front porch at the age of 52. I would go absolutely insane,” said Upham who worked for the Arizona Department of Transportation and the cities of Chandler and Phoenix.

“I was the guy who would stand in front of people at public meetings telling them why ripping up the street in front of their business for the fourteenth time was such a good thing,” he said.

But as uncomfortable as that may sound, Upham realized that it was during those public education meetings that he developed a passion for explaining things and ultimately, for teaching.

“Throughout that whole process, I found a love for education,” he said. So Upham decided to become a teacher and that’s when he learned about the Robert Noyce scholarship program through Rio Salado College’s Teacher Education program in Tempe, AZ (See related RioNews story).

Through the National Science Foundation, the scholarship provided a stipend to cover tuition, books and other needs directly related to the teaching program. "It's effective, and is making a difference," said Kimberly Tobey, Rio Salado’s Director of Field and Student Teaching Experiences.

National Science Foundation logo

     
The Noyce program is designed to train and certify K-12 teachers in the fields of Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math, or STEM. It requires them to commit to teaching in high-needs school districts, which typically include those that have a lack of teachers in certain subject areas, such as STEM.  Upham got a job as a math teacher in the Kyrene school district outside of Phoenix.

STEM candidates are in high demand across the country and the National Science Foundation utilizes the grant opportunity for higher education to impact the critical teacher shortage. Upham says he probably would’ve become certified at his own expense even if he had not received the scholarship, but said that being part of the Rio program made it a much better experience than if he had gone it alone.
“I had a bunch of people around me [at Rio] that cared about my success,” Upham said. "I wasn’t just a student at a school. I was part of a program that supports and cares for their students. And that continued when I was teaching in the classroom.”
Upham has already fulfilled his two-year commitment to teaching in a high-needs area and could choose to go anywhere in the country now. But he says he has no plans to leave the Kyrene middle school classroom. “I like what I do. I like where I teach and I like my students.”


Upham presents progress report to Rio Salado faculty as new 
Noyce grad and teacher during summer 2016. Click to see video


His commitment has not gone unnoticed by school officials. Based on improved test scores in his classrooms, Upham has been recognized as one of the top educators in the Kyrene district.

Kim Tobey
Tobey says Upham’s decision to stay in Arizona is a plus for the Rio Salado post-baccalaureate program. She says the program to certify adults who already have a bachelor’s degree flies somewhat under the radar. 

“Most of the time in Arizona you don’t think about Rio Salado as having a post-baccalaureate certification program, even though we’ve had it for 18 years,” says Tobey.

People like Upham can get certified in a high needs area like STEM “and not have to go into debt to do it,” says Tobey. “What Bob’s award shows is the quality of Rio’s Educator Preparation Program, and more importantly its program completers, are impacting local classrooms, preparing a strong STEM workforce, and meeting a nationwide shortage."

"I'm preparing the future generation of engineers," says Upham. "What could be better?"

By Rio Salado College Sr. Project Manager and Brand Journalist Mark Moran

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