Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Reminder: College Closed For Thanksgiving

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Tomorrow is turkey day! We want to remind you of our hours during this Thanksgiving week.

Rio Salado will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We wish our students, employees and the entire Rio community a very happy Thanksgiving!

In addition, most Rio Salado locations and services will close early at 5 p.m. on Nov. 25 - 27, 2019. Please visit Thanksgiving Day Hours for details about special hours and services available. Regular business hours resume on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

Reminder: SIS Scheduled Outage Nov. 27 - Dec. 2

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Heads up! The Maricopa Community Colleges’ Student Information System (SIS) is scheduled for an outage from today, Wednesday, Nov. 27 starting at 5 p.m. that will last until 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2.

All SIS tools during this time will be unavailable, including the Student Center.

If you need to request service from an impacted department during the outage, please complete a Follow-up Request Form here.

Thank you for your patience as we work to update our systems to improve your learning experience.

Don't Miss The Encore Presentation of Faculty Senate President Dr. Wanda Tucker On Channel 12

Did you get a chance to see Rio Salado’s own Faculty Senate President Dr. Wanda Tucker on Channel 12 News Sunday Square off?

If you missed it, don’t worry. There will be an encore broadcast of the program Sunday, Dec. 1 at 8 a.m.

Dr. Tucker spoke with Channel 12 news’ Brahm Resnik about retracing her family’s history as a descendant of the first generation of African slaves brought to the United States in 1619.

Learn more about Dr. Tucker’s personal journey here.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Rio Salado Bookstore’s Thanksgiving Cyber Sale!

The Rio Salado Bookstore’s Thanksgiving Cyber Sale runs from Wednesday, Nov. 27-Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. This sale is only available online. 

Shop here.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Rio Salado Wins 2019 WCET Outstanding Work Award for Assessing Student Soft Skills & Ensuring Equitable Instruction

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Rio Salado College Interim President Kate Smith

Recent studies and news stories make it abundantly clear today’s employers value “soft skills” as much as— or more than “hard skills.” 

Assignments, tests and GPAs can help colleges and employers gauge students’ hard skills like technical knowledge but quantifying soft skills like listening, communications, problem-solving and teamwork has been much more difficult.

Rio Salado College created a technological solution to address this issue, a proprietary dashboard called the Dynamic Assessment Data Display (DADD), which was designed by faculty and staff to identify and document every student’s achievement, over time— in each course they take, across all platforms— from the time they begin taking courses until graduation.

The college was recognized for its efforts by WCET (the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies) as a 2019 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award-winner. WCET, which is a leader in the practice, policy and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education, has presented its WOW awards since 2014 to recognize “outstanding efforts by member institutions and organizations in applying an innovative, technology-based solution to a challenging educational need.” Rio Salado is one of three 2019 awardees.

Dr. Angela Felix and President Smith accepting 2019 WOW Award

“Our faculty and staff have developed a data-driven solution to assess students’ soft skills and overall performance through this dynamic dashboard, which in turn gives us the means to determine if there are any achievement gaps and quickly assess the effectiveness of curricular interventions,” said Rio Salado Interim President Kate Smith, who accepted the WOW award on behalf of the college at the WCET annual meeting award ceremony, Nov. 6 in Denver, CO.

How does the DADD work? “Our faculty subject-matter experts in the areas of Critical Thinking, Writing, Reading, Information Literacy, and Oral Communication "tag" assignments across the curriculum that align with one or more of these skills,” said Rio Salado Faculty Chair for Languages Angela Felix, a key member of the DADD development team.

Snapshot of DADD

According to Felix, “the DADD displays the results of this backend work so faculty and instructors can see how their students are performing in these key areas. The results can be sorted by student group to help ensure that all populations have an equal chance to succeed. If instructors see that results for one or more groups are lagging, they can focus their efforts on modifying their instructional practices to narrow the gap and improve overall student performance. The DADD puts critical data directly into the hands of faculty who can then quickly check the effectiveness of interventions.”

Photo of Angela Felix working with out Rio Salado faculty

“Data available via this dashboard helps ensure we are providing equitable instruction to all students,” continued Smith. “If soft skills are in high demand in today’s workplace, then we have a responsibility to make sure all students have an equal chance to acquire them and intervene if there are achievement gaps. The DADD helps us do just that with real-time data that’s available on demand to all faculty and instructors.”  

Check out this related video to learn more. 

By Rio Salado College Media Relations Manager Annette Flores

Friday, November 22, 2019

Thanksgiving Week Hours & Closures

It’s almost turkey time!

So, we wanted to give you a heads up on the service hours and closures for Thanksgiving week.

Rio Salado will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We wish our students, employees and the entire Rio community a very happy Thanksgiving!

In addition, most Rio Salado locations and services will close early at 5 p.m. on Nov. 25-27, 2019. Please visit Thanksgiving Day Hours for details about special hours and services available. Regular business hours resume on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

SIS Down for Maintenance Nov. 27-Dec. 2

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The Maricopa Community Colleges’ Student Information System (SIS) has a scheduled outage from Wednesday, Nov. 27, 5 p.m. - Monday, Dec. 2, 6 a.m.. During this time, all SIS tools including the Student Center will be unavailable.

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 in your Student Center. Please plan accordingly.

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

If you need to request service from an impacted department during the outage, please complete a Follow-up Request Form.

We appreciate your patience as we update our systems to improve your learning experience.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week With Rio Salado College

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Happy Global Entrepreneurship week!

How will you celebrate?

Each year from Nov. 18 - 24, more than 10 million students in 170 countries participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week, recognizing innovators who dream big and bring ideas to life.

Global Entrepreneur Week introduces entrepreneurship and innovations to those who may not have ever considered it as a career path.

Do you want to become an entrepreneur or learn about how a small business works? Register today for Rio Salado’s entrepreneurship or small business courses, developed by real entrepreneurs! Learn more here.

Visit our Facebook page all this week as we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week. Check back for Global Entrepreneurship facts and info.

Get Tech Savvy At The Girls Get IT Event Dec. 6, 2019

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Did you know that in 2018, only 20% of all US tech jobs were held by women? Join us in helping to close the gender gap at the GIRLS GET IT event Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.

There will be more than 50 professional women in IT available to share their stories and provide advice on what steps young women interested in IT can take to advance or start a career.

Attendees will enjoy lunch, a lineup of keynote speakers, career resources and opportunities to network with successful women in IT.

The Girls Get IT event is dedicated to introducing girls and young women to the expanding array of careers in STEM fields.

When: Friday, Dec. 6, 2019

Where: Mesa Community College, Navajo Room

Time: 12 - 4 p.m.

There is no cost to attend the event. All attendees must register ahead of time.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Rio Salado Awarded Adult Education Program of the Year. State Increases College Funding to Reduce Student Wait Lists.

Members of Rio Salado College's Adult Education Team with Arizona
Department of Education Deputy Associate Superintendent Sheryl Hart

The Arizona Department of Education named Rio Salado College as the Adult Education Program of the Year and ABE/ASE Excelling Program award-winner for 2017-18

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This is the second year in a row Rio Salado received the Program of the Year award.

“We are honored by this recognition and take great pride in serving as Arizona’s largest provider of adult education,” said Rio Salado Interim President Kate Smith.

The Program of the Year Award criteria is based on student education and employment outcomes, student retention, cost per participant, compliance with grant requirements and timely reporting.

Rio Salado serves nearly 4,000 Maricopa County residents annually through its adult education programs, which are available at locations across the Valley. Students can learn the English language, prepare for GED® tests, engage with workforce preparation and employment skills training, take industry-specific workforce training classes-- and get help transitioning to college.

Students pay a registration fee in the range of $25-70 every 16 weeks, based on a sliding scale, which is determined by household income and family size.

“Through our adult education program, we are helping students improve their chances of finding gainful employment and increasing their earning potential-- while offering a seamless pathway to higher education,” said Smith.

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According to GED Testing Service, 97% of colleges and employers accept the GED credential and GED grads average $9,000 more a year in income than someone without a diploma.

This azcentral story by reporter Lily 
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Recent news stories have reported there are wait lists for adult education services throughout Arizona but that’s not the case at Rio Salado College.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona State Board of Education approved a one-time additional $500,000 in Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act funding to help agencies expand their services and reduce wait times. Rio Salado will receive $185,000 of that funding to increase the number of students served and expand awareness about the services it has to offer.

“We are poised to scale up our operations and to accommodate more students,” said Rio Salado Associate Dean of Community Development Tamara Cochran. “Our priority is to help students improve their academic and employability skills, create a talent pipeline for the local workforce and prepare students for success in their future educational and occupational pursuits. We plan to use this funding to help more students who are eager to get started now.”

To learn more about Rio Salado College adult education services, visit:

Rio Salado Workforce Open House

Do you need help preparing for the workforce, studying for GED® tests or receiving employment skills training?

Rio Salado College Southern is hosting an open house connecting students with wrap-around support services to assist in their educational journey.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 19

Where: RSC Southern, 3320 S. Price Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282

Time: 5 - 6 p.m.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Rio Northern Lab Closure 11/18/19

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The Rio Salado Northern computer lab will be closed on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. The center will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Celebrate Native American Heritage All Month Long

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How are you celebrating Native American Heritage Month?

Heritage month is an opportunity for native people to educate the general public about its tribes, unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

Check out Rio Salado Library’s Native American Heritage Month Guide for library and web resources that explore the culture, achievements, and history of Native Americans.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Rio Ranks Top 3 On List of Phoenix Colleges

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Have you heard the news? Rio Salado College ranks in the top 3 among the largest Phoenix-area colleges and universities.

Serving more than 21,000 Fall enrollees in 2019, Rio Salado College is proud to be one of the largest colleges in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Check out the Phoenix Business Journal article here.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Don't Miss Out On Your Chance At $40,000 Towards College

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Are you a student who excels in the classroom?

Are you making an impact in the community? If so, the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship may be right for you.

With up to $40,000 per year for educational expenses, the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship selects the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities.

Rio Salado students who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, a record of school/community service and some level of financial need are encouraged to apply.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. To apply or determine eligibility, click here.

You can also call 480.517.8050 or contact if you need help applying.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Help Shape The Lives Of The Future With Early Childhood Development

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Do you want to make a lasting impact in your community?

A career in early childhood development can put you on the path to playing an important role in the lives of youth.

Our Early Childhood program provides opportunities for career entry or professional development. The programs are designed to be incremental and sequential – one level is incorporated into the next level.

If you’d like to learn more about our early childhood education program, please take a moment to watch this video that will provide some insight into the many rewards and benefits of this career path. You can also click here for more information.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Veterans Day Closure

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Rio Salado College will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in observance of Veterans Day.

Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11 to honor persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Locally, you can show support for veterans at the 2019 Phoenix Veterans Day Parade, which takes place at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.

The parade starts at Montebello and Central avenues in Phoenix. Find more info on the the parade here.

Monday, November 4, 2019

November Is Native American Heritage Month... Let's Celebrate

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Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with us all through November.

Native American Heritage month started in 1915 when an art director, who was also a Seneca Indian, persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “first Americans.”

In 1916, the governor of New York declared the second Saturday in May as “American Indian Day.”

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.”

Click here to learn more about Native American Heritage month.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Veterans... You're Hired

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Are you a veteran looking for work?

The HeroZona National Veteran Summit will be hosting a hiring expo, connecting vets directly with recruiters and hiring managers from local and national companies.

The event will also feature workshops on professional development, entrepreneurship, job search tools and there will also be experts on hand to help with resume creation.

When: Thursday, Nov. 7.

Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The event is free and open to active duty services members, guard and reserve members, veterans, military spouses and caregivers.

All registered veteran and military spouse job seekers who attend the hiring expo are eligible to receive up to two free tickets to the Phoenix Suns – Miami Heat basketball game.

Register today.