Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Win $20,000 With The Big Pitch

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Are you an entrepreneur? Do you have the next big business idea?

If so, The Big Pitch is your chance to win $20,000 to launch your business.

The Big Pitch is a student startup challenge offered by the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation. Rio Salado College is looking for a student entrepreneur (or team) with a business idea that has the potential for success to move forward in The Big Pitch competition.

The Big Pitch applications are accepted now until Jan. 31, 2020.

The student or team who is selected to be Rio Salado College’s semifinalist will attend The Big Pitch Business Accelerator over Spring Break from March 9 – 15, 2020.

Click here to learn more.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Download the MyInfo App Today

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Rio Salado College is now in the palm of your hand!

Download the Maricopa MyInfo app and connect with your Rio Salado courses. The MyInfo app gives you access to:

· Textbooks

· Financial Aid

· Grades

· Schedules and more

Stay on top of everything this semester with the free MyInfo app from Maricopa, available in the Apple app store and Google play store.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Download the Hearizona Podcasts Today!

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Have you checked out the Hear Arizona podcasts?

Hear Arizona is dedicated to addressing the issue of accessibility and empowering our community and people with disabilities.

Their new podcast, “(in)Accessible” debuted in November. It is hosted by Andrea Pasquale and focuses on Arizonans with disabilities and the resources dedicated to making the state more accessible.

The first episode explores how people with disabilities get around in metro Phoenix.

Other Hear Arizona podcasts include Aging, and (Un) Affordable Housing. Episodes are available at Heararizona.org and on all streaming podcast services. New episodes are announced on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Remember To Make You Tuition Payments!

Have you submitted your tuition payment already?

There are a few options when it comes to paying for college. Student payment options include:

· Self-pay

· Financial aid

· Federal work-study

· Scholarships

· Military benefits

· Job sponsorship and more

Make sure to check your Online Student Center at My.Maricopa.edu for information on balance due and payment due dates.

Convenient ways to Pay?

· Online

· In-Person

· By Phone

· By Mail

For more information on tuition and fees, visit the Rio Salado Student Business Services Website.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Have You Tried These Student Success Tips?

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A big welcome is in order for our new Rio Salado College students!

We want you to succeed at Rio Salado and to help make that happen, below are a few Student Success Tips you can follow to start off on the right path to success.

Students can visit our Academic Advisement webpage to select degree pathways, review transfer credits, schedule a meeting with an academic advisor and more! Students can also check out our Counseling and Career Services webpage to schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss things such as career planning, strategies for overcoming stress or any concerns interfering with your academic success.

Do you prefer digital resources? Head over to our YouTube channel for Student Success Tips videos! You’ll find helpful videos on “How to Pay for College,” “Study Skills and Time Management Tips,” “Test-taking Tips” and more!

You can also find useful tips in our Welcome to Rio Salado College YouTube videos.

Here you can:

· Learn the Rio Salado enrollment process

· Understand block calendars

· Find out if dual enrollment is right for you

We also encourage you to get involved in Rio Salado 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.

Visit RioSalado.edu to learn more.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Rio Salado College Thomas Testing Center Hours

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The testing center at Rio Salado College Thomas is piloting extended hours of operation from January 6 - June 30, 2020.

To better serve our students and community members, the center will now be open on Mondays (in addition to the regular Tues - Thurs hours) from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Have You Tried These Online Study Tips?

Having good study habits is an important part of succeeding in college. Here are a few tips that can help you succeed in your online classes here at Rio.

1. Make a study plan

2. Manage time carefully

3. Have dedicated study blocks

4. Find a quiet space

5. Limit Social Media

Online classes are perfect for the working adult because you can fit education into your schedule.

Register for classes today http://www.riosalado.edu/schedule/Pages/default.aspx

Friday, December 20, 2019

Congratulations To The Dental Graduate Class of 2019

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Congratulations to Rio Salado College’s graduating Dental Hygiene class of 2019!

This marks the 20th graduating class for the program.

Along with the class walking across the stage, a few students were recognized as award winners.

· Shirin Rahimi – Western Society of Periodontology Award

· Erin Rusch – Colgate STAR Award

· Katie Knutson – Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award


Rio Salado’s school of dental hygiene prepares graduates who possess the skills and knowledge to competently, legally and ethically assess, plan, implement and evaluate dental hygiene services for diverse populations.

Enroll in our dental hygienist program today. Learn more about our class schedule, degree programs, enrollment, and financial aid. Contact an academic advisor today.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Rio Salado Northern Special Hours

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Due to remodeling at Rio Salado College Northern, the computer lab will be closed on Saturdays only from Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 - Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.

In addition, the testing center will be closed from Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 - Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. We are updating our facilities to better serve students and apologize for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Opportunities for Youth Reengagement Centers Now at Rio Salado

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Rio Salado College adult education locations are now full-service Opportunities for Youth (OFY) Reengagement Centers for 16-24 year-olds who need help going back to school, finding gainful employment and securing other support services. 

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Rio Salado Downtown, one of six
new OFY reengagement centers 

A Reengagement Center is a term used nationally that refers to youth-serving organizations that offer a combination of career and educational services with integrated support services.

OFY is an initiative of Arizona State University’s Center for Human Capital and Youth Development in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. OFY was founded in 2015 in response to a report by Measure of America classifying the Phoenix Metropolitan Area as having the highest rate of opportunity youth among 25 major metro areas in the United States. 

Opportunity youth are young adults, ages 16-24, who are neither in school nor employed. At the time of this report, nearly 19% of Metro Phoenix’s population of young adults ages 16-24 was classified as opportunity youth. Since then, OFY’s goal has been to reduce that figure to 11% by 2020 and 7% by 2030. OFY has made significant strides in that effort. In 2019, Measure of America reported the rate dropped to 11.9% in Metro Phoenix. 

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OFY Reengagement Centers provide a one-stop-shop for local youth to get help with education, food insecurities, employment and job training, housing, domestic violence, immigration, mental health issues and more. The addition of Rio Salado’s six adult education locations increases the number of Reengagement Centers to 18. 

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“We are honored to work with ASU on this initiative, which is in perfect alignment with what we’re trying to achieve at Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges,” said Rio Salado Interim President Kate Smith. “Our adult education locations are a hub for students to take English as a Second Language and GED® test prep classes, acquire workforce development skills, and get help transitioning into college. We also work closely with other agencies and initiatives like Chicanos Por La Causa, A New Leaf and now Opportunities for Youth to provide integrated support services to help students overcome barriers and increase their chances of success.” 

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Among the distinguished and diverse OFY Leadership Council Members spearheading this effort are Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Phoenix College President Larry Johnson and Arizona Department of Education Deputy Associate Superintendent Sheryl Hart. Chicanos Por La Causa Director of Workforce Solutions Victor Contreras will serve as the 2020 chair and Rio Salado College Director of Outreach and Community Partnerships Elizabeth Cole will serve as the 2020 incoming chair. 

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“As the largest provider of adult education in Arizona with Valley-wide locations, and one of the top three largest colleges serving Maricopa County residents, we are poised to help in a unique and impactful way,” said Cole, who has been serving as an OFY Leadership Council Member since 2016.   

The Arizona Department of Education named Rio Salado College as the Adult Education Program of the Year and Adult Basic Education/Adult Secondary Education Excelling Program award-winner for 2017-18. This is the second year in a row Rio Salado received the Program of the Year award. 

OFY services are available now at Rio Salado locations. For more details visit oppforyouth.org.

By Rio Salado College Media Relations Manager Annette Flores

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Rave Alert Test, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m.

The Rio Salado College Incident Management Team will conduct a test of our RAVE Alert system on Thursday, December 19 at 10 a.m.

We encourage you to check your email and text service for this test message.

If you don’t receive an email or text message, please check the status of your RAVE account via your My.maricopa.edu student center to confirm whether you’re opted in and that your current mobile phone is listed. Here’s how:
  • Log in to My.maricopa.edu and go to your Student Center
  • Under Personal Information, click on the Demographic Data tab
  • Click on the Phone Numbers tab
  • Ensure your mobile phone number is correct and listed as Mobile. If it is not listed, simply click on the Add a Phone number bar
  • Click on the Save bar

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We also encourage you to upload the Rave Guardian mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Learn more.

Questions? Please contact our public safety team at 480-377.4555 or Public.Safety@riosalado.edu.

We appreciate your participation in this test and your commitment to safety.

Are You Struggling With Hunger? Rio Can Help

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Did you know one in seven people struggle with hunger in Arizona?

On any given day, thousands of students struggle with chronic hunger, which means they may not know where they’re going to get their next meal.

Are you struggling with hunger? Let us help you.

We’re prepared to provide emergency relief services to Rio Salado College students across the country through a non-profit meal delivery service.

Remember, you are not alone. Do not hesitate to contact one of our counselors if you need help overcoming food insecurities interfering with your academic performance. Call (480) 517-8785 or click here for immediate assistance.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Winter Break Dec. 24 - Jan. 1

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Happy Holidays! We wish our students, employees and the entire Rio community a very happy holiday season.

Please note that the Maricopa Community Colleges and Rio Salado College will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019 - Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 for winter break.

Some departments will have special hours on Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, and some will have limited services over the break. Our 24/7 services such as Technology Helpdesk, RioLearn, Ask a Librarian and My.Maricopa.edu will remain available.

For a complete list of Rio Salado department closures and special hours during winter break, please click here.

We will resume regular business hours on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Complete Your FAFSA And Beat The Deadline

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Have you completed your FAFSA yet?

The federal deadline for the FAFSA is June 30, but students are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible.

What you will need to provide:

- Social Security #

- Alien registration number (if you aren’t a U.S. citizen)

- 2018 Taxes: W2’s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA form using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)

- Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)

- An FSA ID so you can electronically sign the FAFSA form

If you are a dependent, you’ll also need most of the above information for your parent(s).

Get started with your online application today!

Online: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa

Mobile App: Download the new myStudentAid app for iOS and Android

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

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Continue Your Education In The Dental Field With Rio

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Are you thinking about furthering your education in the dental field?

Rio Salado College offers non-credit online and hybrid courses that provide continuing education hours for the registered dental hygienist and dental assistant. An observation course is also available for the prospective dental hygiene student.

A few benefits of Rio’s continuing education courses include:

· Starting any Monday

· Online accessibility

· Prepares the dental assistant for the Dental Assisting National Board exams for AZ certification dental x-rays and coronal polishing in the dental office (CRP, CRPTP. RAD and RADTR)

Contact our dental department today to learn more. Call 1(800) 729-1197 or visit us online.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Need Help On A Big Research Paper? Ask a Librarian 24/7

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Do you have a big class project you have to start doing research for? We can help. 

Ask a Librarian is a free, 24/7 online help tool available to Rio Salado students. With Ask a Librarian, you can get help with:

- Advice on how to start your research

- Tips on how to research topics

- Where to find examples of citations for different source types

- How to check for bias in books, articles or web pages you’re reading

Do you study late at night? You can use the Ask a Librarian tool at any time to get questions answered.

Try it today! Ask a Librarian now.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Disability Services Special Hours 12/6/19

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The Disability Services department will be closed on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., so staff can attend an Academic Affairs division training.

Students may complete a Follow-up Request Form to request service from impacted department during the closure. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Thomas Location Incident Report - All Clear

Phoenix and Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) police responded to a report of a shooting near our Thomas location in Phoenix at approximately 9 p.m. yesterday, Dec. 3.

There were no Rio Salado students or employees involved in the incident, which occurred on the street, near the location. The investigation is being handled by the Phoenix Police Department. At the time of the investigation, the suspect was not in custody.

The Thomas location is open for regular business hours today.

We encourage you to report any suspicious activity to MCCCD police by calling (480) 784-0911.

We would like to extend our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the individual who was injured. We would also like to extend our deep appreciation to our college incident management and public safety teams and local law enforcement for responding so quickly to address this matter.

Monday, December 2, 2019

College Closure Dec. 5, 2019

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Some Rio Salado College departments will have special hours on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, for staff to attend a retreat.

The following departments will be closed and have no services:

· Financial Aid

· Institutional Advancement

· International Education

· Military/Veteran Services

· National Division

· Student Life

· Testing-all locations.

These departments will be open with limited service (phone calls only):

· Advising

· Admissions, Registration & Records

· Financial Aid (855-622-2332)

Students may complete a Follow-up Request Form to request services from impacted departments during the closure. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.