Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Do You Need Help Paying For College? The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholarship Can Help

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The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholarship is offering an opportunity to have your full tuition, fees and books covered along with a $3,200 annual living allowance. Do you qualify?

The scholarship is available to students attending Maricopa County Community Colleges who meet at least one of the following criteria:

· Students who have (a) dependent(s) in their household

· Students with a physical disability

· Students who have experienced foster care or have been disconnected from their parents or primary caregiver and responsible for their own financial support.

The deadline to apply for the Nina Mason Scholarship is March 1, 2020.

To learn more or to apply, click here.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Find Your Next Employer At The #AZHireMe Job Fair Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

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Are you looking for employment? Visit the #AZHireMe Job Fair Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 and connect with more than 20 employers.

Where: Rio Salado College – Southern Campus, 3320 S. Price Rd. Tempe, AZ 85282

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Job Fair Tips:
  • Bring copies of your resume
  • Dress professionally
Employment positions will cover a variety of industries including, customer service, sales, hospitality and more.

Click here to register

Rio Salado College Northern Computer Lab Closure Wed. Feb. 26, 2020

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The Computer Lab at Rio Salado College Northern will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 and will resume normal business hours on Thursday, Feb. 27.

The computer labs at our other Rio Salado College locations will remain open during this time.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Are You Struggling With Hunger? Rio Salado College Can Help

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Rio has now partnered with Feeding Children Everywhere to help provide support for hunger relief.

Do you or someone you know struggle with hunger? Help is available.

Please do not hesitate to call one of our counselors if you need help overcoming food insecurities that are interfering with your academic performance.

Call (480) 517-8785 or click here to visit our counseling and career services department for immediate assistance.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Do You Want A Career In Insurance? Did You Know The Industry Covers More Than Cars And Homes?



In addition to insuring homes, cars, and businesses, the insurance industry also provides policies for a whole host of unusual exposures to loss. Consider the following examples:
  • The owner of a pair of ruby slippers used in the filming of the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz” needs coverage in the event the slippers are stolen from a museum.
  • A bar that features a variety of different entertainment options including ax throwing lanes wants liability protection if someone is injured.
  • Liability coverage for the promoters of a rock concert in case a customer is injured while attending the event.
  • A rural convenience store with two tanning beds.
  • The list goes on!
This area of the industry is especially important in Arizona due to the presence of a large number of specialty insurers located in the Phoenix metro area. In addition to the companies, there are a host of experienced and professional specialty agents and brokers who work with individuals and businesses to find coverage when policies are not available from regular sources.

If you would like to learn more or start on the path to become an insurance professional, click here.

The Census Impacts Us All. Have You Completed Yours?

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How do Census funds impact MCCCD?

The census determines funding for local colleges and universities for things like federal student loans, research grants, technology, campus improvements and health and social services.

For the state of Arizona, the census impacts our daily lives, including the roads we drive on, access to healthcare, school lunch programs and even our political representation.

The census is our once in a decade chance to shape the next 10 years in Arizona.

The deadline to complete the census is April 1, 2020.


Learn more about the census here.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Rio Salado College Black History Month Topic Guide

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The month of February is Black History Month, or National African American History Month. It is an annual celebration of achievements of black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

This year's theme for Black History Month is African Americans and the Vote.

The Rio Salado Library is proud to celebrate the rich culture, diversity, and contributions of the African American community. The Black History Month Topic Guide highlights events and resources that can help you learn more about the lives, contributions, and legacies of African Americans.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

February Is Insurance Careers Month. Is The Industry Right For You?

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Are you interested in a career in Insurance? There are many opportunities available for those who want to grow both professionally and financially. Salaries can vary in the insurance industry. Below are potential ranges for a few positions in the industry.

Sales Agents: $38,000 to $49,000 per year

Customer Service Reps: $28,000 to $39,000 per year

Claims Adjusters $45,000 to $66,000 per year

Underwriters $50,000 to $68,000 per year

Information Technology $56,000 to $72,000 per year

Source: Glassdoor.com

In addition, many insurance companies and agencies offer an assortment of benefits including medical, dental, life, disability, and retirement savings plans.

If you would like to learn more or start on the path to become an insurance professional, click here.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine's Day Safe Dating Tips

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Before you set out on that first date, make sure to take steps to keep safe.

· Keep your loved ones in the loop when you plan to go out on a date.

· Take your own ride so you can leave when you choose to.

· If something makes you uncomfortable, speak up and leave.

· Meet in a familiar restaurant or coffee shop, at a popular time.

Remember, if you need help or need to talk, you are not alone. Call the National Sexual Violence Resource Center at 1-877-739-3895.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Reflect, Remember and Respond During #BlackHistoryMonth



We encourage you to watch this inspirational video of our January MLK Celebration, which features poignant testimonials from participants about the principles of equality and how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy continues to affect our lives. 

“This MLK celebration is a reflection of our commitment to championing justice and equal rights for all,” said Interim President Kate Smith. “We are honored to host this event as beneficiaries of the sacrifices made by Dr. King and countless Civil Rights activists….” 

Learn more about this memorable event in RioNews.

Celebrate Career And Technical Education Month With Rio Salado College

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February is Career and Technical Education month® (CTE®).
CTE month is to bring awareness and celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.

CTE covers many different fields, including healthcare, information technology, hospitality and more.

CTE also encompasses different types of education, from classroom learning to certification programs to work-based learning opportunities outside the classroom.

To learn more about Career and Technical Education Month and how you can celebrate, click here.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Presidents' Day Closure Reminder

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Rio Salado College will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in observance of Presidents' Day.

Presidents' Day Fun Fact:

Did you know Presidents' Day was established in 1885 in honor of President George Washington’s birthday?

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Have You Applied For Commencement? The Application Deadline is March 15, 2020



Now that you’ve completed all your coursework to earn your certificate or degree, it’s time to apply for commencement.

To participate in the commencement ceremony, you must apply by March 15, 2020.

Commencement applications can be submitted within one week of completing the final course of a degree/certificate program.

Register Here.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Teaching History Through Storytelling

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Dr. Wanda Tucker has been featured in local and national media in recent months, including a USA Today 1619 series about retracing her family's history as a descendant of the first generation of African slaves brought to the United States. 

Her story was also featured on the Jan. 25 front cover of the Arizona Republic and USA Today’s Black History Month edition released Feb. 1.

Pictured here is Dr. Tucker holding the latest Arizona Republic special editions. Dr. Tucker serves as Rio Salado’s faculty senate president and faculty chair for Psychology, Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Check out this azcentral story by reporter Elizabeth Montgomery about Dr. Tucker sharing her story during Rio Salado College’s MLK Celebration. Learn more about our MLK Celebration in RioNews.

Meet Rio Salado College's 2019 League for Innovation Excellence Award Honoree

Congratulations are in order for Mr. Richard Cuprak, Jr., Rio Salado College's 2019 League for Innovation Excellence Award Honoree. 


Formerly known as the John & Suanne Roueche Award, the 2019 League for Innovation Excellence Award honors exceptional teaching and leadership in community college education.

Mr. Cuprak is being honored in recognition of his countless contributions to Rio Salado College and in appreciation for the high level of excellence he gives to his work, passion for teaching, deep care for student success, and his tireless efforts to expand learning opportunities for all students.

Mr. Cuprak and all other honorees will be formally recognized at the League's Innovation Conference March 1-4, 2020 in Seattle, WA.

Richard Cuprak, Jr. 
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“I was indeed honored when notified of my nomination for the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award. Rio Salado provides me the opportunity to effect significant change in the educational process for both the incarcerated and on-line students in Technology and Engineering Studies. I believe in challenging and constructively disrupting the way programs and classes are structured to improve student outcomes, and I often attempt inventive curricular design and implementations. By assessing the impact of these changes on student engagement and attainment, I am able to encourage what I believe is a universal intrinsic desire to succeed. Nothing is more uplifting than to hear from students that found a practical application for a particular concept they learned. Finally, I am committed to the concept that learning is not always commensurate with the grade students receive. Therefore, when students recognize the value of the knowledge gained from their interactions as distinct from their grade in the course, true education has occurred. I am proud to receive this award and acknowledge all those who facilitated this accomplishment.”

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Spend An Evening With Dr. Salaam, One Of The Exonerated Central Park Five



Students are invited to spend An Evening with Dr. Salaam, one of the exonerated Central Park Five.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 this special event will take place at Phoenix College, providing an opportunity for the audience to hear Dr. Salaam’s story with a Q&A session following his speaking session.

On April 19, 1989, at the age of 15, Dr. Salaam and four others we tried and wrongfully convicted of a brutal crime. Collectively known as the Central Park Five, new evidence vacated their wrongful convictions in 2002 after spending between 7 to 13 years of their lives behind bars.

When: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Where: Phoenix College (Bulpitt Auditorium)

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Due to limited space, all attendees must register for the event.

You can also submit a question for Dr. Salaam via the registration form no later than 2/10/2020.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Northern Computer Lab Closure Feb. 5, 2020

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The Computer Lab at Rio Salado College Northern will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, for staff training and will resume normal business hours on Thursday, Feb. 6.

The computer labs at our other Rio Salado College locations will remain open during this time.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Celebrate Black History Month With Maricopa Community Colleges

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February is Black History Month. Celebrate with us all month long at events across the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Events include:

· Black History Mobile Museum, featuring artifacts from the Civil Rights Movement, Trans-Atlantic slave trade, Black Arts Movement

· Panel discussions with various guest speakers

· Film screenings

· Theater

· And more

Click here to view the events calendar for a list of dates and locations of each event.