Thursday, April 30, 2020

Find Your Next Job During Today's Virtual Career Fair

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Are you looking employment during these uncertain times? Register for the Virtual Career Fair hosted by Maricopa Career Services being held online today!

Morning Session: 9 - 11 a.m.

Afternoon Session: 4 - 6 p.m.

Potential employers will post available positions on Maricopa CareerLink to promote to YOU through a Virtual Meeting Room and/or Chat at the Virtual Career Fair!


1. Create a Maricopa CareerLink Account at

2. Register for the Event: Sign into Maricopa CareerLink > Events > Virtual Career Fair

3. That’s it! On the day of the event, Login to Maricopa CareerLink ready to connect with potential employers!

You will receive more information about the event after you RSVP. We hope to see you virtually.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Do You Need Help Reaching Your Academic Goals? Try Using These Tools For Success

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We know that taking the step to further your education can sometimes be challenging. We want you to succeed here at Rio Salado, and to help, below are a few Student Success Tips you can follow to start off on the right path.

Students can visit our Academic Advisement web page 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 web page  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 to learn more.

Monday, April 27, 2020

How Are You Dealing with Social Distancing? PTK Officers Share Their Stories

Two of Rio Salado’s Phi Theta Kappa student officers share their personal stories of dealing with social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic and offer some advice to fellow students.

Ashanti Ruiz

"During this time of difficulty, I have found comfort in my friends and family. Even though I am unable to see my friends, I make sure that I stay connected with them. Regardless if it is sending a meme, picking up the phone, or face-timing them. 

I also make sure that I am not in bed all day and find things to do. I recently took the time to do exercises at home and it got me feeling like myself again. I was recently feeling like I was unable to distinguish what day it was because I was literally doing nothing.

However, now that I am coming up with things to do at the house, I feel productive again. I have been cooking with my dad, catching up on homework, and started to paint again.

I also took the time to re-frame my thinking so, instead of telling myself ‘I'm stuck at my house all day,’ I replaced it with ‘I now have the time to do the things I was too busy to do.’

Shifting my mindset has made such a huge difference because I was feeling stuck for so long. Especially because I work and go to school from home. Make small changes, take lots of breaks and give your mind and body a breather!" 

I have also developed some tips to be successful online:

1. Review your homework schedule ahead of time. This may seem like a no brainer, but this has helped me maintain my grades. Write down due dates on your phone or planner. You know yourself the best and know your strengths and weaknesses as a student. Looking at your homework schedule beforehand allows you to have enough time to complete homework.

2. Find a good space to study. I am guilty of trying to do homework in bed and then passing out because my bed was so comfortable. Try to study in the kitchen or living room. Somewhere spacious with little distractions.

3. Set a homework schedule. Even though, you do not attend classes in person, set an hour or two aside to do homework every day. This allows you to get homework done and not get overwhelmed.

4. Know when to take a break. I have been guilty of trying to do large amounts of homework without being reasonable. In the end, it made me overwhelmed and I was less likely to complete my tasks. So, if you feel like you can no longer continue, stop and go do something else!

Ann Jamieson 

"Hi there! My name is Ann Jamieson and I am both an officer in Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa chapter and a dual enrollment student. 

I know there are many people who are scared and unaware of what the future holds for them. It is okay to be scared. It is okay to not be okay. Hold onto that idea first and foremost.

Since Arizona schools have been shut down, I have been working on getting my assignments turned in online as soon as possible. I am holding onto the idea of transferring to ASU next semester and am allowing myself to get excited for that new experience.

I am a hands-on kind of person, so I am giving my parents some time to relax by making dinner for the family often. I am also planning on doing arts and crafts to decorate my dorm room next year.

I am prioritizing things that make me happy. I talk to those I care about and take time for myself when I get overwhelmed or stressed. Just because we at home does not mean we cannot hold onto the idea of hope. We will get through this together! Finally, remember there is someone who is close to you who cares and wants you to succeed. Always remember that. No one is truly alone, and you are always loved."

Learn more about the Phi Theta Kappa here.

Friday, April 24, 2020

What Happens To The Insurance Industry During Times of Economic Uncertainty?

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Are you looking for a career with versatility? Being able to adapt to various circumstances can be useful in the professional world. During these uncertain times, many people are wondering about the next step in their career. Insurance employment remains steady as the economy faces uncertainty, and recent data shows positive employment trends in the insurance industry.

Read more about the insurance industry in today’s economy here.

Is there insurance industry right for you? Learn more about Rio Salado’s insurance program today.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Find Your Next Job Opportunity During A Virtual Career Fair

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Register Now for the Virtual Career Fair hosted by Maricopa Career Services.


Online on April 30, 2020


Morning Session: 9 - 11 a.m.

Afternoon Session: 4 - 6 p.m.

Potential employers will post available positions on Maricopa CareerLink to promote to YOU through a Virtual Meeting Room and/or Chat at the Virtual Career Fair!


1. Create a Maricopa CareerLink Account at

2. Register for the Event: Sign into Maricopa CareerLink > Events > Virtual Career Fair

3. That’s it! On the day of the event, Login to Maricopa CareerLink ready to connect with potential employers!

You will receive more information about the event after you RSVP. We hope to see you virtually on Thursday, April 30th!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Today Marks The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

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Today is Earth Day, join us in celebrating the world that we live in. Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The purpose of Earth Day is to give a voice to emerging public consciousness about the state of our planet.

Today more than a billion people celebrate Earth Day each year as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national and local policy changes.

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Use this day to spread the word about the importance of taking care of the world we live in.

Click here to learn more about Earth Day.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Rio Salado Phone Issues

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UPDATE: Our phone issues have been resolved and our systems are back up. Thank you for your patience.

Please be aware that we are currently experiencing issues with our phone lines. Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve the issue. Please try again later or complete the following online request form

Monday, April 20, 2020

Counseling Resources to Help You During the COVID-19 Pandemic

It is natural for people to feel stressed out or anxious as a result of recent dramatic changes to our daily lives. The following resources can be helpful in dealing with stress, grief, loss, fear and other challenging issues stemming from the COVID-19 crisis.

Covid-19 Health and Safety Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Covid-19 information

Please feel free to reach out to a Rio Salado Counselor if you are experiencing any of the difficulties highlighted above. We can be reached by email.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Register for Summer and Fall Classes Today!

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Have you registered for summer and fall classes? Registration is now open for students to select summer and fall classes.

You can register today here!

Students Can Check Out Free eBooks Until May 25, 2020

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To assist students during these uncertain times, Follett has partnered with RedShelf to give students access to free eBooks until May 25, 2020. You may have been notified in your RioLearn inbox to access the free eBooks from the Rio Salado College Bookstore website.

Instead, please visit the Follett website directly here.

Check out your free eBook today.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

World Autism Awareness Month

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April is World Autism Awareness Month. In 1972, the Autism Society launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week, which evolved into World Autism Awareness Month (NAAM). The goal of World Autism Awareness month is to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, foster worldwide support and inspire a kinder, more inclusive world.

Use this month to help spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change.

How will you recognize Autism Awareness Month? Let us know!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Celebrate Community College Awareness Month With Rio Salado College

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April is Community College Awareness Month. Take time this month to help share why community colleges matter. You can help recognize Community College Awareness Month by sharing how your college is serving your community’s needs and why public support for our colleges is more important than ever.

Many community colleges serve as vital lifelines to help people meet basic food, housing, providing healthcare professionals and medical equipment to communities as well as other needs.

Community College Awareness Month gives you the chance to highlight the importance of your community college.

How has Rio Salado College helped you in life?

Are you considering furthering your education? Rio Salado College can help. Click here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

April Is Diversity Month. How Will You Celebrate?

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Celebrate diversity month during the month of April with Rio Salado College. Be creative and spread a message of inclusion at your workplace or school.

You can also use this month to involve yourself and others in learning about cultures and religions that are not part of your daily life.

How will you celebrate diversity month?

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Dr. Kirk Bowden Takes Home The Arizona Counseling Association's 2020 Advocacy Award

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Congratulations are in order for Dr. Kirk Bowden, Rio Salado College’s Faculty Chair of Addictions and Substance Use Disorders, after being named the winner of the Arizona Counseling Association's 2020 Advocacy Award. This award is given in recognition of the leadership and advocacy efforts that affected state policy priorities within the behavioral health profession in Arizona.

Dr. Bowden’s recognition didn’t stop there. He was also recently elected president-elect of the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC). IAAOC is the division of the American Counseling Association (ACA) which represents professional addictions counselors, offender counselors and counselor educators. He will serve one year as president-elect, one year as president and one year as immediate-past president.

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Rio Salado College is the only community college in Maricopa County designed to offer classes that meet academic requirements for licensing through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and serves as one of the largest addiction studies programs in higher education. The college offers online classes, certificates, an Associate Degree in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders and continuing education coursework, which are accredited by the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators and the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission.

Visit for more details.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

April Is National Internship Awareness Month. Are Internships Right For You?

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April is National Internship Awareness Month. This month is used to inform and dispel many of the myths people have about internships. Internships offer a great way to teach and share information with a person ready to start their career. Internships provide employment training and experiential learning opportunities that can enhance professional qualities like teamwork, communication, problem solving and professionalism.

Have you interned before? Are you considering an internship? Share your internship experiences below.

If you would like to learn more about career resources click here.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Meet Rio Salado’s 2020 All-AZ Honorees

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Each year, participating Arizona colleges nominate two students for the All-AZ Academic Team. This honor includes a tuition waiver to one of the three public universities in Arizona and a stipend from Rio Salado.

Meet Rio Salado’s 2020 All-AZ Honorees Ashanti Ruiz and Tamara Rink.

Ashanti Ruiz recently was chosen as an All-Arizona First Team member, as a result, she will be receiving $1,000 from Rio Salado College. In addition, as part of this scholarship process, Ashanti also was chosen to receive the 2020 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholarship. Tamara Rinck was chosen as an All-Arizona Second Team member receiving $750 from Rio Salado.

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 Ashanti Ruiz

Program: Behavioral Health-Addictions and Substance Use Disorders

Ashanti plans to transfer to the University of Arizona to earn her bachelor’s degree in Care, Health & Society, and her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Her career goal is to work for her own community, Maryvale Community, helping those with substance abuse problems.

“I’m a 21-year-old multicultural community college student, who’s ready to combat stigma of mental health. My community fuels my passion for service. This scholarship means everything to me because it is the steppingstone that I need to help my Maryvale community. I grew up in the Maryvale area for years and was able to identify that there needs to be more bilingual substance abuse counselors. I am constantly inspired by those in my community and wanted to do something about it. Furthering my education has always been a dream of mine but because I am a first-generation student, I was unsure how to get there. The All-Arizona scholarship transformed my dream into a reality. None of this success would have been able to happen without my PTK advisors, my PTK crew (Ann, Michael, Nick), or without the love of my parents. Words cannot express how grateful I am for this opportunity. I have come such a long way and encourage all of my first-generation students to apply.”

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 Tamara Rinck

Program: Public Administration

Tamara plans to transfer to Northern Arizona University and complete her bachelor’s degree and her Masters in Higher Education. Tamara would like to give back support she has received by becoming a PTK Advisor and an instructor at the college level.

“Earning the All-Arizona Scholarship, I did not even think this was possible at my age, and a mother of 3. It is truly like winning the education lottery. First off, I did not think I was even smart enough to become an honor student. Then achieving the GPA to join PTK. Earning the All-Arizona Scholarship, now allows me to finish something I started 37 years ago. To be 1 of 89 students, in a very competitive application process; I am immensely blessed to receive the news that I won. The next part of my journey will take me to Northern Arizona University. I will be utilizing their online program in Public Administration. I also plan to keep going and earn my master’s degree. I am so thankful for the support I have received from family, faculty, advisors and counselors at Rio Salado College. I am ready to complete a journey I started many years ago. I am a strong, confident, and determined mother.”

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Congratulations Ashanti and Tamara!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

A Message from President Smith about Courses, Support and Your Success

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Dear Students,

We at Rio Salado College and the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) care about your health and well-being and supporting you throughout your academic journey. I am sharing these updates to help you achieve your educational goals this spring.

As a reminder, all classes that were originally scheduled as online are continuing as scheduled and all in-person/hybrid classes will resume in an online/alternative format on Monday, April 6, 2020. In-person services have all been moved to remote services, so please, do not visit any of our locations or MCCCD campuses, while we all work to protect your health and stop the spread of COVID19.

Check your RioLearn portal, Student Center and MyInfo App for details about your courses. If you’re new to online learning, you may find these tips for online learning and information about Canvas and RioLearn very helpful.

To provide you with the support you need, all Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges’ academic and student support services will continue to be offered remotely (e.g., by telephone, email, chat, and online). All MCCCD campuses and locations will remain closed for in-person classes and services for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. We will continue to provide updates when additional information is made available.

As we all navigate the remainder of the spring semester remotely, we kindly ask that you check this COVID-19 FAQs web page to find answers to your questions. We also encourage you to visit this community resources web page, especially if you need assistance with finances, housing, food insecurities, healthcare and other challenges that may be interfering with your academic progress and success.

Please stay in regular contact with your instructors. They will provide you with the latest information regarding your assignments and courses.

We truly admire your determination to continue your educational journey during these challenging times. We are all in this together and our Maricopa family is committed to help you succeed.


Kate Smith
Rio Salado College Interim President
Maricopa Community Colleges