Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Free Dental Clinic for Kids & Young Adults

image of Rio Salado Dental Clinic

Rio Salado College’s Dental Clinic is hosting two free dental clinics for children and young adults this summer.

The clinics take place Friday, June 12, and Wednesday, July 8, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rio Salado Dental Clinic

The clinic is located at 
2250 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

image of dental hygiene students working with a young child.
“A big goal for us is to offer services to the community, while also providing a learning experience for our students,” said Nikki Shipp, Clinical Coordinator for Rio’s dental hygiene.

Free clinic services include: exams, X-rays, cleaning, and a Fluoride varnish. Each child will also receive a gift bag to take home, as well as educational tips on maintaining good oral health.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, but is almost entirely preventable.

“Prevention starts with knowledge,” Shipp said. “We want to help educate parents and kids about the importance of good oral hygiene and cavity prevention.”

Clinic services are free for children 17 and younger. Parents are asked to RSVP to 480-377-4100 or dental.hygiene@riosalado.edu to guarantee a spot, as space is limited.

Walk-ins will be accommodated if time and space permit.

students and patient looking at the camera from clinic station.

Rio Salado dental hygiene students, instructors and staff are volunteering their time and expertise to staff the clinics.

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public all year long. Fees range from $25-35 depending on the age of the patient.

For more information about Rio Salado College’s dental clinic, call 480-377-4100 or visit www.riosalado.edu/dentalclinic

April Dental Hygiene Raffle Winner


This April winner of the Rio Salado Dental Hygiene raffle is Christine Avenetti!

The Rio Salado student chapter of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) is conducting a monthly raffle for an Oral B Vitality Power Toothbrush as part of its fundraising efforts.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or you can purchase six for $5.

Ticket sales help the students pay for their pinning ceremony in December. The remaining proceeds will go to ADHA. As part of their program, Rio Salado Dental Hygiene students are required to make a charitable contribution.

This year, the students chose to raise money on behalf of ADHA, which is a non-profit, charitable organization that "believes in helping dental hygienists achieve their full potential as they seek to improve the public’s oral health."

You can contact any dental hygiene student or come by the Rio Salado Dental Clinic to purchase your tickets.

Brusha... Brusha... Brusha.


Image of student.  Capition: I want to be a dental assistant now ("one day" is crossed out).  600+ onlne classes, $84 a credit.  Classes start Monday.  Credit for prior learning (get credit for what you already know).

Visit this web page to learn more about Rio Salado's dental hygiene and dental assisting programs, and how you can begin your dental career.

Pictured above, April raffle winner Christine Avenetti with Rio Salado Dental Hygiene student Alex R.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Graduates Take First Step toward College


For some people, making the transition from high school to college student is just one seamless step in a prescribed path to adulthood. Many others, however, encounter hardship and obstacles along that same path. For those who persevere, the reward is even more meaningful.

Rio Salado College celebrated the accomplishments of these go-getters at its annual High School Equivalency (HSE) graduation ceremony on Thursday evening, May 21 at Orangewood Nazarene Church, in Phoenix.

There where approximately 50 graduates in attendance, representing more than 100 students who successfully completed the college’s HSE prep classes and passed the state’s HSE exam (also referred to as the GED® test).


Tera Gomez, the HSE graduation student speaker, is a perfect example of how each person takes a different road to reach their destination.

In her 30 years, Gomez has already dealt with a lifetime of adversity. She has faced a childhood spent in hospitals, the death of her mother from a brain tumor, a marriage and divorce, the births of her three children, the loss of a home, and the deaths of her beloved grandparents on the same day.

“I decided to go back to school when my family hit financial hardships,” Gomez said.

Working retail and temporary positions since she was 19, Gomez was passed over for promotions at work because she did not have a high school diploma. She reached out to Rio Salado to take high school equivalency prep classes.

“I was terrified to return to school after being out of the classroom for almost 15 years,” Gomez said. “But the program at Rio Salado took away all of the scary parts and made it a very comfortable experience.”

She specifically cites the personal attention and dedication of Rio Salado College staff.


“I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today without the tutelage of my fantastic math teacher, who is one of the most inspiring women I’ve ever met, and the guidance of my college counselor, who was always there to hold me up when I felt weak,” said Gomez.

Gomez plans to pursue college in the near future, after her family is more stable financially.

“Once you put your mind to a goal, do whatever you have to do to get there,” she said. “Put your nose to the books and put in the hours necessary to learn, and you'll get there.”

Visit this web page for details about Rio Salado's HSE Prep program.

Photo 1: HSE Grads lineup for processional
Photo 2: HSE Graduation ceremony begins

Photo 3: Gomez with Rio Salado Director of Community Partnerships College Bridge Pathways Lily Beth Brazones
Photo 4: Gomez with Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck-Brown

By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College.

2015 HSE Graduation a Memorable Evening


Last night's 2015 HSE Graduation was without question, a memorable evening! Inspirational, emotional and moving in so many ways. You’ll be hearing more about it in the coming days. 

A special thank you to our guest speakers who helped make last night extraordinary, especially student speaker Tera Gomez for sharing her inspirational story.

Many thanks to all of the volunteers, faculty, staff and guests for your attendance and support. And caps off to the 2015 HSE graduates who took part in the ceremony. Congratulations. You should be very proud of your achievements!

image of graduation ceremony in progress


We will post high resolution photos you can upload and share in the next few days. You will also have an opportunity to purchase individual photos from GradImages at www.gradimages.com in the next few weeks. You will also have a chance to view the ceremony in its entirety on MCTV. Stay tuned for air dates. It will be well worth your time!

Pictured above: MCCCD Governing Board Member Doyle Burke, Deputy Associate Superintendent of Adult Education Services Sheryl Hart, Tera Gomez, Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante, MCCCD Governing Board President Tracy Livingston and MCCCD Governing Board Member Dana Saar.


#‎RioGrad‬ ‪#‎GED‬

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Chancellor Honors Students for Civic Engagement


Maricopa Community Colleges’ Chancellor Rufus Glasper awarded 31 students with a Civic Leadership Medallion on May 8, 2015-- including Rio Salado student Daniel Cassidy.

Civic engagement – active involvement in college campus and community life – is a cornerstone of Maricopa Community Colleges’ mission. These students exemplify what it means to be highly engaged.

Chancellor Glasper created the award to acknowledge these students and to encourage others to follow their example. This honor highlights students’ effective civic participation and leadership as a central goal and function of higher education.

Rio Salado Scholar Daniel Cassidy recently completed his last class at Rio Salado and plans to graduate from Arizona State University in May, 2016 with a degree in Political Science, with the hope of attending law school immediately thereafter. He has a particular interest in constitutional and health law and eventually would like to work with indigent populations on legal matters.


Cassidy has been engaged in a wide range of civic activities throughout the current academic year and is planning to run for a state legislative seat during the 2016 elections.

"Daniel Cassidy is deserving of the Chancellor’s Civic Leadership Medallion not only due to his engagement with many activities, but also because his efforts to make inroads through action and advocacy are exactly what this award is designed to promote," said Student Life and Leadership Coordinator John Bastian, who submitted a letter of recommendation on Cassidy's behalf.

To be considered for this honor, students must demonstrate broad general and educational contribution to the campus and community and increase students’ and community involvement in governmental processes (i.e., public policy). They must help grow awareness about critical community and political issues or ones that expand students’ and community members’ capacity for leadership and political efficacy.

Congratulations to Daniel Cassidy and all of the 2015 honorees for their outstanding achievements!

Visit this web page or contact John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656 for more details about the Chancellor's Civic Leadership Medallion award.

Photo 1: Chancellor Glasper with Civic Leadership Medallion scholars.
Photo 2: Chancellor Glasper, Daniel Cassidy, Deanna Villanueva-Saucdeo and Alberto Olivas from the MCCCD Center for Civic Participation.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Green Ribbon.  Text: Stand up against stigma. No Health without Mental Health

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, almost 43 million American adults have mental health issues—that’s one in five people. 

Look around and realize that there are many individuals in your zone of proximity suffering from the shame, hopelessness, isolation, and other negative emotions that are the defining attributes of mental illness. Perhaps you are one of them.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The Rio Salado Library is proud to support Mental Health Awareness Month by pooling together resources to help identify the causes of mental illness and strategies to overcome it.

Online Resources:

Library Resources:
News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

In Honor of Memorial Day, May 25

United States Marine Corps War Memorial by Felix de Weldon at night.

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed on Monday, May 25, in honor of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the armed forces.

image of flags waving in the air

There is a traditional way of displaying the U.S. flag on this special day. The flag is raised quickly to the top of the staff and then lowered slowly to the half-mast position, where it remains until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. At noon their memory is raised by the living.


The National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed in 2000 to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity.”  The Act encourages all Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence.

Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices. - Harry S. Truman

Image 1: United States Marine Corps War Memorial by Felix de Weldon 
Image 3: War Memorial in Washington D.C. by Vinoth Chandar

Monday, May 18, 2015

Rio Salado 2015 HSE Graduation May 21

Program cover for Rio Salado College 2015 HSE Graduation

We look forward to the 2015 HSE Graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 21 to celebrate the achievements of students who have successfully completed Rio Salado's High School Equivalency (HSE) Prep program and passed the GED ® test.

Rio Salado 2015 HSE Graduation
Thursday, May 21, 2014
Orangewood Nazarene Church
7510 N 27th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85051

5:30 p.m. Lobby opens to graduates and guests
6 p.m. Auditorium doors open
6:30 p.m. Graduates line up with marshals
7 p.m. Graduation ceremony begins

Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

There's still time to take part in the ceremony.  Visit this web page to register.

Gowns, Caps & Tassels
Graduates participating in the ceremony must wear the official college blue gown, cap and 2015 tassel. The $25 graduation fee includes the cost of these items, as well as a diploma cover.

photo of two 2014 HSE grads

Photos, DVDs and MCTV
Rio Salado staff photographers will be taking photos, which will be posted on our Facebook page for you to upload and tag. Grad Images will also be taking photos during the ceremony, which can be purchased online at gradimages.com in the next few weeks.

You will have an opportunity to purchase a DVD copy of the ceremony at the event or by way of email. The cost is $20 and must be paid when ordering. Cash or credit cards will be accepted. Email requests can be made between now and Monday, May 25 by submitting to insitutional.advan@riosalado.edu. A Rio Salado representative will contact you to complete your order.

MCTV Cox Channel 115 will be videotaping the ceremony for broadcast, which will be sometime in late May or June.

We encourage you to share your graduation stories.
  • Use the #RioGrad hashtag in your posts.
  • Join us on Facebook to post photos and comments and to tag photos.
  • Use Google+ and Instagram to share photos and comments. 

Congratulations to the Rio Salado 2015 HSE Graduates!

Quote and photo of 2015 Student Speaker Tera Lynn Gomez: “I was terrified to return to school after being  out of the classroom for almost 15 years but  the program at Rio Salado took away all of  the scary parts for me and made it a very  comfortable experience.”


For more details about Rio Salado’s HSE prep program, GED ® testing services and other college bridge pathway programs and services, visit riosalado.edu/programs/abe or call 480-517-8110.

#GED #RioGrad

Five Tips on How to Prepare for Class

image of a clock, text: "Time to plan."

What can you expect as a new Rio Salado student?  Is there a way you can prepare?  What can enhance your chances for success? Here are some answers to those questions from Rio Salado's Counseling Services.

The most important thing to consider is that every class is different, every instructor is different, and online learning is different! Here are some key things you should know and plan to do before taking college courses at Rio Salado.

Learn how to use Rio Salado's online platforms

There are many ways to accomplish this and it’s critical to succeeding in your classes. The college website at www.riosalado.edu and the Start at Rio web page has a plethora of information. There are also many links to student services, counseling, financial aid, certificates and degrees, college departments and more.


Here's an introductory video about using three key online platforms.

New students are automatically enrolled in New Student Orientation (NSO101), a free, non-credit class that provides an overview of the college and introduces you to RioLearn, our online learning system.

If you're still left scratching your head, you can always call the Instructional Helpdesk. This team is there to answer questions and help train you, as well as act as a liaison between students and instructors. They can be reached at: 480-517-8380, 866-511-8380 and at instructional.helpdesk@riosalado.edu.

Know your responsibilities
It’s best to assume the first day and week of classes will provide valuable information, which can be found in the syllabus, welcome letter, announcements and during instructor discussions. Make sure you fully investigate and understand course requirements.

Prepare for homework assignments first day of class
Don't be the one who gets blindsided when an instructor launches a discussion forum on the first day of class about an assignment.  It is common for college instructors to expect you to have an assignment completed for the first day or week of class. These assignments are typically given via e-mail, posted online or printed on the syllabus — so keep a lookout.

Reach out to classmates

This can be more of a challenge online, however, there are often discussions in online classes.

RioLounge is available for students to communicate and offer support, friendship, and information. You can form and find study groups and quick support from other peers. Don't underestimate the ability of your classmates.



Sleep, stay healthy and plan ahead
These common sense tips will help you in all areas of your life-- classes, career, and relationships. Being successful takes work and being prepared for class is the first step. You’ve got this!

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardott on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services,

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Many Benefits of Dual Enrollment


Here's a great story about the many benefits of dual enrollment by 3TV reporter Erika Flores, which includes a profile of Chandler Gilbert Community College dual enrollment 2015 grad Jessica Solis.

For more details about Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program, including scholarship opportunities, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/dual or call 480-517-8080.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Students Earn College Degrees in High School

Dual enrollment graduates surrounding Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante

A record number of Valley students have already received their associate degrees before graduating from high school thanks to Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program. 

There were a total of 38 dual enrollment grads from 10 different high schools this year, 26 of whom took part in Rio Salado’s 2015 Commencement Ceremony at Comerica Theatre on May 5. This represents a record number of graduates, commencement attendees and schools participating in Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program.

The students come from Deer Valley and Heritage high schools in Glendale; Brophy College Prep, Desert Vista, Horizon, Mountain Pointe and Xavier College Prep in Phoenix as well as Tempe’s Corona del Sol, Marcos de Niza and McClintock high schools.

“I chose dual enrollment because I wanted to take as many core classes as possible to get a head start on my biomedical engineering degree,” said Slade Hermann, a senior at Deer Valley High School, who earned an associate in arts degree at last week’s ceremony.

“Through Rio Salado’s program, my high school offered multiple classes not only for high school credit, but for college credit as well, so I took advantage.”


Erin Hintze, a senior at Xavier College Preparatory, said the cost savings was a major factor. “Rio’s dual enrollment program is a great way to take college-level classes in high school at a more affordable price than if you took them in college,” said Hintze, who earned an associate in arts degree and is one of 16 Xavier dual enrollment grads.

“I earned a college degree before I graduate from high school,” said Hintze. “That is a claim most kids can't make.”

Hintze will be enrolling as a junior in Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University this fall, with plans to major in computer systems engineering.

Kate Boyle, another Xavier College Preparatory student, noted the benefits of getting a jump start on her college career. “I will be a second semester sophomore when I go to college and will have completed all the general education classes I would have had to take if I did not go through Rio’s dual enrollment program,” Boyle said.

Approximately 7,000 students earned high school and college credits simultaneously through Rio Salado’s dual enrollment classes. Classes are taught in person at each school by high school instructors who meet the qualifications to teach college classes.

“Research shows students who participate in dual enrollment programs have higher college GPA’s and are more likely to graduate from college than those who don’t,” said Dr. EJ Anderson, Rio Salado director of community partnerships for early college.

“Dual enrollment is one of the best strategies to improve a student’s ability to go to college and graduate on time,” said Anderson.

Anderson says parents play a key role in the program. “The Dual Enrollment program has really flourished in the past few years as students, parents, teachers and administrators see the incredible benefits,” Anderson said.

Dual enrollment credits transfer to all Arizona public colleges and universities, as well as many public and private colleges and universities outside of Arizona.

“Dual enrollment helped prepare me for college,” said Desert Vista High School senior Rex Moore, who is also a member of Rio Salado’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society and one of two Rio Salado All Arizona Academic Scholars who was awarded full tuition to one of Arizona’s public universities this February.

“I was always interested in math and science and want to do something to help people. That is why I am pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering.”


Austin Hornbaker, a senior at Tempe Corona del Sol High School and physics aficionado, earned both an associate in arts and an associate in science degree at the commencement ceremony.

“Dual enrollment allowed me to complete most of my associate in science (AS) degree by taking the classes I needed to take anyway to graduate high school,” Hornbaker said. “As it turns out, the AS and AA are so similar that I have completed the requirements for both degrees.”

With two associate degrees under his belt, Hornbaker will have the first four semesters of his bachelor’s degree in physics completed before he even sets foot on the ASU campus this fall.

“I will be able to jump right into the interesting physics classes instead of spending my first two years completing general education requirements,” Hornbaker said.

For more details about Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program, including scholarship opportunities, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/dual or call 480-517-8080.



Rio Salado Dual Enrollment Class of 2015
  • Brophy College Prep: Kevin Mead, Michael O'Gara
  • Corona del Sol: Steven Dykstra, Austin Hornbaker*, Samuel Juetten
  • Deer Valley: Slade Hermann, Michael Barnes, Grady Telfer, Jordan Tovar, Peter Tuohy, Victoria Vincent
  • Desert Vista: Angelique Cappo, Chase Boeke, Eric Kooinga, Megan Yousefelahi*, Rex Moore, Sepehr Rostamzadeh, Tessa Reinhart
  • Heritage: Andreas Grossen
  • Horizon: Angelica Gutierrez, Jasmine Robinson, Megan Fried
  • Marcos de Niza: Elizabeth Bierwagon
  • McClintock: Katie Canevit
  • Mt. Pointe: Kyra de la Torre, Shugri Abdulle, Teresa Velasco
  • Xavier College Prep: Brittney Hintze (2013), Aimee Skornik (2014), Anna Aloma, Areen Badwal. Erin Hintze, Jessica Kuretich, Kate Boyle, Katrina Knapp, Kyra Ochsner Madison Kumnic, Maria Brunacini, Mary Martin, Monica Tibajia, Morgan Snopko, Tianna Bengston, Tristan Richards

*Earned an associate of arts and science degree.


Photos:
1. Group photo of Valley dual grads from Rio Salado Commencement Ceremony with President Chris Bustamante. Photographer Kenneth Krehbiel.
2. Sister Joanie Nuckols with Xavier Prep graduates. Photographer Kenneth Krehbiel.
3. Desert Vista Grads: Chase Boeke, Angelique Cappo, Rex Moore, Megan Yousefelahi and Sepehr Rostamzadeh. Photographer Gordon Fong.

Other high-resolution photographs available at www.facebook.com/RioSaladoCollege

New Summer Hours May 18 – Aug. 14

Image of Rio Salado employee wearing a Rio Salado sweatshirt.
Rio Salado College will implement a new summer hour schedule that includes Friday college wide closures, beginning May 18 and ending August 14.

All college locations and services will be closed on Fridays except the following:
  • Testing Centers at Tempe, Northern, the Communiversity at Surprise
    and the Communiversity at Queen Creek
  • RSC Tempe: Technology Helpdesk phone support, KJZZ, KBACH and Sun Sounds
Please note, the Rio Salado Library in Tempe will also be closed on Saturdays during this time.

We will resume week-long operations on Aug. 17.

This new schedule will provide cost-saving, energy benefits during slower summer months. We hope this does not pose an inconvenience for you. 

We encourage you to use self-serve options at My.maricopa.edu. 

Please visit our locations pages for additional details about college closures.