Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tips for Writing a Research Paper

As you progress through college, especially if you choose to transfer to a university, you will be required to write papers either solely based on research or a combination of research and opinion.
Here are some guidelines you may find useful for such a task:

Create a Schedule
Plan a daily schedule several weeks in advance to decide what components you will work on and when. Writing a research paper is a task that cannot be completed successfully in a few days.

Choose a Topic & Begin Research
  • Develop a research question or questions
  • Choose short phrases from your question to conduct your research
  • Brainstorm alternative phrases that relate to your topic to increase your research results.
  • Ask a librarian for help with using keywords associated with your topic: http://blog.riosalado.edu/2015/07/ask-librarian-online-anytime.html
Evaluate Research
Construct Your Outline
  • You can create a formal outline or a simple list of how you think you will organize your paper based on the research you found
  • Remember this outline may continuously change as you begin to write your paper, and this is ok as the outline is not going to be graded. Keep in mind it is merely a tool to help you structure your writing
Familiarize Yourself with Format Type
Begin Rough Draft, Edit, Submit
  • Use your outline to begin your rough draft. You can also refer to online resources such as: http://libguides.riosalado.edu/ and http://www.riosalado.edu/library/owl/Pages/default.aspx
  • Dedicate blocks of time each day to writing
  • Highlight or mark sentences in your paper you wish to cite using APA or MLA
  • Proofread your paper and ask at least two other people to review your writing for grammatical errors
  • Submit your paper on time

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Celebrate Your Right to Vote

Fifty years ago on Aug. 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act, permanently prohibiting any discriminatory election practices. It is this law that made voting equal to all American citizens, regardless of race.

"The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man...all Americans must have the right to vote, and we are going to give them that right." - President Lyndon B. Johnson

Your vote counts! Drop in to Rio Salado to pick up your free Constitution pocketbook, containing everything you need to know about your rights and your duty to vote.

Voter Resources

Rock the Vote: Rock the Vote is the largest non-profit, non-partisan and privately funded organization in the U.S. that uses pop culture, art, music and technology to drive millennials to voting booths.

VoteSmart.org: Project VoteSmart is a nonpartisan, privately funded organization “working hard to strengthen the most component of democracy – access to information."

Maricopa County Recorder: The recorder’s office will have information about upcoming elections deadlines as well as links for people to register to vote, including sign-up for the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL).

Arizona Republic/AZCentral: The My Ballot guide on azcentral gives voters a place to peruse information specific to their locality by providing their zip code.

iSideWith: For those who are undecided, and need help cutting through the noise and hype to the heart of the issues, iSideWith provides an inventory of multiple questions related to political typology and public policy issues, and returns a report of which candidates and parties one “sides with."

Center For Civic Participation: If you require assistance with your voter registration/education drives in the form of materials or trainings, simply put in a request for service.

National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 22.

Want to get more involved? Check out Rio Salado's Student Life and Leadership groups for more engagement opportunities. Read more.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rio Salado Testing Center Services

Did you know that Rio Salado's testing centers serve thousands of Valley residents including U.S. military personnel, U.S. Postal Service workers, FBI agents, GED® test-takers and college students?

Each of Rio Salado’s nine Valley-wide testing centers offers 33 CLEP exams, which assess subject matter proficiency and provide an opportunity for students to receive college credit with qualifying scores. Students can apply knowledge they’ve gained through prior coursework, independent study, internships, job training, professional development and personal pursuits.

There are also testing services for IT professionals who need to keep certifications up-to-date, including Pearson Vue CompTIA certification exams, which are recognized by thousands of companies as a predictor of employee success.

All Maricopa students, faculty and staff are eligible for significant discounts on these exams. Students pursuing A+ certification save about 55%. Network+ certification students pay approximately half the normal rate. Rio Salado students may also receive college credit for their certifications.

Rio Salado testing centers also offer exams that assess English language skills, Adobe Certified Associate and Microsoft Office Specialist Certiport exams and more!

For a comprehensive view of the types of services offered, the locations, hours of service, forms of identification required and other details, visit: www.riosalado.edu/testing.

Earn a Certificate or Degree in Retail Mgmt.

Interested in pursuing a career in retail management? Rio Salado’s certificate and associate degree in retail management are helping dozens of local employees get the training needed for management careers in the retail food industry!

The curriculum will provide you with the background and knowledge to develop the judgment skills you will exercise as a business manager.

Certificate & Degree Programs
Many local retailers, such as Fry’s Food Stores, Basha’s, Safeway, Albertsons, Smart & Final, have begun paying for employees to take retail management classes for the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) certificate.

The WAFC is an organization that serves the food industry by providing educational programs for food industry associates. Many of the large grocery chains are WAFC members.

Watch a short video on the many benefits of Rio's retail management certificate.

To learn more about Rio Salado’s retail management degree and certificate, visit www.riosalado.edu/retail