Friday, October 9, 2015

A Renewed Commitment to ‪#‎ClimateLeadership!

Image of MCCCD Executive Council signing sustainability commitment

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Chancellor Rufus Glasper and his Executive Council reaffirmed the Maricopa Community Colleges' commitment to sustainability. Each member signed the 2015 Climate Leadership Network (formerly ACUPCC) Integrated Climate Leadership Commitment.

Rio Salado College is proud to join MCCCD and the Network in their commitment to building a sustainable global future and to renew our pledge to develop innovative, sustainable solutions as a college!

At Rio Salado, sustainability is more than just "thinking green," it's a way of life! 

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children ~ Native American Proverb 

To learn more about our commitment to sustainability, visit

#‎ClimateLeadership #‎ClimateChange‬ ‪#‎HigherEd‬ ‪#‎Sustainability‬ ‪#‎ActOnClimate‬

Free Parent Workshops Begin Oct. 10

Image from flier: Father taking care of an infant in a crib.  Text: Rio Salado College and the Communiversity at Queen Creek Host Parenting Workshops

The first in a series of free community workshops for parents hosted by Rio Salado College’s Early Childhood and Human Development Program and Shining Stars Learning Center will begin this Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

These non-credit classes, which will take place monthly from October 2015 - April 2016, are based on a training program developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University, which promotes the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and school readiness by the age of five.

program flier, text is the same as blog.Saturday Workshops
10a.m. - 12p.m.


Oct. 10 - Making Connection - This Saturday!
Nov. 14 - Making it Happen
Dec. 12 - Why Do Children Do What They Do?

Jan. 9 - Recognizing and Dealing with Childhood Trauma
Feb. 20 - Teach Me What to Do!
Mar. 12 - Facing the Challenge (Part 1)
Apr. 9 - Facing the Challenge (Part 2)

Register online with Shining Stars Learning Center at or call (480) 888-9545.  

Participants will earn a two-hour training certificate upon completion of each class. The classes meet Arizona’s Children Association and A Place to Call Home training requirements.

Image of Shining Stars Learning Center front door and staff.
Classes are free and open to the public.

Learn more about Rio Salado instructor and co-owner of Shining Stars Learning Center Victoria Diforte, in this related blog story.

Interested in taking your education a step further? Learn how Rio Salado can help you earn a degree in Early Childhood Administration and Management.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Rio Salado College staff, students and guests gathered for a moment of silence at 11 a.m. to honor the memory of the victims of last week's tragedy at Umpqua Community College and to let the UCC community know that we stand with them as they begin the process of healing.
"With this offering, we also show our support to our friends and colleagues who are working tirelessly to pick up the pieces on the UCC campus." --Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

#IamUCC Moment of Silence Oct. 8, 11 a.m.

text over white: #IamUCC

We encourage you to join Rio Salado, the Maricopa Community Colleges and our country in a National Moment of Silence in memory of Umpqua Community College victims on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 11 a.m.

Staff, students and guests are invited to gather for a group memorial by the amphitheater between the Hohokam and Tower buildings at Rio Salado's Tempe headquarters. Please arrive by 10:55 a.m. if you plan to take part.

Let’s show Umpqua that we stand with them as they begin the process of healing their campus community.

Apply for MCCDF Scholarships by Oct. 12!

image of graduates. text: Pursue Your Dreams

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarship deadline is quickly approaching.  You have until October 12, 2015 to submit your application! 

There are several scholarship opportunities specifically for Rio Salado College students and employees, including the We Are Rio Employee Scholarship fund, the Dr. Harry E. Whyte Memorial Scholarship for Dental Hygiene students and the Rio Salado College/Helios Foundation Teacher Certification Scholarship Program.

Visit and enter “Rio Salado” into the search engine to find opportunities unique to the college.

One general application, hundreds of scholarships.

Visit this Maricopa Colleges web page for successful tips and strategies to consider in all of your scholarship applications.

Rio Salado students who need additional help are encouraged to reach out to our Counseling team for assistance.

Scholarships are one of the best ways to cover expenses because you don’t have to pay them back, yet so many students don’t take advantage of them, leaving thousands of dollars unclaimed. It will be well worth your time to apply!