Sunday, October 19, 2014

5 Successful Time Management Tips

5 Steps to Successful Time Management 1. Create a semester calendar to record when all of your exams, quizzes, papers and finals are due. 2. Choose specific times each day to work on each class. 3.Keep your classwork with you.  If you find yourself with extra time, you can get something done.  4. Prioritize your time.  Sometimes you have to learn to say no. 5. Take time for yourself.
Here are some simple steps to help you manage your time effectively. 

Share your student success strategies.

#timemanagement #5steps #prioritize #organize #plan #iwillgraduate

Cyber Security Awareness Month Lesson 2

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Today's National Cyber Security Awareness Month lesson: 

Be careful about sharing personal data when participating on social networks.

Watch this video for helpful tips.
Stop. Think. Connect.  

One Application for Multiple Scholarships

Maricopa Scholarships One Application Poster for Spring 2015. More details below and at
Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is now accepting applications for Spring 2015. Complete one application for multiple scholarships.

Apply now. Applications close November 15th.

Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Scholarships are privately funded and open to all Maricopa Community College students. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required to apply.

Foundation scholarship applications open twice a year. Students are able to create an account and apply for scholarships online during two application periods, once during the Fall semester and once during the Spring semester. An email notification with specific application dates will be sent to students, staff and faculty each term prior to the application period.

Foundation scholarship applications are reviewed by Maricopa Community Colleges faculty, staff, scholarship donors and community volunteers. Award and denial notifications are sent via email. Awards are generally posted at the start of each semester.

Check the status of your Fall 2014 applications. 

Volunteer to be a scholarship application reviewer.

Learn more at

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Improving Student Information Literacy Skills

High five to the Rio Salado Library team for its efforts to improve students’ Information Literacy skills!

In 2010, when Information Literacy was formally adopted as a college-wide student learning outcome, the Library Faculty Chair began collecting baseline data on students’ online research proficiency by administering the Research Readiness Self-Assessment (RRSA). This test measured how well students could obtain and evaluate online information, as well as their understanding of plagiarism.

Baseline data indicated that students were performing below college-level (college-level is defined as 70% or better). Armed with these data, the Library Program developed and initiated several interventions to help improve Information Literacy student outcomes.

In cooperation with Faculty Chairs, all online course syllabi were modified to include links and information for library resources and services. Additionally, the Library Instructional Coordinator assisted with the design or modification of content and assignments in 31 online courses across disciplines to require more rigorous research, and the use of qualitative, validated library materials in lieu of “Googling.”

After the interventions were in place, Rio Salado students scored higher in all Information Literacy categories. 

The overall score of the pre-intervention cohort was 67.87%, while the post-intervention cohort scored 71.1%. This score exceeded the college-level benchmark, and demonstrated that the interventions were a success!

The library team continues to explore ways to further develop students’ information literacy skills and to prepare them for success in college and beyond. 

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.  

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Affordable Dental Clinic Services for You

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When was the last time you had a dental exam and cleaning?

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public-- while giving students practical educational experiences.

The clinic opened in late spring at its new location in Tempe, AZ. It features 20 patient chairs, six X-ray units, an instrument processing room and serves as an instructional lab where dental hygiene and dental assisting students gain hands-on experience working in a clinic setting.

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“Patients are very happy when they leave our clinic because they know they have had the best treatment possible,” said Holly Harper, Rio Salado’s Faculty Chair of Dental Programs.

“Rio Salado has one of the best dental hygiene programs in the nation. Our Clinical Dental Assisting Program is a unique combination of online and in person. It is one of three programs in the State of Arizona that is accredited."

The clinic can accommodate as many as 20 patients, with an equal number of dental hygiene students and dental assisting students during clinic hours. The students work under the supervision of licensed dentists, registered dental hygienists and certified dental assistants.

Services offered include: blood pressure screening, oral examination, X-rays, cleaning and polishing, fluoride application, gum disease screening, oral hygiene instruction, and other selected services, including sealants and dietary counseling. Services are available to adults and children 4-years of age and older.

Patients should visit their family dentist for other needs such as major restorative work and surgeries. The clinic can provide patients with a list of community dental clinics if they do not already have a dentist.

In addition to the quality services provided by students, patients benefit from an affordable pricing structure.
“Rio Salado's dental clinic provides the best dental hygiene treatment possible, at a reduced fee for the patients,” Harper said. Currently, fees range from $25-35 depending on the age of the patient.

The Rio Salado College Dental Clinic is located at 2250 W. 14th Street in Tempe. Clinic hours and appointments may vary. All new patients must have a screening visit prior to a dental hygiene appointment. To schedule a screening appointment, call (480) 377-4100.

For more information, visit 

This story can also be found in the October 11, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Successful Students Do the Following Things

Here are the latest tips from Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges to help you become a successful student and reach your graduation goal. 
Successful Students do the following things... Students' class attendance is the best predictor of academic performance in college.  Always go to class!  Students who feel connected to their classmates and professors are more likely to complete their goals than those who feel isolated.  GO TO CLASS.  TAKE NOTES. READ ASSIGNMENTS.  SCHEDULE STUDY TIME.  START ASSIGNMENTS EARLY.  ASK QUESTIONS.  GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSOR.  CONNECT WITH YOUR PEERS.  PARTICIPATE IN CAMPUS CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES.  GET ENOUGH SLEEP, EAT WELL AND EXERCISE

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Engage in the dialogue by sharing your #tips #successfulstudent #iwillgraduate

Testing Services at Northern Resume Saturday

Testing services at Rio Salado College Northern will remain closed today but will be available Saturday morning.

In the meantime, please visit our other Testing Centers if you would like to take an exam today. Visit or call 480-517-8560 for additional details about location hours and services.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Testing Center at Rio Salado Northern Closed

Attention Students:

The Testing Center at Rio Salado Northern will be closed this evening and Friday, Oct. 10 due to an unexpected maintenance problem.

We will keep you posted on when services resume. In the meantime, please visit our other Testing Centers to take your exam. Visit or call 480-517-8560 for more information about location hours and services.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cyber Security Awareness Month Lesson 2

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an opportunity for all of us to think about ways we can secure our personal and professional information.

This week, Cyber security expert Miguel Hernandez IV, Ph.D and MCCD Chief Information Security Officer deals with a subject that affects all of us:

Choosing a Safe Password

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Learn about effective strategies you can use to protect your accounts in this video.

Stop. Think. Connect. 

Veterans Healthcare, Benefits & Resources Clinic

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U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, Councilmembers Robin Arredondo-Savage, Corey Woods, Phoenix VA, MIHS, and the East Valley Veterans Education Center are honored to host the

Veterans Healthcare, Benefits & Resources Clinic
Friday, October 17, 2014
10:00 a.m.—8 p.m.
Rio Salado College Southern and EVVEC Complex
3320 S. Price Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282

  • Sign up for medical care
  • Check the status of existing primary care and other appointment requests
  • Receive one-on-one advising from VA benefits eligibility advisers
  • Check eligibility and sign up for Medicaid
  • Receive a range of education and information regarding grief, military sexual trauma, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Receive information on all VBA benefits to include:
  • Compensation, Pension, Vocational and Rehabilitation and Employment, Home Loans, and Education

This is event is free and open to all veterans and their family members.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

In-person Computer Workshops Begin Oct. 17

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Do you have a goal that requires you to further develop your computer skills? Perhaps you want to go to college and are considering taking online classes. Perhaps you have a future job in mind that requires knowing how to use a computer. Maybe you just want to keep in touch with family and friends or access the vast amount of knowledge available on the Internet. Regardless of your goal, Rio Salado has a series of workshops to help you take the first step.

The workshops are comprised of three, three-hour, non-credit, in-person (hybrid) basic computer classes, which will be held at RSC-Northern, RSC-Downtown, RSC-Avondale, RSC-LLC, RSC-Thomas, RSC-Southern throughout 2014-15.

Workshops begin as early as Oct. 17 at RSC Downtown and Nov. 7 at RSC Northern.

Dates and times vary by location. Review class schedule pages at or click on the class schedule links below for current offerings.

Here's a list of the classes available to you: 
Basic Computer Workshop 1 (CBP800-01CPT):
Basic Operating System, Basic Internet, Basic Word 1

Basic Computer Workshop 2 (CBP800-02CPT):
Basic Word 2, Basic Excel 1, Maricopa Email
(Pre-requisite: Must complete CBP800-01CPT in order to register for CBP800-02CPT.)

Basic Computer Workshop 3 (CBP800-03CPT ):
Basic Excel 2, Basic PowerPoint
(Pre-requisite: Must complete CBP800-02CPT in order to register for CBP800-03CPT.)

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Computer Workshops Registration Options 2014 -2015
Enrollment and payment for the basic computer workshops can be completed by phone, online, or in person at Rio Salado's Tempe headquarters.

Each workshop requires a $15 fee paid with advance registration.

These workshops are open to the public. If you are not already admitted into the college, you can complete the “noncredit” quick admit at or call Student Enrollment Services at (480-517-8540) to register. 

Register by Telephone
480-517-8540 or 800-729-1197

Mon – Thurs, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Register Online
1. Choose your classes from our online class schedule
2. Add the classes you want to your worksheet
3. Head over to and register for the classes listed on your worksheet. If you are unsure how to use, check out our Start at Rio guide.

Register In-Person
Register with Student Enrollment Services at our Tempe headquarters.
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Mon – Thurs, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.