Tuesday, July 29, 2014

MAPP Guarantees Transfer to ASU

You wouldn’t take a road trip without a map, right? The Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) is an ideal navigational tool for Maricopa Community Colleges students on their way to Arizona State University.

The free program helps students transition to and complete their bachelor’s degree at ASU through a prescribed sequence of coursework, specialized academic advisement and guidance from an ASU transfer specialist. Rio Salado College students are guaranteed admission to certain ASU degree programs when all MAPP requirements are met.

“This is ideal for new and returning students, especially those who may not be familiar with college and university requirements or cannot afford the tuition of a four-year university,” said Rio Salado Director of Academic Advisement David Hall. “We work hand-and-hand with ASU Transfer Specialists to make sure students meet requirements, stay on-track and transfer seamlessly.”


Rio Salado and ASU graduate Andrew Allred credits MAPP for opening doors to his education.

Allred dropped out of high school at 17 and spent the next five years of his life working and volunteering but thoughts of pursuing an education nagged at him.

“I saw how higher education empowered people to do greater amounts of good in the world, so I knew I had to go back to school,” he said. “I got my GED just shy of my 22nd birthday and found out about the MAPP transfer program shortly thereafter.”

The birth of Allred’s first child solidified his educational and career path.

“She came into this world with several life threatening health complications,” said Allred. “The medical staff exercised an incredible amount of expertise in treating her conditions and ultimately saved her life. Having my beautiful and perfectly healthy daughter come home, caused me to realize I would settle for nothing less than paying forward compassionate and competent health care to other individuals and families in medically vulnerable situations.”

Allred earned an Associate of Arts degree with high distinction from Rio Salado in 2012 and transferred to ASU to study Nutrition that fall.

“I chose to attend ASU because of their dedication, as is evident in the MAPP program, to help students in community colleges take their education to the next level with a seamless transition,” said Allred

Allred graduated summa cum laude with a with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition from ASU in May of 2014 and will begin his Master of Science Physician Assistant program at Baylor College of Medicine this fall.

ASU Transfer specialist Erika Camarillo
is available for in-person meetings on
Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Tower
at Rio in Tempe. Contact Erika now

MAPP is designed for students like Allred who have chosen a major and can complete their community college program of study within three years. There are select degree programs available, which include the most popular ASU majors for community college transfer students. More will be developed over time. Visit transfer.asu.edu/riosalado for eligible degree programs.

Students pay community college tuition and fees while attending Rio Salado and then ASU rates upon transfer. MAPP participants are also eligible for the Tuition Commitment Program, which limits tuition increases that may occur during a student’s program of study. Visit students.asu.edu/tuition/commitment for more details.

For additional details about MAPP and to begin the enrollment process, visit www.riosalado.edu/mapp or call 480-517-8580.

This story can also be found in the July 26 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Rio Salado - Great College to Work For®

The Chronicle of Higher Education included Rio Salado College in its 2014 list of Great Colleges to Work For®.

Now in its seventh year, the Great Colleges program recognizes small groups of colleges for specific best practices and policies and has become one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country.

The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received Great Colleges recognition was the employee feedback.

Rio Salado employees recognized the college for providing outstanding:
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Diversity
  • Facilities, Workspace and Security
  • Professional/Career-Development Programs
  • Teaching Environment
  • Work/Life Balance
Surveys were contributed by 278 participating institutions and completed by 43,516 administrators, faculty members and professional staff.

Rio Salado has been a long-time leader in online learning because our greatest asset is the dedicated, caring, and innovative faculty and staff. The college integrates the principles of inclusion, diversity, and respect throughout the organization and Rio Salado employees show a deep understanding of how the work they do supports the college mission.

We hope you will consider sharing your skills and passion for education as a member of our team. Please visit our jobs page http://www.riosalado.edu/jobs for details about faculty, staff and part-time opportunities.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tips on How to Avoid the Back-to-School Rush

The back-to-school rush is almost here. To accommodate the increased demand during this summer peak season, the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will provide a variety of student services on Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   

The following student services will be available:

Academic Advisement
Bookstore
Cashier's Office
Financial Aid
Registration and Records

The bookstore will also be open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sept. 13.

The Testing Center, Knowledge Commons and Technology Support Helpdesk will have normal Saturday hours.

Visit our online listings for more details about important dates, closures and extended service hours.

Peak season starts in early August and continues through September. 

Here are a few tips to help you avoid lines and hold times on the phone: 
  • Take advantage of self-serve options like the financial aid steps and my.maricopa.edu to-do list.
  • Avoid the lunchtime rush between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and try to call before 10 a.m. You can always leave a message requesting a callback.
  • Avoid calling or coming in on Mondays and consider a mid-week visit. 
  • Come prepared before you call or come in to see an advisor by reviewing your program at www.riosalado.edu/programs.

For a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado College visit www.startatrio.com




Bookstore Sale 30% Discount

Take advantage of special discounts of 30% off on textbooks, apparel, supplies, accessories and more at the Rio Salado College Bookstore in Tempe. Sale ends Aug. 3.

Visit http://ow.ly/yY0JV for hours of service.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Town of QC Candidate Forum July 30

The Queen Creek Town Council Candidate forum is right around the corner.

Engage in the dialogue July 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

Send your questions for the candidates to Queen Creek/San Tan Valley Independent News Editor Wendy Miller at wmiller@newszap.com.

Check out this Independent feature by Ms. Miller for more details and insights: ow.ly/zvEeq

There are eight candidates running to fill three open seats on the Queen Creek Town Council. They are, clockwise from top left, Lanny Brown, Del Caron, Larry Chesley, Jason Gad, Juliea Wheatley, Emilena Turley, Kyle Robinson and Dawn Oliphant (Wendy Miller, Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA).

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Employer-sponsored Educational Opportunities

Some companies offer perks like free coffee, Ping-Pong tables in break rooms, and off-site team building activities (read: laser tag)! But several Valley employers are giving their employees something even more valuable: access to a college education.

Rio Salado College has educational partnerships with dozens of local companies. Through the partnerships, employees can receive credit for on-the-job training, and take any remaining credits needed to complete an associate degree from Rio Salado.

These employer-sponsored educational partnerships are mutually beneficial because employees further their education, leading to career advancement, while employers gain a more skilled workforce.



“I knew I was earning credits while attending the deputy academy, but it didn’t click at the time that I could do something with them,” said Guillermo Garcia, a detective with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Garcia earned an associate degree in law enforcement technology from Rio Salado in May. He credits the training he received on the job along with the opportunity to earn college credits with helping him reach this milestone.

“After an evaluation by Rio Salado’s academic advisement department, I learned I only needed three classes to achieve my degree,” Garcia said. “I really didn't want to go back to school. Once I started, I realized getting a college education wasn't difficult. Plus it was a good influence on my children to see me graduate.”

Garcia plans on continuing his education.

“I want to become a lawyer after I retire, so I am working on a bachelor’s degree in public administration through Rio Salado’s partnership with Northern Arizona University,” Garcia said. “This program is great because I can take classes at the community college rate and transfer those credits to NAU.”

APS employee Richard Martinez is another student who also gained a college degree with the help of his employer.

“I decided to earn a college degree to empower myself and to equip myself with the tools needed to be able to function in today’s society,” Martinez said.

Thanks to the educational partnership between APS and Rio Salado College, Martinez is on his way.

“It was very beneficial for me to receive college credits for successfully completing my employer's training,” Martinez said. “This was the jump-start I needed. Without this program, it would have taken me longer to complete my degree.”

Martinez found the entire experience seamless, noting the convenience and cost savings. However, he also had to learn how to budget his time.

“My greatest challenge while taking classes was juggling work and school,” Martinez said. “It is very challenging to do both. It definitely takes a great deal of discipline and dedication to be able to focus on school and accomplish your goals.”

The education bug has bitten Martinez, too.

“I sincerely believe that I am a lifelong learner,” he said. “I really love to learn. Therefore my long-range career and educational goals include learning as much as possible about things that interest me as well as things that do not. I eventually would like to receive a master’s degree in business.”

If your company would like to explore educational partnerships with Rio Salado College, please call 480-517-8512.

This story can also be found in the July 19 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College. 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Rio Library Database: Ethnic NewsWatch

Ethnic NewsWatch is a current resource of full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives. Check it out!

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Student-loan Debt-settlement Scams

Reporter Adriene Hill of the public radio show Marketplace ran a story this month about unscrupulous companies that are tricking borrowers into paying upfront fees for student-loan debt-settlement services they don't provide, including a fake “Obama Forgiveness Program.”

Hill discovered that some of these companies are charging upwards of $1600 for debt consolidation services that are available free of charge from the government.

Take the time to listen to Payback time for student-loan scams? and take advantage of related tips and resources listed on the host web page. It will be a wise investment of your time.

Marketplace can be heard on 91.5 KJZZ, a community service of Rio Salado College.