Showing posts with label CPDNews. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CPDNews. Show all posts

Thursday, August 25, 2016

MCCCDF Scholarship Applications Open Sept. 1

MCCCDF logo.  Time left to apply: 6 days, 11 hours 28 minutes left until scholarship applications open on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 12:01 a.m.  For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, 2,335 scholarships were awarded for a total of 1,597,657.

It's almost time to apply for Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarships! Applications open Sept. 1.

There are hundreds of scholarships to choose from-- including exclusive opportunities for Rio Salado College students and employees-- and veterans!

The streamlined process, which only requires one general application, will make it well worth your time!

Visit mcccdf.academicworks.com to view opportunities available to you.

Need help with your application? Don't hesitate to call on Rio Salado’s Counseling Services team!

#Arizona #college #scholarships #mcccd #mcccdf #RioSaladoCollege

Monday, August 22, 2016

Student Success Tip: Plan Ahead

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Successful students plan ahead!
  • Create a semester calendar to record due dates for all exams, quizzes, papers, and finals.
  • Plan to study! 1 hour of class time = 2 hours of study time.
  • Plan to succeed: prioritize your time and stay informed.

#‎Iwillgraduate‬ ‪#‎studentsuccess‬ ‪#‎RioWaves‬ ‪#‎StudentSuccessTips‬

We Can Help You Transition Back to School

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Meet Carlos Nuñez, a successful student who has benefited from Rio Salado's Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program, which helped him transition into college.
"The AACE Program has given me strength, determination, and much knowledge to move forward in my education," said Nuñez. "This incredible experience is highly recommended to everybody interested in success. The only thing you can lose is your lack of knowledge."
Are you interested in college and ready to commit to completing a degree, certificate, or a workforce training? Whether you need assistance preparing for the GED® test, learning English as a second language, finding financial aid or meeting any of the other challenges of returning to school-- we're ready to help.

Visit this web page to learn how we can help you.

#‎GED‬ ‪#‎ESL‬ ‪#‎ABE‬ ‪#‎YouGotThis‬ #NewToCollege

Friday, August 19, 2016

Advising 101 Group Webinar Sessions Aug. 22 & 25

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Rio Salado will offer Advising 101 group webinar sessions, Monday, Aug. 22 and Thursday, Aug. 25.

Advising 101 satisfies Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” to complete registration in my.maricopa.edu.

image of three students smiling.  Text outlining the four-step enrollment process: 1. Get admitted.  2. Take Placement Test 3. See an Academic Advisor, register for classes, attend orientation. 4. Pay tuition and fees.

Students will learn how to:
● Work with an advisor to reach their educational goals.
● Choose appropriate classes and programs.
● Apply prior college classes to their program.
● Transfer credits to a university program.
● Find resources and tips to help them succeed.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for the latest details about Advising 101 sessions and to join the webinars.

Sessions are free and open to all Maricopa Community Colleges students.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Differences Between Advisors & Counselors

Young woman in a virtual world, looking up at a road sign pointing to: Counselors, Advisors, Admissions and Recruiters.

Not sure whether you need to see an advisor or counselor? You're not alone. This subject comes up quite a bit. Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald provides a distinction between the two in this RioNews blog.

Similar but Different: Academic Advising & Counseling

Have you ever heard a student refer to a recruiter, financial aid technician, admissions & records specialist, or academic advisor as a counselor? The answer is likely yes.

The term counselor is often inaccurately used by many to refer to various roles in higher education and can create confusion and frustration. One of the most common misconceptions is the difference between a counselor and academic advisor. While academic advisors and counselors work closely together, they fulfill different roles for students, staff, faculty, and administration.

An academic advisor’s position is multifaceted, as advisors assist students with many crucial questions. On the other hand, a counselor’s role is also multidimensional, and relates to educational planning, yet, in a different way.

Here is a table to help clarify some of the distinguishing duties of these important roles.


Counselors
Advisors
Helps students decide on major

Evaluates transcripts
Assists students in their career exploration
Provides necessary coursework for specific programs and degrees

Administers career assessments
Assists with the understanding of how college credits transfer 

Supports students and makes referrals for personal concerns such as homelessness, mental health, and domestic issues

Explains various degree options and differences between two-year and four-year degrees
Contributes to the development and attainment of educational and career goals

Delivers information regarding specific courses and course requirements
Provides job leads and related resources
Interprets placement test scores and makes appropriate course recommendations

Resume help
Recommends suitable academic plan to meet educational and career goals

Coping with crisis situations as a result of balancing roles of student, parent, and/or employee

Provides information on college graduation requirements

It is recommended and encouraged that students seek academic advising and career counseling throughout their college journey to increase the momentum needed to reach professional goals, as well as to begin building a solid, supportive, and reliable team to facilitate the guidance needed to graduate with a college degree.

Be sure to visit Rio Salado’s Counseling and Career Services and Academic Advisement web pages for additional details on how to connect with specialists to help you with your educational and career goals.

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.
 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Get Inspired by CGCC Dual Enrollment Grads

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Do yourself a favor and take a few moments to read this story by the East Valley Tribune about the extraordinary Begaye sisters-- Chandler-Gilbert Community College's 2016 superstar dual enrollment grads. 

It will likely inspire you to make the most of your day!

Congratulations Chenoa and Tanyka!


‪#‎mcccd‬ ‪#‎studentsuccess‬ ‪#‎dualenrollment‬ ‪#‎superstars‬

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Rio Salado Counseling Advice on Staying Positive

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“We don’t see things as they are,
we see them as we are.”
—Anais Nin
Perception is powerful!  Here's some advice from Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardenez to help you get over those rainy days and Mondays that get you down.

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As much as I’d like to write differently life is not always easy! Life brings stressors… illness, bad weather, irritating people, finances, work, and more. Often, when negative things are happening the only thing that is able to change is a person’s perspective.

As human beings it is impossible to remain a perfectly balanced, happy, upbeat, and positive 24/7. There are things, however, that you can do to help a negative become well…less negative.

It can take a while for an optimistic train of thought to take root, however, there are three questions to ask in any situation that can help.

1. Ask questions that allow you to see the optimistic viewpoint.
When a stressful and negative situation occurs an easy way to try to make it better is to ask yourself questions to promote a better outlook. For example:
● What can I learn from this situation?
● Are there any opportunities?
● Can I do anything about it?

It’s normal if answers do not come immediately but pondering and journaling can really help!

2. Start your day in a positive way.
Do you enjoy a cup of coffee and a brisk walk? I sure do! There cannot be enough said about exercise and the benefits it has on one’s body and mood. Watch something uplifting and fun. Let’s face it…the news is hard to watch at times and often negative. A positive beginning will carry through your entire day.

3. Choose positive people and activities.
While it may not be possible 100% of the time spending your time with positive and supportive people will lift you up. Learn from others. If you know someone who is genuinely a positive and upbeat person seek them out and simply ask “how do you do it?” Make a mental note of their answers and activities and give them a try. Lastly, do the activities you know you enjoy and that make you smile. Sometimes you will only have 30 minutes but that is 30 minutes of positivity that you didn’t have. There are ups and downs to lives, routines, and responsibilities…it’s up to you to find the positive and joy.


“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardenez on behalf of Rio Salado Counseling, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Counseling Summer Time Advice for Students

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Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardott has a few tips-- to help you make the most of your summer.

Woo Hoo! It’s summertime! Time to lounge by the pool, visit a beach, read a fluff book, hang out with family and friends, and maybe even get a haircut?

All of the above summer activities are highly recommended for sure but there are students who would like to also accomplish academic goals and utilize the summer months to do just that. Here are a few ideas to get started.

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1. Research and find college clubs, organizations, student life activities, and even future alumni opportunities. Networking is huge and will play a huge role in landing a future job. Being actively involved in college activities will not only help a resume, social life, and academic successes but will also grow networking opportunities. Rio Salado College’s Student Life and Leadership Department engages students in leadership, service, and fellowship. You can locate all the information you need via this web page or by calling Student Life and Leadership at 480-517-8050.

2. If you are finished with your degree or program become an active alum. I promise it’s not just about donations! Your college alumni network is one of your best networking opportunities as a graduate. You can contact your specific degree/program department for more details. Reaching out to fellow graduates, instructors, and current students will grow your network and really encourage your career search and path.

3. Summer time is a great time to visit Rio Salado College’s Counseling and Career Services! Put us on your schedule…you will be so glad you did. Counseling and Career Services (for free) resources, resume assistance, mock interviewing, one-on-one career counseling, and more. Take advantage of all the assistance and opportunities provided to you.

4. Take a summer course. Summer school isn’t a punishment…it’s an opportunity to get a class done quickly. Take two summer courses! It’s such a unique benefit having your course work online. You can study while catching that tan.

Summer time goes quickly and I know you want to have fun and relax but if you also want to accomplish some academic goals go for it! Regardless of your choice… don’t worry! Be happy!

Contributed by Autumn Cardott on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Check out Rio Salado's online catalog for a look at courses available to you this summer. Classes start Monday!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Advising 101: New Group Advising Sessions!

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Rio Salado College is offering group advising sessions this summer to help students meet registration requirements and get started on the right track. These Advising 101 sessions will be held in person and via webinar.

banner for MCCCD 4-step enrollment process: Step 1: Get Admitted.  Step 2: Take Placement Test.  Step 3: Seek Academic Advisement, Register for Classes, Attend New Student Orientation.  Step 4: Pay Tuition and Fees.
Advising 101 satisfies Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” to complete registration in my.maricopa.edu.

poster art: Text: Step #: Advising and Registration.  Illustrated image of an advisor on headset and shot of a class schedule.
Students will learn how to:
● Work with an advisor to reach their educational goals.
● Choose appropriate classes and programs.
● Apply prior college classes to their program.
● Transfer credits to a university program.
● Find resources and tips to help them succeed.

In-Person Group Advising 101 Sessions
RSC Northern - Monday, June 20, 10 a.m.
RSC Southern - Tuesday, June 28, 11 a.m.
RSC Lifelong Learning Center - Wednesday, June 29, 11 a.m.
Communiversity at Queen Creek - Thursday, June 30, 6 p.m.
RSC Downtown -Tuesday, July 12, 6 p.m.
RSC Avondale - Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m.
RSC Thomas - Monday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m.
Rio Tempe - Wednesday, Aug. 10 6 p.m.
RSC Northern - Monday, July 5 10 a.m.

Webinar Group Advising 101 Sessions
Wednesday, July 27, Noon
Wednesday, July 27, 6 p.m.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for the latest details about Advising 101 sessions.

Students do not need to register in advance for in-person or webinar sessions.

Students will be provided details on how to report their mandatory advisement requirements during the session they choose.

The sessions are free and open to all students.

Students may continue to seek advisement individually by phone, in-person or email.

For more information contact Academic Advisement at (480) 517-8580 or academic.advisement@riosalado.edu.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Xavier College Prep Grads Lead Dual Pack!

Xavier Prep Grads at Commencement 2016

Earn college degree before graduating from high school -- check. Astonish friends and family with academic achievements – check. Be two steps ahead on life’s path to success – check.

The students of Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix are leading the pack when it comes to dual enrollment. Of the record 64 Valley high school students earning associate degrees from Rio Salado College this spring, 33 are from the all-female Xavier College Prep.

Thanks to dual enrollment, Xavier students Andrea Gray, Miranda Albo and Ashlynn Holloway all have big plans for the future.

Andrea Gray
“I can say I earned my college degree before finishing high school,” Gray said. “This will stay with me through every future employment and academic opportunity.”

Gray’s future plans include pursuing an engineering career after being exposed to a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program through Girl Scouts in fourth grade.

“I knew then I wanted to be an engineer and stumbled across aeronautical engineering,” Gray said. She is graduating from Xavier Prep with a 3.8 GPA, and earning an Associate in Arts at Rio Salado.

Gray plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, majoring in aerospace engineering with a concentration in astronautics and a minor in global security.

Eventually, she plans to earn a master’s degree and hopes to work for NASA or SpaceX, the independent American aerospace company run by Elon Musk.

Albo, who is also earning an Associate in Arts, will be attending the University of Arizona this fall. She is interested in studying a STEM subject, but also finds joy in art classes like sculpture and ceramics.


“I love the idea of working with my hands and creating an object that has meaning to it,” Albo said.

She credits dual enrollment for its convenience and affordability.

“Dual enrollment is so worth it and makes your life easier,” Albo said. “The biggest benefit was the ability to graduate from high school with a large number of credits, minimizing the cost of college.”

For Holloway, dual enrollment offered a chance to get a head start on college.

“With my basic courses taken care of, I now have the advantage of taking college classes that are major-specific, which will allow me to learn more as I continue my education,” Holloway said.

Holloway is graduating with an Associate in Arts from Rio Salado and has a 3.8 GPA at Xavier College Prep. She plans to pursue a double-major with the courses that have been freed up through the dual enrollment program.

Holloway said the success coaches in the dual enrollment program at Rio Salado also helped her find alternative ways to complete the requirements for an associate degree with her busy schedule, setting up options like online classes.

Sister Joanie Nuckols


Sister Joanie Nuckols, Vice Principal for Academics and campus minister at Xavier College Prep, said the high school has a tightknit community based on common goals of educational excellence.

“The most rewarding aspect of teaching is watching students learn to think critically, grow in wisdom and be able to explain their own point of view,” Nuckols said.

Whatever paths they each may choose, the students at Xavier College Prep are fit to conquer anything that comes their way.


Contributing writer Alyssa DeMember has served Rio Salado's Academic Advisement team since 2014. She is one of several academic advisors available to help you along your educational journey.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Finals & End of Year Success Tips

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Some of you are still wrapping up finals. Here are some tips from Rio Salado counseling team member Autumn Cardott to help you end your semester block with success!

It’s that time of year again! Summer is around the corner, the weather is getting a lot warmer, many classes are ending, semesters are winding down, and students are stressed to the max! The finish line is close and you can make this last push count.

3 tips to help you succeed

1. Self-care Sleep! Many students put sleep on the back burner during stressful times, however, getting enough sleep is key when it comes to being successful in school. Exercise and eat healthy! Make time to feel good…a brisk 30 minute walk and an apple will do a body wonders. Students should take time to treat themselves! All of those things that are so enjoyable (reading, catching a movie, social hour with friends) do them!

2. Get Help Take advantage of tutors,  instructors, counselors, etc. Rio Salado College offers tutoring and students really need to take advantage of that. It’s free and so worth the trip to work with someone who understands your subject. Make an appointment with a counselor! Rio Salado’s Counseling Department can definitely help with time management, test anxiety, study skills, and more. Finally, ask your instructor questions…they have been where you are and really want to help.


3. Plan and work your plan-- avoid cramming Sit down and take a look at your schedule, obligations, and courses/assignments. Make a to-do list on the best course of action to get exams and projects done. Avoid cramming! This is very critical. Staying up and studying all night before a final exam will not be nearly as beneficial as studying material several times over a longer period.

Remember, this is a season. Finals, projects, classes do not last forever. Finish out strong and look forward to celebrating your successes in just a few short weeks. You can do it!

Contributed by Autumn Cardott on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Rio Salado Library Learning Outcomes Guides

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Rio Salado College is committed to the assessment and improvement of the following college-wide Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Oral Communication
  • Reading, and Writing.

For help understanding these outcomes, visit the Student Learning Outcomes Guides.


Each guide covers the specific expectations of each outcome and provides support material to help you achieve mastery.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Celebrate Graduation Rio Waves Class of 2016

Image of a student in cap and gown.  Text: Celebrate your accomplishment! Rio Waves Class of 2016.

We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of Rio Waves at the 2016 commencement and High School Equivalency (HSE) graduation ceremonies this May!   

Visit our commencement and HSE graduation web pages for details about preparing for these special events.

image of 2015 commencement ceremony
Rio Commencement
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Orpheum Theater
203 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Rio HSE Graduation
Thursday, May 26, 2016 
Orangewood Nazarene Church
7510 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85051


Caps, Gowns & Tassels
Graduates participating in the ceremonies must wear the official Rio Salado blue gown, cap and 2016 tassel. The graduation fee includes the cost of these items, as well as a diploma cover.

Photos, DVDs, Broadcasts & Live Stream
Grad Images will be taking photos during the ceremonies, which you can purchase a few weeks after each ceremony. We will provide updates when photos are available. Rio Salado staff photographers will also be taking photos, which we will post to our Facebook page for you to upload and tag.

image of a 2015 grad walking across the stage

DVD copies of the ceremonies will be available for sale at each of the events. The cost is $20 and must be paid at the time the order is placed. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

MCTV Cox Channel 115 will videotape the graduation and commencement ceremonies for broadcast at a later time. The May 11 commencement ceremony will also be available as a live stream. Visit this page to tune in.

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Get Your Rio Waves Keepsakes
The Rio Salado Bookstore will have Rio Waves merchandise like tee-shirts, hats and other mementos you can purchase at each of the events-- to help you remember your special day.


Choose Your Favorite Grad Badge
Visit this web page to vote for, download and share your favorite grad badge.  
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Share Your Selfies and Stories

Friday, April 29, 2016

Positive Paths Scholarship for Women!

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The Positive Paths Scholarship Program assists women who are returning to school to improve their lives and enhance their career opportunities.

The scholarship program was established to help women who have overcome major obstacles including poverty, domestic violence, death of a spouse, loss of a job,illness of family members, issues with children or other challenges. Recipients can use the award to pay for tuition, fees and books.

Scholarship amounts vary based on individual needs, up to a maximum of $2,000 per academic year and are available to students who are enrolled in or accepted to an East Valley vocational/skills training program, a community college or Arizona public university.

Deadline is May 19, 2016.

Get started on the application now!

Check out this inspiring video to see see how Positive Paths is building life bridges for women:


Rio Salado is a proud supporter of the Positive Paths scholarship program.