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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

image of a compass pointing to the word success

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

Poster with a montage of words relating to Student Learning Outcomes.

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.

image of Rio mascot Splash in cap and gown
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.  
images of 2016 grad badges

Share Your Selfies and Stories

Friday, April 29, 2016

Positive Paths Scholarship for Women!

Logo for Positive Paths.  Video clip of a woman holding a sign that reads: Wife, Mother, Volunteeer, Grandmother, Student, Friend, Employee, Woman

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.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Celebrate Your Graduation with MCCCD Pride!

flier for Maricopa Convocations.  Text: Celebrate Student Diversity! All Maricopa Community College graduates, their friends and families, and all employees are invited to attend any of the Convocation ceremonies.  Some convocations have limited seating. Please register in advance. What Are Cultural Convocations?  Maricopa traditionally offers students the opportunity to celebrate graduation through culturally focused Convocations, which are smaller, more intimate graduation celebrations that are focused on a particular discipline, skill or culture. They affirm our students and reach out to families and friends in a meaningful way. Asian Pacific Islander – April 30 4-6 p.m.  Rio Salado Conference Center CONTACT/RSVP Ariyana Skauge | 480.857.5559 ariyana.skauge@cgc.edu LGBTQA – April 30, 12-2 p.m. Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus Community Rom (M200).  CONTACT/RSVP Richard Schultz | 480.731.8399 richard.schultz@domail.maricopa.edu Hispanic – May 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Glendale Civic Center 5750 W. Glenn Drive Glendale AZ 85301. CONTACT/RSVP Christina Izaguirre | 623.935.8968 christina.izaguirre@estrellamountain.edu Black/African American - May 7, 2-4 p.m. South Mountain Community College Performing Center. CONTACT/RSVP Yvette Strickling | 480.732.7322 yvette.strickling@cgc.edu  American Indian – May 12, 6-8 p.m., Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center. CONTACT/RSVP Yvonne Dinehdeal | 480.461.7254 yvonne.dinehdeal@mesacc.edu  For more information about Convocations at Maricopa Community Colleges contact Terry Mitich at 480.731.8659 To reserve your seat visit: maricopa.edu/convocations  The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.
  
RSVP to attend or volunteer for one of the upcoming Maricopa Community Colleges Convocations:  Asian Pacific Islander, LGBTQA, Veterans, Hispanic, Black/African-American and American Indian. 

The first set of convocations are scheduled for this Saturday, April 30 to celebrate the accomplishments of MCCCD LGBTQA and Asian Pacific Islander students! 

RSVP now!

#RioGrad

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Student Success Tip: Plan, Prepare and Act!

Poster with splash and illustrations of three students.  Text: What do successful Rio Waves do? They plan, prepare and act!  ‪

What do successful Rio Waves do?  

They plan, prepare and act!

We can help you along the way!  Call on our academic advisors, tutors and counselors for support!


#‎iwillgraduate‬ ‪#‎YouGotThis‬ ‪#‎StudentSuccessTip‬

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Student Success Tip: Don't Ever Quit!

Poster that reads: Don't ever, ever, ever quit.   Image of Rio mascot Splash holding a megaphone
What do successful Rio Waves do?  They don't quit!

Even if things seem difficult-- don’t give up on your class or yourself. You can do it! You belong here!

Don't go it alone! We're here to help you succeed!

‪#‎dontgiveup‬ ‪#‎neverquit‬ ‪#‎askforhelp‬ ‪#‎believeinyourself‬ ‪#‎iwillgraduate‬ ‪#‎YouGotThis‬ ‪#‎StudentSuccessTip‬

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Student Spotlight: 2016 Commencement Speakers

photos of Cristales and Hammerle

Rio Salado College’s 2016 commencement ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix. The two student’s chosen to speak at the event are Elizabeth Cristales and Lorna Ann Hammerle.

image of Elizabeth CristalesCristales graduated from high school in 2001 in Florida, and moved to California to pursue a nursing degree. She successfully completed her nursing program requirements, but then hit a roadblock.

“Because of financial difficulties, I was unable to continue my education,” Cristales said.

Several years later, she found herself in Arizona working in the legal industry, and realized that this was her true calling. But to further her career, Cristales knew she would have to finish her college degree.

“I enrolled in the paralegal program at Rio Salado, and for the past 3 years, I've worked full time while taking classes,” Cristales said.

Even with the support of family and friends, she faced challenges in realizing her dream.
“There were several times where I doubted my own capabilities and where the stress was too much,” Cristales said. “I had to find strength within myself to keep going. It took a lot of planning and a lot of sacrifice but I pushed myself, and I am extremely proud for that.”

Cristales is graduating with an associate degree in paralegal.

“Obtaining my degree at Rio Salado has brought me extreme joy and a proud sense of accomplishment,” she said. “It has also brought thoughts about furthering my career and educational goals. I am now considering the possibility of obtaining a bachelor’s degree and going to law school in the future.”

Cristales has already seen her hard work pay off.
“Being in the paralegal program has already helped me advance my career,” Cristales said. “I am now a senior legal administrative assistant for a large corporation in Scottsdale. With my degree, I plan on advancing my position within the company as a corporate paralegal.”

With her educational and career success, Cristales realizes that more opportunities await.

“Now that I'm aware of my own potential, I know that I can accomplish whatever goals I set for myself, whether they be big or small.”

image of Lorna Ann HammerleLorna Ann Hammerle has spent 10 years trying to complete her college degree. She tried many schools and community college, but nothing stuck. She didn’t know what career to pursue, and grew frustrated. Then she and her boyfriend welcomed a son, and that was just what she needed to finish what she started.

“My son was my main motivation,” Hammerle said. “Over the last year, there were many nights I wanted to throw in the towel and give up. But then I would remember who was watching - my son. He has kept me focused.”

Hammerle, who is completing a certificate and associate degree in general business, also credits her family for being supportive and offering encouragement.

“When I told my mom about my plans at Rio Salado, she offered to babysit every night if that’s what it took for me to finish my classes,” Hammerle said. “She has always been my rock and my backbone. She believed in me when no one else did.”

Her boyfriend also stepped up as chief motivator.

“He took no excuses,” Hammerle said. “He would keep our son occupied so I could focus on my studies. When I tried to push off my homework, he was there making sure I would get it done.”

Hammerle also credits Rio Salado College for being the right fit, the one college that helped her realize her educational goals.
“I have never met a better more helpful staff in my entire 10 years of trying to complete a college degree,” Hammerle said. “Rio Salado has been nothing short of amazing, from the instructors to my advisor, Jessica, who was always there to guide me in the right direction.”
Hammerle’s future plans include earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree.

“Without Rio Salado, I doubt I would have ever finished college,” she said. “Rio gave me the drive and push to show my son that anything is possible.”

Thanks to Speaker Candidates!
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Rio Salado Student Speaker Candidates
Rio Salado College would like to thank all the students who applied to be commencement speakers: Kate Beale, Colleen B. Koblinski, Charity McDaniel-Little, Kari Pollock, Amber Roberson and Vanessa Williams. Congratulations! We look forward to celebrating your success at this year’s commencement ceremony and wish you well in your future endeavors.

We encourage you to share your student graduation stories and photos using #RioGrad!

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich

Friday, April 8, 2016

Join RSC & @LuminaFound #StrongerNation 4/11

snapshot of Lumina Foundation StrongerNation Facebook page, image of monuments from across the nation.  Text: A stonger nation through higher education.

The Lumina Foundation’s A Stronger Nation report on post-secondary attainment has been the leading source of information about progress toward national attainment goals since it was first published in 2009. The 2016 edition, which will be released on Monday, April 11 as part of a special presentation, will include the latest degree attainment data as well as the first-ever nationally representative data showing Americans’ attainment of high-quality post-secondary certificates.

Dr. Bustamante
Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante will be taking part in Monday’s #StrongerNation presentation hosted by the Lumina Foundation, as part of a panel of national experts.

The panel will discuss issues such as the fundamental inequities in post-secondary education; changing workforce requirements; the social, economic, and community impact of low attainment rates; and other related issues. The panel discussion will be moderated by Nirvi Shah, deputy editor for policy at POLITICO Pro.

We encourage you to take part by watching a live stream of the event, 12-2 p.m. Arizona time, and by engaging in the dialogue online using #StrongerNation

The link to the live stream is: https://scontent.webcaster4.com/web/strongernation2016.

For additional details, visit this Lumina Foundation web page.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Help Underrepresented Males of Color Succeed


Image of a young man of color looking at the camera.

We encourage you to take part in a lively discussion hosted by the Maricopa Community Colleges on April 22, 2016 Underrepresented Males of Color: What Faculty Must Know.

The purpose of this learnshop is to provide faculty with an opportunity to engage in discussion and to develop practices and strategies that will best serve underrepresented male students of color with an emphasis on American Indian male students.  It is believed that the practices and strategies for effective engagement will support student retention, persistence, and completion. (learn more)

Student, staff, faculty and public input is welcome. 

Register Now Online

Keynote Speakers 

Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy (Lumbee) is President’s Professor and Borderlands Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. At ASU, he is Special Assistant to the President for American Indian Affairs, Director of the Center for Indian Education, Associate Director of the School of Social Transformation, and co-editor of the Journal of American Indian Education. (read more)
Dr. Jill Wendt, Arizona State University. Dr. Jill Wendt received her Doctorate in Education in Leadership and Innovation in May 2014. Her research interests and publications have focused on minority male retention in higher education. She has served as adjunct faculty for eight years teaching psychology and sociology at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. In addition to her faculty and research role, she is a practitioner in Student Affairs. (read more)

Dr. Patrick Williams, Chandler-Gilbert Community College Dr. Patrick Williams is a Residential Faculty member in the Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature division at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) where he also serves as Lead Faculty for Developmental Writing. Patrick is a faculty adviser for the CGCC chapter of the Male Empowerment Network that is part of the MCCCD's Minority Male Initiative. (read more)


2016 Underrepresented Males of Color:
What Faculty Must Know!
April 22, 2016
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Rio Salado College Conference Center

2323 W 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
For additional event details, contact Dr. Wanda Tucker
480-517-8268

Thursday, March 31, 2016

MCFF Scholarship Deadline April 15!

image of school supplies and chalkboard with a search engine.  Text www.mcff.org Apply for Scholarships

The Maricopa Colleges Faculty Foundation has a scholarship fund for students.  The next deadline to apply is April 15.

Awards:
$250 Part-time (6-11 credit hours)
$500 Full-time (12+ credit hours)

Criteria:
  • Enrolled in 6 or more hours at a Maricopa Community College or Skill Center
  • Minimum GPA – 2.5
  • Completed Application Packet
  • Completed application form
  • Unofficial transcript(s)
  • Two Page essay

The essay should focus on your academic and professional goals and how your community college experience will help you achieve them.

Completed application packets should be delivered, faxed or mailed to:
MCFF Office
520 E. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85283
Fax: 480.894.871

For additional details about this scholarship and the Foundation, visit www.mcff.org .



The Maricopa Colleges Faculty Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization established in 2007 by the Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association to help Maricopa Community College students reach their educational goals.

In addition to granting scholarships, the Foundation provides Emergency to help students avoid having to drop out of school as a result of unforeseen financial emergencies. Foundation dollars are also helping students pay for bus passes, baby food, rent, car repairs and other daily expenses. You can make a difference too. Donate Now.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Online Career Center Offers Wealth of Resources

illustration of someone anxiety stricken.  Text bubble: "Oh No!"

If the thought of searching for a new job causes heart palpitations, perhaps a visit to Rio Salado's Career Services is the right first step.

Rio Salado Counselors understand the challenges of searching for employment and, therefore, have invested considerable time in developing an online Career Center to meet the unique needs of our students.

When students enter the Career Center, they are given choices regarding which direction they would like to go, just as they would in a physical office. Students who are looking toward the longer term goal of determining a future career can click on the Find a Career Path option while those looking for ways to expand their monthly budgets can click on Find a Job.

No matter which path students choose, they will be presented with a host of self-exploration options. Students can take their time delving into the various options, knowing that a Rio Salado Counselor will be available to provide additional, in-depth guidance via telephone, email, or in-person at one of 10 Valley locations.

By choosing to explore career paths, students can take a self-assessment, research various careers, begin planning an educational pathway and receive guidance for establishing concrete goals.

Enrolling in one of the career exploration classes is an alternative way to go into the career search process in a more in-depth way. The Counseling Department offers two courses that feature career exploration--CPD102AB Career Exploration and CPD150 Creating College Success.

The Career Center’s path toward finding a job offers guidance on writing a resume, interviewing, networking, and the various methods for finding job leads. Although there is considerable information in the online center, it is just the tip of the iceberg. That could be sufficient for some students, but those who require additional assistance can reach out to a counselor. 


Students are invited to email resumes to the resume help email at resume.help@riosalado.edu. Counselors are also available for mock interviews, cover letter writing assistance, and to provide advice on networking. Call (480) 517-8785 to connect with a Counselor near you.

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck-Brown on behalf of Rio Salado’s Counseling Services-- helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Rio Salado PTK Team 2016 Regional Awards

photo of PTK team members holding up awards
Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Omicron chapter participated in and co-hosted the 2016 PTK Regional Convention at Mesa Community College March 4-5, 2016 and took home several awards and recognitions.

Rio Salado students Vanessa Williams, Theresa Maheux, Evea Morrow, Oliva Mendez, Daniel Mott, Joy Georgette Jimenez, Dulce Penalosa, and Rodney Falberg attended the event with Rio Salado advisors Melanie Abts and John Bastian.

Awards and recognitions:
· Arizona Distinguished Chapter Award
· Outstanding College Project Award
· An Honors in Action Award
· Apex Award for membership growth
· Outstanding Chapter Officer - Theresa Maheux


As part of their 2015 student project, the chapter produced a video focusing on why working adults are returning to school and the obstacles they have overcome. We encourage you to watch this inspiration video.


 


PTK actively promotes scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship. To learn more about PTK and other student life initiatives, visit this Rio Salado Student Life web page or contact John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu and 480-517-8656.




Photo above, left to right: Dulce Penalosa, Joy Georgette Jimenez, Vanessa Williams, Evea Morrow, Melanie Abts and Theresa Maheux.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Maricopa Career Network for Job Seekers!

snapshot of jobing.come web page
Students in search of part-time or full time employment opportunities can take advantage of the Maricopa Career Network at www.maricopa.jobing.com, a unique space to search for local openings. All of the site’s offerings are easy to use and free for students!

image of young female at an interview
Employers interested in one of Maricopa’s talented students can post positions. Students can go into the employment application process knowing their future employer is aware of their status as a student. Students can actively search for positions throughout the Valley or they can post their resume, which will allow employers to search for them!

Students who know they want to locate employment but aren’t sure where to start can take advantage of MCN’s Job Search Tool Kit. This feature presents seven learning modules that teach students about the entire job search process from preparing to interviewing. Each module lasts thirty minutes or less and can be watched as a series or student can pick and choose the modules they need most.

sample resume

Jobing.com also provides a variety of sample resumes for students who are struggling with that critical piece of the puzzle. Rio students can access this feature to get started on their resumes and then receive a free, personalized review from a Rio Salado Counselor by emailing their resumes to resume.help@riosalado.edu.

Students can also take advantage of Rio Salado classes CPD102AB Career Exploration and CPD102AC Creative Job Hunting to learn more about jobs, careers, networking, interviewing and much more!


Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck Brown on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.Contributed by

Monday, March 7, 2016

New Students Get Help During College Info Night!

Image of College Info night attendees talking to Maricopa Colleges staff

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges hosted a College Info Night at the Communiversity at Surprise on Tuesday, February 23 to help teens and working adults transition into college.

More than 50 attendees took part to learn about the Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges degree and certificate programs-- and the student services that are available to help them succeed-- including financial aid, scholarships, counseling and Student Life programs.

Fry's Food Stores information table and staff

Participants also had a chance to visit with Fry's Food Stores representatives, who provided details about employment opportunities and its generous tuition assistance programs for students who complete Rio Salado’s online Retail Management Certificate program.


College Info Night staffers

You don't have to wait until a College Night to learn how to get started in college! Rio Salado is ready to help all year long!

Whether you need help with the admissions process, credit-for-prior-learning, placement testing, GED® test preparation, English as a second language assistance or any of the services we provide-- don't hesitate to contact us. Call 480-517-8000 or 800-729-1197 to get started now. 

Visit startatrio.com for details online!

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the event.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Improve Information Literacy with IFS Course

image of a young man surrounded by periodicles

Want to Improve Your Information Literacy Skills? Sign Up for an IFS Course Today! 

In today’s digital world, people who are information literate know how to find, access, and critically evaluate information to improve their health, their environment, their education and workplace performance.

Knowing how to interpret information and make informed decisions is key to a successful and productive life. The following IFS course offerings will help you improve your information literacy skills. As an added bonus, they are both low cost/no cost courses, so you will not have to purchase a textbook!

IFS201: Research in the Digital Age
IFS201 will help you develop skills and competency in accessing, evaluating, and using information resources. You will learn about the social and historical context of information technologies, as well as the ethical implications of the use and organization of information. Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in ENG101 or ENG107.

NOTE: IFS201 can be used to satisfy Literacy and Critical Inquiry Requirement.

IFS210: Research in a Global Society
Are you interested in digital technology, social networking, and experimenting with technology tools? Would you like to possess a richer understanding of how people in other parts of the world live and communicate? If so, IFS210 is the course for you! Explore the global culture developing around the Internet in this highly interactive course. Prerequisites: None.

NOTE: IFS210 can be used to satisfy the Global Awareness Requirement.

Image above by Leo Hidalgo under a CC-By-NC license.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

AZ@Work Hosts Queen Creek Career Fair March 9!

http://myhsd.maricopa.gov/HSD/media/Workforce-Development-document-library/Save-the-Date-March-9-2016_1.pdf

Join Arizona @ Work, the East Valley Maricopa County Workforce and local employers such as ADP, GM Financial, Arizona Office Technologies and Express Employment Professionals for a career fair March 9, 2016 at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, 9 - 11 a.m. 

Click on the event flier above to access the online version, which provides links to all of the participating employers, service agencies and educators.

Bring your resume, dress for success and be prepared for on the spot interviews!

The Communiversity at Queen Creek partners will also be available to share information with attendees about the educational services they provide.



The Maricopa County Workforce Development Division is known as Arizona @ Work: Maricopa County. Arizona@Work is the statewide workforce development network that helps employers of all sizes and types recruit, develop and retain the best employees for their needs. For job seekers throughout the state, it provide services and resources to pursue employment and educational opportunities.

For additional event details contact Angie Favela at (602) 372-7568 or via email: favelaA@mail.maricopa.gov

Learn more about Arizona @ Work by visiting: www.arizonaatwork.com/maricopa


#‎Job‬ ‪#‎Jobs‬ ‪#‎employment‬ ‪#‎careerfair‬ ‪#‎Hiring‬ ‪#‎QueenCreek‬

Thursday, February 25, 2016

New Course: CPD160 Intro to Multiculturalism

montage of photo snapshots featuring diverse faces

The Rio Salado Counseling Department is excited to announce a new course starting spring 2016! The new course is CPD160 Introduction to Multiculturalism.

The course is relevant as it focuses on the dramatic demographic shifts in America along with technological advances that have created a global society.

image of diverse people around a circle creating a hand wheel.

The course will harness students’ critical thinking skills as they examine the multiple cultures and subcultures in contemporary culture.

Activities will allow students to experience diverse cultural perspectives and use this widened cultural perspective to examine their own cultural diversity.

Finally, students will explore communication and problem-solving strategies that will support and encourage truly multicultural communities.

Students will need to have completed ENG101 or ENG107 prior to enrolling in CPD160 as the course includes a writing component in which students will need to demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and effectively, as well as provide evidence to support conclusions, and analyze information.

If the contemporary nature of the class is not enough to get you interested, how about the fact that there is no textbook for the class?

All three public state universities will accept the class for elective transfer credit. At ASU, it meets the general education requirement for literacy and cultural inquiry (L) or cultural diversity (C) while at NAU it meets the cultural understanding (CU) requirement. As always, it is best to speak to an advisor about the various university requirements and how they fit into your long-term educational plan.

In addition to this new course, check out our other course offerings of CPD 102AB Career Exploration, CPD102AC Creative Job Hunting, CPD115 Creating College Success, and CPD150 Strategies for College Success.

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck-Brown with contributions from Dr. Jean Teaseon on behalf of Rio Salado’s Counseling Services-- helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Academic Advisement Closure Friday, Feb. 26


Please note, the Rio Salado Academic Advisement department will be closed on Friday, Feb. 26, so staff can attend the annual Maricopa Colleges Advisor Conference. 

We will have staff on duty to field general calls, however, in-person advisement services will not be available.

We appreciate your understanding.