Showing posts with label Communiversity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Communiversity. Show all posts

Friday, October 9, 2015

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.

2015

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

2016
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 www.sslcaz.com 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.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Free Workshops for Parents Beginning 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

Rio Salado College’s Early Childhood and Human Development Program and Shining Stars Learning Center will present a series of free community workshops for parents at the Communiversity at Queen Creek. Workshops take place monthly from October 2015 - April 2016.

These non-credit classes 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.

2015

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

2016
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)



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.

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

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

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Employment Opportunity in Queen Creek!

Photo of a Communiversity at QC employee helping a student.

Rio Salado College is seeking a part-time site support specialist to serve the Communiversity at QC!

Job Duties: Provide a variety of general and specific information to students, faculty, community leaders and the public regarding courses and programs offered; Provides assistance to faculty on classroom technology before and during class if needed; Uses multi‐line phones, computers, and general office equipment on a daily basis; Assists in the set‐up of events including Community Room, working with event coordinators, and providing additional support during the day of
the event; Schedules counseling and advising appointments for students; Performs tasks in support of the operations at the site; Assists with data entry; Performs various clerical duties and other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will be customer focus oriented, possess excellent organizational skills, effective oral and written communication and have the ability to work successfully as a team player.

Read the full job description and details about how to apply.

Visit our Employment Page for additional information about other part-time and full-time opportunities.

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Save Big with 90/30 Transfer Programs


If you're like many community college students, you maybe thinking about transferring to a 4-year college. This re: THINK blog feature by NAU-Extended Campuses will introduce you to the benefits of its 90/30 transfer program, which allows you to transfer up to 90 community college credits toward a bachelor’s degree. That means considerable savings for you! 

Rio Salado has articulation agreements with more than 40 university partners across the country that accept student transfer credits toward specific programs.  Like NAU, some of our other partners offer a 90/30 transfer program option. Visit this web page for more details and to schedule an appointment with one of our transfer specialists.

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MacGarret Becker is your NAU transfer coordinator at Rio Salado. He is here Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. You can make an appointment to see him by contacting Rio Advisement at (480) 517-8580. You can reach Becker in between visits at (602) 776-4609 or macgarret.becker@nau.edu. Visit this web page for more details about transferring to NAU.

Monday, August 17, 2015

New Hybrid Course for Law Enforcement Pros

image of crime scene tape and investigator's hand in front of it.
Rio Salado College Hosts Investigator Training Course for Law Enforcement Professionals at the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

Fall 2015 Classes: Aug. 27 – Dec. 10.


Rio Salado College is now offering its Investigator Training course in a hybrid format. Also known as, Detective School, this course has been taught to Valley law enforcement since 1994. Many agencies require officers attend this training prior to testing for a detective position; however, this training is equally beneficial to patrol officers who desire to enhance investigative skills and report writing.

A hybrid course is a blend of in-person and online classes. There are three lessons during the 16 weeks, which require in-person attendance. The remainder of the course is conducted online.

This hybrid course offers more flexibility to those who cannot attend in-person on a weekly basis such as officers who live and work in neighboring counties. 

Investigator Training Classes:
  • CRIME SCENE MANAGEMENT: Manage an investigation, collect evidence, and re-construct a crime scene.
  • INVESTIGATION REPORT WRITING: Write quality reports that gain convictions.
  • INTERVIEW AND INTERROGATION: Ask effective questions in an interview or interrogation.
  • SEARCH WARRANTS AND COURT ORDERS: Write thorough search warrants and court orders.
  • DEATH INVESTIGATIONS: Investigate a death investigation from beginning to end. Other investigations include property and other violent crimes.
  • COURTROOM TESTIMONY: Testify as the primary investigator in a homicide.
  • INVESTIGATIVE RESOURCES: Learn about DNA, blood stain patterns, and information sources used to develop and analyze intelligence.

Instructor: Detective Paul Dalton, Phoenix PD. 

Officers will receive 16-hours of continuous training from AZPOST per college credit.  Through this program, participants can earn up to 64 hours of AZPOST training hours.

image of sign for Communiversity at Queen Creek
Communiversity at QC Schedule
In-person classes will meet at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, Thursday evenings, 4:30-9 p.m.
August 27, 2015
October 15, 2015
December 10, 2015

Communiversity at Queen Creek
21740 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142


To enroll, contact Sylvia Anderson at 480-517-8461 sylvia.anderson@riosalado.edu
.

This course is open to sworn and civilian law enforcement personnel only and closed to the general public.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Free Early Childhood Ed Workshop June 23

Two women pose for a picture outside of the Shining Star Learning Center building.
Take part in a free early childhood education workshop at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, Tuesday, June 23, 6-8 p.m. The topic: Community Resources and Services.

The class is 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.

Rio Salado adjunct faculty member and co-owner of Shining Stars Learning Center Victoria Diforte will serve as the instructor. Check out this RioNews blog to learn more about Diforte.

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

Register online at www.sslcaz.com or call (480) 888-9545.

Child care provided by Shining Stars Learning Center, 21805 S. Ellsworth Road, Suite B101, across the street from the Communiversity at QC.

Learn how Rio Salado can help you earn a degree in Early Childhood Administration and Management.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Honoring Unsung Graduation Heroes

Image of 2014 commencement, students standing to be acknowledged.

There will be dozens of graduation ceremonies in the coming weeks highlighting students who have accomplished extraordinary achievements. The 2015 Rio Salado College Commencement ceremony this evening will not be an exception.

Right now, however, the spotlight is on those unsung heroes who will help fill the Comerica Theatre tonight—graduates like Kelly Kirlin who are pursuing higher learning to be of service to others and guests like her husband Mike Bennett who provide the support students need to succeed.

image of Kelly Kirlin

Kirlin is one of thousands of adult learners at Rio Salado who are returning to college while juggling family, work, life and all of the challenges that come with them. She had the benefit of family and friends to help her embark on and continue her educational journey.

“I had the unconditional support of my husband and my entire family,” Kirlin said. “It was their encouragement that made returning to school possible.”

Kirlin decided to return to school because there was a void in her life—as if she wasn’t doing what she was supposed to be doing. One thing was certain, there was a need to help people in a more significant way, especially people living with addiction and substance use disorders.

“Two of my family members were actively abusing substances while I was growing up,” Kirlin said. “I saw how addiction affects families and the lives of the user.”

Kirlin enrolled in Rio Salado’s Behavioral Health/Addictions and Substance Use Disorders program while working as a full-time chiropractic assistant. The online option was a big draw.

“That gave me the chance to go to school full-time online but also allowed for me to spend time with my daughter.”

With Bennett’s encouragement, she decided to quit her job and become a full-time student. Bennett not only took on side jobs to help make up for the loss in income, he and the family also agreed to move from Tucson to Queen Creek so Kirlin could benefit from Rio Salado’s in-person services.

“Once the Communiversity at Queen Creek opened, as it is literally located one minute from my house, I met Rio advisor, Jennifer Feland before every semester,” said Kirlin. She and I sat down and completed my educational plan for what classes I needed and in what order to take them. Without her help and guidance I don’t know that I would have stayed on track.”

Kirlin also took advantage of the study rooms, computers and other services. It was during one of her frequent visits that Kirlin learned of a part-time opening for a Rio Salado site support administrator at the Communiversity at QC. “I thought, what better way to give back to the community and the students than to work here?” Kirlin accepted the job in Feb. 2015. She will be among nine other Rio Salado employee graduates at tonight’s ceremony.

Kirlin will graduate with her level one and two certificates in substance abuse counseling tonight. She is 12 credits shy of earning an associate degree in social work.


There’s no doubt Bennett will be at tonight’s ceremony. He convinced Kirlin to take part after discovering she had no intention of attending.

“He has been supportive in every way,” said Kirlin. “He encouraged me when I was struggling getting assignments done on time, he gave me pep talks when I got discouraged. He would surprise me with flowers when I finished finals.”

“When I graduate I won't be just graduating for me,” said Kirlin. “I will be graduating for my family too.”

#RioGrad

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Communiversity at QC Class Schedule


Here's a handy, online listing of in-person classes that will be available to you this summer and fall at the Communiversity at Queen Creek: ow.ly/LiQzt

Check for the latest updates at ow.ly/LiRoP

Ready to get started?  Contact the Communiversity at QC team now.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Check Out the Latest Job Opportunities at Rio

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Rio Salado College is looking for a part-time employee to serve as a Testing Technician at the Communiversity at Queen Creek. Job duties include administering paperwork and computer-based exams to students, providing general clerical assistance, greeting visitors and directing traffic.

The ideal candidate will have experience working with computers, including a knowledge of spreadsheet and digital data management. A strong detail to attention is a must, as is the ability to follow written and oral directions.

Are you the right fit for the job? We'd love to hear from you.  Apply Today!

Rio Salado College also has several, part-time student Federal Work Study (FWS) opportunities.

FWS jobs are based on student need and do not have to be repaid. For a list of job openings, visit www.riosalado.edu/jobs and look for listings under Part-Time Student Federal Work Study Opportunities.

For other employment opportunities with Rio Salado College and all Maricopa Community College District locations, visit www.maricopa.edu/hrweb

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Early Childhood & Human Dev. Classes in QC

a teacher sits at a small table with three young children as they complete an art project.

Interested in earning a degree or certificate in Early Childhood & Human Development? Rio Salado College is offering a certificate-to-degree program with in-person class options at the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

Learn more about the program, and check out the latest schedule of in-person classes at the Communiversity at QC.  

For additional information regarding Early Childhood undergraduate and professional development opportunities please contact Student Enrollment Services at 480-517-8580  or email us.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rio Salado Scheduled to Reopen Sept. 9

Photo of Rio Salado College headquarters in Tempe
All Rio Salado locations are scheduled to reopen tomorrow, Sept. 9.

We will keep you posted if that changes.

Visit maricopa.edu to check the status of all Maricopa Community Colleges.

We hope you are safe and sound.

Weather Alert - Avoid Travel to College

Weather Alert – Due to potentially dangerous driving conditions caused by the storm, Rio Salado is advising staff, faculty and students to avoid travel to the college or locations until noon. 

If severe weather persists, further instructions will be sent. Please check local news and weather to determine if your route to Rio is safe before leaving your home.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Communiversity Hosts Parent Workshops

The Communiversity at Queen Creek is hosting a series of free Parent Workshops presented by Rio Salado's Early Childhood and Human Development Program and Shining Stars Learning Center.

The workshops begin August 27, 2014, and run through June 23, 2015. The classes are held at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, and take place from 5-7 p.m. These non-credit classes are a community service for parents, foster parents, and early childhood professionals.

The monthly classes 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.

Cost per workshop is $20 and includes child care at Shining Stars Learning Center. Scholarships are available. Participants earn two-hour training certificates for each workshop.

The Communiversity at Queen Creek is located at 21740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek. Shining Stars Learning Center is across the street at 21805 S. Ellsworth Road, Suite B101.

Register online at www.sslcaz.com or call (480) 888-9545.

Workshops are FREE and take place 5-7 p.m.
August 27, Session 1 – Making a Connection
September 24, Session 2 – Making it Happen
October 21, Session 3 – Why Do Children Do What They Do?
November 18, Session 4 – Recognizing and dealing with Childhood trauma
December 16, Session 5 – Teach Me What to Do!
January 20, 2015, Session 6 – Facing the Challenge (Part 1)
February 18, Session 7 – Facing the Challenge (Part 2)
March 24, Session 8 – Infant/Toddler development
April 21, Session 9 – Kindergarten Readiness
May 19, Session 10 – Health and Safety
June 23, Session 11 – Community Resources and Services

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Communiversity at QC Open House 6/17

Join the Communiversity at Queen Creek tonight for an open house with Chandler-Gilbert, NAU and Rio Salado to learn about dual-enrollment options for high school students, in-person general education classes, certificate and degree programs and other educational opportunities available to East Valley residents. The conversation begins at 6 p.m.

21740 S. Ellsworth Rd.

Queen Creek, AZ 85142
 

Phone: 480-384-9000 
CommuniversityQC@riosalado.edu
 

Located at the corner of Victoria and Ellsworth Roads, right next door to the Queen Creek Branch Public Library.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Earn a Child & Family Org Certificate in QC

Lauri Rodriguez, owner and operator of Small Wonders 
Childcare in Chandler and Queen Creek, completed her 
certificate and degree programs at Rio Salado.

Early childhood care providers now have an in-person certificate option from Rio Salado College, with classes taking place at the recently-opened Communiversity at Queen Creek.

The Child and Family Organizations Management and Administration certificate is also available as an online option at the college.

“We wanted to offer an in-person opportunity to accommodate the many early childhood providers in the Southeast Valley,” said Rene Manning, assistant director for Rio Salado’s Early Childhood and Human Development program.

The 19-credit certificate was originally created to advance the quality of care and education for Arizona’s children by providing educational opportunities that improve the administration, management and leadership skills of current and/or potential early childhood program directors, administrators and supervisors.

“Courses are specifically related to the business needs and practices of early childhood directors and other management-level staff,” Manning said.

Certificate courses focus on child and family organizations management, administration, leadership, as well as grant writing, computer usage and fiscal and project management.

Lauri Rodriguez, owner and operator of Small Wonders Childcare in Chandler and Queen Creek, completed both the certificate and degree programs in early childhood administration and management at Rio Salado.

“I wanted to learn more about licensing, and to be taken seriously by constituents in early childhood, as well as the parents of the children I care for,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez first opened a child care center in her home in 1989, and became licensed in 1997.

“Since then, I have become more professional, making improvements each year,” Rodriguez said. “When I opened Small Wonders, it served a need and purpose. But it has evolved into a career, and has become like one of my own children!”

As Rodriguez continued her professional development, she became passionate about child care in Arizona, attending meetings and state forums for childcare owners.

“I got involved with writing state rules for licensing and the rules for use permits for the City of Chandler,” Rodriguez said. “With all of the transitions in my life, I have grown in ways I didn’t know I could, and now have a childcare center worthy of all the children I care for.”

Manning said Rio Salado’s early childhood programs are instrumental in the training and continuing education of Arizona’s childcare providers.

“Studies show that one of the most salient predictors of child care program quality is the background, experience and training of the program director,” Manning said. “Rio Salado’s programs are dedicated to teaching early childhood staff because, ultimately, this provides an educational and nurturing environment for children.”

In-Person Classes Begin June 24

The first in-person class scheduled for the certificate pathway is the 3-credit “Organizations and Community Leadership in Child and Family Organizations.” The class begins June 24 and runs through August 14. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6-9 p.m. at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, 21740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142.

For more information contact Regina Holzbaur at 480-517-8114 or regina.holzbaur@riosalado.edu.



This story can also be found in the June 14, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College. 
 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Community Job Fair for Teachers - April 25

Take advantage of this FREE community job fair, which connects public, charter, and private schools with potential teacher candidates. 

More than 60 Arizona schools and districts will be on hand to collect resumes, interview candidates and talk about open positions for 2014-2015.

Students and people thinking about a teaching career are also encouraged to attend. It’s a great networking opportunity for anyone interested in teaching. 

Learn about career opportunities as a:
  • Certified Teacher                      
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Teacher Intern Candidate
  • Paraprofessional/Teacher’s Aide 

Rio Salado College Teacher Career Day
Apr 25, 2014
Conference Center @ Rio
2323 West 14th StreetTempe, AZ 85281
12 – 4 p.m.


Free and open to the public. 

For the latest details and to register for this event, visit www.riosalado.edu/studentevents or call 480-517-8140.

To learn more about Rio Salado College’s Teacher Education Programs, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/education.
  
*Note: Pre-screening interviews are available exclusively for Rio students who are teacher certified by 2015 and teachers in residence.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Communiversity at Queen Creek Test Center Now Open

Rio Salado College testing services are now available inside the Communiversity at Queen Creek. The brand new testing center offers Rio Salado midterm and final exams, Accuplacer placement tests and proctoring services.

Location and Hours:
Communiversity at Queen Creek
Room 1053C
21740 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Call 480-384-9317 or email qc.testing@riosalado.edu for more information. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Changing the Landscape of Higher Education

The Town of Queen Creek was once considered the far reaching outskirts of Phoenix, but this small town oasis – now a thriving east valley community – embraces its ranching and mining heritage while carefully watching over its growth and development. Business and town leaders seek to preserve the Town’s family-friendly, small-town spirit while providing economic opportunities and a high quality of life for residents.

In an effort to provide higher educational options and strengthen the economy, the Town of Queen Creek has partnered with the Maricopa Community Colleges, Rio Salado College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Northern Arizona University, Ottawa University and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences together to create the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

This unique facility is located in Queen Creek town center and brings together these five higher education institutions under one roof to provide nearby residents with program pathways close to home. These pathways were identified through academic and occupational needs assessments of the Queen Creek area by ESI Corporation and Hanover Research Council. These assessments identified business-management, early childhood education, engineering, healthcare, and information technology among the fastest growing industries in the region.

In a recent report by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), in just four years, 63 percent of all jobs will require postsecondary education. In addition, it is projected that there will be a shortage of nearly 8 million workers to fill these jobs. A national push has occurred, not only about the need to increase the number of college graduates, but that colleges, government, business and community leaders must think innovatively about how best to accomplish this. Improving access through partnerships like the Communiversity is just one way to help decrease the college graduate deficit and increase access for all students.

College can seem out-of-reach for many people for a variety of reasons. The Communiversity can help address the barriers of distance, time and cost. With online and hybrid options along with in-person classes close to home, students who have work and family obligations can fit college into their busy schedule. In addition, tuition costs can be reduced through the Communiversity’s 2+2 and 3+1 articulation programs that allow students to transfer between 60 and 90 credits (of a 120 credit degree) from the community college to the university. Having the community colleges and the universities housed under one roof will also aid students in coordinating academic advising as they transfer from one institution to another.

In addition to offering college certificate, associate, bachelor and master’s degree programs for those seeking professional development or entering a new career, The Communiversity will partner with local employers to provide workforce training. East Valley residents now have convenient access to a quality higher education in Queen Creek town center.

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The Communiversity at Queen Creek opened its doors in January, and plans to offer classes later this year. The facility offers academic advising, tutoring, counseling and testing services by appointment. The Communiversity at Queen Creek is the second innovative facility of its kind in the Phoenix-metro area (Communiversity at Surprise opened in 2009) aimed at changing the landscape of higher education in Arizona and the United States.

The Communiversity at Queen Creek is located at 21740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142. For more information, call 480-384-9300, email CommuniversityQC@riosalado.edu, or visit http://www.riosalado.edu/locations/commu-queencreek/Pages/default.aspx.