Showing posts with label EarlyCollege. Show all posts
Showing posts with label EarlyCollege. Show all posts

Monday, May 23, 2016

Join Us for the 2016 HSE Graduation!

Rio Salado 2016 HSE Student Speaker Angelica Marie Solaro   

We look forward to this week's 2016 HSE Graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of students who have successfully completed Rio Salado's High School Equivalency (HSE) Prep program and passed the GED ® test.

Rio Salado 2016 HSE Graduation
Thursday, May 26, 2016 beginning at 7 p.m.
Orangewood Nazarene Church
7510 N 27th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85051

Visit the event page for full details

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 
GradImages™ will be taking photos, which you can purchase at a later time. 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 download and tag.

DVD copies of the ceremony will be available for sale. 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 provide a live stream of the ceremony.  Visit this page to tune in.

wide shot view of 2015 ceremony

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

Images of three new Rio Grad badges.

Share Your Selfies and Stories
Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #RioGrad to share your photos and stories.

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 24, 2016

Student Success Tip: Focus on Time Management

What do successful Rio Waves do? They employ time management techniques!

Manage your time effectively by following these steps:
1. Create a semester calendar to record when all your exams, quizzes, papers, and finals are due.
2. Choose specific times each day to work on each class.
3. Keep your classwork with you. If you find yourself with extra time, you can get something
done.
4. Prioritize your time. Sometimes you have to learn to say no.
5. Take time for yourself.

Visit this web page for additional student success tips.

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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Congratulations to Rio 2016 NAEHS Inductees!

group shot of NAEHS honorees

Rio Salado's College Bridge Pathways (CBP) team held its 22nd National Adult Education Honor Society (NAEHS) induction ceremony on February 23, 2016.

photo of student addressing attendees at lectern
The NAEHS ceremony held at the Rio Salado Conference center, recognized CBP students who have shown exceptional commitment to their educational goals, persistence in class, a strong work ethic and willingness to help fellow students.

The students recognized for this honor are enrolled in Rio Salado’s English Language Acquisition for Adults program, which provides instruction for those learning English as a second language-- and Rio Salado's High School Equivalency prep program, which helps students prepare for the GED® test.

two honorees holding up their certificate
Each year the NAEHS induction ceremony recognizes outstanding students who often come from diverse backgrounds but all share one thing in common--  a desire to continue their education and reach for their dream!

See additional event photos on our Facebook page.

image of a framed list of NAEHS Rio Salado inductees.
About NAEHS: The mission of the National Adult Education Honor Society is to provide meaningful recognition to deserving adult education students, to improve student employment opportunities, to develop student ambassadors for local adult education programs and to create adult education awareness with school administrators and state legislators.

Learn more about Rio Salado's CBP programs by visiting www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe

News and photos courtesy of Rio Salado Instructional Specialist Philip Suriano. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Rio Salado Welcomes New MCCCD Students!

A warm welcome to all of the new Maricopa Community Colleges students!  Today is the first day you can begin registering  for summer and fall classes!  

We look forward to helping you on your educational journey!  

Ready to take classes now? There's no need to wait with Rio Salado's flexible Monday starts!


 

Begin choosing your classes now: www.riosalado.edu/schedule.

*$84/credit for Maricopa County residents.

Please work with your academic advisor and financial aid team to make sure you are meeting SAP and Block Calendar requirements. Learn more about both of these important issues by visiting this web page.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Use Journal Finder to Find Periodicals

magazine rack with dozens of periodicals

Looking for the latest issue of your favorite magazine or journal? The Rio Salado library subscribes to thousands of periodicals that are freely available to registered students.

Use the “Journal Finder” feature on the library homepage to find electronic issues of a specific magazine or journal!



snapshot of library web page.  Journal Finder tab is highlighted.

For best results, use the pull-down menu to select “Title equals” and type in the name of the desired magazine or journal: 

snasphot of web search engine with drop down menu.


News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Student Success Tip: Ask for Help!

Poster with Rio Waves Mascot, Splash.  Images of hands raised in the air.  Text: Ask for Help!

Everyone needs a little help sometimes! 

Take advantage of the student services available to you at Rio Salado College. Learn more by talking to our Academic Advisement and Counseling Services teams, which can help you:

  • Select degree pathways
  • Evaluate transfer credits
  • Choose appropriate classes
  • Identify college resources
  • Explore university transfer and articulation agreements
  • Personal and educational goals
  • Time management and stress
  • Set career goals and prepare for your job search 

If you're new to Rio Salado, take advantage of our College and Career Success Classes, especially CPD150!

#help #financialaid #tutoring #advising #careerservices #counseling #library #collegeresources #askforhelp #iwillgraduate

Friday, March 4, 2016

Maricopa Colleges Summer Camps for Kids

Image of a blue sky, puffy clouds.  Text: Send your kids to college this summer!  Maricopa Summer Camps!

From life skills and performing arts, to Kid’s College and STEM in Spanish, students ages 4 and older can go to “camp” at Maricopa Community Colleges this summer.  

Registration for 30 different summer camps and programs offered at different college locations and covering various topics including music, art, STEM, STEAM, theatre, veterinary care, babysitting, and much more starts Monday, March 7, 2016.

STEM and STEAM camps at GateWay (GWCC), Glendale (GCC), Paradise Valley (PVCC) and South Mountain (SMCC) Community Colleges include specific offerings in the areas of bioscience, math, technology, and STEM in Spanish.

Young musicians will find chamber music, jazz music, brass ensemble or music technology courses at PVCC, and band and jazz camp at Mesa Community College (MCC).

Theatre students from kindergarten through 12th grade can take summer musical theatre programs and summer intensives at PVCC and MCC.

Teens ages 11-15 can learn life skills including babysitting, workplace injury prevention, and healthy living at Gateway Community College.

Students interested in the arts, including photography, journalism, broadcasting, dance, multimedia, animation, and story writing will find camp options at Rio Salado, Gateway and Mesa.

Kids College at Estrella Mountain have many unique classes for ages 4-18, including culinary, cheer and dance, BYO toy doll house, music and theatre, media arts, app design, LEGO™, 3-D video gaming, robots, Minecraft™, and much more.

Even children as young as four years of age can get a taste of what college is like at Camp Gecko at GateWay.

Some programs require course registration while others require an application. Scholarships are available for some programs.

See the complete list of summer programs, sorted by college location, at www.maricopa.edu/summer-camps.

News courtesy of the Maricopa Community Colleges

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Student Success Tip: Life Balance!

Image of Splash, Rio Waves mascot on a scale.  Text in blog.

What do successful Rio Waves Do?  They find Life Balance!
  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat well
  • Exercise
Need help getting motivated?
Call on Rio Salado's Counseling & Career Services team. A counselor can assist you with your personal and educational goals.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Student Success Tip: Plan Ahead!

image of Rio Wave Mascot embedded into a Semester Planning chart.  Text available in blog.

What do successful students do? They plan ahead!
 

Create a semester calendar
Keep a record of when your exams, quizzes, papers, and finals are due.

Plan for study time
1 hour of class time = 2 hours of study time.

Prioritize your time
Don't overextend yourself, it's OK to say no sometimes.

Stay informed
Ask questions and check for student news by way of your student center at my.maricopa.edu, your student email and our social media channels.

Need help?
Call on Rio Salado's Counseling & Career Services team. A counselor can assist you with personal and educational goals. When should you call? When you need help with issues such as a lack of motivation, relationship issues, study skills, test anxiety, time management, stress, goal setting, and access to community resources such as alcohol and drug abuse prevention resources.

Friday, January 15, 2016

RSVP Now for Feb. 23, 2016 College Info Night!

Image of young people gathered around a table.  Text: Free College Info Night.  Learn what the Maricopa Community Colleges can do for you.  Date: Feb. 23, 2016.  Time: Info sessions at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m.  Where: Communiversity at Surprise: 15950 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ, 85374

Register now for Rio Salado's College Information Night at the Communiversity at Surprise, February 23, 2016! 

downloadable flier.  Header includes Images of students sitting around chatting. Text for event details in blog.This event is ideal for teens transitioning from high school and working adults who are interested in going back to school!

Representatives from Academic Advising, Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and other departments will be present to provide information about getting started, how to choose a major, how to secure funding... and how to succeed in college.

image of a Fry's employee at one of the stores, smiling at camera
Representatives from Fry's Food Stores will also be on hand for students interested in pursuing Rio Salado’s online Retail Management Certificate program. Fry’s is hiring and will pay for students to earn their certificate through Rio!

Let us know you're coming so we can arrange for your information kits and refreshments.  Submit your RSVP now online: www.riosalado.edu/collegenight.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Effective Studying & Note Taking Tips

Image of an A+ circled

Some students seem to achieve A’s in classes easier than others. What’s the secret? More than likely effective studying and note taking techniques

Here are some tips from Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardott to help you make the most of your study time, course materials and note taking-- so you can retain the information you’ll need to ace your exams.

Active Reading
This is a great technique to help you memorize information and to make the most of your note taking. Active reading is when you process and output the information as you read it. Passive reading is how you normally read; trying to learn the information just how it’s written.  Active reading techniques include:


  • Highlighting important text.
  • Writing down thoughts next to passages read.
  • Asking questions about the material.

Here are some commonly asked questions about reading and note taking:

What should you read?
  • Review your syllabus and concentrate on the assigned materials.
  • Before diving into the materials, get an overview by reading summaries and conclusions for a big-picture view.
  • Test your understanding as you go along. Many textbooks include questions for this purpose.

What notes should you take, based on your reading?
  • Focus on the big ideas, relevant details and pay special attention to the introduction and conclusion.
  • Look for visual cues. If text is highlighted or in bold, it’s likely to be important.
  • Take note of information that’s repeated and reinforced.

I realize some topics are easier to get than others. How in-depth you go with textbook note-taking will be based on your level of knowledge on the subject and how hard it is for you.

Here are some additional tips to follow:

1. Read the chapter before the lesson.
2. Divide the chapter into readable chunks.
3. Schedule your note-taking sessions on your “to do” list.
4. Don’t do it all at one time. It’s good to space your reading out so it is stored in your long-term memory.
5. Go over the material and review what you’ve read right away.

We hope you find these tips helpful!

Study hard and take those notes! 

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

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Constitution Week Reflections

AACE students and staff standing in front of AZ Capitol

Rio Salado is proud to take part in Constitution Week and to encourage civic engagement among students. We end Constitution Week with a look back at a special moment for a group of Rio Salado students and staff who took part in a guided tour of the Arizona Capitol last spring.

The students were part of Rio Salado’s Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program, which is designed to help students prepare for the GED® test while transitioning into college life, by taking college-level coursework and preparatory classes that help them acquire valuable skills they can use in the workplace and in school.


The group of 24 AACE students and Rio Salado employees scheduled the tour to get a first-hand view of government in action. What they didn’t expect was a standing ovation from the House of Representatives!

“This was a very informative and an empowering experience,” said Director of Rio Salado's AACE and College Bridge Pathways Workplace Education program Kate Packer, who arranged for the tour of the Arizona Capitol museum and Legislature.

 “The tour was intended to give students a glimpse into our state’s rich history and how government works at the local level,” said Packer. “It truly became so much more for us, when we became a topic of discussion for the House of Representatives.”

image of students touring the museum

Arizona State Representative Mark Cardenas led the discussion, acknowledging the group and providing a brief about Rio Salado’s AACE program, which prompted other members of the house to greet the group with applause and a standing ovation.
“I can’t begin to tell you what this meant for the students, and for me,” said Packer. “Many of the students are the first generation in their families to attend college and had to go through a lot of effort to get to this point, so to have that acknowledged by the Legislature gave all of us a deep sense of accomplishment and a renewed sense of purpose.”
Representative Cardenas also took the time to meet with students and take part in group photos.

“We make it a point to encourage civic participation among AACE students and this is just one way to help students become inspired,” said Packer.

Rio Salado AACE is a scholarship-based college and career preparation program for adults 16-years-of-age or older, who are ready to commit to completing a degree, certificate or workforce training program. To learn more visit this web page.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Be a Leader College Fair Sept. 27

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The 7th Annual Be A Leader Taking Steps Towards College Success resource fair and walk-a-thon takes place Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in downtown Phoenix.

The event kicks off with a college resource fair at 9 a.m. at Civic Space Park. The walk-a-thon begins at 11 a.m. The event concludes with a college fair from 12-3 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center.

This family-friendly event is perfect for teens who want to explore a variety of college career options-- and educational advocates who want to support a good cause.

Check out this YouTube video from last year's event.


The event is sponsored by the Be a Leader Foundation which promotes personal development and higher education opportunities for students in grades 7-12.

Rio Salado College is a proud supporter of this initiative.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Student Sucess Tip: Build Relationships!

Image of a student looking at camera, holding books.  Sign in back reads: Tips to a successful start...

Looking for student success tips and advice? Look no further.

Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges have compiled a list of common things successful students do-- to help you succeed!

Today's tip: build relationships! 


Poster for tip: Build Relationships.  1. Get to know your professors.  2. Connect with peers in your classes.

Don't forget about connecting with your advisor!

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

Friday, August 28, 2015

Brookings Now Tips on Applying to College

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/brookings-now/posts/2015/08/what-to-think-about-when-applying-to-college

Here are some interesting findings from The Brookings Institution to consider as you plan for your educational journey.

Included is analysis of the actual value of a college degree in today’s economy, how your choice of school or major affects your future opportunities, whether the return on your investment will pay off and more.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Orientation Tips for New Rio Waves

Image of Splash the Rio Waves Mascot.  Text; Here's to a successful fall 2015 Rio Waves

Many of you will begin taking classes tomorrow. Here’s to a successful fall 2015 and a big welcome to all of the new Rio Waves

Are you ready?

If you haven't already, get acquainted with your student systems. This video will give you an introduction.



You should check your RioLearn account to see whether you have any assignments due on the first day of class.

Visit http://www.startatrio.com/ and search the RioNews archives for more student orientation tips.

Want to engage with other students?  Join RioLounge.  It's a place where you can chat, ask questions, share perspectives and buy, sell and trade books. Log into or create a Google+ profile using a personal Gmail account.  

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Explore the Many Benefits of Dual Enrollment!

Are you a high school student looking to get ahead? 
We have the solution-- dual enrollment!
 
This video will introduce you to the many benefits of Rio Salado's dual enrollment program and how you can get started. 
 
 
Visit this dual enrollment web page for more details and check out this blog post to learn how some of Rio Salado's newest dual enrollment graduates have benefited from our program.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Study Time and Space

photo of Albert Einstein in his office, pondering.

Have you given any thought to how much time and what kind of space you should devote to studying? Rio Salado's Counseling team has some advice to consider.

study rule: 1 = 2.  Rule of thumb: 1 hour of class time = 2 hours of study time.
Did you know that college students are encouraged to approach their coursework as they would a 40-50 hour work week?

In terms of study time, the goal should be two hours per unit each week, for a total of 25-35 hours each week.

The question now is where to study so you can make your time productive.

Here are some suggestions to consider for locations and settings.



The Rio Salado Library is a great option. The Tempe headquarters houses our biggest library and study rooms. Please visit www.riosalado.edu/library for details about library services at other locations such as Northern and Thomas.

The Café @ Rio and our student lounge on the second floor at the Tempe headquarters is another option to consider. All locations provide WiFi access.

Many of you will likely ended up studying from home. Here are some proven ways to make your study space more conducive to learning.

image of a bright and colorful study space.

Keep it fun and interesting. Even though we encourage you to hit the books in a neat and well-organized space, you’ll want to include some kind of pleasing aesthetics and stimulus. Otherwise, you'll probably find yourself face first in your books and swimming in zzzzzzzs. One of the easiest ways to punch up the personality above your desk is to create an inspiration or mood board featuring favorite photos, quotes, textiles, and clippings. This is a great place to shift your attention and recharge when experiencing studying doldrums.

Pull up a comfortable chair. If all you can think about is how uncomfortable your bottom is, you’re not likely to get much work done. Make the investment in a cushy desk chair. Tight budget? Consider one of those flokati fur rugs. They’ll keep you warm too!

A place for everything and everything in its place. We know you probably heard this axiom from your mom one too many times growing up, but we repeat it here just because it's true! If everything from your paperclips to your protractor has a designated space, you'll not only quickly know where to find it, but you'll squander less time straightening up your desk before you get to work.

Consider color. The color orange has been proven to stimulate brain activity—a good reason to dose yourself with vitamin C-inspired hues. Yellow is also known to activate brain waves. Pale blue is another popular color, which is often used in classrooms, because it is known to increase productivity, creative thinking and intuition. On the other hand, it can also make you drowsy, so take caution with this color.

You may have to go through a little trial and error in finding the right study space but don’t lose site of the ultimate goal—to study!   

Time and space are relative. Do what's right for you!

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” ― Albert Einstein 

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardott on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Five Tips on How to Prepare for Class

image of a clock, text: "Time to plan."

What can you expect as a new Rio Salado student?  Is there a way you can prepare?  What can enhance your chances for success? Here are some answers to those questions from Rio Salado's Counseling Services.

The most important thing to consider is that every class is different, every instructor is different, and online learning is different! Here are some key things you should know and plan to do before taking college courses at Rio Salado.

Learn how to use Rio Salado's online platforms

There are many ways to accomplish this and it’s critical to succeeding in your classes. The college website at www.riosalado.edu and the Start at Rio web page has a plethora of information. There are also many links to student services, counseling, financial aid, certificates and degrees, college departments and more.


Here's an introductory video about using three key online platforms.

New students are automatically enrolled in New Student Orientation (NSO101), a free, non-credit class that provides an overview of the college and introduces you to RioLearn, our online learning system.

If you're still left scratching your head, you can always call the Instructional Helpdesk. This team is there to answer questions and help train you, as well as act as a liaison between students and instructors. They can be reached at: 480-517-8380, 866-511-8380 and at instructional.helpdesk@riosalado.edu.

Know your responsibilities
It’s best to assume the first day and week of classes will provide valuable information, which can be found in the syllabus, welcome letter, announcements and during instructor discussions. Make sure you fully investigate and understand course requirements.

Prepare for homework assignments first day of class
Don't be the one who gets blindsided when an instructor launches a discussion forum on the first day of class about an assignment.  It is common for college instructors to expect you to have an assignment completed for the first day or week of class. These assignments are typically given via e-mail, posted online or printed on the syllabus — so keep a lookout.

Reach out to classmates

This can be more of a challenge online, however, there are often discussions in online classes.

RioLounge is available for students to communicate and offer support, friendship, and information. You can form and find study groups and quick support from other peers. Don't underestimate the ability of your classmates.



Sleep, stay healthy and plan ahead
These common sense tips will help you in all areas of your life-- classes, career, and relationships. Being successful takes work and being prepared for class is the first step. You’ve got this!

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardott on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services.