Showing posts with label Lifelong Learning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lifelong Learning. Show all posts

Monday, June 13, 2016

Billboard Inspires #RioGrad to Reevaluate Life


Imagine driving down the street, minding your own business, when you look up at a passing billboard and it hits you. The face is familiar. Could it be? You go back for a second look and confirm your suspicion.

Photo of Mercado at Rio Salado 2015 Commencement

“I was shocked today to find out that my picture was used on a Rio Salado College billboard,” said 2015 Rio Salado graduate Joseph Mercado, in an email to the college. “I want to thank you for selecting my photo because it help me to confirm spiritually that I am on the right path.”

Mercado attended Rio Salado part-time from 2010-15, and earned a certificate in addictions and substance use disorders.

Since graduation, he has been working as a counselor and behavior coach. He also decided to return to school to earn a college degree to further his career.

“I had recently applied to a university to continue my education, but was slow in my steps,” Mercado said. “After seeing the billboard, I felt that it was more than just a sign but a ‘sign’ for me to continue my education.”

Mercado’s journey to Rio Salado hasn’t been easy, but other signs pointed him in the right direction.

“I choose a career in chemical dependency after the path became apparent while working at a treatment center,” Mercado said. “I saw that my own life experiences were very helpful in connecting with at-risk youth.”

poster of Mercado promoting business Next Dimension Music
He also combines his DJ talents with the behavioral health experience to benefit others.

“I use my music background as therapy, whether it’s teaching youth how to DJ, or using music as a coping skill, Mercado said. “Music is a great healing tool.”

Mercado was going through a period of personal turmoil in the late 90s, which caused him to fall into addiction as a means of comfort.

In 2003, Mercado was in New York City when he blacked out one day, and fell head first to the ground. He split open his forehead and needed more than 300 stitches to close the wound.

“Afterwards, I sunk deeper into depression, substance abuse and high-risk behaviors,” Mercado said. “I didn't know it at the time but this was the start of a spiritual experience that lifted me from the pain.”

About 9 months later, Mercado made the decision to change.

“Each day now I live my life based on my new foundation,” Mercado said. “I have repaired some relationships. I am grateful for each and every experience, whether positive or negative. And even though I still face troubles, the doors continue to open.”

One of those doors was Rio Salado College.



“I chose Rio Salado because the program fit into my schedule,” Mercado said. “At the time I was working very long hours so being flexible with my time was very important.”

In addition to the at-risk youth he works with, Mercado hopes to inspire others who may be facing challenges in life.
“If you are struggling in life, know that change can happen when you realize that pain is temporary,” Mercado said. “Having self-awareness leads to making better choices.”
Mercado’s next choice is to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Seeing the billboard has lifted and inspired me to continue my education and finish strong,” Mercado said, although he still gets a chuckle from it.

“It is still an unreal experience to see my face up there,” Mercado said. “I get messages from so many people I know in Phoenix. When I have a visitor from out of town, I take them to the billboard and we get a super kick out of it!”

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich 


Are you ready to begin your educational journey? Classes start Monday! Visit www.startatrio.com for a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado College.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

New Titles at the Rio Salado Library


Here is what’s new in the Rio Salado College Library! This list is updated throughout the month as new books arrive. To view the complete list  of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive.

Fiction

Nonfiction

DVDs

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Rio Salado & State Farm Insurance Night May 19

program flier.  Text: Scholarship Program.  Bilingual?  Looking for a stable, professional career with unlimited growth potential? Ensure Your Future.  Rio Salado College now offers a Certificate of Completion in Insurance Studies to help accelerate your insurance career. This certificate is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level jobs in the growing insurance industry, and enhance the skills of current insurance employees. Classes provide an overview of property, liability, personal and commercial insurance. Rio Salado College is dedicated to  providing access to training and career-path programs that provide employees with the skills and knowledge they must have to succeed in today’s competitive environment.  Your insurance career is waiting.  Register today.  480-517-8580 www.riosalado.edu/insurance.  Logos for Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges

¿Habla Inglés y Español? Have a passion for helping people? We have an opportunity that may be of interest to you!

Join Rio Salado College and State Farm for a free information session on Thursday, May 19 at Rio Salado Southern in Tempe to learn about new opportunities for bilingual Spanish-speakers to transition into the insurance industry—and scholarships to help you acquire a certificate of completion in Insurance Studies.

  • New hybrid Insurance Studies course begins June 20 
  • Instruction provided in-person and online 
  • Ten $2,500 scholarships available from State Farm to eligible candidates  

Insurance Information Session
Thursday, May 19

6-7 p.m.
RSC Southern
3320 S. Price Road
Tempe, AZ 85282

RSC Southern is served by Valley Metro local bus #61 and the Tempe Orbit MARS circulator bus.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to Jeanne Ratliff at Jeanne.Ratliff@riosalado.edu.

Students must be available to take in-person courses two nights per week in Tempe and have the time to take two courses concurrently for two semesters.

This program is a great way to learn about the insurance industry, take advantage career development opportunities—and get first-hand news about employment opportunities available in the field.

See related blog story about the increased need for insurance professionals.

To learn more about Rio Salado's new Insurance Studies program, visit: www.riosalado.edu/insurance.

Monday, May 16, 2016

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Life with Mental Illness.  May is Mental Health Month.  #mentalillnessfeelslike

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, over 43 million American adults have mental health issues—that’s one in five people. 

Look around and realize that there are many individuals in your zone of proximity suffering from the shame, hopelessness, isolation, and other negative emotions that are the defining attributes of mental illness.

This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is - Life with a Mental Illness - and will call on individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like for them in words, pictures and video by tagging their social media posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike (or submitting to MHA anonymously). Posts will be collected and displayed at mentalhealthamerica.net/feelslike.


The Rio Salado Library is proud to support Mental Health Awareness Month by pooling together resources to help identify the causes of mental illness and strategies to overcome it.  

Online Resources:

Library Resources:

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

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.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Engage in Race & Education Discussion 4/27

Poster for event.  Text: Healing Racism Series: Race and Education. The U.S. education system has rampant problems and more than 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, school systems in the United States continue to be separate and unequal. Gaping differences for students of color have created an education system that does not serve its children properly. Zero-tolerance discipline policies, gaps in achievement, disparate access to resources along with biased political agendas foster inequalities. Engage with experts, community leaders, students, and peers as we examine disparities in education and learn how to impact systems that do not prioritize equal education for all students. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 6 – 8 p.m.   Mesa Community College – Navajo Room | 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa   Free and open to the public | Space is limited RSVP at csrd.asu.edu/healingracism   join the conversation   #HealRacism  Logos for Maricopa Community Colleges and ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.  Historical images of students in segregated schools

Here's another opportunity to engage in a dialogue about ‪#‎CivilRights‬ and how to ‪#‎HealRacism‬ with the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) at Mesa Community College on April 27.

Engage with experts, community leaders, students and your peers about the disparities in education and learn how to impact systems that do not prioritize equal education for all students.
 
Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Meet Chancellor Finalist Dr. Harper-Marinick


The Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board has decided to move forward with one candidate in its search for the next Chancellor-- Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick.

Learn more about the process and Dr. Harper-Marinick.

The public is invited to attend two community forums to meet Dr. Harper-Marinick.

Thursday, April 21
1:45-2:45 p.m.
Phoenix College - Bulpitt Auditorium

1202 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ

Monday, April 25
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Mesa Community College, Navajo Room

1833 W. Southern Ave.
Mesa, AZ


Students are invited to attend a special Q & A forum.
Friday, April 22
2-3 p.m.

Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ
Facilitated by Felicia Ganther, J. D., Associate Vice Chancellor Student Affairs

Viw the Chancellor Search Public Forums and Student Q&A

All forums will be streamed live at hr.maricopa.edu/chancellor-search.

Public comments are welcome and can be submitted online at hr.maricopa.edu/chancellor-search/finalist-feedback

New Titles at the Rio Salado Library

dvd cover for Game of Thrones fifth season

Here is what’s new in the Rio Salado College Library!  This list is updated throughout the month as new additions arrive. To view the complete list of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive.

Fiction

Nonfiction
DVDs

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Student Spotlight: Meet ELAA Student Hiam Muhyar

photo of Hiam Muhyar

Meet Hiam Muhyar, an English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) student attending classes at the Rio Salado Southern location in Tempe who is taking her educational journey to a new level—inside and outside of the classroom.

“I love going to Rio Salado College,” said Muhyar. “I learned from great teachers and made many friends.”

Her enthusiasm is contagious—as is her dedication for being involved in the community.


Among her most recent accomplishments was winning the 2016 Adult Literacy Week Contest hosted by the Arizona Department of Education in February for producing a video with her classmates called, The Best Class, which features Muhyar and her ELAA classmates talking about their experiences in the program and learning English. The video won top honors in the Digital Storytelling category. Watch the video now.

Muhyar is also the recipient of a Presidential Award pin from the City of Tempe for her volunteer service—dedicating more than 500 hours knitting items for others in need. Muhyar, who is from Jordan and moved to the U.S. in 2008 is now a U.S. citizen—and wears her Presidential Award pin with pride.

Muhyar has exemplified outstanding student leadership and is a great source of pride and inspiration for staff and students at Rio Salado Southern.

No matter what your current English skill level is, Rio Salado College has a class to help you learn English at your own pace. Visit this web page to learn more about Rio Salado's ELAA and other College Bridge Pathways programs. 

The Road to Brown Film & Discussion 4/29

ASU Philosophy and Film Series.  Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle.  The Road to Brown.  See text in blog. Image from the clip in the film of a yong mother and her child on steps of Lincoln Memorial, holding newspaper with headline: High Court Bans Segregation in Public Schools.

Join the Arizona State University Center for the Study of Race & Democracy for the final film in the 2015-2016 Created Equal Film Series:

Road to Brown 
Film & Discussion
Friday, April 29
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

ASU Polytechnic campus
Agribusiness Center, room 134
6096 S. Backus Road, Mesa

RSVP: http://csrd.asu.edu/roadtobrown

Please note, this program was originally scheduled for 4/22

About the Film:
The Road to Brown chronicles the legal battles led by Charles Hamilton Houston — “the man who killed Jim Crow” — in the years leading up to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954. The film takes viewers from the “separate but equal” world sanctioned by the infamous Plessy v. Ferguson decision to the triumph of Brown and beyond. It is a piercing and compelling examination of a series of legal battles and people that changed the future of a nation.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Celebrating National Library Week!

Poster from ALA National Library Week campaign.  Text: Libraries Transform.  National Library Week, April 10-16  Images of butterfiles.

First recognized in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

Check out this National Library Week guide, created by the Rio Salado Library. It highlights many of the practical resources and services that make the Rio Library an indispensable source of student support.

#librariansrock

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Rio AACE Spotlight: Kathleen Hall


This inspiring video will provide a glimpse into the life of Kathleen Hall, one of many adult students who has overcome obstacles to pursue a college education-- and found help and guidance through Rio Salado's Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program.

Rio Salado staff are committed to help you succeed! Whether you need assistance preparing for the GED® test, learning English as a second language, finding financial aid or meeting any of the other challenges of returning to school-- we're ready to help. 

Visit: www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe to learn how we can help you!

#‎GED‬ ‪#‎ESL‬ ‪#‎ABE‬

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. 

Muslim Mythbusters Discussion March 23

event header flier, text below.  Montage of images of diverse people

Join the ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy for the next Healing Racism Series discussion, Muslim Mythbusters-- March 23.

Image of event flier.  Text: Healing Racism Series Muslim Mythbusters The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and the Healing Racism Committee Present Muslim Mythbusters,Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 6 – 8 p.m. ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus A.E. England Building 424 N. Central Ave.  This is the fourth forum in a series addressing “Difficult Dialogues.” The Healing Racism Committee facilitates public discussions concerning current events and topics related to racism, Arizona communities and American society. Dialogues are designed to bring together academic experts, community leaders, and citizens for engaging discussions that encourage critical thinking and positive change.  Remainder of text in blog.The conversation will include experts, students and members of the Muslim community who will examine common myths and truths about Muslim life.

Muslim Mythbusters
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 6 – 8 p.m.
ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus
A.E. England Building
424 N. Central Ave. 

Free and open to the public. Space is limited.


Reserve your seats now.

Engage in the dialogue online: #HealRacism

Friday, March 11, 2016

Innovating Language Education

Snapshot of NMC web header, two, multi-national students engaged in conversation

The New Media Consortium (NMC) recently published a report called Innovating Language Education: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief, which provides insights about language education trends, challenges and opportunities to improve student proficiencies and cultural awareness through the use of new technologies.

Angela Felix photo
Among the NMC editorial board members contributing to the 2016 report was Rio Salado Faculty Chair of Languages Angela Felix, who addressed matters of personalized learning strategies.

"Done well, personalized learning can serve to celebrate and validate what heritage speakers already know, which can increase their academic confidence and foster a willingness to spend more time on what needs improvement," said Felix. "Adopting a curriculum that adapts to these learners' needs means that they are not sitting idly by while their classmates struggle with vocabulary and pronunciation that the heritage speakers learned growing up; they can focus on honing the language skills they will need to be successful in academic and professional settings.”

image of a medical professional conversing with a patientThe report also addresses the importance of educational institutions creating partnerships with government and industry to advance the field of language education. Included as a proof of concept is Rio Salado’s online Spanish Medical Interpreting curriculum, which was developed in partnership with Phoenix Children's Hospital in response to the urgent need for qualified interpreters in healthcare settings. Content from the two online classes has earned national accreditation from the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters.

Students who complete the classes can apply for a 40-hour externship, which provides opportunities for real-life interpreting experiences at hospitals, clinics, and organizations. See related story and Rio Salado’s Spanish for Medical Interpretation web page for additional details.

image of report cover
The full report, which is available online, was commissioned by the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center (LFTIC) at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.

The New Media Consortium is a community of hundreds of leading universities, colleges, museums, and research centers. The NMC stimulates and furthers the exploration and use of new media and technologies for learning and creative expression.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Lunch Break with Phoenix Symphony March 9

Phoenix Symphony logo

Enjoy an afternoon of classical music and conversation with members of the Phoenix Symphony, March 9 at the Rio Salado Conference Center!

Symphony Connections Brown Bag Performance
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

12 - 1:30 p.m. 

Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281 

Free admission - open to all Maricopa Community Colleges students and employees.


closeup image of a violin

A small ensemble will perform special selections and attendees will have an opportunity to engage in a conversation with the performers and conductor immediately following.

Symphony Connections is an educational partnership with the Maricopa Community Colleges Honors Program and the Phoenix Symphony.  The March 9 performance is presented by the Maricopa Community Colleges Academic and Student Affairs Division, Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (MCLI) and Rio Salado's Honors Program.

For more information, please contact Don Jensen-Bobadilla at 480-731-8296 or don.jensen-bobadilla@domail.maricopa.edu