We plan to resume normal business hours on Monday.
Friday, June 24, 2016
We plan to resume normal business hours on Monday.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Smith, who begins her tenure this week, will be responsible for the oversight of Faculty, academic support services, Community Development, Dual Enrollment, Educational Service Partners, Institutional Research, Curriculum, and Institutional Integrity.
“I am excited to welcome Kate to the Rio Salado College team and to Maricopa,” said Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College. “I have every confidence that she will provide meaningful contributions to our important work of serving students.”
Smith brings a depth of experience to her new role with more than 20 years of experience in education. Most recently she served as the Dean of the Academic Foundations division at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. In that role, Kate had direct oversight of developmental education, college success courses, the English for Speakers of other Languages program, Dual Enrollment, writing centers, learning centers, tutoring, grant funded initiatives, and more.
Smith is a collaborative and supportive educator and leader. She is also well known in New York and across the nation as a speaker on topics ranging from active learning strategies to leading change through collaborative practices.
“I am thrilled to join Rio Salado College,” Smith said. “I am humbled and honored to be joining such a progressive and hard-working team. I appreciate the opportunity to support and contribute to the excellent work of the faculty and staff at Rio and look forward to working with my new colleagues.”
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The My.Maricopa Student Center will be down for planned maintenance beginning Saturday, June 18 at 7 a.m. until Sunday, June 19 at noon.
The following online student services will be unavailable during this time:
- Maricopa Enterprise ID account creation
- Enrollment for classes
- Grade reports
- Financial aid information
- Student message center.
During this outage, your student email, Canvas and RioLearn portals will still be available. You will also have the option to search for classes, research programs and degrees or contact an advisor. Visit this web page for the latest updates.
Students will learn how to:
● Work with an advisor to reach their educational goals.
● Choose appropriate classes and programs.
● Apply prior college classes to their program.
● Transfer credits to a university program.
● Find resources and tips to help them succeed.
In-Person Group Advising 101 Sessions
RSC Northern - Monday, June 20, 10 a.m.
RSC Southern - Tuesday, June 28, 11 a.m.
RSC Lifelong Learning Center - Wednesday, June 29, 11 a.m.
Communiversity at Queen Creek - Thursday, June 30, 6 p.m.
RSC Downtown -Tuesday, July 12, 6 p.m.
RSC Avondale - Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m.
RSC Thomas - Monday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m.
Rio Tempe - Wednesday, Aug. 10 6 p.m.
RSC Northern - Monday, July 5 10 a.m.
Webinar Group Advising 101 Sessions
Wednesday, July 27, Noon
Wednesday, July 27, 6 p.m.
Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for the latest details about Advising 101 sessions.
Students will be provided details on how to report their mandatory advisement requirements during the session they choose.
The sessions are free and open to all students.
Students may continue to seek advisement individually by phone, in-person or email.
For more information contact Academic Advisement at (480) 517-8580 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Polls will be open until 7 p.m.
Visit www.azsos.gov/elections/voting-election to find your polling place.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments at tonight's commencement ceremony.
You can watch the ceremony live, beginning at 7 p.m. via this web stream.
217+ candidates plan to participate in the ceremony
Degrees, Certificates and Recognitions of Achievement
692 Associate Degrees
53 Academic Certificates
4,350 Certificates of Completion
70 Post-Bacc. Teacher Certifications
147 Teacher in Residence Certiﬁcations
9 Ed. Bachelor Partnership Degrees
TOTAL - 5,321
Academic Honors144 Distinction
141 High Distinction
75 Highest Distinction
101 Phi Theta Kappa
4 Honors Program
26 National Society of Leadership and Success
50 Dual Enrollment students will participate in commencement
*Data to be veriﬁed after June 30, 2016
Happy Graduation Day Rio Waves!
We applaud you for your hard work, dedication and commitment to completing this part of your educational journey. Congratulations.
Class dismissed-- now go out and celebrate!
Share your grad moments! #RioGrad #RioWaves #Maricopa16.
Friday, May 6, 2016
This free event will provide veterans with opportunities to interview with veteran supported companies and help finding gainful employment. Participants will also have a chance to attend free workshops on May 9, 10 and 12, to prepare for the May 24 main event.
Operation Hired - A Veteran Hiring Event
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
8:30 - 11 a.m.
City of Phoenix
Business & Workforce Development Center
302 N First Avenue, 6th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85009 - View Map
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8:30 a.m. Job Fair Kick Off with Mayor Greg Stanton
8:45 a.m. Company presentations
10:00 a.m. Job fair begins
11:00 a.m. Event complete
May 9, 6- 8 p.m.
Maricopa Skill Center North
2931 W Bell Road
May 10, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
ARIZONA@WORK, City of Phoenix
3406 N 51st Avenue
May 12, 6 - 8 p.m.
Maricopa Skill Center Main Central City
1245 E Buckeye Road
Visit this City of Phoenix web page for more details about this initiative.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Harper-Marinick becomes the first female and first Latina ever appointed Chancellor to a higher education institution in Arizona.
“A new era has come to Maricopa Community Colleges as we congratulate Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick on her new role as Chancellor,” said Alfredo Gutierrez, President of the Governing Board. “As the education landscape continues to evolve, Maria’s steady leadership, commitment to lifelong education and stellar reputation at both a local and national level will elevate Maricopa Community College’s standing as an institution dedicated to high achievement and successful student outcomes.”
With a career spanning nearly 25 years at Maricopa Community Colleges, Harper-Marinick has served in several top-level posts, including Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and Interim Chancellor. Taking the reins from the now retired Chancellor Rufus Glasper, she will oversee system-wide operations, which serve 200,000 students and nearly 10,000 faculty and staff members across 10 colleges (Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain), a Corporate College, two skills centers (Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center) and several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes.
In addition, as Chancellor, Harper-Marinick sets the vision for the higher educational institution’s strategic plan, guides policy development, and oversees initiatives and outcomes related to workforce, economic and community development; civic and global engagement; and increasing student success.
“There is an unprecedented demand for skilled workers among employers not only here in Arizona, but across the nation, making it vital for higher education institutions to educate, train and prepare the next generation of employees to be workplace-ready,” said Harper-Marinick. “Maricopa Community Colleges continue to deliver an exemplary education that equips students with the foundational skills they need to excel in their careers and in life.”
The appointment of Harper-Marinick, a native of the Dominican Republic, caps off an extensive search conducted by a specially-appointed committee. The Search Committee, co-chaired by Arizona State University President Michael Crow and Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association President Salina Bednarek, considered a broad pool of candidates for the Chancellor position.
“The Search Committee took a holistic approach in selecting the next Chancellor,” said Crow. “Dr. Harper-Marinick excelled among the candidates we interviewed and identified as national leaders in terms of understanding the unique and complex education landscape in Arizona, and the need for innovation and collaboration. Her commitment to strengthening the quality of education in Arizona and keen insights on major issues make her perfectly poised to propel Maricopa Community Colleges to the next level.”
Widely known in education circles throughout Arizona, Harper-Marinick has helped shape the face of community college education through her involvement with Expect More Arizona, the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center, and Arizona Business and Education Coalition. As well, she has been an active member of the Morrison Institute’s Latino Public Policy Center Advisory Board and the Morrison CTE Advisory Board, which is committed to enhancing career technical education. She has also been involved with the Phoenix Thriving Together Leadership Council, and The Global Pathways Institute.
No stranger on the national education stage, Harper-Marinick has been tapped to serve on several education boards and councils, including being appointed to the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and the National Community College Hispanic Council. She has also been a vocal participant on the National Advisory Board for the Center for Community College Student Engagement, Educational Testing Service’s National Community College Advisory Council, the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders, the American Association of Community Colleges, the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the Commission on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity of the American Association of Community Colleges.
Harper-Marinick came to Arizona State University as a Fulbright Scholar in 1982 from the Dominican Republic, earning a Master of Education in Instructional Media, as well as a Ph.D. in Educational Technology. She also earned a Licentiate in School Administration and Pedagogy from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena in the Dominican Republic.
About Maricopa Community Colleges
Among the largest community college systems in the nation, Maricopa Community Colleges serve 200,000 students enrolled in credit and non-credit courses annually. The community college system is also the largest provider of transfer students to Arizona’s public universities, comprising approximately 30 percent of all bachelor’s degree completers. The college system added $7.3 billion in direct economic impact to Arizona’s economy in 2013-14, according to a research report released in 2015 from Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). The report also revealed that for every dollar contributed by taxpayers to the Maricopa Community Colleges, $4 in benefits is returned to taxpayers. Additionally, the report uncovered that for every dollar that a student spends on a Maricopa Community College education, that student gets back $4.20 in higher future income. The system includes 10 community colleges (Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain), a Corporate College, two skills centers (Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center), Maricopa Corporate College, and several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes. Eight Maricopa Community Colleges were named among the Aspen Institute’s top 150 community colleges in the United States. For more information, visit www.maricopa.edu.
News courtesy of the Maricopa Community Colleges
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
The public radio station, which is a community service of Rio Salado College, is proud to have received high honors in three separate categories.
Navigating Social Media Complicated When Your Child Has Cancer.
Sieg highlighted the difficult choices parents of children with cancer must make when keeping friends and family updated. Some choose to share news of their child’s illness with a small, closed group of acquaintances on Facebook, while others create pages that attract tens of thousands of followers.
“I am honored to get this award, but more than that, I feel so honored I was able to do this story,” said Sieg. “I am amazed and humbled by everyone who let me into their lives for this piece. They’ll be in my heart forever.”
Valley Man Leads Underground Operation To Save Opiate Addicts.
In her story, Olgin described how naloxone has been used by opiate addicts to reverse overdoses, even though distributing or using the medicine without a prescription is illegal in Arizona. Using naloxone obtained legally outside the state, an anonymous Phoenician runs a harm-reduction campaign in the Valley.
Run To Pray, Run To Win: Hopi High Cross Country Team Has Longest Winning Streak In US.
Drawing a connection between the Hopi High boys cross country team’s winning meets for 26 consecutive years and the Hopi tribe’s heritage of long-distance running, Morales reported on the positive impact the sport has had on students.
Morales remarked, “I’m glad I could bring attention to Hopi running, a tradition the tribe is so proud of. When I produce a story like this, I ask myself, did I do it justice? Winning the Murrow tells me I did.”
Region 3 for the Edward R. Murrow Awards includes all radio and television stations in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.
KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk partner station Marfa Public Radio took home eight awards in Region 6 (Oklahoma & Texas), the largest number of any small-market radio station in the country. Three of those awards were given to reporter Lorne Matalon, whose stories were also broadcast on KJZZ: US Citizens Skirting Border Laws To Survive On Rio Grande, Borderland Exodus: Towns Near Path Of Proposed Mexican Pipelines Suffer Rash Of Violence, and Central American Migration: New Concerns As Numbers Rise One Year After Unprecedented Influx.
Edward R. Murrow Awards competition in May, with national winners to be announced in June.
RTDNA said it received a record-high 4,300 entries for the 2016 awards season.
News courtesy of KJZZ contributing writer Trevor Huxham.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Heroes of Education honors individuals who have a personal and professional commitment to supporting students and educational opportunities.
Rio Salado chose Doris and Laurence Ashkin as the 2016 honorees because of the exceptional support they have provided to the college's Division of Public Service, which manages KJZZ 91.5, KBACH 89.5, Sun Sounds of Arizona and SPOT 127.
This collaboration has provided opportunities for individuals to experience high-quality public radio programs. Their support has also contributed to the advancement of SPOT 127, KJZZ’s youth media center, empowering Valley youth with digital media skills that are vital to today’s information economy.
News courtesy of Rio Salado's Division of Public Service
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The first set of convocations are scheduled for this Saturday, April 30 to celebrate the accomplishments of MCCCD LGBTQA and Asian Pacific Islander students!
Thursday, April 21, 2016
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
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
Phoenix College - Bulpitt Auditorium
1202 W. Thomas Road
Monday, April 25
Mesa Community College, Navajo Room
1833 W. Southern Ave.
Students are invited to attend a special Q & A forum.
Friday, April 22
Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 W. 14th Street
Facilitated by Felicia Ganther, J. D., Associate Vice Chancellor Student Affairs
Public comments are welcome and can be submitted online at hr.maricopa.edu/chancellor-search/finalist-feedback
Thursday, April 14, 2016
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!
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
Monday, April 11, 2016
Visit maricopa.edu/convocations for details and to RSVP.
Please note, some convocations have very limited seating. Please register in advance.
#RioGrad #Classof2016 #RioWaves
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The MCCCD 2016 Veteran Student Success Conference is just one way veteran students can learn about the resources available to them-- and receive the assistance they need to succeed in a new career!
The conference is free and open to students from all universities and community colleges across the state.
The conference will include breakout sessions to provide attendees with success tips they can use in the classroom and on their journey to finding a new career.
Local community organizations and agencies will share information about:
- How to be a GI Bill Ninja
- Transferring to a University
- Navigating the College Classroom
- Student Veterans of America
- Entering the Workforce After Graduation
2016 Veteran Student Success Conference
Friday, April 15
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
GateWay Community College
108 N. 40th St. IE Building - Copper Room
See map: Google Maps
For additional details, contact:
Visit this event page for the latest details.
See related azcentral and Maricopa Matters stories about MCCCD efforts to create a statewide program to support military personnel, veterans, and their families as they move from active duty to civilian life.
Friday, March 25, 2016
It's an exclusive opportunity for active members of a Male Empowerment Network (M.E.N.) chapter who are transferring to Arizona State University (ASU).
Download the application and review scholarship qualifications now online.
Learn more about M.E.N. by visiting this Maricopa Colleges web page and Rio Salado's chapter web page.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Each year, participating colleges nominate two of their most distinguished students to receive the ALL-AZ honor, which includes tuition to one of Arizona’s three state universities and a cash scholarship.
Daniels and Williams were selected as Rio’s 2016 honorees for their academic excellence, community leadership and personal determination.
“Being a busy mom of three, I would never have thought I would have the time to complete my college degree and help my community in the ways that I have this year,” said Daniels.
Parenthood came with more challenges than the young couple expected. After getting through the early childhood years, Daniels realized it was time to invest in herself to create the financial future she wanted for her family.
“I chose Rio Salado because of the convenient online classes and staggered start dates,” Daniels said. “With Rio Salado’s amazing technology and student support, I can properly plan and stay dedicated to my studies.”
|Daniels with her grandmother Marlene|
and husband Mark.
Daniels plans to attend Northern Arizona University (NAU) with the ALL-AZ scholarship and is working toward becoming a certified public accountant.
“I would not likely be able to attend NAU without this scholarship,” said Daniels. “Being awarded full tuition to a university is priceless and has changed my entire life.”
“My life has been one of perseverance,” Williams said. “I was diagnosed with severe depression at the age of 13. I began to use drugs in my twenties. I spent more than thirteen years of my life homeless and destitute, lacking the ability to see any hope in my future.”
But everything changed six years ago when Williams took a training class to become a peer support specialist.
“A peer support specialist assists people who are recovering with mental illness or drug addiction,” Williams said. After working part time for a year at Warm Line, a peer-run support line, Williams was promoted to supervisor.
“I then made the second best decision of my life which was to return to school and get a degree,” Williams said. “As a mother and a grandmother, it was important to return to college to set a good example for my family. Returning to school was also a vital part of my recovery.”
Williams chose to attend Rio Salado College, and quickly found an aptitude for leadership and service.
|Williams with husband Joe|
“I love being of service to others,” Williams said. “I also like seeing people succeed when they didn’t believe that they could. Continuing my education will allow me the ability to help others discover their own unique leadership skills.”
Williams plans on attending NAU this fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Her dream is to start a non-profit organization that assists in the professional development of people who have been diagnosed with behavioral health issues.
“I feel like anything is possible when you put your mind to it,” Williams said. “I am grateful to Rio Salado College for all they have done to help me to achieve my dreams.”