Showing posts with label MCCCD. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MCCCD. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lifelong Learning Center Reopens Feb. 10

The Rio Salado Lifelong Learning Center in Surprise will remain closed tonight but will reopen for normal business hours tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Check back here and via RAVE notices for the latest updates.

What is RAVE? It's the communications service Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges use to send urgent emails and text messages about closures and incidents that may affect you.

Keep your contact information updated at my.maricopa.edu – especially mobile devices and e-mail addresses – so you can fully benefit from these alerts. Manage your alert preferences using this web site.

Presidents' Day Closure, Monday Feb. 15

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Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Monday, Feb. 15 in honor of Presidents' Day.

Services normally available 24/7 such as our Technology Support Helpdesk and Ask a Librarian will remain available. Visit this web page for the latest updates about college closures.


image of Carter, Clinton, Obama and Bush 42

Explore the colorful history of our nation's presidents by visiting these White House and History web sites, where you'll find biographies, videos, trivia and more.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Student Success Tip: Focus on Academic Success

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What do successful students do?  

They focus on Academic Success!

● Go to class
● Connect with a tutor to help improve your grades
● Work with an advisor to complete an educational plan

We encourage you to call on Rio Salado tutors and academic advisors.  They will help you stay on track! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Library of Audiobooks Available to You!

image of a woman cuddled up on the coach reading a book.

Miss curling up with a good book because you lack free time? Are you looking for ways to stay motivated to keep your New Year’s resolutions? Do you yearn for something to make your morning or evening commute a little more tolerable? We have the answer-- audiobooks! 

image of a stack of books with and a set of headphones patched into them.

As a Rio Salado student, you have access to the audiobook collections available at all 10 Maricopa Community College  libraries-- and you can pick up your selections at a location that's convenient for you!

Please note that these are physical audiobooks (CDs), not digital files.

How to Locate and Request Audiobook CDs

1. Go to the Rio Salado Library. Select “Books & DVDs.”

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2. Click “Advanced Search.”

snapshot of Advance Search page


3. If you are looking for a specific audiobook, type in the title. If you are looking for an audiobook on a specific subject (success, parenting, business, etc.), type in the subject. Use the pull-down menu for Format Type to select “Audio disc.” Then click on “Advanced Search.”

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4. When you find an audiobook that interests you, select “Place Hold.”

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5. Enter your MEID and password

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6. Select the library closest to you for pick-up! Then click “Place Hold.”

snapshot of Place Hold page


You will receive a “Pickup Notice” in your student Gmail account when the item arrives.


News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Apply for Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy ‪‎Scholarship!‬

Nina Scholars logo

The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholarship‬ application deadline is March 1, 2016!

This scholarship program covers full tuition, fees and books, while providing each student with an academic advisor and mentor. It also includes a $2,750 annual living allowance.

The scholarship is available to all Maricopa Community Colleges students who meet one of these criteria:
● Adults 25 years or older with dependents
● College-age youth and adults living with physical disabilities
● Incoming freshmen ages 18-25, raised through the child welfare system and have no form of financial support


"The Nina Trust has profoundly impacted my life by empowering me through their support to expand my goals and given me the self-confidence to reach them." -- Idalia Beltran, cohort 14
Learn more about this program and the application process by visiting http://bit.ly/applynina.  Visit this page to begin the application process now: ow.ly/XvOWl

It will be well worth your while to investigate.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Rio Waves Tip for Success: Build Relationships!

poster featuring Rio Mascot Splash, Maricopa Colleges logo and an icon of hands shaking.  Text: Build relationships.  Get to know your professors.  Connect with peers in your classes.

What do successful students do? 

They build relationships!
● Get to know your professors
● Connect with peers in your classes


Online doesn't mean you have to go it alone! 
Meet new people, learn about student resources, work on community projects-- and have a little fun by taking part in Rio Salado's Student Life and Leadership clubs and events.

Learn more by visiting this web page and look for upcoming event news by checking this blog, our other social media channels and your student email account.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Chancellor Glasper Reflections Inside Higher Ed

http://blog.riosalado.edu/2015/12/mcccd-chancellor-announces-retirement.html

This Inside Higher Ed story by reporter Ashley Smith features outgoing Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Rufus Glasper-- and his reflections about the evolution of two-year colleges, challenges in Arizona and Maricopa's future.

Dr. Glasper will retire from the Maricopa Community Colleges to accept a position as President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College (League). See related blog story.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Maricopa Student Center Maintenance Dec. 30


The Maricopa Student Center will be down for planned maintenance Wednesday, December 30, 6-11 a.m.

The following online student services will be unavailable during this time: Maricopa Enterprise ID account creation, enrollment for classes, grade reports, transcripts, financial aid information, and the student message center. If you need to access any of these services, you are encouraged to do so before December 30. 

Visit this web page for the latest details about scheduled maintenance and services available to you during the process.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Monday, December 7, 2015

MCCCD Chancellor Announces Retirement

After nearly 13 years as Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges, Rufus Glasper, Ph.D. will retire to accept a position as President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College (League).

Dr. Glasper has served The Maricopa Community Colleges, one of the nation’s largest community college systems, for more than 29 years in a variety of roles from director of finance, CFO and Vice Chancellor. He was named Chancellor in 2003.

The League, based in Chandler, Ariz., is an international nonprofit organization that provides strategic insights and undertakes policy work for the more than 800 institutions holding memberships in its League Alliance. The Maricopa Community Colleges is a member of the League.

“This decision was not an easy one,” Dr. Glasper wrote in a memo to Maricopa employees today. “I believe that the many organizational and academic initiatives that are now in motion throughout the Maricopa Community Colleges are well on their way to enhancing the District’s position as a leader among community colleges nationally.”

“As I have had the privilege to provide vision for initiatives impacting student success and innovation for our colleges, I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to now provide leadership in the community college arena on a national scale,” Dr. Glasper added.

Learn more in this official press release.

We join our community in thanking Chancellor Glasper for his years of service and leadership. We wish you well on your new educational journey.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

SIS Maintenance Dec 5 - 6

abstract composite of IT tech images of code and hands using a keyboard.

The Student Information System (SIS) will not be available Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 a.m. until Sunday, Dec. 6 at 8 a.m for scheduled maintenance.  

This will affect all student self-service options including adding/dropping classes, resetting passwords and more-- so please plan accordingly.

Other support systems such as email, Canvas, and RioLearn will be available for use.

We appreciate your patience. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

my.maricopa.edu Scheduled Outage Nov. 14

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Attention Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges students. Our online Student Center, my.maricopa.edu will be down for scheduled maintenance on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.

You will not have the ability to log into the system, register, check placement test scores, create an MEID, etc. Please plan ahead.

Other support systems such as email, Canvas and RioLearn will be available for use.

We appreciate your understanding!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Job Fair for Youth & Maricopa Students!

logo for 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Project Fair & Forum Phoenix

Rio Salado is proud to join the Maricopa Community Colleges and Starbucks in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair & Forum at the Phoenix Convention Center this Friday, October 30 to help young people between the ages of 16 and 24 find employment and educational opportunities. 

http://www.100kopportunities.org/phoenix/

Starbucks will be joined by 20 other companies to recruit, hire and provide support services at the event.

While the event is designed specifically to help young people who are not currently employed or in school and who have had difficulty finding jobs and educational opportunities, Starbucks is inviting all Maricopa Community Colleges students to take advantage of the workshops, services and interviewing opportunities available during the free community event.
  • Meet and interview with more than 20 companies 
  • Practice interview skills with one-on-one coaching 
  • Create or improve resume with personalized support 
  • Get resources to complete high school degree and explore college 
  • Get help with job applications 
  • Attend workshops on how to set career goals 
  • Tap into legal resources and immigration services 
  • Find a mentor and job training programs, open a bank account and more!
Participants will also have access to bus passes, food, haircuts and other services to help them prepare for on-site interviews.

100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair & Forum 
Friday, October 30 
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. Third St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

To register, visit 100KOpportunities.org/phoenix.

Register and Schedule Your Interviews Now!
Participants can pre-schedule up to two interviews online and should plan to dress for success to meet with various employers during the event.

logo for 10K opporunities initiative

About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative:
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is a coalition of leading U.S.-based companies committed to training and hiring 100,000 Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of school and not working by 2018. Launched in August of 2015 to create more pathways to economic opportunity for young Americans, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative aims to be the largest employer-led coalition in the country. The Initiative creates pathways for youth with untapped talent and potential to build skills, gain credentials and employment, and reclaim the American Dream. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is an employer-led coalition that will leverage the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions. It is supported by many of the country’s youth and opportunity-focused nonprofit organizations, local governments, and participating funders.

#StartSomewhere #100kOpportunities

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Live United: Connecting with our Communities

Montage of images from United Way Project Connect day.  Text: Give. Advocate. Volunteer.  Live United.  United Way.

Rio Salado College embraces community outreach and service. Each year, the college participates in the annual United Way campaign in a variety of efforts including book drives, fundraising activities and community service. 

Image of Dr. Terry registering to volunteer

Last week, Rio Salado’s Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. LeRodrick Terry participated in a United Way Project Connect event in Tempe to benefit the homeless.

Project Connect helps those in need on their journey to health, financial stability, and housing by bringing over 50 service providers to one location.

image of someone getting a hair cut.

This event allows individuals and families to receive numerous services in one day that could normally take days, weeks, or months on their own.

“I believe as educators, we have a responsibility to serve our communities,” Terry said. “Just as teaching and learning surpass the walls of traditional educational settings, the same is true in regards to the impact created through community service and outreach.”

back of a volunteer.  T-shirt reads: "...because we are all connected."

Terry said participating in the Project Connect event was enlightening on many levels.

“Interacting with people from the community reminds me of why we do what we do,” Terry said. Our purpose as an institution and as people are made clearer when we take the time to serve.”

He recounted this memorable interaction:

Image of Dr. Terry talking to another volunteer as his companion Carol shops.

“As I went around from one resource to another, I got to know my participant. Her name was Carol. She shared her testimony. She was adamant that she didn’t come for a hand out. She did not want charity. She wanted access and information to assist her in taking advantage of available resources. Even though she was enduring intolerable hardships, her dignity was still intact. Our conversation and interaction was inspirational. In sharing her story, she exemplified the strength of the human spirit.”

In addition to Project Connect, the United Way offers many ways for people to get involved in their communities.
Image of Dr. Terry shaking hands with another volunteer


“You can volunteer a few hours of your time and/or commit to a modest financial donation,” Terry said. “In this act, you have the ability to become a change agent, and the opportunity to make a difference.”

Additional volunteer opportunities with the Valley of the Sun United Way include WeekEnd Hunger backpack assembly, Generation United kids care, Make a Difference Day, literacy fairs, serving Thanksgiving dinner at community centers and shelters, and more. Visit www.vsuw.org to learn more about the Valley of the Sun United Way and how you can make a difference all year long.

For more information about Rio Salado United Way initiatives and how you can get involved, visit this blog.   

Check out this Facebook album for additional photos.

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich.

Friday, October 9, 2015

A Renewed Commitment to ‪#‎ClimateLeadership!

Image of MCCCD Executive Council signing sustainability commitment

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Chancellor Rufus Glasper and his Executive Council reaffirmed the Maricopa Community Colleges' commitment to sustainability. Each member signed the 2015 Climate Leadership Network (formerly ACUPCC) Integrated Climate Leadership Commitment.

Rio Salado College is proud to join MCCCD and the Network in their commitment to building a sustainable global future and to renew our pledge to develop innovative, sustainable solutions as a college!

At Rio Salado, sustainability is more than just "thinking green," it's a way of life! 

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children ~ Native American Proverb 


To learn more about our commitment to sustainability, visit www.riosalado.edu/about/news-resources/sustainability

#‎ClimateLeadership #‎ClimateChange‬ ‪#‎HigherEd‬ ‪#‎Sustainability‬ ‪#‎ActOnClimate‬

Thursday, October 8, 2015

#IamUCC


Rio Salado College staff, students and guests gathered for a moment of silence at 11 a.m. to honor the memory of the victims of last week's tragedy at Umpqua Community College and to let the UCC community know that we stand with them as they begin the process of healing.
"With this offering, we also show our support to our friends and colleagues who are working tirelessly to pick up the pieces on the UCC campus." --Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante

#‎IamUCC‬

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

#IamUCC Moment of Silence Oct. 8, 11 a.m.

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We encourage you to join Rio Salado, the Maricopa Community Colleges and our country in a National Moment of Silence in memory of Umpqua Community College victims on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 11 a.m.

Staff, students and guests are invited to gather for a group memorial by the amphitheater between the Hohokam and Tower buildings at Rio Salado's Tempe headquarters. Please arrive by 10:55 a.m. if you plan to take part.

Let’s show Umpqua that we stand with them as they begin the process of healing their campus community.

Apply for MCCDF Scholarships by Oct. 12!

image of graduates. text: Pursue Your Dreams

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarship deadline is quickly approaching.  You have until October 12, 2015 to submit your application! 

There are several scholarship opportunities specifically for Rio Salado College students and employees, including the We Are Rio Employee Scholarship fund, the Dr. Harry E. Whyte Memorial Scholarship for Dental Hygiene students and the Rio Salado College/Helios Foundation Teacher Certification Scholarship Program.

Visit maricopa.academicworks.com and enter “Rio Salado” into the search engine to find opportunities unique to the college.

One general application, hundreds of scholarships.



Visit this Maricopa Colleges web page for successful tips and strategies to consider in all of your scholarship applications.

Rio Salado students who need additional help are encouraged to reach out to our Counseling team for assistance.

Scholarships are one of the best ways to cover expenses because you don’t have to pay them back, yet so many students don’t take advantage of them, leaving thousands of dollars unclaimed. It will be well worth your time to apply!

Monday, September 28, 2015