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

Friday, June 24, 2016

Rio Salado Downtown Power Restored


We are happy to announce APS has restored power to the Rio Salado Downtown location.  

We plan to resume normal business hours on Monday. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rio Salado Welcomes New VPAA Kate Smith


Please join us in welcoming Kate Smith-- Rio Salado's new Vice President of Academic Affairs

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

My.Maricopa Student Center Outage June 18-19

My.maricopa.edu will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance, 7 a.m., Saturday June 18 to noon, Sunday June 19.

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
  • Transcripts
  • Financial aid information
  • Student message center.
Please plan accordingly.

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.

Advising 101: New Group Advising Sessions!

Illustrated poster with laptop, books and grad cap in view.  Text: Advising 101 Sessions

Rio Salado College is offering group advising sessions this summer to help students meet registration requirements and get started on the right track. These Advising 101 sessions will be held in person and via webinar.

banner for MCCCD 4-step enrollment process: Step 1: Get Admitted.  Step 2: Take Placement Test.  Step 3: Seek Academic Advisement, Register for Classes, Attend New Student Orientation.  Step 4: Pay Tuition and Fees.
Advising 101 satisfies Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” to complete registration in my.maricopa.edu.

poster art: Text: Step #: Advising and Registration.  Illustrated image of an advisor on headset and shot of a class schedule.
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 do not need to register in advance for in-person or webinar 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 academic.advisement@riosalado.edu.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Time to Vote in May 17 Special Election

Button: Get out there and vote!

We encourage you to take part in today's statewide special election. Be counted!

Polls will be open until 7 p.m.

Visit www.azsos.gov/elections/voting-election to find your polling place.


#‎Vote‬ ‪#‎Arizona‬

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Download the Official 2016 #RioGrad Badge!

Mascot splash in the center, wearing graduation outfit.  Text: Rio Salado 2016 Graduate
Here it is-- the official 2016 Rio Waves Grad Badge. Feel free to download and share!

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.


Commencement Credentials Snapshot*
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


Special Acknowledgement:
50 Dual Enrollment students will participate in commencement

*Data to be verified after June 30, 2016

Happy Graduation Day Rio Waves Class of 2016

graduation poster to download: Rio mascot Splash in graduation outfit.  Text: Congratulations Rio Waves Class of 2016

Your day has finally arrived! 

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

Operation Hired - A Veteran Hiring Event

logo for city of phoenix veterans initiative: HERO: Hire, Educate, Recruit and Organize

The City of Phoenix is hosting its annual H.E.R.O. Hiring Event May 24, 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
Add to Calendar

Register Now

Agenda:
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

Pre-event Workshops
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

The New MCCCD Chancellor is Dr. Harper-Marinick


The Maricopa Community College’s Governing Board yesterday voted to appoint Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick as Chancellor of one of the largest community college systems in the nation. 

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

KJZZ 91.5 Reporters Win 3 Murrow Awards

Rio Salado congratulates KJZZ 91.5 FM reporters for winning three, 2016 Edward R. Murrow Region 3 Awards, as announced by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) on Tuesday, April 26.

The public radio station, which is a community service of Rio Salado College, is proud to have received high honors in three separate categories.

KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Stina Sieg won the Feature Reporting category for 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.”

Former KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Alexandra Olgin won the Hard News Reporting category for 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.

From KJZZ’s Fronteras: The Changing America Desk, Senior Field Correspondent Laurel Morales won the Sports Reporting category for 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.

Winners from the 14 regions automatically advance to the national 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

Rio Salado Honors Heroes of Education

Photo of Doris and Laurence Ashkin

Rio Salado joined the Maricopa Community Colleges and the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation for the annual Heroes of Education awards on April 21 to recognize Doris and Laurence Ashkin as the college’s Heroes of Education for 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

Celebrate Your Graduation with MCCCD Pride!

flier for Maricopa Convocations.  Text: Celebrate Student Diversity! All Maricopa Community College graduates, their friends and families, and all employees are invited to attend any of the Convocation ceremonies.  Some convocations have limited seating. Please register in advance. What Are Cultural Convocations?  Maricopa traditionally offers students the opportunity to celebrate graduation through culturally focused Convocations, which are smaller, more intimate graduation celebrations that are focused on a particular discipline, skill or culture. They affirm our students and reach out to families and friends in a meaningful way. Asian Pacific Islander – April 30 4-6 p.m.  Rio Salado Conference Center CONTACT/RSVP Ariyana Skauge | 480.857.5559 ariyana.skauge@cgc.edu LGBTQA – April 30, 12-2 p.m. Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus Community Rom (M200).  CONTACT/RSVP Richard Schultz | 480.731.8399 richard.schultz@domail.maricopa.edu Hispanic – May 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Glendale Civic Center 5750 W. Glenn Drive Glendale AZ 85301. CONTACT/RSVP Christina Izaguirre | 623.935.8968 christina.izaguirre@estrellamountain.edu Black/African American - May 7, 2-4 p.m. South Mountain Community College Performing Center. CONTACT/RSVP Yvette Strickling | 480.732.7322 yvette.strickling@cgc.edu  American Indian – May 12, 6-8 p.m., Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center. CONTACT/RSVP Yvonne Dinehdeal | 480.461.7254 yvonne.dinehdeal@mesacc.edu  For more information about Convocations at Maricopa Community Colleges contact Terry Mitich at 480.731.8659 To reserve your seat visit: maricopa.edu/convocations  The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.
  
RSVP to attend or volunteer for one of the upcoming Maricopa Community Colleges Convocations:  Asian Pacific Islander, LGBTQA, Veterans, Hispanic, Black/African-American and American Indian. 

The first set of convocations are scheduled for this Saturday, April 30 to celebrate the accomplishments of MCCCD LGBTQA and Asian Pacific Islander students! 

RSVP now!

#RioGrad

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

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Still Time to RSVP for 4/15 Veteran Conference

flier for event.  The largest and most comprehensive event for student veterans in Arizona Friday, April 15, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. GateWay Community College IE Building - Copper Room 108 N. 40th St. Phoenix, AZ 85034  WORKSHOPS INCLUDE: • How to be a GI Bill Ninja • Transferring to the University • Navigating the College Classroom • Student Veterans of America • Entering the Workforce after Graduation  SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE: Andy Mandwee Student Veterans of America Program Manager and graduate of both Maricopa Community Colleges and Arizona State University, will discuss how veterans can be successful during and after college.  Christine Gannon U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will discuss the 70,000 jobs awaiting veterans in the state of Arizona.  Angela Cody-Rouget Founder and owner of Major Mom who worked with the Maricopa Community Colleges Small Business Development Center, will discuss how veterans can become entrepreneurs. As seen on the popular tv show,Shark Tank  RESOURCE FAIR: Employers committed to hiring Veterans and community organizations who provide services to Veterans.  Arizona Insurance Institute Crisis Response Network Department of Economic Security Family Service Agency Fry’s Food Corporation Go Daddy Mass Mutual Financial The Ripple Effect U.S. Small Business Wells Fargo Association and many more!  BRING YOUR RESUME!  The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. VETERAN
There's still time for you to register for the April 15 Veteran Student Success Conference hosted by the Maricopa Community Colleges!

RSVP now for this #free event at maricopa.edu/veteran-conference.


#veteranstudentsuccess #jobs #resourcefair

Student Success Tip: Don't Ever Quit!

Poster that reads: Don't ever, ever, ever quit.   Image of Rio mascot Splash holding a megaphone
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!

‪#‎dontgiveup‬ ‪#‎neverquit‬ ‪#‎askforhelp‬ ‪#‎believeinyourself‬ ‪#‎iwillgraduate‬ ‪#‎YouGotThis‬ ‪#‎StudentSuccessTip‬

Monday, April 11, 2016

Celebrate Student Diversity at Graduation Time!

Celebrate Student Diversity! All Maricopa Community College graduates, their friends and families, and all employees are invited to attend any of the Convocation ceremonies.  Some convocations have limited seating. Please register in advance. What Are Cultural Convocations?  Maricopa traditionally offers students the opportunity to celebrate graduation through culturally focused Convocations, which are smaller, more intimate graduation celebrations that are focused on a particular discipline, skill or culture. They affirm our students and reach out to families and friends in a meaningful way. Asian Pacific Islander – April 30 4-6 p.m.  Rio Salado Conference Center CONTACT/RSVP Ariyana Skauge | 480.857.5559 ariyana.skauge@cgc.edu LGBTQA – April 30, 12-2 p.m. Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus Community Rom (M200).  CONTACT/RSVP Richard Schultz | 480.731.8399 richard.schultz@domail.maricopa.edu Hispanic – May 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Glendale Civic Center 5750 W. Glenn Drive Glendale AZ 85301. CONTACT/RSVP Christina Izaguirre | 623.935.8968 christina.izaguirre@estrellamountain.edu Black/African American - May 7, 2-4 p.m. South Mountain Community College Performing Center. CONTACT/RSVP Yvette Strickling | 480.732.7322 yvette.strickling@cgc.edu  American Indian – May 12, 6-8 p.m., Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center. CONTACT/RSVP Yvonne Dinehdeal | 480.461.7254 yvonne.dinehdeal@mesacc.edu  For more information about Convocations at Maricopa Community Colleges contact Terry Mitich at 480.731.8659 To reserve your seat visit: maricopa.edu/convocations  The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges encourage you to take part in our 2016 convocations-- in addition to Rio Salado's commencement ceremony on May 11! 

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

Don't Miss 4/15 Veteran Success Conference!

image of female veteran student graduate

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges are dedicated to supporting veterans as they transition out of the military and into college life!

event flier, text in blog
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. 

photo of Andy Mandwee
Andy Mandwee, program manager for Student Veterans of America, is the keynote speaker. He founded Glendale Community College’s Student Veteran Affairs of America chapter and as a graduate of GCC and ASU, he knows the importance of having the encouragement of others during the transition from the military to student and civilian life.

illustration of a hand holding up a sign that reads: "Looking for a job?"
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
Phoenix, AZ85034
See map: Google Maps

Register now! 

For additional details, contact:
Andrea Banks
andrea.banks@domail.maricopa.edu
480.731.8071

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

M.E.N. ASU Scholarship Deadline April 1

photo of MEN members

The application deadline for the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation George Evans Minority Male Initiative Transfer Scholarship Fund sponsored by the Helios Education Foundation is April 1.

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

Meet Rio Salado 2016 All-AZ Honorees

Image of Vanessa Williams and Shawna Daniels standing in front of ALL-AZ banner.

Among the 25 extraordinary Maricopa Community College students honored for their distinguished achievements and leadership at the 2016 All-Arizona (ALL-AZ) Academic Awards Luncheon on March 3, 2016, were Rio Salado scholars Shawna Daniels and Vanessa Williams.

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.


Shawna Daniels is a working mom who lives in Payson, Arizona, with her husband and their children.

“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.
In addition to being a member of Rio Salado’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society, Daniels engaged in several community service projects including volunteer work for the Rotary Club of Payson and Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. She also organized a charity golf tournament that raised approximately $7,500 for Payson charities.

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.”


Vanessa Williams also knows a thing or two about life changing events. The Rio Salado student is both honored and humbled to be recognized at the ALL-AZ awards.

“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
As president of Rio Salado’s PTK chapter, and vice-president of the National Society of Leadership and Success chapter, Williams invested her time to champion behavioral health issues and to advocate for people who are homeless.

“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.”