Showing posts with label Maricopa County Community College District. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Maricopa County Community College District. Show all posts

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

Veterans Success Project Launched Today

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Images from today's #VeteransSuccessProject Launch
The Maricopa Community Colleges system plans to create a statewide program to provide support to military personnel, veterans and their families as they move from active duty to civilian life. 

more images of MCCCD leadership and other Maricopa County leaders at launch
The program, which takes a holistic approach to helping veterans and families identify and reach education, career, and life goals, will begin once the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation raises the $14 million to support the initiative.

The new program will build on Maricopa’s successful record in providing education to veterans through, for example, its East Valley Veterans Education Center in Tempe, which is supported by several Maricopa Community Colleges and led by Rio Salado College. The new Veterans Success Project proposes creation of a similar center in the West Valley that will be a regional hub where veterans and their families will receive a variety of support under one roof.

“No matter where veterans live in metro Phoenix, they will be able to find services and educational support at one of the Veterans Educational Centers or one of our 12 campus Vet Centers,” said Maricopa Chancellor Rufus Glasper. “This new project will allow us to provide more effective pathways for veterans to reach their career goals.”

Other proposed items – all dependent on raising funds to support them – include:
  • A prototype for a centralized District and State Application for Veterans Aid database that would allow electronic submission, processing and tracking of veteran aid and pre-enrollment advisement.
  • A centralized location for student referrals to be entered and tracked and customer satisfaction to be recorded.
  • A center for curriculum evaluation and transfer model for military credits. Among other things, military courses will be checked against courses and skills at Arizona’s colleges and universities.
  • Faculty and staff training to raise awareness about such veteran issues as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
  • A veterans Career Re-entry job placement and referral center in collaboration with local business and industry.
  • A District contact and resolution center to help veterans transition into the Maricopa Community Colleges as well as link veterans to critical community-based support services.
  • Veterans success courses specifically oriented to the needs of veterans.Expansion of existing veterans centers to provide satellite support services to veterans, active-duty Guard, reserve military members, and their families.
The proposal calls for the District to work closely with community organizations supporting veterans. A key goal is to provide a seamless transfer process for veterans interested in completing a baccalaureate degree. Working through a centralized Maricopa Community Colleges District veterans Office, a pathway specifically for veteran students will be developed with the state public universities to help veterans secure their benefits, transfer their military courses and credits and get properly connected to the same support services their received at their community college.

For more information about the Veteran Student Success Project please contact Felicia Ganther, Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Services, at 480-731-8824. For information about the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, please contact Mary O’Connor, the Foundation’s Acting President and Chief Executive Officer, at 480-731-8403.

About Maricopa Community Colleges
The Maricopa Community College system includes 10 colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain. It also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, Maricopa Corporate College and several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes. www.maricopa.edu.

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Pep Rally Raises 1K for Student Scholarships!


More than 215 attendees took part in Rio Salado's first-ever Back-to-School Pep Rally and Scholarship Fundraiser on Tuesday, Sept. 15. 

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges District employees who attended the event enjoyed snow cones and water-themed activities like a dunk tank, water balloon volleyball, sponge toss and surf-machine. It was also a chance to help introduce the college’s new mascot Splash.

Thanks to everyone for attending, and for helping to raise more than $1,000 for the Rio Salado student scholarship fund! 
Image of David O'Shea being dunked.

And a special thank you to the good-natured folks who volunteered to be dunked and splashed in the name of education!

You can view more photos from the event by visiting this Facebook album.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Childcare Resources for Students


image of a young girl sitting with a teacher as they work on an arts and craft project together.
Are you looking for ‪child care‬ so you can continue your ‪education?‬

Check out this helpful U.S. News article featuring Kris Bliss, Mesa Community College Director of Student Retention and Support Services, Find Child Care Resources for Community College Students.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

NAU Higher Education Information Session

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En route to higher learning with Northern Arizona University in mind?

Take advantage of NAU's Higher Education Information Session, Wednesday, April 22 at the Rio Salado Conference Center.


Learn about NAU's 30-hour MCCCD Partnership Program and develop social entrepreneurship and leadership skills to thrive in new and changing environments in higher education.

NAU/MCCCD Information Session
M.Ed. Community College
Higher Education

Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Wednesday, April 22
5-6 p.m.

For more information contact NAU Transfer Specialist, Gina Stephens at 602.776.4677 or by email at gina.stephens@nau.edu.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

EVVEC and RSC Southern Remain Closed 3/18

UPDATE: Due to the earlier situation in Mesa, the Rio Salado College Southern location and EVVEC will remain closed today, Wednesday, March 18.  

Keep your contact information updated in my.maricopa.edu – especially mobile devices and e-mail addresses – to benefit fully from the Maricopa Emergency Messaging System (MEMS) Alert system.  Manage your alerts through Rave here.

Alert: RSC Locations in Lockdown

UPDATE: Due to the ongoing situation in Mesa, the Rio Salado College Southern location and EVVEC will be closed for the remainder of the day, Wednesday, March 18.  


Rio Salado College Southern and the East Valley Veterans Education Center are in lockdown due to a police situation in Mesa. Please avoid the area until further notice.

Keep your contact information updated in my.maricopa.edu – especially mobile devices and e-mail addresses – in order to fully utilize the Maricopa Emergency Messaging System (MEMS) Alert system. Manage your alerts through Rave here.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New University Transfer Guide

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The Maricopa Community Colleges District has released an updated University Transfer Guide for 2015-16.

The guide includes helpful information about: 
  • Where to Start
  • Degree Pathways
  • Ten Steps to Transfer
  • Transfer Checklist
  • Academic Advisement
  • Strategies for Undecided Students
  • University Transfer Myths
Take advantage of Maricopa Community Colleges university transfer fairs across the Valley, February 17 - March 25. Visit this University Transfer page for the latest dates, times and locations for these events.

Visit this Rio Salado web page to learn more about our academic partners and transfer options available to you.  

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

President's Day Closure, Feb. 16

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Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Monday, Feb. 16 in observance of President's Day. 

Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Visit this page for more information about holiday closures and hours.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Big Savings for College Students

Image of a Rio Salado student at bookstore

As many college students can attest, discovering “hidden” discounts and savings is like making the 3-point shot at the buzzer! It’s exhilarating and game-changing at the same time. While some students take advantage of movie theater and museum savings, they might be surprised to learn that student discounts are also available almost every industry imaginable.

Whatever the favorite pastime- be it shopping or catching up with the Morris twins at a Phoenix Suns game- there are countless opportunities to save on many activities and products.

In need of electronics? Surf the likes of Best Buy or the Apple store for savings on laptops, tablets and other gadgets, or head over to Amazon for student discounts and free two-day shipping.

Maybe you’re more interested in computer software. Visit Journey Ed, an online retailer specializing in student software. The site offers savings of up to 85% off retail prices for registered students, and pricing is even better when accessed through partner institutions, such as Tempe-based Rio Salado College. 

Educational partnerships exist to save students money while they pursue certificates and degrees. For example, Maricopa County Community College students are eligible for substantial savings on Microsoft products such as Microsoft Office 365, which they can download for free through their My.Maricopa.edu student portal.

As the cold months drag on, wanderlust may set in and students can find themselves checking websites to plan that all important spring break trip. While traveling poses budgetary challenges for many students, discount options do exist.

EF College Break is designed to bring college students between the ages of 18-28 to some of the most exciting and exotic destinations around the world. Trips are scheduled to coincide with major holidays or school vacations: summer, spring break and New Year. Prices are guaranteed to fit any budget, with the company also offering monthly payment plan options.

If students would rather plan their own trips, the website Student Universe is another travel option, offering cheap flights, hotels, tours and rail options.

Students with good grades can parlay their academic success into discounts. Many auto insurance companies, such as Geico, State Farm, Allstate and Esurance, will dramatically cut monthly rates for students who succeed academically. Just ask for the “good student discount.”

Additional online resources for student discounts can be found at studentrate.com, or, for a yearly fee, students can join discount clubs like Student Advantage or Edhance, which provide access to thousands of worldwide discount opportunities.

What are you waiting for? If you’re a college student (or know one), it’s about time you took advantage of all of the great discounts and savings opportunities. Next time you visit a favorite restaurant, retail shop or engage in a favorite activity, don’t be shy - ask about any “hidden” student discounts.

By Aubrie Artiano, PR Coordinator at Rio Salado College. This story was also featured in the February 7 edition of the Tempe Republic.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cyber Security Awareness Month Lesson 1

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month so Rio Salado is joining forces with the Mariciopa Community Colleges District to share weekly tips that can help you stay cybersafe. We begin this week with a basic lesson:

What is information security?

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Cyber security expert Miguel Hernandez IV, Ph.D, MCCD Chief Information Security Officer will tell you exactly what that means and how it affects you in this video.

Stop. Think. Connect.

Monday, September 22, 2014

MCCD At-Large Candidate Forums Sept. 24 & 26

Take part in the next set of MCCCD Governing Board candidate forums, Sept. 24 and 26 with At-Large candidates at Scottsdale Community College and Rio Salado College.  

At-Large Candidate Forums, 6-8 p.m.
9/24/14 Scottsdale Community College Student Center
9/26/14 Rio Salado Community College RIO Conference Center 

Two candidates will be selected to serve. The candidates are: 
Mario Diaz
John Heep
Tracy Livingston
Eddie Tiggs (Mr. Tiggs has indicated that he will not attend the forums).

The Board is elected from geographic districts within the county. To determine your voting district, visit the County page and enter your address. Connect to the website at http://recorder.maricopa.gov/pollingplace/getdistrict.aspx.

Visit this site for the latest details.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sept 8 College Closure Due to Weather

Due to the extreme weather conditions and flooding, all Maricopa Community College campuses and locations are closed, and all in-person classes are cancelled today, Monday, September 8. This includes evening classes.

Maricopa Community College Department of Public Safety employees are asked to report to their regular posts if they can get there safely. Other (“non-essential”) employees should avoid travel to work if possible. 

Employees who are currently at locations are advised to leave once they are able to get home safely.

All Rio Salado locations are scheduled to open tomorrow, Sept. 9. We will keep you posted if that changes.

Maricopa Community Colleges include:
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Estrella Mountain Community College
GateWay Community College
Glendale Community College
Maricopa Corporate College
Mesa Community College
Paradise Valley Community College
Phoenix College
Rio Salado College
Scottsdale Community College
South Mountain Community College

Please be safe out there.


Stay Tuned for Updates:
We will use this RioNews feed, Facebook, Twitter, RioLearn and other platforms to keep you informed.

The Maricopa Community Colleges District is sharing the latest updates about all of the colleges. Visit maricopa.edu.



Red Cross Relief Update: 
The American Red Cross is opening a shelter at Copper Canyon High School, 9126 W. Camelback, Glendale, AZ for those displaced by flooding. There is also a shelter at Betty Fairfax High School, 8225 S. 59th Ave. in Laveen.  A shelter team is standing by in La Paz County, in case a shelter is needed in Wenden or Salome.

Red Cross volunteers staff shelters and ensure anyone coming in has a safe, dry place to sleep, food, water, emotional support and information.

Any one who needs help from Red Cross due to the flooding should call 1-800-842-7349. Download the free Red Cross flood app from your app store or from www.redcross.org to learn what to do before, during and after a flood.  

Red Cross is always in need of trained disaster volunteers. Start the application and training process today at www.redcross.org/gcc.

Trudy Thompson Rice
American Red Cross Arizona Region





Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Schedule for MCCCD Gov Board Forums

Get involved! Employees, students, and community members are strongly encouraged to attend the upcoming candidate forums for MCCCD Governing Board elections.

Forums are scheduled at various Maricopa Community College locations as listed below. The Conference Center at Rio Salado College in Tempe is the site of the Sept. 26 forum.

The election is on Nov. 4, 2014. Districts 3, 4 and 5 will be up for election along with two At-Large positions. The Governing Board is currently made up of five persons, elected from geographical districts. Board members are elected in staggered years to four-year terms.

Don't know your district or candidates? See below. More resources are available here

All forums are from 6 - 8 p.m.

District 3
Greater Phoenix, Paradise Valley, New River, Desert Hills and Anthem
Candidates: Johanna Haver, Reyes Medrano, Sr., Fred Zook
9/3/14 Paradise Valley Community College East KSC‐1000B
9/4/14 Phoenix College Dome Conference Room

District 4
Avondale, Buckeye, Circle City, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Morristown, Peoria, Sun City, Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Surprise, Wickenburg, Wittmann and Youngtown.
Candidates: Jean McGrath, Randolph Lumm
9/10/14 Estrella Mountain Community College Estrella Conference Center
9/12/14 Glendale Community College Student Union—Palm Court

District 5
Avondale, Buckeye, Gila Bend, Gila River Indian Community, Glendale, Goodyear, Guadalupe, Phoenix, Tolleson
Candidate: Alfredo Gutierrez
9/17/14 South Mountain Community College Library Community Room

At-Large
All of Maricopa County
Candidates: Mario Diaz, Tracy Livingston, John Heep, Eddie Tiggs
9/24/14 Scottsdale Community College Student Center
9/26/14 Rio Salado Community College RIO Conference Center


Thursday, August 21, 2014

EVVEC Outreach Events for Vets

The East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) is on the move! Representatives will be visiting campuses throughout the fall months to provide college advisement services to veterans and their family members at no cost. It's a "one-stop-shop" to get information about community and educational resources.

Campus Visits

All visits will take place from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the following locations:
Gateway Community College – 8/26 and 10/28
Scottsdale Community College – 09/02 and 11/04
Mesa Community College – 9/16 and 11/12
South Mountain Community College – 9/30 and 11/18
Chandler-Gilbert Community College – 10/14 and 12/2

Classes

Need to refresh basic skills? EVVEC will be offering ongoing developmental courses in English, math and computer literacy beginning Sept. 2. Classes are 60 days in length, open-enter/open-exit (start on any date), and run Mon.-Thurs. from 2 -5 p.m. at EVVEC.

Beginning Oct. 20, an eight-week veteran-themed cohort of CPD150 and PSY101 will be offered. Please contact the EVVEC for more details.

Workshops

Special onsite workshops at EVVEC will begin Sept. 23, with topics that include Financial Literacy, Job Readiness and VA Information Presentations. More details to follow.

For more information on any of these services, contact The East Valley Veterans Education Center, 3320 S. Price Rd., Tempe. Phone: 480-384-9850 or visit EVVEC Facebook page.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Are You Prepared for the Elections?

Your vote counts! Exercise your rights and engage in the dialogue to make your voice heard. Here are some ways for you to participate this election season. 

Important Dates

  • Primary Election: 8/26
  • National Voter Registration Day: 9/23
  • Registration Deadline for General: 10/6
  • General Election: 11/4

Elections Resources

VoteSmart.org: Project VoteSmart is a nonpartisan, privately funded organization “working hard to strengthen the most component of democracy – access to information."

Maricopa County Recorder: The recorder’s office will have information about upcoming elections deadlines as well as links for people to register to vote, including sign-up for the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL).

Arizona Capitol Times: The Arizona Capitol Times has a splash page covering the latest developments in local and statewide races.

Arizona Republic/AZCentral: The My Ballot guide on azcentral gives voters a place to peruse information specific to their locality by providing their zip code.

iSideWith: For those who are undecided, and need help cutting through the noise and hype to the heart of the issues, iSideWith provides an inventory of multiple questions related to political typology and public policy issues, and returns a report of which candidates and parties one “sides with."

Center For Civic Participation: If you require assistance with your voter registration/education drives in the form of materials or trainings, simply put in a request for service.

National Voter Registration Day: Single day, coordinated efforts at voter registration.


MCCCD Governing Board Forums  


Employees, students, and community members are strongly encouraged to attend the candidate forums for MCCCD Governing Board elections and to submit questions to be posed to the candidates.


All forums are from 6 - 8 p.m.

District 3
9/3/14 Paradise Valley Community College East KSC‐1000B
9/4/14 Phoenix College Dome Conference Room

District 4
9/10/14 Estrella Mountain Community College Estrella Conference Center
9/12/14 Glendale Community College Student Union—Palm Court

District 5
9/17/14 South Mountain Community College Library Community Room

At Large
9/26/14 Rio Salado Community College RIO Conference Center
9/24/14 Scottsdale Community College Student Center

Want to get more involved? Check out Rio Salado's Student Life and Leadership groups for more engagement opportunities. Read more.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

KJZZ 91.5 FM Launches New Travel Club

KJZZ 91.5 FM, a service of Rio Salado College Division of Public Service, recently launched the KJZZ Travel Club. The travel club is available to sustaining members who donate $10 a month or more to the public radio station. In addition to connecting KJZZ members with a community who shares their interest in travel, adventure and new experiences, travel club members will also have access to:
  • KJZZ-hosted trips to destinations in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Free admission to the KJZZ Travel and Discovery Expo.
  • Exclusive discounts and special offers from Travel Expo exhibitors.
  • KJZZ Travel Club Facebook Group.
  • Webinars and other informational events.
  • Annual gathering with fellow travelers celebrating the year’s adventures.
To learn more about the travel club and its upcoming trip to Ireland and Scotland visit travelclub.kjzz.org.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mission Completed: Veteran Convocation

The Maricopa Community Colleges and Maricopa Veterans Education TaskForce (MVET) are pleased to invite veteran students and their families to attend the 2014 MVET Student Convocation on May 1, 4:30-6 p.m. at Phoenix College.

This celebration will include remarks by guest speaker Carl G. Schneider, Maj. Gen. USAF (Ret.)

The program includes light refreshments and a ceremony for all graduating veteran students.

Regalia is encouraged, but not required for students or faculty.

2014 MVET Student Convocation
Thursday, May 1, 2014
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Phoenix College North Gym
1202 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85013

 
Please RSVP by the April 25 at http://tinyurl.com/n6vmpvz.

Contact Darcy Breault at darcy.breault@riosalado.edu or 480-384-9862 for more information. For the latest event details, visit m-vet.org/events.

All convocations are open to all graduates from all ten Maricopa Community Colleges. Employees, family and friends of graduates are welcome to join in these celebrations.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Community Job Fair for Teachers - April 25

Take advantage of this FREE community job fair, which connects public, charter, and private schools with potential teacher candidates. 

More than 60 Arizona schools and districts will be on hand to collect resumes, interview candidates and talk about open positions for 2014-2015.

Students and people thinking about a teaching career are also encouraged to attend. It’s a great networking opportunity for anyone interested in teaching. 

Learn about career opportunities as a:
  • Certified Teacher                      
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Teacher Intern Candidate
  • Paraprofessional/Teacher’s Aide 

Rio Salado College Teacher Career Day
Apr 25, 2014
Conference Center @ Rio
2323 West 14th StreetTempe, AZ 85281
12 – 4 p.m.


Free and open to the public. 

For the latest details and to register for this event, visit www.riosalado.edu/studentevents or call 480-517-8140.

To learn more about Rio Salado College’s Teacher Education Programs, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/education.
  
*Note: Pre-screening interviews are available exclusively for Rio students who are teacher certified by 2015 and teachers in residence.