Showing posts with label Military. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Military. Show all posts

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

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Turn Your Investigator Skills into a New Career!

Image of a young, female police officer smiling at the camera.  Text: Administration of Justice.  Learn more.

Are you naturally inquisitive? Do you have a passion for justice? 

With Rio Salado College’s new Administration of Justice Studies program, you can get the background you need to enter a variety of careers in the criminal justice field, including:

  • Private detectives and investigators
  • Judicial law and court clerks
  • Legal support workers
  • Gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the criminal justice field is projected to grow, which is why Rio Salado created its AJS program.

“Rio Salado’s new Associate in Applied Science and Certificate of Completion in Administration of Justice (AJS) are designed with industry expertise to address specific employment needs within the industry,” said Rio Salado Public Safety and Paralegal Faculty Chair Angela Kwan, who played a key role in the development of this new program.

Learn more at www.riosalado.edu/justice

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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!

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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.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Sinema Veterans Resources Clinic March 9!

Poster for event.  Text: Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema's Veterans Healthcare, Benefits and Resources Clinic with Congressman Matt Salmon.  Wednesday, 3/9 3-7 p.m.  Wilkes University, 245 W. 2nd Street, Mesa, AZ 85201.  During this event, veterans will be able to: Learn how to sign up for medical care.  Check status of VA appointments, Receive assistance from veteran serving community non-profits.  Check eligibility and enroll in Medicaid.   Speak with veteran supportive employers.  Learn about VBA benefits including: Compensation, Pensions, Disability, Home Loans, Education Vocational, Rehabilitation and Employment.  Sinema.house.gov.  @ REPSINEMA

Rio Salado College and the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) are proud to support this veterans clinic hosted by Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema's team on March 9!

Photo of EVVEC staff

The EVVEC team will host an information booth to provide details about the programs and services that are available to veterans and their families-- all year long!  We encourage you to stop by to learn how the EVVEC can be of service to you!

The EVVEC in Tempe, Arizona offers veterans and their families a variety of services such as academic advisement; assistance applying for VA educational benefits; educational, employment and workforce development workshops; Internet, computer and Skype access, in-person classes and more. The EVVEC is hosted by Rio Salado College in partnership with the Maricopa Community Colleges District, Scottsdale Community College and Mesa Community College. Other partners include the City of Tempe, Arizona Department of Labor, Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, Disabled American Veterans, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Phoenix VA Healthcare System and Phoenix VA Regional Office.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

AZVETS Women Veterans Expos This Spring!

Event flier. See text below for details or visit https://dvs.az.gov/womenvetexpo2016

The Arizona Department of Veterans' Services Women Veterans Expo 2016 is for women who have served or are currently serving in the military. 

There will be four separate events across the state, March 12 and 19, as well as April 9 and 16. 

Attendees will benefit from:

● Outstanding Keynote Speaker
● Informative Educational Workshops
● Legal & Financial Services Onsite
● Networking Opportunities
● Career Resources
● Salon Services Available
● FREE: Breakfast, Lunch, Parking and Childcare Available

Register now!


#‎veterans‬ ‪#‎women‬ ‪#‎resources‬ ‪#‎Arizona‬ ‪#‎Tempe‬ ‪#‎Glendale‬ ‪#‎Flagstaff‬ ‪#‎Tucson‬

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Veteran Student Success Conference April 15

header for event flier: Veteran Student Success Conference

When the stresses of active service meet the pressures of day-to-day life, veterans often need additional support and resources to be successful back home. As a result, the Maricopa Community Colleges District (MCCCD) is dedicated to supporting veterans as they transition out of the military and into college life.

image of female veteran student graduate
The MCCCD 2016 Veteran Student Success Conference is just one way students can learn about the resources available to them and receive the assistance they need as they get ready for a career outside the military.

Held on April 15 at GateWay Community College, the conference is open to students from all universities and community colleges across the state. 

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.


There are 70,000 jobs awaiting veterans in the state of Arizona and breakout sessions will help prepare graduates for success in the classroom and to navigate the road to career success.

Local community organizations and agencies focused on student veterans will share information at the conference and in sessions, which 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

event flier, text in blog
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! 

This event is free to all participants.


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

Visit this event page for the latest details.

News courtesy of the Maricopa Community Colleges. 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.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Rio Salado Veterans Club Luncheon-- Feb. 3!

Image of Rio veteran graduates posing for a picture.  Text: Join the New Veterans Club
We appreciate the awesome response to join Rio Salado's new Student ‪Veterans‬ Club and we look forward to seeing new members at the first official meeting/luncheon, Feb. 3 at the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) in Tempe.

This luncheon will give you a chance to meet fellow veterans and veteran support staff, tour the EVVEC and learn about its resources, discuss future club activities and learn about Student Veterans of America.

Rio Salado Veterans Club Meeting/ Luncheon
Wednesday, February 3
Beginning at 11:30 a.m.

East Valley Veterans Education Center
3320 S. Price Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85282

For more information and to confirm your attendance, please call 480-384-9851.

If you would like to attend but aren't available to make the drive you can call in by dialing 480-517-8900 and entering the meeting I.D. 9850#.

The club is open to all veteran students and free to join!

Not a member yet? Subscribe to our mailing list and let us know if you're interested in learning more.

Benefits include networking, ready access to scholarships, travel opportunities, job fairs, programs and resources designed to assist veterans and more!

Friday, December 18, 2015

New Veterans Club in 2016!

Image of Rio veteran graduates posing for a picture.  Text: Join the New Veterans Club

Rio Salado College and the East Valley Veterans Education Center are joining forces to establish a Student ‪Veterans‬ Club.

The club is open to all veteran students and is free to join! Subscribe to our mailing list and let us know if you're interested in learning more.

Join the Club!

Benefits include networking, ready access to scholarships, travel opportunities, job fairs, programs and resources designed to assist veterans and more!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Veterans Success Project Launched Today

Montage of images from today's project launch
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.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cybersecurity Employment Oppty for Veterans!

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PwC has committed to hiring 60 veterans into Cybersecurity roles by February 2016.

Learn about PwC, this recruitment initiative, eligibility requirements, the application process and more by visiting this web page.

Program Overview: Individuals selected during the Cybersecurity Hiring Initiative will join the Firm in various full-time cyber positions across the country and will begin their PwC experience in early 2016.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veterans Day!

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Today we extend our deepest thanks to all veterans for their service and sacrifice—and renew our commitment to provide the support they need to transition to civilian life and higher learning.

Rio Salado is proud of its Military Advisement program, East Valley Veterans Education Center, Military Friendly Schools® distinction and ability to provide comprehensive support services for veterans and their families.

This edition of Sonoran Living provides a glimpse into the other ways Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges are serving veterans.

‪#‎VeteransStudentsSuccess‬ ‪#‎VeteransDay‬ #Veterans

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Benefits of Community College for Veterans

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Here's some advice from Marine ‪#‎veteran‬ Christopher Flurry about the benefits of attending community college, which was recently featured in Task & Purpose.

Rio Salado, the Maricopa Community Colleges and East Valley Veterans Education Center are ready to help you transition to college life and succeed!

Learn more about Rio Salado's Veterans Affairs services at www.riosalado.edu/veteran.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Veterans Day Closure, Nov. 11

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. 

Normal business hours will resume Thursday, Nov. 12.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Take Pause to Remember 9/11

photograph of soldiers in a line up that spells: 9-11 We Remember.

We take pause to remember 9/11-- in memory of the victims of this tragedy and in honor of the countless acts of compassion and courage demonstrated by the American people.

Monday, July 13, 2015

In-person Classes Return to EVVEC


The East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) is excited to announce the return of in-person classes starting fall 2015.

The EVVEC will offer an in-person COM100 (Introduction to Human Communication) class, beginning August 31, 2015. The 3-credit, 8-week class will meet on Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 - 8:20 p.m.

EVVEC on-site academic advisors are available to help students determine whether this course meets their education plans.

To learn more, please contact Military Advisors Jordan Sherwood at (480) 384-9850 or Melanie James at (480) 517-8159.

To learn more about upcoming classes or information on workshops and other services available at the EVVEC, please email evvec@riosalado.edu, call 480-384-9850 and visit the EVVEC Facebook page.

The EVVEC is hosted by Rio Salado College, A Maricopa Community College.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Veterans Upward Bound EVVEC Schedule

image of a soldier standing next to a chalk board with caption that reads, "Earn your degree."

Arizona State University’s Veterans Upward Bound Project is a free educational program that prepares veterans to transition to college.

Classes are designed to help veterans improve English, math and computer skills, and are held at the East Valley Veterans Center at no cost to qualified applicants.

Students receive one-on-one instruction, tutoring, assistance with financial aid and scholarship applications and referrals to other services as needed.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Low-income and/or a first generation student
  • Served on active duty for more than 180 consecutive days
  • Served more than 30 consecutive days and called to active duty on or after 9/11/2001.
  • Have discharge status anything other than dishonorable

VUB classes are non-graded with open-entry start dates.

English and Computer Literacy (Mon. and Wed., 2 – 4 p.m.)
  • Reading
  • Composition
  • Grammar

Math (Tue. and Thur., 2 – 4 p.m.)
  • Basic math through pre-calculus

For more details, call 480-384-9850.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Congressman Gallego Veterans Resource Fair

Congressman Ruben Gallego banner for Veterans Resource Fair July 1

Join Congressman Ruben Gallego for a Veterans Resource Fair July 1!

Staff from the Phoenix VA Regional Benefit Office, VA Medical Center and other organizations will be on hand to answer your questions.

Veterans Resource Fair
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
South Mountain Community College Student Union

Register now.

Friday, May 29, 2015

2015 Veterans Convocation Photo Album

Photos from the Maricopa Community Colleges Veterans Convocation at Glendale Community College on May 7 are now available through the East Valley Veterans Education Center Facebook page.

A special thank you to photographer Jordan Sherwood for beautifully capturing these special moments.

Sherwood is a U.S. Marine veteran who serves as a Rio Salado Student Services Specialist at the East Valley Veterans Education Center. You can learn more about Sherwood in this Maricopa Matters profile: ow.ly/ND6XU

Congratulations to all of the graduates!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

In Honor of Memorial Day, May 25

United States Marine Corps War Memorial by Felix de Weldon at night.

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed on Monday, May 25, in honor of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the armed forces.

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There is a traditional way of displaying the U.S. flag on this special day. The flag is raised quickly to the top of the staff and then lowered slowly to the half-mast position, where it remains until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. At noon their memory is raised by the living.


The National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed in 2000 to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity.”  The Act encourages all Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence.

Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices. - Harry S. Truman

Image 1: United States Marine Corps War Memorial by Felix de Weldon 
Image 3: War Memorial in Washington D.C. by Vinoth Chandar