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

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!

image of earth secured by bars and a shield
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!

image of a veterans day parade, people clapping

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

snapshot of Task & Purpose web page for article in question.

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.

image of flags waving in the air

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

Monday, March 23, 2015

Free Workshops for Veterans in April

An armed forces member shakes hands with a civilan.
Take advantage of these Free workshops at the East Valley Veterans Education Center this April.

RSVP Required. Reserve Your Seat Now.

Financial Literacy Workshop
Wednesday, April 8, 5:30 p.m. 
Presented by Five Rings Financial to help you set financial goals, manage credit and debt, protect yourself against identify theft and find ways to save and invest while managing risk. Group and individual Q&A sessions will follow presentation. Complementary literature and workbooks provided free of charge.

Employable Skills & Readiness Workshop

Thursday, April 16, 4 p.m. 
Presented by the Maricopa Workforce Connection to provide strategies on how to improve your resume, enhance your interviewing and networking skills and capitalize on your military experience as part of the civilian workforce.

VA OEF/OIF/OND Veteran Informational Presentation
Wednesday, April 22, 5 p.m. 
Presented by VA patient advocates, who will provide information about VA benefits, vocational rehabilitation, filing disability claims, medical care and more. They will also help you register with the VA Medical Center and set appointments with counselors. Complementary literature provided free of charge

Where: EVVEC, 3320 S. Price Road, Tempe, AZ 85282
 

More Information: 480-384-9850 / www.evvec.org

Classes available free of charge to veterans and their families.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Free ASU VUB Classes for Veterans @ EVVEC

image of a U.lS. army soldiere carrying books.

The Veterans Upward Bound Project (VUB) at Arizona State University (ASU) is a federally funded educational program designed to motivate and assist veterans as they pursue higher education.

Among the benefits available through this program are free, in-person classes to help strengthen academic skills-- with one-on-one instruction and tutoring-- and help with college planning, financial literacy, career guidance and more.
Take advantage of free in-person classes that will help you with the fundamentals of English, computers and mathematics at the East Valley Veterans Education Center in Tempe, 2-4 p.m.


Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
3rd Friday of each Month
English and Computers
Mathematics
English and Computers
Mathematics
Workshops.  Topics Vary.



Classes are non-graded with open-entry start dates.

Here is a listing of all ASU VUB classes available across the Valley:

Image of ASU VUB schedule.  For a text version, call PHONE: (480) 965-3944 or E-MAIL: VUB@ASU.EDU




Friday, March 13, 2015

Free Tax Service from Military OneSource

You could pay for financial counseling and tax consultations, but why? You could pay for your tax software, but why? Military OneSource helps service members and eligible family members by providing access to no-cost financial counseling, tax consultations and secure online tax preparation and filing. Get started on your taxes now by meeting with a trained Military OneSource tax consultant for military-specific advice regarding your tax questions, at no cost. Call 800-342-9647 today or click here for tax services.

Preparing for ‪#‎tax‬ season? Military OneSource tax service is available for eligible service members and their families any time of the year, anywhere around the globe-- free of charge! It's just one of the many benefits offered by Military OneSource.

Military OneSource is a confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, National Guard, and reserve members, and their families.

Take advantage of the benefits you deserve!


News shared by the East Valley Veterans Education Center, providing free services to veterans and their families, including educational and career outreach, academic advisement, community referrals and in-person workshops and classes.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Veterans Resource Fair at EVVEC Feb. 28

Poster for Community Resource Fair and Celebration. Text in header: EVVEC is now Tempe's Official Resource for Veterans. Join us to Celebrate a New Community Partnership.  Other details outlined in text below.

The City of Tempe and the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) have joined forces to provide benefits and services to local military veterans and their families at no cost. A community Resource Fair and Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at the EVVEC, 3320 S. Price Rd., Tempe.

Through this new partnership, the City of Tempe is able to host exciting new amenities including an on-site navigator to aid veterans in locating necessary resources, as well as individual and group counseling services for veterans and their family members. As additional programs and services come to fruition through the newly appointed Veterans Commission and the City of Tempe Human Services Division, more opportunities will be made available to military clientele.

The new services provided by the City of Tempe will complement the invaluable opportunities and resources already being provided by the EVVEC. Current services include: academic advisement for the Maricopa Community Colleges and Northern Arizona University degree pathways, assistance with college admittance and financial aid applications, assistance with applying for veterans educational benefits, access to the Rio Salado College Testing Center, access to current employment listings, computer-guided resume writing assistance, referrals for educational, employment, health, community and housing resources, as well as free printing, copying, faxing, scanning, Skype, Wi-Fi and computer resources.

Celebration festivities include remarks by Maricopa Community College District Chancellor Dr. Rufus Glasper, Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante and Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. There will also be ceremonial presentations from ASU ROTC Color Guard and Sun Devil Battalion, as well as a live musical performance by the Gililland Middle School Orchestra.

Visitors to the fair will have access to the following partnering agencies: Arizona Coalition for Military Families, Arizona Department of Economic Security, ASU Pat Tillman Center, ASU Veterans Upward Bound, City of Tempe, Disabled American Veterans, Ethos Group, Honor Walk, Maricopa Community Colleges District, Maricopa Corporate College, Maricopa Workforce Connection, Mesa Community College, Mesa Vet Center, Northern Arizona University, Rio Salado College, Scottsdale Community College, Tempe Veteran's History Project, University of Phoenix, Veterans Administration and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

For more information, please call 480.384.9850 or email troy.friedman@riosalado.edu. 

In the event of rain, the program will be held inside RSC Southern; in the same complex as the East Valley Veterans Education Center. 

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.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Rio Designated ‘Veterans Supportive Campus’

Pictured left to right: Dean Kevin Bilder, Bryan Durham from the Arizona Dept. of Veterans Services, and Associate Dean Mike Pattarozzi.
Rio Salado was officially designated as an Arizona Supportive Campus by the Arizona Department of Veterans Services this last December.

The award recognizes Rio Salado’s commitment to providing support to its student veterans, faculty and staff by instituting veterans’ programs, resources and awareness throughout the college.

To learn more about Rio Salado's Veteran services, please visit us on the web.

Pictured left to right: Dean Kevin Bilder, Bryan Durham from the Arizona Dept. of Veterans Services, and Associate Dean Mike Pattarozzi. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

EVVEC Workshops and Presentations

An armed forces member shakes hands with a civilan.
The East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) offers free services to veterans and their family members, including educational and career outreach, academic advisement, community referrals and in-person workshops and classes.

February 2015 Workshops

RSVP Required. Reserve Your Seat Now.

Financial Literacy Workshop – Tuesday, Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m. 
Presented by Five Rings Financial to help you set financial goals, manage credit and debt, protect yourself against identify theft and find ways to save and invest while managing risk. Group and individual Q&A sessions will follow presentation. Complementary literature and workbooks provided free of charge.

Employable Skills & Readiness Workshop – Wednesday, Feb. 11, 4 p.m. 

Presented by the Maricopa Workforce Connection to provide strategies on how to improve your resume, enhance your interviewing and networking skills and capitalize on your military experience as part of the civilian workforce.

VA OEF/OIF/OND Veteran Informational Presentation – Thursday, Feb. 19, 5 p.m. 
Presented by VA patient advocates, who will provide information about VA benefits, vocational rehabilitation, filing disability claims, medical care and more. They will also help you register with the VA Medical Center and set appointments with counselors. Complementary literature provided free of charge

Where: EVVEC, 3320 S. Price Road, Tempe, AZ 85282
More Information: 480-384-9850 /
www.evvec.org

Friday, January 23, 2015

EVVEC & City of Tempe Unite to Help Vets

Image of male and female acitve duty military saluting.  Captions: Join Us to Celebrate a New Community Partnership.  East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) is now Tempe’s Official Resource for Veterans

As the City of Tempe's official resource for veterans, the East Valley Veterans Education Center provides services to help veterans and their families access and claim the benefits they deserve—while building private, civic and business partnerships that create innovative workforce development opportunities for veterans.

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Program begins at 11:15 a.m.

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

Opening festivities include:
  • Remarks by Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante, Maricopa Community College District Chancellor Dr. Rufus Glasper, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell and Councilmember Robin Arredondo-Savage
  • Ceremonial presentations by ASU ROTC Color Guard and Sun Devil Battalion
  • Live musical performance by Gililland Middle School Orchestra

Information about the many benefits and services available to veterans provided by the following partnering agencies:
  • Arizona Coalition for Military Families
  • Arizona Department of Economic Security
  • Arizona State University’s Pat Tillman Center
  • City of Tempe Human Services
  • Honor Walk Foundation
  • Maricopa County Veterans Court
  • Maricopa Workforce Connection
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Veterans Administration
  • Veterans of Foreign Affairs
  • Veterans History Project
  • Veterans Upward Bound

For additional details call 480-384-9850 or email troy.friedman@riosalado.edu

This event is made possible by the Maricopa County Community College District and Rio Salado College in partnership with the City of Tempe.