Showing posts with label New Student Orientation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Student Orientation. Show all posts

Thursday, August 25, 2016

MCCCDF Scholarship Applications Open Sept. 1

MCCCDF logo.  Time left to apply: 6 days, 11 hours 28 minutes left until scholarship applications open on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 12:01 a.m.  For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, 2,335 scholarships were awarded for a total of 1,597,657.

It's almost time to apply for Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarships! Applications open Sept. 1.

There are hundreds of scholarships to choose from-- including exclusive opportunities for Rio Salado College students and employees-- and veterans!

The streamlined process, which only requires one general application, will make it well worth your time!

Visit mcccdf.academicworks.com to view opportunities available to you.

Need help with your application? Don't hesitate to call on Rio Salado’s Counseling Services team!

#Arizona #college #scholarships #mcccd #mcccdf #RioSaladoCollege

Monday, August 22, 2016

Student Success Tip: Plan Ahead

Image of a hand holding a mobile device and a book.  Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges logos.  Text: Semester Planning.  Image of Rio Salado mascot Splash holding books and back pack.

Successful students plan ahead!
  • Create a semester calendar to record due dates for all exams, quizzes, papers, and finals.
  • Plan to study! 1 hour of class time = 2 hours of study time.
  • Plan to succeed: prioritize your time and stay informed.

#‎Iwillgraduate‬ ‪#‎studentsuccess‬ ‪#‎RioWaves‬ ‪#‎StudentSuccessTips‬

We Can Help You Transition Back to School

photo of Carlos Nunez

Meet Carlos Nuñez, a successful student who has benefited from Rio Salado's Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program, which helped him transition into college.
"The AACE Program has given me strength, determination, and much knowledge to move forward in my education," said Nuñez. "This incredible experience is highly recommended to everybody interested in success. The only thing you can lose is your lack of knowledge."
Are you interested in college and ready to commit to completing a degree, certificate, or a workforce training? Whether you need assistance preparing for the GED® test, learning English as a second language, finding financial aid or meeting any of the other challenges of returning to school-- we're ready to help.

Visit this web page to learn how we can help you.

#‎GED‬ ‪#‎ESL‬ ‪#‎ABE‬ ‪#‎YouGotThis‬ #NewToCollege

Friday, August 19, 2016

Advising 101 Group Webinar Sessions Aug. 22 & 25

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Rio Salado will offer Advising 101 group webinar sessions, Monday, Aug. 22 and Thursday, Aug. 25.

Advising 101 satisfies Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” to complete registration in my.maricopa.edu.

image of three students smiling.  Text outlining the four-step enrollment process: 1. Get admitted.  2. Take Placement Test 3. See an Academic Advisor, register for classes, attend orientation. 4. Pay tuition and fees.

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.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for the latest details about Advising 101 sessions and to join the webinars.

Sessions are free and open to all Maricopa Community Colleges students.

Student Services Available to You, Sat., Aug. 20


As a reminder, the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will be open Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to help students during the back-to-school rush.

The following student services will be available to you:
Academic Advisement
Bookstore
Cashier's Office
Financial Aid
Registration and Records

The Testing Center, Knowledge Commons and Technology Support Helpdesk will have normal Saturday hours. 
image of a young man in a suit holding a briefcase with a helmet on and ready to take off running.  text: Get ready for school!

Here are a few tips to help you save time:
  • Try our new QLess service to schedule appointments.
  • Take advantage of self-serve options like the financial aid steps and my.maricopa.edu to-do list.
  • Avoid the lunchtime rush between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and try to call before 10 a.m. You can always leave a message requesting a callback.
  • Avoid calling or coming in on Mondays and consider a mid-week visit.
  • Come prepared before you call or schedule a visit by creating a "to do" list.

For a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado College visit www.startatrio.com.

Here's to an awesome fall 2016 semester!  Go #RioWaves!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Federal Work Study Information Booth Aug 23-25

illustrated image of a hand holding up a sign that reads 'looking for a job."

Looking for employment and workforce experience? We can help. Join Rio Salado's Financial Aid team to learn about Federal Work Study (FWS) opportunities and benefits, Aug. 23-25, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Tempe headquarters.

Staff will be available to share insights about current openings, the application process and some of the financial benefits that are available to students who choose to take on a FWS position. They will have an information booth near the front lobby on the first floor of the Tower at Rio.

In the meantime, visit this job page to view current openings.

photo of financial aid team near welcome center

We hope you will consider taking advantage of this program and joining Rio Salado's team!

Photo: Rio Salado Financial Aid specialists Maribel Carlos, Traneice Bradley and Maria Gomes Ruelas will be among the staff available to help you apply.

New Student Enrollment Process Video

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New to Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges? Check out this video to learn about our four-step enrollment process.

Visit my.maricopa.edu/getting-started and www.startatrio.com for additional details.

Rio Salado online classes start Mondays!


‪#mcccd‬ ‪#‎NewStudentOrientation‬

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Advising 101 In-person & Online, Aug. 10-11

Poster for Advising 101 Sessions.   Illustrated images of academia: books, laptop, graduation cap


Take advantage of these group Advising 101 sessions:
● Wed., Aug 10, at 6 p.m. in-person at the Tempe headquarters
● Thu., Aug. 11 at noon and 6 p.m. via webinar
 
Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for the latest details about Advising 101 sessions.

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.

Advising 101 satisfies Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” to complete registration in my.maricopa.edu.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Stand for Veterans Rescource Fair Oct 15

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As Tempe’s official resource for veterans, the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) is proud to host Stand for Veterans, a free resource fair designed to help veterans and their families access employment, education, wellness, legal services and more — all at one place and time— through an integrated network of community partners that will be on site to provide direct support.

Attendees will have access to:

● EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
Goodwill of Central Arizona and its partners will host a career preparation seminar to help prepare interviewees, provide job referrals and facilitate on-the-spot interviews with local employers.

event flier.  Full text available on event web page: www.evvec.org/stand4vets

● KEY COMMUNITY SERVICES
Tempe Municipal Court representation (court services and case information); Arizona Department of Transportation - Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) services; Community Legal Services (areas of practice, housing, family, and employment); art therapy, service animal training and more.

● EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
Advisement and enrollment support by Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges, Arizona State University Tillman Center, Northern Arizona University and DeVry University.

● HEALTH, WELLNESS AND HOUSING SERVICES
Federal, state and local veterans’ affairs offices will help attendees with claims, appointment setting, determining eligibility, suicide prevention, homeless support and more.

Learn more about this event by visiting www.evvec.org/stand4vets

Help us spread the word by sharing this event flier.

Hosted by the EVVEC, Rio Salado College, Maricopa Community Colleges and City of Tempe.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Differences Between Advisors & Counselors

Young woman in a virtual world, looking up at a road sign pointing to: Counselors, Advisors, Admissions and Recruiters.

Not sure whether you need to see an advisor or counselor? You're not alone. This subject comes up quite a bit. Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald provides a distinction between the two in this RioNews blog.

Similar but Different: Academic Advising & Counseling

Have you ever heard a student refer to a recruiter, financial aid technician, admissions & records specialist, or academic advisor as a counselor? The answer is likely yes.

The term counselor is often inaccurately used by many to refer to various roles in higher education and can create confusion and frustration. One of the most common misconceptions is the difference between a counselor and academic advisor. While academic advisors and counselors work closely together, they fulfill different roles for students, staff, faculty, and administration.

An academic advisor’s position is multifaceted, as advisors assist students with many crucial questions. On the other hand, a counselor’s role is also multidimensional, and relates to educational planning, yet, in a different way.

Here is a table to help clarify some of the distinguishing duties of these important roles.


Counselors
Advisors
Helps students decide on major

Evaluates transcripts
Assists students in their career exploration
Provides necessary coursework for specific programs and degrees

Administers career assessments
Assists with the understanding of how college credits transfer 

Supports students and makes referrals for personal concerns such as homelessness, mental health, and domestic issues

Explains various degree options and differences between two-year and four-year degrees
Contributes to the development and attainment of educational and career goals

Delivers information regarding specific courses and course requirements
Provides job leads and related resources
Interprets placement test scores and makes appropriate course recommendations

Resume help
Recommends suitable academic plan to meet educational and career goals

Coping with crisis situations as a result of balancing roles of student, parent, and/or employee

Provides information on college graduation requirements

It is recommended and encouraged that students seek academic advising and career counseling throughout their college journey to increase the momentum needed to reach professional goals, as well as to begin building a solid, supportive, and reliable team to facilitate the guidance needed to graduate with a college degree.

Be sure to visit Rio Salado’s Counseling and Career Services and Academic Advisement web pages for additional details on how to connect with specialists to help you with your educational and career goals.

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.
 

New QLESS Service Saves You Time!

QLESS logo.  Text: A new service to help you make the most of your time.

What is QLESS?
QLESS is a service that allows you to electronically sign up for in-person services without having to be physically present. With QLESS you can trade waiting in line for a coffee break at the Rio Café!

When will it be available?
QLESS is launching in select departments at the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters on August 1, 2016. Other departments and Rio Salado locations are scheduled to roll out QLESS during the next few months.

What departments are offering QLESS?
At this time Advisement, Financial Aid, Testing and Enrollment Services – which includes Admissions, Registration and Records – are offering QLESS services.

What does it do?
QLESS allows you to join a service line virtually or in-person. Once you join, you will receive a text message directing you to the department’s location, as well as text notifications when you are the next person in line*. Instead of waiting in line at a front desk, you can wait in the café or designated waiting areas located on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Rio Tower.

How can I sign up?
QLESS allows you to sign up in 3 ways:

1. In-person by checking in with a staff member at the Student Welcome Desk, located in the lobby of the main entrance of the Rio Salado Tempe Tower.

2. Texting “RioTempe” to (480) 405-1710*.

3. Online by visiting Rio Salado's webpages for Advisement, Financial Aid and Enrollment Services, and selecting the QLESS Text to Join the Queue Now link on the left-hand side of each department web page.

We hope you enjoy this new service! 

Send your questions and comments to: quality.assurance@riosalado.edu.

*STANDARD DATA FEES AND TEXT MESSAGING RATES MAY APPLY. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New Library Resource: Annenberg Learner

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snapshots of videos in library reflecting art, science and history images.Annenberg Learner has joined Films on Demand!
 

This partnership provides students with free access to over 350 educational films in the areas of art, education, science, history, literature, mathematics, music, and more.

Check out the Annenberg Collection now!

Please note, you must be logged into your RioLearn account to access.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Military & Government Collection Database

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EBSCO’s Military& Government Collection is designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government. 

This database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals and other content pertinent to these areas.

Key Publications Include:
  • Air Force Comptroller
  • JFQ: Joint Force Quarterly
  • Military Technology
  • Combat Edge
  • FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
  • Defense Studies
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Naval Forces

Check it out today!   Please note, you must be logged into your RioLearn account to access.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Latest Valley-wide Group Advising 101 Sessions

(POSTER FOR ADVISING 101) ILLUSTRATED IMAGES OF BOOKS, LAPTOP AND GRAD CAP.  tEXT:  Rio Salado College is offering group advising sessions to help students meet registration requirements and get started on the right track. The Advising 101 sessions are held in person and via webinar. The sessions are free and open to all students. RSC Northern, Tuesday, July 5, 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. RSC Tempe, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m.

Take advantage of group Advising 101 sessions at Rio Salado valley-wide locations this summer!

You can also take part via webinar!

Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for the latest details.


Advising 101 satisfies Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” to complete registration in my.maricopa.edu.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rio Congratulates Horizon H.S. Dual Grads!


A shout out to Rio Salado 2016 dual enrollment grads from Horizon High School-- Connor Little, Matthew Thomas and Peter Godfrey-- who were recently featured in this Scottsdale Independent story.

They were among a record-breaking 64 dual enrollment grads who earned associate degrees from Rio Salado College-- before graduating from high school.

Congratulations!

See related RioNews stories about the extraordinary dual enrollment class of 2016:
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Learn more about Rio Salado's dual enrollment program: www.riosalado.edu/programs/dual.

#‎RioGrad‬ ‪#‎dualenrollment‬ ‪#‎Arizona‬

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Counseling Summer Time Advice for Students

Illustrated image of a sun and sketches of summertime images like sea shells, beach balls, palm trees.  Text: It's Summer Time.

Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardott has a few tips-- to help you make the most of your summer.

Woo Hoo! It’s summertime! Time to lounge by the pool, visit a beach, read a fluff book, hang out with family and friends, and maybe even get a haircut?

All of the above summer activities are highly recommended for sure but there are students who would like to also accomplish academic goals and utilize the summer months to do just that. Here are a few ideas to get started.

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1. Research and find college clubs, organizations, student life activities, and even future alumni opportunities. Networking is huge and will play a huge role in landing a future job. Being actively involved in college activities will not only help a resume, social life, and academic successes but will also grow networking opportunities. Rio Salado College’s Student Life and Leadership Department engages students in leadership, service, and fellowship. You can locate all the information you need via this web page or by calling Student Life and Leadership at 480-517-8050.

2. If you are finished with your degree or program become an active alum. I promise it’s not just about donations! Your college alumni network is one of your best networking opportunities as a graduate. You can contact your specific degree/program department for more details. Reaching out to fellow graduates, instructors, and current students will grow your network and really encourage your career search and path.

3. Summer time is a great time to visit Rio Salado College’s Counseling and Career Services! Put us on your schedule…you will be so glad you did. Counseling and Career Services (for free) resources, resume assistance, mock interviewing, one-on-one career counseling, and more. Take advantage of all the assistance and opportunities provided to you.

4. Take a summer course. Summer school isn’t a punishment…it’s an opportunity to get a class done quickly. Take two summer courses! It’s such a unique benefit having your course work online. You can study while catching that tan.

Summer time goes quickly and I know you want to have fun and relax but if you also want to accomplish some academic goals go for it! Regardless of your choice… don’t worry! Be happy!

Contributed by Autumn Cardott on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Check out Rio Salado's online catalog for a look at courses available to you this summer. Classes start Monday!

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!

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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, June 7, 2016

New Library Resource: Driver Education Program

Poster for program.  Images of roads and road signs.  Text: Free Driver's Ed Program at your library.

The Rio Salado Library is announcing a partnership with Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free DMV practice tests to library patrons. 

The new service includes free tests, written specifically based on the state DMV materials, and is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask sections of the screen for greater visibility on driving practice tests.

The Driver Education program contains the following state-specific information:
  • 11 car practice tests
  • 9 motorcycle practice tests
  • 11 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
  • 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
  • A FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions

Click here to get started

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Announcing NCU Bright Future Scholarship

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Northcentral University's Bright Future Scholarship provides an awesome opportunity for Rio Salado students who are thinking about transferring to NCU.  

The scholarship will cover the tuition cost of an NCU master’s or doctoral degree program of your choice.

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Six new students will be selected to receive the scholarship based on their essay submission.

Students must apply for their master’s or doctoral degree program, submit their NCU Bright Future Scholarship essay and start their degree program between June 1 - June 27, 2016.

Learn more now.

Northcentral University and Rio Salado College are working together to provide a unique, innovative educator preparation program that allows students to complete 90+ credits at the community college level and then transfer to NCU for the remaining courses toward earning a bachelor's of education degree. Learn more about this program.