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

Monday, February 8, 2016

Student Success Tip: Focus on Academic Success

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What do successful students do?  

They focus on Academic Success!

● Go to class
● Connect with a tutor to help improve your grades
● Work with an advisor to complete an educational plan

We encourage you to call on Rio Salado tutors and academic advisors.  They will help you stay on track! 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Student Success Tip: Plan Ahead!

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What do successful students do? They plan ahead!
 

Create a semester calendar
Keep a record of when your exams, quizzes, papers, and finals are due.

Plan for study time
1 hour of class time = 2 hours of study time.

Prioritize your time
Don't overextend yourself, it's OK to say no sometimes.

Stay informed
Ask questions and check for student news by way of your student center at my.maricopa.edu, your student email and our social media channels.

Need help?
Call on Rio Salado's Counseling & Career Services team. A counselor can assist you with personal and educational goals. When should you call? When you need help with issues such as a lack of motivation, relationship issues, study skills, test anxiety, time management, stress, goal setting, and access to community resources such as alcohol and drug abuse prevention resources.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Library of Audiobooks Available to You!

image of a woman cuddled up on the coach reading a book.

Miss curling up with a good book because you lack free time? Are you looking for ways to stay motivated to keep your New Year’s resolutions? Do you yearn for something to make your morning or evening commute a little more tolerable? We have the answer-- audiobooks! 

image of a stack of books with and a set of headphones patched into them.

As a Rio Salado student, you have access to the audiobook collections available at all 10 Maricopa Community College  libraries-- and you can pick up your selections at a location that's convenient for you!

Please note that these are physical audiobooks (CDs), not digital files.

How to Locate and Request Audiobook CDs

1. Go to the Rio Salado Library. Select “Books & DVDs.”

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2. Click “Advanced Search.”

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3. If you are looking for a specific audiobook, type in the title. If you are looking for an audiobook on a specific subject (success, parenting, business, etc.), type in the subject. Use the pull-down menu for Format Type to select “Audio disc.” Then click on “Advanced Search.”

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4. When you find an audiobook that interests you, select “Place Hold.”

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5. Enter your MEID and password

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6. Select the library closest to you for pick-up! Then click “Place Hold.”

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You will receive a “Pickup Notice” in your student Gmail account when the item arrives.


News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Helping Adults Achieve a College Education!


This inspiring video will provide a glimpse into the lives of adult students who have overcome many obstacles to pursue a college education-- and found help and guidance through Rio Salado's Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program. 


Rio Salado staff are committed to help you succeed! 
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 Rio Salado's AACE program can help you!


#‎GED‬ ‪#‎ESL‬

Apply for Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy ‪‎Scholarship!‬

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The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholarship‬ application deadline is March 1, 2016!

This scholarship program covers full tuition, fees and books, while providing each student with an academic advisor and mentor. It also includes a $2,750 annual living allowance.

The scholarship is available to all Maricopa Community Colleges students who meet one of these criteria:
● Adults 25 years or older with dependents
● College-age youth and adults living with physical disabilities
● Incoming freshmen ages 18-25, raised through the child welfare system and have no form of financial support


"The Nina Trust has profoundly impacted my life by empowering me through their support to expand my goals and given me the self-confidence to reach them." -- Idalia Beltran, cohort 14
Learn more about this program and the application process by visiting http://bit.ly/applynina.  Visit this page to begin the application process now: ow.ly/XvOWl

It will be well worth your while to investigate.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Explore the Wonders of ScienceOnline

snapshot of ScienceOnline web page.  Headline: Astronomers say a Neptune-sized planet lurks beyond Pluto.  Image of blue planet with text: "Planet X."


Students now have access to ScienceOnline via the Rio Salado Library!

This database contains articles from the weekly journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as well as enhanced online content from the publisher, including news, topics, multimedia presentations, and more!

Check it out today!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Rio Waves Tip for Success: Build Relationships!

poster featuring Rio Mascot Splash, Maricopa Colleges logo and an icon of hands shaking.  Text: Build relationships.  Get to know your professors.  Connect with peers in your classes.

What do successful students do? 

They build relationships!
● Get to know your professors
● Connect with peers in your classes


Online doesn't mean you have to go it alone! 
Meet new people, learn about student resources, work on community projects-- and have a little fun by taking part in Rio Salado's Student Life and Leadership clubs and events.

Learn more by visiting this web page and look for upcoming event news by checking this blog, our other social media channels and your student email account.

Free Resume Writing Workshop in Queen Creek

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The Rio Salado College’s Counseling and Career Services department is hosting a free Resume Writing Workshop at the Communiversity at Queen Creek!

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This workshop will cover:
● Networking
● Job search tips
● Interviewing skills
● Creating up-to-date resumes
● How to write cover letters

Thursday, Feb. 4, 3-5 p.m.
Communiversity at QC
21740 South Ellsworth Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142


For additional details about this workshop, call (480) 384-9301.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/counseling or call 480-517-8785 for more details about Rio Salado counseling services.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New Veterans Club Piques Interest! Join Us!

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The response to creating a new Rio Salado College Student ‪Veterans‬ Club has been positively outstanding!  

The club will be open to all veteran students and 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!

We look forward to hearing what activities, services and objectives are important to you--- and launching this new club with you in 2016!

Free Financial Aid Workshop in QC, Feb. 4!

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Need help figuring out how you're going to pay for college? Join Rio Salado for a free financial aid workshop at the Communiversity at Queen Creek to learn about the options available to you. 

Financing Your Post High School Education
Thursday, Feb 4, 2016
6-7:30 p.m.

Communiversity at Queen Creek
21740 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Phone: 480-384-9000

Participants will learn:
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• Where to find funding resources for college

• How to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA)

• How to estimate the amount of financial aid needed


Free and open to the public. 

Presenter: Rio Salado College’s Associate Dean and Financial Aid Director Nanci Regehr.

Registration required. Please call (480) 384 - 9303 or email CommuniversityQC@riosalado.edu to make your reservation.

Friday, January 15, 2016

RSVP Now for Feb. 23, 2016 College Info Night!

Image of young people gathered around a table.  Text: Free College Info Night.  Learn what the Maricopa Community Colleges can do for you.  Date: Feb. 23, 2016.  Time: Info sessions at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m.  Where: Communiversity at Surprise: 15950 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ, 85374

Register now for Rio Salado's College Information Night at the Communiversity at Surprise, February 23, 2016! 

downloadable flier.  Header includes Images of students sitting around chatting. Text for event details in blog.This event is ideal for teens transitioning from high school and working adults who are interested in going back to school!

Representatives from Academic Advising, Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and other departments will be present to provide information about getting started, how to choose a major, how to secure funding... and how to succeed in college.

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Representatives from Fry's Food Stores will also be on hand for students interested in pursuing Rio Salado’s online Retail Management Certificate program. Fry’s is hiring and will pay for students to earn their certificate through Rio!

Let us know you're coming so we can arrange for your information kits and refreshments.  Submit your RSVP now online: www.riosalado.edu/collegenight.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Child Development & Adolescent Studies Database

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Are you taking courses in Early Childhood Education or Child & Family Studies? Are you looking for information about adolescent themes? If so, you are encouraged to explore EBSCO’s Child Development & Adolescent Studies database. 

It contains journals, books, technical reports, and more that explore the growth and development of children and adolescents.

Check it out now!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Special Saturday Hours for Back-to-School Rush!

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The Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will be open Saturday, Jan. 16 and 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to accommodate the increased demands of the back-to-school rush! 

The following student services will be available:

The Testing Center, Knowledge Commons and Technology Support Helpdesk will have normal Saturday hours.

Visit our online listings for more details about important dates, closures and extended service hours.

Image of Splash.  Text: We Put Students First!

Here are a few tips to help you avoid wait times:
  • Take advantage of self-serve options available through financial aid and my.maricopa.edu.
  • 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 come in to see an advisor by reviewing your program at www.riosalado.edu/programs.

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

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Enjoy a Rewarding Career as a Peer Mentor!

Photo of Peer Mentor Group: Samra Hausey, Dani Cross, Shira Charyn, Chris Kreschollek
Rio Peer Mentors (left to right): Samra Hausey, Dani Cross, Shira Charyn, Chris Kreschollek (front)
Rio Salado is looking for a select few students to join the Academic Advisement team to serve as peer mentors. This feature, written by Academic Advisor Alyssa DeMember will provide some insights into the enriching work they do.

The peer mentor program at Rio Salado College assists students seeking college degrees through the perspective of a fellow student.

While peer mentors work for Rio Salado College, they’re students as well, taking classes and pursuing their own educational goals. With a bit of school experience under their belts, these mentors reach out to other Rio Salado students and guide them through their college careers, answering questions and providing resources along the way. As they encounter the same challenges and questions, peer mentors seek to provide help, important information and a sense of camaraderie among the student population.

Samantha Hill
Peer mentors help connect students with resources like tutoring, counseling services and the book store, and urge students to get in contact with their academic advisors, says Samantha Hill, a peer mentor at Rio Salado College.

They assist students in navigating RioLearn, the platform students use to access and participate in classes, and answer questions students may have about contacting their instructors or requesting extensions on assignments.

“It’s neat to work with them, share ideas and see what works and what doesn’t,” Hill says.

Hill says time management is the most frequent topic that comes up when students reach out to her. Often, students come to her to express their concerns, looking for support and advice.

“I’ll look at their schedules and say things like, ‘Okay, what if we got up early in the mornings, would that give you more time to study?’” Hill says.

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“I like that it feels like a support system because we ultimately have the same goals,” Hill says. “We’re all helping each other out. I know their struggles and they know mine. Working together gives us confidence that we really can do it.”

She tries to help students develop a schedule where they have time for studying, time for family, and time for work.

Angelique Michel
Angelique Michel, a former peer mentor at Rio Salado College, says seeing students grow and become more confident in themselves was one of her favorite aspects of the job.

She says she felt particularly lucky to have worked with a student who had just gotten out of prison and was determined to make something of himself.

“Nothing is better than seeing someone come from low self-esteem to feeling like they can conquer the world,” says Michel.

According to Michel, the peer mentor position helped her build the career skills to move on to her new job as a career advisor at Goodwill.

“Everything I did at Rio totally made this job possible,” says Michel.

For more information about applying to become a student peer mentor, please visit this employment web page

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

Contributing writer Alyssa DeMember has served Rio Salado's Academic Advisement team since 2014. She is one of several academic advisors available to help you along your educational journey.

Visit this web page for details about advisement services available to you.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Federal Work Study Orientation Jan 7-11!


Join Rio Salado's Financial Aid team to learn about Federal Work Study (FWS) opportunities and benefits, January 7, 8 and 11 at the Tempe headquarters.

Staff will be available to provide 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.

Look for their information booth near the front lobby on the first floor of the Tower at Rio, Jan. 7, 8 and 11, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2- 4 p.m.

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

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

Photo: Rio Salado Financial Aid specialists Maribel Carlos, Jeanine Buettner and Tiffany Hernandez will be among the staff available to help students apply.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Launch Your Sustainable Food Systems Career!

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If you have a passion for food, fair trade and sustainable practices that can benefit our environment-- then consider Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program!

This program of study will teach you about ways to create sustainable food practices, the real food movement, how food is produced and purchased as well as preparation techniques. 

This new video will introduce you to the concept and history of the sustainable food system industry and how you can make a positive impact in this ever-growing field.


Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program is designed for students who work in the food service industry as well as newcomers who do not have a culinary background!

We also encourage you to watch this video, which includes testimonials from recent graduates who talk about the convenience, flexibility and affordability of this program. 



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Included in the video are remarks from Chef Ken Leonard who runs the kitchen at Madison Street Veterans Association (MSVA), a transitional living facility for homeless veterans. Learn more about Leonard's story in this Maricopa Community Colleges student profile.


Classes start most Mondays!  Get started on your new career path now.  Visit www.riosalado.edu/food to learn more.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Need Help with Research? Ask A Librarian 24/7!

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Need a librarian during the winter break? Check out Ask a Librarian

Available 24/7!

Get help with:
  • Starting your research
  • Searching smarter and faster
  • Finding articles, books, and media
  • Citing sources and more!

Maricopa Student Center Maintenance Dec. 30


The Maricopa Student Center will be down for planned maintenance Wednesday, December 30, 6-11 a.m.

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, and the student message center. If you need to access any of these services, you are encouraged to do so before December 30. 

Visit this web page for the latest details about scheduled maintenance and services available to you during the process.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Save the Date: Feb. 23 College Information Night

Copy of Save the Date invite. Text: Save the Date.  College Information Night at Rio Salado College. Students, parents, and community members welcome. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 Presentations: 6:30, 7, and 7:30 p.m. Communiversity at Surprise 15950 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ, 85374 Learn how to get started at Rio! Representatives from Academic Advising, Admission and Records, Financial Aid, and Dual Enrollment will be present. Learn about all the available certificate and associate degree programs we offer and meet industry partners. For more information call: 480-517-8231

Join Rio Salado for a College Information Night at the Communiversity at Surprise, February 23, 2016!

This event is ideal for teens transitioning from high school and working adults who are interested in going back to school!

Representatives from Academic Advising, Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and other departments will be present to provide attendees with the information they need to get started, how to choose a major, how to secure funding... and how to succeed in college.

Learn about the programs and services available to you!

College Information Night at Rio Salado College
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 
Presentations: 6:30, 7, and 7:30 p.m.
Communiversity at Surprise 
15950 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ, 85374

For more information call: 480-517-8231

More details coming soon!
 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

PTK Student Project - Why Go Back to School

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Students from Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter decided to produce a video as part of their 2015 student project, which focuses on why working adults are returning to school and the obstacles they have overcome-- in an effort to inspire other adults to go back to school.

This video is the culmination of their efforts and we hope it inspires you to embark on your educational journey. 



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Students also contributed written testimonials about their experience.

This personal narrative by Rio Salado PTK Chapter President Vanessa Williams beautifully encapsulates the struggles and triumphs she has encountered on her educational journey.

Milton Berle, once stated that “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” 

A few years ago, I felt that there were no opportunities for me to advance. After spending years on the street homeless and addicted, I made the first step by getting clean and sober. I found a job and was living in my own place. Life was great, but something was missing. 

I loved my job, however, I knew I wanted to build a better financial future for myself. I looked around and saw that other people were attending college and working. I did some research and found that Rio Salado would be the perfect fit for my schedule.

It wasn’t easy going back to college. I was in default on my student loans and I didn’t know how I would afford to pay back the loans with my part-time job. I spoke with the Department of Education’s ombudsmen and found out that I could make payments that would be based on my income. I was ecstatic. I began the process of applying to Rio as soon as I was out of default.

There were some challenges along the way, but with the help of a great support system, I have been able to keep up in school. I even joined some student activities such as Phi Theta Kappa and the National Society of Leadership and Success. I have been able to travel and meet new people. I have had the pleasure of working with the wonderful staff at Rio Salado during some of our student activities.

Going back to school has opened the door for me. When opportunity didn’t knock – I built the door. I am thankful every day that Rio Salado College opened that door to a better life for me.

Are you ready to go back to school?  Visit this web page for an introduction on how Rio Salado can serve you.  

To learn more about PTK and other student life initiatives, visit this Rio Salado Student Life web page.