Showing posts with label Online Student. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Online Student. Show all posts

Friday, August 19, 2016

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!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Full or cancelled class? No problem!

Image of a young woman walking through an illustrated virtual educational world.  Text: Rio's online classes are always open!  No Waits, No Worries.  Our online classes start Mondays!

With 600+ online classes and flexible Monday starts-- we can help you stay on track! Check out our online schedule: www.riosalado.edu/Schedule.

Many of our online courses transfer directly to our 40+ partners including Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and The University of Arizona.

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.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Xavier College Prep Grads Lead Dual Pack!

Xavier Prep Grads at Commencement 2016

Earn college degree before graduating from high school -- check. Astonish friends and family with academic achievements – check. Be two steps ahead on life’s path to success – check.

The students of Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix are leading the pack when it comes to dual enrollment. Of the record 64 Valley high school students earning associate degrees from Rio Salado College this spring, 33 are from the all-female Xavier College Prep.

Thanks to dual enrollment, Xavier students Andrea Gray, Miranda Albo and Ashlynn Holloway all have big plans for the future.

Andrea Gray
“I can say I earned my college degree before finishing high school,” Gray said. “This will stay with me through every future employment and academic opportunity.”

Gray’s future plans include pursuing an engineering career after being exposed to a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program through Girl Scouts in fourth grade.

“I knew then I wanted to be an engineer and stumbled across aeronautical engineering,” Gray said. She is graduating from Xavier Prep with a 3.8 GPA, and earning an Associate in Arts at Rio Salado.

Gray plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, majoring in aerospace engineering with a concentration in astronautics and a minor in global security.

Eventually, she plans to earn a master’s degree and hopes to work for NASA or SpaceX, the independent American aerospace company run by Elon Musk.

Albo, who is also earning an Associate in Arts, will be attending the University of Arizona this fall. She is interested in studying a STEM subject, but also finds joy in art classes like sculpture and ceramics.


“I love the idea of working with my hands and creating an object that has meaning to it,” Albo said.

She credits dual enrollment for its convenience and affordability.

“Dual enrollment is so worth it and makes your life easier,” Albo said. “The biggest benefit was the ability to graduate from high school with a large number of credits, minimizing the cost of college.”

For Holloway, dual enrollment offered a chance to get a head start on college.

“With my basic courses taken care of, I now have the advantage of taking college classes that are major-specific, which will allow me to learn more as I continue my education,” Holloway said.

Holloway is graduating with an Associate in Arts from Rio Salado and has a 3.8 GPA at Xavier College Prep. She plans to pursue a double-major with the courses that have been freed up through the dual enrollment program.

Holloway said the success coaches in the dual enrollment program at Rio Salado also helped her find alternative ways to complete the requirements for an associate degree with her busy schedule, setting up options like online classes.

Sister Joanie Nuckols


Sister Joanie Nuckols, Vice Principal for Academics and campus minister at Xavier College Prep, said the high school has a tightknit community based on common goals of educational excellence.

“The most rewarding aspect of teaching is watching students learn to think critically, grow in wisdom and be able to explain their own point of view,” Nuckols said.

Whatever paths they each may choose, the students at Xavier College Prep are fit to conquer anything that comes their way.


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.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Record 64 High School Student Grads in 2016

Image from 2015 commencement ceremony

They are being called trailblazers, overachievers and highflyers.

Bring on the accolades-- these 64 Valley high school students are garnering attention for all the right reasons. They are dual enrollment students who are on track to graduate from Rio Salado College this month before earning their high school diplomas.

President Bustamante
“It is very rewarding to see so many high school students take advantage of early college options and achieve this great accomplishment,” said Dr. Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College. “Their success is our success and I am confident that they will continue to achieve their academic goals in the future. It takes support from high school partners, parents and the dual enrollment team at Rio to realize what can be possible.”

No other college in the state has this many college graduates among their dual enrollment students.

“Not only is this a huge achievement to graduate from high school and college simultaneously, but starting college with two years under your belt saves students an enormous amount of time and money,” said EJ Anderson, director of Rio Salado College’s dual enrollment program.

2015 Dual Enrollment Graduates
Dual enrollment students earn both high school and college credit at the same time. Classes are taught by certified instructors at the many area high schools that partner with Rio Salado College.

Sullivan Dupre is a senior at Mountain Pointe High School and overachiever extraordinaire.

He is earning both an Associate in Arts and an Associate in Science degree at Rio Salado’s commencement ceremony this evening, May 11, 2016 at the Orpheum Theater.  He will be one of 50 dual enrollment graduates attending tonight's event.

“The biggest benefit I see in dual enrollment is that it saves time and money,” said Dupre. “Because I took dual enrollment, I will already have the credits that usually take around two years to complete in college.”

Dupre is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for 2-year colleges. He said students considering dual enrollment should get involved as soon as possible.

“Enroll to get as many credits as possible,” Dupre said. “Even if you think you won't need a certain class for your major, having that extra credit will allow you to be more flexible in the future.”

2014 Westwood High School dual enrollment students
Another advantage of Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program is location.

“The biggest benefit of dual enrollment is being given the opportunity to complete a college degree without having to leave your own high school,” said Krystal Rebhun, a student at Corona Del Sol graduating who is graduating with an Associate in Arts. “You also get the same credits that you would at a university at a much smaller cost.”

Rio Salado dual enrollment team
Robert Brown works as a success coach in the dual enrollment department at Rio Salado College. He assists high school students and their parents in developing career and education pathways.

“Dual enrollment gives high school students the flexibility to finish a bachelor’s degree sooner, pursue a double-major, or take fewer credits at a time in college,” Brown said.

He added that parents get excited when they see the benefits of dual enrollment for their kids.

“One very selective university called her a trailblazer, and noted that they had not seen an incoming freshman with this type of achievement before,” said Laurie Mariani, whose daughter Mia is earning an Associate in Arts. “We are certain her opportunities will be endless having achieved this extra academic success while in high school.”

Rio Salado College – 2016 Dual Enrollment Graduates
  • Boulder Creek: Kimberly Klein
  • Brophy College Prep: James Stickell
  • Corona del Sol: Jeffery Wilcox, Karl Willette (2014), Krystal Rebhun, Tyler Le Duc
  • Deer Valley: Alec Medrano, Evan Mekenney, Madison Banbury (2015), Matthew Briody, Reese Tanner, Ryanne Karlson, Alexander Mills
  • Desert Vista: Alexandra Ferrara , Aradhana Kumar , Daniel Gulden , Gail Watterson , Marcela Delgado, Matthew Hart, Natalie Schatton, Neeku Navabi, Samuel Rosenberg, Wyatt Langs
  • Heritage: Erica Durham, Ethan Berglund, Sarah Taylor (2015), Triston Kosloske
  • Horizon: Connor Little, Matthew Thomas, Peter Godfrey
  • Marcos de Niza: Briana Estrella, Dominic Martinez, Joy Jimenez
  • Mountain Pointe: Emily Harmsen, Gen Ito, Jacob Peters, Jasmin Jackson, Jason Damp, Jordan Wachter, Lauren Rein, Meredith Grula, Sullivan Dupre
  • Xavier College Prep: Ainsley Ramsey, Andrea Gray, Ariana Salazar, Ashlynn Holloway, Bailey Stalcup, Brianna Siegle, Brie Harriel, Brielle Januszewski, Claudia Lucca, Danielle Favata, Fiona Lobo, Hailey Schwab, Hannah Cooper, Isabella Patterson, Isabella Serrano, Jessica Daniels, Julia Teeter, Leslie Zaragoza, Lisbet Maldonado, Madison Williams, Mia Mariani, Michaela Wuycheck, Miranda Albo, Monique Hasbun, Olivia Iacono, Rebeca Gardner, Royal Shoen, Sara Skornik, Sophia Deyden, Spenser Rosner, Stephanie Ashkuri, Therese Knapp, Tiffany Meyer

For more details about Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program, including scholarship opportunities, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/dual or call 480-517-8080.

Photos of tonight's ceremony and participating dual enrollment graduates will be available for download via www.facebook.com/RioSaladoCollege.

Check back with RioNews for more stories about Rio Salado 2016 graduates in the coming days.

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.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Student Spotlight: 2016 Commencement Speakers

photos of Cristales and Hammerle

Rio Salado College’s 2016 commencement ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix. The two student’s chosen to speak at the event are Elizabeth Cristales and Lorna Ann Hammerle.

image of Elizabeth CristalesCristales graduated from high school in 2001 in Florida, and moved to California to pursue a nursing degree. She successfully completed her nursing program requirements, but then hit a roadblock.

“Because of financial difficulties, I was unable to continue my education,” Cristales said.

Several years later, she found herself in Arizona working in the legal industry, and realized that this was her true calling. But to further her career, Cristales knew she would have to finish her college degree.

“I enrolled in the paralegal program at Rio Salado, and for the past 3 years, I've worked full time while taking classes,” Cristales said.

Even with the support of family and friends, she faced challenges in realizing her dream.
“There were several times where I doubted my own capabilities and where the stress was too much,” Cristales said. “I had to find strength within myself to keep going. It took a lot of planning and a lot of sacrifice but I pushed myself, and I am extremely proud for that.”

Cristales is graduating with an associate degree in paralegal.

“Obtaining my degree at Rio Salado has brought me extreme joy and a proud sense of accomplishment,” she said. “It has also brought thoughts about furthering my career and educational goals. I am now considering the possibility of obtaining a bachelor’s degree and going to law school in the future.”

Cristales has already seen her hard work pay off.
“Being in the paralegal program has already helped me advance my career,” Cristales said. “I am now a senior legal administrative assistant for a large corporation in Scottsdale. With my degree, I plan on advancing my position within the company as a corporate paralegal.”

With her educational and career success, Cristales realizes that more opportunities await.

“Now that I'm aware of my own potential, I know that I can accomplish whatever goals I set for myself, whether they be big or small.”

image of Lorna Ann HammerleLorna Ann Hammerle has spent 10 years trying to complete her college degree. She tried many schools and community college, but nothing stuck. She didn’t know what career to pursue, and grew frustrated. Then she and her boyfriend welcomed a son, and that was just what she needed to finish what she started.

“My son was my main motivation,” Hammerle said. “Over the last year, there were many nights I wanted to throw in the towel and give up. But then I would remember who was watching - my son. He has kept me focused.”

Hammerle, who is completing a certificate and associate degree in general business, also credits her family for being supportive and offering encouragement.

“When I told my mom about my plans at Rio Salado, she offered to babysit every night if that’s what it took for me to finish my classes,” Hammerle said. “She has always been my rock and my backbone. She believed in me when no one else did.”

Her boyfriend also stepped up as chief motivator.

“He took no excuses,” Hammerle said. “He would keep our son occupied so I could focus on my studies. When I tried to push off my homework, he was there making sure I would get it done.”

Hammerle also credits Rio Salado College for being the right fit, the one college that helped her realize her educational goals.
“I have never met a better more helpful staff in my entire 10 years of trying to complete a college degree,” Hammerle said. “Rio Salado has been nothing short of amazing, from the instructors to my advisor, Jessica, who was always there to guide me in the right direction.”
Hammerle’s future plans include earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree.

“Without Rio Salado, I doubt I would have ever finished college,” she said. “Rio gave me the drive and push to show my son that anything is possible.”

Thanks to Speaker Candidates!
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Rio Salado Student Speaker Candidates
Rio Salado College would like to thank all the students who applied to be commencement speakers: Kate Beale, Colleen B. Koblinski, Charity McDaniel-Little, Kari Pollock, Amber Roberson and Vanessa Williams. Congratulations! We look forward to celebrating your success at this year’s commencement ceremony and wish you well in your future endeavors.

We encourage you to share your student graduation stories and photos using #RioGrad!

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The 2016 ITC Outstanding eLearning Student is...

Photo of Williams

Congratulations to Rio Salado College student Vanessa Williams who received the Outstanding eLearning Student award at the national Instructional Technology Council (ITC) eLearning conference held in Scottsdale Feb. 15-17, 2016.
Williams with Rio Salado President Bustamante
“I have achieved what I thought to be impossible ten years ago,” Williams said of her award. “This honor means that I have exceeded my own expectations of balancing home, work and school, and being successful in doing so.”

Williams is currently the president of Rio Salado’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) student honor society chapter, and vice president of the college’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

She was nominated for the eLearning award by Dr. Melanie Abts and John Bastian, PTK chapter advisors.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving for this award than Vanessa,” Bastian said. “She is a reliable student leader now and shows great potential to do great things for our communities in the future.”

Williams credits Rio Salado’s online classes with her academic success.

“Online learning has been very beneficial to me,” Williams said. “It has allowed me the opportunity to go to school full-time while working full-time, and has taught me to manage my time more effectively.”

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Panel with Rio Salado Communications Faculty Chair Corey Pruitt

At the conference, Williams participated in a student panel with other Rio Salado students to discuss the online learning experience.

“Online courses also helped me to stay on track and achieve my goal of obtaining an associate degree,” Williams said. “And thank you to Rio Salado College, for going out of your way to support the students and their dreams.”

Photo of Rio Salado team with Dr. Bustamante and Faculty Chair Pruitt

“When we listen to our students and try to meet their needs, we are all more successful in our roles as higher education leaders,” said Dr. Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College.

Williams plans to transfer to Northern Arizona University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in management. In the future, she hopes to create a non-profit organization to assist peer support specialists in behavior health. When she is not working or with her family, she is an advocate for the homeless.

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Rio Salado College served as the host college for the ITC conference. The ITC is affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges. Its mission is to provide leadership and professional development in higher education by advocating, collaborating and sharing innovative practices in educational technologies.

Images of students.  Alt text: Instructional Technology Council (ITC) eLearning Conference, Feb. 14-17, 2016 Rio Salado College Student Panel Bios    Ashley (Dani) Cross took her first class at Rio Salado College in the spring of 2011 and currently works as a part-time peer mentor there. She is on the waiting list for the nursing program through Maricopa Community College District. She plans to continue on with her education and earn a Master of Science in Nursing while working as a nurse. As single mother of her 7-year-old son, Eli, she finds e-learning to be a convenient way to complete her coursework while at the same time juggling life’s responsibilities.  Nathan Errington is a Rio Salado College student and an active duty member of the United States Air Force assigned to Luke AFB. He graduated with his Associate in Applied Science in Computer Technology, Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Web Design, and CCL in Computer Usage and Applications through Rio Salado in spring 2015. Nathan is currently pursuing an Arizona General Education Curriculum associate degree. He is scheduled to spend a year at Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea for his next assignment and then a follow-on assignment to Misawa AB, Japan. He plans to continue his studies with Rio Salado College while being deployed overseas.  Samra Hausey started as a student at Rio Salado College in fall 2011 and became a part-time peer mentor in the Advisement department in 2014.  E-learning is a better fit for her than a traditional campus setting with flexible scheduling and delivery methods that meet her learning style. She currently is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with the goal to teach 4th grade and earn master’s degree through Arizona State University.  Samantha Hill is studying healthcare innovation at Arizona State University (ASU) and is on the waiting list for the medical radiography program at Gateway Community College. Before going to ASU, she took e-learning classes at Rio Salado to earn college credits while deciding upon her educational and career goals. She is employed at Rio Salado College as a peer mentor and volunteers at the Maricopa Integrated Health System in the radiology department. In the future, she hopes study radiography and work at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital or the Mayo Clinic.  Daniel Mott is a student at Rio Salado College and member of its Phi Theta Kappa. He is the father of two boys, a small insurance business owner and part-time student. He started taking classes with Rio Salado in spring 2014 and is working on an Associate in Arts. He sees his mother as an inspiration to complete his education and finds e-learning convenient for his schedule. He appreciates that he can take classes in topics he can apply to all areas of his life. Daniel plans to transfer to an Arizona university to pursue a bachelor degree in marketing or communications.  Vanessa Williams started with Rio Salado College in fall 2013. She is Rio Salado College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter president and vice president of the college’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Vanessa works as a supervisor at Warm Line, a non-emergency peer-supported telephone hotline through the non-profit Crisis Response Network. She plans to earn an associate degree and transfer to Northern Arizona University to pursue a bachelor degree in management. In the future, she hopes to create a non-profit organization to assist peer support specialists in behavior health. When she is not working or with her family, she is an advocate for the homeless.Meet the ITC Panel
We appreciate the time and effort of the Rio Salado students who volunteered their time to take part in the ITC panel. Their input is invaluable. Learn more about who they are in this bio sheet.




By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Student Success Tip: Plan Ahead!

image of Rio Wave Mascot embedded into a Semester Planning chart.  Text available in blog.

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.

Friday, September 25, 2015

A Case for Expanding Online Learning

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Rio Salado Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs Shannon McCarty recently published this feature for EvoLLLution.com to address how online educational models can help traditional, two-year colleges increase their capacity and ability to serve a greater number of students.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Rio Investigator Training Course Piques Interest


Image of headline from  Ahwatukee Foothills News: Rio Salado College offers surrounding poicie agencies new hybrid investigative course

We are pleased to share this story by Ahwatukee Foothills News intern reporter Ryan Santistevan about Rio Salado's new Investigator Training Course for local law enforcement professionals-- which is now available in a hybrid format at the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

Flier for course: Investigator Training Course for Law Enforcement Professionals.  NEW for FALL 2015! Enhance Your Investigative Skills Rio Salado College now offers the Investigator Training course for law enforcement professionals in a hybrid format, which combines in-person and online learning. The hybrid course offers more flexibility to those who cannot attend in-person on a weekly basis. The class covers crime scene management, investigation report writing, interview and interrogation, search warrants and court orders, courtroom testimony and more. Officers will receive 16-hours of continuous training from AZPOST per college credit. Through this program, participants can earn up to 64 hours of AZPOST training hours. Overview: Class open to sworn and civilian law enforcement only • Class meets August 27-December 10, 2015 • Taught by Detective Paul Dalton, Phoenix PD • In person classes take place at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, 21740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142 • In-person Thursday class dates: Aug. 27, Oct. 15 and Dec. 10, from 4:30-9 p.m. Remainder of the course is conducted online. Enroll Now! Contact Sylvia Anderson at 480-517-8461 or sylvia.anderson@riosalado.edu
Included are insights from Angela Kwan, faculty chair at Rio Salado College, who explains how the course helps Phoenix police agencies with training.

Are you interested in a law enforcement career? We can help you get started.

Whether you’re already an officer or looking to join the force, Rio Salado has the training you need to advance your career!  The Law Enforcement Technology program is designed to provide you with the education needed to enhance your professional skills, earn promotions and meet the challenges of being a law enforcement officer. You can earn 39 credits toward your degree just for completing your basic training.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Orientation Tips for New Rio Waves

Image of Splash the Rio Waves Mascot.  Text; Here's to a successful fall 2015 Rio Waves

Many of you will begin taking classes tomorrow. Here’s to a successful fall 2015 and a big welcome to all of the new Rio Waves

Are you ready?

If you haven't already, get acquainted with your student systems. This video will give you an introduction.



You should check your RioLearn account to see whether you have any assignments due on the first day of class.

Visit http://www.startatrio.com/ and search the RioNews archives for more student orientation tips.

Want to engage with other students?  Join RioLounge.  It's a place where you can chat, ask questions, share perspectives and buy, sell and trade books. Log into or create a Google+ profile using a personal Gmail account.  

Monday, August 10, 2015

Take Latin Classes Online This Fall

Arch of Titus in Rome, Italy
Discover the ancient language of Latin this fall at Rio Salado! 

LAT101 is available online and will cover basic grammar and vocabulary, the influence of Latin on the English language, and Latin/English translation. Students will also learn about the Roman Empire and how it has influenced our contemporary society. 

LAT102 will also be offered for students looking to further advance their Latin language abilities.

Why Choose Latin?

  • It is the root of many English words
  • Assists with learning Romance languages 
  • Help you understand a word’s origin
  • Prepares you for a variety of careers 
  • Fulfills language requirements at many universities 

Take advantage of Rio Salado’s Monday start dates and search for classes now! 

Monday, May 4, 2015

2015 Commencement Spotlight

2015 Grad Badge for upload.

Tomorrow is Graduation Day and we can hardly wait to celebrate with you!

Attendees of tomorrow's Commencement ceremony will be hearing about the extraordinary accomplishments of Rio Salado's Class of 2015, including the record-breaking number of dual enrollment students who are graduating this year. Here's a glimpse into the life of one of those dual enrollment students, Austin Hornbaker.

Dual Enrollment Helps Student Realize Dream

photo of Austin in cap and gown.

Austin Hornbaker has wanted to study physics since the seventh grade. His dream was put on the fast track when he began taking dual enrollment classes with Rio Salado his freshman year in high school.

Dual enrollment is a program that allows students to take college level courses while in high school for both high school and college credit. Courses are taught by high school teachers who are certified to teach college-level courses.

Hornbaker will earn two degrees at Rio Salado's May 5 Commencement ceremony-- an associate in arts degree and an associate in science degree-- before he graduates from Tempe Corona del Sol High School.

“With an associate degree and two additional physics classes at Arizona State University under my belt, I have the whole first two years of a Bachelor’s [degree] in physics completed, allowing me to jump right into interesting physics classes instead of spending my first two years completing general education requirements,” Hornbaker said.

This fall at age 17, Hornbaker will enter ASU as a junior. He plans to dual-major in physics and mathematics in the Barrett Honors Program. He said that the advisors at Rio Salado helped him work through his degree checklist and walked him through the classes which satisfied specific degree requirements. He also said that the advisors kept him in the loop on scholarship opportunities.

“Down the road, this can jumpstart my career and I can finish college early. It seems as though the benefits of dual enrollment are boundless,” Hornbaker said.

His father, Richard Hornbaker, said that the financial benefits are helpful, but that the real benefits are how well prepared his son is for college. He added that dual enrollment has shortened Austin’s time to degree completion by two years and that Austin can immediately immerse himself in his major courses at ASU.

“After ASU, I don’t have any definite plans,” says Austin Hornbaker, “But a Bachelor’s is definitely a stepping stone to bigger things. I am considering pursuing a PhD in physics and am always exploring career options. It would be really cool to end up working at NASA or CERN someday.”

Hornbaker has some advice for incoming juniors and seniors: “If [students] are planning on going to an in-state university, it would be a terrible decision not to take dual enrollment; most of these classes [students] will have to take again at the university.”

By Rio Salado Coordinator of Public Programs Deborah L. Spotts  

Here's another story about Hornbaker by Wrangler News reporter Sally Mesarosh. See page 14.



Feel free to upload and share the official 2015 Grad Badge.

We also encourage you to share your grad photos and stories using ‪#‎RioGrad.

Visit this blog page for details on how you and your guests should prepare for tomorrow's ceremony.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Top Three Mascot Finalists Are...

Rio's new mascot will be announced March 24!  Images of other Maricopa Colleges Mascots surrounding Chancellor Dr. Rufus Glasper

Rio Salado's new mascot will be a Roadrunner, Raven or a Wave! 

Many thanks to all of the students, faculty, staff and other members of our community for taking part in the search-- especially the 134 people who submitted more than 200 mascot ideas and the 1,300 voters. 

We'll announce the finalist March 24.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Big Savings for College Students

Image of a Rio Salado student at bookstore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Join the RioLounge Community!

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Have you checked out RioLounge? It's a great resource for buying and selling used textbooks and engaging with other students.

You can also share photos and videos, plan and promote local events or just hangout. 

All students are encouraged to participate.  Here’s how:

  1. Log into or create a Google+ profile using a personal Gmail account.
  2. Visit Google.com/+RioSalado
  3. Join the RioLounge Community on the right hand side of the page.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

New Titles at the Rio Salado Library

PBS video cover for "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History." A film by Ken Burns

Here is what’s new in the Rio Salado College Library!

Fiction
Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
All I Know and Love: A Novel by Judith Frank
Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit by Graham Joyce
The Heist by Daniel Silva
The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell
Landline: A Novel by Rainbow Powell
Love Letters by Debbie Macomber
Perfect Life: A Novel by Danielle Steel
Red Winter by Dan Smith
The Remains of Innocence by J.A. Jance
Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Freemantle
War of the Roses: Stormbird by Con Iggulden
The Wayfaring Stranger: A Novel by James Lee Burke
When the World Was Young by Elizabeth Gaffney

Nonfiction
Are the Keys in the Freezer?: An Advocate’s Guide For Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias by Patricia Woodell, Brenda Niblock and Jeri Warner
Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age – From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between by Jason Boog
Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong
Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership by John C. Maxwell
Happy @ Work: 60 Simple Ways to Stay Engaged and Be Successful by Jim Donovan
The History of the Book in 100 Books: The Complete Story, From Egypt to eBook by Roderick Cave and Sara Ayad
Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured by Kathryn Harrison
The Power Book: 200 Ways to Make Power Work for You by Rose Herceg
Take Command: Lessons in Leadership: How to Be a First Responder in Business by Jake Wood
Your Perfect Presentation: Speak in Front of Any Audience Anytime Anywhere and Never Be Nervous Again by Bill Hoogterp

DVDs
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

 This list is updated throughout the month as new books arrive. To view the complete list of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Meet the AZ Students Who Met Bill Gates

Get a glimpse into the lives of the Arizona students who had a chance to visit with Bill Gates and leaders from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Nov. 6-- including Rio Salado students Brenda Moore, Samantha Hill, Angelique Michel and Shawn Lee.

Check out this foundation web page for more details and these RioNews stories for more insights about their visit: 

http://blog.riosalado.edu/2014/11/bill-gates-dr.html
http://blog.riosalado.edu/2014/11/bill-gates-reflects-on-visit-with-rio.html

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bill Gates Reflects on Visit with Rio Students

image of Shawn Lee and Bill Gates

Bill Gates visited Rio Salado earlier this month to learn about the college's progress with a student success initiative called RioAchieve-- and to meet with students to learn about their successes and challenges.   

Gates took to his blog today to reflect on that visit and his meetings with Rio Salado students like Shawn Lee. This heartwarming video profile produced by the Gates team features Lee as he discusses his life, his hardships, his inspirations-- and what he hopes to achieve as a Rio Salado student. 



You can learn more about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation visit to Rio Salado in this RioNews feature.