Showing posts with label QueenCreek. Show all posts
Showing posts with label QueenCreek. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Employment Opportunity in Queen Creek!

Photo of a Communiversity at QC employee helping a student.

Rio Salado College is seeking a part-time site support specialist to serve the Communiversity at QC!

Job Duties: Provide a variety of general and specific information to students, faculty, community leaders and the public regarding courses and programs offered; Provides assistance to faculty on classroom technology before and during class if needed; Uses multi‐line phones, computers, and general office equipment on a daily basis; Assists in the set‐up of events including Community Room, working with event coordinators, and providing additional support during the day of
the event; Schedules counseling and advising appointments for students; Performs tasks in support of the operations at the site; Assists with data entry; Performs various clerical duties and other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will be customer focus oriented, possess excellent organizational skills, effective oral and written communication and have the ability to work successfully as a team player.

Read the full job description and details about how to apply.

Visit our Employment Page for additional information about other part-time and full-time opportunities.

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

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.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Queen Creek Career Fair Oct.13-14

Highway sign that reads Queen Creek Career Fair

Take advantage of Partnering for Success, a free workshop and career fair, Oct. 13-14 in the heart of Queen Creek.  

This two-day event is designed to help connect job seekers and bridge the gap to employment!

Fall Workshop
Resumes, Interviewing Skills and Tools to Find Work.
Tuesday, October 13
1-5 p.m.
Queen Creek Library
1802 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Career Fair
Wednesday, October 14
2-5 p.m.
Communiversity at Queen Creek
21740 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

This two-day event is made possible by the Maricopa County Department of Human Services, Maricopa Workforce Connections, the Communiversity at Queen Creek and Queen Creek Library.

Through this collaborative effort we hope to provide a model of integrated economic and workforce development activities to demonstrate that talent development can drive economic transformation to support healthy workforce environments, while partnering with educators and community partners to bring solutions to local communities.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program Auxiliary aids and services are available.

East Mesa and Queen Creek businesses interested in hosting an information table for the Career Fair should contact Yvette Fielder at 602- 372-9721.

The Communiversity at Queen Creek is hosted by Rio Salado College in collaboration with the Town of Queen Creek.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Free Early Childhood Ed Workshop June 23

Two women pose for a picture outside of the Shining Star Learning Center building.
Take part in a free early childhood education workshop at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, Tuesday, June 23, 6-8 p.m. The topic: Community Resources and Services.

The class is based on a training program developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University, which promotes the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and school readiness by the age of five.

Rio Salado adjunct faculty member and co-owner of Shining Stars Learning Center Victoria Diforte will serve as the instructor. Check out this RioNews blog to learn more about Diforte.

Participants will earn a two-hour training certificate upon completion of each class. The class meets Arizona’s Children Association and A Place to Call Home training requirements.

Register online at www.sslcaz.com or call (480) 888-9545.

Child care provided by Shining Stars Learning Center, 21805 S. Ellsworth Road, Suite B101, across the street from the Communiversity at QC.

Learn how Rio Salado can help you earn a degree in Early Childhood Administration and Management.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Honoring Unsung Graduation Heroes

Image of 2014 commencement, students standing to be acknowledged.

There will be dozens of graduation ceremonies in the coming weeks highlighting students who have accomplished extraordinary achievements. The 2015 Rio Salado College Commencement ceremony this evening will not be an exception.

Right now, however, the spotlight is on those unsung heroes who will help fill the Comerica Theatre tonight—graduates like Kelly Kirlin who are pursuing higher learning to be of service to others and guests like her husband Mike Bennett who provide the support students need to succeed.

image of Kelly Kirlin

Kirlin is one of thousands of adult learners at Rio Salado who are returning to college while juggling family, work, life and all of the challenges that come with them. She had the benefit of family and friends to help her embark on and continue her educational journey.

“I had the unconditional support of my husband and my entire family,” Kirlin said. “It was their encouragement that made returning to school possible.”

Kirlin decided to return to school because there was a void in her life—as if she wasn’t doing what she was supposed to be doing. One thing was certain, there was a need to help people in a more significant way, especially people living with addiction and substance use disorders.

“Two of my family members were actively abusing substances while I was growing up,” Kirlin said. “I saw how addiction affects families and the lives of the user.”

Kirlin enrolled in Rio Salado’s Behavioral Health/Addictions and Substance Use Disorders program while working as a full-time chiropractic assistant. The online option was a big draw.

“That gave me the chance to go to school full-time online but also allowed for me to spend time with my daughter.”

With Bennett’s encouragement, she decided to quit her job and become a full-time student. Bennett not only took on side jobs to help make up for the loss in income, he and the family also agreed to move from Tucson to Queen Creek so Kirlin could benefit from Rio Salado’s in-person services.

“Once the Communiversity at Queen Creek opened, as it is literally located one minute from my house, I met Rio advisor, Jennifer Feland before every semester,” said Kirlin. She and I sat down and completed my educational plan for what classes I needed and in what order to take them. Without her help and guidance I don’t know that I would have stayed on track.”

Kirlin also took advantage of the study rooms, computers and other services. It was during one of her frequent visits that Kirlin learned of a part-time opening for a Rio Salado site support administrator at the Communiversity at QC. “I thought, what better way to give back to the community and the students than to work here?” Kirlin accepted the job in Feb. 2015. She will be among nine other Rio Salado employee graduates at tonight’s ceremony.

Kirlin will graduate with her level one and two certificates in substance abuse counseling tonight. She is 12 credits shy of earning an associate degree in social work.


There’s no doubt Bennett will be at tonight’s ceremony. He convinced Kirlin to take part after discovering she had no intention of attending.

“He has been supportive in every way,” said Kirlin. “He encouraged me when I was struggling getting assignments done on time, he gave me pep talks when I got discouraged. He would surprise me with flowers when I finished finals.”

“When I graduate I won't be just graduating for me,” said Kirlin. “I will be graduating for my family too.”

#RioGrad

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Communiversity at QC Class Schedule


Here's a handy, online listing of in-person classes that will be available to you this summer and fall at the Communiversity at Queen Creek: ow.ly/LiQzt

Check for the latest updates at ow.ly/LiRoP

Ready to get started?  Contact the Communiversity at QC team now.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Check Out the Latest Job Opportunities at Rio

Image of Rio Salado Testing Employees

Rio Salado College is looking for a part-time employee to serve as a Testing Technician at the Communiversity at Queen Creek. Job duties include administering paperwork and computer-based exams to students, providing general clerical assistance, greeting visitors and directing traffic.

The ideal candidate will have experience working with computers, including a knowledge of spreadsheet and digital data management. A strong detail to attention is a must, as is the ability to follow written and oral directions.

Are you the right fit for the job? We'd love to hear from you.  Apply Today!

Rio Salado College also has several, part-time student Federal Work Study (FWS) opportunities.

FWS jobs are based on student need and do not have to be repaid. For a list of job openings, visit www.riosalado.edu/jobs and look for listings under Part-Time Student Federal Work Study Opportunities.

For other employment opportunities with Rio Salado College and all Maricopa Community College District locations, visit www.maricopa.edu/hrweb

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

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Early Childhood & Human Dev. Classes in QC

a teacher sits at a small table with three young children as they complete an art project.

Interested in earning a degree or certificate in Early Childhood & Human Development? Rio Salado College is offering a certificate-to-degree program with in-person class options at the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

Learn more about the program, and check out the latest schedule of in-person classes at the Communiversity at QC.  

For additional information regarding Early Childhood undergraduate and professional development opportunities please contact Student Enrollment Services at 480-517-8580  or email us.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Early Childcare Workshops for EV Parents

Victoria Diforte and Cindy Radebaugh, Shining Stars owners.
Work is like play for Victoria Diforte. She can’t think of a better profession.

“I don’t think there are any other jobs where you get to be hugged and kissed and play all day,” said Diforte—a parent, owner and director of Shining Stars Learning Center in Queen Creek, Arizona, who will share her passion for and expertise in early childhood education during a community workshop series at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, Aug. 27, 2014 through June 23, 2015.

The free monthly classes are based on a training program developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University, which promotes the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and school readiness by the age of five.

“So much change happens in the first few years and you can have a great impact,” said Diforte, who will also impart some of her 17 years of experience as an early childhood education specialist. Diforte has a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction, with an early education endorsement from ASU. She is also a certified K-8 teacher.

The workshop will include information on how infants and toddlers develop, parenting techniques, teaching skills and where to find community resources and services.

Diforte, who recently joined Rio Salado’s adjunct faculty team, is collaborating with the college to make early childhood education accessible to parents and professionals alike.

“I’ve worked with Rio on other community projects and I think it’s great that they’re here in Queen Creek and placing an emphasis on early childhood education,” said Diforte. “There aren’t a whole lot of educational options close by and to provide these educational opportunities is exciting.”

“We’re offering these non-credit classes as a community service for parents, foster parents, and early childhood professionals—who can in-turn learn some tips on how to work with parents,” said Rene Manning, Rio Salado’s Senior Manager of Corporate and Government Partnerships for the Early Childhood and Human Development Undergraduate Program.

“There are approximately 100 childcare providers in the Town of Queen Creek and surrounding communities—including homecare providers, child care centers, school districts, and head start programs— so there is an obvious need for this kind of instruction,” said Manning.

Participants will earn a two-hour training certificate upon completion of each class. The classes meet Arizona’s Children Association and A Place to Call Home training requirements.

Workshops are FREE and take place 6-8 p.m.

  • Aug.27– Making a Connection
  • Sept. 24– Making it Happen
  • Oct. 21 – Why Do Children Do What They Do? 
  • Nov. 18 – Recognizing and dealing with Childhood Trauma 
  • Dec. 16 – Teach Me What to Do! 
  • Jan. 20, 2015 – Facing the Challenge, Pt. 1 
  • Feb. 18 – Facing the Challenge, Pt. 2 
  • Mar. 24 – Infant/Toddler development 
  • April 21 – Kindergarten Readiness 
  • May 19 – Health and Safety June 23 – Community Resources and Services
Child care available through Shining Star for $20. Scholarships are available.

Register online at www.sslcaz.com or call (480) 888-9545.

Child care provided by Shining Stars Learning Center, 21805 S. Ellsworth Road, Suite B101, across the street from the Communiversity at QC, 21740 S. Ellsworth Road.

By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.




Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Attend Teacher Ed Orientations

Interested in teacher education programs at Rio Salado College? Learn about Rio Salado's Post-Baccalaureate Education Program. Applicants can receive certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary (content specific) and Special Education.

Sessions begin Aug. 11 at the Communiversity at Queen Creek and continue through November at various Rio Salado locations.  Click here to learn more and view dates and times.

Can't attend in person? There's a webinar scheduled for Sept. 10. from 6-8 p.m. and a complete orientation session available online at the link above.




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Town of QC Candidate Forum July 30

The Queen Creek Town Council Candidate forum is right around the corner.

Engage in the dialogue July 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

Send your questions for the candidates to Queen Creek/San Tan Valley Independent News Editor Wendy Miller at wmiller@newszap.com.

Check out this Independent feature by Ms. Miller for more details and insights: ow.ly/zvEeq

There are eight candidates running to fill three open seats on the Queen Creek Town Council. They are, clockwise from top left, Lanny Brown, Del Caron, Larry Chesley, Jason Gad, Juliea Wheatley, Emilena Turley, Kyle Robinson and Dawn Oliphant (Wendy Miller, Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA).

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Earn a Child & Family Org Certificate in QC

Lauri Rodriguez, owner and operator of Small Wonders 
Childcare in Chandler and Queen Creek, completed her 
certificate and degree programs at Rio Salado.

Early childhood care providers now have an in-person certificate option from Rio Salado College, with classes taking place at the recently-opened Communiversity at Queen Creek.

The Child and Family Organizations Management and Administration certificate is also available as an online option at the college.

“We wanted to offer an in-person opportunity to accommodate the many early childhood providers in the Southeast Valley,” said Rene Manning, assistant director for Rio Salado’s Early Childhood and Human Development program.

The 19-credit certificate was originally created to advance the quality of care and education for Arizona’s children by providing educational opportunities that improve the administration, management and leadership skills of current and/or potential early childhood program directors, administrators and supervisors.

“Courses are specifically related to the business needs and practices of early childhood directors and other management-level staff,” Manning said.

Certificate courses focus on child and family organizations management, administration, leadership, as well as grant writing, computer usage and fiscal and project management.

Lauri Rodriguez, owner and operator of Small Wonders Childcare in Chandler and Queen Creek, completed both the certificate and degree programs in early childhood administration and management at Rio Salado.

“I wanted to learn more about licensing, and to be taken seriously by constituents in early childhood, as well as the parents of the children I care for,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez first opened a child care center in her home in 1989, and became licensed in 1997.

“Since then, I have become more professional, making improvements each year,” Rodriguez said. “When I opened Small Wonders, it served a need and purpose. But it has evolved into a career, and has become like one of my own children!”

As Rodriguez continued her professional development, she became passionate about child care in Arizona, attending meetings and state forums for childcare owners.

“I got involved with writing state rules for licensing and the rules for use permits for the City of Chandler,” Rodriguez said. “With all of the transitions in my life, I have grown in ways I didn’t know I could, and now have a childcare center worthy of all the children I care for.”

Manning said Rio Salado’s early childhood programs are instrumental in the training and continuing education of Arizona’s childcare providers.

“Studies show that one of the most salient predictors of child care program quality is the background, experience and training of the program director,” Manning said. “Rio Salado’s programs are dedicated to teaching early childhood staff because, ultimately, this provides an educational and nurturing environment for children.”

In-Person Classes Begin June 24

The first in-person class scheduled for the certificate pathway is the 3-credit “Organizations and Community Leadership in Child and Family Organizations.” The class begins June 24 and runs through August 14. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6-9 p.m. at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, 21740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142.

For more information contact Regina Holzbaur at 480-517-8114 or regina.holzbaur@riosalado.edu.



This story can also be found in the June 14, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College. 
 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Communiversity at Queen Creek Test Center Now Open

Rio Salado College testing services are now available inside the Communiversity at Queen Creek. The brand new testing center offers Rio Salado midterm and final exams, Accuplacer placement tests and proctoring services.

Location and Hours:
Communiversity at Queen Creek
Room 1053C
21740 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Call 480-384-9317 or email qc.testing@riosalado.edu for more information. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rio Salado Opens Second Communiversity to Serve East Valley

The Communiversity at Queen Creek officially opened its doors to the public on Thursday, increasing the number of higher education options available to East Valley residents.

The Communiversity at Queen Creek is a unique civil and educational partnership offering students a variety of academic services and programs in one convenient location.

“This new location in Queen Creek epitomizes what we’re striving to accomplish as an educational institution,” said Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College. “The purpose of this location is to provide affordable, high quality educational options for East Valley residents and employers, and to stimulate economic growth through education and workforce development.”

The Communiversity model was first introduced in Arizona by Rio Salado College, which opened a location in Surprise in 2009. The model gives students an opportunity to take lower division classes from community college partners and transfer those credits to a university partner, resulting in a significant cost savings on tuition. 
"This is an exciting time for residents of Queen Creek and the surrounding areas,” said Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney. “Education is a vital component of a healthy, growing community, and having higher learning available right here in Queen Creek benefits all of our residents and businesses."

The Communiversity at Queen Creek’s partners include the Town of
Queen Creek, the Maricopa Community College District, Rio Salado College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Northern Arizona University, Ottawa University and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences.
The partners plan to roll out certificate-to-degree pathways in the months ahead. Proposed pathways include: Business, Communication, Early Childhood, Healthcare, Justice Studies, Psychology, and Teacher Education.

East Valley residents can now take advantage of academic advising, book store services and professional growth and wellness seminars, as well as Rio Salado College’s 600+ online classes. Testing center services, in-person general education classes and information sessions about degree programs will be available in the coming weeks.

The Communiversity at Queen Creek is located at 21740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142. To learn more and to receive updates about programs, free workshops and in-person classes, visit queencreek.azcommuniversity.com.
  

Upcoming free seminars at the Communiversity at Queen Creek:

Take the First Step: Educational Leadership
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 5-6 p.m.
Northern Arizona University is hosting this information session to introduce the programs it offers to help educational leaders meet the challenges within local and national school systems.

Trauma Sensitive Treatment Seminar
Tuesday, March 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by the Arizona Department of Health Services and Ottawa University, this seminar focuses on traumagenic family dynamics, understanding trauma and the impact of developmental trauma. The seminar offers continuing education credits and a certificate.


To RSVP, call 480-384-9300 or send an email to CommuniversityQC@riosalado.edu.

This story can also be found in the February 22 edition of the Tempe Republic. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Queen Creek Is a College Town!

Communiversity at Queen Creek is now open on Ellsworth across from IHOP.

Rio Salado College and it's partners are setting up shop in the heart of Queen Creek!

The Communiversity at Queen Creek combines resources from the Town of Queen Creek, Maricopa Community Colleges and university partners to offer higher education options tailor made for students in the East Valley.

The current event calendar includes the following free offerings provided by the Communiversity's educational partners:
New Year, New You: Natural Health Made Easy
February 12, 5:30-7 p.m.
Presented by Southwest Center of Naturopathic Medicine President and CEO Paul Mittman, this 1.5 hour seminar will explore natural ways to achieve well-being. 
Take the First Step: Educational Leadership
February 26, 5-6 p.m.
NAU will host this information session to focus on how to step up to the leadership challenge within local and national school systems. 
Trauma Sensitive Treatment SeminarMarch 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by the Arizona Department of Health Services and Ottawa University, this seminar on traumagenic family dynamics, understanding trauma and the impact of developmental trauma will also offer continuing education credits and a certificate
For information on available student services, tours of the facility or to RSVP to any of these events, please call 480-384-9000 or email CommuniversityQC@riosalado.edu.

Communiversity at Queen Creek academic partners are currently targeting summer and fall start dates for certificate-to-degree pathways including: Business, Communication, Early Childhood, Healthcare, Justice Studies, Psychology, and Teacher Education.

Occasional updates on new programs and events at the Communiversity at Queen Creek are available by visit queencreek.azcommuniversity.com and completing the information request form.