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Showing posts with label Rio Salado. Show all posts

Thursday, November 19, 2015

International Ed Week -- Native American Day!

International Education Week - Schedule of Events for Thursday, Nov. 19 – Native American Appreciation.

Cultural Performances
Enjoy Native American cultural performances in the Rio Amphitheater, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Café at Rio Lunch Special
Native American Indian Taco - Traditional fry bread topped with refried pinto beans, seasoned ground beef, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar, salsa and sour cream - $5.49.

Books and Documentaries
The Rio Salado College Library will have a table of Native American literary materials available to browse, and will show the following documentaries/videos in the Café at Rio dining room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Click the links to watch now online by logging into RioLearn. To view all Library recommendations visit

Learn more about International Education Week by visiting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

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! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

EVVEC and RSC Southern Remain Closed 3/18

UPDATE: Due to the earlier situation in Mesa, the Rio Salado College Southern location and EVVEC will remain closed today, Wednesday, March 18.  

Keep your contact information updated in – especially mobile devices and e-mail addresses – to benefit fully from the Maricopa Emergency Messaging System (MEMS) Alert system.  Manage your alerts through Rave here.

Alert: RSC Locations in Lockdown

UPDATE: Due to the ongoing situation in Mesa, the Rio Salado College Southern location and EVVEC will be closed for the remainder of the day, Wednesday, March 18.  

Rio Salado College Southern and the East Valley Veterans Education Center are in lockdown due to a police situation in Mesa. Please avoid the area until further notice.

Keep your contact information updated in – especially mobile devices and e-mail addresses – in order to fully utilize the Maricopa Emergency Messaging System (MEMS) Alert system. Manage your alerts through Rave here.

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
  3. Join the RioLounge Community on the right hand side of the page.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Grant Helps STEM Pros Recareer as Teachers

a group of conference attendees pose for a picture beside a welcome banner.

Fifteen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals have a chance at recareering as secondary classroom teachers through Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program. Qualified candidates will benefit from a generous $16.5K stipend provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Rio Salado’s fast-track teacher education program. The deadline to apply is Feb. 3, 2015.

Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program is ideal for Valley STEM professionals who’ve been thinking about making the transition to teaching. The stipend funds are part of a $1.2 million NSF grant awarded to Rio Salado in 2011 as a way of encouraging STEM professionals to bring their industry experience to the classroom, combat the shortage of qualified STEM teachers and help Arizona teens prepare for high-need STEM careers.

It was a natural decision for Phoenix resident Katy Westersund to enter the program. “I started to think about my prior career as an environmental engineer, and about what I can do now,” said Westersund, a full-time mom who also volunteers at her children's school.

image of Catherine Westersund
Westersund joins other Noyce Scholars to talk about
the benefits of Rio Salado's Teacher Ed program.
“I attended Rio’s Post Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Orientation,” said Westersund. “The instructor put up a slide with three questions: Do you like math and science? Are you needing to recareer? Do you want to help others learn? And I said, yes, that’s me.”

“I decided to pursue a career as a secondary math teacher because I loved my career as an environmental engineer, said Westersund. “I think I saw that as a mother I could advocate for my children, to give them the best opportunity and to love math and science. By me becoming a secondary math teacher, I can be an advocate for a classroom of students.”

Westersund completed a student teaching assignment at Tempe Union High School in November. By January, she will be certified and ready to teach high school math. She is one of 20 students currently participating in the program.

Qualified applicants will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12. They will be provided mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support.

The 15-month post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient. “Students are supported throughout the program with their coursework by a success coach and a mentor during the first year of teaching to assist with classroom management and other first-year teacher challenges,” said Noyce Scholars Program Manager Karen Nave.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM career-- and a passion for teaching. The application process includes a subject knowledge exam, a teaching seminar and screening interview.

For more details, visit or call 480-517-8066.

Pictured above: Rio Salado Teacher Ed staff accompany Noyce Scholars at February 2014 National Title I Conference for Educators Conference in San Diego.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Veterans Day Closure and Events

military serviceman holding flag, surrounded by family.
Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Normal business hours will resume Wednesday, Nov. 12.

We are committed to serving veterans and their families, and we honor your service. We hope you'll let us serve you by taking advantage of Rio Salado's Military Advisement and the East Valley Veterans Education Center, which are designed to help you make the most of your higher education experience.

All ten Maricopa Community Colleges have been designated as 2015 Military Friendly Schools® by Victory Media. Each year, more than 10,000 VA-approved schools nationwide are surveyed. The list informs military students about the veteran experience based on peer reviews from current students. This is the seventh consecutive year Rio Salado has been acknowledged.

We hope you and your family enjoy this Veterans Day. Here's a list of Maricopa Community Colleges events to help you celebrate.

Select Veterans Day Event Information
6th Annual Veterans Resource Expo. Thursday, Nov. 6 at 1:00 – 4:00pm.
Coyote Center Gym, Pecos Campus
District Office
2nd Annual Veterans Day BBQ. Friday, Nov. 7 at 11:00am – 1:00pm.
Governing Board Room (2nd Floor).
Estrella Mountain
Veterans Career Summit. Friday, Nov. 7 at 11:00am – 1:00pm.
Estrella Conference Center
Veterans Day Resource Fair. Monday, Nov. 5 at 10:00am – 1:00pm. Amphitheater
Veterans Day celebration. Thursday, Nov. 6 at 10:00am
GCC Central Mall
Maricopa Skill Center
Free Haircuts for Veterans – entire month of November
Main Campus, Northwest Campus and Cutting Edge Style Academy
Veterans Day Poolooza.  Monday, Nov. 10 at 11:00am – 2:00pm.
Center Courtyard
Paradise Valley
Veterans Day Barbecue. Monday, Nov. 10 at 11:00am – 2:00pm.
Annual Veterans Appreciation Day. Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7:15am – 3:00pm.
Hannelly Center Lawn
Veterans Day Commemoration. Monday, Nov. 10 at 10:00am
Two Waters Circle

Thursday, August 7, 2014

KJZZ 91.5 FM Launches New Travel Club

KJZZ 91.5 FM, a service of Rio Salado College Division of Public Service, recently launched the KJZZ Travel Club. The travel club is available to sustaining members who donate $10 a month or more to the public radio station. In addition to connecting KJZZ members with a community who shares their interest in travel, adventure and new experiences, travel club members will also have access to:
  • KJZZ-hosted trips to destinations in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Free admission to the KJZZ Travel and Discovery Expo.
  • Exclusive discounts and special offers from Travel Expo exhibitors.
  • KJZZ Travel Club Facebook Group.
  • Webinars and other informational events.
  • Annual gathering with fellow travelers celebrating the year’s adventures.
To learn more about the travel club and its upcoming trip to Ireland and Scotland visit

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Veterans and Community Leaders Celebrate EVVEC Grand Opening

TEMPE - February 1, 2011 - Rio Salado College hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of the East Valley Veterans Education Center in Tempe on Tuesday.

Speaking at the event, Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante outlined the purpose of the center. “It is our intent to serve those who have served us,” Bustamante said. “This center was designed to welcome veterans and to provide easy access to the information that they need to use their educational benefits at the Maricopa Community College of their choice”

When former U.S. Representative Harry Mitchell spoke, he explained why the center was an important project.

“There is a very important reason why I pushed for this investment, and it goes beyond just honoring the service of our veterans,” Mitchell said. “I strongly believe that veterans -- because of their service and because of their maturity, leadership and technical skills -- can become our society’s most productive, innovative and successful members.”

The East Valley Veterans Education Center is open from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday – Friday and is located at 2055 S. Cottonwood Drive, Tempe (Just east of the Loop 101 on Broadway)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New Frontiers to Support Sun Sounds of Arizona

New Frontiers to support Sun Sounds On Wednesday, Jan. 19, 5 percent of proceeds from sales at the New Frontiers Marketplace will be donated to Sun Sounds of Arizona in Flagstaff. Sun Sounds, a part of the Division of Public Service for Rio Salado College, is an information access service primarily designed for and directed to an audience who are visually-impaired. In Flagstaff, more than 50 volunteers read the daily Arizona Daily Sun, magazines and books aloud and reach more than 49,000 members via individual receivers, online streaming and podcasting at, and a telephone access system called Sun Dial II.

Sun Sounds of Arizona's broadcast, along with those of several other U.S. and Canadian radio reading services, is now available on Apple mobile devices using the iBlink Radio application. iBlink Radio, touted as the first app for visually impaired people, makes it easy to find current streaming and archived print information read aloud.

To download the free iBlink Radio app, go to iTlines or click the App Store on an Apple mobile device and search for iBlink Radio. For more information about applying for service or volunteering at Sun Sounds of Arizona, contact Eleanor Mooney, manager, Sun Sounds of Arizona in Flagstaff at 623-779-1775 or

Source: Arizona Daily Sun Newspaper (Jan. 2011)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Students Can Be Their Best with I-BEST

Valley residents can take advantage of a unique opportunity offered by Rio Salado College at the West Valley Career Center, located at 95th Avenue and McDowell Road. Students attend class Monday through Friday for three hours a day and can choose from afternoon or evening time slots. This opportunity is of no cost to students and is available to residents that do not have a high school diploma. Tuition, fees and book costs will be covered through financial aid, WIA job training and scholarships.

The Arizona I-BEST Program integrates instruction for a GED diploma with 12.5 credits of Construction: Electrical training. Students enrolled in this program will learn skills needed to work in the construction trades that focus on basic electrical fundamentals as well as electrical equipment, blueprints, codes and safety. Students successfully completing the program will earn a Workforce Development: Certificate of Completion: Electrical, Level I from Rio Salado College, plus certificates from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) in Core, Introductory Craft Skills and Electrical Level I. Students also will prepare for and successfully complete the tests for a GED diploma.

The program will provide hands-on application of learned skills at work sites. Students will also attend job readiness workshops and receive job search assistance upon completion of curricula.

The program runs for six months, with students attending class Monday through Friday from either 1-4 p.m. or 5-8 p.m. Students do have the potential to complete the program faster and begin their employment search before the end of the six-month training.

IBEST orientation is set for Jan. 27 at 4 p.m., and will be held at the West Valley Career Center, 1840 N. 95th Ave. Suite 160, Phoenix. Please call (480) 384-9827 to register for the orientation. For more information about the program, please contact Jeff Hall at (480) 377-4263 or visit