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Monday, June 27, 2016

July 4 Holiday Closures

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All Rio Salado locations and Testing Centers will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

As a reminder, most Rio Salado locations and services are closed on Fridays, until Aug. 12, 2016.

The following Rio Salado services will be available during the holiday weekend:


Please visit this web page for links and details about closures and special service hours for each location.

Services normally available 24/7 such as our Technology Support Helpdesk, Ask a Librarian and My.Maricopa.edu will remain available.

We hope you enjoy a safe and happy July 4 weekend!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Latest Valley-wide Group Advising 101 Sessions

(POSTER FOR ADVISING 101) ILLUSTRATED IMAGES OF BOOKS, LAPTOP AND GRAD CAP.  tEXT:  Rio Salado College is offering group advising sessions to help students meet registration requirements and get started on the right track. The Advising 101 sessions are held in person and via webinar. The sessions are free and open to all students. RSC Northern, Tuesday, July 5, 10 a.m. RSC Southern, Tuesday, June 28, 11 a.m. RSC Lifelong Learning Center, Wednesday, June 29, 11 a.m. Communiversity at Queen Creek, Thursday, June 30 6 p.m. RSC Downtown, Tuesday, July 12 6 p.m. RSC Avondale, Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. RSC Thomas, Monday Aug. 1, 10 a.m. RSC Tempe, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m.

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

You can also take part via webinar!

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


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

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Counseling Summer Time Advice for Students

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

My.Maricopa Student Center Outage June 18-19

My.maricopa.edu will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance, 7 a.m., Saturday June 18 to noon, Sunday June 19.

The My.Maricopa Student Center will be down for planned maintenance beginning Saturday, June 18 at 7 a.m. until Sunday, June 19 at noon.

The following online student services will be unavailable during this time:
  • Maricopa Enterprise ID account creation
  • Enrollment for classes
  • Grade reports
  • Transcripts
  • Financial aid information
  • Student message center.
Please plan accordingly.

During this outage, your student email, Canvas and RioLearn portals will still be available.  You will also have the option to search for classes, research programs and degrees or contact an advisor.  Visit this web page for the latest updates.

Advising 101: New Group Advising Sessions!

Illustrated poster with laptop, books and grad cap in view.  Text: Advising 101 Sessions

Rio Salado College is offering group advising sessions this summer to help students meet registration requirements and get started on the right track. These Advising 101 sessions will be held in person and via webinar.

banner for MCCCD 4-step enrollment process: Step 1: Get Admitted.  Step 2: Take Placement Test.  Step 3: Seek Academic Advisement, Register for Classes, Attend New Student Orientation.  Step 4: Pay Tuition and Fees.
Advising 101 satisfies Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” to complete registration in my.maricopa.edu.

poster art: Text: Step #: Advising and Registration.  Illustrated image of an advisor on headset and shot of a class schedule.
Students will learn how to:
● Work with an advisor to reach their educational goals.
● Choose appropriate classes and programs.
● Apply prior college classes to their program.
● Transfer credits to a university program.
● Find resources and tips to help them succeed.

In-Person Group Advising 101 Sessions
RSC Northern - Monday, June 20, 10 a.m.
RSC Southern - Tuesday, June 28, 11 a.m.
RSC Lifelong Learning Center - Wednesday, June 29, 11 a.m.
Communiversity at Queen Creek - Thursday, June 30, 6 p.m.
RSC Downtown -Tuesday, July 12, 6 p.m.
RSC Avondale - Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m.
RSC Thomas - Monday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m.
Rio Tempe - Wednesday, Aug. 10 6 p.m.
RSC Northern - Monday, July 5 10 a.m.

Webinar Group Advising 101 Sessions
Wednesday, July 27, Noon
Wednesday, July 27, 6 p.m.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for the latest details about Advising 101 sessions.

Students do not need to register in advance for in-person or webinar sessions.

Students will be provided details on how to report their mandatory advisement requirements during the session they choose.

The sessions are free and open to all students.

Students may continue to seek advisement individually by phone, in-person or email.

For more information contact Academic Advisement at (480) 517-8580 or academic.advisement@riosalado.edu.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Billboard Inspires #RioGrad to Reevaluate Life


Imagine driving down the street, minding your own business, when you look up at a passing billboard and it hits you. The face is familiar. Could it be? You go back for a second look and confirm your suspicion.

Photo of Mercado at Rio Salado 2015 Commencement

“I was shocked today to find out that my picture was used on a Rio Salado College billboard,” said 2015 Rio Salado graduate Joseph Mercado, in an email to the college. “I want to thank you for selecting my photo because it help me to confirm spiritually that I am on the right path.”

Mercado attended Rio Salado part-time from 2010-15, and earned a certificate in addictions and substance use disorders.

Since graduation, he has been working as a counselor and behavior coach. He also decided to return to school to earn a college degree to further his career.

“I had recently applied to a university to continue my education, but was slow in my steps,” Mercado said. “After seeing the billboard, I felt that it was more than just a sign but a ‘sign’ for me to continue my education.”

Mercado’s journey to Rio Salado hasn’t been easy, but other signs pointed him in the right direction.

“I choose a career in chemical dependency after the path became apparent while working at a treatment center,” Mercado said. “I saw that my own life experiences were very helpful in connecting with at-risk youth.”

poster of Mercado promoting business Next Dimension Music
He also combines his DJ talents with the behavioral health experience to benefit others.

“I use my music background as therapy, whether it’s teaching youth how to DJ, or using music as a coping skill, Mercado said. “Music is a great healing tool.”

Mercado was going through a period of personal turmoil in the late 90s, which caused him to fall into addiction as a means of comfort.

In 2003, Mercado was in New York City when he blacked out one day, and fell head first to the ground. He split open his forehead and needed more than 300 stitches to close the wound.

“Afterwards, I sunk deeper into depression, substance abuse and high-risk behaviors,” Mercado said. “I didn't know it at the time but this was the start of a spiritual experience that lifted me from the pain.”

About 9 months later, Mercado made the decision to change.

“Each day now I live my life based on my new foundation,” Mercado said. “I have repaired some relationships. I am grateful for each and every experience, whether positive or negative. And even though I still face troubles, the doors continue to open.”

One of those doors was Rio Salado College.



“I chose Rio Salado because the program fit into my schedule,” Mercado said. “At the time I was working very long hours so being flexible with my time was very important.”

In addition to the at-risk youth he works with, Mercado hopes to inspire others who may be facing challenges in life.
“If you are struggling in life, know that change can happen when you realize that pain is temporary,” Mercado said. “Having self-awareness leads to making better choices.”
Mercado’s next choice is to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Seeing the billboard has lifted and inspired me to continue my education and finish strong,” Mercado said, although he still gets a chuckle from it.

“It is still an unreal experience to see my face up there,” Mercado said. “I get messages from so many people I know in Phoenix. When I have a visitor from out of town, I take them to the billboard and we get a super kick out of it!”

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich 


Are you ready to begin your educational journey? Classes start Monday! Visit www.startatrio.com for a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado College.

Vietnamese Culinary Workshop June 22

colorful salad.  Text: Rio Salado Culinary Workshops

Rio Salado is hosting a series of monthly culinary workshops for students, staff and the public to enjoy!  Your next adventure in cooking is a...

image of a bowl of colorful pho

Vietnamese Culinary Workshop
June 22, 6-8 p.m.

Cafe at Rio
2323 W 14th St.
Tempe, Arizona 85281

The focus will be on how to prepare Pho and Spring Rolls!

Enjoy demonstrations and hands-on instructions by a professional chef-- and tasting the fruits of your labor!

Tickets are $25 per guest-- or $40 for two.
Open to adults and teens, 13-years and older.


Attendees must RSVP in advance to Patrice Cervantes via email or phone: patrice.cervantes@riosalado.edu, 480-517-8532.

(RSVP to this event does not guarantee a spot until confirmed)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Reminder About Friday Summer Closures

As a reminder, most Rio Salado locations and services are closed on Fridays during the summer. 

The following services will be available:


We will resume regular hours beginning August 15.

Please visit this web page for links and details about closures and special service hours for each location.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Free Dental Clinic for Kids June 25-- RSVP Now

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The Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Clinic will host a free dental clinic for children and young adults ages 17 and younger Saturday, June 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rio Salado College Dental Hygiene students, instructors and support staff will volunteer their time and expertise to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to more than 100 children at the free clinic. We still have the capacity to serve 40 more children!

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Services Include: Exams, X-rays, Cleaning, Fluoride Varnish, and Fun Educational Tips on Staying Healthy. Each child will also receive a wellness goodie bag to take home.

Walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated if time and space permit.

Please RSVP in advance for guaranteed service by calling 480-377-4100 or send an email to dental.hygiene@riosalado.edu.

Rio Salado Free Dental Clinic for Kids
Saturday, June 25, 2016
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rio Salado College Dental Clinic
2250 W. 14th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281
480-377-4100
www.riosalado.edu/dentalclinic

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Rio Salado Dental staff will also be available to talk about careers in the dental field and its programs.


This June 25 clinic is made possible in part by the American Dental Association and the Arizona Dental Foundation.


students and patient looking at the camera from clinic station.

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public all year long. Fees range from $25-75 depending on the age of the patient. For more information, call 480-377-4100 or visit www.riosalado.edu/dentalclinic.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Happy Graduation Day HSE #RioGrad!

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Tonight we celebrate the accomplishments of students who have completed Rio Salado’s High School Equivalency (HSE) program and successfully passed the GED® test.

Among the HSE graduates taking part in tonight’s ceremony is student speaker Angelica Marie Solaro, who will be sharing her story.

Photo of Angelia Marie Solaro

After leaving high school before graduation, Solaro never thought she would earn her diploma. When she decided to accept the challenge of completing her education, she discovered a new direction in her life.

Solaro enrolled in Rio Salado College’s High School Equivalency (HSE) program. She knew it wasn’t going to be easy, and experienced every emotion possible. However, Solaro’s can-do attitude allowed her self-esteem to grow. Not only has she completed her HSE, but Angelica’s new-found confidence has landed her a promising employment opportunity.

In addition to being a great daughter, sister, and friend to others, Solaro is also continuing her education through Rio Salado’s Adults Achieving a College Education program. She is working toward the goal of earning a college degree, and hopes to one day work in the project management field.

“If I had not faced some of the challenges that I had, I would not be the person I am today,” said Solaro. “All of my experiences have allowed me to appreciate the little things in life and everyone who is involved.”
Tune in to watch tonight's ceremony to learn more about Solaro's story beginning at 7 p.m.

Ready to get started on your educational journey? Visit this web page for details about Rio Salado's HSE Prep program.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Closure May 30 in Honor of Memorial Day

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Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed on Monday, May 30 in honor of Memorial Day.

Services normally available 24/7 such as our Technology Support Helpdesk, Ask a Librarian and My.Maricopa.edu will remain available.

gravesites at Arlington

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the armed forces.  

The National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed in 2000 to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity.”   

The Act encourages all Americans to pause at 3 p.m. for a minute of silence on Memorial Day.

As a tradition, gravestones are marked by U.S. flags each Memorial Day, as seen here at Arlington National Cemetery.

There is a traditional way of displaying the U.S. flag on this special day.

flags at half-mass, in front of Satue of Liberty at sunset

The flag is raised quickly to the top of the staff and then lowered slowly to the half-mast position, where it remains until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. At noon their memory is raised by the living.


Here is a list of free, family-friendly events in Arizona honoring Memorial Day traditions from About.com.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Best of the Best #RioGrad Photos!


Enjoy the latest, extraordinary commencement 2016 photos from Imageworks photographer Kenneth Krehbiel by visiting our Facebook account!

We encourage you to tag, download and share these photos.

Share your photos using ‪#‎RioGrad‬ and ‪#‎Maricopa16‬

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Rio Salado & State Farm Insurance Night May 19

program flier.  Text: Scholarship Program.  Bilingual?  Looking for a stable, professional career with unlimited growth potential? Ensure Your Future.  Rio Salado College now offers a Certificate of Completion in Insurance Studies to help accelerate your insurance career. This certificate is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level jobs in the growing insurance industry, and enhance the skills of current insurance employees. Classes provide an overview of property, liability, personal and commercial insurance. Rio Salado College is dedicated to  providing access to training and career-path programs that provide employees with the skills and knowledge they must have to succeed in today’s competitive environment.  Your insurance career is waiting.  Register today.  480-517-8580 www.riosalado.edu/insurance.  Logos for Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges

¿Habla Inglés y Español? Have a passion for helping people? We have an opportunity that may be of interest to you!

Join Rio Salado College and State Farm for a free information session on Thursday, May 19 at Rio Salado Southern in Tempe to learn about new opportunities for bilingual Spanish-speakers to transition into the insurance industry—and scholarships to help you acquire a certificate of completion in Insurance Studies.

  • New hybrid Insurance Studies course begins June 20 
  • Instruction provided in-person and online 
  • Ten $2,500 scholarships available from State Farm to eligible candidates  

Insurance Information Session
Thursday, May 19

6-7 p.m.
RSC Southern
3320 S. Price Road
Tempe, AZ 85282

RSC Southern is served by Valley Metro local bus #61 and the Tempe Orbit MARS circulator bus.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to Jeanne Ratliff at Jeanne.Ratliff@riosalado.edu.

Students must be available to take in-person courses two nights per week in Tempe and have the time to take two courses concurrently for two semesters.

This program is a great way to learn about the insurance industry, take advantage career development opportunities—and get first-hand news about employment opportunities available in the field.

See related blog story about the increased need for insurance professionals.

To learn more about Rio Salado's new Insurance Studies program, visit: www.riosalado.edu/insurance.

Check Out Your #RioGrad Proofs from GradImages

Rio Salado Student Speakers Elizabeth Cristales and Lorna Ann Hammerle.
We just posted another set of commencement 2016 photos from GradImages® on our Facebook account that you can download, tag and share. 

You can purchase your individual graduation photos now online. Visit www.gradimages.com to see your proofs and to make your purchases.

Share your pics using ‪#‎RioGrad‬

Friday Summer Closures Begin May 20

As a reminder, summer hours begin this week!  Most Maricopa Community Colleges and Rio Salado locations and services will be closed on Fridays, May 20 - Aug. 12.  

The following Rio Salado services will be available during the Friday closures:

We will resume regular hours beginning August 15.

Please visit this web page for links and details about closures and special service hours for each location.

Students are encouraged to use self-serve enrollment options at My.Maricopa.edu.

This summer schedule is an effort to take advantage of cost-saving, energy benefits during the slower summer months.  We hope this does not pose an inconvenience for you!

Time to Vote in May 17 Special Election

Button: Get out there and vote!

We encourage you to take part in today's statewide special election. Be counted!

Polls will be open until 7 p.m.

Visit www.azsos.gov/elections/voting-election to find your polling place.


#‎Vote‬ ‪#‎Arizona‬

Monday, May 16, 2016

Finals & End of Year Success Tips

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Some of you are still wrapping up finals. Here are some tips from Rio Salado counseling team member Autumn Cardott to help you end your semester block with success!

It’s that time of year again! Summer is around the corner, the weather is getting a lot warmer, many classes are ending, semesters are winding down, and students are stressed to the max! The finish line is close and you can make this last push count.

3 tips to help you succeed

1. Self-care Sleep! Many students put sleep on the back burner during stressful times, however, getting enough sleep is key when it comes to being successful in school. Exercise and eat healthy! Make time to feel good…a brisk 30 minute walk and an apple will do a body wonders. Students should take time to treat themselves! All of those things that are so enjoyable (reading, catching a movie, social hour with friends) do them!

2. Get Help Take advantage of tutors,  instructors, counselors, etc. Rio Salado College offers tutoring and students really need to take advantage of that. It’s free and so worth the trip to work with someone who understands your subject. Make an appointment with a counselor! Rio Salado’s Counseling Department can definitely help with time management, test anxiety, study skills, and more. Finally, ask your instructor questions…they have been where you are and really want to help.


3. Plan and work your plan-- avoid cramming Sit down and take a look at your schedule, obligations, and courses/assignments. Make a to-do list on the best course of action to get exams and projects done. Avoid cramming! This is very critical. Staying up and studying all night before a final exam will not be nearly as beneficial as studying material several times over a longer period.

Remember, this is a season. Finals, projects, classes do not last forever. Finish out strong and look forward to celebrating your successes in just a few short weeks. You can do it!

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

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Life with Mental Illness.  May is Mental Health Month.  #mentalillnessfeelslike

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, over 43 million American adults have mental health issues—that’s one in five people. 

Look around and realize that there are many individuals in your zone of proximity suffering from the shame, hopelessness, isolation, and other negative emotions that are the defining attributes of mental illness.

This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is - Life with a Mental Illness - and will call on individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like for them in words, pictures and video by tagging their social media posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike (or submitting to MHA anonymously). Posts will be collected and displayed at mentalhealthamerica.net/feelslike.


The Rio Salado Library is proud to support Mental Health Awareness Month by pooling together resources to help identify the causes of mental illness and strategies to overcome it.  

Online Resources:

Library Resources:

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.