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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Happy Graduation Day HSE #RioGrad!

Image for 2015 HSE graduation ceremony

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

close-up of Marine Corps War Memorial monument
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

image of a compass pointing to the word success

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.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Get into the Graduation Spirit Rio Waves!

Image of college mascot Splash in graduation cap and gown.

Tomorrow is the big day-- the Rio Salado 2016 commencement ceremony! 

snapshot of graduation stage

We are excited to celebrate this special occasion with our community-- in person and online! Click on this link or the image above to watch the ceremony via live stream courtesy of Maricopa Community Colleges Television-- beginning at 7 p.m.

montage of grad cap images with various designs and messages: Keep Calm and Teach On, Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality, Si Se Puede, We're all stories in the end... Just make it a good one.

Share your graduation spirit with our Maricopa Community Colleges family! Upload your grad pics and stories using ‪#‎RioGrad‬ and ‪#‎Maricopa16‬!

Visit our commencement web page for additional details and this RioNews blog for special highlights about tomorrow's ceremony.

‪#‎RioGrad‬ ‪#‎RioWaves‬ ‪#‎Classof2016‬ ‪#‎Maricopa16‬.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Rio Salado Library Learning Outcomes Guides

Poster with a montage of words relating to Student Learning Outcomes.

Rio Salado College is committed to the assessment and improvement of the following college-wide Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Oral Communication
  • Reading, and Writing.

For help understanding these outcomes, visit the Student Learning Outcomes Guides.


Each guide covers the specific expectations of each outcome and provides support material to help you achieve mastery.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The New MCCCD Chancellor is Dr. Harper-Marinick


The Maricopa Community College’s Governing Board yesterday voted to appoint Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick as Chancellor of one of the largest community college systems in the nation. 

Harper-Marinick becomes the first female and first Latina ever appointed Chancellor to a higher education institution in Arizona.


“A new era has come to Maricopa Community Colleges as we congratulate Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick on her new role as Chancellor,” said Alfredo Gutierrez, President of the Governing Board. “As the education landscape continues to evolve, Maria’s steady leadership, commitment to lifelong education and stellar reputation at both a local and national level will elevate Maricopa Community College’s standing as an institution dedicated to high achievement and successful student outcomes.”

With a career spanning nearly 25 years at Maricopa Community Colleges, Harper-Marinick has served in several top-level posts, including Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and Interim Chancellor. Taking the reins from the now retired Chancellor Rufus Glasper, she will oversee system-wide operations, which serve 200,000 students and nearly 10,000 faculty and staff members across 10 colleges (Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain), a Corporate College, two skills centers (Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center) and several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes.

In addition, as Chancellor, Harper-Marinick sets the vision for the higher educational institution’s strategic plan, guides policy development, and oversees initiatives and outcomes related to workforce, economic and community development; civic and global engagement; and increasing student success.

“There is an unprecedented demand for skilled workers among employers not only here in Arizona, but across the nation, making it vital for higher education institutions to educate, train and prepare the next generation of employees to be workplace-ready,” said Harper-Marinick. “Maricopa Community Colleges continue to deliver an exemplary education that equips students with the foundational skills they need to excel in their careers and in life.”

The appointment of Harper-Marinick, a native of the Dominican Republic, caps off an extensive search conducted by a specially-appointed committee. The Search Committee, co-chaired by Arizona State University President Michael Crow and Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association President Salina Bednarek, considered a broad pool of candidates for the Chancellor position.
“The Search Committee took a holistic approach in selecting the next Chancellor,” said Crow. “Dr. Harper-Marinick excelled among the candidates we interviewed and identified as national leaders in terms of understanding the unique and complex education landscape in Arizona, and the need for innovation and collaboration. Her commitment to strengthening the quality of education in Arizona and keen insights on major issues make her perfectly poised to propel Maricopa Community Colleges to the next level.”

Widely known in education circles throughout Arizona, Harper-Marinick has helped shape the face of community college education through her involvement with Expect More Arizona, the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center, and Arizona Business and Education Coalition. As well, she has been an active member of the Morrison Institute’s Latino Public Policy Center Advisory Board and the Morrison CTE Advisory Board, which is committed to enhancing career technical education. She has also been involved with the Phoenix Thriving Together Leadership Council, and The Global Pathways Institute.

No stranger on the national education stage, Harper-Marinick has been tapped to serve on several education boards and councils, including being appointed to the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and the National Community College Hispanic Council. She has also been a vocal participant on the National Advisory Board for the Center for Community College Student Engagement, Educational Testing Service’s National Community College Advisory Council, the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders, the American Association of Community Colleges, the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the Commission on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Harper-Marinick came to Arizona State University as a Fulbright Scholar in 1982 from the Dominican Republic, earning a Master of Education in Instructional Media, as well as a Ph.D. in Educational Technology. She also earned a Licentiate in School Administration and Pedagogy from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena in the Dominican Republic.

About Maricopa Community Colleges
Among the largest community college systems in the nation, Maricopa Community Colleges serve 200,000 students enrolled in credit and non-credit courses annually. The community college system is also the largest provider of transfer students to Arizona’s public universities, comprising approximately 30 percent of all bachelor’s degree completers. The college system added $7.3 billion in direct economic impact to Arizona’s economy in 2013-14, according to a research report released in 2015 from Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). The report also revealed that for every dollar contributed by taxpayers to the Maricopa Community Colleges, $4 in benefits is returned to taxpayers. Additionally, the report uncovered that for every dollar that a student spends on a Maricopa Community College education, that student gets back $4.20 in higher future income. The system includes 10 community colleges (Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain), a Corporate College, two skills centers (Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center), Maricopa Corporate College, and several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes. Eight Maricopa Community Colleges were named among the Aspen Institute’s top 150 community colleges in the United States. For more information, visit www.maricopa.edu.

News courtesy of the Maricopa Community Colleges

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Personalized Learning to Help Students Succeed

snapshot of EDUCAUSE Review web page, with photo of Dean McCarty
Rio Salado Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs Shannon McCarty provided the EDUCAUSE Review team with an overview of five key college initiatives that are designed to enhance personalized learning-- and student success.

Learn about the strategies and results of the college's efforts in this April 18 article by Dean McCarty.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Turn Your Investigator Skills into a New Career!

Image of a young, female police officer smiling at the camera.  Text: Administration of Justice.  Learn more.

Are you naturally inquisitive? Do you have a passion for justice? 

With Rio Salado College’s new Administration of Justice Studies program, you can get the background you need to enter a variety of careers in the criminal justice field, including:

  • Private detectives and investigators
  • Judicial law and court clerks
  • Legal support workers
  • Gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the criminal justice field is projected to grow, which is why Rio Salado created its AJS program.

“Rio Salado’s new Associate in Applied Science and Certificate of Completion in Administration of Justice (AJS) are designed with industry expertise to address specific employment needs within the industry,” said Rio Salado Public Safety and Paralegal Faculty Chair Angela Kwan, who played a key role in the development of this new program.

Learn more at www.riosalado.edu/justice

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Earth Day!

Illustration of Earth and mascot Splashh on a surf board.  Text: Earth Day, 22nd April.

Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22 in support of environmental protection. The movement began in 1970 and is now celebrated by more than one billion people around the globe-- making it the largest civic observance in the world!

Learn more about the history of Earth Day, the impact it has had and what the movement is trying to do today by visiting www.earthday.org.

Rio Salado College is committed to its Sustainability Pledge. The college has incorporated sustainability as a core value and has developed several programs and practices that embrace the sociocultural, environmental and economic facets of sustainability. It’s not just a matter of teaching others how to be sustainable-- Rio Salado strives to be a leader in environmental responsibility by incorporating earth-friendly practices throughout its daily operations. We hope you will join us in this effort.

snapshot of azcentral web page for Earth Day events.  Photo of a big horn sheep by Michael Chow
Here are some suggestions from azcentral on ways to celebrate this special day-- along with captivating images to remind you of how beautiful our landscape and natural wonders can be!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Engage in Race & Education Discussion 4/27

Poster for event.  Text: Healing Racism Series: Race and Education. The U.S. education system has rampant problems and more than 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, school systems in the United States continue to be separate and unequal. Gaping differences for students of color have created an education system that does not serve its children properly. Zero-tolerance discipline policies, gaps in achievement, disparate access to resources along with biased political agendas foster inequalities. Engage with experts, community leaders, students, and peers as we examine disparities in education and learn how to impact systems that do not prioritize equal education for all students. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 6 – 8 p.m.   Mesa Community College – Navajo Room | 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa   Free and open to the public | Space is limited RSVP at csrd.asu.edu/healingracism   join the conversation   #HealRacism  Logos for Maricopa Community Colleges and ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.  Historical images of students in segregated schools

Here's another opportunity to engage in a dialogue about ‪#‎CivilRights‬ and how to ‪#‎HealRacism‬ with the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) at Mesa Community College on April 27.

Engage with experts, community leaders, students and your peers about the disparities in education and learn how to impact systems that do not prioritize equal education for all students.
 
Free and open to the public.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Watch Lumina #StrongerNation Webcast!

Images for Stronger Nation webcast and photo of Dr. Bustamante

Did you miss the April 11 Lumina Foundation Stronger Nation‬ live webcast with The National Press Club It’s available for viewing now online.

The event was hosted to review the 2016 Stronger Nation report, which provides the latest degree attainment data, with media and a panel of national experts who discussed the fundamental inequities in post-secondary education, changing workforce requirements, the impact of low attainment rates and more. Included on that panel was Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante.

snapshot from the webcast
We encourage you to watch the webcast and engage in the discussion using #StrongerNation.

View the report now online.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Student Success Tip: Don't Ever Quit!

Poster that reads: Don't ever, ever, ever quit.   Image of Rio mascot Splash holding a megaphone
What do successful Rio Waves do?  They don't quit!

Even if things seem difficult-- don’t give up on your class or yourself. You can do it! You belong here!

Don't go it alone! We're here to help you succeed!

‪#‎dontgiveup‬ ‪#‎neverquit‬ ‪#‎askforhelp‬ ‪#‎believeinyourself‬ ‪#‎iwillgraduate‬ ‪#‎YouGotThis‬ ‪#‎StudentSuccessTip‬

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Rio Salado Downtown Closed April 13

RSC Downtown exterior shot

The Rio Salado Downtown location will be closed on Wednesday, April 13 as a result of city maintenance that may affect water service.  We plan to reopen for regular business hours on Thursday, April 14.

Please call our main line if you have any questions or need assistance: 480-517-8000.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Celebrate Student Diversity at Graduation Time!

Celebrate Student Diversity! All Maricopa Community College graduates, their friends and families, and all employees are invited to attend any of the Convocation ceremonies.  Some convocations have limited seating. Please register in advance. What Are Cultural Convocations?  Maricopa traditionally offers students the opportunity to celebrate graduation through culturally focused Convocations, which are smaller, more intimate graduation celebrations that are focused on a particular discipline, skill or culture. They affirm our students and reach out to families and friends in a meaningful way. Asian Pacific Islander – April 30 4-6 p.m.  Rio Salado Conference Center CONTACT/RSVP Ariyana Skauge | 480.857.5559 ariyana.skauge@cgc.edu LGBTQA – April 30, 12-2 p.m. Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus Community Rom (M200).  CONTACT/RSVP Richard Schultz | 480.731.8399 richard.schultz@domail.maricopa.edu Hispanic – May 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Glendale Civic Center 5750 W. Glenn Drive Glendale AZ 85301. CONTACT/RSVP Christina Izaguirre | 623.935.8968 christina.izaguirre@estrellamountain.edu Black/African American - May 7, 2-4 p.m. South Mountain Community College Performing Center. CONTACT/RSVP Yvette Strickling | 480.732.7322 yvette.strickling@cgc.edu  American Indian – May 12, 6-8 p.m., Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center. CONTACT/RSVP Yvonne Dinehdeal | 480.461.7254 yvonne.dinehdeal@mesacc.edu  For more information about Convocations at Maricopa Community Colleges contact Terry Mitich at 480.731.8659 To reserve your seat visit: maricopa.edu/convocations  The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges encourage you to take part in our 2016 convocations-- in addition to Rio Salado's commencement ceremony on May 11! 

Visit maricopa.edu/convocations for details and to RSVP.

Please note, some convocations have very limited seating. Please register in advance.

‪#‎RioGrad‬ ‪#‎Classof2016‬ ‪#‎RioWaves‬