Showing posts with label RioCommunity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label RioCommunity. Show all posts

Monday, August 22, 2016

Student Success Tip: Plan Ahead

Image of a hand holding a mobile device and a book.  Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges logos.  Text: Semester Planning.  Image of Rio Salado mascot Splash holding books and back pack.

Successful students plan ahead!
  • Create a semester calendar to record due dates for all exams, quizzes, papers, and finals.
  • Plan to study! 1 hour of class time = 2 hours of study time.
  • Plan to succeed: prioritize your time and stay informed.

#‎Iwillgraduate‬ ‪#‎studentsuccess‬ ‪#‎RioWaves‬ ‪#‎StudentSuccessTips‬

We Can Help You Transition Back to School

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Meet Carlos Nuñez, a successful student who has benefited from Rio Salado's Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program, which helped him transition into college.
"The AACE Program has given me strength, determination, and much knowledge to move forward in my education," said Nuñez. "This incredible experience is highly recommended to everybody interested in success. The only thing you can lose is your lack of knowledge."
Are you interested in college and ready to commit to completing a degree, certificate, or a workforce training? Whether you need assistance preparing for the GED® test, learning English as a second language, finding financial aid or meeting any of the other challenges of returning to school-- we're ready to help.

Visit this web page to learn how we can help you.

#‎GED‬ ‪#‎ESL‬ ‪#‎ABE‬ ‪#‎YouGotThis‬ #NewToCollege

Friday, August 19, 2016

Student Services Available to You, Sat., Aug. 20


As a reminder, the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will be open Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to help students during the back-to-school rush.

The following student services will be available to you:
Academic Advisement
Bookstore
Cashier's Office
Financial Aid
Registration and Records

The Testing Center, Knowledge Commons and Technology Support Helpdesk will have normal Saturday hours. 
image of a young man in a suit holding a briefcase with a helmet on and ready to take off running.  text: Get ready for school!

Here are a few tips to help you save time:
  • Try our new QLess service to schedule appointments.
  • Take advantage of self-serve options like the financial aid steps and my.maricopa.edu to-do list.
  • Avoid the lunchtime rush between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and try to call before 10 a.m. You can always leave a message requesting a callback.
  • Avoid calling or coming in on Mondays and consider a mid-week visit.
  • Come prepared before you call or schedule a visit by creating a "to do" list.

For a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado College visit www.startatrio.com.

Here's to an awesome fall 2016 semester!  Go #RioWaves!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Community Cooking & Gardening Workshops

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Get in-person cooking and gardening lessons from the Café at Rio chefs and Sustainable Food Systems team by taking part in Rio Salado's fall 2016 Community Cooking & Gardening Workshops. Your first lesson begins with Basic Knife Skills, Sept. 9.

Enroll now by calling 480-517-8532.

Workshops will take place at the Café at Rio and the Garden at Rio at the Rio Salado headquarters in Tempe. No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion fun in the kitchen!  Get the latest details about upcoming events by visiting www.riosalado.edu/cafe.


Basic Knife Skills Class for Beginners 
set of knives
Thu., Sept. 9
6-8 p.m. 
$20 each or 2 for $35
This class is designed for beginners and those of you who want to brush up on your skills. Demystify terms like dice, brunoise, julienne and mince. Learn pointers for sharpening knives and keeping them sharp. You'll take everything you learned to whip together a few evening snacks for the group to enjoy!


Date Night Cooking
image of a couple cooking together
Fri., Sept. 23
6-9 p.m. 
$35 each or $60 per couple
Prepare and enjoy a romantic meal for two with the guidance of a professional chef. You will begin with a kale Caesar salad, followed by a chicken saltimbocca paired with a porcini mushroom risotto and lemon garlic brussel sprouts. 


Soil Building for Beginners
image of a man in a garden, smiling
Sat., Oct. 1
9-11 a.m.  
$15 each

Tired of your clay soil? Do your plants die every summer? Not sure when or how much to fertilize? This workshop will teach you how soil forms naturally and how you can facilitate the process. You'll learn about the benefits of microbes and how to employ no-till techniques to turn your hard clay into rich, loamy earth-- and how nature works in the process.


Sushi for Beginners 
image of colorful sushi
Thu., Oct. 6
6-8 p.m. 
$39 each or 2 for $65
This class is designed to teach you about essential sushi ingredients; how to properly steam and season sushi rice; how to roll a basic sushi roll, inside out roll and hand roll; how to make classic sushi rolls such as spicy tuna, California roll and vegetarian rolls-- and how to eat them!

Cooking From Your Farmer's Market Basket 
image of a basket of veggies
Thu., Oct. 20
6-8 p.m.  
$25 each or 2 for $40
The Valley's farmers' markets provide a plethora of fresh vegetables and other goodies throughout the year. Not sure how to cook greens, squash, beets and other fall/winter vegetables from the market? This class will help you create a custom menu using ingredients from your local market.



Pasta- Making Ravioli From Scratch for Beginners 
plate of ravioli'

Thu., Nov. 3
6-8 p.m. 
$25 each or 2 for $40
Demystify ravioli making. This workshop will start with a chef's demonstration on how to make fresh pasta dough. You and other participants will help roll the dough into long sheets and stuff with various fillings, learn how to trim, cook and garnish your dishes with special sauces and ingredients and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.


Perfect Pie Crust and Pumpkin Pie for Beginners 
pie crust.
Tue., Nov. 22
5-8:30 p.m. 
$35 each or $60
Tired of ready-made pies and pie shells? This class will teach you the tricks of the trade-- with hands on experience making your own pie, which you can take home to enjoy during the Thanksgiving holiday. You'll learn how to make the dough and a scrumptious pumpkin pie filling and how to ensure a perfectly baked pie.


Tamale Fiesta 
Sat., Dec. 10
9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
$29 each or 2 for $50
Work with a professional chef to make green chile chicken and red chile pork tamales. This is a hands-on cooking class that includes a chef demonstration and a chance for you to enjoy your creations for lunch.





Proper kitchen attire is required including close toed shoes, long pants, long or short sleeve shirts and hair restraints.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DoD Virtual Education Fair Aug. 11!

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Rio Salado College is taking part in a special online college fair for military members, veterans, and family members hosted by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), August 11, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Arizona time. Our admissions team will be chatting live to answer questions!

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We hope you'll join us for this DoD Virtual Education Fair to learn about all of the programs and services we provide to military members and their families-- and how we can help you with enrollment, advisement financial aid and more.

Sign up for a free account today and join the conversation tomorrow: ow.ly/szax3037zzc

Participant registration is required and open throughout the event. For more details, visit www.dodeducationfair.com.

Participants are encouraged to use their mobile devices, if unable to access the event on government computers.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Special Service Hours Saturday Aug. 13 & 20

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The Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will be open Saturday, Aug. 13 and 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to help students during the back-to-school rush.

adorable boy holding stack of books with an apple leaning back against chalkboard with a grad cap drawing
The following student services will be available to you:
Academic Advisement
Bookstore
Cashier's Office
Financial Aid
Registration and Records

The Testing Center, Knowledge Commons and Technology Support Helpdesk will have normal Saturday hours.  

Here are a few tips to help you save time:
  • Try our new QLess service to schedule appointments.
  • Take advantage of self-serve options like the financial aid steps and my.maricopa.edu to-do list.
  • Avoid the lunchtime rush between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and try to call before 10 a.m. You can always leave a message requesting a callback.
  • Avoid calling or coming in on Mondays and consider a mid-week visit.
  • Come prepared before you call or schedule a visit by creating a "to do" list.

For a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado College visit www.startatrio.com.


As a reminder, most Rio Salado locations and services are closed on Fridays during the summer. We will resume regular hours beginning August 15.  Visit this web page for more details about important dates, closures and extended service hours.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Stand for Veterans Rescource Fair Oct 15

Stand for Veterans poster with date, time and location of event.  Text available in full at www.evvec.org/stand4vets

As Tempe’s official resource for veterans, the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) is proud to host Stand for Veterans, a free resource fair designed to help veterans and their families access employment, education, wellness, legal services and more — all at one place and time— through an integrated network of community partners that will be on site to provide direct support.

Attendees will have access to:

● EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
Goodwill of Central Arizona and its partners will host a career preparation seminar to help prepare interviewees, provide job referrals and facilitate on-the-spot interviews with local employers.

event flier.  Full text available on event web page: www.evvec.org/stand4vets

● KEY COMMUNITY SERVICES
Tempe Municipal Court representation (court services and case information); Arizona Department of Transportation - Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) services; Community Legal Services (areas of practice, housing, family, and employment); art therapy, service animal training and more.

● EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
Advisement and enrollment support by Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges, Arizona State University Tillman Center, Northern Arizona University and DeVry University.

● HEALTH, WELLNESS AND HOUSING SERVICES
Federal, state and local veterans’ affairs offices will help attendees with claims, appointment setting, determining eligibility, suicide prevention, homeless support and more.

Learn more about this event by visiting www.evvec.org/stand4vets

Help us spread the word by sharing this event flier.

Hosted by the EVVEC, Rio Salado College, Maricopa Community Colleges and City of Tempe.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Explore Teaching Workshop Aug 6!

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Have you ever considered a career in teaching? If so, Rio Salado's Teacher Education team is offering a free Explore Teaching Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Rio Salado Conference Center.

The workshop will introduce students to the teaching profession and address:
  • Administrative and classroom expectations
  • Course planning and preparation
  • Student assessments
  • Salary and benefit expectations

The workshop is designed for undergraduate students as well as career professionals who are transitioning to become teachers.

The workshop will address many of the concerns of potential teachers before they fully commit to a certification program and a career in education.

Register Now

For more information call 480-517-8140.

See related blog about the pressing need for teachers in Arizona.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Differences Between Advisors & Counselors

Young woman in a virtual world, looking up at a road sign pointing to: Counselors, Advisors, Admissions and Recruiters.

Not sure whether you need to see an advisor or counselor? You're not alone. This subject comes up quite a bit. Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald provides a distinction between the two in this RioNews blog.

Similar but Different: Academic Advising & Counseling

Have you ever heard a student refer to a recruiter, financial aid technician, admissions & records specialist, or academic advisor as a counselor? The answer is likely yes.

The term counselor is often inaccurately used by many to refer to various roles in higher education and can create confusion and frustration. One of the most common misconceptions is the difference between a counselor and academic advisor. While academic advisors and counselors work closely together, they fulfill different roles for students, staff, faculty, and administration.

An academic advisor’s position is multifaceted, as advisors assist students with many crucial questions. On the other hand, a counselor’s role is also multidimensional, and relates to educational planning, yet, in a different way.

Here is a table to help clarify some of the distinguishing duties of these important roles.


Counselors
Advisors
Helps students decide on major

Evaluates transcripts
Assists students in their career exploration
Provides necessary coursework for specific programs and degrees

Administers career assessments
Assists with the understanding of how college credits transfer 

Supports students and makes referrals for personal concerns such as homelessness, mental health, and domestic issues

Explains various degree options and differences between two-year and four-year degrees
Contributes to the development and attainment of educational and career goals

Delivers information regarding specific courses and course requirements
Provides job leads and related resources
Interprets placement test scores and makes appropriate course recommendations

Resume help
Recommends suitable academic plan to meet educational and career goals

Coping with crisis situations as a result of balancing roles of student, parent, and/or employee

Provides information on college graduation requirements

It is recommended and encouraged that students seek academic advising and career counseling throughout their college journey to increase the momentum needed to reach professional goals, as well as to begin building a solid, supportive, and reliable team to facilitate the guidance needed to graduate with a college degree.

Be sure to visit Rio Salado’s Counseling and Career Services and Academic Advisement web pages for additional details on how to connect with specialists to help you with your educational and career goals.

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.
 

New QLESS Service Saves You Time!

QLESS logo.  Text: A new service to help you make the most of your time.

What is QLESS?
QLESS is a service that allows you to electronically sign up for in-person services without having to be physically present. With QLESS you can trade waiting in line for a coffee break at the Rio Café!

When will it be available?
QLESS is launching in select departments at the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters on August 1, 2016. Other departments and Rio Salado locations are scheduled to roll out QLESS during the next few months.

What departments are offering QLESS?
At this time Advisement, Financial Aid, Testing and Enrollment Services – which includes Admissions, Registration and Records – are offering QLESS services.

What does it do?
QLESS allows you to join a service line virtually or in-person. Once you join, you will receive a text message directing you to the department’s location, as well as text notifications when you are the next person in line*. Instead of waiting in line at a front desk, you can wait in the café or designated waiting areas located on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Rio Tower.

How can I sign up?
QLESS allows you to sign up in 3 ways:

1. In-person by checking in with a staff member at the Student Welcome Desk, located in the lobby of the main entrance of the Rio Salado Tempe Tower.

2. Texting “RioTempe” to (480) 405-1710*.

3. Online by visiting Rio Salado's webpages for Advisement, Financial Aid and Enrollment Services, and selecting the QLESS Text to Join the Queue Now link on the left-hand side of each department web page.

We hope you enjoy this new service! 

Send your questions and comments to: quality.assurance@riosalado.edu.

*STANDARD DATA FEES AND TEXT MESSAGING RATES MAY APPLY. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Federal Work Study Opportunities at Rio Salado

photo of happy rio salado employee at work.

Rio Salado College has several, part-time student Federal Work Study (FWS) job opportunities that can help you pay for school while you gain valuable workforce experience.

We encourage you to review the current job openings listed under Part-Time Student Federal Work Study Opportunities.

Federal Work Study opportunities are need based and do not have to be paid back!

If you have an interest in a current job opening, please ensure you will meet the following criteria:
  • Complete your FAFSA application for 2016/17 academic year
  • If selected for verification complete all “to do” items in your my.maricopa.edu Student Center
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) each semester

Please submit your resume to the email address noted on the job posting.

For additional information, please contact our Financial Aid Answer Center at (855) 622 - 2332.

We hope you will consider joining our team!

Summer Friday Closure Reminder

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, July 27, 2016

Meet Rio Salado’s PLUS Grant Team


In May, Rio Salado College launched its First in the World grant-funded project, the PLan for Undergraduate Success (PLUS). The goal of the project is to increase student persistence, successful course completion, student GPA, degree completion, and university transfer rates for high-need, at-risk students.

The PLUS model is based on three components:
  • A group of introductory courses identified with high student success rates
  • A student success seminar
  • Strategic interventions delivered by a PLUS facilitator

Meet the PLUS Team!

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Heather Bennet serves as a student support specialist for the PLUS grant and as an adjunct faculty member teaching communication courses at Rio Salado. She previously served as a college academic advisor for 10 years. She earned a B.A. in Communication from Arizona State University, and an M.E. in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

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Jennifer Rhodes works as an adjunct faculty in Rio Salado’s counseling department in addition to her work as a student support specialist for the PLUS grant. Originally from Erie, PA, Rhodes earned a B.A. in in Psychology from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, and an M.A. in Counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Rhodes has 14 years of experience working in student affairs, including four years as a career specialist at Arizona State University.

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Marlene Bamberg is a research associate for the PLUS team.  She is responsible for data monitoring, analyses, and interpretation to gain insight about student success, persistence, and how to best support students. Her background is in geo informatics, statistical data analyses, and data interpretation. Before coming to Rio Salado, Bamberg worked in the geography department at the University of Potsdam in Germany, and at the German Aerospace Center at the Department for Planetary Science.

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Jessica Yi is one of two instructional designers working on the PLUS grant. She started her career in the elementary classroom and eventually moved into higher education as an instructional designer in teacher preparation.


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Karina Whetstine brings 8+ years of instructional design experience to the PLUS team. She also spent five years as an adjunct faculty member in higher education. Whetstine has a B.A. in Communication and an M.A. in Training and Learning Technologies from the University of New Mexico.

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Timothy Provenzano serves as the project coordinator for the PLUS grant. He has a library background having previously worked for Mohave Community College as campus librarian. Provenzano has a B.A. in Philosophy from Arizona State University, and an M.A. in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona.

Contributed by Timothy Provenzano on behalf of the Rio Salado PLUS team.


See related blog story about Rio Salado's First in the World grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Register to Vote by Aug. 1 Deadline!

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August 1 is the registration deadline for Arizona voters to take part in the State Primary on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. 

Exercise your right to choose! 

Register now at www.arizona.vote

2016 Primary Elections Include:
● US Senate
● US House of Representatives
● Corporation Commission
● State Legislature
● Local & Municipal

‪#‎vote‬ ‪#‎Arizona‬ ‪#‎Democracymatters‬

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

My.Maricopa Student Center Outage July 30

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The My.Maricopa Student Center will be down for planned maintenance Saturday, July 30, 7 a.m. - 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.

Rio Salado Solution to Arizona’s Teacher Shortage

image of a teacher with a student at a blackboard

This blog feature contributed by Rio Salado staff member Stefani Blaylock provides a look at the challenges Arizona schools are facing as a result of teacher shortages-- and a solution to help fill those needs.

Grow Your Own Teacher:
Rio Salado’s Answer to Arizona’s Teacher Shortage

For the past several years, Arizona has experienced a teacher shortage. Some attribute the situation to higher standardized testing requirements, substandard classroom resources and low pay.

In addition, a recent survey by the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association, 52 K-12 public school districts in Arizona will have nearly 1,700 unfilled teaching positions for the upcoming school year.

Rio Salado College is working to combat the shortage by offering three “Grow Your Own Teacher” programs that identify and recruit future teachers. Many teaching candidates are individuals already working at the school as support staff or are community members interested in the profession.

image of Jennifer Gresko
"By offering flexible and affordable programs, we can assist schools in identifying potential teachers who are already embedded within their community,” said Dr. Jennifer Gresko, Educator Preparation Programs faculty chair. “When drawing from your own community, the likelihood of the individual teaching for the school long term is greater.”

Rio offers three pathways to become a teacher: a Bachelor’s Degree Pathway, the Teacher in Residence program and the Post Baccalaureate program. These educational programs are tailored for candidates at any education level: adult basic education students who need to earn a GED, students who are ready to enter college or those who are re-careering.

photo of principal Crudder
“If Arizona wants the high level of achievement and learning for students, schools need to have the best candidates teaching,” said Dr. Michael Crudder, Principal of Copperwood Elementary in the Peoria Unified School District.

“With the small pool of applicants schools have right now, candidates who normally would not have an opportunity to be the classroom are being hired, which lowers the quality of education for students.”

Retirees and Substitutes
To compound the issue, a large number of teachers and employees are expected to retire in the next few years. A 2015 Arizona Department of Education study found that more than 26,000 public school employees, including teachers, are eligible to retire in 2018.

Because of this shortage, understaffed schools will need to use substitute teachers or increase class sizes. Since substitute teachers are limited on the number of days they can teach in the classroom, multiple substitutes maybe required before a permanent teacher is hired.

This scenario creates classroom management issues as students must adjust to a new teacher and their teaching style, and also increases gaps in learning due to inconsistent curriculum and subject knowledge from one teacher to the next.

Large class sizes create another set of issues. With more students in the classroom, teachers have less time to work with each individual student making it more difficult to meet their learning needs. Additionally, student learning and retention rates decline as students experience a decrease in quality instruction and an increase in distractions from crowded classrooms.

Rio Salado’s Teacher Ed Programs
Rio Salado offers a bachelor’s degree pathway in partnership with Northcentral University. Depending on the degree, candidates can transfer up to 90 credits from Rio Salado toward a bachelor’s degree. All classes are online with the exception of in-person field experience hours.

photo of Poloni
Current Rio Salado student Federico Poloni works with at-risk high school students during the day and takes classes at night.

“I have a heart for Glendale and want to give back to my community by becoming a teacher and making an impact on students,” Poloni said. 

“I eventually want to teach freshman math. The fact is with online classes, you don’t have to go to a physical place, which makes it easier for working adults.”

Rio’s Teacher in Residence program allows candidates to take classes while at the same time working as a paid full-time teacher with an intern certificate.

This program requires candidates to already have a bachelor’s degree in addition to other qualifications to get started.

“The TIR program allowed me to work in the classroom as I was taking classes online toward my certification,” said Tammy Kohli, who teaches in the Scottsdale Unified School District. “Rio Salado also enabled easy access to great staff support and exceptionally qualified teaching staff.”

The Post Baccalaureate program is also designed for those who already have a bachelor’s degree and a desire to teach at the preschool and K-12 grade levels. The program takes a minimum of a year-and-a-half to complete including a 12-week student teaching placement.

With start dates almost every Monday, Post Baccalaureate candidates can begin classes as soon as one week after admittance to the program.

Explore Teaching Workshop
For more information about becoming a teacher, a free Explore Teaching Workshop will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Rio Salado College Conference Center in Tempe.

This workshop will introduce and address many questions potential teachers have about a career in education before they commit to a certification program. To register and for more information visit www.riosalado.edu/workshops or call 480-517-8140.



Stefani Blaylock serves as Rio Salado's Coordinator of Public Programs for the President's Office.