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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Federal Work Study Opportunities at Rio Salado

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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 In addition to working as a student support specialist for the PLUS grant, Bennett serves 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 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 As a research associate for the PLUS grant, Bamberg 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 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 Whetstine bring 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 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

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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.

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"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.

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“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.

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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.

RSC Northern Power Restored, Open at 9 a.m.

SRP has restored power to Rio Salado Northern.  We will open for business at 9 a.m.

We appreciate your patience.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Rio Salado Northern Closed Due to Power Outage

Attention: the Rio Salado Northern location is closed until further notice due to a power outage.

For testing services please call 480-517-8560.

We will keep you posted about updates as they become available.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Advising 101 Webinar Sessions Begin July 27

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Rio Salado College will begin offering Advising 101 group webinar sessions, Wednesday July 27 at noon and 6 p.m. 

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

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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.

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

My.Maricopa Student Center Outage July 23-24

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The My.Maricopa Student Center will be down for planned maintenance beginning Saturday, July 23 at 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday, July 24.

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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Rio Students Awarded Civic Leadership Medallions


Meet Angela Lopez and Anne Prafada, the two Rio Salado College students who received the 2016 Chancellor's Civic Leadership Medallion.

The chancellor awards medallions each year to Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) students for their engagement in and contributions to the community. To be eligible, students must demonstrate proof of the completion of qualifying civic leadership activities during the academic year.

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Chancellor Harper-Marinick and Angela Lopez
Lopez participated in a number of community activities during the past two years. These activities included being a member of the Tempe Historical Museum Advisory Board, the Tempe Neighborhood Advisory Commission, and serving as a bilingual (English and Spanish) docent of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

“I am both humbled and grateful to be recognized for service to the community,” Lopez said. “I am also honored to be among those who are passionate about giving to others and who strive to make a positive difference.”

Additionally, Lopez is active in the written and visual arts. She has served as both a subject matter expert and a peer reviewer for Grand Canyon University in the areas of English composition, critical theory, and the process of writing.

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Chancellor Harper-Marinick and Anne Prafada
Prafada was recognized for her participation in the MCCCD Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF) during which she advocated before elected leaders for better student loan rates for college students.

She also developed an interest in mental health awareness, especially for youth in the criminal justice system.

“Being part of SPPF helped me to explore what I want to focus on down my career path,” Prafada said. “I have an intrinsic motivation to care for those with mental health challenges through advocacy.”

Prafada attributes her interest in civic leadership to wanting to be a role model for her three children.

“My greatest aspiration is to be a mom who inspires and encourages her children to strive for greatness realize their full potential,” Prafada said.

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For more details about the Chancellor's Civic Leadership Medallion award and Student Public Policy Forum, visit this web page or contact John Bastian at 480-517-8656 or john.bastian@riosalado.edu.


By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich.

Photo 1 left to right: MCCCD Center for Civic Participation (CCP) ambassador Deanna Villanueva-Saucedo, Angela Lopez, MCCCD Chancellor Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Anne Prafada and CCP ambassador Lawrence Robinson.

New Library Resource: Annenberg Learner

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snapshots of videos in library reflecting art, science and history images.Annenberg Learner has joined Films on Demand!
 

This partnership provides students with free access to over 350 educational films in the areas of art, education, science, history, literature, mathematics, music, and more.

Check out the Annenberg Collection now!

Please note, you must be logged into your RioLearn account to access.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Finding Peace & Restoration Discussion July 21

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Take part in a free community discussion Finding Peace & Restoration During a Time of Social Tension, Thursday July 21 at the Rio Salado Conference Center.

TOPIC: Current events such as the Stanford rape case and recent shootings elevate social tensions and impact all of us. This discussion provides students and employees a chance to share perspectives about recent events and issues that are most pressing to them-- and a Safe Place for all to join together in peace and restorative circles for dialogue and perhaps, action.

Finding Peace & Restoration
During a Time of Social Tension

Thursday, July 21st
2 - 4:30 pm

Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Facilitated by Rio Salado Faculty Chair of Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies Dr. Wanda Tucker and MCCCD Coordinator of Employee Learning Jacque Starks.

Free and open to all Maricopa Community Colleges students and staff.

For more information please contact Dr. Wanda Tucker at (480)-517-8268 or Jacque Starks at (480) 731-8974.  For disability services or other accommodations, please call (480) 731-8659.

Presented by the Maricopa Community Colleges Center for Employee and OrganizationalDevelopment (CEOD) and Employee and Organizational Learning Team (EOLT)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Join Arizona Town Hall - Empowering Solutions

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Rio Salado encourages students and staff to take part in Arizona Town Hall discussions, which are designed to educate, engage, connect and empower people to help resolve important issues through consensus-- not division, and through civil discussions that value diverse perspectives.

Arizona Town Hall has been overseeing statewide forums for more than 50 years— giving participants a chance to build lifelong professional and personal relationships with other attendees and local leaders—as they work toward creating solutions to address some of Arizona’s most challenging issues.

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Rio Salado student Olivia Mendez had a chance to take part in the 108th Arizona Town Hall discussion about the relationship between Arizona and Mexico, April 24-27 in Tucson.

“What I found most beneficial… is the knowledge you gain,” said Mendez. “Reading the report before the event gives you an idea of the issue but attending the Town Hall gives you the full experience, knowledge and makes your voice count."

The 3-day event included discussions about the countries shared histories, cultures, and values; the opportunities to increase commerce and economic development; how immigration and border security issues effect economic and business opportunities and more.  Click here to read the final recommendations from the Arizona & Mexico Town Hall.  
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“Also the opportunity for networking is great,” said Mendez.
"There are many people who are passionate about their field and are willing to share their knowledge and resources.”

The next Arizona Town Hall, Financing Arizona's Future is Nov. 13-16, 2016. Please contact the Arizona Town Hall office if you are interested in attending. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Get to Know Your New V.P. of Academic Affairs

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Gain additional insights about our new Vice President of Academic Affairs Kate Smith by reading this Ahwatukee Foothills News profile.
“Teachers and education change lives - quite simply, that is why I chose a career in education.”

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Have a Wonderful July 4 Weekend!

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Happy Birthday America! 

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.

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

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Looking for something to do? Check out this azcentral 31 Fourth of July celebrations.

New 50% Tuition Discount for Seniors Begins July 1


We are delighted to announce that the Maricopa Community Colleges are offering a tuition discount for credit classes to Maricopa County lifelong learners age 65+! 

The discounted rate is 50-percent of the current County Resident tuition.

Learn more at www.maricopa.edu/senior-citizen-tuition-rate

We look forward to being of service to you at Rio Salado College!

Get Inspired by CGCC Dual Enrollment Grads

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Do yourself a favor and take a few moments to read this story by the East Valley Tribune about the extraordinary Begaye sisters-- Chandler-Gilbert Community College's 2016 superstar dual enrollment grads. 

It will likely inspire you to make the most of your day!

Congratulations Chenoa and Tanyka!


‪#‎mcccd‬ ‪#‎studentsuccess‬ ‪#‎dualenrollment‬ ‪#‎superstars‬

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New Titles at the Rio Salado College Library

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Here is what’s new in the Rio Salado College Library!  This list is updated throughout the month as new additions arrive. To view the complete list of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive.

Fiction

Nonfiction
DVDs

Rio Salado Counseling Advice on Staying Positive

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“We don’t see things as they are,
we see them as we are.”
—Anais Nin
Perception is powerful!  Here's some advice from Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardenez to help you get over those rainy days and Mondays that get you down.

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As much as I’d like to write differently life is not always easy! Life brings stressors… illness, bad weather, irritating people, finances, work, and more. Often, when negative things are happening the only thing that is able to change is a person’s perspective.

As human beings it is impossible to remain a perfectly balanced, happy, upbeat, and positive 24/7. There are things, however, that you can do to help a negative become well…less negative.

It can take a while for an optimistic train of thought to take root, however, there are three questions to ask in any situation that can help.

1. Ask questions that allow you to see the optimistic viewpoint.
When a stressful and negative situation occurs an easy way to try to make it better is to ask yourself questions to promote a better outlook. For example:
● What can I learn from this situation?
● Are there any opportunities?
● Can I do anything about it?

It’s normal if answers do not come immediately but pondering and journaling can really help!

2. Start your day in a positive way.
Do you enjoy a cup of coffee and a brisk walk? I sure do! There cannot be enough said about exercise and the benefits it has on one’s body and mood. Watch something uplifting and fun. Let’s face it…the news is hard to watch at times and often negative. A positive beginning will carry through your entire day.

3. Choose positive people and activities.
While it may not be possible 100% of the time spending your time with positive and supportive people will lift you up. Learn from others. If you know someone who is genuinely a positive and upbeat person seek them out and simply ask “how do you do it?” Make a mental note of their answers and activities and give them a try. Lastly, do the activities you know you enjoy and that make you smile. Sometimes you will only have 30 minutes but that is 30 minutes of positivity that you didn’t have. There are ups and downs to lives, routines, and responsibilities…it’s up to you to find the positive and joy.


“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardenez on behalf of Rio Salado Counseling, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.