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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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

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.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Queen Creek Teacher Ed Orientation Sessions

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The Rio Salado Teacher Education team is hosting a series of free, post baccalaureate teacher education orientation sessions at the Communiversity at Queen Creek. The first session begins today at 6 p.m.

Post Baccalaureate courses are designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree or higher (in any area) from an accredited university and would like to become a teacher.

Attendees will learn about:
  • Rio Salado College's Teacher Preparation program requirements
  • Program expectations and support
  • Registration process and requirements
  • Answers to any other related questions you may have

Queen Creek In-Person Orientation Dates: 
July 25, 2016
August 22, 2016
September 26, 2016

Communiversity at Queen Creek
21740 South Ellsworth Road
Queen Creek, Arizona, 85142
6-8 p.m.
Registration required.

Register now.

For more information, visit Rio Salado’s Post-Baccalaureate Programs web page or call 480-517-8140.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Arizona STEM Pros Transition to Teaching

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Check out this new video featuring Rio Salado Noyce scholar graduates who have successfully transitioned from being STEM pros to Arizona teachers-- talking about the rewards of the program and their new careers.

Rio Salado and the National Science Foundation are looking for ten more candidates. We hope you will consider applying.

Learn more at www.rioslado.edu/noyce

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)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

STEM Pros Needed to Fill AZ Teacher Vacancies

Rio Salado NOYCE Program Flier.  Are you a STEM Professional Looking to Re-career?  Rio Salado College is recruiting its last cohort of students to take part in the Noyce Scholars program. If you are a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professional who would like to become a teacher, now is the time to make the transition! Through the Noyce Program, individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field will receive a $16,500 stipend to attend Rio Salado College and earn teacher certification for Arizona K-12 schools. The stipend covers full tuition and fees and other educational expenses. Noyce Program Overview: - $16,500 stipend covers full tuition and fees at Rio Salado - 15-month academic program for teacher certification - 12 weeks of full-time student teaching - Two-year teaching commitment required in grades 6-12 in a high needs district - Assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support Start your teaching career today! Learn More www.riosalado.edu/noyce 480-517-8743 Last Cohort!Deadline to apply: August 1, 2016 Why transition to a teaching career? We need YOU! The number of statewide teacher vacancies for the 2016-17 school year is projected to be more than 7,000. Help make a difference! “There is nothing more rewarding than to watch a student’s eyes light up as they begin to find solutions to problems.” – Tim Jehl, former engineer and Noyce program completer who now teaches at Perry High School in Gilbert, AZ. Use Your Experience! “I am so thankful to have the opportunity to take my past knowledge as an engineer and transform it into an exciting career as a teacher and STEM advocate for high school students.” - Katy Westersund, Cesar Chavez High School.
Rio Salado Partners with National Science Foundation to Help STEM Pros Re-career

Rio Salado College is looking for STEM professionals to re-career as teachers to help Arizona schools meet major shortfalls.

The need for teachers in Arizona is greater than ever,” said Kim Tobey, Rio Salado’s Director of Community Partnerships and Programs. “Arizona has a particular need for science, math, special education and kindergarten teachers, especially in rural communities.” 

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That’s where Rio Salado comes into the picture. The college is helping to prepare the next generation of STEM teachers thanks to the Noyce Scholars Grant funded by the National Science Foundation.

The grant provides a $16,500 stipend to individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a STEM subject to attend Rio Salado College and earn teacher certification for Arizona K-12 schools. The stipend covers full tuition and fees and other educational expenses.

Students-turned-instructors in the Noyce Scholars Program are excited to show youth across Arizona the possibilities available when they apply themselves to STEM subjects.

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The Noyce program allowed me the opportunity to pass along my love of the sciences to the next generation of engineers, scientists and mathematicians,” said Timothy Jehl, a retired Intel electrical engineer who earned teacher certification through the Noyce grant.

Jehl now teaches engineering at Perry High School in Gilbert. “There is nothing more rewarding than to watch a student’s eyes light up as they begin to find solutions to problems” he said.

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Former civil engineer Bob Upham earned his teaching certification in December 2015 and started teaching math at Kyrene Middle School. 

“As a Noyce Scholar I have been given a tremendous opportunity to pursue my dream to be a secondary math teacher,” Upham said.

“I have received enormous support in this rigorous program which [has prepared] me well for a teaching career.”

Students interested in the Noyce Scholars program must complete a 15-month academic program and commit to teaching for two years in high-need areas in grade 7-12 school districts. Upon program completion, students receive assistance with job placement and first-year support in the classroom.

The deadline to apply for Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars program is August 1, 2016

For more information visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce.

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.

Olivia Mendez and Arizona Town Hall President Tara Jackson
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.”

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Discover the Super Teacher in You!

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Join Rio Salado's Teacher Education team for a free, Teacher-In-Residence orientation session-- so you can discover the super teacher in you!

Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into and launch a teaching career—with paid employment opportunities in the classroom— so students can apply what they learn and earn an income while they complete their certification coursework.

Are you ready to follow the calling? Take part in one of these orientation sessions this summer!

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In-Person
July 13, 2016
August 10, 2016
Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Time: 6:30-8 p.m


Virtual
July 27, 2016
August 17, 2016
Via Skype. Instructions will be provided after registration has been completed.
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m 


Register Now: www.riosalado.edu/tir

Eager to learn more now? Visit our web page or give us a ring at 480-517-8140.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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

Book cover for Dinner Made Simple.  35 Everday Ingredients, 350 Easy Recipes.  By the Editors of Real Simple

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.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Last Chance to RSVP for Free Dental Clinic 6/25!

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The Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Clinic still has a few openings for this Saturday's free dental clinic for kids!  

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.  The clinic is for children and young adults ages 17 and younger and will take place Saturday, June 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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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

The FOX 10 Arizona Morning team plans to join us as we kick off this event-- to help increase awareness about the importance of dental hygiene.  Tune in at 8 a.m. for live coverage.

  
students and patient looking at the camera from clinic station.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, but is almost entirely preventable!
This June 25 clinic is made possible in part by the American Dental Association and the Arizona Dental Foundation.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rio Salado Welcomes New VPAA Kate Smith


Please join us in welcoming Kate Smith-- Rio Salado's new Vice President of Academic Affairs

Smith, who begins her tenure this week, will be responsible for the oversight of Faculty, academic support services, Community Development, Dual Enrollment, Educational Service Partners, Institutional Research, Curriculum, and Institutional Integrity.

“I am excited to welcome Kate to the Rio Salado College team and to Maricopa,” said Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College. “I have every confidence that she will provide meaningful contributions to our important work of serving students.”

Smith brings a depth of experience to her new role with more than 20 years of experience in education. Most recently she served as the Dean of the Academic Foundations division at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. In that role, Kate had direct oversight of developmental education, college success courses, the English for Speakers of other Languages program, Dual Enrollment, writing centers, learning centers, tutoring, grant funded initiatives, and more.

Smith is a collaborative and supportive educator and leader. She is also well known in New York and across the nation as a speaker on topics ranging from active learning strategies to leading change through collaborative practices.

“I am thrilled to join Rio Salado College,” Smith said. “I am humbled and honored to be joining such a progressive and hard-working team. I appreciate the opportunity to support and contribute to the excellent work of the faculty and staff at Rio and look forward to working with my new colleagues.”

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rio Congratulates Horizon H.S. Dual Grads!


A shout out to Rio Salado 2016 dual enrollment grads from Horizon High School-- Connor Little, Matthew Thomas and Peter Godfrey-- who were recently featured in this Scottsdale Independent story.

They were among a record-breaking 64 dual enrollment grads who earned associate degrees from Rio Salado College-- before graduating from high school.

Congratulations!

See related RioNews stories about the extraordinary dual enrollment class of 2016:
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Learn more about Rio Salado's dual enrollment program: www.riosalado.edu/programs/dual.

#‎RioGrad‬ ‪#‎dualenrollment‬ ‪#‎Arizona‬

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Counseling Summer Time Advice for Students

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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!