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Friday, February 12, 2016

Student Success Tip: Get Involved!

get involved poster with Rio Waves mascot Splash

What do successful Rio Waves do? They get Involved!
● Participate in campus clubs and activities
● Go to Career Services to get help in finding your purpose

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Check back here and with our Student Life team about social events and activities! Online doesn't mean you have to go it alone!

For more details, contact Rio Salado Student Life and Leadership Coordinator John Bastian at 480-517-8656 or

We also encourage you to call on our Counseling services team, which can help you with personal, educational and career goals.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

College Info Night for New Students Feb. 23!

Image of young people gathered around a table.  Text: Free College Info Night.  Learn what the Maricopa Community Colleges can do for you.  Date: Feb. 23, 2016.  Time: Info sessions at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m.  Where: Communiversity at Surprise: 15950 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ, 85374

Are you a teen transitioning from high school or a working adult interested in going back to school? Register now for Rio Salado's College Information Night at the Communiversity at Surprise, February 23, 2016!

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Rio Salado's academic advisement, admissions and records, financial aid staff and other student services teams will be present to provide information about getting started, how to choose a major, how to secure financial aid and scholarships, how to succeed in college and more!

Staff from Glendale and Estrella Mountain community colleges will also be present to talk about the in-person options and services available to you on their campuses! It's a great way to learn what the Maricopa Community Colleges can do for you-- at one convenient location!

image of a Fry's employee at one of the stores, smiling at camera
We will also have representatives from Fry's Food Stores available to talk to students about employment opportunities with the company and the benefits of Rio Salado’s online Retail Management Certificate program. Fry’s is hiring and will pay for students to earn their certificate through Rio!

Let us know you're coming so we can arrange for your information kits, gift bags and refreshments.  Submit your RSVP now online:

Radio Intern Work Study at Sun Sounds

image of a recording studio with Sun Sounds logo

Here's a great work study opportunity for students who have a passion for radio and public service!

Sun Sounds of Arizona, a radio and information service is looking for a Program Assistant / Radio Intern for its Rio Salado Tempe location.

image of a Sun Sounds volunteer in recording studio

Job Summary:
Works with Suns Sounds of Arizona radio station to create broadcast programming for print disabled listeners throughout Arizona.

Assists producers with radio programs; acquires content for broadcast; assists in the creation of content for social media posts; schedules talent for radio programs; maintains a contact list for radio services.

Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office 2010 including Excel, a Windows 7 operating system and various Internet browsers such as Internet Explorer or Google Chrome; excellent phone etiquette and interpersonal skills.

Desired Qualifications:
Knowledge of Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms is a plus.

See full job description.
Please submit your resume and related documents to the email address noted on the job postings.

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. For a list of job openings, visit and look for listings under Part-Time Student Federal Work Study Opportunities.

Please note that only approved Federal Work Study students are eligible to apply.

Sun Sounds of Arizona is a community service of Rio Salado College.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Maintenance Feb. 13-16

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Please take note of scheduled maintenance for, Feb. 13-16. Please plan accordingly.

Visit for the latest details.

Insurance Careers Month Kickoff Effort to Hire 400K

group of insurance pros meeting.  Text: Ensure Your Future.

First Annual Insurance Careers Month Launches February 2016. Effort Focuses on Recruiting, Training & Hiring 400,000 Millennials by 2020.

The insurance industry and its partners are joining forces to launch the first annual Insurance Careers Month, February 2016 to recruit, train and hire a new generation of insurance professionals to fill an estimated 400,000 industry jobs by 2020. The focus is on recruiting millennials to take over the roles of industry professionals across the nation and in Arizona who are on the eve of retirement. Rio Salado is spearheading the Maricopa Community Colleges efforts to help.
Photo of Otis White“We know through research that many millennials have expressed a deep passion for helping people, so who better to serve in this industry,” said Otis White, Rio Salado’s faculty chair for business programs. “We’re hoping through this campaign they get curious, investigate and learn about the enriching and rewarding opportunities within the insurance industry—and also consider our new Insurance Studies program.”

Rio Salado collaborated with Glendale and Mesa Community Colleges and 35 insurance professionals from 20 different insurance companies to develop a new Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Insurance Studies, which is the first of its kind in Arizona and for community colleges in direct response to the industry’s need for qualified workers.

image of someone at a virtual computer screen.  Text: Home, Auto, Business Insurance

The 18-credit certificate focuses on general knowledge of the industry, and touches on property and liability insurance, personal insurance and commercial insurance.

Students have the option of taking online classes at Rio Salado and in-person classes at GCC and MCC. Students who complete the certificate can transfer into a variety of business programs offered at Arizona’s public universities.

Program requirements and additional details are available at and Information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attend this program will be available at, and

poster for insurance careers month.

Several organizations, including Hamilton Insurance Group, MyPath (powered by The Institutes), Valen Analytics, The Jacobson Group, InVEST and PCI, have committed to taking part in February’s Insurance Careers Month, which is the first in a series of recruitment efforts promoting insurance as a “career trifecta” because of the stable, rewarding and limitless opportunities the industry offers.

Leading industry CEOs including Brian Duperreault of Hamilton Insurance Group, Inga Beale of Lloyd’s of London and Dan Glaser of Marsh & McLennan Companies have published an open letter calling for brokers, carriers and business partners to get involved.

“Our industry is at a critical juncture, with new risks fueled by rapidly evolving technology,” said Duperreault. “It’s an exciting time to work in companies that help keep individuals, families, communities and governments safe.”
“Maricopa County has become a major center of regional management for the industry's leading companies,” said White. “We can expect to see approximately 7,500 new insurance industry jobs created in the next three years that will need to be filled.”

Many people, especially students and young professionals may not readily see how their career goals are in sync with the insurance industry.

MyPath,, is a non-profit organization that provides free services to help career seekers choose a specialty that meets their personal and professional goals, details about various careers and the impact they will have on the world around them. It also includes details about scholarships, internships and other resources to help people transition into the industry.

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The Maricopa Corporate College is hosting several, State Farm job fairs in 2016, including this event on Feb 10:

State Farm Job Fair
February 10, 2016

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Phoenix College
1202 W. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ, 85013 (Map)
Hannelly Center Room | Bear Trax Room

Positions available in Customer Service, Sales and Auto Claims. Visit this web page for the latest details.

To learn more about Rio Salado's new Insurance Studies program, visit:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lifelong Learning Center Reopens Feb. 10

The Rio Salado Lifelong Learning Center in Surprise will remain closed tonight but will reopen for normal business hours tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Check back here and via RAVE notices for the latest updates.

What is RAVE? It's the communications service Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges use to send urgent emails and text messages about closures and incidents that may affect you.

Keep your contact information updated at – especially mobile devices and e-mail addresses – so you can fully benefit from these alerts. Manage your alert preferences using this web site.

RSC Lifelong Learning Center Closed

Attention, the RSC Lifelong Learning Center in Surprise is closed for the rest of the day, Tuesday, Feb. 9 due to a city water main break. 
The facility will remain closed until the City of Surprise completes repairs. 

We will keep you posted with details as soon as they become available.

Thank you for your patience.

RSVP for Pizza Lesson Feb. 18!

image of a slice of pizza
It's national Pizza Day! The perfect day to sign up for the next Rio Salado Sustainable Food Systems kitchen demo-- Cooking the Perfect Pizza at Home!

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Cooking the Perfect Pizza!
Thursday, Feb. 18, 6-8 p.m. -  $39

Get hands on experience prepping, cooking and sampling delicious pizzas with classmates, co-workers, family and friends! This hands-on workshop covers how to make and proof dough, make sauce and properly stretch a pizza.
Rio Salado Tempe Kitchen 
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion fun in the kitchen. Register now online or by calling 480-517-8000.

flier listing all spring cooking classes. Rio Salado’s Sustainable Food Systems and CafĂ© at Rio teams are committed to championing sustainable food practices. They support local food suppliers by featuring their products in daily specials and seasonal menu options-- and they employ sustainable food practices to better serve you and the environment.

Presidents' Day Closure, Monday Feb. 15

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Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Monday, Feb. 15 in honor of Presidents' Day.

Services normally available 24/7 such as our Technology Support Helpdesk and Ask a Librarian will remain available. Visit this web page for the latest updates about college closures.

image of Carter, Clinton, Obama and Bush 42

Explore the colorful history of our nation's presidents by visiting these White House and History web sites, where you'll find biographies, videos, trivia and more.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Celebrate Black History Month!

Image above from Library of Congress: Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform at Benton Barracks, Saint Louis, Missour.
Black History Month or African American History Month is an annual celebration-- recognizing the sacrifices and achievements of black Americans throughout U.S. history.

The Rio Salado Library is proud to honor Black History Month by highlighting targeted library and web resources that can help you learn more about the lives, contributions and legacy of African Americans. Check out this Black History Month Topic Guide now.

To learn more about the rich legacy of African Americans-- and national events scheduled to celebrate their accomplishments, visit this Library of Congress web site:

Image 1: Library of Congress: Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform at Benton Barracks, Saint Louis, Missouri. 

Image 2: Library of Congress: Civil rights march on Washington, D.C.

Student Success Tip: Focus on Academic Success

poster outlining academic success.  Text is in blog.
What do successful students do?  

They focus on Academic Success!

● Go to class
● Connect with a tutor to help improve your grades
● Work with an advisor to complete an educational plan

We encourage you to call on Rio Salado tutors and academic advisors.  They will help you stay on track! 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Free Business Writing Course for Vets

Header for event flier: Do You Want to Improve Your Business Writing Skills? Sign up for a no-cost Veterans Community Learning Hub featuring high-impact business writing at the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC).

Do You Want to Improve Your Business Writing Skills?

Sign up for a no-cost Veterans Community Learning Hub featuring high-impact business writing at the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC). 

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Veterans Community Learning Hubs give you the opportunity to build your skills through a combination of online learning and in-person sessions.

Participants will be required to complete a course module online every week, and then attend an in-person session at the EVVEC to discuss the material with other students-- and to hear from experts in the field.

Transitioning service-members, veterans, and their spouses will receive a course certificate co-issued by Coursera and the University of California Irvine upon successful completion of the course.

To register, email: Please include “Veterans Community Learning Hub” in the subject line and your name and city in the body.

Veterans Community Learning Hub:

Improve Your Business Writing Skills
Beginning Friday, February 12, 2016
9-10 a.m.
East Valley Veterans Education Center

3320 S. Price Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85282

All in-person sessions will be held at 9 a.m. every Friday, through March 4, 201.

Singer needed for 2016 Commencement!

silhouette of a singer on stage
  • Are you a talented singer?
  • Are you a Rio Salado College student or employee?
  • Are you interested in sharing your talents by singing the National Anthem at Rio Salado College's 2016 Commencement ceremony at the Orpheum Theater on May 11? 

If you said yes to all three questions-- then send us a link to an online video of you singing the National Anthem to this email address:

Please include the following with your submission:  

  • Full Name
  • Email address
  • Phone Number 
  • Students, please also let us know whether you plan to attend the Commencement ceremony as a graduate, when you began your studies at Rio Salado and what program of study you're pursuing or what kind of class(es) you are taking. 
  • Employees, please make note of which department you serve. 

Please submit your audition by Friday, Feb. 26 and include Commencement Singer in the subject line.

The Commencement committee will review all submissions and host final auditions this March. Please note this is a volunteer opportunity.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Student Success Tip: Plan Ahead!

image of Rio Wave Mascot embedded into a Semester Planning chart.  Text available in blog.

What do successful students do? They plan ahead!

Create a semester calendar
Keep a record of when your exams, quizzes, papers, and finals are due.

Plan for study time
1 hour of class time = 2 hours of study time.

Prioritize your time
Don't overextend yourself, it's OK to say no sometimes.

Stay informed
Ask questions and check for student news by way of your student center at, your student email and our social media channels.

Need help?
Call on Rio Salado's Counseling & Career Services team. A counselor can assist you with personal and educational goals. When should you call? When you need help with issues such as a lack of motivation, relationship issues, study skills, test anxiety, time management, stress, goal setting, and access to community resources such as alcohol and drug abuse prevention resources.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Rio Salado Veterans Club Luncheon-- Feb. 3!

Image of Rio veteran graduates posing for a picture.  Text: Join the New Veterans Club
We appreciate the awesome response to join Rio Salado's new Student ‪Veterans‬ Club and we look forward to seeing new members at the first official meeting/luncheon, Feb. 3 at the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) in Tempe.

This luncheon will give you a chance to meet fellow veterans and veteran support staff, tour the EVVEC and learn about its resources, discuss future club activities and learn about Student Veterans of America.

Rio Salado Veterans Club Meeting/ Luncheon
Wednesday, February 3
Beginning at 11:30 a.m.

East Valley Veterans Education Center
3320 S. Price Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85282

For more information and to confirm your attendance, please call 480-384-9851.

If you would like to attend but aren't available to make the drive you can call in by dialing 480-517-8900 and entering the meeting I.D. 9850#.

The club is open to all veteran students and free to join!

Not a member yet? Subscribe to our mailing list and let us know if you're interested in learning more.

Benefits include networking, ready access to scholarships, travel opportunities, job fairs, programs and resources designed to assist veterans and more!

A Library of Audiobooks Available to You!

image of a woman cuddled up on the coach reading a book.

Miss curling up with a good book because you lack free time? Are you looking for ways to stay motivated to keep your New Year’s resolutions? Do you yearn for something to make your morning or evening commute a little more tolerable? We have the answer-- audiobooks! 

image of a stack of books with and a set of headphones patched into them.

As a Rio Salado student, you have access to the audiobook collections available at all 10 Maricopa Community College  libraries-- and you can pick up your selections at a location that's convenient for you!

Please note that these are physical audiobooks (CDs), not digital files.

How to Locate and Request Audiobook CDs

1. Go to the Rio Salado Library. Select “Books & DVDs.”

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2. Click “Advanced Search.”

snapshot of Advance Search page

3. If you are looking for a specific audiobook, type in the title. If you are looking for an audiobook on a specific subject (success, parenting, business, etc.), type in the subject. Use the pull-down menu for Format Type to select “Audio disc.” Then click on “Advanced Search.”

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4. When you find an audiobook that interests you, select “Place Hold.”

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5. Enter your MEID and password

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6. Select the library closest to you for pick-up! Then click “Place Hold.”

snapshot of Place Hold page

You will receive a “Pickup Notice” in your student Gmail account when the item arrives.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Helping Adults Achieve a College Education!

This inspiring video will provide a glimpse into the lives of adult students who have overcome many obstacles to pursue a college education-- and found help and guidance through Rio Salado's Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program. 

Rio Salado staff are committed to help you succeed! 
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 Rio Salado's AACE program can help you!

#‎GED‬ ‪#‎ESL‬

Apply for Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy ‪‎Scholarship!‬

Nina Scholars logo

The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholarship‬ application deadline is March 1, 2016!

This scholarship program covers full tuition, fees and books, while providing each student with an academic advisor and mentor. It also includes a $2,750 annual living allowance.

The scholarship is available to all Maricopa Community Colleges students who meet one of these criteria:
● Adults 25 years or older with dependents
● College-age youth and adults living with physical disabilities
● Incoming freshmen ages 18-25, raised through the child welfare system and have no form of financial support

"The Nina Trust has profoundly impacted my life by empowering me through their support to expand my goals and given me the self-confidence to reach them." -- Idalia Beltran, cohort 14
Learn more about this program and the application process by visiting  Visit this page to begin the application process now:

It will be well worth your while to investigate.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Explore the Wonders of ScienceOnline

snapshot of ScienceOnline web page.  Headline: Astronomers say a Neptune-sized planet lurks beyond Pluto.  Image of blue planet with text: "Planet X."

Students now have access to ScienceOnline via the Rio Salado Library!

This database contains articles from the weekly journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as well as enhanced online content from the publisher, including news, topics, multimedia presentations, and more!

Check it out today!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Rio Waves Tip for Success: Build Relationships!

poster featuring Rio Mascot Splash, Maricopa Colleges logo and an icon of hands shaking.  Text: Build relationships.  Get to know your professors.  Connect with peers in your classes.

What do successful students do? 

They build relationships!
● Get to know your professors
● Connect with peers in your classes

Online doesn't mean you have to go it alone! 
Meet new people, learn about student resources, work on community projects-- and have a little fun by taking part in Rio Salado's Student Life and Leadership clubs and events.

Learn more by visiting this web page and look for upcoming event news by checking this blog, our other social media channels and your student email account.