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Monday, May 23, 2016

Closure May 30 in Honor of Memorial Day

close-up of Marine Corps War Memorial monument
Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed on Monday, May 30 in honor of Memorial Day.

Services normally available 24/7 such as our Technology Support Helpdesk, Ask a Librarian and My.Maricopa.edu will remain available.

gravesites at Arlington

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the armed forces.  

The National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed in 2000 to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity.”   

The Act encourages all Americans to pause at 3 p.m. for a minute of silence on Memorial Day.

As a tradition, gravestones are marked by U.S. flags each Memorial Day, as seen here at Arlington National Cemetery.

There is a traditional way of displaying the U.S. flag on this special day.

flags at half-mass, in front of Satue of Liberty at sunset

The flag is raised quickly to the top of the staff and then lowered slowly to the half-mast position, where it remains until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. At noon their memory is raised by the living.


Here is a list of free, family-friendly events in Arizona honoring Memorial Day traditions from About.com.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Celebrate Your Graduation with MCCCD Pride!

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

The first set of convocations are scheduled for this Saturday, April 30 to celebrate the accomplishments of MCCCD LGBTQA and Asian Pacific Islander students! 

RSVP now!

#RioGrad

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Turn Your Investigator Skills into a New Career!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more at www.riosalado.edu/justice

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Celebrate Student Diversity at Graduation Time!

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

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

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

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

‪#‎RioGrad‬ ‪#‎Classof2016‬ ‪#‎RioWaves‬

Thursday, April 7, 2016

New Administration of Justice Studies Program

image of a young, female police officer smiling at the camera

Rio Salado College has a new educational program to help adult students and online learners prepare for a career in the criminal justice field.

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

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the criminal justice field is projected to grow, which is why Rio Salado created its AJS program. Careers in this field include patrol officers, correctional officers, judicial law and court clerks, private investigators, private security and more.

Angela Kwan
“Rio Salado has a history of collaborating with local and national industry partners to prepare students for the workforce by offering an ever-expanding option of certificate and degree programs,” said Kwan.

“We are excited to give our students more options to prepare for local job opportunities. A highly-trained workforce benefits employees, employers and the greater community at large,” said Kwan.

Kwan said the AJS curriculum focuses on the law, constitutional rights, and civic responsibility. “Courses are taught by experienced practitioners and academic scholars who bring real-world application in the areas of law enforcement, the courts, and corrections,” said Kwan. “Students are assessed for critical thinking and communication skills, which better prepares them for a career in the criminal justice field and advanced academic studies at other colleges and universities."

To learn more about this new program, visit www.riosalado.edu/justice or call 480-517-8580

image of 2 police officers.  sillohette/shadow of them in cap and gown.  Text: 39 crdedits earned... only 25 to go!

Rio Salado also offers several certificate-to-degree pathway programs in the criminal justice field and credit-for-prior learning opportunities for graduates from authorized academies, law enforcement officers and former officers to earn a Certificate of Completion in Law Enforcement Technology.

For more information, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/law_enforcement.

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich 

Friday, February 26, 2016

MCCCDF Scholarship Deadline Feb. 28!

snapshot of scholarship flier, featuring past scholars.  text available in blog.

The deadline to apply for Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarships is quickly approaching!  

It literally pays to invest the time to apply!

There are hundreds of scholarship opportunities for students-- and a streamlined process that only requires one general application!

There are several scholarship opportunities specifically for Rio Salado College students and employees, including the James P. Hornburg Memorial Scholarship for students majoring in Law Enforcement and Corrections degree programs at Rio Salado and the Dr. Linda M. Thor Scholarship, which is geared toward helping single moms.  The web site for the application is mcccdf.academicworks.com. Type “Rio Salado” into the search engine to find opportunities unique to the college.

There are also exclusive opportunities for veterans!


https://mcccdf.academicworks.com/

If you need help with your application, do not hesitate to call on Rio Salado’s Counseling Services team.

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designated by the Maricopa County Community College District to receive and manage gifts on behalf of its ten colleges, two skill centers and multiple satellite centers. The Foundation actively seeks contributions from a variety of public and private sources including individuals, corporations and other foundations. It acts as a trustee for donations to assure that gifts are distributed in the manner specified by the donor.

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). 


event flier.  text available in blog

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: christine.gannon.ctr@calibresys.com. 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.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New Veterans Club Piques Interest! Join Us!

Image of Rio veteran graduates posing for a picture.  Text: Join the New Veterans Club

The response to creating a new Rio Salado College Student ‪Veterans‬ Club has been positively outstanding!  

The club will be open to all veteran students and free to join! 

Subscribe to our mailing list and let us know if you're interested in learning more.

Join the Club!

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

We look forward to hearing what activities, services and objectives are important to you--- and launching this new club with you in 2016!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Maricopa County StandDown for Vets Jan. 28-29

AZ Veterans StandDown Alliance logo: Coordinated by the AZ Coaltion to End Homelessness.
The 2016 Maricopa County StandDown for veterans will take place January 28-29. 

While the primary goal is to help homeless veterans access resources, including housing, its secondary goal is to bring community and service providers together in a collaborative format to build relationships throughout the year to benefit homeless and at risk veterans.

image of a homeless person sleeping on the street.  Text: Are you or someone you know in need of help?

We encourage you to attend if you need help as a veteran!

We also encourage our community to volunteer time and resources to help improve the lives of veterans who are in need of these services. 

Maricopa County StandDown
January 28 & 29
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1826 W. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Please visit arizonastanddown.org for additional details about the event, donating and volunteering.

The Arizona StandDown is an alliance of community-based organizations
that come together to provide annual, one to three day events that bring together the State's homeless and at-risk military veterans, connecting them with services ranging from: VA HealthCare, Mental Health Services, Clothing, Meals, Emergency Shelter, Transitional and Permanent Housing, ID/ Drivers License's, Court Services and Legal Aidea, Showers and Haircuts and myriad other services and resources. Learn more at the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness.


The February 2015 Maricopa County StandDown was the largest, singular outreach event for homeless veterans in the country.

Friday, December 18, 2015

New Veterans Club in 2016!

Image of Rio veteran graduates posing for a picture.  Text: Join the New Veterans Club

Rio Salado College and the East Valley Veterans Education Center are joining forces to establish a Student ‪Veterans‬ Club.

The club is open to all veteran students and is free to join! Subscribe to our mailing list and let us know if you're interested in learning more.

Join the Club!

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

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Mental Health Awareness & Maintenance Tips

montage of images relating to mental health.
Finals and the holiday season are here and the end of the year is near-- which means some of us maybe feeling a bit more stressed and overwhelmed. Here are some perspectives, insights and wellness tips about mental health from Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck Brown to consider-- all year long.

In the scope of health and wellness, the focus is often on physical well-being while forgetting the important component of mental wellness.

Struggles with physical illness and disabilities are discussed openly and tend to be met with empathy while issues of mental health—including maintaining good mental health and battling with various degrees of mental illness—may be treated in the exact opposite way to the point of being stigmatized.

Of course, many of the things designed for physical health—exercise, a balanced diet—also contribute to maintaining a balanced mental health profile. Sometimes, however, these things are not sufficient and help should be sought.

Just like a minor physical issue, such as a cold or a sprained ankle, certain emotional stresses can be adequately dealt with by speaking with supportive friends and/or family members. Similarly, a more significant physical issue, such as a broken leg, would require the professional intervention of a medical doctor. A more significant behavioral health issue, such as persistent anxiety or depression, requires the assistance of a professional counselor, therapist, or psychologist.

In fact, even mental health professionals seek out other mental health professionals from time to time. Think of it like a maintenance plan; just as cars need periodic oil changes so does one’s mental health. Spending an hour talking, processing (positive or negative) stressful events, and allowing yourself to be centered on self is a great way to exercise those mental health muscles.

image of  a young women getting cousnel from a mental health professional
Some may think mental health services are out of reach, but finding care is easier than one might think.

First, many health insurance policies—including ACCCS—provide a mental health benefit. The easiest way to find a care provider is to contact your health insurance provider and ask for a list.

Second, many providers offer a sliding scale fee for potential clients who do not have health insurance. In these cases, fees are typically based on one’s income and can be as low as $25 per session.

A third, slightly less expensive option is seeking assistance through one of the university counselor training programs. In these settings, counselors are university students and they are supervised by licensed clinicians. ASU’s Counselor Training Center is located on the main campus in Tempe and provides weekly counseling sessions during the fall and spring semesters at a cost of $80 for community members. The University of Phoenix provides free counseling at their Counseling Skills Center in Tempe.

Another option is reaching out to a crisis hotline or a warm line. There are several options within Maricopa County, including the Behavioral Health Crises Line, which offers a 24-hour crisis line at (602) 222 -9444 as well as a warm line at (602) 347-1100 that is available seven days a week.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender National Hotline (www.glbthotline.org) offers an online chat option through its website as well as a warm line (888) 843-4564 with limited availability.

Veterans can access help through a 24-hour hotline at (877) 424-3838 and/or live chat offered by the National Call Center for Homeless Vets (www.va.gov/homeless).

The only mistake is not asking for help.

The fear of being stigmatized has prevented many people who are struggling with significant mental health issues from seeking the help they need.

Untreated mental illness is just as significant as any physical illness going undiagnosed and/or untreated and it can be just as debilitating.

For more details about Rio Salado counseling services, visit www.riosalado.edu/counseling or call 480-517-8785.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Veterans Success Project Launched Today

Montage of images from today's project launch
Images from today's #VeteransSuccessProject Launch
The Maricopa Community Colleges system plans to create a statewide program to provide support to military personnel, veterans and their families as they move from active duty to civilian life. 

more images of MCCCD leadership and other Maricopa County leaders at launch
The program, which takes a holistic approach to helping veterans and families identify and reach education, career, and life goals, will begin once the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation raises the $14 million to support the initiative.

The new program will build on Maricopa’s successful record in providing education to veterans through, for example, its East Valley Veterans Education Center in Tempe, which is supported by several Maricopa Community Colleges and led by Rio Salado College. The new Veterans Success Project proposes creation of a similar center in the West Valley that will be a regional hub where veterans and their families will receive a variety of support under one roof.

“No matter where veterans live in metro Phoenix, they will be able to find services and educational support at one of the Veterans Educational Centers or one of our 12 campus Vet Centers,” said Maricopa Chancellor Rufus Glasper. “This new project will allow us to provide more effective pathways for veterans to reach their career goals.”

Other proposed items – all dependent on raising funds to support them – include:
  • A prototype for a centralized District and State Application for Veterans Aid database that would allow electronic submission, processing and tracking of veteran aid and pre-enrollment advisement.
  • A centralized location for student referrals to be entered and tracked and customer satisfaction to be recorded.
  • A center for curriculum evaluation and transfer model for military credits. Among other things, military courses will be checked against courses and skills at Arizona’s colleges and universities.
  • Faculty and staff training to raise awareness about such veteran issues as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
  • A veterans Career Re-entry job placement and referral center in collaboration with local business and industry.
  • A District contact and resolution center to help veterans transition into the Maricopa Community Colleges as well as link veterans to critical community-based support services.
  • Veterans success courses specifically oriented to the needs of veterans.Expansion of existing veterans centers to provide satellite support services to veterans, active-duty Guard, reserve military members, and their families.
The proposal calls for the District to work closely with community organizations supporting veterans. A key goal is to provide a seamless transfer process for veterans interested in completing a baccalaureate degree. Working through a centralized Maricopa Community Colleges District veterans Office, a pathway specifically for veteran students will be developed with the state public universities to help veterans secure their benefits, transfer their military courses and credits and get properly connected to the same support services their received at their community college.

For more information about the Veteran Student Success Project please contact Felicia Ganther, Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Services, at 480-731-8824. For information about the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, please contact Mary O’Connor, the Foundation’s Acting President and Chief Executive Officer, at 480-731-8403.

About Maricopa Community Colleges
The Maricopa Community College system includes 10 colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain. It also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, Maricopa Corporate College and several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes. www.maricopa.edu.

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cybersecurity Employment Oppty for Veterans!

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PwC has committed to hiring 60 veterans into Cybersecurity roles by February 2016.

Learn about PwC, this recruitment initiative, eligibility requirements, the application process and more by visiting this web page.

Program Overview: Individuals selected during the Cybersecurity Hiring Initiative will join the Firm in various full-time cyber positions across the country and will begin their PwC experience in early 2016.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Federal Work Study Reduces Student Debt

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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.

FWS opportunities are need based. Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

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


Attention: Please submit your resume and related documents to the email address noted on the job postings.

We hope you will consider joining our team!

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Benefits of Community College for Veterans

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Here's some advice from Marine ‪#‎veteran‬ Christopher Flurry about the benefits of attending community college, which was recently featured in Task & Purpose.

Rio Salado, the Maricopa Community Colleges and East Valley Veterans Education Center are ready to help you transition to college life and succeed!

Learn more about Rio Salado's Veterans Affairs services at www.riosalado.edu/veteran.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Veterans Day Closure, Nov. 11

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. 

Normal business hours will resume Thursday, Nov. 12.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

We the People: Celebrate Constitution Week

Image of the constitution in front of American flag

On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine of this country’s founding father’s signed into action what would become perhaps the most important document in American history: The United States Constitution.

Constitution Week serves to commemorate the inception and signing of the U.S. Constitution—and as a strong reminder for citizens to educate themselves about the importance of this historical document and civic engagement.

What Does Constitution Week Mean to You?

photo of Pat Case

“Constitution Week is significant because it reminds us that this important document established our rights as citizens as well as the long standing structure of our government," said Patricia S. Case, Ph.D., Faculty Chair, Social Sciences and Faculty Development Co-Coordinator at Rio Salado. "It has a profound influence on our daily life.”

As an educational institution, Rio Salado College not only prepares students for successful careers—it also provides opportunities for students to learn about  government and their role as citizens-- through political science classes, which can also satisfy elective credits, student civic programs and events.We encourage you take advantage of these opportunities and to become a more active and engaged citizen.


Know your rights!  
We encourage you to pick up a free Constitution pocket guide at any Rio Salado location and to visit the National Constitution Center for an all-new, interactive Constitution experience!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Take Pause to Remember 9/11

photograph of soldiers in a line up that spells: 9-11 We Remember.

We take pause to remember 9/11-- in memory of the victims of this tragedy and in honor of the countless acts of compassion and courage demonstrated by the American people.

Monday, July 13, 2015

In-person Classes Return to EVVEC


The East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) is excited to announce the return of in-person classes starting fall 2015.

The EVVEC will offer an in-person COM100 (Introduction to Human Communication) class, beginning August 31, 2015. The 3-credit, 8-week class will meet on Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 - 8:20 p.m.

EVVEC on-site academic advisors are available to help students determine whether this course meets their education plans.

To learn more, please contact Military Advisors Jordan Sherwood at (480) 384-9850 or Melanie James at (480) 517-8159.

To learn more about upcoming classes or information on workshops and other services available at the EVVEC, please email evvec@riosalado.edu, call 480-384-9850 and visit the EVVEC Facebook page.

The EVVEC is hosted by Rio Salado College, A Maricopa Community College.