Showing posts with label Self-improvement. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Self-improvement. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

RSVP for Pizza Lesson Feb. 18!

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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 Café 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.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Student Success Tip: Focus on Academic Success

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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: 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.

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 my.maricopa.edu, 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.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sushi Social Feb 4! Edutainment for Foodies

image of cooking demo at RSC Thomas.

Take a break from the daily grind and take part in a series of fun-filled cooking and gardening lessons this spring with classmates, co-workers, family, friends and the entertaining and informative Rio Salado Sustainable Food Systems team!

image of students prepping pizzas at RSC Cafe @ Rio
Get hands on experience prepping, cooking and eating delicious dishes in the spacious, high-tech demonstration kitchen at RSC Thomas in Phoenix and in the heart of the Café at Rio in Tempe.

Get your hands dirty in the Garden at Rio in Tempe —as you learn how to apply Sustainable Food practices in your daily life.

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Your first class—
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Sushi Basics for Beginners - $39
Thursday, Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m.
Rio Salado Tempe Kitchen 
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281


This class covers how to steam and season sushi rice, how to roll sushi and how to make tuna, California, and vegetarian rolls.

No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion edutainment.

Register now online or by calling 480-517-8000.

Learn more about upcoming classes in this blog.

Rio Salado’s Sustainable Food Systems and Café 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.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2016 Community Cooking & Gardening Classes

Header for flier: Spring 2016 Community Education Culinary & Gardening Classes
Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems team is gearing up to launch its spring 2016 Community Culinary & Gardening Classes. Your first lesson begins Feb. 4 with Sushi Basics for Beginners!

class listings for spring.  Text available in full in body of blog, with links to classes in question.These non-credit classes are 2-hours long and taught by a professional chef or gardening instructor.  Sign up for one class to learn a new skill, or take all the classes for a well-rounded culinary experience!

Register now online or by calling 480-517-8000!

Locations:
Rio Salado College Tempe
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Rio Salado College Thomas
3631 W. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85019


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Sushi Basics for Beginners
Thursday, Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Kitchen - $39

This class covers how to steam and season sushi rice, how to roll sushi and how to make tuna, California, and vegetarian rolls.

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Cooking the Perfect Pizza at Home
Thursday, Feb. 18, 6-8p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Learn to make delicious pizzas at home from a professional chef. This hands-on workshop covers how to make and proof dough, make sauce and properly stretch a pizza.

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Indian Cooking at Home
Thursday, Mar. 3, 6-8p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Learn the basics of making Indian curries and demystify exotic Indian ingredients. Work with a professional chef to create and sample dishes such as chicken tikka masala, chana masala, lentil dhal and steamed basmati rice.

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How to Make Bagels at Home
Tuesday, Mar. 15, 6-8p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Did you know that the classic New York City style bagel is boiled before it is baked? Work with a professional chef to make yeast bagel dough from scratch and then cook them. Students will sample fresh cooked bagels and take home what they’ve made.

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Desert Gardening: Soil Building
Saturday, March. 26, 9-11 a.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Garden - $20

Join us for a soil building workshop. Learn how soil forms naturally, how to fertilize and how to turn hard clay into rich, loamy earth. Closed-toe shoes are required.  Please call 480-517-8000 to register.

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Thai Cooking at Home
Tuesday, Apr. 5, 6-8 p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39
Learn to make Pad Thai, a stir-fried rice noodle dish; Tom Kha Gai, a sweet and savory chicken soup; and vegetarian green curry with steamed Jasmine rice.

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Aquaponics for Beginners
Wednesday, Apr. 13, 5-7 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Garden - $20

What is water cycling? What types of fish work best in an aquaponic environment? Learn about different types of growing media and how bacteria function in a closed loop system. Class is held in the Garden @ Rio in Tempe. A hat and/or sunscreen is recommended

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Brunch Cooking at Home
Tuesday, Apr. 26, 6-8 p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Work with a professional chef to make brunch classics such as perfect Eggs Benedict including creamy hollandaise sauce from scratch. Bake Glorious Morning muffins and learn to carve a watermelon wishing well.

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Seed Saving for Beginners
Wednesday, Apr. 27, 5-7 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Garden - $20

What are the easiest seeds to save? What is the difference between hybrid and open pollinated seeds? Learn the fundamentals of saving your own seeds with examples in the Garden @ Rio in Tempe. A hat and/or sunscreen is recommended.

Proper kitchen attire is required: closed-toe shoes, long pants, long or short-sleeved shirt, with hair restrained.

Want a quick cooking lesson now?  Check out this MCTV Chef's Menu segment featuring Rio Salado Sustainable Food Systems Director Michael Hodgins, who will show you what to do with that butternut squash that's been sitting on your counter!


Explore other learning opportunities with Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program by visiting www.riosalado.edu/food.

Bon Appétit!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

PTK Student Project - Why Go Back to School

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Students from Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter decided to produce a video as part of their 2015 student project, which focuses on why working adults are returning to school and the obstacles they have overcome-- in an effort to inspire other adults to go back to school.

This video is the culmination of their efforts and we hope it inspires you to embark on your educational journey. 



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Students also contributed written testimonials about their experience.

This personal narrative by Rio Salado PTK Chapter President Vanessa Williams beautifully encapsulates the struggles and triumphs she has encountered on her educational journey.

Milton Berle, once stated that “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” 

A few years ago, I felt that there were no opportunities for me to advance. After spending years on the street homeless and addicted, I made the first step by getting clean and sober. I found a job and was living in my own place. Life was great, but something was missing. 

I loved my job, however, I knew I wanted to build a better financial future for myself. I looked around and saw that other people were attending college and working. I did some research and found that Rio Salado would be the perfect fit for my schedule.

It wasn’t easy going back to college. I was in default on my student loans and I didn’t know how I would afford to pay back the loans with my part-time job. I spoke with the Department of Education’s ombudsmen and found out that I could make payments that would be based on my income. I was ecstatic. I began the process of applying to Rio as soon as I was out of default.

There were some challenges along the way, but with the help of a great support system, I have been able to keep up in school. I even joined some student activities such as Phi Theta Kappa and the National Society of Leadership and Success. I have been able to travel and meet new people. I have had the pleasure of working with the wonderful staff at Rio Salado during some of our student activities.

Going back to school has opened the door for me. When opportunity didn’t knock – I built the door. I am thankful every day that Rio Salado College opened that door to a better life for me.

Are you ready to go back to school?  Visit this web page for an introduction on how Rio Salado can serve you.  

To learn more about PTK and other student life initiatives, visit this Rio Salado Student Life web page.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Mental Health Awareness & Maintenance Tips

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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.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

State Farm is Hiring! Take Part in Dec. 15 Job Fair

State Farm Career Fair poster.  Text available in blog post

Explore part-time and full-time opportunities in Customer Service, Sales and Auto Claims at State Farm's Career Fair, Dec. 15.

Meet with State Farm recruiters and hiring managers.

Dec. 15, 2015
10 a.m. - 1 pm.
Phoenix airport Marriott
1101 N. 44th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Search State Farm jobs and apply online now at statefarm.com/careers.


Learn how Rio Salado's new Insurance Studies program can help you excel in this fast-growing industry! 

Enroll now, start Monday!



#‎insurance‬ ‪#‎jobs‬ ‪#‎employment‬ ‪#‎career‬

Monday, November 30, 2015

Insurance Scholarship Deadline Extended

Poster for scholarship.  Image of three peopel gathered around a table.  Text: Ensure Your Future.  New Scholarship Available!

The deadline for our new ‪Insurance Studies scholarship‬ has been extended to Dec. 3, 2015!  

Apply now.

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Insurance Studies focuses on general knowledge of the insurance industry, and touches on property and liability insurance, personal insurance and commercial insurance.


Students who complete the certificate can transfer to a variety of business programs offered at Arizona's public universities.

Rio Salado College collaborated with Glendale and Mesa Community Colleges, the Maricopa Community College District  and 35 insurance professionals from 20 different insurance companies to develop the program.

Check out this blog post for additional details about Rio Salado's Insurance Studies program.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Live Google+ Hangout with White House Nov 18!

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Rio Salado College Adults Achieving a College Education (Adult ACE) staff will be taking part in a live discussion about college access with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and other Bright Spot organizations via Google + Hangout on Wednesday, November 17 from 12-1 p.m. Arizona time (2-3 p.m., EST).

The Initiative named Rio Salado’s Adult ACE program a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education last month. Bright Spot organizations are recognized for using data-driven approaches, promising practices, and effective partnerships resulting in increased educational completion opportunities for the Hispanic community.

Tomorrow's Google + Hangout is one of several conversations the Initiative will host throughout the coming year, to give educators and the public a chance to learn what Bright Spot organizations are doing to help close the achievement gap for Hispanic students-- and to learn ways in which we can continue helping Latino students and families progress forward. It's also a chance for you to pose your questions and concerns about the future of education and access for Hispanics.

We encourage you to engage in the dialogue via Google+ and Twitter using #BrightSpots and #CollegeAccess.  You can begin posting questions and comments now.

About the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
The Initiative was established in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community. To learn more visit www.ed.gov/HispanicInitiative.

See related blog story.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

NSLS Recognizes Rio Student Life Coordinator!

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The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) has recognized John Bastian, coordinator of student life, for his outstanding achievements on behalf of the Rio Salado chapter and its student members.

"Through dedication and commitment, John has effectively motivated society members to attain individual goals, demonstrate leadership and prepare for the real world by continually striving for success," said the award letter sent by NSLS President Charles Knippen.

photo of John Bastian at spring 2015 PTK induction ceremony, engaging attendees

The letter goes on to say that Bastian has "inspired students to serve as a powerful force of good by encouraging and organizing action that results in positive impacts" in our community.

"The National Society of Leadership and Success is an organization that presents positive opportunities for Rio Salado students," said Bastian. "I am grateful to the NSLS for this recognition."

We hope you will join us in congratulating him for his exceptional service.

Interested in learning more about Rio Salado's NSLS chapter and other student life programs? Visit this web page or contact John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656 for more details.

Photo of John with Rio students at a widerness retreat The National Society of Leadership and Success is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. It was founded in 2001 to build a community of like-minded, success oriented leaders who come together to help one another succeed. The Society offers interactive broadcasts with the nation’s best speakers, training in goal setting, and team meetings in which students set and hold each other accountable for achieving goals. These benefits, which aim to help members personally and professionally, are offered for the rest of their lives. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 400 college and university campuses nationwide and serves more than 350,000 members.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Preparing for Opportunity Fair & Forum, Oct. 30

Tomorrow's 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair & Forum at the Phoenix Convention Center will provide attendees with an opportunity to meet with more than 20 employers who are eager to recruit, hire and provide support services to young people between the ages of 16 and 24 and Maricopa Community Colleges students. Are you ready?



Here are 5 career tips from the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative team and Fusion Lightworks to consider.

The job fair will provide participants with information about what to expect in an interview, said Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck Brown, who will help staff Rio Salado’s information booth at the event.

“I suggest attendees wear a plain, button-up, collared shirt if they don’t have a suit, which are relatively easy to get from Goodwill, Savers or Last Chance,” said Brown.

Qualified participants are encouraged to attend regardless of whether they can secure business attire.

Contact Rio Salado’s Counseling & Career Services for additional tips on how to prepare and other support services.

100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair & Forum
Friday, October 30
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. Third St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative:
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is a coalition of leading U.S.-based companies committed to training and hiring 100,000 Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of school and not working by 2018. Launched in August of 2015 to create more pathways to economic opportunity for young Americans, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative aims to be the largest employer-led coalition in the country. The Initiative creates pathways for youth with untapped talent and potential to build skills, gain credentials and employment, and reclaim the American Dream. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is an employer-led coalition that will leverage the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions. It is supported by many of the country’s youth and opportunity-focused nonprofit organizations, local governments, and participating funders.

#StartSomewhere #100kOpportunities

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Live United: Connecting with our Communities

Montage of images from United Way Project Connect day.  Text: Give. Advocate. Volunteer.  Live United.  United Way.

Rio Salado College embraces community outreach and service. Each year, the college participates in the annual United Way campaign in a variety of efforts including book drives, fundraising activities and community service. 

Image of Dr. Terry registering to volunteer

Last week, Rio Salado’s Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. LeRodrick Terry participated in a United Way Project Connect event in Tempe to benefit the homeless.

Project Connect helps those in need on their journey to health, financial stability, and housing by bringing over 50 service providers to one location.

image of someone getting a hair cut.

This event allows individuals and families to receive numerous services in one day that could normally take days, weeks, or months on their own.

“I believe as educators, we have a responsibility to serve our communities,” Terry said. “Just as teaching and learning surpass the walls of traditional educational settings, the same is true in regards to the impact created through community service and outreach.”

back of a volunteer.  T-shirt reads: "...because we are all connected."

Terry said participating in the Project Connect event was enlightening on many levels.

“Interacting with people from the community reminds me of why we do what we do,” Terry said. Our purpose as an institution and as people are made clearer when we take the time to serve.”

He recounted this memorable interaction:

Image of Dr. Terry talking to another volunteer as his companion Carol shops.

“As I went around from one resource to another, I got to know my participant. Her name was Carol. She shared her testimony. She was adamant that she didn’t come for a hand out. She did not want charity. She wanted access and information to assist her in taking advantage of available resources. Even though she was enduring intolerable hardships, her dignity was still intact. Our conversation and interaction was inspirational. In sharing her story, she exemplified the strength of the human spirit.”

In addition to Project Connect, the United Way offers many ways for people to get involved in their communities.
Image of Dr. Terry shaking hands with another volunteer


“You can volunteer a few hours of your time and/or commit to a modest financial donation,” Terry said. “In this act, you have the ability to become a change agent, and the opportunity to make a difference.”

Additional volunteer opportunities with the Valley of the Sun United Way include WeekEnd Hunger backpack assembly, Generation United kids care, Make a Difference Day, literacy fairs, serving Thanksgiving dinner at community centers and shelters, and more. Visit www.vsuw.org to learn more about the Valley of the Sun United Way and how you can make a difference all year long.

For more information about Rio Salado United Way initiatives and how you can get involved, visit this blog.   

Check out this Facebook album for additional photos.

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Rewarding Careers in Sustainable Food Systems

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Looking for a new program of study and career option? Consider Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program.

If you support fair trade and local products, have an interest in learning how sustainable practices benefit the environment-- then this Rio Salado program of study is for you!

Learn more by visiting www.riosalado.edu/programs/sustainable

Here's a new video featuring testimonials from program graduates that shows why this program is perfect for busy, working professionals!


 Classes start Monday! Enroll today.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Transform Lifeless Clay Into Rich Soil!

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Time to get those fall seeds in the ground! Need guidance? Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems team can help with a non-credit soil building class October 10!  

Desert Gardening: 
Soil Building
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Saturday, Oct. 10
9-11 a.m.
Rio Salado Tempe Garden
Class fee: $20


Tired of your clay soil? Do your plants die every summer? Not sure when or how much to fertilize? Join us for a soil building workshop. Learn how soil forms naturally and how you can facilitate the process in your garden. Familiarize yourself with the benefits of microbes in your soil, and how to employ no-till techniques turning your hard clay into rich, loamy earth by allowing nature work for you.
Flyer listing all classes.  Visit http://blog.riosalado.edu/2015/08/sustainable-food-education-courses.html for a full text transcript.
Register now online or call 480-517-8540 for assistance.

This fun, 2-hour class is part of the college's 2015-16 community education cooking classes. Check out the full schedule of upcoming classes in the flier to your right.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

How to Make a Perfect Pizza at Home!


Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program is kicking off its 2015-16 community education cooking classes with a lesson on how to make an all-American favorite-- pizza!

Cooking the Perfect Pizza at Home
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Thursday, Oct. 1
6-8 p.m.
Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen
Class fee: $39

Learn how to make delicious pizzas at home from a professional chef. This 2 hour hands-on workshop will cover all of the basics of making a great pizza including making and proofing dough, making sauce, how to properly stretch a pizza, loading a pizza into the oven and a pizza toppings discussion.

Proper kitchen attire is required. Please come prepared with close toed shoes, long pants and a long or short sleeved shirt. Hair must be pulled back.

flyer for all classes, for full transcript, visit http://blog.riosalado.edu/2015/08/sustainable-food-education-courses.html
Register now online or call 480-517-8540 for assistance.

This non-credit class is the first in the series of cooking classes for 2015-16.  See full listings in the flier to your left.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Constitution Week Reflections

AACE students and staff standing in front of AZ Capitol

Rio Salado is proud to take part in Constitution Week and to encourage civic engagement among students. We end Constitution Week with a look back at a special moment for a group of Rio Salado students and staff who took part in a guided tour of the Arizona Capitol last spring.

The students were part of Rio Salado’s Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program, which is designed to help students prepare for the GED® test while transitioning into college life, by taking college-level coursework and preparatory classes that help them acquire valuable skills they can use in the workplace and in school.


The group of 24 AACE students and Rio Salado employees scheduled the tour to get a first-hand view of government in action. What they didn’t expect was a standing ovation from the House of Representatives!

“This was a very informative and an empowering experience,” said Director of Rio Salado's AACE and College Bridge Pathways Workplace Education program Kate Packer, who arranged for the tour of the Arizona Capitol museum and Legislature.

 “The tour was intended to give students a glimpse into our state’s rich history and how government works at the local level,” said Packer. “It truly became so much more for us, when we became a topic of discussion for the House of Representatives.”

image of students touring the museum

Arizona State Representative Mark Cardenas led the discussion, acknowledging the group and providing a brief about Rio Salado’s AACE program, which prompted other members of the house to greet the group with applause and a standing ovation.
“I can’t begin to tell you what this meant for the students, and for me,” said Packer. “Many of the students are the first generation in their families to attend college and had to go through a lot of effort to get to this point, so to have that acknowledged by the Legislature gave all of us a deep sense of accomplishment and a renewed sense of purpose.”
Representative Cardenas also took the time to meet with students and take part in group photos.

“We make it a point to encourage civic participation among AACE students and this is just one way to help students become inspired,” said Packer.

Rio Salado AACE is a scholarship-based college and career preparation program for adults 16-years-of-age or older, who are ready to commit to completing a degree, certificate or workforce training program. To learn more visit this web page.

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?

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“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!