Showing posts with label Student Orientation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Student Orientation. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Rio Waves Success Tip: Build Relationships!


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Successful students build relationships! 

Get to know your professors and connect with your peers.

#Iwillgraduate #mcccd #RioWaves #studentsuccess #StudentSuccessTips #NewToCollege

Thursday, August 25, 2016

MCCCDF Scholarship Applications Open Sept. 1

MCCCDF logo.  Time left to apply: 6 days, 11 hours 28 minutes left until scholarship applications open on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 12:01 a.m.  For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, 2,335 scholarships were awarded for a total of 1,597,657.

It's almost time to apply for Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarships! Applications open Sept. 1.

There are hundreds of scholarships to choose from-- including exclusive opportunities for Rio Salado College students and employees-- and veterans!

The streamlined process, which only requires one general application, will make it well worth your time!

Visit mcccdf.academicworks.com to view opportunities available to you.

Need help with your application? Don't hesitate to call on Rio Salado’s Counseling Services team!

#Arizona #college #scholarships #mcccd #mcccdf #RioSaladoCollege

Monday, August 22, 2016

Student Success Tip: Plan Ahead

Image of a hand holding a mobile device and a book.  Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges logos.  Text: Semester Planning.  Image of Rio Salado mascot Splash holding books and back pack.

Successful students plan ahead!
  • Create a semester calendar to record due dates for all exams, quizzes, papers, and finals.
  • Plan to study! 1 hour of class time = 2 hours of study time.
  • Plan to succeed: prioritize your time and stay informed.

#‎Iwillgraduate‬ ‪#‎studentsuccess‬ ‪#‎RioWaves‬ ‪#‎StudentSuccessTips‬

Friday, August 19, 2016

Advising 101 Group Webinar Sessions Aug. 22 & 25

poster for Advising 101 sessions.  Illustrated image of a laptop, books and graduation cap

Rio Salado will offer Advising 101 group webinar sessions, Monday, Aug. 22 and Thursday, Aug. 25.

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

image of three students smiling.  Text outlining the four-step enrollment process: 1. Get admitted.  2. Take Placement Test 3. See an Academic Advisor, register for classes, attend orientation. 4. Pay tuition and fees.

Students will learn how to:
● Work with an advisor to reach their educational goals.
● Choose appropriate classes and programs.
● Apply prior college classes to their program.
● Transfer credits to a university program.
● Find resources and tips to help them succeed.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for the latest details about Advising 101 sessions and to join the webinars.

Sessions are free and open to all Maricopa Community Colleges students.

Student Services Available to You, Sat., Aug. 20


As a reminder, the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will be open Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to help students during the back-to-school rush.

The following student services will be available to you:
Academic Advisement
Bookstore
Cashier's Office
Financial Aid
Registration and Records

The Testing Center, Knowledge Commons and Technology Support Helpdesk will have normal Saturday hours. 
image of a young man in a suit holding a briefcase with a helmet on and ready to take off running.  text: Get ready for school!

Here are a few tips to help you save time:
  • Try our new QLess service to schedule appointments.
  • Take advantage of self-serve options like the financial aid steps and my.maricopa.edu to-do list.
  • Avoid the lunchtime rush between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and try to call before 10 a.m. You can always leave a message requesting a callback.
  • Avoid calling or coming in on Mondays and consider a mid-week visit.
  • Come prepared before you call or schedule a visit by creating a "to do" list.

For a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado College visit www.startatrio.com.

Here's to an awesome fall 2016 semester!  Go #RioWaves!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Federal Work Study Information Booth Aug 23-25

illustrated image of a hand holding up a sign that reads 'looking for a job."

Looking for employment and workforce experience? We can help. Join Rio Salado's Financial Aid team to learn about Federal Work Study (FWS) opportunities and benefits, Aug. 23-25, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Tempe headquarters.

Staff will be available to share insights about current openings, the application process and some of the financial benefits that are available to students who choose to take on a FWS position. They will have an information booth near the front lobby on the first floor of the Tower at Rio.

In the meantime, visit this job page to view current openings.

photo of financial aid team near welcome center

We hope you will consider taking advantage of this program and joining Rio Salado's team!

Photo: Rio Salado Financial Aid specialists Maribel Carlos, Traneice Bradley and Maria Gomes Ruelas will be among the staff available to help you apply.

New Student Enrollment Process Video

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New to Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges? Check out this video to learn about our four-step enrollment process.

Visit my.maricopa.edu/getting-started and www.startatrio.com for additional details.

Rio Salado online classes start Mondays!


‪#mcccd‬ ‪#‎NewStudentOrientation‬

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Full or cancelled class? No problem!

Image of a young woman walking through an illustrated virtual educational world.  Text: Rio's online classes are always open!  No Waits, No Worries.  Our online classes start Mondays!

With 600+ online classes and flexible Monday starts-- we can help you stay on track! Check out our online schedule: www.riosalado.edu/Schedule.

Many of our online courses transfer directly to our 40+ partners including Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and The University of Arizona.

2016 Teacher Education Orientation Sessions

Chalk board with Rio Salado logo.  Hand with chalk.  Text: Teacher Education In-person and webinar orientation sessions this summer and fall.

Join Rio Salado's Teacher Education team for a free orientation session-- in-person or via the web this summer and fall!

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

Post Baccalaureate programs 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.

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The next set of in-person orientation sessions will take place at the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters September 6 and October 24 and at the Communiversity at Queen Creek August 22 and September 26

The next webinar orientation will take place November 21.  

Register now.

Visit this program web page or call 480-517-8140 for the latest details about orientation sessions.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Special Service Hours Saturday Aug. 13 & 20

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The Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will be open Saturday, Aug. 13 and 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to help students during the back-to-school rush.

adorable boy holding stack of books with an apple leaning back against chalkboard with a grad cap drawing
The following student services will be available to you:
Academic Advisement
Bookstore
Cashier's Office
Financial Aid
Registration and Records

The Testing Center, Knowledge Commons and Technology Support Helpdesk will have normal Saturday hours.  

Here are a few tips to help you save time:
  • Try our new QLess service to schedule appointments.
  • Take advantage of self-serve options like the financial aid steps and my.maricopa.edu to-do list.
  • Avoid the lunchtime rush between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and try to call before 10 a.m. You can always leave a message requesting a callback.
  • Avoid calling or coming in on Mondays and consider a mid-week visit.
  • Come prepared before you call or schedule a visit by creating a "to do" list.

For a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado College visit www.startatrio.com.


As a reminder, most Rio Salado locations and services are closed on Fridays during the summer. We will resume regular hours beginning August 15.  Visit this web page for more details about important dates, closures and extended service hours.

Advising 101 In-person & Online, Aug. 10-11

Poster for Advising 101 Sessions.   Illustrated images of academia: books, laptop, graduation cap


Take advantage of these group Advising 101 sessions:
● Wed., Aug 10, at 6 p.m. in-person at the Tempe headquarters
● Thu., Aug. 11 at noon and 6 p.m. via webinar
 
Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for the latest details about Advising 101 sessions.

Students will learn how to:
● Work with an advisor to reach their educational goals.
● Choose appropriate classes and programs.
● Apply prior college classes to their program.
● Transfer credits to a university program.
● Find resources and tips to help them succeed.

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

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Explore Teaching Workshop Aug 6!

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Have you ever considered a career in teaching? If so, Rio Salado's Teacher Education team is offering a free Explore Teaching Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Rio Salado Conference Center.

The workshop will introduce students to the teaching profession and address:
  • Administrative and classroom expectations
  • Course planning and preparation
  • Student assessments
  • Salary and benefit expectations

The workshop is designed for undergraduate students as well as career professionals who are transitioning to become teachers.

The workshop will address many of the concerns of potential teachers before they fully commit to a certification program and a career in education.

Register Now

For more information call 480-517-8140.

See related blog about the pressing need for teachers in Arizona.

Monday, August 1, 2016

New QLESS Service Saves You Time!

QLESS logo.  Text: A new service to help you make the most of your time.

What is QLESS?
QLESS is a service that allows you to electronically sign up for in-person services without having to be physically present. With QLESS you can trade waiting in line for a coffee break at the Rio Café!

When will it be available?
QLESS is launching in select departments at the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters on August 1, 2016. Other departments and Rio Salado locations are scheduled to roll out QLESS during the next few months.

What departments are offering QLESS?
At this time Advisement, Financial Aid, Testing and Enrollment Services – which includes Admissions, Registration and Records – are offering QLESS services.

What does it do?
QLESS allows you to join a service line virtually or in-person. Once you join, you will receive a text message directing you to the department’s location, as well as text notifications when you are the next person in line*. Instead of waiting in line at a front desk, you can wait in the café or designated waiting areas located on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Rio Tower.

How can I sign up?
QLESS allows you to sign up in 3 ways:

1. In-person by checking in with a staff member at the Student Welcome Desk, located in the lobby of the main entrance of the Rio Salado Tempe Tower.

2. Texting “RioTempe” to (480) 405-1710*.

3. Online by visiting Rio Salado's webpages for Advisement, Financial Aid and Enrollment Services, and selecting the QLESS Text to Join the Queue Now link on the left-hand side of each department web page.

We hope you enjoy this new service! 

Send your questions and comments to: quality.assurance@riosalado.edu.

*STANDARD DATA FEES AND TEXT MESSAGING RATES MAY APPLY. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Federal Work Study Opportunities at Rio Salado

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Rio Salado College has several, part-time student Federal Work Study (FWS) job opportunities that can help you pay for school while you gain valuable workforce experience.

We encourage you to review the current job openings listed under Part-Time Student Federal Work Study Opportunities.

Federal Work Study opportunities are need based and do not have to be paid back!

If you have an interest in a current job opening, please ensure you will meet the following criteria:
  • Complete your FAFSA application for 2016/17 academic year
  • If selected for verification complete all “to do” items in your my.maricopa.edu Student Center
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) each semester

Please submit your resume to the email address noted on the job posting.

For additional information, please contact our Financial Aid Answer Center at (855) 622 - 2332.

We hope you will consider joining our team!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Advising 101 Webinar Sessions Begin July 27

Illustrated poster with laptop, books and grad cap in view.  Text: Advising 101 Sessions
Rio Salado College will begin offering Advising 101 group webinar sessions, Wednesday July 27 at noon and 6 p.m. 

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

poster art: Text: Step #: Advising and Registration.  Illustrated image of an advisor on headset and shot of a class schedule.
Students will learn how to:
● Work with an advisor to reach their educational goals.
● Choose appropriate classes and programs.
● Apply prior college classes to their program.
● Transfer credits to a university program.
● Find resources and tips to help them succeed.

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

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.

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.

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!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Insurance Studies Program Successes

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Rio Salado's new Insurance Studies program, which is the first of its kind in Arizona and for community colleges, was developed in direct response to the insurance industry’s need for qualified workers. The new program, which launched in fall, is celebrating a couple of recent successes.

Rio Salado Welcomes First State Farm Scholarship Cohort
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State Farm has provided full scholarship awards to 18 students to complete the Insurance Studies Certificate of Completion (CCL). Half of the awardees are veterans and taking their courses at the East Valley Veteran Education Center. Congratulations to our scholarship winners!  Learn about scholarship opportunities.

Rio Salado Wins SITE Innovation Award

Rio Saldo was honored with the prestigious Lois A. Markovich Innovation Award from the Society of Insurance Trainers and Education (SITE) in recognition of its "creative and unique approach in meeting training needs for the insurance industry."

Rio Salado collaborated with Glendale and Mesa Community Colleges and 35 insurance professionals from 20 different insurance companies to develop the Insurance Studies CCL.  This collaboration demonstrates the effectiveness of higher education and industry partnerships.

To learn more about Rio Salado's new Insurance Studies program, visit: www.riosalado.edu/insurance

Check out this blog for additional backstory about the program, employment opportunities and needs of the industry.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Latest Valley-wide Group Advising 101 Sessions

(POSTER FOR ADVISING 101) ILLUSTRATED IMAGES OF BOOKS, LAPTOP AND GRAD CAP.  tEXT:  Rio Salado College is offering group advising sessions to help students meet registration requirements and get started on the right track. The Advising 101 sessions are held in person and via webinar. The sessions are free and open to all students. RSC Northern, Tuesday, July 5, 10 a.m. RSC Southern, Tuesday, June 28, 11 a.m. RSC Lifelong Learning Center, Wednesday, June 29, 11 a.m. Communiversity at Queen Creek, Thursday, June 30 6 p.m. RSC Downtown, Tuesday, July 12 6 p.m. RSC Avondale, Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. RSC Thomas, Monday Aug. 1, 10 a.m. RSC Tempe, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m.

Take advantage of group Advising 101 sessions at Rio Salado valley-wide locations this summer!

You can also take part via webinar!

Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for the latest details.


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