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

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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Mask You Live In, Screening & Discussion 8/25

Poster for event: Text: The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definaition of masculinity.   When: Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (MST) - Where: ASU Downtown Phoenix campus - 555 N Central Ave Cronkite Building, Room 122, Phoenix, AZ 85004 6-9 p.m.

Join Arizona State University's Project Humanities for a screening and discussion of, The Mask You Live In, a documentary film that follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity.

Thursday, Aug. 25
6-9 p.m.
ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.

Free and open to the public.

Register now

Project Humanities brings together individuals and communities, within and around ASU, to instill passion and knowledge of humanities study, research, and humanist thought. By exploring shared ideas and experiences, Project Humanities facilitates conversations across diverse communities to build understanding through talking, listening, and connecting.

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!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Community Cooking & Gardening Workshops

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Get in-person cooking and gardening lessons from the Café at Rio chefs and Sustainable Food Systems team by taking part in Rio Salado's fall 2016 Community Cooking & Gardening Workshops. Your first lesson begins with Basic Knife Skills, Sept. 9.

Enroll now by calling 480-517-8532.

Workshops will take place at the Café at Rio and the Garden at Rio at the Rio Salado headquarters in Tempe. No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion fun in the kitchen!  Get the latest details about upcoming events by visiting www.riosalado.edu/cafe.


Basic Knife Skills Class for Beginners 
set of knives
Thu., Sept. 9
6-8 p.m. 
$20 each or 2 for $35
This class is designed for beginners and those of you who want to brush up on your skills. Demystify terms like dice, brunoise, julienne and mince. Learn pointers for sharpening knives and keeping them sharp. You'll take everything you learned to whip together a few evening snacks for the group to enjoy!


Date Night Cooking
image of a couple cooking together
Fri., Sept. 23
6-9 p.m. 
$35 each or $60 per couple
Prepare and enjoy a romantic meal for two with the guidance of a professional chef. You will begin with a kale Caesar salad, followed by a chicken saltimbocca paired with a porcini mushroom risotto and lemon garlic brussel sprouts. 


Soil Building for Beginners
image of a man in a garden, smiling
Sat., Oct. 1
9-11 a.m.  
$15 each

Tired of your clay soil? Do your plants die every summer? Not sure when or how much to fertilize? This workshop will teach you how soil forms naturally and how you can facilitate the process. You'll learn about the benefits of microbes and how to employ no-till techniques to turn your hard clay into rich, loamy earth-- and how nature works in the process.


Sushi for Beginners 
image of colorful sushi
Thu., Oct. 6
6-8 p.m. 
$39 each or 2 for $65
This class is designed to teach you about essential sushi ingredients; how to properly steam and season sushi rice; how to roll a basic sushi roll, inside out roll and hand roll; how to make classic sushi rolls such as spicy tuna, California roll and vegetarian rolls-- and how to eat them!

Cooking From Your Farmer's Market Basket 
image of a basket of veggies
Thu., Oct. 20
6-8 p.m.  
$25 each or 2 for $40
The Valley's farmers' markets provide a plethora of fresh vegetables and other goodies throughout the year. Not sure how to cook greens, squash, beets and other fall/winter vegetables from the market? This class will help you create a custom menu using ingredients from your local market.



Pasta- Making Ravioli From Scratch for Beginners 
plate of ravioli'

Thu., Nov. 3
6-8 p.m. 
$25 each or 2 for $40
Demystify ravioli making. This workshop will start with a chef's demonstration on how to make fresh pasta dough. You and other participants will help roll the dough into long sheets and stuff with various fillings, learn how to trim, cook and garnish your dishes with special sauces and ingredients and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.


Perfect Pie Crust and Pumpkin Pie for Beginners 
pie crust.
Tue., Nov. 22
5-8:30 p.m. 
$35 each or $60
Tired of ready-made pies and pie shells? This class will teach you the tricks of the trade-- with hands on experience making your own pie, which you can take home to enjoy during the Thanksgiving holiday. You'll learn how to make the dough and a scrumptious pumpkin pie filling and how to ensure a perfectly baked pie.


Tamale Fiesta 
Sat., Dec. 10
9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
$29 each or 2 for $50
Work with a professional chef to make green chile chicken and red chile pork tamales. This is a hands-on cooking class that includes a chef demonstration and a chance for you to enjoy your creations for lunch.





Proper kitchen attire is required including close toed shoes, long pants, long or short sleeve shirts and hair restraints.

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.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Summer Hours End This Week!

Rio Salado mascot wave surfing
As a reminder, most Rio Salado locations and services are closed Fridays during the summer. 

The following services will be available:

We will resume regular hours next week!

Please visit this web page for links and details about closures and special service hours for each location.

Please also take note of our blog post about special, Saturday service hours Aug. 13 and 20.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DoD Virtual Education Fair Aug. 11!

Images of veterans and active duty members in graduation caps.  Text: Your Education Your Choice! Register Today Virtual Education Fair Aug. 11 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST, DodEducationFair.com

Rio Salado College is taking part in a special online college fair for military members, veterans, and family members hosted by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), August 11, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Arizona time. Our admissions team will be chatting live to answer questions!

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We hope you'll join us for this DoD Virtual Education Fair to learn about all of the programs and services we provide to military members and their families-- and how we can help you with enrollment, advisement financial aid and more.

Sign up for a free account today and join the conversation tomorrow: ow.ly/szax3037zzc

Participant registration is required and open throughout the event. For more details, visit www.dodeducationfair.com.

Participants are encouraged to use their mobile devices, if unable to access the event on government computers.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Special Service Hours Saturday Aug. 13 & 20

montage of objects and letter blocks that spell out "Back to School"


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.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Stand for Veterans Rescource Fair Oct 15

Stand for Veterans poster with date, time and location of event.  Text available in full at www.evvec.org/stand4vets

As Tempe’s official resource for veterans, the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) is proud to host Stand for Veterans, a free resource fair designed to help veterans and their families access employment, education, wellness, legal services and more — all at one place and time— through an integrated network of community partners that will be on site to provide direct support.

Attendees will have access to:

● EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
Goodwill of Central Arizona and its partners will host a career preparation seminar to help prepare interviewees, provide job referrals and facilitate on-the-spot interviews with local employers.

event flier.  Full text available on event web page: www.evvec.org/stand4vets

● KEY COMMUNITY SERVICES
Tempe Municipal Court representation (court services and case information); Arizona Department of Transportation - Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) services; Community Legal Services (areas of practice, housing, family, and employment); art therapy, service animal training and more.

● EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
Advisement and enrollment support by Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges, Arizona State University Tillman Center, Northern Arizona University and DeVry University.

● HEALTH, WELLNESS AND HOUSING SERVICES
Federal, state and local veterans’ affairs offices will help attendees with claims, appointment setting, determining eligibility, suicide prevention, homeless support and more.

Learn more about this event by visiting www.evvec.org/stand4vets

Help us spread the word by sharing this event flier.

Hosted by the EVVEC, Rio Salado College, Maricopa Community Colleges and City of Tempe.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Explore Teaching Workshop Aug 6!

image of people attending a workshop

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

The Differences Between Advisors & Counselors

Young woman in a virtual world, looking up at a road sign pointing to: Counselors, Advisors, Admissions and Recruiters.

Not sure whether you need to see an advisor or counselor? You're not alone. This subject comes up quite a bit. Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald provides a distinction between the two in this RioNews blog.

Similar but Different: Academic Advising & Counseling

Have you ever heard a student refer to a recruiter, financial aid technician, admissions & records specialist, or academic advisor as a counselor? The answer is likely yes.

The term counselor is often inaccurately used by many to refer to various roles in higher education and can create confusion and frustration. One of the most common misconceptions is the difference between a counselor and academic advisor. While academic advisors and counselors work closely together, they fulfill different roles for students, staff, faculty, and administration.

An academic advisor’s position is multifaceted, as advisors assist students with many crucial questions. On the other hand, a counselor’s role is also multidimensional, and relates to educational planning, yet, in a different way.

Here is a table to help clarify some of the distinguishing duties of these important roles.


Counselors
Advisors
Helps students decide on major

Evaluates transcripts
Assists students in their career exploration
Provides necessary coursework for specific programs and degrees

Administers career assessments
Assists with the understanding of how college credits transfer 

Supports students and makes referrals for personal concerns such as homelessness, mental health, and domestic issues

Explains various degree options and differences between two-year and four-year degrees
Contributes to the development and attainment of educational and career goals

Delivers information regarding specific courses and course requirements
Provides job leads and related resources
Interprets placement test scores and makes appropriate course recommendations

Resume help
Recommends suitable academic plan to meet educational and career goals

Coping with crisis situations as a result of balancing roles of student, parent, and/or employee

Provides information on college graduation requirements

It is recommended and encouraged that students seek academic advising and career counseling throughout their college journey to increase the momentum needed to reach professional goals, as well as to begin building a solid, supportive, and reliable team to facilitate the guidance needed to graduate with a college degree.

Be sure to visit Rio Salado’s Counseling and Career Services and Academic Advisement web pages for additional details on how to connect with specialists to help you with your educational and career goals.

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.
 

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.