Showing posts with label VA News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label VA News. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DoD Virtual Education Fair Aug. 11!

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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:

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

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

Monday, August 8, 2016

Stand for Veterans Rescource Fair Oct 15

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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:

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.

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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.

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

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

Help us spread the word by sharing this event flier.

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

Monday, June 27, 2016

Military & Government Collection Database

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EBSCO’s Military& Government Collection is designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government. 

This database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals and other content pertinent to these areas.

Key Publications Include:
  • Air Force Comptroller
  • JFQ: Joint Force Quarterly
  • Military Technology
  • Combat Edge
  • FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
  • Defense Studies
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Naval Forces

Check it out today!   Please note, you must be logged into your RioLearn account to access.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Operation Hired - A Veteran Hiring Event

logo for city of phoenix veterans initiative: HERO: Hire, Educate, Recruit and Organize

The City of Phoenix is hosting its annual H.E.R.O. Hiring Event May 24, 2016.

This ‪‎free‬ event will provide veterans with opportunities to interview with veteran supported companies and help finding gainful employment. Participants will also have a chance to attend free workshops on May 9, 10 and 12, to prepare for the May 24 main event.

Operation Hired - A Veteran Hiring Event
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 

8:30 - 11 a.m. 
City of Phoenix
Business & Workforce Development Center
302 N First Avenue, 6th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85009 - View Map
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8:30 a.m. Job Fair Kick Off with Mayor Greg Stanton
8:45 a.m. Company presentations
10:00 a.m. Job fair begins
11:00 a.m. Event complete

Pre-event Workshops
May 9, 6- 8 p.m.
Maricopa Skill Center North
2931 W Bell Road

May 10, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
ARIZONA@WORK, City of Phoenix
3406 N 51st Avenue

May 12, 6 - 8 p.m.
Maricopa Skill Center Main Central City
1245 E Buckeye Road

Visit this City of Phoenix web page for more details about this initiative.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Sinema Veterans Resources Clinic March 9!

Poster for event.  Text: Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema's Veterans Healthcare, Benefits and Resources Clinic with Congressman Matt Salmon.  Wednesday, 3/9 3-7 p.m.  Wilkes University, 245 W. 2nd Street, Mesa, AZ 85201.  During this event, veterans will be able to: Learn how to sign up for medical care.  Check status of VA appointments, Receive assistance from veteran serving community non-profits.  Check eligibility and enroll in Medicaid.   Speak with veteran supportive employers.  Learn about VBA benefits including: Compensation, Pensions, Disability, Home Loans, Education Vocational, Rehabilitation and Employment.  @ REPSINEMA

Rio Salado College and the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) are proud to support this veterans clinic hosted by Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema's team on March 9!

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The EVVEC team will host an information booth to provide details about the programs and services that are available to veterans and their families-- all year long!  We encourage you to stop by to learn how the EVVEC can be of service to you!

The EVVEC in Tempe, Arizona offers veterans and their families a variety of services such as academic advisement; assistance applying for VA educational benefits; educational, employment and workforce development workshops; Internet, computer and Skype access, in-person classes and more. The EVVEC is hosted by Rio Salado College in partnership with the Maricopa Community Colleges District, Scottsdale Community College and Mesa Community College. Other partners include the City of Tempe, Arizona Department of Labor, Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, Disabled American Veterans, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Phoenix VA Healthcare System and Phoenix VA Regional Office.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Veteran Student Success Conference April 15

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When the stresses of active service meet the pressures of day-to-day life, veterans often need additional support and resources to be successful back home. As a result, the Maricopa Community Colleges District (MCCCD) is dedicated to supporting veterans as they transition out of the military and into college life.

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The MCCCD 2016 Veteran Student Success Conference is just one way students can learn about the resources available to them and receive the assistance they need as they get ready for a career outside the military.

Held on April 15 at GateWay Community College, the conference is open to students from all universities and community colleges across the state. 

Andy Mandwee, program manager for Student Veterans of America, is the keynote speaker. He founded Glendale Community College’s Student Veteran Affairs of America chapter and as a graduate of GCC and ASU, he knows the importance of having the encouragement of others during the transition from the military to student and civilian life.

There are 70,000 jobs awaiting veterans in the state of Arizona and breakout sessions will help prepare graduates for success in the classroom and to navigate the road to career success.

Local community organizations and agencies focused on student veterans will share information at the conference and in sessions, which include:
  • How to be a GI Bill Ninja
  • Transferring to the University
  • Navigating the College Classroom
  • Student Veterans of America
  • Entering the Workforce After Graduation

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2016 Veteran Student Success Conference 
Friday, April 15
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
GateWay Community College

108 N. 40th St. IE Building - Copper Room
Phoenix, AZ85034
See map: Google Maps

Register now! 

This event is free to all participants.

For additional details, contact:
Andrea Banks

Visit this event page for the latest details.

News courtesy of the Maricopa Community Colleges. See related azcentral and Maricopa Matters stories about MCCCD efforts to create a statewide program to support military personnel, veterans, and their families as they move from active duty to civilian life.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Free Business Writing Course for Vets

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

Do You Want to Improve Your Business Writing Skills?

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

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

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

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

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

Veterans Community Learning Hub:

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

3320 S. Price Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85282

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

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Rio Salado Veterans Club Luncheon-- Feb. 3!

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We appreciate the awesome response to join Rio Salado's new Student ‪Veterans‬ Club and we look forward to seeing new members at the first official meeting/luncheon, Feb. 3 at the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) in Tempe.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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 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!

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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

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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.

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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 ( 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 (

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 or call 480-517-8785.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Veterans Success Project Launched Today

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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.

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 11, 2015

Happy Veterans Day!

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Today we extend our deepest thanks to all veterans for their service and sacrifice—and renew our commitment to provide the support they need to transition to civilian life and higher learning.

Rio Salado is proud of its Military Advisement program, East Valley Veterans Education Center, Military Friendly Schools® distinction and ability to provide comprehensive support services for veterans and their families.

This edition of Sonoran Living provides a glimpse into the other ways Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges are serving veterans.

‪#‎VeteransStudentsSuccess‬ ‪#‎VeteransDay‬ #Veterans

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

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Veterans Job Fair, Aug 12

On Wednesday, Aug. 12, the Maricopa Skill Center is hosting a veterans job fair from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Families of veterans and supporters of veterans are welcome and encouraged to attend.  

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet face-to-face with over 40 of Phoenix's top veteran-friendly employers! Come prepared with copies of you resume, dressed for an interview.

Maricopa Skill Center
1245 E. Buckeye Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Wednesday, Aug. 12 
11 a.m.-2 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

Brought to you by the Maricopa Skill Center, Arizona Department of Economic Security Veteran's Services, Maricopa Workforce Connections, Mesa Community College and

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, call 480-384-9850 and visit the EVVEC Facebook page.

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

Monday, July 6, 2015

Veterans Upward Bound EVVEC Schedule

image of a soldier standing next to a chalk board with caption that reads, "Earn your degree."

Arizona State University’s Veterans Upward Bound Project is a free educational program that prepares veterans to transition to college.

Classes are designed to help veterans improve English, math and computer skills, and are held at the East Valley Veterans Center at no cost to qualified applicants.

Students receive one-on-one instruction, tutoring, assistance with financial aid and scholarship applications and referrals to other services as needed.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Low-income and/or a first generation student
  • Served on active duty for more than 180 consecutive days
  • Served more than 30 consecutive days and called to active duty on or after 9/11/2001.
  • Have discharge status anything other than dishonorable

VUB classes are non-graded with open-entry start dates.

English and Computer Literacy (Mon. and Wed., 2 – 4 p.m.)
  • Reading
  • Composition
  • Grammar

Math (Tue. and Thur., 2 – 4 p.m.)
  • Basic math through pre-calculus

For more details, call 480-384-9850.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Congressman Gallego Veterans Resource Fair

Congressman Ruben Gallego banner for Veterans Resource Fair July 1

Join Congressman Ruben Gallego for a Veterans Resource Fair July 1!

Staff from the Phoenix VA Regional Benefit Office, VA Medical Center and other organizations will be on hand to answer your questions.

Veterans Resource Fair
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
South Mountain Community College Student Union

Register now.