Showing posts with label online classes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label online classes. Show all posts

Monday, May 16, 2016

Finals & End of Year Success Tips

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Some of you are still wrapping up finals. Here are some tips from Rio Salado counseling team member Autumn Cardott to help you end your semester block with success!

It’s that time of year again! Summer is around the corner, the weather is getting a lot warmer, many classes are ending, semesters are winding down, and students are stressed to the max! The finish line is close and you can make this last push count.

3 tips to help you succeed

1. Self-care Sleep! Many students put sleep on the back burner during stressful times, however, getting enough sleep is key when it comes to being successful in school. Exercise and eat healthy! Make time to feel good…a brisk 30 minute walk and an apple will do a body wonders. Students should take time to treat themselves! All of those things that are so enjoyable (reading, catching a movie, social hour with friends) do them!

2. Get Help Take advantage of tutors,  instructors, counselors, etc. Rio Salado College offers tutoring and students really need to take advantage of that. It’s free and so worth the trip to work with someone who understands your subject. Make an appointment with a counselor! Rio Salado’s Counseling Department can definitely help with time management, test anxiety, study skills, and more. Finally, ask your instructor questions…they have been where you are and really want to help.


3. Plan and work your plan-- avoid cramming Sit down and take a look at your schedule, obligations, and courses/assignments. Make a to-do list on the best course of action to get exams and projects done. Avoid cramming! This is very critical. Staying up and studying all night before a final exam will not be nearly as beneficial as studying material several times over a longer period.

Remember, this is a season. Finals, projects, classes do not last forever. Finish out strong and look forward to celebrating your successes in just a few short weeks. You can do it!

Contributed by Autumn Cardott on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Watch Lumina #StrongerNation Webcast!

Images for Stronger Nation webcast and photo of Dr. Bustamante

Did you miss the April 11 Lumina Foundation Stronger Nation‬ live webcast with The National Press Club It’s available for viewing now online.

The event was hosted to review the 2016 Stronger Nation report, which provides the latest degree attainment data, with media and a panel of national experts who discussed the fundamental inequities in post-secondary education, changing workforce requirements, the impact of low attainment rates and more. Included on that panel was Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante.

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We encourage you to watch the webcast and engage in the discussion using #StrongerNation.

View the report now online.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Student Spotlight: 2016 Commencement Speakers

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Rio Salado College’s 2016 commencement ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix. The two student’s chosen to speak at the event are Elizabeth Cristales and Lorna Ann Hammerle.

image of Elizabeth CristalesCristales graduated from high school in 2001 in Florida, and moved to California to pursue a nursing degree. She successfully completed her nursing program requirements, but then hit a roadblock.

“Because of financial difficulties, I was unable to continue my education,” Cristales said.

Several years later, she found herself in Arizona working in the legal industry, and realized that this was her true calling. But to further her career, Cristales knew she would have to finish her college degree.

“I enrolled in the paralegal program at Rio Salado, and for the past 3 years, I've worked full time while taking classes,” Cristales said.

Even with the support of family and friends, she faced challenges in realizing her dream.
“There were several times where I doubted my own capabilities and where the stress was too much,” Cristales said. “I had to find strength within myself to keep going. It took a lot of planning and a lot of sacrifice but I pushed myself, and I am extremely proud for that.”

Cristales is graduating with an associate degree in paralegal.

“Obtaining my degree at Rio Salado has brought me extreme joy and a proud sense of accomplishment,” she said. “It has also brought thoughts about furthering my career and educational goals. I am now considering the possibility of obtaining a bachelor’s degree and going to law school in the future.”

Cristales has already seen her hard work pay off.
“Being in the paralegal program has already helped me advance my career,” Cristales said. “I am now a senior legal administrative assistant for a large corporation in Scottsdale. With my degree, I plan on advancing my position within the company as a corporate paralegal.”

With her educational and career success, Cristales realizes that more opportunities await.

“Now that I'm aware of my own potential, I know that I can accomplish whatever goals I set for myself, whether they be big or small.”

image of Lorna Ann HammerleLorna Ann Hammerle has spent 10 years trying to complete her college degree. She tried many schools and community college, but nothing stuck. She didn’t know what career to pursue, and grew frustrated. Then she and her boyfriend welcomed a son, and that was just what she needed to finish what she started.

“My son was my main motivation,” Hammerle said. “Over the last year, there were many nights I wanted to throw in the towel and give up. But then I would remember who was watching - my son. He has kept me focused.”

Hammerle, who is completing a certificate and associate degree in general business, also credits her family for being supportive and offering encouragement.

“When I told my mom about my plans at Rio Salado, she offered to babysit every night if that’s what it took for me to finish my classes,” Hammerle said. “She has always been my rock and my backbone. She believed in me when no one else did.”

Her boyfriend also stepped up as chief motivator.

“He took no excuses,” Hammerle said. “He would keep our son occupied so I could focus on my studies. When I tried to push off my homework, he was there making sure I would get it done.”

Hammerle also credits Rio Salado College for being the right fit, the one college that helped her realize her educational goals.
“I have never met a better more helpful staff in my entire 10 years of trying to complete a college degree,” Hammerle said. “Rio Salado has been nothing short of amazing, from the instructors to my advisor, Jessica, who was always there to guide me in the right direction.”
Hammerle’s future plans include earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree.

“Without Rio Salado, I doubt I would have ever finished college,” she said. “Rio gave me the drive and push to show my son that anything is possible.”

Thanks to Speaker Candidates!
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Rio Salado Student Speaker Candidates
Rio Salado College would like to thank all the students who applied to be commencement speakers: Kate Beale, Colleen B. Koblinski, Charity McDaniel-Little, Kari Pollock, Amber Roberson and Vanessa Williams. Congratulations! We look forward to celebrating your success at this year’s commencement ceremony and wish you well in your future endeavors.

We encourage you to share your student graduation stories and photos using #RioGrad!

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich

Monday, March 21, 2016

Rio Salado Welcomes New MCCCD Students!

A warm welcome to all of the new Maricopa Community Colleges students!  Today is the first day you can begin registering  for summer and fall classes!  

We look forward to helping you on your educational journey!  

Ready to take classes now? There's no need to wait with Rio Salado's flexible Monday starts!


 

Begin choosing your classes now: www.riosalado.edu/schedule.

*$84/credit for Maricopa County residents.

Please work with your academic advisor and financial aid team to make sure you are meeting SAP and Block Calendar requirements. Learn more about both of these important issues by visiting this web page.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

MCTV Spotlight on Rio Insurance Studies Program

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This news story by Maricopa Community Colleges Television reporter Jesus Hernandez gives insights into a new Insurance Studies program developed by Rio Salado, Glendale and Mesa Community Colleges-- with the help of industry experts.

Included are perspectives from Rio Salado student Felicia Melton, who is taking advantage of the online classes to advance her insurance career.

Learn more about the stable, rewarding and limitless ‪#‎careertrifecta‬ opportunities available to you in this high-demand industry, which plans to hire 400K new workers by 2020.  Visit www.riosalado.edu/insurance and this related RioNews blog for more details.

‪#‎insurance‬ ‪#‎jobs‬ ‪#‎employment‬

Friday, January 15, 2016

Class cancelled or full? No problem!

Image of a young woman holding up a tablet that reads: Never cancel a class, EVER!  The Valley's leader in online education: Rio Salado College, a Maricopa Community College.  EnorllatRio.com 480-384-3352.  600+ online clasees.  Classes start Monday.  $84/credit
Many of you are on a time schedule-- to complete your program of study by a specific time.  Rio Salado can help you stay on track if you discover your class is full or cancelled.

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

Classes start most Mondays. Enroll today!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Launch Your Sustainable Food Systems Career!

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If you have a passion for food, fair trade and sustainable practices that can benefit our environment-- then consider Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program!

This program of study will teach you about ways to create sustainable food practices, the real food movement, how food is produced and purchased as well as preparation techniques. 

This new video will introduce you to the concept and history of the sustainable food system industry and how you can make a positive impact in this ever-growing field.


Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program is designed for students who work in the food service industry as well as newcomers who do not have a culinary background!

We also encourage you to watch this video, which includes testimonials from recent graduates who talk about the convenience, flexibility and affordability of this program. 



Image of Chef Ken Leonard
Included in the video are remarks from Chef Ken Leonard who runs the kitchen at Madison Street Veterans Association (MSVA), a transitional living facility for homeless veterans. Learn more about Leonard's story in this Maricopa Community Colleges student profile.


Classes start most Mondays!  Get started on your new career path now.  Visit www.riosalado.edu/food to learn more.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Demo for Students New to Rio & Online Learning

http://www.riosalado.edu/web/interactive/default.aspx?platform=hootsuite
New to Rio Salado College and online learning-- or thinking about enrolling?  This new demo was made for you!

Explore the options and convenience of our online learning platform and see why more than 40,000 online students have taken classes at Rio Salado College.

Start your demo now.

#onlinelearning #onlineclasses #tutorial #onlineeducation  

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, September 10, 2015

Rio Investigator Training Course Piques Interest


Image of headline from  Ahwatukee Foothills News: Rio Salado College offers surrounding poicie agencies new hybrid investigative course

We are pleased to share this story by Ahwatukee Foothills News intern reporter Ryan Santistevan about Rio Salado's new Investigator Training Course for local law enforcement professionals-- which is now available in a hybrid format at the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

Flier for course: Investigator Training Course for Law Enforcement Professionals.  NEW for FALL 2015! Enhance Your Investigative Skills Rio Salado College now offers the Investigator Training course for law enforcement professionals in a hybrid format, which combines in-person and online learning. The hybrid course offers more flexibility to those who cannot attend in-person on a weekly basis. The class covers crime scene management, investigation report writing, interview and interrogation, search warrants and court orders, courtroom testimony and more. Officers will receive 16-hours of continuous training from AZPOST per college credit. Through this program, participants can earn up to 64 hours of AZPOST training hours. Overview: Class open to sworn and civilian law enforcement only • Class meets August 27-December 10, 2015 • Taught by Detective Paul Dalton, Phoenix PD • In person classes take place at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, 21740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142 • In-person Thursday class dates: Aug. 27, Oct. 15 and Dec. 10, from 4:30-9 p.m. Remainder of the course is conducted online. Enroll Now! Contact Sylvia Anderson at 480-517-8461 or sylvia.anderson@riosalado.edu
Included are insights from Angela Kwan, faculty chair at Rio Salado College, who explains how the course helps Phoenix police agencies with training.

Are you interested in a law enforcement career? We can help you get started.

Whether you’re already an officer or looking to join the force, Rio Salado has the training you need to advance your career!  The Law Enforcement Technology program is designed to provide you with the education needed to enhance your professional skills, earn promotions and meet the challenges of being a law enforcement officer. You can earn 39 credits toward your degree just for completing your basic training.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Full or Cancelled Class? We Can Help!

Full Class?  No problem!

Need an alternate to a full or cancelled class so you can stay on track? We can help! 

With more than 600 online classes, flexible Monday start dates, 8-week and 16-week options and credits that easily transfer-- Rio Salado is a convenient and affordable option to help you complete your program of study-- on your timeline!

The seating capacity is unlimited and we never cancel an online class—ever. 

Visit our online class schedule and then register at www.startatrio.com.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Student 101: Need to Know Terms

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Monday starts, Block Calendar and other systems that are unique to Rio Salado can be a bit confusing, especially if you’re not familiar with the related terminology. Here are a list of words and phrases that will help new students understand what they must do to meet academic, registration and financial aid requirements.

Academic Program
A prescribed series of classes designed for a specific degree, certificate, or other credential. See your Academic Advisement team for support.

  • Program Seeker – Students who have declared a Rio Salado certificate, degree or transfer program in my.maricopa.edu, ESF (Electronic Student File) or by meeting with an advisor.
  • Non-Program Seekers – Students who take classes for personal or professional gain, to supplement a degree program at another college or university and students who have not declared a Rio Salado certificate, degree or transfer program.

Satisfactory Academic Progress
To keep your financial aid, you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress, which is measured by three criteria: Progress, Grade Point and Maximum Time-frame. Here’s a clever video to introduce you to this concept and what these terms mean. Visit your Financial Aid team for more details.



Block Calendar System
Unique to Rio Salado College, the block calendar system uses semester blocks to provide students with flexibility in class scheduling. The importance of you understanding how this system works is critical to your success at Rio Salado. Here is an introductory video that makes it easier to understand this system. 



  • Academic Terms – Like traditional semesters at other colleges, Rio Salado has fall, spring and summer terms.
  • Semester Block – Each Academic Term is divided into Semester Blocks, with a definitive start and end date. Students choose a block that works best with their schedules and complete classes within the specified time-frame. Semester Blocks must be completed within a specified Academic Term.
  • Term Block – Synonymous with Semester Blocks.
  • Class Start Date – When a class begins, which is typically Monday. Students can choose multiple class start dates within their Semester Block, as long as they complete all classes by the Semester Block end date.
  • Class End Date – The last day course materials can be can be submitted.
  • Monday Starts - When Academic Terms, Semester Blocks and most classes begin.
  • Out of Block – Classes that do not start and end within a Semester Block, which will automatically be dropped if not completed by a student’s Semester Block end date. 

This Block Calendar Planning Tool will help you determine which Academic Term, Semester Block and Class Start Dates will work best for you!  If you need additional support, call on your Admissions and Records team.

Visit our student orientation web pages for more student success tools.


Monday, April 13, 2015

New Partnership to Serve International Students

Image from World Education Group web home page, students meeting together on a campus.

Rio Salado College is a leading provider of online learning in Maricopa County, and will soon be serving a broader student base thanks to a new partnership between the Tempe-based college and the World Education Group.

The World Education Group recruits foreign students who are interested in earning a bachelor’s degree in the United States through its American University Pathway Program (AUPP).

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“Rio Salado pursued this partnership to reach out to international students and provide educational opportunities for those in underserved areas,” said Dr. Jennifer McGrath, Rio Salado’s Vice President for Academic Affairs.

While in their home countries, students can earn up to 30 credits of general education studies online with Rio Salado. The students then have the option of taking more classes in person at a Maricopa Community College and transferring to a four-year institution, or transferring directly to an American university.

"Taking their first year of courses online with Rio Salado allows international students the time to get their affairs in order and prepare for moving to the United States while still earning college credit,” McGrath said.

Another benefit to students is cost savings. International students who remain in their home countries and take online classes through Rio Salado for the first two years can save thousands of dollars in tuition, and room and board fees.

“Online classes offer affordability because students don’t have expenses related to on-campus housing and living,” McGrath said.

AUPP operates centers in many countries, so international students have the benefit of a local learning community. Their “full-support learning” model provides mentoring, tutoring, advising, registration and application assistance to ensure student success before relocation to the United States.

http://aupp.org/

During this time, Rio Salado College staff will work hand in hand with AUPP mentors to ensure a smooth advisement and registration process.

"International students can expect the same level of service and support as our students within the United States,” McGrath said. “They will receive the same quality online education which will prepare them for further studies when they arrive.”

AUPP targets high school graduates and senior-level students who have strong academic records and advanced English skills.

Once enrolled, students begin their college coursework with an online orientation followed by an English class. They can then choose from a list of 15-16 course options.

Because Rio Salado College has articulation agreements with 40+ universities nationwide, students can seamlessly transfer their credits toward a bachelor’s degree program.

This story can also be found in the April 11, 2015 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College. 

Please note, international students can register directly with Rio Salado College.  Visit this web page for more details about programs and services available to international students.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Note Taking Tips for Online Learners

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Organized notes should be a concise and complete outline of the most important points and ideas in the lesson.

Why is Note Taking Important?

The process of taking notes helps you to:
  • Clarify ideas not fully understood in the text or in the lessons
  • Comprehend and memorize important information
  • Develop quality assignments
  • Prepare for exams
  • Achieve the course objectives

Steps
1. Prepare for your Study Session
Explore different Note Taking Methods. Your method should vary according to the subject and learning materials. For example: Are you reading about literature, social issues or communication skills or are you reading scientific information, formulas or terms?

You can choose traditional methods such as:
Outlines
Cornell method
Mind maps

You can also explore computer applications for note taking.
Macworld® Magazine Tips
Business News Daily Tips

2. Focus on the Topic
  • Reflect on what you already know about this topic. Review the previous lesson and skim the text. How does this lesson relate to what you knew before?
  • Identify and write the main ideas and supporting details. You can use the outline method or a mind map.
  • Identify unfamiliar terms and concepts and look up for the definitions in the textbook or in the dictionary.
  • Identify material that is unclear or difficult and develop questions to send to your instructor.
3. Summarize
  • Write a summary of the ideas and facts.
  • Use abbreviations, key words and short phrases.
4. Recite
Using your own words repeat what you have learned in this lesson.

5. Assignments and Exams
Review instructions and if necessary clarify with instructor. Following instructions will contribute to relevant assignments. Respond the questions that are being asked.

6. Save your notes
  • Review notes and add comments. Think about your opinions. Reviewing contributes to more effective memorization.
  • Create a folder in your computer to save your notes. You can organize them by lessons. You could also keep them in a three ring folder.

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

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rio Featured in U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report: Consider Whether to Take an Online Course at Community College. Online community college courses can provide an affordable and accessible option for employees who want new skills.

Here's a story by Ian Quillen from U.S. News & World Report about the benefits online community colleges can offer working professionals.

It includes perspectives from Rio Salado Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jennifer McGrath and former Rio Salado Retail Management student Nicki Schillhahn-Amos from Fry’s Food.

Learn how we can help you.

Take the next step: www.startatrio.com

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Full or Cancelled Class? We Can Help.


Did you receive notice that an in-person class was cancelled or full? Need an alternative to stay on track with your program of study? We can help!
With more than 600 online classes, flexible Monday start dates, 8-week and 16-week options and credits that easily transfer-- Rio Salado is a convenient and affordable option.
The seating capacity is unlimited and we never cancel an online class—ever.

Visit http://startatrio.com/ or call 480-384-9959.

Friday, September 12, 2014

IFS210: Research in a Global Society

Explore the global culture developing around the Internet with IFS210: Research in a Global Society.

This highly interactive course is perfect for digital technology and social networking enthusiasts who are curious about how people around the globe live and communicate.

No textbook purchase required!

Prerequisites: None.

Enroll now

IFS210 can be used to satisfy your Global Awareness Requirement.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Block Calendar 101

This video will give you a brief on how the Rio Salado Block Calendar System works. Please note, all of your classes must fit within your semester block's start and end date. Classes that are out of block are automatically dropped.

For more details visit www.riosalado.edu/calendar or contact the Rio Salado Advisement team at http://www.riosalado.edu/advisement

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

$16.5K Stipend for STEM Teacher Program

Rio Salado College Noyce Scholar Katy Westersund
A Rio Salado fast-track teacher program, generous scholarship and help with job placement await 20 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professionals who are ready to recareer as teachers, pass on their knowledge and inspire Arizona teens to excel in the sciences. Time is of the essence. The application deadline is July 18.

The program provides a $16,500 stipend for a 15-month online program that gives qualified candidates a chance to earn an Arizona Teaching Certificate to teach math and science in grades 7-12.

For more information about Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars program, including application requirements and testimonials from Noyce Scholars, visit
http://tinyurl.com/p79js4w or call 480-517-8066.

We also suggest you check out this RioNews blog: http://tinyurl.com/odsq5p3 for more insight.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Rio Salado Offers Online Courses Including CPR Class

“I want everyone in the world to take this class,” said Angela Ambrosia, a faculty chair member at Tempe-based Rio Salado College.

It’s safe to say every teacher will say their class is the most important and that everyone should enroll in it. But not every teacher can say their class has the potential to save lives. Ambrosia’s cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) class has the potential to save lives and that is why she wants more people to enroll in her class.

“If I can teach somebody so that they will feel comfortable and not panic when this occurs, it will be great,” said Ambrosia. “I think we can improve the survival rate for cardiac arrest patients.”

In the Rio Salado class, students will learn to identify signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest with emphasis on early action. They will learn how to manage a conscious and unconscious airway obstruction and the proper technique for performing one and two rescuer CPR on the adult, infant and pediatric victim. Additionally, the students learn to deliver effective oxygenation and ventilation using a bag- valve-mask device and how to perform automatic, external defibrillation as part of the resuscitation of the adult in cardiac arrest.

“Students will learn current American Heart Association standards for one and two rescuer CPR and obstructed airway procedures on the adult, infant, and pediatric victim,” said Ambrosia. “The students will also learn to use automatic, external defibrillation and resuscitation equipment.”

According to the American Heart Association, the use of CPR dates back to 1740. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t know how to perform it today.

Rio Salado College launched the classes in January and saw more than 100 students take the online class and pass the in-person exam. Among the students who passed the exam is Tempe resident Jennifer Phoebe, who is a mother of three young children.

“I’m taking classes to get my degree in nursing and because I have children,” said Phoebe. “I thought CPR is something I should know. It’s long overdue.”

With family and work already keeping her busy, Phoebe found it difficult to attend classes in a traditional setting. So she chose online classes where she could attend class when it fit into her schedule.

“I have time constraints with kids and it made it a lot easier to take the classes online,” said Phoebe. “People think it’s going to be easy because it’s online, but you really have to learn the material. It was a great format for me and it was easy to understand. There was a lot of material and I learned a tremendous amount.”

After taking the classes online, Phoebe was relieved to practice what she learned during an in-person test under Ambrosia’s supervision at the college’s main location in Tempe.

“I felt a lot better coming in and doing it on a mannequin,” said Phoebe. “It reinforced everything I learned online.