Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Apply for 2018 MCCCDF Scholarships 9/1-10/15

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Mark your calendars! The next Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarship cycle takes place from Sept. 1-Oct. 15, 2017. The Foundation will be posting scholarship opportunities available for the Spring 2018 semester.

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Student Success
Rio Salado College student Jessica Chapman credits her Foundation scholarship for aiding her in going back to school and realizing her dreams.

“I’m working on an AAS in Paralegal Studies, and I just want to keep learning more things,” Chapman said. “I just can’t quench that thirst for knowledge and will definitely be continuing on the path of higher education.”

As a single mother who works full-time, Chapman found Rio Salado’s online classes made it possible to fit education into her life. 

“Rio Salado College offers many fascinating courses and makes education convenient for older students as myself, who have jobs and children,” Chapman said. “I think I will be a lifelong student because there really is so much out there to learn and experience!”

Read more about MCCCDF scholars.

How to apply
Students who wish to apply for a Foundation scholarship must complete a General Scholarship Application to be matched to scholarship opportunities for which you qualify.

Students must have a valid MEID and password to apply.

You can also view current openings by visiting and clicking on Scholarships.

Part-Time Site Support Wanted in Queen Creek

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Are you looking for a part-time position that puts your customer services skills to good use?

Rio Salado College is looking for a part-time site support representative at the Communiversity at Queen Creek to provide customer service and administrative support to our internal and external customers. 

The Communiversity is located at 21740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142.

Job Duties
  • Provides a variety of general and specific information to students, faculty, community leaders and the public regarding courses and programs offered
  • Provides assistance to faculty on classroom technology before and during class if needed
  • Uses multi‐line phones, computers, and general office equipment on a daily basis
  • Assists in the setup of events including Community Room, working with event coordinators and providing additional support during the day of the event
  • Schedules counseling and advising appointments for students
  • Performs tasks in support of the operations at the site
  • Assists with data entry
  • Performs various clerical duties and other duties as assigned

Customer focus oriented; excellent organizational skills; effective written communication skills; ability to work as a team player; computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite to include Word, Excel & PowerPoint; knowledge and experience with general office equipment, phones, copiers, and web based applications; prior administrative/clerical and work in a customer service setting preferred; experience with Microsoft Access and Publisher; experience working in a college or university setting; experience working with people where English is not their primary language; prior experience working with diverse populations.

Hours and Pay Rate
  • Up to 19.5 hours per week
  • Mid‐Day availability preferred with hours to be determined.
  • Must be flexible as hours to be scheduled: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
  • Employee work shifts may change depending on department needs
  • Please note that early morning, evening and/or weekend hours may be requested
  • $10.35/hour 
  • This position is part‐time with no benefits

How to Apply
Please send resume and cover letter, including hours/days of availability to

Learn more about employment opportunities at Rio Salado College by visiting this web page.

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Attention Maricopa Community Colleges Students - Attend Free Advising 101 Sessions to Complete Your Registration!

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Rio Salado will offer four Advising 101 group webinar sessions, Monday, Aug. 2 and 9. 

Join us for one of these sessions:
Wed., Aug. 2 - 12 p.m or 6 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 9, at 12 p.m or 6 p.m.

Advising 101 satisfies Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” to complete registration in
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Visit for the latest details about Advising 101 sessions and to join the webinars.
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.

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

You Still Have Time to Make a Difference! Join us for UWVS Project Connect Suprise!

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You still have time to join Rio Salado, the Maricopa Community Colleges, City of Surprise and Salvation Army for the Valley of the Sun United Way Project Connect in Surprise, July 26.  

This is your chance to help our West Valley neighbors in need and to help end homelessness!

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Project Connect is part of Valley of the Sun United Way’s long-term, multi-faceted strategy to end homelessness in our community. This event offers instant access to resources people need to start the journey back to health, financial stability and housing. More than 28,000 individuals have been connected to services since Project Connect began in 2008.

Project Connect Surprise
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Salvation Army - Surprise
17420 N. Ave of the Arts
Surprise, AZ 85378

Volunteer Opportunities
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Register now at\volunteer. For groups of 10 or more, contact the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at

Rio Salado employees and students should contact Elizabeth Cole-Fay at to learn more about Rio Salado team efforts.

Get the latest details about this event by visiting this web page.

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How to Manage Stress Video for You!

Feeling stressed? This video from Rio Salado's Counseling team shares tips on how to recognize and manage stress.

Remember the 5 R’s when you feel stressed:

  • Relax
  • Regenerate
  • Resolve
  • Reward
  • Recognize 

Need help managing stress? Contact a Rio Salado counselor at

Monday, July 24, 2017

Attention Arizona Educators! Last Chance to RSVP for AZ K-12 Ed Tech Conference, Aug. 5!

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There's still time to reserve a space for Rio Salado's AZ K-12 Ed Tech Conference, Aug. 5! It's a great way for Arizona educators to get a jump start on the new school year!

The conference provides hands-on professional development for pre-service teachers, educators and homeschooling parents who are looking for new ways to engage children with technology. Sessions will focus on leveraging educational technology to impact learning in innovative ways.

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Keynote Jon Corippo will be joined by Lucy Gray, Kyle Brumbaugh, Robert Pronovost

Presenters are experienced K-12 teachers with a national presence in the ed tech world who will share several tools and ideas you can incorporate into your curriculum and classroom right away.

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Workshop sessions include discussions about free and interactive tools to help you assess learning in your classroom no matter what grade level, instructional uses of YouTube, social media for personalized professional development and more.

Continuing education credits will be offered.

Register now at
Registration is required. Cost $14, includes catered lunch.

AZ K-12 Ed Tech Conference
Aug. 5, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281

Visit or call 480-517-8743 for the latest event details. #AZTECHCon

Please note: Attendees are responsible for supplying their own laptops, tablets and chargers.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Explore the Benefits of Rio Salado's Honors Program!

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If academic excellence is important to you and you’re looking to further challenge your critical thinking-- we encourage you to explore Rio Salado’s Honors Program—a pathway to help you make the most of your educational journey. 

The program offers a variety of benefits including distinguished multidisciplinary classes, cultural opportunities and scholarships specifically for Honors students.

Don’t count yourself out when it comes to Honors scholarships!  Case in point is the Honors Achievement Award.  It’s available to students who are also receiving financial aid and only requires part-time enrollment (6 or more credit hours per semester).

If you have completed 12 or more 100 or 200 level classes and have a GPA of 3.25 or higher with the Maricopa Community Colleges, you may be eligible to join.

To learn more about Rio Salado's Honors program, benefits and eligibility requirements, visit or call 480-517-8521.