Monday, December 22, 2014

Shining Star Early Childhood Workshop

Two women pose for a picture outside of the Shining Star Learning Center building.
Take part in a free community workshop series at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, Jan. 20, 2015 through June 23, 2015. The topic of January's session is "Facing the Challenge (Part 1)".

The monthly classes are based on a training program developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University, which promotes the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and school readiness by the age of five.

Rio Salado adjunct faculty member and co-owner of Shining Stars Learning Center Victoria Diforte will serve as the instructor. Learn more about Diforte at: http://ow.ly/BHKYD

Participants will earn a two-hour training certificate upon completion of each class. The classes meet Arizona’s Children Association and A Place to Call Home training requirements.

Workshops take place 6-8 p.m.

Jan. 20, 2015 – Facing the Challenge, Pt. 1
Feb. 18 – Facing the Challenge, Pt. 2
Mar. 24 – Infant/Toddler development
April 21 – Kindergarten Readiness
May 19 – Health and Safety
June 23 – Community Resources and Services

Child care available through Shining Star for $20. Scholarships are available.


Register online at www.sslcaz.com or call (480) 888-9545.

Child care provided by Shining Stars Learning Center, 21805 S. Ellsworth Road, Suite B101, across the street from the Communiversity at QC, 21740 S. Ellsworth Road.

Time to Apply for Graduation May 2015

photo of a 2014 grad in cap and gown, smiling, holding his children.

If you're close to completing the coursework for your certificate or degree at Rio Salado College, then it's time to apply for your diploma-- and to register for graduation

Graduation applications are due March 1, 2015

Get a jump start before the New Year. Submit your applications now online.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Student Profile: Jennifer Colazo

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Meet Jennifer Colazo. Jennifer is a Chandler-Gilbert Community College student who recently discovered the benefits of the Communiversity at Queen Creek, and she’s taking full advantage.

“The classrooms are small and I’m able to get a lot of interaction with my instructor,” Jennifer said. “I love the access to computers, and the study rooms that are available for students to reserve.”

Jennifer is currently enrolled in five, in-person classes at the Communiversity at QC to complete her general education requirements and then plans to transfer to Arizona State University.  She is interested in software development, but is also considering a business degree.

Jennifer expressed how exciting it was to be one of the first students to experience the new facilities. She enjoys the natural light and open floor plan. There's also the benefit of not having to commute.

“There isn’t much offered in the Queen Creek area as far as higher education," Jennifer said. "The Communiversity is a welcomed addition!"

“I’ve also had the chance to make new friends through the Communiversity at QC,” Jennifer said. “It’s been a very rewarding experience.”

The Communiversity offers a variety of in-person seminars and classes. Call on one of our student services specialists to learn how we can serve you. Give us a ring at 480-384-9000 or drop us a line at  CommuniversityQC@riosalado.edu to schedule a tour and meet.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Hours and Closures

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Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community College District will be closed for the winter holiday break beginning Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 12 p.m., through Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015.  There will be special hours of service for some locations, including the Communiversity at QC.

Holiday Hours for the Communiversity at QC:
  • Wednesday, Dec. 24: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 25 - Sunday, Jan. 4: CLOSED

Please note, the Communiversity at QC Testing Center will be closed during the winter break starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 5, re-opening on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 9 a.m. 

Holiday Hours for the Rio Salado Testing Center at the Communiversity at QC:
  • Monday, Dec. 22:  Closed
  • Tuesday, Dec. 23: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 24: Closed

The Testing Center at the Communiversity at QC will offer Saturday hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., beginning Jan. 10, 2015.

For additional information regarding Rio Salado College closures and holiday hours, please visit this web page.

We're Hiring! Part-time Testing Technician

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Rio Salado College is looking for a part-time employee to serve as a Testing Technician at the Communiversity at QC. Job duties include administering paperwork and computer-based exams to students, providing general clerical assistance, greeting visitors and directing traffic.

The ideal candidate will have experience working with computers, including a knowledge of spreadsheet and digital data management. A strong detail to attention is a must, as is the ability to follow written and oral directions.

Are you the right fit for the job? We'd love to hear from you!  Apply Today!

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The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences (SCNM) is also hiring! SCNM is looking for a part-time Community Education Coordinator at its Tempe location.

The primary focus of this position is to develop a community education program with courses that educate and empower participants to make health-promoting and life enhancing changes.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in a nutrition or health-based area of study, posses three years of relevant experience and the ability to acquire knowledge of SCNM and all of its programs.

To learn more, visit this SCMN web page.

SCNM is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. SCNM is a Smoke Free campus.

For full-time and other employment opportunities with Rio Salado College and all Maricopa Community College District locations, visit www.maricopa.edu/hrweb. The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Benefits of Internships


As a counselor, I have met with numerous recent college graduates who are seeking their first professional job after finishing school. A common problem many students encounter is a lack of related work experience. This is especially an issue when most job postings list “experience required” as one of the qualifications.

You think to yourself, “how am I supposed to get experience if I can’t get a job?” My best recommendation is to get an internship. It is the perfect way to get experience in your field and to apply what you’ve been learning in the classroom. Some academic programs require an internship as part of the curriculum but if your program doesn’t require it, you need to take the initiative.

Internships can come in all different “shapes and sizes”. They can be full time, part time, for credit or non-credit, paid or unpaid but the goal is the same: gaining experience.

This is an opportunity to gain experience you can’t get in the classroom. An internship should have parameters in place on what you will learn on the job and what the employer’s expectations are for your contributions. The length of your internship should also be agreed upon before starting.

If you are still trying to decide on your future career path, working as an intern is an excellent way to explore a career you’ve been considering. What better way is there to truly see what a future job would be like than to actually “test the waters?” The earlier you do this in your college career the better. You want to give yourself time to change your major if you decide this career is not a good fit.

Finding an internship is just like the job search process. It takes an excellent resume, solid interviewing skills and networking. If you need help with these skills, Rio Salado offers Creative Job Hunting (CPD 102AC) as a two-credit course. The Counseling department is also available by appointment to discuss your career goals and to offer guidance on how to find an internship.

Finding a job is always a competitive process but with internship experience on your resume you are a step ahead of your competition! Or even better, your internship ends with a job offer!

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

Now you can earn college credits toward Rio Salado’s many Business and Public Administration programs through our new Internship Program.

To learn more, including
application guidelines, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/business-internship.



Student Profile: Alejandro Garcia


Meet Alejandro Garcia! He’s enrolled at Chandler-Gilbert Community College where he is working to complete his Associate Degree in Business. Garcia aspires to transfer to Arizona State University where he will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in business, with an emphasis in global leadership.
 
Garcia also happens to be one of the first students who is taking advantage of the Communiversity at Queen Creek. In an attempt to save money and minimize travel, Garcia discovered that the Communiversity at QC makes completing his education more accessible than ever.
 
“When I was looking for classes, I really wanted something that was close by and didn’t require much travel," Garcia said. "The Communiversity offers exactly that."

Garcia was tired of commuting, and was looking for a cost effective solution within his own community.

“I much prefer in-person classes, and that’s the way I’ve always learned. Coming to the Communiversity has been great for me.”

When asked about his classes and the location, Garcia said that he loves the environmentally friendly building.

“Everything is so open, it allows for a lot natural light and has a great energy,” Garcia said. “It really is fun to be here.”

Spring registration is now open, and you can pursue certificate-to-degree pathways in:

  • Business Administration/Management
  • Communication and Liberal Arts
  • Early Childhood
  • Healthcare and Human Services
  • Justice Studies
  • Teacher Education

 To learn more, visit the Communiversity at QC on the web.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Register Now! Mediterranean Diet 101

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Join the Communiversity at Queen Creek and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) for a 3-week natural health and wellness course in Mediterranean diet.

  • Day/time: Thursdays from 12:00 -1:30 p.m. (beginning Thursday Feb 5th – Feb 19th)
  • Location: Community Room at Queen Creek Communiversity, 21740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142
  • Fee: $69 (includes book and lunch on the first day of class)

Taught by Dr. Paul Mittman, ND, SCNM President and CEO, this class is based on the now famous findings of a Spanish study published in The New England Journal of Medicine involving more than 7,000 people at high risk of having heart attacks and strokes.

Among persons at high cardiovascular risk, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts significantly reduced the incidence of major cardiovascular events. The Mediterranean diet is rich in fish, grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables and is low in dairy products, red meat and processed food consumption. Learn the basics of this healthy diet and significantly improve your health!

Click here to REGISTER TODAY!

 
 During the Mediterranean Diet 3-Week Course, you will:
  
  • Attend weekly 90 minute classes on eating a Mediterranean diet
  • Learn successful dining out and shopping strategies
  • Discover important research on the relationship of diet and disease
  • Gain insight on how to replace addictive food habits with those that promote health
  • Learn how to plan delicious and healthy menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • After the first week, enjoy a weekly potluck where everyone shares recipes.

For additional information on this course, please visit SCNM on the web.  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Grant Helps STEM Pros Recareer as Teachers

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Fifteen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals have a chance at recareering as secondary classroom teachers through Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program. Qualified candidates will benefit from a generous $16.5K stipend provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Rio Salado’s fast-track teacher education program. The deadline to apply is Feb. 3, 2015.

Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program is ideal for Valley STEM professionals who’ve been thinking about making the transition to teaching. The stipend funds are part of a $1.2 million NSF grant awarded to Rio Salado in 2011 as a way of encouraging STEM professionals to bring their industry experience to the classroom, combat the shortage of qualified STEM teachers and help Arizona teens prepare for high-need STEM careers.

It was a natural decision for Phoenix resident Katy Westersund to enter the program. “I started to think about my prior career as an environmental engineer, and about what I can do now,” said Westersund, a full-time mom who also volunteers at her children's school.

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Westersund joins other Noyce Scholars to talk about
the benefits of Rio Salado's Teacher Ed program.
“I attended Rio’s Post Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Orientation,” said Westersund. “The instructor put up a slide with three questions: Do you like math and science? Are you needing to recareer? Do you want to help others learn? And I said, yes, that’s me.”

“I decided to pursue a career as a secondary math teacher because I loved my career as an environmental engineer, said Westersund. “I think I saw that as a mother I could advocate for my children, to give them the best opportunity and to love math and science. By me becoming a secondary math teacher, I can be an advocate for a classroom of students.”

Westersund completed a student teaching assignment at Tempe Union High School in November. By January, she will be certified and ready to teach high school math. She is one of 20 students currently participating in the program.

Qualified applicants will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12. They will be provided mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support.

The 15-month post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient. “Students are supported throughout the program with their coursework by a success coach and a mentor during the first year of teaching to assist with classroom management and other first-year teacher challenges,” said Noyce Scholars Program Manager Karen Nave.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM career-- and a passion for teaching. The application process includes a subject knowledge exam, a teaching seminar and screening interview.

For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066.

Pictured above: Rio Salado Teacher Ed staff accompany Noyce Scholars at February 2014 National Title I Conference for Educators Conference in San Diego.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Rio Salado's Testing Services Make Valley-wide Impact

Linda Lukey, Rio Salado director of testing and prior learning assessment posses in front of the Rio Salado testing center.
Linda Lukey, Rio Salado director of testing and prior learning assessment.

Tucked away in each of Rio Salado College’s nine locations, including the Communiversity at QC, are testing centers serving thousands of Valley residents and visitors including U.S. Military personnel, U.S. Postal Service workers, FBI agents, GED® test-takers and yes— lots of college students. They also offer IT exams like the one passed by Ayan Qureshi, the five-year-old boy from the UK who recently became the youngest Microsoft certified IT professional in the world.

Rio Salado Testing Centers aren’t getting that kind of international attention-- but they’re getting a share of local and national merit.

“Rio Salado College Testing Centers were the first in Arizona to become Nationally Certified Testing Centers by the National College Testing Association,” said Linda Lukey, Rio Salado director of testing and prior learning assessment.

Lukey, who has been instrumental in the development and growth of the testing centers, is proud of that distinction— and the national recognition from the College Board, which has recognized Rio Salado since 2002 as a Top 100 College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) testing center. It also recognized Rio Salado as a Top 25 Military Testing Center for CLEP exams in 2013 - 2014.

Each of Rio Salado’s Testing Centers offers 33 CLEP exams, which assess subject matter proficiency and provide an opportunity for students to receive college credit with qualifying scores. For example, Spanish CLEP test-takers can earn up to 16 college credits.

Students can apply knowledge they’ve gained through prior course work, independent study, internships, job training, professional development and personal pursuits.

There are testing services for IT professionals who need to keep certifications up-to-date, including Pearson Vue CompTIA Certification exams, which are recognized by thousands of companies as a predictor of employee success. All Maricopa students, faculty and staff are eligible for significant discounts on these exams. Students pursuing A+ certification save about 55%. Network+ certification students pay approximately half the normal rate. Rio Salado students may also receive college credit for their certifications.

The Testing Center provides proctoring services for other educational institutions so students can take midterms and finals at a location that’s convenient for them. “We are also part of the Consortium of College Testing Centers, offering proctoring services for students worldwide,” said Lukey.

The Pearson Vue GED® test has become quite popular. More than 10,000 people have taken the exam since the college began offering it in October of 2013.

There are a series of tests you can’t fail. ACCUPLACER exams are free of charge and help new students gauge their current skill levels for Reading, English and Math. Academic advisors use the results of the assessments along with details about students’ academic backgrounds to determine appropriate college courses.

Rio Salado Testing Centers also offer Adobe Certified Associate and Microsoft Office Specialist Certiport Exams; exams that assess English language skills and more.

For a comprehensive view of the types of services offered, the locations, hours of service, forms of identification required and other details, visit: www.riosalado.edu/testing.


By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations

Recycle Your Old Clothes and Textiles

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The Town of Queen Creek, in conjunction with United Fibers, is bringing back the curbside textile recycling program. Special textile blue bags have been mailed to residents who receive the Town’s trash and recycling services. The special blue bag can be placed directly into the curbside recycling cart on the regular recycling collection day. Instructions are printed directly on the blue bag.

Additional textile bags are available for pickup at the Municipal Services Building, 22358 S. Ellsworth Road, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The bags are also available for pickup from the following textile program community partner locations:

· The Communiversity at Queen Creek

· Queen Creek Olive Mill

· Boys and Girls Club

If you don't have a blue bag, your textiles can be dropped off in the clothing recycling bin at the Neighborhood Recycling Center on Ellsworth Road and Crewse Lane, or at the Queen Creek Olive Mill or Boys and Girls Club.

Acceptable recycle materials include clothing, jeans, towels, sheets, blankets, and shoes. The textile recycling program will run through February, 2015.The first year’s pilot program collected more than 25,000 pounds of material. The Town anticipates diverting even more textile from the landfill in this second year of the program.

Important note: Only textiles placed in the blue bag within Queen Creek’s recycling bins will be recycled. Any textiles placed loose in the can will have to be thrown away.

After sorting, weighing, and processing the bags of textiles, appropriate materials will be used to manufacture eco-friendly, 100% post-consumer home insulation. So the benefits to our environment are truly exponential.


This recycling program helps the community as well as the environment. For every pound of clothing and textiles collected, the Boys and Girls Club of Queen Creek will receive support for their youth programs.

For information on all our recycling programs, visit QueenCreek.org/Recycling or call 480-358-3450.

Follow news, events and activities in Queen Creek, visit QueenCreek.org. Get social with the Town on Twitter @TOQC_Official orFacebook.com/QueenCreek.

For the latest news about this initiative, visit this Town of QC web page.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Early Childhood Program Pathways

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Interested in earning a degree or certificate in Early Childhood & Human Development? Rio Salado College is offering a certificate-to-degree program with in-person class options at the Communiversity at Queen Creek!
 
Learn more about the program here, and check out the latest schedule of in-person classes here.  
 
For additional information regarding Early Childhood undergraduate and professional development opportunities please contact Student Enrollment Services at 480-517-8580 or email us.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Early Childhood Workshop Series

Victoria Diforte and Cindy Radebaugh, Shining Stars Learning Center owners.

Take part in a free community workshop series at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, Dec. 16, 2014 through June 23, 2015.

The monthly classes are based on a training program developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University, which promotes the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and school readiness by the age of five.

Rio Salado adjunct faculty member and co-owner of Shining Stars Learning Center Victoria Diforte will serve as the instructor. Learn more about Diforte at: http://ow.ly/BHKYD

Participants will earn a two-hour training certificate upon completion of each class. The classes meet Arizona’s Children Association and A Place to Call Home training requirements.

Workshops take place 6-8 p.m.

Dec. 16 – Teach Me What to Do!
Jan. 20, 2015 – Facing the Challenge, Pt. 1
Feb. 18 – Facing the Challenge, Pt. 2
Mar. 24 – Infant/Toddler development
April 21 – Kindergarten Readiness
May 19 – Health and Safety
June 23 – Community Resources and Services

Child care available through Shining Star for $20. Scholarships are available.


Register online at www.sslcaz.com or call (480) 888-9545.

Child care provided by Shining Stars Learning Center, 21805 S. Ellsworth Road, Suite B101, across the street from the Communiversity at QC, 21740 S. Ellsworth Road.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Testing Center Schedule Changes

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Rio Salado's Testing Center at the Communiversity is closed tonight and hours of service for Wed., Nov. 26 will be 8 a.m. - 5p.m.  It will also be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, November 27-28.

As of Monday, January 5, new hours of service will be:
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Register Now! Spring Course Schedule


The Communiversity at Queen Creek has just rolled out its spring in-person class schedule!  To view a full listing of the upcoming partner classes, visit this web page.

Earn credits towards degree and certificate programs through Rio Salado College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Northern Arizona University and Ottawa University!  
 
To register for courses, please sign into your my.maricopa.edu dashboard.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Federal Work Study Jobs at Rio Salado

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Rio Salado College has several, part-time student Federal Work Study (FWS) job opportunities.  We hope you will consider joining our winning team.

To be eligible, you must:
  • Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
  • Complete a verification process (if required) 
  • Complete all “to do” items in your my.maricopa.edu Student Center section 
  • Demonstrate financial need (Awards are based on the student need and can vary. Maximum award for 2014-15 is $2,500/semester)
  • Have U.S. citizenship, U.S. national residency or permanent residence with an Alien Registration card 
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours
  • Work a maximum of 20-hours per week while school is in session
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Enroll as a degree-seeker at Rio Salado College   
Federal Work Study opportunities are based on student need and do not have to be repaid.

For a list of job openings, visit www.riosalado.edu/jobs and look for listings under Part-Time Student Federal Work Study Opportunities.

For more information, contact Jose Robles at jose.robles@riosalado.edu.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Culture of India Brown Bag Presentation

 


Join us as celebrate the fourth day of International Education Week. Today, we journey to India for a brown bag presentation, Indian food specialties and a selection of international documentaries.

Culture of India Brown Bag Presentation
Join Rio’s own Harpreet Maan and her friend Rashmi Kwatra for a “Celebration
of India” cultural presentation. The brown bag takes place from 11:30 a.m. –
1 p.m. in the Café at Rio Dining Room.

Indian Food Specialties in the Café @ Rio:
Curried vegetable kabobs with lamb meatballs, rice Birianni, and cucumber yogurt salad.

International Documentaries:
The following Rio Salado College Library documentaries will be shown in the Café @ Rio dining room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m:

•    A Most Unlikely Hero
•    My Mother India
•    Geronimo and the Apache Resistance

They are also available online to staff and students who are logged into RioLearn.

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, and is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

Immerse yourself in culture this week and take advantage of all the unique activities. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bill Gates Reflects on Visit with Rio Salado Students

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Earlier this month, Bill Gates visited Rio Salado College to learn about the college's progress with a student success initiative called RioAchieve-- and to meet with students to learn about their successes and challenges.   

Gates took to his blog today to reflect on that visit and his meetings with Rio Salado students like Shawn Lee. This heartwarming video profile produced by the Gates team features Lee as he discusses his life, his hardships, his inspirations-- and what he hopes to achieve as a Rio Salado student. 



You can learn more about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation visit to Rio Salado in this RioNews feature.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Day Two: International Education Week

 


Join us as we begin day two of our International Education Week celebrations. Today, we explore the many wonders of Germany through an engaging presentation and trademark lunch special.

German Culture Brown Bag Presentation

Join Dierk Seeburg and Doris Neyestani of the German School Phoenix, for a  presentation on German culture. The brown bag takes place from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Rio Amphitheater, outside the Café at Rio.

Dierk Seeburg, director of the German School Phoenix, grew up in Marburg, Germany, and came to the U.S. via the German American Exchange Student Club scholarship program. He attended Bowling Green State University (BGSU) where he received an M.S. degree, and also holds a college teaching certificate from Maricopa Community Colleges.

Doris Neyestani comes from Hamburg, Germany. She recently joined the German School Phoenix faculty. She has an M.A. in German from Arizona State University and an M.A. in Professional Clinical Counseling from Ottawa University.

German Food Specialties in the Café @ Rio:
German style brats, sauerkraut, caramelized onions, potato salad ($5.95)

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, and is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

Immerse yourself in culture this week and take advantage of all the unique activities. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

We're Hiring! Part-Time Site Support

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The Communiversity at Queen Creek is looking for a part-time employee to serve as Site Support. Job duties include diligent customer service, internal administrative support and assistance, event coordination and operations maintenance.

The ideal candidate will be customer focus oriented, possess excellent organizational skills, effective oral and written communication, and have the ability to work successfully as a team player.

Interested in learning more? Read the full job description and details about how to apply.

Visit Rio Salado's Employment Page for details about all part-time and full time opportunities.

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

Kick Off: International Education Week


image of a globe showing a variety of international flags.
We begin the 15th annual International Education Week celebration with a series of documentaries and a specialty dish from the Café @ Rio in Tempe. Today, you will have an opportunity to explore the exciting destinations of China, India and Ireland.

Irish Food Specialties in the Café @ Rio:
Irish corned beef and cabbage, boiled red potatoes, spicy stone ground mustard ($6.95)

International Documentaries:
The following Rio Salado College Library documentaries will be shown in the Café @ Rio dining room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m:

•    Young & Restless in China
•    Shanghai Bride
•    Tapoori: Children of Bombay

They are also available online to staff and students who are logged into RioLearn.

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, and is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

Immerse yourself in culture this week and take advantage of all the unique activities. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Bill Gates Visits Rio Salado College

Photo 1: Bill Gates, Rio Salado College President Dr. Chris Bustamante and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann.
Bill Gates, Dr. Chris Bustamante and Sue Desmond-Hellmann.

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and other leaders from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation visited Rio Salado College on Thursday, Nov. 6 for a progress report on a student success program called RioAchieve, which is being developed by the college and supported by the foundation.

Maricopa Community College District Chancellor Dr. Rufus Glasper and Rio Salado President Dr. Chris Bustamante were among the key leaders from the District and college to greet Gates and foundation leadership.

“Having met with Bill Gates and members of his staff during their visit to Rio Salado College, I’m delighted that he and the Gates Foundation value their relationship with us so much that they personally visited Rio to see the college’s programs dedicated to student success,” said Glasper.

“It is not every day that Bill Gates pays you a visit,” said Bustamante. “This was a chance for us to give him a first-hand account about the innovative work we’re doing at the college and what we’ve been able to accomplish through RioAchieve.”

Round table discussion with Rio Salado and Gates Foundation leadership


The foundation leadership team included CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann, President of U.S. Programs Allan C. Golston, U.S. Director of Education of Postsecondary Success Daniel Greenstein, U.S. Deputy Director of Postsecondary Success Suzanne Walsh, and U.S. Program Officer of Postsecondary Success Art Seavey.

Gates and the foundation leaders attended meetings with Rio Salado and MCCD leadership, members of the President’s Advisory Board, Rio Salado faculty, staff and students who are benefiting from RioAchieve. They also had a chance to see demonstrations of RioAchieve initiatives at work and learn what progress is being made in their use and development.

RioAchieve is funded by a $ $970,000 Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant, which was awarded to Rio Salado in October 2012. NGLC is a partnership led by EDUCAUSE, which is primarily funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. RioAchieve is designed to target five specific interventions that support student success, retention, and completion-- supported through technological innovations that allow them to be delivered in a scalable, sustainable manner. They are as follows:

1. RioCompass, an online interface that gives students a way to monitor their progress toward degree completion, access valuable student success resources and communicate with a dedicated advisor, who can in-turn use the system to get a holistic view of student progress by having access to their course enrollments, degree plan, requests for help records, use of tutoring, placement scores and more.

2. The Intervention Dashboard, Guided Intervention and Response (GIvR) collects data from several areas of the college and then automatically alerts appropriate staff to implement an intervention. The data includes activities such as calls for technology support, grades and instructor notes.

3. RioPACE (Progress and Course Engagement) is a predictive analytics system, which tracks student login frequency, site engagement and progress in a course and compares this data to behaviors of successful students to determine probability of student success.

4. The Guided Evaluation Assessment Response (GEAR) is a technology-based, faculty-developed solution that assists faculty in providing customized, personalized, detailed feedback to students on their assessments.

5. The Student Success Helpdesk is staffed with a Student Success Coordinator, dedicated advisors, and RioAchieve peer mentors—who are current students. The advisors regularly reach out to assigned students to monitor course and degree progress, ensure students are enrolled in the correct courses, assist with future enrollments and answer student questions. Mentors provide study tips, help students navigate student services and provide ongoing encouragement.

A luncheon was hosted with RioAchieve peer mentors and students who shared how their interactions and encouragement from advisors, faculty and staff have helped them persist in working toward their educational goals.

Shawn Lee and Brenda Moore

RioAchieve student Shawn Lee from Winslow, AZ attended the luncheon and spoke highly about RioCompass and peer mentors. “I use RioCompass as my guide,” said Lee. “I look at dashboard every day. It motivates me to go further. It provides a lot of info on where I need to be and what classes I need to take.”

Lee, who is pursuing a program of study in addiction and substance use disorders, also spoke at length about how positive his educational journey has been. “Rio has opened a lot of doors for me,” said Lee. “Working with advisors and peer mentors, they help me achieve my goals and get that quality education.”

RioAchieve student Brenda Moore from Scottsdale, AZ, who is finishing up her first semester, also attended the luncheon. “My advisors are awesome,” said Moore. “They have really been there for me and they took so much time out for me.”

Moore is returning to school after 31 years and studying addiction and substance use disorders. “I am thrilled to be back in school,” said Moore. She’s also benefiting from Rio Salado’s student support services and recommends other students do the same. “Take advantage of the people at Rio,” said Moore. “Go and ask questions. Get the info you need. Applied knowledge is power.”

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Among the RioAchieve peer mentors was Samantha Hill, who is also a Rio Salado student.

“Although I was a little nervous at first, having the opportunity to meet with Mr. Gates and to express my thoughts and opinions was such an honor,” said Hill.

Hill, who is studying medical radiography, said she and the students had a chance to talk about their backgrounds and the challenges they have faced. “We also talked about how an online education made it possible for some of us to go to school because driving to class every day is not something we’re all able to do.”

Another topic was the support system of advisors and peer mentors. “As a peer mentor and student, I’m able to relate directly with students I work with and share my experiences with them,” said Hill. “I can help share some of the mistakes I made early on and what I wish I had known first starting out. I believe so many students could benefit from a model like this and by having a peer mentor.”

“Student perspectives are crucial in the development of RioAchieve,” said Bustamante. “We were truly impressed by Mr. Gates’ request to meet with students and were honored to help bring them together today.”

Photo 1 and 2 credit: (c) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Mark Makela

Celebrate International Ed Week Nov. 17-21

logo header for the 15th Anniversary of International Education Week

International Education Week is an initiative led by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

Rio Salado is taking part in the week-long celebration by hosting a series of activities, special events and discussions at the headquarters in Tempe, AZ. There will also be daily, multicultural culinary delights from the Café @ Rio.

Here is a brief of activities we have in mind: 


Title: International Education Week at Rio Salado Nov. 17-21 - Description: Schedule of Events   Monday, Nov. 17th  Flags of the World Email Contest; open to all Rio employees, students, and District staff.  Irish Food Specialties in the Rio Cafe.  Tuesday, Nov. 18th  Presentation on German Culture by Dierk Seeburg, Director, German School Phoenix, from 11:30 am to 1 pm in the Rio Amphitheater, between the Tower and Hohokam Buildings.  German Food Specialties in the Rio Café.  Wednesday, Nov. 19th  Wear Your International Flair Day. Bring international cultures to life by dressing in the traditional style of your heritage or your adopted heritage.  Salsa Contest in the Rio Café Dining room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Taste the entries and vote on your favorite salsa. Top three vote getters will receive prizes.  Mexican Food Specialties in the Rio Café.  Thursday, Nov. 20th  Presentation on the Culture of India by Harpreet Maan and Rashmi Kwatra from 11:30 am to 1 pm in the Rio Amphitheater between the Tower and Hohokam Buildings.  Indian Food Specialties in the Rio Café.  Friday, Nov. 21st  Cultures of the World Email Contest; open to all Rio employees, students, and District staff.  Pacific Islander Food Specialties in the Rio Café.


We encourage you to share your stories and photos on Rio Salado's Facebook page and the InternationalEdWeek page by using #RioSaladoCollege#PP2TW and #IEW2014

Check our blog for details about each day's events.

Want to learn more? Visit the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

RSC Bookstore Sale Nov. 18-19

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Take advantage of the Rio Salado Bookstore sale,  online and in-store on
November 18 and 19. Visit Rio's bookstore online here. 

Online Profiles Impact Jobseekers

Image of a group of people sitting around the table with networking icons interconnecting them.

Advanced technology has changed the world we live in and resulted in benefits that may not otherwise be possible. Keeping in touch with friends and family has become easier, access to information has increased, and, of course, what would the world be without online shopping!

Unfortunately, with all of these benefits, come a few negative consequences. Job seekers often forget how their online presence can negatively affect their prospects. Posting pictures of a wild party in college seems like a great idea until one considers that many employers complete Google searches when reviewing a potential employee. Although many consider their online activities to be personal in nature, employers see employees as ambassadors for their companies. This results in a blurring of the lines between personal and professional.

Ensuring a positive online presence is relatively easy

illustration of an ipad connected to social media icons.

Start by Googling your name. Take the time to do a little digging to see what comes up. Review all social media sites—Facebook, Instagram, Twitter—and remove any posts and/or pictures that an employer may frown upon. Remove tags from friends’ pages that do not present you in a positive light.

Keep privacy settings as conservative as possible, but know that some employers request that potential employees log into personal accounts in their presence so they may review the content themselves.

It is much better to take a conservative approach when posting online in order to avoid scarring your reputation.

CPD102AC touches on these issues while teaching students creative job hunting skills.

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck-Brown on behalf of Rio Salado’s Counseling Services-- helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Scholarships = Free Money


Among the greatest concerns of new and returning students— and families funding their education— is how to pay for college now and the debt after graduation. Scholarships are one of the best ways to cover expenses because you don’t have to pay them back, yet so many students don’t take advantage of them, leaving thousands of dollars unclaimed. Why?

There seem to be a few misconceptions about scholarships. Among the most common is that applicants need to have a 4.0 GPA, long list of outstanding achievements and awards or a great financial hardship. While others think they don’t have the time, know-how or ability to submit a good essay or don’t think a $200 scholarship is worth their time.

This is definitely one of those scenarios where you won’t know for sure unless you investigate and give it a try. The few hours you spend on a scholarship application will be well worth the investment, at the very least, a good learning experience and practice at mastering the application process.

Case in point— there are dozens of scholarship opportunities made available through the Maricopa Community Colleges District Foundation (MCCDF) and students only have to complete one application for multiple scholarships.


Included are many opportunities for U.S. citizens with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, a record of volunteerism and a determination to pursue higher learning, especially students who have a financial need. There are also a few opportunities for students with lower grade point averages.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars (NMPLS) Program is also included. It is available to Maricopa Community Colleges students who are: college-age youth and adults living with physical disabilities; adults 25 years or older with dependents; and incoming freshmen ages 18-25, raised through the child welfare system and have no form of financial support. The program covers full tuition, fees and books, while providing each student with an academic advisor and mentor. It also includes a $2,750 annual living allowance. Visit maricopa.edu/studentaffairs/ninascholars for eligibility definitions and more details.

There are ten scholarship opportunities specifically for Rio Salado College students and employees, including the We Are Rio Employee Scholarship fund and the new Arizona Public Service Foundation I2teach Scholarship Fund, which is helping adults who have a bachelor’s degree transition into teaching careers, especially those interested in teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) related classes.


Time is of the essence for the spring 2015 application. The deadline for most of the current listings is Nov. 15.

The web site for the application is maricopa.academicworks.com. Type “Rio Salado” into the search engine to find opportunities unique to the college.

MCCCDF scholarships are available annually, in the spring and fall. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be required in order to apply. To learn more, visit mcccdf.org.

Visit this Maricopa Colleges web page: http://ow.ly/DMrPW to watch a video tutorial about successful tips and strategies to consider in all of your scholarship applications. Rio Salado students who need additional help can reach Student Life counselors at http://www.riosalado.edu/counseling/Pages/default.aspx.

There are dozens of other local and national scholarship opportunities—and other funding options to help reduce college debt. Visit this Rio Salado resource page to learn more: http://www.riosalado.edu/financial_aid/Pages/Scholarships.aspx.

This story can also be found in the Nov. 8, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, Manager of Rio Salado College Media Relations

Friday, November 7, 2014

Energy Systems Technology Information Session

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To meet the demands of the growing field of building management, Rio Salado College offers a new certificate in Energy Systems Technology that begins January 12, 2015.

Interested in learning more? Join us for a free information session Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at RSC Downtown.

This session will provide students with a detailed overview of the certificate program and courses, and the tools you'll need to successfully complete all requirements.

To RSVP for this event, or for further questions, please contact:
Richard Cuprak
richard.cuprak@riosalado.edu 
480.517.8071

Information Session and in-person classes are at RSC Downtown:
619 N. 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85007

To learn more about this new Energy Systems Technology certificate, visit this blog post or www.riosalado.edu/energy.

Veterans Day Closure and Events

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Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Normal business hours will resume Wednesday, Nov. 12.

We are committed to serving veterans and their families, and we honor your service. We hope you'll let us serve you by taking advantage of Rio Salado's Military Advisement and the East Valley Veterans Education Center, which are designed to help you make the most of your higher education experience.

All ten Maricopa Community Colleges have been designated as 2015 Military Friendly Schools® by Victory Media. Each year, more than 10,000 VA-approved schools nationwide are surveyed. The list informs military students about the veteran experience based on peer reviews from current students. This is the seventh consecutive year Rio Salado has been acknowledged.

We hope you and your family enjoy this Veterans Day. Here's a list of Maricopa Community Colleges events to help you celebrate.


College
Select Veterans Day Event Information
Contact
Chandler-Gilbert
6th Annual Veterans Resource Expo. Thursday, Nov. 6 at 1:00 – 4:00pm.
Coyote Center Gym, Pecos Campus
District Office
2nd Annual Veterans Day BBQ. Friday, Nov. 7 at 11:00am – 1:00pm.
Governing Board Room (2nd Floor).
Estrella Mountain
Veterans Career Summit. Friday, Nov. 7 at 11:00am – 1:00pm.
Estrella Conference Center
GateWay
Veterans Day Resource Fair. Monday, Nov. 5 at 10:00am – 1:00pm. Amphitheater
Glendale
Veterans Day celebration. Thursday, Nov. 6 at 10:00am
GCC Central Mall
Maricopa Skill Center
Free Haircuts for Veterans – entire month of November
Main Campus, Northwest Campus and Cutting Edge Style Academy
Mesa
Veterans Day Poolooza.  Monday, Nov. 10 at 11:00am – 2:00pm.
Center Courtyard
Paradise Valley
Veterans Day Barbecue. Monday, Nov. 10 at 11:00am – 2:00pm.
Phoenix
Annual Veterans Appreciation Day. Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7:15am – 3:00pm.
Hannelly Center Lawn
Scottsdale
Veterans Day Commemoration. Monday, Nov. 10 at 10:00am
Two Waters Circle