Friday, October 31, 2014

Rio Salado Southern Celebrates Student Diversity

a group of friends pose for a photograph in traditional Chinese dress.

Rio Salado College locations have become a melting pot of world cultures, in great part because of the English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) classes they offer. Students and staff from RSC Southern in Tempe decided to celebrate that diversity by hosting an International Days Festival Oct. 28-30.

Image of attendee holding a flag.

The three-day long festival gave students a chance to share music, food, clothing, stories and traditions that make their culture and country of origin unique.

The celebration kicked off with a Parade of Nations on Oct. 28, which recognized students from more than 35 countries, who proudly waved flags from their country of origin and posed for pictures.

A world map was provided for students to pinpoint their birth country with tacks that included their names. As you can see from this photo, the geographic coverage was extensive.

The event also brought together students who participate in RSC Southern’s Music Club, which meets once a week to improve their English speaking skills through music and song.

image of map with pins showing student countries of origin

Rio Salado Instructor Linda Putnam chooses music that makes it fun and easy for students to memorize lyrics and sing along while they learn and retain correct pronunciation and annunciation.

Rio Salado Lab Technician Francisco Alberto De La Torre-Guiterrez recently joined Linda for weekly classes, contributing his welcomed skills as a trained guitarist.

“It’s really a learning environment,” said Francisco. “The group gets together every Wednesday and we sing traditional American Folklore songs,”

“Students are able to apply what they learn in Music Club to what they are currently learning in ELLA. It seems to really help them to better comprehend the English language.”
Khurram and Francisco
Francisco says he truly enjoys sharing his passion for music and the English language with students from across the globe. He has even begun teaching one of the club’s students, Khurram Shahzad, how to play guitar.

“I was a performance guitar major, so having the opportunity to come to work and share my passion and expertise with students is incredibly rewarding and exciting.” said Francisco.

Khurram attests to the success of the Music Club’s innovative approach to mastering English, and- a side benefit- was inspired by Francisco to learn to play guitar.

“It was something I really wanted to learn, and when the opportunity was offered to students at this location for free, I couldn’t wait to sign up.” said Khurram.

Music also played a special role throughout the International Days Festival, which continued with a talent show, pot luck and other events that gave students a chance to share in a truly multi-cultural experience.

Check out the other photos from this event on our Facebook page.

By Aubrie Artiano, PR Coordinator at Rio Salado College

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Get Your Free Copy of Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 Free to Students!  The ability for students to: 1. Install on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets (including iPad!) 2. Use with OneDrive for automatic device syncing. 3. Gain valuable skills on the world’s most popular productivity software. 4. Use the same programs as your instructors to ensure file compatibility.

The Maricopa Community Colleges are providing Microsoft Office 365 to every current student free of charge! How great is that?

Office 365 is the latest version of Microsoft’s productivity suite, and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, and more.  It's available for offline and online use to help you prepare for class and your academic journey.

Take advantage of this free student service today. Visit for additional information.

2015 Career Guide: Find Your Passion

Find your passion and explore your options with the Maricopa Community Colleges 2015 Career Guide. 

Check it out online now:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Early Registration & Student Services Advantage

Don't get Stuck at the Back of the Line!  Register now for Spring 2015 Classes.  Here are the steps you should take to succeed: 1. See an academic advisor to help you choose your classes, update your academic plan, and ask about graduation.  2. Register now at and check out our flexible schedules; day, afternoon and evening classes and hybrid/online options.  3. Pay for your classes.  Complete your FAFSA, check on your Financial Aid Award and sign up for a payment plan.  4. Apply for scholarships by visiting, there are numerous scholarships that are available all year-round.
Take advantage of the benefits of registering early--and the student services available to you through Rio Salado's Academic Advisement and Counseling Services teams.

We also recommend you enroll in Rio Salado's College and Career Success Classes, which are designed to help you succeed in your educational career and personal growth-- especially CPD 150, which is also available online.

With CPD 150, you'll learn about college support resources, how to develop an educational plan, time-management strategies, goal-setting strategies, effective communication skills and note-taking, strategies to improve memory, test-taking tips, career planning resources and more.

Here's a look at what students are saying about CPD 150
I am very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed taking this class. I wish there was a way to tell everyone attending Rio Salado the importance of taking this class.

I just wanted to say thank you, for everything! This class has been an amazing guide and I have recommended it to my brother and best friend who are both undecided.

I have learned many valuable time-management skills that have resulted in working smarter rather than harder. I have also learned that no matter how “mature” and “wise” you think you are, you can develop new skills that will result in new experiences. I have developed new skills that are making my classes more enjoyable.

Friday, October 24, 2014

College Night at Queen Creek High School

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Join the Communiversity at QC for Queen Creek High School's College Night, November 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity for students and parents to learn about the academic opportunities the Communiversity at QC has to offer.

In attendance will be representatives from our academic partners including, Rio Salado College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Northern Arizona University and Ottawa University.

Students will also have a chance to meet with Rio Salado's Academic Advisor Jennifer Feland and Testing Coordinator Stevie Campbell.

College Night will be hosted in the Queen Creek High School cafeteria at:
22149 E Ocotillo Rd
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
(480) 987-5973

For more information, please contact Queen Creek High School or call our front

Here is a complete list of all confirmed colleges:
  • Chandler-Gilbert CC
  • Mesa Comminity College
  • Central AZ College
  • Rio Salado College (Communiversity at QC)
  • Fashion Institute of Design
  • Benedectine Univ. of Mesa
  • Everest College Phoenix-Mesa
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Arizona State University*
  • ASU School of Sustainability
  • Prescott College
  • NAU
  • Utah State University
  • University of Arizona*
  • Art Institute
  • Arizona Christian University
  • Cottey College
  • Argosy University
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • Army National Guard
  • U.S. Army
  • American Institute of Dental
  • Carrington College
  • Arizona Academy of Emergency Services
  • Avalon School of Cosmetology
  • EVIT
  • Regency Beauty Institute

Student Success Tip: Ask For Help

Poster for Student Success Tips: Everyone needs a little help sometimes.  Ask for Help.  You don't have to figure out everything on your own.  Experts are available to help you in the following areas: Financial Aid to help pay for college, Tutoring to help you improve your grades, Career Services to help you find your purpose, Counseling to help you with personal and academic concerns and our Library, which can help you research, find books, articles and other resources.

Everyone needs a little help sometimes. Successful students understand they can't go it alone and seek the counsel of experts.

Take advantage of the student services available to you at Rio Salado College. Learn more by talking to our Academic Advisement and Counseling Services teams, which can help you:

  • Select degree pathways
  • Evaluate transfer credits
  • Choose appropriate classes
  • Identify college resources
  • Explore university transfer and articulation agreements
  • Personal and educational goals
  • Time management and stress 
  • Set career goals and prepare for your job search

If you're new to Rio Salado, we highly recommend you enroll in our College and Career Success Classes

#help #financialaid #tutoring #advising #careerservices #counseling #library #collegeresources #askforhelp #iwillgraduate

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rio Salado Bookstore Sale Oct. 21-22

image for bookstore sale Oct. 21-22 in-store and online.
The Rio Salado College Bookstore sale takes place online and in-store, October 21-22. 

Save 25% on all hooded sweatshirts, sweatpants, blankets, writing instruments, tailgate merchandise, tech accessories and even earbuds! 

How to Sell Yourself & Your Company Workshop

What comes to mind when you hear the word “salesperson”?  Last year’s Gallop poll ranked “car salespeople” among the least honest professions in the country, a step above members of Congress and lobbyists. How can ethical business professionals put their customers at ease about the sales process?

Valley entrepreneurs, business owners and sales professionals will have an opportunity to learn key skills to effectively market or “sell” themselves and their organizations during a community breakfast and workshop led by award-winning marketing expert, author and business owner Nancy Sanders on Thursday, Nov. 6, 7-9 a.m. at Rio Salado College Southern in Tempe.

Nancy Sanders photo

Sanders, who is also serving as the newly appointed Regional Center Director for the Maricopa Small Business Development Center (SBDC), will focus her hour-long discussion on developing a personal sales plan, creating value within your network and effective use of non-verbal communications.

Sanders has generated millions of dollars in revenue and profits for both small businesses and Fortune 500 companies by building strong relationships, creating value for her clients and implementing simple marketing strategies.

“Marketing and sales can be easy,” said Sanders, who is the founder of Galaxy Consulting Services and Three Dog Marketing. Her goal now is to help guide Valley businesses toward success.

This is the second in a series of four workshops presented by Rio Salado College, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce and the Maricopa Small Business Development Center as part of Rio Salado’s 2014-15 Business Education Seminar Series, which is designed to address topics that are important to Tempe small business owners and entrepreneurs.

“We chose this topic in particular because many businesses overlook the importance of sales in their operations,” said Rio Salado’s Director of Business and Industry Partnership Mike Crusa. “A lot of new start-ups think the product or service will sell itself. You can have the best product on the planet but if you don’t have solid sales principles, practices and strategies in place-- you’re setting yourself up for failure.”

Crusa said Sanders will impart tips and success strategies that work, and that most people can use. “Everyone sells something or another-- but not everyone does it well. Nancy will show how easy and fun it can be—when you have the right mindset and intention.”

How to Sell Yourself and Your Company
Breakfast Discussion with Nancy Sanders

November 6, 2014
7-9 a.m.
Rio Salado College - Southern

3320 S Price Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282

7 - 7:30 a.m. Registration
7:30 - 8 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8-9 a.m. Program (ends promptly at 9)

Open to the public. Cost: $10 (cash only, please)
Free to students and lifelong learners 55+

For event details and to reserve your seat, contact Mike Crusa at or 480-377-4167.

Image with Rio Salado College, Tempe Chamber of Commerce, SBDC logos and illustrations of brainstorming

Monday, October 20, 2014

Attend a Teacher Orientation Session

A teacher sits around a table with yuong children as they draw. Interested in a teaching career?  
Rio Salado's Teacher Education team can help you get started. Take part in their orientation session on Monday, Nov. 17, 6-8 p.m. at the Communiversity at Queen Creek

Enroll now 

Learn about Rio Salado's Teacher Ed
  • Bachelor's Degree Pathway Programs
  • Post-Baccalaureate Programs 
  • Teacher Preparation Programs
  • Teacher-In-Residence Programs 
  • Job Placement Programs 
  • Professional Development Programs

Schedule conflict? Click here to learn more and to view other dates and locations for future orientation sessions.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

5 Successful Time Management Tips

5 Steps to Successful Time Management 1. Create a semester calendar to record when all of your exams, quizzes, papers and finals are due. 2. Choose specific times each day to work on each class. 3.Keep your classwork with you.  If you find yourself with extra time, you can get something done.  4. Prioritize your time.  Sometimes you have to learn to say no. 5. Take time for yourself.
Here are some simple steps to help you manage your time effectively. 

Share your student success strategies.

#timemanagement #5steps #prioritize #organize #plan #iwillgraduate

Cyber Security Awareness Month Lesson 2

Image of a shield over computer code.
Today's National Cyber Security Awareness Month lesson: 

Be careful about sharing personal data when participating on social networks.

Watch this video for helpful tips.
Stop. Think. Connect. 

One Application for Multiple Scholarships

Maricopa Scholarships One Application Poster for Spring 2015. More details below and at
Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is now accepting applications for Spring 2015. Complete one application for multiple scholarships.

Apply now. Applications close November 15th.

Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Scholarships are privately funded and open to all Maricopa Community College students. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required to apply.

Foundation scholarship applications open twice a year. Students are able to create an account and apply for scholarships online during two application periods, once during the Fall semester and once during the Spring semester. An email notification with specific application dates will be sent to students, staff and faculty each term prior to the application period.

Foundation scholarship applications are reviewed by Maricopa Community Colleges faculty, staff, scholarship donors and community volunteers. Award and denial notifications are sent via email. Awards are generally posted at the start of each semester.

Check the status of your Fall 2014 applications. 

Volunteer to be a scholarship application reviewer.

Learn more at

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Affordable Dental Clinic Services for You

When was the last time you had a dental exam and cleaning?

Image of dental students working with a young patient.

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public-- while giving students practical educational experiences.

The clinic opened in late spring at its new location in Tempe, AZ. It features 20 patient chairs, six X-ray units, an instrument processing room and serves as an instructional lab where dental hygiene and dental assisting students gain hands-on experience working in a clinic setting.

Photo of Holly Harper
“Patients are very happy when they leave our clinic because they know they have had the best treatment possible,” said Holly Harper, Rio Salado’s Faculty Chair of Dental Programs.

“Rio Salado has one of the best dental hygiene programs in the nation. Our Clinical Dental Assisting Program is a unique combination of online and in person. It is one of three programs in the State of Arizona that is accredited."

The clinic can accommodate as many as 20 patients, with an equal number of dental hygiene students and dental assisting students during clinic hours. The students work under the supervision of licensed dentists, registered dental hygienists and certified dental assistants.

Services offered include: blood pressure screening, oral examination, X-rays, cleaning and polishing, fluoride application, gum disease screening, oral hygiene instruction, and other selected services, including sealants and dietary counseling. Services are available to adults and children 4-years of age and older.

Patients should visit their family dentist for other needs such as major restorative work and surgeries. The clinic can provide patients with a list of community dental clinics if they do not already have a dentist.

In addition to the quality services provided by students, patients benefit from an affordable pricing structure.
“Rio Salado's dental clinic provides the best dental hygiene treatment possible, at a reduced fee for the patients,” Harper said. Currently, fees range from $25-35 depending on the age of the patient.
The Rio Salado College Dental Clinic is located at 2250 W. 14th Street in Tempe. Clinic hours and appointments may vary. All new patients must have a screening visit prior to a dental hygiene appointment. To schedule a screening appointment, call (480) 377-4100.

For more information, visit 

This story can also be found in the October 11, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Successful Students Do the Following Things

Here are the latest tips from Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges to help you become a successful student and reach your graduation goal. 
Successful Students do the following things... Students' class attendance is the best predictor of academic performance in college.  Always go to class!  Students who feel connected to their classmates and professors are more likely to complete their goals than those who feel isolated.  GO TO CLASS.  TAKE NOTES. READ ASSIGNMENTS.  SCHEDULE STUDY TIME.  START ASSIGNMENTS EARLY.  ASK QUESTIONS.  GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSOR.  CONNECT WITH YOUR PEERS.  PARTICIPATE IN CAMPUS CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES.  GET ENOUGH SLEEP, EAT WELL AND EXERCISE

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Engage in the dialogue by sharing your #tips #successfulstudent #iwillgraduate

New! Take Latin Classes Online

Rio Salado College will offer online Latin classes beginning October 20, 2014.

The first class, LAT101, will cover basic grammar and vocabulary, the influence of Latin on the English language, and Latin/English translation. Students will also study aspects of Roman life and the importance of Roman law and architecture for our contemporary society.

The college will roll out LAT102, 201, and 202 in coming semesters.

You may ask yourself, “Why would I want to take a Latin class?”
For starters, Latin fulfills language requirements at many universities. Maricopa Community Colleges’ Latin classes directly articulate to all three state universities. They fulfill the humanities and fine arts requirements at Arizona State University, the cultural understanding requirement at Northern Arizona University, and the Tier 2 humanities requirement at the University of Arizona.

More Reasons to take Latin:
  • It is the root of many English words
  • Assists with learning Romance languages
  • Help you understand a word’s origin
  • Can lead to success in other classes
  • Can lead to an increase in SAT scores
  • Prepares you for a variety of careers such as medicine, law and science
In addition, Rio Salado College students also enjoy the flexibility of taking online classes anywhere and anytime!

Enroll now. 

Pictured above, Latin inscription from the Colosseum or "Colosseo" in Rome, Italy 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cyber Security Awareness Month Lesson 2

Image of a shield over computer code.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an opportunity for all of us to think about ways we can secure our personal and professional information.

This week, Cyber security expert Miguel Hernandez IV, Ph.D and MCCD Chief Information Security Officer deals with a subject that affects all of us:

Choosing a Safe Password

Still frame from YouTube video featuring image of Miguel Hernandez.
Learn about effective strategies you can use to protect your accounts in this video.

Stop. Think. Connect. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

How to Become a Successful Student

Header reads "I will graduate 201 (fill in the blank).  How to Become a Success Student.
The Communiversity at QC is joining the Maricopa Community Colleges to share student success strategies and resources to help you become a successful student and reach your graduation goal

We hope you'll engage in the dialogue by sharing your challenges and strategies. 

We begin today with this simple question and rule of thumb.

Do you spend enough time preparing and studying for your classes?

#1equals2 #studytime #iwillgraduate

Healthy Habits of Successful Students

To be a successful college student it’s critical to have well-rounded goals, tools, and success strategies that can assist. One that may not be first to come to mind is overall physical health and well being.

image of a woman giving the sign for "time out"

Heard any of these things recently?
I’ve got six tests this week and a term paper, so I’ve decided to only sleep every other night.

If we only eat from the dollar menu and join a lot of clubs we can eat for five dollars a week.

The party goes until four am but I don’t have class until eight am so… it’s going to be great!
I don’t need to drink water. There is plenty in soda and other drinks I buy.

If these sound all too familiar, chances are succeeding is a priority and health is on the back burner.

The problem with making everything but personal health a priority is that success is unattainable if a student is ill, fatigued, or burnt out.

Here are some basic tips that will help in feeling better and being more successful while achieving that college degree.

The “doing good” mindset…hardly anyone will eat perfectly, sleep eight hours a night, or exercise daily. However, the “doing good” mindset increases the body’s ability to fight off stress, illness, exhaustion, and depression.

Don’t give into the “forget about it” effect that encourages ignoring foods etc. that are healthy…just because you have one bad meal or night out.

Hate going to the gym? Find a place close to you that offers fun classes such as Zumba.Enlist friends to help. Make trips to the store for healthier food items. Schedule time to study and exercise with them….then schedule time to blow off steam and have fun.

SLEEP! Sleep is by far one of the best things that does a body good! Minds recover while sleeping as well as immune systems. Not to mention sleep makes people nicer! Basically, take care because the human body will find it’s own way to rest and recuperate if it has to…unplanned illness and mental burn out is highly inconvenient and stressful.

Maintaining healthy habits can increase a body’s fight/flight response to win and fight off stress of any kind…even the good kind.

Here’s to health and college success!

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

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cyber Security Awareness Month Lesson 1

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month so Rio Salado is joining forces with the Mariciopa Community Colleges District to share weekly tips that can help you stay cybersafe. We begin this week with a basic lesson:

What is information security?

image of Miguel Hernandez

Cyber security expert Miguel Hernandez IV, Ph.D, MCCD Chief Information Security Officer will tell you exactly what that means and how it affects you in this video.

Stop. Think. Connect.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Communiversity Testing Center

Did you know that the Communiversity has its very own Testing Center available to help you meet your educational testing needs? Be sure to stop in and check us out!

a testing room complete with private desks and computers, located at the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

The Communiversity Testing Center is available to students Tuesday-Thursday 9am – 9pm, and Fridays 8am-5pm.

This location offers:

  • Accuplacer Placement Exams
  • CLEP
  • Pan
    • TSA, FBI, USPS
  • PearsonVue Exams
    • CompTia
    • Cisco
    • NES/AEPA
      • GED
    • Exam Proctoring
    • Rio Salado Midterms and Finals

    The Testing Center at the Communiversity is hosted by Rio Salado College. For more details about the services it provides at the Communiversity, and all of its testing centers across the Valley, please visit

    The Testing Center is conveniently located inside the Communiversity @ Queen Creek: 21740 S. Ellsworth Road Queen Creek, Arizona 85142. Phone: 480-384-9316