Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CGCC Summer & Fall Course Offerings

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Chandler-Gilbert Community College has released its summer and fall 2015 schedule for in-person classes at the Communiversity in QC!

Classes available will help most students fulfill their undergraduate requirements for just about any degree.

Classes start May 26, 2015 and registration is now open. To view the full course list, please visit this web page.

Unsure about what courses you need to complete your certificate or degree? Take advantage of our advisement services and have an on-site advisor review your transcript.

For more information, you can reach staff members at the Communiversity at QC, Mon-Thur: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Feel free to swing on by or drop us a line!

Monday, March 30, 2015

NAU Degree Pathway: Public Administration

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Earn an undergraduate degree in public administration from NAU at the Communiversity at QC!

NAU is a respected public university with dedicated staff on hand to assist students in every aspect of their education. Among the many reasons students prefer NAU:
  • Career-Focused Education – advance your career with degrees that focus on working in the public and non-profit sectors in any capacity
  • High Quality Faculty – individuals who possess relevant public administration experience
  • Online Resources – including advising, library support, IT help and bookstore services
  • Locally Based – NAU Transition Coordinators based on each MCCCD campus to assist with the application process
  • Convenient Payment Options – including our popular payment plan

Check out NAU's summer and fall in-person course offerings at the Communiversity at QC.

Interested in learning more? Make an appointment with NAU Outreach Coordinator, Glenny Carter.  Call 602-776-4645 or send an email to glenny.carter@nau.edu.

Get Paid While You Learn to Teach

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Rio Salado Teacher Program Offers Fast-Track Re-Career Option. Includes Paid Employment Opportunities for Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree. 

Have you considered a teaching career but hesitated because you’re not in a position to give up a paycheck to go back to school? Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) intern program was designed with your needs in mind.

The program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into a K-12 teaching career. Through paid employment opportunities in the classroom, students can earn an income while completing the certification coursework. The program can be completed in two years.

TIR candidates are paired with a partnering Arizona school district, to work full-time and receive the same salary and benefits of fully-certified classroom teachers. The average beginning salary for teachers is nearly $32,000.

The opportunities for post-program employment are also in favor of Rio Salado TIR program completers. Arizona school districts actively seek Rio Salado TIR candidates specifically because the program requires two years of classroom training, provides intensive mentoring and meets their instruction quality standards.

Rio Salado’s TIR programs are approved by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).

“The need for teachers in Arizona is greater than ever,” said Director of Community Partnerships and Programs Kim Tobey. “Our state has had an ongoing shortage of science, math, special education and kindergarten teachers—especially in rural communities.”

The need has been so great that 938 teaching positions were filled by substitute teachers during the 2013-14 school year, according to the Arizona Department of Education.

“Although substitute teachers meet an immediate need, TIR candidates benefit from full-time employment, while receiving consistent and strong instruction that may not always be afforded to substitute teachers,” said Tobey. 

There’s a greater shortage looming. Approximately 23%, or 26,000 educators, will be eligible for retirement by June 2018.

A 2015 report by the ADE’s Educator Retention and Recruitment Task Force cites that, “Arizona will not be able to ensure economic prosperity for its citizens and create the workforce of tomorrow,” if it cannot fill these vacancies.

“We also have a 6.6 percent unemployment rate, about one percent above the national average,” said Tobey. “With this program, we can help shrink that gap by putting people to work right away.”

Image of teacher writing on chalk board.  Text: Make a Difference.  Become a Teacher.  Learn more about Rio Salado College's Teacher Education Programs.

If you have a passion for teaching and want to learn more about Rio Salado’s TIR program, take part in a free orientation session April 1, 2015.

Teacher-In-Residence Orientation
April 1, 6-7 p.m.

Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
RSVP to: www.riosalado.edu/tirorientation

In the meantime, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/education/teacher-in-residence or call 480-517-8140 to speak to a program Outreach Specialist.

Developing Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking is an essential skill necessary to student success. However, critical thinking is an ability that is learned and continuously refined as you acquire new information.

It is important to learn how to develop your critical thinking skills to be able to problem-solve, develop original ideas, question assumptions, and evaluate decisions, among other critical competencies.

Critical thinking involves the process of how you think versus what you think about. Additionally, critical thinking fosters personal and intellectual growth by helping us identify the weaknesses in our own thinking and encourages the acceptance of innovative thoughts and, even opposing beliefs to our own, if supported with credible evidence.

This YouTube video illustrates how to develop critical thinking skills and why they are important. 

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

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Register Now! Ottawa In-Person Courses

Ottawa University has just released its summer 2015 schedule for in-person classes at the Communiversity in QC!

Take advantage of bachelor degree pathways in psychology, communication, early childhood development, healthcare services, human services, secondary education (English, history, or mathematics) and special education.

Classes start May 4, 2015 and registration is now open. To view the full course list, please visit this web page.

Unsure about what courses you need to complete your certificate or degree? Take advantage of our advisement services and have an on-site advisor review your transcript.

For more information, you can reach staff members at the Communiversity at QC, Mon-Thur: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Feel free to swing on by or drop us a line!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Teacher-in-Residence Orientation April 1

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Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence intern program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into and launch a teaching career—with paid employment opportunities in the classroom— so students can apply what they learn and earn an income while they complete their certification coursework.

Are you ready to follow the calling?

Join Rio Salado for their Teacher-In-Residence Orientation April 1 
Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
6-7 p.m.

RSVP: Click here if you plan to attend! 

You will have a chance to learn about:
  • Rio Salado Teacher-In-Residence Program requirements
  • Program expectations and support
  • Registration process
  • Answers to any other related questions you may have 

Eligible students have not yet enrolled in level II coursework. 

Eager to learn more now? Visit Rio Salado on the web  or give them a ring at 480-517-8140.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Featured Library Database: Britannica Image Quest

Need an image for your project or presentation?  

Check out Britannica Image Quest

It contains fast access to millions of images that can be used for educational purposes.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Rio Testing Centers Serve as CLEP Leader

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The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) helps you receive college credits for what you already know through exams that assess subject matter proficiency-- for a fraction of the cost of a college course.

CLEP is accepted by more than 2,900 colleges across the country, including Northern Arizona University, Ottawa University, Rio Salado College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Rio Salado’s nine Testing Centers, including the Testing Center at the Communiversity at QC, offer all 33 CLEP exams. Learn more about ‪#‎CLEP‬ and Rio Salado Testing Centers in this online profile by the College Board, which has recognized Rio Salado since 2002 as a Top 100 CLEP® testing center.

Here's another blog post to provide you with additional details about Rio Salado's Testing Centers and how we can be of service to you.

Pictured above is Angie Valencia from our Tempe Testing Center who is ready to help you get started.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ALERT: RSC Locations in Lockdown

UPDATE: Due to the ongoing situation in Mesa, the Rio Salado College Southern location and EVVEC will be closed for the remainder of the day, Wednesday, March 18.

Rio Salado College Southern and the East Valley Veterans Education Center are in lockdown due to a police situation in Mesa. Please avoid the area until further notice.

Keep your contact information updated in my.maricopa.edu – especially mobile devices and e-mail addresses – in order to fully utilize the Maricopa Emergency Messaging System (MEMS) Alert system. Manage your alerts through Rave here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fall 2015 Scholarship Deadline March 22

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Take advantage of hundreds of scholarship opportunities through the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation

The fall 2015 application deadline is March 22. 

Foundation scholarships are privately funded opportunities available to all Maricopa Community Colleges students.

Best of all, there's only one general application to submit.

Explore the possibilities.

Apply Now

3/26 Future Leaders Townhall: Transportation

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Take part in a lively discussion about transportation in Arizona during the next Future Leaders Town Hall at the Rio Salado Conference Center March 26.

Join other student leaders from across our state to address problems and potential solutions to Arizona's ever-changing transportation needs.

Keynote Speaker:  

Deron Lozano 
Senior Transit Planner & Project Manager

Future Leaders Town Hall #8:
Transportation & Arizona
Friday, March 27
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Conference Center @ Rio
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Discussions will also be hosted at satellite locations throughout the state. Check this event page for the latest listings and updates:

We encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to engage with university, college and high school students. Your solutions can change Arizona-- for the better.

This event is made possible by Arizona Town Hall and the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Attend a Teacher Ed Orientation Session

Interested in a teaching career?  
Rio Salado's Teacher Education team can help you get started. Take part in one of their orientation sessions on Monday, March 30, 6-9 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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Closures & RioLearn Outage, March 16-20

The Communiversity at QC, all Rio Salado locations and Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed during Spring Break, March 19-20.

Rio Salado operators will be on duty to field general Technology Helpdesk and Financial Aid department calls during this time.

Rio Salado services and locations normally open Saturdays will have regular business hours on March 21, including the Communiversity at QC Testing Center.

Many Rio Salado offices will have adjusted service hours during Spring Break week, March 16-20, including Advisement, Admissions and Records and Financial Aid. Please visit this page for a full listing of special hours of service and closures during this week.

RioLearn, self-serve enrollment options, My.maricopa.edu and Ask a Librarian services will be available during Spring Break, with the exception of a RioLearn outage on March 20.

RioLearn Down March 20
RioLearn and the Rio Salado college phone system will not be available Friday, March 20, 7a.m. – 12 p.m. during a scheduled building maintenance. SIS and other self-serve options at MyMaricopa.edu will be available during this outage.

We hope you have a chance to enjoy a few, well-deserved days off from school. 

Here’s to Spring Break 2015!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Join the RioLounge Community!

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Have you checked out RioLounge? It's a great resource for buying and selling used textbooks and engaging with other Rio Salado students.

You can also share photos and videos, plan and promote local events or just hangout. 

All students are encouraged to participate.  Here’s how:

  1. Log into or create a Google+ profile using a personal Gmail account.
  2. Visit Google.com/+RioSalado
  3. Join the RioLounge Community on the right hand side of the page.

Register Now for CGCC In-person Classes

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Chandler-Gilbert Community College is accepting registration for in-person summer and fall courses at the Communiversity at QC for continuing students. New students can begin registering March 23.

Classes available will help most students fulfill their undergraduate requirements for just about any degree.

Check out the new lineup of classes and register today.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Fall 2015 Early Registration for Maricopa Community Colleges Students Begins Monday

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As a current Maricopa Community Colleges student, you can begin registering for summer and fall 2015 classes as early as March 9.

We hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity and the benefits of visiting with an academic advisor. Students who regularly meet with an academic advisor experience greater levels of satisfaction, support, and success.

Academic advisors can help you:
● Choose classes
● Explore transfer options
● Understand degree requirements
● Complete a graduation check
● Find scholarships and more

Are you facing challenges? 
Talk to your professors, visit our tutoring centers and seek support from our advisement and counseling teams.

Are you concerned about paying for classes?
Now is the time to complete your 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Visit www.fafsa.gov to get started. It's also the time to apply for Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarships. There are hundreds of scholarships-- and only one general application. Completing the FAFSA, applying for scholarships, and exploring a payment plan are all great options to consider.

Are you considering enrollment at another college?
Meet with one of our academic advisors to review classes, programs, and/or degrees and certificates. They can also assist you with the registration process.

Let us help you plan. We're eager to help you succeed!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Live Telecast with Arianna Huffington March 17

Photo of Ariana Huffington and NSLS logo.  Text: Video Speaker Broadcast featuring Ariana Huffington, Tuesday, March, 17 2015, 4-5:15 p.m. at Conference Center at Rio

Arianna Huffington, founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post and #1 New York Times best-selling author of Thrive will be the next guest speaker for the National Society of Leadership and Success 2014-2015 Broadcast Speaker Series, which will be transmitted live by Rio Salado's NSLS chapter on Tuesday, March 17. 

This free event is open to students, staff and the public.  

Arianna Huffington Live Telecast
Tuesday, March 17
4-5:15 p.m. 
Conference Center @ Rio
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

This social gathering is also a great way for you to learn more about Rio Salado's NSLS chapter, which provides opportunities for students to engage with other students while developing important life skills.  

Questions? Please contact:
Otis J White

480 517-8107

About The National Society of Leadership and Success
The National Society of Leadership and Success is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. It was founded in 2001 to build a community of like-minded, success oriented leaders who come together to help one another succeed. The Society offers interactive broadcasts with the nation’s best speakers, training in goal setting, and team meetings in which students set and hold each other accountable for achieving goals. These benefits, which aim to help members personally and professionally, are offered for the rest of their lives. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 400 college and university campuses nationwide and serves more than 350,000 members. For more information, please visit http://www.societyleadership.org.

Gluten Free Diet Course! March 26

Join the Communiversity at Queen Creek and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) for a 3-week natural health and wellness course in Gluten Free Diet 101, beginning Thursday, March 26, 12 -1:30 p.m., at the Communiversity at Queen Creek. 


In this program, you will learn how to shift to a gluten free and/or dairy free life easily by discovering:

  • How to manage breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks when gluten and dairy are no longer options
  • Tips and tricks on how to make healthy, family friendly dishes
  • How to read labels to find where gluten and dairy are hiding
  • Creative ways to cook without gluten and dairy without sacrificing flavor
  • Easy and delicious gluten free and dairy free recipes

Meet Your Instructors

CHEF DAN SANTOS has 25 years of experience in the kitchen, including Executive Chef positions at The Flying J, Compass Group, the Surgical Specialty Hospital of Arizona and Freschef, which furthered his knowledge and interest in personal health as it relates to food, nutrition and diet. He also trained at SWIHA’s Herbalism program. He has been Executive Chef at Nourish since its inception in 2010.  
KIRSTIN CAREY is the founder and owner of Nourish. She is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist who works diligently to help people find which foods work best for their bodies, their goals and their lives.

After learning that she had food allergies and Celiac Disease, she learned everything she could about true wellness through food, closed her successful consulting company, and opened Nourish, a gluten free, soy free restaurant that focuses on delicious dishes to help people optimize their mind, body and soul.

Nourish will be opening at the SCNM in Tempe in the spring. To learn more about Chef Santos, Kristin Carey and Nourish, please visit Nourish123.com.

Complete Your Fall 2015 FASFA Now!

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Deadlines to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be a few months away but we highly recommend you make this task a priority now. 

Get it over and done with and you'll have plenty of time to troubleshoot delays or issues that may occur while processing your financial aid application.

The free online application is available at https://fafsa.ed.gov/.  This is the only authorized site to process financial aid applications.

Rio Salado's FAFSA code is 014483.
Chandler-Gilbert's FAFSA code is 030722.
Northern Arizona University's FASFA code is 001082.
Southwest College's FASFA code is G31070.
Ottawa University's FASFA code is 001937.

Please, pay close attention to deadlines

Students who plan to seek financial aid for the 2015-16 academic year beginning August 2015 must complete a 2015-16 FAFSA.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Save Thousands with Student Tax Credits!

This reference sheet will help you identify student #tax credits that could save you thousands of dollars, including the American Opportunity Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit.

For information on additional ways to save visit irs.gov.

Helping you save on college!  As a student, or parent of a student, in the midst of a busy school year, tax season is probably the last thing you want to think about. This quick reference sheet will help you identify tax credits that could save you thousands of dollars. Two to keep in mind are the American Opportunity Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit, outlined below. Taxpayers may only claim one credit per student per year.  AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY CREDIT LIFETIME LEARNING CREDIT AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY CREDIT DETAILS: Can be worth up to $2,500 per eligible student. Available for the first four years of postsecondary education. Forty percent of the credit is refundable, which means that the student may be able to receive up to $1,000, even if no taxes are owed.  AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY CREDIT REQUIREMENTS The student must be enrolled at least half time for at least one academic period, like a semester. Qualified expenses include tuition and fees, course-related books, supplies and equipment. LIFETIME LEARNING CREDIT DETAILS: Can be worth up to $2,000 per eligible student. Available for all years of postsecondary education and for courses to acquire or improve job skills. The maximum credit is limited to the amount of tax you must pay on your return. Does not provide benefit for people who owe no tax.   The student does not need to be pursuing a recognized educational credential, such as a degree or certificate. Qualified expenses include tuition and fees, course-related books, supplies and equipment.   WANT MORE INFO? For information on additional ways to save, or to learn more about the American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning credits, visit irs.gov.  ONE Maricopa: Ten community colleges and the Maricopa Corporate College  Maricopa Community College District cannot provide personal tax advice to students, as each student’s tax decision depends on his or her own individual circumstances. The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution.

SIS Unavailable March 7-9

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The Maricopa Community Colleges Student Information System (SIS) will not be available from 3 a.m., Saturday, March 7 to 7 a.m., Monday, March 9 as IT teams perform a quarterly upgrade.

This will affect all student self-service options including adding/dropping classes, resetting passwords and more-- so please plan accordingly.

Other support systems such as email, Canvas, and RioLearn will be available for use.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Thank you.