Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CGCC Fall Schedule - Register for Classes Today!


Check out Chandler-Gilbert Community College's robust fall course schedule at the Communiveristy at QC!

Course offerings will help students fulfill undergraduate requirements for just about any degree.

In-person classes start Aug. 24, 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.

Independence Day Closure

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On behalf of all of us at the Communiversity at QC, we wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day weekend!

This special holiday marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and our independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776!

Looking for a way to celebrate? Here are 29 Fourth of July celebrations around the Valley from azcentral.com!

All Rio Salado locations and Testing Centers will be closed July 2 - 4 in observance of Independence Day, except for the Testing Center at Tempe, which will be open July 2-3, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

As a reminder, most Communiversity at QC services will be closed on Fridays, until Aug. 14. We will resume week-long operations on Aug. 17.

#IndependenceDay

Monday, June 29, 2015

Conquer Your Test-Taking Fears

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Taking tests is a given in college life and for many people, this can strike fear and cause self-doubt. The best way to conquer those fears is by being prepared and by using tried and true test-taking strategies.

This Test Taking Tips video produced by Rio Salado’s Testing Center can help you prepare.

For more study skills and college success strategies, consider taking a Rio Salado College and Career Success class.

If you have an overwhelming fear of taking tests, you may be experiencing test anxiety. Wikipedia defines text anxiety as “a physiological condition in which people experience extreme stress, anxiety, and discomfort during and/or before taking a test. This anxiety creates significant barriers to learning and performance.” If you think test anxiety maybe an issue for you, please contact our Counseling department at 480-517-8784.

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

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Noyce Scholar Transitions to Geometry Teacher

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"My experience as a Noyce Scholar has been fun, exciting and educational," said Danny Brady, one of 28 scholars who recently completed Rio Salado's Noyce Scholars Program.

"After spending 20 years in engineering in the semiconductor business, it was a difficult decision to enter into a new teaching career and the Noyce program definitely made the switch easier and more rewarding."

"The Noyce Scholars staff at Rio Salado did an outstanding job helping with the transition as well as setting up valuable conferences and workshops throughout the entire teaching certification program."

Brady teaches algebra and geometry classes at Chandler High School.

There is an opportunity for 15 more qualified candidates in the program, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.
Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete. 

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

Friday and July 4 Holiday Closures


As a reminder, the Communiversity at QC will be closed on Fridays, until Aug. 14. We will resume week-long operations on Aug. 17.

Rio Salado Testing Centers at the Communiversity at QC, Tempe, Northern and the Communiversity at Surprise will remain open.

Please visit Rio Salado's locations pages for additional details www.riosalado.edu/Locations.

All locations and Testing Centers will be closed July 2 - 4 in observance of Independence Day, except for the Testing Center at Tempe, which will be open July 2-3, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Please plan accordingly!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Register Now! Real Health in Your Everyday Life

Register now for the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine's 3-part health series, Real Health in Your Everyday Life at the Communiversity at QC!

This three-part series is designed for people who are:
  • Overwhelmed with contradictory health information available on social media
  • Looking to live life with more energy, vitality and well-being
  • Interested in exchanging poor habits for positive habits that promote wellness
Students will interactively journey through a 24-hour day, exploring pivotal choices for optimal health along the way. Get ready to learn refreshing and practical strategies that can be implanted immediately for everyday health!

Space is limited. Register Now!

Week 1, July 21, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Eating For Good Health - The Easy Way

Week 2, July 28, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Self-Care For Your Everyday Health

Week 3, Aug. 4, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Protecting Your Health Outside Of Your Home, and Everyday Rest & Recovery

Meet Your Instructor
Dr. Sabatier is a highly respected speaker and a Naturopathic Medical Doctor, licensed through the Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board. Dr. Sabatier has a B.S. and an MBA from the University of Louisiana. He graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Naturopathic Medical Doctor program in 2013. He specializes in helping others understand the self-healing abilities of the body and to achieve their health goals.

Visit www.stevensabatier.com to learn more about Dr. Sabatier.

Rio Salado Ranked #1 by CorrectionalOfficers.org



CorrectionalOfficer.org chose Rio Salado College as its number one pick for U.S. schools Preparing Correctional Officers to Answer the Call top 50 list for 2015.

“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to provide flexible and affordable higher education options in the corrections field,” said Rio Salado Public Safety and Paralegal Faculty Chair Angela Kwan, who plays a key role in the development of the college’s Law Enforcement Technology programs.

Angela Kwan
Kwan said the corrections industry, like other industries, is facing challenges with recruitment and retention of qualified personnel. The competition with other criminal justice fields such as law enforcement or private security make the challenge even greater.

“Rio Salado is committed to helping the corrections industry meet the demands of finding qualified employees, the success of its Basic Corrections program and ultimately, degree completion for all students,” said Kwan.

The college is doing that in great part through its Academy Based Partnerships program. Among its leading partners is the Arizona Department of Corrections (DOC). The DOC educational service partnership has helped more than 13,000 employees earn a certificate of completion in Law Enforcement Technology Basic Corrections.

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DOC Basic Corrections students receive on-the-job instruction and earn 21 college credits upon completion of the program, which they can apply toward an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Corrections degree. Rio Salado has an appointed staff member called a “navigator” to further assist corrections officers in reaching that goal.

“This accomplishment recognizes the tremendous effort by Rio Salado College to offer a high-quality program to meet the unique needs of corrections professionals,” said DOC Director Charles Ryan in a letter about the CorrectionalOfficer.org recognition. “The Arizona Department of Corrections places high value on education, and for 18 years our partnership has helped many corrections staff reach their academic goals.”

The DOC is one of several U.S. law enforcement agencies that work with Rio Salado to provide similar educational opportunities for employees.

Rio Salado offers several certificate-to-degree pathway programs in the criminal justice field and credit-for-prior learning opportunities for graduates from authorized academies, law enforcement officers and former officers to earn a Certificate of Completion in Law Enforcement Technology. 

For more information, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/law_enforcement or call 480-517-8580.

CorrectionalOfficer.org based its choice on published surveys from government sources such as the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (2013) and National Center for Education Statistics. Other factors included the types of programs colleges offered and the percentage of student graduates in the field of corrections compared to the total number of graduates for each college.

Monday, June 22, 2015

What You Need To Know About Student Loans

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Student loans are a big financial commitment, and it is your responsibility to be as well informed as possible.

Check out this helpful NAU Extended Campuses blog post, Everything You Need To Know About Student Loans.

Learn more about student loans and federal student aid by visiting studentaid.ed.gov

New Titles at the Rio Salado Library

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Here is what’s new in the Rio Salado College Library! This list is updated throughout the month as new books arrive. To view the complete list of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive.

Fiction

Nonfiction

DVDs

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Noyce Program Paved the Way for Mesa Teacher


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Tom Hagen recently completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program, which helped him prepare for a new career as an algebra teacher at Mountain View High School in Mesa.

"The Noyce Scholar program made a huge difference on my journey to my teaching certification," said Hagen. 
"Not only did they provide a stipend which helped on the tuition end, but they provided a learning community that made a huge difference in support and encouragement."

"Both my fellow Noyce Scholars and the faculty and staff at Rio Salado and the Noyce Scholar program provided many learning opportunities and much-needed support. It made the process an exciting and joyful event."

Hagen is one of 28 scholars who have completed the program. There is an opportunity for 15 more qualified candidates, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.
Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete. 

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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

7 Steps For Seamless University Transfer


Transferring from a community college to a 4-year university is exciting, but it can also be stressful. Make the process as seamless as possible by preparing now.

Check out this helpful NAU Extended Campuses blog, 7 Steps To Make Transferring From Community College Painless.

To learn more about NAU's programs at the Communiversity at QC, please contact on-site NAU Transitions Coordinator Gina Stephens at gina.stephens@nau.edu or by phone at 602.776.4677.

Visit this Rio Salado web page to learn more about our academic partners and transfer options available to you.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Learn How to Get Paid While You Learn to Teach! Free Teacher Orientation June 17.

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

Join Rio Salado for a free orientation session to learn more about its Teacher-In-Residence program-- a fast-track re-career option that includes paid employment opportunities!

Date: June 17
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

RSVP: www.riosalado.edu/tirorientation

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.

Check out this blog post, visit this Teacher Education web page or call 480-517-8140 to speak to a program outreach specialist for additional details.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Noyce Scholar Recareers as Math Teacher


Lindsey Buckles is one of 28 scholars who recently completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program, which helped her quickly transition from an actuary career to become a middle school teacher in Prescott Valley.

“Being a Noyce Scholar has been such a great experience for me,” said Buckles. “I have received so much support and additional resources from the program and other scholars that I would not have received otherwise. It is such a great program that has made me the teacher I am today.”

Buckles teaches 8th grade math at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School.

There are fifteen more openings for qualified Noyce Scholarship applicants, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.
Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete. 

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

This story by Prescott Valley Tribune Reporter Sue Tone provides additional insights into Buckles journey into teaching.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Free Teacher Ed Orientation June 17


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Rio Salado Teacher-In-Residence 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.

Want to learn more?  Join us for an in-person orientation session this June.

Date: June 17
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
RSVP: www.riosalado.edu/tirorientation


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.

Visit this Teacher Education web page or call 480-517-8140 to speak to a program Outreach Specialist for additional details.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Take Part in MCCCD Student Marketing Survey!

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Your input is valuable! 
We hope you'll take part in a Maricopa Community Colleges marketing survey for students. There are only five questions.

Take the survey now.  

We appreciate your participation.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Rio Noyce Scholar Fulfills Dream of Teaching


“As a Noyce scholar I have been given a tremendous opportunity to pursue my dream to be a secondary math teacher. I have received enormous support in this rigorous program, which is preparing me well for a teaching career,” said Robert Upham.

Upham is one of 28 students who have completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program.

“Being a Noyce scholar has given me access to conferences and training seminars from master teachers from across the country. These opportunities have exposed me to the methods, ideas and strategies to become an effective teacher in a STEM field.”

Upham will begin his career as a math teacher this fall at a San Tan Valley middle school.

There are fifteen more openings for qualified Noyce scholars, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.
Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete. 

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

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Ice Cream Social & Town Hall, June 20

Town of Queen Creek Ice Cream Social. Get the scoop about what's going on in Queen Creek.
Join the Town of Queen Creek for the second annual Ice Cream Social & Community Town Hall on Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Communiversity at QC!

This free, fun and casual community outreach event provides residents the opportunity to have their opinions heard and encourages them to learn about projects affecting QC. Town representatives are on hand to answer questions and display upcoming projects.

Topics to be covered include:
  • Town Council 5-year goals
  • Plans for the Town Center
  • Road improvements
  • Sewer and wastewater projects
  • Approved General Plan
  • Economic development goals and strategies
  • Dust control initiatives
  • Queen Creek Water service
  • Fire service and public safety
  • Garbage and recycling services

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Study Abroad in Spain This Fall!

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KJZZ 91.5 General Manager and Rio Salado Vice President of the Department of Public Service Jim Paluzzi is hosting a for-credit study abroad communications class titled Public Speaking for International Audiences at the Instituto Hemingway in Bilbao, Spain, September 13-25, 2015.

The one-credit Public Speaking for International Audiences class offers 12 student the opportunity to deliver presentations at an advanced level to a challenging audience in a foreign setting, while developing a heightened sense of audience orientation.

Learn more about this exciting opportunity on KJZZ's website.

The deadline to apply is Monday, June 22.  
Apply now

KJZZ is a community service of Rio Salado College. 

Get Your Feast on This Summer in QC

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Get ready Queen Creek. Saturdays have never tasted this good!

The Town of QC and the Queen Creek Feastival will bring food trucks from all over the Valley, handmade and homemade boutique vendors, live music and family fun to Horseshoe Park every Saturday evening year round!

Stop by the QC Feastival grand opening on Saturday, June 13, from 5:30 - 9 p.m. Admission is always free!

The grand opening will feature the School of Rock Sugar Skulls, a youth group from the Gilbert School of Rock.

A total of 28 local food trucks will be featured and a full market of boutique vendors will also be present.

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Flat Track Racing will be in the main arena of Horseshoe Park during the grand opening. Admission is $6 per person ages 4 and up. 

Anyone who spends a minimum of $10 at a food truck will receive a stamp good for 50% off admission.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Workplace Training Leads Mom to College Degree


Rhiannon Lay was determined not to be a drop-out statistic when she became a mother during her junior year at Apollo High School in Glendale. So she transferred to Mesa Distance Learning Program and completed her high school certification online.

After high school, Lay got married and was raising her three young daughters. She worked in the banking industry and took some classes at a for-profit college.

Then Lay got a job as a property and casualty insurance specialist with USAA.

The job was more than an income. It paved the way for Lay to earn a college degree.

USAA is one of several Valley companies that partner with Rio Salado College to offer industry-specific workplace education. Employees get customized training that earn college credits leading to certificate and degree completion. Employers get a more educated and engaged workforce.

“Since 2002, more than 5,000 USAA employees have successfully completed their workplace training and earned college credits through our partnership,” said Susan Lawrence, Director of Corporate and Government Partnerships at Rio Salado.

During her first year at USAA, Lay enrolled in a certificate program. 

“I was determined to set a good example for my daughters and let them know they can do anything they set their mind to,” Lay said. 

When the certificate program ended, Lay met with a Rio Salado advisor and learned that some of her previous college credits could be applied to a degree program.

“Employees can accelerate their degree completion when they consolidate workplace training with additional credits earned at Rio Salado or elsewhere,” Lawrence said. “Many times they only need a few courses to earn their degree.” 


Lay graduated from Rio Salado in May with an associate degree in organizational management, and has already experienced the benefits of her education at work.

“We’re encouraged to think outside the box to solve problems and find innovative solutions, so I find myself putting my coursework into practice almost daily at USAA,” Lay said.

Although she admits going to school while working full time and being a full-time parent was a lot of hard work, Lay plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University in the fall.

“Nothing worth having comes easily,” she said.

For more information about Rio Salado’s corporate and government educational partnerships, visit www.riosalado.edu/partnerships or call 480-517-8512.

Photo 1: Rhiannon Lay prepares for 2015 graduation
Photo 2: Rhiannon Lay with other 2015 Rio Salado graduates who took advantage of workplace training credits to earn a degree.

Register Now For Fall Courses

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Continue or pursue your education in-person or online - close to home!

The Communiversity at QC offers a variety of in-person and online courses that will help you meet most general certificate and degree program requirements.

Fall 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, including a transcript review.

Feel free to swing on by or drop us a line for more details!