Friday, October 30, 2015

Help Foster Youth Transition to Adult Life

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Teens in foster care are more likely to face homelessness, incarceration, teen pregnancy and substance abuse than their peers. Rio Salado, Chandler-Gilbert and the Maricopa Community Colleges are working with Arizona State University to change that with Bridging Success, a program to help foster youth transition to higher learning and life as an adult.

Learn more about this effort and ways you can make a difference in this azcentral story by reporter Kaila White.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Free Workshop Nov. 12: Emotional Intelligence–A Key Focus for Professional & Personal Success!

Take part in a free workshop, Emotional Intelligence–A Key Focus for Professional and Personal Success, presented by Chandler-Gilbert Community College professor Diana Creel Elarde at the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

Relationship building with clients, employees, family and friends is a critical component of success. Learn how understanding and increasing Emotional Intelligence can help retain valuable employees, increase productivity, and have a positive effect on both business and personal relationships.

Diana Creel Elarde, MA, is a psychology professor at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Founder of Emerging Insights, LLC. Recognized for her 25 years in technology sales and management, Ms. Elarde was inducted as a Xerox Global Imaging Leader. As a speaker and author, she addresses both business and personal areas of development.

Ms. Elarde will help you understand:
  • What is Emotional Intelligence?
  • Current state of American workers
  • Emotional awareness as a springboard to success
  • How fear robs everyone of valuable productivity
  • Employing Emotional Intelligence for stronger team building and relationship management on a personal and professional level

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Thursday, November 12, 2015
6:30 –7:30 p.m.
Communiversity at Queen Creek

21740 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Phone: 480-384-9000

For more details, call 480.732.7000 or contact Diana at

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Employment Fair for Youth 16-24 & Maricopa Community Colleges Students!

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The Maricopa Community Colleges are joining Starbucks in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair & Forum at the Phoenix Convention Center this Friday, October 30 to help young people between the ages of 16 and 24 find employment and educational opportunities.

Starbucks will be joined by 20 other companies to recruit, hire and provide support services at the event.

While the event is designed specifically to help young people who are not currently employed or in school and who have had difficulty finding jobs and educational opportunities, Starbucks is inviting all Maricopa Community Colleges students to take advantage of the workshops, services and interviewing opportunities available during the free community event.
  • Meet and interview with more than 20 companies 
  • Practice interview skills with one-on-one coaching 
  • Create or improve resume with personalized support 
  • Get resources to complete high school degree and explore college 
  • Get help with job applications 
  • Attend workshops on how to set career goals 
  • Tap into legal resources and immigration services 
  • Find a mentor and job training programs, open a bank account and more!
Participants will also have access to bus passes, food, haircuts and other services to help them prepare for on-site interviews.

100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair & Forum 
Friday, October 30 
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. Third St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

To register, visit

Register and Schedule Your Interviews Now!
Participants can pre-schedule up to two interviews online and should plan to dress for success to meet with various employers during the event.
About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative:
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is a coalition of leading U.S.-based companies committed to training and hiring 100,000 Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of school and not working by 2018. Launched in August of 2015 to create more pathways to economic opportunity for young Americans, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative aims to be the largest employer-led coalition in the country. The Initiative creates pathways for youth with untapped talent and potential to build skills, gain credentials and employment, and reclaim the American Dream. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is an employer-led coalition that will leverage the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions. It is supported by many of the country’s youth and opportunity-focused nonprofit organizations, local governments, and participating funders.

#StartSomewhere #100kOpportunities

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

United Way 2015 - United We Serve

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The Communiversity at Queen Creek and Rio Salado College are excited to join the Maricopa Community Colleges in the 2015 Valley of the Sun United Way Giving Campaign!

This is an opportunity for employees, students and our community partners to collectively donate time, money and resources to improve the lives of our neighbors who need a helping hand.

How can you help?

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Make an online pledge! It's quick, easy and secure at and every donation makes a difference!  Rio Salado and MCCCD employees are encouraged to use this online interface at using their MEID username and default password (birthday (mmdd) + last 4 digits of employee number)

Donate to the Rio Salado Unites Book Drive! Drop off new and gently used books for K-12 students at the Communiversity at QC or any Rio Salado location throughout the month of October.  Rio Salado's Educator Preparation Program will collect the books for students attending local, high-need schools and living in communities struggling with poverty. The donations will benefit Wilson Elementary School District, a small K-8 district in the downtown Phoenix area, which has a rich history of serving kids in the community for more than 100 years.  Additionally, your donations will be used to provide books directly to students in Rio’s Educator Preparation Program, who will distribute them when student teaching at schools in need.

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Volunteer your time at Project Connect! Serve as a Guest Guide alongside Rio Salado's new Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. LeRodrick Terry to provide one-on-one support services for people who are homeless. Project Connect offers instant access to the resources people in our community need to start the journey back to health, financial stability and housing. This includes access to goods – like food and clothing – and services such as counseling and job placement.

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Friday, October 16

7 a.m. – 1p.m.
Tempe Arizona South Stake
1111 East Knox Road
Tempe, AZ 85284

Rio Salado and MCCD employees can register via by choosing Community Project Course #002263, Session #0006 or through the Maricopa Learns through Service (MLTS) Project at

Rio Salado students should contact Rio Salado United Way Coordinators: Dannan Glasper at or Danielle Steely at to register for this event.

To learn more about ways you can give, advocate and volunteer, visit

Enjoy a Rewarding Career in Sustainable Food Systems!

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Looking for a new program of study and career option? Consider Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program.

If you support fair trade and local products, have an interest in learning how sustainable practices benefit the environment-- then this Rio Salado program of study is for you!

Learn more by visiting

Here's a new video featuring testimonials from program graduates that shows why this program is perfect for busy, working professionals!

 Classes start Monday! Enroll today.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Employment Opportunity to Help Students Succeed!

Rio Salado Student and Peer Mentor Samantha Hill
Here's an employment opportunity that will give you a chance to change lives! Rio Salado College is seeking a part-time Peer Mentor to serve students at Rio Salado Tempe headquarters.

Job Duties: Peer mentoring requires being a knowledgeable, experienced guide and role model. Mentors are responsible for assisting students achieve their goals by providing structure, support, feedback and referrals, as well as assisting students with basic information regarding advisement, admissions, registration and financial aid.

Read the full job description and details about how to apply.

Visit this Rio Salado Employment Page for additional information about other part-time and full-time opportunities.

Pictured above is Sam Hill, a dedicated Rio Salado Peer Mentor and student who understands first-hand how valuable a peer mentor can be. “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.”

Rio Salado students are encouraged to apply!

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

Monday, October 12, 2015

Register for Spring 2016 Classes -- Today!

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Here's a look at the newest selection of in-person classes available to you at the Communiversity at Queen Creek from Chandler Gilbert Community College

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Visit for the latest updates.

Scholarship Time for Maricopa Colleges Students!

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Scholarships are great way to receive funding for your education but are often not easy to find. However, there is good news!

The Maricopa Colleges Faculty Foundation has created a scholarship fund students can use as early as Spring 2016.

A few of the criteria requirements include:

● Must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA
● Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges
● Must obtain at least two faculty signatures to submit with complete application

The application deadline to apply is October 15 and interested applicants need to visit to learn all the details and how to apply.

Please note applicants will need to submit their application online, with a copy of an official or unofficial transcript, and a typed essay describing how the funds would benefit the applicant’s educational goals.

Be sure to review the additional scholarships available through the Maricopa Community College District that allow you to submit one application for multiple scholarships at

This feature allows you to save time with the convenient one-time application and the deadline to apply is October 12.

Remember to take the time to have a colleague, mentor, teacher, or someone you trust review your applications and essays, if applicable, to search for grammar, punctuation, and/or spelling errors. Failing to thoroughly review your application packet can be the deciding factor to whether or not you receive the funding available to you.

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.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Free Parent Workshops Begin This Saturday, Oct. 10!

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The first in a series of free community workshops for parents hosted by Rio Salado College’s Early Childhood and Human Development Program and Shining Stars Learning Center will begin this Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

These non-credit classes, which will take place monthly from October 2015 - April 2016, 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.

Saturday Workshops10a.m. - 12p.m.
Oct. 10 - Making Connection - This Saturday!
Nov. 14 - Making it Happen
Dec. 12 - Why Do Children Do What They Do?

Jan. 9 - Recognizing and Dealing with Childhood Trauma
Feb. 20 - Teach Me What to Do!
Mar. 12 - Facing the Challenge (Part 1)
Apr. 9 - Facing the Challenge (Part 2)

program flier, text is the same as blog.Register online with Shining Stars Learning Center at or call (480) 888-9545.  

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.

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Classes are free and open to the public.

Learn more about Rio Salado instructor and co-owner of Shining Stars Learning Center Victoria Diforte, in this related blog story.

Interested in taking your education a step further? Learn how Rio Salado can help you earn a degree in Early Childhood Administration and Management.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


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The Communiversity at QC and its partners stand with Umpqua Community College today, to honor the victims of last week's tragedy and to show support for the UCC community as it goes through the process of healing.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

#IamUCC Moment of Silence Oct. 8, 11 a.m.

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We encourage you to join the Communiversity at QC and our country in a National Moment of Silence in memory of Umpqua Community College victims on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 11 a.m.

Let’s show Umpqua that we stand with them as they begin the process of healing their campus community.

Apply for All-AZ Scholarship by Oct. 26

2015 ALL-AZ Scholars Rex Moore and John Field with Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante
Each year Chandler Gilbert, Rio Salado and the other Maricopa Community Colleges name two of their students to the All-Arizona Academic Team. The prestigious honor includes a tuition award to one of Arizona’s three state universities along with cash scholarships in the range of $500-$1,000.

The top scholars will also have an opportunity to apply for membership on the All-USA Community College Academic Team and additional awards.

The scholarship committees for each college are seeking students who are engaged and making a difference in their communities.

Field at 2015 Commencement
The committees are looking for students who demonstrate some or all of the following qualities:

● Outstanding academic rigor and grade point averages (3.6 or higher)
● Participation in honors programs
● Awards, honors, and recognition for academic achievement
● Service to the college and community

A major focal point of the application process is an essay, which students must submit to chronicle one significant endeavor or achievement as a community college student. The scholarship judges look for innovative, creative, original and lasting achievements or undertakings.

Please contact Chandler-Gilbert Student Services Specialist Donna A. Pisano at or 480-988-8167 and Rio Salado College Student Life & Leadership Coordinator John Bastian at or 480-517-8050 to secure criteria guidelines and the official application.

If you meet the criteria and want to be considered for the All-Arizona Team, please complete and submit your application via email to if you're a Chandler-Gilbert student or to if you're a Rio Salado student by 8 a.m., Monday, October 26.

Learn about Rex Moore and John Field, Rio Salado's 2015 ALL-AZ scholars in this story.

Apply for MCCDF Scholarships by Oct. 12!

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarship deadline is quickly approaching.  You have until October 12, 2015 to submit your application! 

Foundation scholarships are privately funded opportunities open to all Maricopa Community Colleges students-- and in some cases, students attending other colleges and universities.

One general application, hundreds of scholarships.

Visit this Maricopa Colleges web page for successful tips and strategies to consider in all of your scholarship applications.

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. It will be well worth your time to apply!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Don't Forget About Partnering for Success Career Fair Oct. 13-14

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Take advantage of Partnering for Success, a free workshop and career fair, Oct. 13-14 in the heart of Queen Creek.  

This two-day event is designed to help connect job seekers and bridge the gap to employment!

Fall Workshop
Tuesday, October 13
1-5 p.m.
Queen Creek Library
1802 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Resumes, Interviewing Skills and Tools to Find Work.  

Career Fair
Wednesday, October 14
2-5 p.m.
Communiversity at Queen Creek
21740 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

This two-day event is made possible by the Maricopa County Department of Human Services, Maricopa Workforce Connections, the Communiversity at Queen Creek and Queen Creek Library.

Through this collaborative effort we hope to provide a model of integrated economic and workforce development activities to demonstrate that talent development can drive economic transformation to support healthy workforce environments, while partnering with educators and community partners to bring solutions to local communities.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program Auxiliary aids and services are available.

East Mesa and Queen Creek businesses interested in hosting an information table for the Career Fair should contact Yvette Fielder at 602- 372-9721.

Monday, October 5, 2015

4th Annual Camino al Éxito Education Fair

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On October 10, 2015, Expect More Arizona, Univision Arizona and the Helios Education Foundation will host the Camino al Éxito Education Fair. This fourth annual event will take place at South Mountain Community College, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The event will serve approximately 3,500 Latino parents and students of all ages, who will have a chance to experience a robust resource fair with exhibits, including a special reading garden where kids under five will receive a free book.

Parents and family members will also have an opportunity to attend workshops on a variety of topics, such as college readiness, financial aid and early learning.

Local and national talent from Univision will take part to meet and greet event attendees.

Early Registration Begins Oct. 5 for Maricopa Community Colleges Students

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Attention Maricopa Community Colleges students! Take advantage of early registration for spring 2016

Current students, veterans and their families can begin registration as early as Monday, Oct. 5. New students can begin Oct. 12. Visit when you're ready to get started.

In the meantime, visit to see which Chandler-Gilbert Community College in-person classes are available to you at the Communiversity at QC and to see which of Rio Salado's 600+ online classes work for you.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Study Tips from the NAU Team

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The first day of October means that the fall semester is almost half way done!  If you've got midterms coming up, then check out these study tips for success from our good friends at Northern Arizona University - Extended Campuses.

Learn How to Transform Lifeless Clay Into Rich Soil!

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Time to get those fall seeds in the ground! Need guidance? Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems team can help with a non-credit soil building class October 10!  

Desert Gardening: 
Soil Building
Saturday, Oct. 10
9-11 a.m.
Rio Salado Tempe Garden
Class fee: $20

Tired of your clay soil? Do your plants die every summer? Not sure when or how much to fertilize? Join us for a soil building workshop. Learn how soil forms naturally and how you can facilitate the process in your garden. Familiarize yourself with the benefits of microbes in your soil, and how to employ no-till techniques turning your hard clay into rich, loamy earth by allowing nature work for you.
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Register now online or call 480-517-8540 for assistance.

This fun, 2-hour class is part of the college's 2015-16 community education cooking classes. Check out the full schedule of upcoming classes in the flier to your right.