Monday, November 30, 2015

Rio Salado Insurance Scholarship Deadline Extended to Dec. 3! Still Time to Apply!

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The deadline for our new ‪Insurance Studies scholarship‬ has been extended to Dec. 3, 2015!  

Apply now.

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Insurance Studies focuses on general knowledge of the insurance industry, and touches on property and liability insurance, personal insurance and commercial insurance.


Students who complete the certificate can transfer to a variety of business programs offered at Arizona's public universities.

Rio Salado College collaborated with Glendale and Mesa Community Colleges, the Maricopa Community College District  and 35 insurance professionals from 20 different insurance companies to develop the program.

Check out this blog post for additional details about Rio Salado's Insurance Studies program.

How & When to Apply for Financial Aid

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It's time to apply for financial aid! Here are some tips from Rio Salado's Financial Aid team. 

New and continuing students interested in applying for federal student aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

You will need to provide your college's FASFA code. Rio Salado's FAFSA code is 014483.

Once your application is completed and submitted, your FASFA will be sent to your designated institution where your application will be processed to determine eligibility. This process can take up to four to six weeks.

Apply for Financial Aid Early!

For the 2015-16 award year, students can complete their FASFA through June 30, 2016. The 2015-16 FAFSA application is available now.

For the 2016-17 award year, students can complete the FAFSA through June 30 2017. The 2016-17 FAFSA application will be available January 1, 2016.


New and continuing students are encouraged to apply for financial aid as early as possible. 

Please note: Rio Salado student calendar block start numbers will determine when financial aid is disbursed.

Maricopa Community Colleges students should check their My.Maricopa.edu Student Services Center approximately 5-7 days after submitting their  FAFSA to see whether they have any outstanding related tasks by checking the:
● To Do List
● Message Center
● Official Student Email

Please also pay close attention to FAFSA deadlines and related deadlines from your institution.  Here is a link to Rio Salado Financial Aid deadlines.

Visit this web page for more information about Rio Salado Financial Aid services.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Federal Work Study Reduces Student Debt

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Rio Salado College has several, part-time student Federal Work Study (FWS) job opportunities that can help you pay for school while you gain valuable workforce experience.

FWS opportunities are need based. Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

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


Attention: Please submit your resume and related documents to the email address noted on the job postings.

We hope you will consider joining our team!

Attend Free Teacher Ed Orientation Sessions

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The Rio Salado Teacher Education team hosts free orientation sessions to provide details about its Bachelor Degree Pathway and Post-Baccalaureate programs!  

Take advantage of one of these orientation sessions in December!


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Bachelor Degree Pathway Orientation
Learn how this educator preparation program allows students to complete 90+ credits at the community college level and then transfer to Northcentral University for the remaining courses toward earning a bachelor's of education degree.


Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
6:30 - 8 p.m
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Rio Salado Tempe
Rio Tower - Disney Room #4 (6th floor)

Register now

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Post- Baccalaureate Orientation Sessions
Learn about the convenient and cost-effective ways students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree can transition into a K-12 teaching career. Applicants can receive certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary (content specific) and Special Education.

Traditional Pathway
Learn about the traditional pathway model for certification which includes completion of all coursework, testing, and 12 week student teaching experience.

  Monday, Dec. 14, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.
Communiversity at Queen Creek

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.

Communiversity at Surprise

Register now

Teacher in Residence Pathway
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher-in-Residence Orientation

Learn about paid employment opportunities in the classroom available to students while completing certification coursework. Visit this blog post for additional insights about this program and Arizona's pressing need for teachers.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Rio Salado Tempe Conference Center

Register now

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving Week Hours of Service

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The Communiversity at Queen Creek will be closed Thursday-Sunday, November 26-29 to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. 

The Rio Salado Testing Center will be open Saturday, Nov. 28. 

We will also have special office hours on Wednesday, November 24-- 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We will resume regular hours and services on Monday, Nov. 30.

We hope you enjoy a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

my.maricopa.edu Scheduled Outage Nov. 14

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Attention Rio Salado, Chandler-Gilbert and other Maricopa Community Colleges students. 

The MCCCD online Student Center, my.maricopa.edu will be down for scheduled maintenance on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.

You will not have the ability to log into the system, register, check placement test scores, create an MEID, etc. Please plan ahead.

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

We appreciate your understanding!

Monday, November 9, 2015

New Scholarship Oppty for Insurance Studies!

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Ready to jump-start your career in the insurance industry?

Here's a new ‪scholarship‬ opportunity for you to begin Rio Salado's new ‪Insurance‬ Studies program! 

Apply now.

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Insurance Studies focuses on general knowledge of the insurance industry, and touches on property and liability insurance, personal insurance and commercial insurance.

Students who complete the certificate can transfer to a variety of business programs offered at Arizona's public universities.

Rio Salado College collaborated with Glendale and Mesa Community Colleges, the Maricopa Community College District  and 35 insurance professionals from 20 different insurance companies to develop the program. Learn more about the development and purpose of this program in this blog post.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Veterans Day Closure, Nov. 11

The Communiversity at Queen Creek will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. 

Normal business hours will resume Thursday, Nov. 12.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

NSLS Recognizes Rio Salado College Student Life Coordinator!

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The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) has recognized John Bastian, coordinator of student life, for his outstanding achievements on behalf of the Rio Salado chapter and its student members.

"Through dedication and commitment, John has effectively motivated society members to attain individual goals, demonstrate leadership and prepare for the real world by continually striving for success," said the award letter sent by NSLS President Charles Knippen.

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The letter goes on to say that Bastian has "inspired students to serve as a powerful force of good by encouraging and organizing action that results in positive impacts" in our community.

"The National Society of Leadership and Success is an organization that presents positive opportunities for Rio Salado students," said Bastian. "I am grateful to the NSLS for this recognition."

We hope you will join us in congratulating him for his exceptional service.

Interested in learning more about Rio Salado's NSLS chapter and other student life programs? Visit this web page or contact John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656 for more details.

Photo of John with Rio students at a widerness retreat 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.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Effective Studying & Note Taking Tips

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Some students seem to achieve A’s in classes easier than others. What’s the secret? More than likely effective studying and note taking techniques

Here are some tips from Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardott to help you make the most of your study time, course materials and note taking-- so you can retain the information you’ll need to ace your exams.

Active Reading
This is a great technique to help you memorize information and to make the most of your note taking. Active reading is when you process and output the information as you read it. Passive reading is how you normally read; trying to learn the information just how it’s written.  Active reading techniques include:


  • Highlighting important text.
  • Writing down thoughts next to passages read.
  • Asking questions about the material.

Here are some commonly asked questions about reading and note taking:

What should you read?
  • Review your syllabus and concentrate on the assigned materials.
  • Before diving into the materials, get an overview by reading summaries and conclusions for a big-picture view.
  • Test your understanding as you go along. Many textbooks include questions for this purpose.

What notes should you take, based on your reading?
  • Focus on the big ideas, relevant details and pay special attention to the introduction and conclusion.
  • Look for visual cues. If text is highlighted or in bold, it’s likely to be important.
  • Take note of information that’s repeated and reinforced.

I realize some topics are easier to get than others. How in-depth you go with textbook note-taking will be based on your level of knowledge on the subject and how hard it is for you.

Here are some additional tips to follow:

1. Read the chapter before the lesson.
2. Divide the chapter into readable chunks.
3. Schedule your note-taking sessions on your “to do” list.
4. Don’t do it all at one time. It’s good to space your reading out so it is stored in your long-term memory.
5. Go over the material and review what you’ve read right away.

We hope you find these tips helpful!

Study hard and take those notes! 

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardott on behalf of Rio Salado Counseling, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.