Monday, December 28, 2015

Maricopa Student Center Maintenance Dec. 30


The Maricopa Student Center will be down for planned maintenance Wednesday, December 30, 6-11 a.m.

The following online student services will be unavailable during this time: Maricopa Enterprise ID account creation, enrollment for classes, grade reports, transcripts, financial aid information, and the student message center. If you need to access any of these services, you are encouraged to do so before December 30. 

Visit this web page for the latest details about scheduled maintenance and services available to you during the process.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Attend Free Parenting Workshops in 2016!

Image from flier: Father taking care of an infant in a crib.  Text: Rio Salado College and the Communiversity at Queen Creek Host Parenting Workshops

Rio Salado College’s Early Childhood and Human Development Program and Shining Stars Learning Center will offer free parenting workshops in 2016 at the Communiversity at QC.

These non-credit classes 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.

program flier, text is the same as blog.2016 Saturday Workshops
10a.m. - 12p.m. 

Jan. 9
- Recognizing and Dealing with Childhood Trauma 
Feb. 20 - Teach Me What to Do!
Mar. 12 - Facing the Challenge I
Apr. 9 - Facing the Challenge II

Register online with Shining Stars Learning Center at www.sslcaz.com or call (480) 888-9545.  

Participants will earn a two-hour training certificate upon completion of each class.

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.

Why Go Back to School? There are Plenty of Reasons!

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Students from Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter decided to produce a video as part of their 2015 student project, which focuses on why working adults are returning to school and the obstacles they have overcome-- in an effort to inspire other adults to go back to school.

This video is the culmination of their efforts and we hope it inspires you to embark on your educational journey. 



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Students also contributed written testimonials about their experience.

This personal narrative by Rio Salado PTK Chapter President Vanessa Williams beautifully encapsulates the struggles and triumphs she has encountered on her educational journey.

Milton Berle, once stated that “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” 

A few years ago, I felt that there were no opportunities for me to advance. After spending years on the street homeless and addicted, I made the first step by getting clean and sober. I found a job and was living in my own place. Life was great, but something was missing. 

I loved my job, however, I knew I wanted to build a better financial future for myself. I looked around and saw that other people were attending college and working. I did some research and found that Rio Salado would be the perfect fit for my schedule.

It wasn’t easy going back to college. I was in default on my student loans and I didn’t know how I would afford to pay back the loans with my part-time job. I spoke with the Department of Education’s ombudsmen and found out that I could make payments that would be based on my income. I was ecstatic. I began the process of applying to Rio as soon as I was out of default.

There were some challenges along the way, but with the help of a great support system, I have been able to keep up in school. I even joined some student activities such as Phi Theta Kappa and the National Society of Leadership and Success. I have been able to travel and meet new people. I have had the pleasure of working with the wonderful staff at Rio Salado during some of our student activities.

Going back to school has opened the door for me. When opportunity didn’t knock – I built the door. I am thankful every day that Rio Salado College opened that door to a better life for me.

Are you ready to go back to school?  Visit this web page for an introduction on how Rio Salado can serve you.  

To learn more about PTK and other student life initiatives, visit this Rio Salado Student Life web page.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Winter Break Closure & Special Service Hours


The Communiversity at QC will be closed for winter break, Sat., Dec. 19 - Sun., Jan. 3. We will resume regular business hours Jan. 4, 2016.

The Rio Salado Testing Center will be available for service on Sat., Jan. 2, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We hope you enjoy a safe and happy holiday season and New Year! We look forward to being of service to you in 2016!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

New Sustainability Certificate from CGCC Spring 2016!

http://www.cgc.maricopa.edu/Academics/Biology/Pages/Sustainability.aspx

Check out this new Sustainability Certificate from Chandler Gilbert Community College.

Enroll now for spring 2016!

Demo for Students New to Rio & Online Learning

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New to Rio Salado College and online learning-- or thinking about enrolling?  This new demo was made for you!

Explore the options and convenience of our online learning platform and see why more than 40,000 online students have taken classes at Rio Salado College.

Start your demo now.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Mental Health Awareness & Maintenance Tips

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Finals and the holiday season are here and the end of the year is near-- which means some of us maybe feeling a bit more stressed, overwhelmed and in need of some help as it relates to mental health. Here are some perspectives, insights and wellness tips about mental health from Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck Brown to consider-- all year long.

In the scope of health and wellness, the focus is often on physical well-being while forgetting the important component of mental wellness.

Struggles with physical illness and disabilities are discussed openly and tend to be met with empathy while issues of mental health—including maintaining good mental health and battling with various degrees of mental illness—may be treated in the exact opposite way to the point of being stigmatized.

Of course, many of the things designed for physical health—exercise, a balanced diet—also contribute to maintaining a balanced mental health profile. Sometimes, however, these things are not sufficient and help should be sought.

Just like a minor physical issue, such as a cold or a sprained ankle, certain emotional stresses can be adequately dealt with by speaking with supportive friends and/or family members. Similarly, a more significant physical issue, such as a broken leg, would require the professional intervention of a medical doctor. A more significant behavioral health issue, such as persistent anxiety or depression, requires the assistance of a professional counselor, therapist, or psychologist.

In fact, even mental health professionals seek out other mental health professionals from time to time. Think of it like a maintenance plan; just as cars need periodic oil changes so does one’s mental health. Spending an hour talking, processing (positive or negative) stressful events, and allowing yourself to be centered on self is a great way to exercise those mental health muscles.

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Some may think mental health services are out of reach, but finding care is easier than one might think.

First, many health insurance policies—including ACCCS—provide a mental health benefit. The easiest way to find a care provider is to contact your health insurance provider and ask for a list.

Second, many providers offer a sliding scale fee for potential clients who do not have health insurance. In these cases, fees are typically based on one’s income and can be as low as $25 per session.

A third, slightly less expensive option is seeking assistance through one of the university counselor training programs. In these settings, counselors are university students and they are supervised by licensed clinicians. ASU’s Counselor Training Center is located on the main campus in Tempe and provides weekly counseling sessions during the fall and spring semesters at a cost of $80 for community members. The University of Phoenix provides free counseling at their Counseling Skills Center in Tempe.

Another option is reaching out to a crisis hotline or a warm line. There are several options within Maricopa County, including the Behavioral Health Crises Line, which offers a 24-hour crisis line at (602) 222 -9444 as well as a warm line at (602) 347-1100 that is available seven days a week.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender National Hotline (www.glbthotline.org) offers an online chat option through its website as well as a warm line (888) 843-4564 with limited availability.

Veterans can access help through a 24-hour hotline at (877) 424-3838 and/or live chat offered by the National Call Center for Homeless Vets (www.va.gov/homeless).

The only mistake is not asking for help.

The fear of being stigmatized has prevented many people who are struggling with significant mental health issues from seeking the help they need. Untreated mental illness is just as significant as any physical illness going undiagnosed and/or untreated and it can be just as debilitating.


For more details about Rio Salado counseling services, visit www.riosalado.edu/counseling or call 480-517-8785.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

State Farm is Hiring! Take Part in Dec. 15 Job Fair

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Explore part-time and full-time opportunities in Customer Service, Sales and Auto Claims at State Farm's Career Fair, Dec. 15.

Meet with State Farm recruiters and hiring managers.

Dec. 15, 2015
10 a.m. - 1 pm.
Phoenix airport Marriott
1101 N. 44th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Search State Farm jobs and apply online now at statefarm.com/careers.


Learn how Rio Salado's new Insurance Studies program can help you excel in this fast-growing industry! 

Enroll now, start Monday!



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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Attend Dec.14 Workshop to Learn How You Can Transition into a Teaching Career!

Image of a young woman looking at camera.  Text: I want to be a Teacher Now.  Words "One Day" crossed out.

Join the Rio Salado Teacher Education team for a free Post-Baccalaureate program orientation session at the Communiversity at QC so you can 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.

Monday, Dec. 14, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.

Communiversity at QC

Register now

Applicants can receive certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary (content specific) and Special Education. Learn about the traditional pathway model for certification which includes completion of all coursework, testing, and 12 week student teaching experience.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Get Linkedin to Network

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Here's some advice from Rio Salado Counselor Kamela Craig about the benefits of joining a social media networking group like LinkedIn while in college.

logo for LinkedIn

Many college students are avid users of social media such as Facebook and Twitter but they should also consider LinkedIn. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network and provides access to people, jobs, news and more.

Students may think that LinkedIn is better used after graduation but college counselors think you should stay ahead of the competition by building your profile early. By starting your profile while still in school you have time to develop your LinkedIn account and become an expert on how best to use it.

Networking is the key to landing a great job. Start now by linking with your friends, co-workers, classmates, professors, and family members. Call on your contacts for recommendations on your profile and start following the companies you may be interested in working for in the future. The information you learn and connections you make today may have a pay off in the future. Plus by having a profile on LinkedIn, an employer can find you!

Review these resources for tips on how to start or improve your LinkedIn profile:

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Kamela Craig on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Department.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Basics of a Mediterranean Meal - SCNM Thrive Class, Jan. 16

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Learn how to make quick, simple and healthy Mediterranean dishes with SCNM Thrive Chef Jason Taylor.

The menu will include fresh hummus with vegetable crudités. The hummus comes loaded with protein, and the fresh vegetables provide our cells with vitamins, minerals, fiber, healthy oils and phytonutrients.

THE BASICS OF A MEDITERRANEAN MEAL
12 - 2pm
Saturday, January 16, 2015
Instructor: Chef Jason Taylor
Price: $39

Register now: 480.222.9620

MCCCD SIS Maintenance Dec 5-6

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Attention Chandler-Gilbert and Rio Salado students: the Maricopa Community Colleges Student Information System (SIS) will not be available Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 a.m. until Sunday, Dec. 6 at 8 a.m for scheduled maintenance.  

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 appreciate your patience. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cybersecurity Employment Oppty for Veterans!

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PwC has committed to hiring 60 veterans into Cybersecurity roles by February 2016.

Learn about PwC, this recruitment initiative, eligibility requirements, the application process and more by visiting this web page.

Program Overview: Individuals selected during the Cybersecurity Hiring Initiative will join the Firm in various full-time cyber positions across the country and will begin their PwC experience in early 2016.