Thursday, December 22, 2016

CGCC Student Spotlight: Berenice Zendejas on Facing the Challenges of Higher Learning

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This Queen Creek/San Tan Valley Independent story by Cronkite News reporter Danielle Quijada gives insights into the obstacles that children of immigrants and first-generation college students sometimes face in pursuit of higher learning— as seen through the eyes of Berenice Zendejas of Queen Creek, a part-time student at Chandler-Gilbert Community College who is determined to become a doctor one day.

Learn how the Communiversity at Queen Creek can help you fulfill your dreams!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Desserts That Won't Put a Dent in Your Diet

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Countless cookies, creamy chocolates, and decadent desserts – that’s what makes the holidays so delicious, but by the time January rolls around, it’s more like pants that don’t fit and an overpriced gym membership.

The holidays are a great time to indulge in moderation, but did you know that the average American gains 1.3 pounds during the holiday season? According to US News, it can take up to five months to lose that extra weight.

If you don’t want to sport the unintentional skinny jean until May 2017, check out these awesome delicious alternatives from US News -- including treats like pomegranate bark, dark chocolate popcorn, and lighter versions of classic holiday beverages like eggnog and hot chocolate. The holidays can still be delicious without putting too big of a dent in your diet.

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Maintaining a healthy weight plays an important role in your overall health – so, let’s start 2017 off by aiming for a healthy, active lifestyle together.

If you’re an MCCCD employee, don’t forget that the Maintain. Don’t Gain initiative weigh outs will be held between January 23-27 with future details to come.

#weightmanagement #maintaindontgain #healthy #healthyfood #gym #exercise #wellness #holidays #dessert #newyear #newyearsresolution

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday Safety Tips from QC Fire and Medical

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Our friends at the Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department (QCFMD) want you to have a happy and safe holiday season.

They've put together a video with safety recommendations to reduce holiday hazards.

Here are some of their other tips:

Christmas Tree Safety
  • Select a tree with fresh, green needles.
  • Place the tree and ornaments at least three feet from any heat source.
  • Water the tree daily.
  • Replace lights that are worn, have broken cords or loose bulbs.
  • Never use candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off tree lights before leaving and going to bed.
  • Remove the tree once it is dry by recycling it at the Town’s tree recycling events

Cooking Safety
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop (oven mitts, food packaging, etc.).
  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or boiling food. If you must leave the room, turn off the stove.
  • Be sure to thaw the turkey completely before cooking.
  • If you have a pan fire, place a lid on the pan and turn off the burner.
  • Keep kids at least three feet away from the stove, oven, hot food and liquids.

General Safety
  • Never leave space heaters unattended, including while you sleep. Do not let pets or kids play too close to space heaters.
  • Do not plug extension cords into one another.
  • Only use lights and extension cords outside that are labeled for outdoor use. 
  • Check decorations for any frayed or pinched wires; discard any worn decorations.
  • Install working smoke alarms on every level in your home, in every bedroom, and outside of each sleeping area. Test the alarms monthly and change the batteries annually.

The Town of Queen Creek also offers free recycling services for Christmas trees, old electronics, appliances and cooking oil. You can visit QueenCreek.org/Recycling to learn more about their programs.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Tips on Coping with Grief During the Holidays

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Grief is always hard.

It’s a process that is not always linear. It hits hard and subsides, confronts, and then hides. The holidays can often trigger grief in a harsh way. You may be struggling with thoughts like, "Who will put the star on the tree this year now that Dad is gone?" You may also wonder whether anyone feels like you do or not feel motivated to participate in any holiday activities. This is normal! 

Rio Salado College Counselor Autumn Cardenez has put together some tips on how to deal with grief during the holidays.

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Here are four tips on dealing with grief during the holidays:

1. Give back to others: It can be very comforting to help others who are struggling. Serve at a homeless shelter, provide a meal for a family, or buy a gift for a child in need.

2. Reach out to loved ones for support: It’s easy to slip into “leave me alone” mode, but it can be harmful to your mental health. Surround yourself with people who love and support you. Sing nostalgic songs, reminisce over memories and look back at pictures. This can bring many tears but it will also help you to relieve your sadness.

3. Be mindful of your health and well-being: Do the form of physical activity that you enjoy the most whether it is yoga, running, or strength training. A good sweat can release endorphins and boost your mood. Try to avoid unhealthy coping mechanisms such as alcohol abuse, emotional eating, or other harmful self-medicating activities.

4. Create a new tradition: Family traditions can be sentimental, however, it can be fun to create a tradition of your own, such as a holiday themed craft or adding a new recipe to the holiday spread.

The takeaway is to remember that grieving is a process. Feeling sad during the holidays is normal. Allow those feelings to manifest, stare at them in the face, and address them.

If you are personally being affected by grief this holiday season, we are here to help. Reach out to Rio Salado Counseling to find the resources that you need.

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

#Holidays #HolidaySeason #Counseling #MentalHealth

Thursday, December 15, 2016

You're Invited! Free ASU Night of the Open Door

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Mark your calendars for ASU Night of the Open Door -- an opportunity for visitors of all ages to explore laboratories, living collections, museums and classrooms and participate in hands-on activities.

Each of ASU’s campuses have a unique identity and they invite you to visit all of their campus locations throughout the month of February.

As a signature event of the Arizona SciTech Festival, discover all things science, technology, engineering, arts and math. For more information about event dates, please visit https://opendoor.asu.edu/.

#SciTech #ArizonaScienceEvents #NightoftheOpenDoor #ASU

Online Education Teaches Real-World Skills

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This online story by U.S. News & World Report contributor Darwin Green shows us how online education can teach real-world skills.



Green points out four ways that online learning can relate to the real-world:

1. Sometimes you will never meet your coworkers in person.

2, Online programs rely on self-discipline.

3. You learn to make deadlines on your own.

4. Online schools familiarize students with technology.

Green says the takeaway is online schools teach work ethic and prepare students for the real-world, which is increasingly becoming an online world.

You can start your online education and learn those real-world skills at Rio Salado College!

Rio Salado is one of the largest online public community colleges in the nation, offering 600+ online classes, 100+ degree and certificate programs and general education courses.

#onlineeducation #onlinelearning #learning #highered #school #students

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Winter Break Closure Dec. 24, 2016 – Mon., Jan. 2, 2017

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The Communiversity at Queen Creek and the Rio Salado Testing Center will be closed Sat., Dec. 24, 2016 – Mon., Jan. 2, 2017 for the winter break. 

We will resume regular business hours Tue., Jan. 3.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Want to Become a Teacher? Learn How at QC!

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Join Rio Salado's Teacher Education team for a free orientation session at Communiversity at Queen Creek to learn how to become a teacher!


The post Baccalaureate program is designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree or higher (in any area) from an accredited university and would like to become a teacher.

You will learn about:
  • Rio Salado College's Teacher Preparation program requirements.
  • Program expectations and support.
  • Registration process and requirements.
  • Answers to any other related questions you may have.


Image of a female teacher teaching a student (boy) math at a chalkboard. He is learning 2+2=4

In-Person Orientation Dates:   
December 19, 2016
January 23, 2017

Place:
Communiversity at Queen Creek
21740 South Ellsworth Road
Queen Creek, Arizona 85142

Time: 6 - 8 p.m. 


For more information visit: Rio Salado’s Post-Baccalaureate Programs web page or call 480-517-8140.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

DACA Summit with Congressman Gallego Dec. 10

Congressman Ruben Gallego invites you to his:  DACA SUMMIT, Saturday, DECEMBER 10, 2016 11:00 AM —12:00 PM at Phoenix College Bulpitt Auditorium.  Hosted by MCCCD Office of Public Affairs & Student Affairs 1202 West Thomas Rd, Phoenix.  Are you a DREAMer or the parent of a DREAMer? Do you have questions or concerns about the status of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program?  Please join us for this DACA Summit to get your questions answered! Congressman Ruben Gallego will be joined by   representatives from local immigration groups and attorneys. Open to everyone! Call 602-256-0551 to RSVP or for more information.  Phoenix District Office  411 N. Central Ave., Suite 150 Phoenix, AZ 85004  (ASU Downtown Campus) Phone: (602) 256 - 0551 Fax: (602) 257 – 9103. Visit us online or social media: RubenGallego.House.Gov Facebook.com/RepRubenGallego RepRubenGallego


Are you a DREAMer or the parent of a DREAMer? Do you have questions or concerns about the status of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program? Join Congressman Ruben Gallego for this DACA Summit to get your questions answered!

Congressman Gallego will be joined by representatives from local immigration groups and attorneys.

Open to everyone!
 

Call 602-256-0551 to RSVP or for more information.

DACA SUMMIT
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Phoenix College - Bulpitt Auditorium.
1202 West Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Hosted by MCCCD Office of Public Affairs & Student Affairs

Beware of Loan Forgiveness Programs

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The Maricopa Community Colleges (MCCCD) has discovered that an organization called Student Freedom Advisors is contacting MCCCD students through Facebook, offering a loan forgiveness program.

MCCCD and Rio Salado College do not sponsor or support this program.

We advise current and former students to be cautious in choosing to respond to or work with Students Freedom Advisors and similar entities offering loan forgiveness programs under a myriad of other names.

If you have any questions please call the MCCCD Student Loan Support Services Center at 480-784-0600.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

4 Study Tips to Help You Ace Your Finals

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Stuck in a study rut with finals just around the corner? 

Whether you're a grade A student or struggling in your classes this semester, finals can be overwhelming. They can mean information overload, time crunches, and added stress. Learn how to maximize your study time with these easy tips provided by Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald.

There are many new and alternative methods to studying. The key to applying effective study skills is to find what works for you.

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Thomas Frank (2015) discusses eight innovative and thought-provoking studying techniques in this video

Here are four takeaways to keep in mind.

1) Ask yourself: what it is you do not understand?

First, it is important to be aware that when you do not understand something in a course you can become emotionally overwhelmed by your frustration. Given this, you may not be able to identify what you are confused about initially and that is okay. You may want to discuss your frustration with a friend, coworker, relative, mentor, or just someone you trust that will listen to you openly. Once you feel your frustration decrease this is a good time to attempt to pinpoint what you do not understand.

At this point, you can then ask your instructor for help and specify the content you are confused about. Typically in online courses as you are mainly communicating with your professor through email, so it is vital you clearly communicate the details you are uncertain about in a lesson, assignment, chapter, or any other related course materials.

2) Set short-term goals and reward yourself.


When you sit down to study, set a goal for that study session and then reward yourself once it is completed. For example, if you plan to study for an hour, specify what content, pages, and/or homework assignments you wish to complete within that time frame and only reward yourself when it is accomplished such as spending 20 minutes on social media, texting a friend, watching a TV show or movie, etc.

3) When you get distracted write down what the interruptions are.


If you are studying at home this is particularly important to take notes of what diverts your attention from your study session, when it occurs, and how often. You can then begin to identify a pattern and can reduce and/or eliminate these distractions in your next study session.

4) Replace traditional flashcards to memorize content by downloading the free software program called Anki.

Frank states that the free software program, Anki, uses a technique identified as space repetition. He notes that space repetition, involves the idea where concepts you know well will appear less often than concepts you do not know as comfortably. This way of learning to commit content to memory is more effective than studying the same flashcards over and over in varying orders.

Remember that all of the study tips discussed here, and in the video mentioned above, may not work for you, however, you will want to try a few to determine which study skills are the most beneficial for you. It may also be helpful to assess your study habits and what practices you may need to change to see better results in the future. 

Frank, Thomas. (2015, January 22). How to Study Effectively: 8 Advanced Tips - College Info Geek. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ad6grll-ak.

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


#finals #finalsweek #finalsweekmotivation #stress #studying #education #student #collegestudent #collegelife #coffee #success #studentsuccesstips #studyideas 
 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Rio Salado College Shares Findings From Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Funded Project to Improve Student Success

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Rio Salado has a long history of innovating. Innovation is even found in our vision statement: "We reinvent the learning experience to change lives." 

When the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offered grants related to improving the college experience through innovation, we jumped at the opportunity.

Rio Salado College received a $575,000 grant to build a roadmap on how to improve the college experience for other colleges to replicate.

It all started when Rio Salado leaders began looking at ways they could transform out-of-state online education-- specifically for under-served populations.

Rio Salado was awarded the grant in November 2015, and completed the project in June 2016.

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Through the process, Rio Salado learned how to better serve its students and designed a new approach to online education.

Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant, Rio Salado was able to outline a plan to change education for student success. Rio Salado College Business Planning: Student Success and Scaling Initiative provides suggestions and tools to help other institutions design their own roadmap toward transformational change.

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Shannon McCarty
Rio Salado Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs Shannon McCarty, who spearheaded the project said, “The support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has provided Rio Salado College the opportunity to consider the future possibilities of transforming the student experience to increase success and completion. The grant opportunity allowed Rio to reflect on current practices, focus on the ideal state and develop a plan of action that will allow Rio to scale effective practices."

Visit this webpage to read the full white paper.

#GatesFoundation #HigherEd

Monday, December 5, 2016

MCCCD Transformation Meeting Today

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The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) Governing Board is holding a special meeting for the public to learn more about the MCCCD’s proposed transformation of District governance to a regional model. 

Professional photo of MCCCD Chancellor Maria Harper-MarinickThe meeting will include a presentation by Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick.

Meeting Time and Location:
Monday, Dec. 5 
7-9 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Mesa Convention Center Palo Verde Ballroom 

Visit this web page for the latest details about this meeting.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Road Closures & Parking for Visitors During Queen Creek Holiday Festival & Parade 12/3/16

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Please take note that there will be several road closures during the Town of Queen Creek Holiday Festival & Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3.

The Communiversity at QC has reserved parking for visitors, test-takers and staff near the west parking lot and dirt lot just west of our building during this event.

Here's a look at a map of our location, marking designated parking spots for Communiversity at QC staff and visitors.


Please give us a ring if you have any questions.

Visit www.queencreekparade.org for additional details about this event.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Teacher-In-Residence Orientation 12/7

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Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) intern 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.  Join us for a free orientation session to learn more!

When: Dec. 7, 2016
Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Where: The Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St. 
Tempe, AZ 85281


Register Now!


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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 and is available to Arizona residents only.


Attendees will learn about:
  • Teacher-In-Residence Program requirements
  • Program expectations and support
  • Registration process

Visit Rio Salado’s TIR web page or call 480-517-8140 for more information.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

President Bustamante Supports Women Leaders

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Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante joined more than 500 leaders in higher education from across the nation to support the American Council on Education’s (ACE) initiative, Moving the Needle: Advancing Women in Higher Education Leadership.

The campaign launched in 2016 and encourages colleges and universities to increase awareness by signing a statement of support to advance qualified women into senior leadership positions in higher education.

Supporting institutions pledge to provide opportunities for emerging women leaders to gain the skills and experiences needed to advance and to encourage qualified women to seek the highest positions of leadership.

Visit this web page to learn more about this initiative.

#RioSaladoCollege @riosaladoonline #HigherEd #Highereducation #Womenleaders #Womeninhighereducation

Monday, November 21, 2016

Tamale Making Workshop Sold-Out!

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We are sorry to announce the Tamale Fiesta Community Cooking Workshop on Dec. 10 is sold-out. The good news is there are still openings for the Nov. 22 Perfect Pie Crust and Pumpkin Pie for Beginners workshop!

Visit www.riosalado.edu/cafe and click on the Community Education Workshops tab to enroll.

Perfect Pie Crust & Pumpkin Pie for Beginners
$35 each or $60 for two
Tue., Nov. 22
5 - 8:30 p.m.

MCCCD Transformation Meetings 11/28 & 12/5

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The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) Governing Board is holding two special meetings for the public to learn more about the MCCCD’s proposed transformation of District governance to a regional model. 
Professional photo of MCCCD Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick
The meetings will include a 
presentation by Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick.

Meeting Times and Locations:
Monday, Nov. 28 
7-9 p.m.
Glendale Civic Center - Sapphire Room 
Monday, Dec. 5 
7-9 p.m. 
Mesa Convention Center - Palo Verde Ballroom

Visit this web page for the latest details about this meeting.

Tamale Making Workshop | Saturday, Dec. 10

IT'S A TAMALE FIESTA!
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Rio Salado's next Community Cooking Workshop will focus on Tamale Making, Dec. 10.
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This is the next in a series of in-person cooking and gardening lessons hosted by Café at Rio chefs and the Sustainable Food Systems team.

Visit Café at Rio and click on the Community Education Workshops tab to enroll.

Workshops will take place at the Café at Rio, at the Rio Salado headquarters in Tempe.

No tests, no grades -- just delicious fun in the kitchen!


Saturday, Dec. 10
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
$29 each or $50 for two, Café at Rio
Work with a professional chef to make green chile chicken and red chile pork tamales. You'll watch a chef make tamales as you follow along. The best part? Eating what you make for lunch!

Please note, proper kitchen attire is required including close toed shoes, long pants, long or short sleeve shirts and hair restraints.

#Foodie #Tempe #Arizona #tamale #fiesta #workshop #cooking #Sustainable
#DateNight #nomnom #yum

Friday, November 18, 2016

Thanksgiving Week Special Hours & Closures

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The Communiversity at QC will be closed Thu. – Sun., Nov. 24-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Please also take note that we will close at 5 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 23.

We will resume regular business hours on Sat., Nov. 26

We hope you enjoy a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Improve Your Travel! Take MAG 2016 Survey

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Your BFFs (Best Furry Friends) aren’t the only ones who want to know where you’re going!

The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) hopes to make your future trips better by learning more about how you travel in the Valley.

Whether you're driving to work, taking kids to school, going on a date, walking your dog, biking or taking transit-- your travel information is important info MAG needs to plan for our region’s future transportation needs.

Take the survey now at MAGTravelSurvey.org/TW and get $10 for your participation!

Participants will be compensated for their time while contributing to a better future for everyone in the Valley.

The Maricopa Association of Governments is a Council of Governments (COG) and the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for regional planning in the Maricopa region. Learn more at www.azmag.gov.

Perfect Pie Crust Workshop | Tue., Nov. 22

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Rio Salado's next Community Cooking Workshop will focus on Pie-Making, Nov. 22.

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This is the next in a series of in-person cooking and gardening lessons hosted by Café at Rio chefs and the Sustainable Food Systems team.

Visit Café at Rio and click on the Community Education Workshops tab to enroll.

Workshops will take place at the Café at Rio, at the Rio Salado headquarters in Tempe. No tests, no grades -- just delicious fun in the kitchen!

Perfect Pie Crust and Pumpkin Pie for Beginners 
image of yummy pumpkin pie
Tue., Nov. 22
5 - 8:30 p.m. 
$35 each or $60 for two
Sick of ready-made and ready for homemade? In this class, you'll learn the ins and outs of making the perfect pie crust. You'll make your own pumpkin pie from scratch, which you can dive into right away or take home with you -- just in time for the holidays!



Coming up...
Tamale Fiesta

Sat., Dec. 10
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
$29 each or $50 for two
Work with a professional chef to make green chile chicken and red chile pork tamales. You'll watch a chef make tamales as you follow along. The best part? Eating what you make for lunch!




Proper kitchen attire is required including close toed shoes, long pants, long or short sleeve shirts and hair restraints.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Engage in Race & Sports Town Hall Nov. 14

Poster for Event;  Text: Race and Sports Town Hall.  Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.  4 – 6 p.m.  |  Mesa Arts Center  | 1 E Main St, Mesa reception immediately following. with special guest 2016 Architect of Change honoree Stephen M. Ross, Chairman, The Related Companies Principal Owner, Miami Dolphins Founder, RISE  (Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality). Conversation and Panel Discussion facilitated by Ray Anderson, Vice President for University Athletics Athletic Director Arizona State University.  Description of event: Throughout American history, the power of sports has offered an opportunity for people to confront ideas and situations from which they would otherwise segregate themselves. “Sports is the closest thing the United States has to  a national language” and in sports, there is a space that creates a common basis for people from all walks of life to have discussions about national issues. Every individual has a stake in understanding racism and how it operates in our society. It is vital for us to engage in a bold and sustainable dialogue about race, justice and democracy that produces changes in our thoughts, behaviors, laws and policies. Join us for this important Town Hall that will bring together students at all levels, prominent sports figures, academic experts, community leaders, and interested citizens for a dynamic and productive discussion about race and racism through the lens of sports, that will encourage critical thinking and positive change.  csrd.asu.edu join the conversation. #ImpactAZ. Free and Open to the Public. Register now csrd.asu.edu/TownHall or call 602-496-1376.  Event sponsor logos: Maricopa Community Colleges, RISE and ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.

Take part in an engaging discussion about race and racism through the lens of sports with students, prominent sports figures, academic experts and community leaders during a special town hall-- Race and Sports, Monday, Nov. 14.

The event will include a facilitated conversation, panel discussion and audience Q&A followed by a reception.

Free and open to the public.

Learn more and register for the event by visiting csrd.asu.edu/TownHall 

Race and Sports Town Hall  
Mon., Nov.14, 2016
4-6 p.m.
Mesa Arts Center
1 E. Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85201

Presented by the Maricopa Community Colleges, Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) and Arizona State University's Center for the Study of Race & Democracy.

Engage in the dialogue now online: #ImpactAZ

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Communiversity at QC Closed in Honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 11

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The Communiversity at QC will be closed Friday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. 

We will resume regular business hours Sat., Nov. 12.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Exercise Your Right to Vote Queen Creek!

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Let's make this a record-breaking voter turnout! 

Exercise your right to vote. You really do make a difference!

Learn more about this year's election, whether your early ballot has been received, where you can vote on election day and more by visiting the Arizona Secretary of State web site or Citizens Clean Elections Commission web site.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Learn How to Be a Teacher! Attend Free Orientation Sessions Hosted by Rio Salado College at the Communiversity QC

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Join Rio Salado's Teacher Education team for a free orientation session at the Communiversity at QC-- to learn how to become a teacher!

The post Baccalaureate program is designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree or higher (in any area) from an accredited university and would like to become a teacher.

You will learn about:
  • Rio Salado College's Teacher Preparation program requirements.
  • Program expectations and support.
  • Registration process and requirements.
  • Answers to any other related questions you may have.
In-Person Orientation Dates:
November 21, 2016
December 19, 2016
January 30, 2017

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Register now

For more information visit: Rio Salado’s Post-Baccalaureate Programs web page or call 480-517-8140.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Rio Salado Hosts Financial Aid Workshop: FAFSA Day,11/8

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Join Rio Salado for FAFSA Day on Nov. 8, a free financial aid workshop that will help you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and explore funding options available to help you pay for college. 

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Location
Rio Salado College
Conference Center - 1st Floor
2323 West 14 Street
Tempe AZ 85281

Date
November, 8, 2016

Times

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Free and Open to the Public

What to Expect
  • Q & A’s about FAFSA
  • Help completing and filing 2016/17 & 2017/18 FAFSA
  • Laptops will be available for FAFSA completion
  • Learn What Types of Financial Aid Are Available
  • Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Work Study (FWS)
  • Direct Student Loans

What You Need to Bring

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● Student social security number, and parent social security number if 24 or younger.
● Alien registration number or permanent residence card.
● Driver’s license or state identification card.
● 2015 federal tax return for student. Returns for student spouse and parent are also required to gain access to the IRS DRT tool.
● Documentation of nontaxable income, including worker’s compensation, child support, veterans benefits.



Get Started on Your FAFSA Now-- for 2016/17 and 2017/18!

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Applications for 2016/17 and 2017/18 are available now online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. To submit your application as a Rio Salado College student, use school code 0014483.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Chandler Gilbert Community College Hosts 8th Annual Veterans Resource Expo, Nov. 3

Poster for event.  Text: Chandler Gilbert Community College 8th ANNUAL VETERANS RESOURCE EXPO Thursday, November 3, 2016  CGCC Agave Hall Community Room and Courtyard 1:00–4:00 p.m. Speaker,  2:00 p.m.- Sgt. Gerry Jones, USMC. Resource Fair,  1:00–4:00 p.m.- Showcasing college and community resources for veterans, along with career and educational opportunities. Light refreshments served. Gerry Jones—renowned architect, co-founder of the Town of Carefree, martial arts expert and collector of contemporary Chinese art—will share his story of service as a Marine in World War II and Korea. 2626 East Pecos Road  |  Chandler, AZ  |  85225  |  480.732.7000  |  cgc.edu/veteranexpo.  Logos for CGCC and Maricopa Community Colleges

Join Chandler Gilbert Community College for the 8th Annual Veterans Resource Expo, Thursday, November 3, 2016.

This expo will showcase college and community resources for veterans, along with career and educational opportunities.

Gerry Jones, renowned architect, co-founder of the Town of Carefree, martial arts expert and collector of contemporary Chinese art—will share his story of service as a Marine in World War II and Korea.

Veterans Resource Expo
Chandler Gilbert Community College
Agave Community Room, Pecos Campus
2626 East Pecos Road
Chandler, AZ 85225
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
1 - 4 p.m.
480.732.7000
cgc.edu/veteranexpo 

Special Guest: Gerry Jones, USMC speaking at 2 p.m.

Light refreshments served.



Chandler-Gilbert Community College Spring 2017 Schedule - Register Today!

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Chandler-Gilbert Community College has a great line-up of spring 2017 classes for you to take at the Communiversity at Queen Creek -- including two new teacher education classes! 

These classes will help you satisfy general education requirements for most degree pathway programs. 

Visit my.maricopa.edu or call the CGCC office at 480-384-9333 to enroll now.

Enjoy Pasta-Making Workshop Nov. 3 at Rio Salado Tempe

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Rio Salado's next Community Cooking Workshop will focus on Pasta-Making, Nov. 3.

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This is the next in a series of in-person cooking and gardening lessons hosted by Café at Rio chefs and the Sustainable Food Systems team.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/cafe and click on the Community Education Workshops tab to enroll.

Workshops will take place at the Café at Rio, at the Rio Salado headquarters in Tempe. No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion fun in the kitchen! Get the latest details about upcoming events by visiting www.riosalado.edu/cafe.


Pasta- Making Ravioli From Scratch for Beginners 
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Thu., Nov. 3
6-8 p.m. 
$25 each or 2 for $40
Demystify ravioli making. This workshop will start with a chef's demonstration on how to make fresh pasta dough. You and other participants will help roll the dough into long sheets and stuff with various fillings, learn how to trim, cook and garnish your dishes with special sauces and ingredients and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.



Perfect Pie Crust and Pumpkin Pie for Beginners 
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Tue., Nov. 22
5-8:30 p.m. 
$35 each or $60
Tired of ready-made pies and pie shells? This class will teach you the tricks of the trade-- with hands on experience making your own pie, which you can take home to enjoy during the Thanksgiving holiday. You'll learn how to make the dough and a scrumptious pumpkin pie filling and how to ensure a perfectly baked pie.



Tamale Fiesta 
Sat., Dec. 10
9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
$29 each or 2 for $50
Work with a professional chef to make green chile chicken and red chile pork tamales. This is a hands-on cooking class that includes a chef demonstration and a chance for you to enjoy your creations for lunch.





Proper kitchen attire is required including close toed shoes, long pants, long or short sleeve shirts and hair restraints.