Thursday, February 18, 2016

Veteran Student Success Conference April 15

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When the stresses of active service meet the pressures of day-to-day life, veterans often need additional support and resources to be successful back home. As a result, the Maricopa Community Colleges District (MCCCD) is dedicated to supporting veterans as they transition out of the military and into college life.

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The MCCCD 2016 Veteran Student Success Conference is just one way students can learn about the resources available to them and receive the assistance they need as they get ready for a career outside the military.

Held on April 15 at GateWay Community College, the conference is open to students from all universities and community colleges across the state. 

Andy Mandwee, program manager for Student Veterans of America, is the keynote speaker. He founded Glendale Community College’s Student Veteran Affairs of America chapter and as a graduate of GCC and ASU, he knows the importance of having the encouragement of others during the transition from the military to student and civilian life.

There are 70,000 jobs awaiting veterans in the state of Arizona and breakout sessions will help prepare graduates for success in the classroom and to navigate the road to career success.

Local community organizations and agencies focused on student veterans will share information at the conference and in sessions, which include:
  • How to be a GI Bill Ninja
  • Transferring to the University
  • Navigating the College Classroom
  • Student Veterans of America
  • Entering the Workforce After Graduation

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2016 Veteran Student Success Conference 
Friday, April 15
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
GateWay Community College

108 N. 40th St. IE Building - Copper Room
Phoenix, AZ85034
See map: Google Maps

Register now! 

This event is free to all participants.

For additional details, contact:
Andrea Banks

Visit this event page for the latest details.

News courtesy of the Maricopa Community Colleges. See related azcentral and Maricopa Matters stories about MCCCD efforts to create a statewide program to support military personnel, veterans, and their families as they move from active duty to civilian life.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

MCCCDF Has Hundreds of Scholarships Available! Deadline to Apply is Feb. 28!

Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Fall 2016 Scholarships. Deadline: February 28, 2016  Hundreds of Scholarships, One Application  Now Accepting Applications for the Fall 2016 Semester. What kinds of scholarships? All kinds.   Library Tech   EMT & Fire Science   STEM - Science, Engineering, Technology & Math   Photography    Aviation  Dental  Single Parent    Nursing Women's Club   Agricultural Group    LGBTQ   Desert Club    University Transfer  Friends of Hispanic Media   Equality Award    Sports    International Education   Storytelling    Bilingual Nursing   Sustainability   Teaching   Leadership   Re-Entry    Veterans   Athletics    AZ Retirees Association   ACE Alumni    and more.  Apply Now  The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designated by the Maricopa County Community College District to receive and manage gifts on behalf of its ten colleges, two skill centers and multiple satellite centers. The Foundation actively seeks contributions from a variety of public and private sources including individuals, corporations and other foundations. It acts as a trustee for donations to assure that gifts are distributed in the manner specified by the donor.

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation has hundreds of scholarship opportunities for students-- and a streamlined process that only requires one general application!

Time is of the essence! The deadline to apply is Feb. 28.

The application process is open to all Maricopa Community Colleges students and in some cases, students attending other educational institutions. There are also exclusive opportunities for veterans, working moms and other unique populations!

The web site for the application is

This will be well worth your time and effort!

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designated by the Maricopa County Community College District to receive and manage gifts on behalf of its ten colleges, two skill centers and multiple satellite centers. The Foundation actively seeks contributions from a variety of public and private sources including individuals, corporations and other foundations. It acts as a trustee for donations to assure that gifts are distributed in the manner specified by the donor.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Join Rio Salado College for Tempe Geeks Night Out, March 3!

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Explore the wonderful and wacky world of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and much more at the 5th annual Tempe Geeks Night Out, Thursday March 3 at Tempe City Hall! 

photo of Rich Cuprak at 2015 Geeks Night Out
Cuprak at 2015 Geeks Night Out
Among the many exhibitors will be Rio Salado College STEM Faculty Chair Rick Vaughn and Faculty Chair of Applied Technology Richard Cuprak, who will give participants insights into some of the latest, emerging technologies and hopefully spark an interest in young people to consider a STEM career.

“Technology evolves very quickly. We want to encourage the type of curiosity and drive for lifelong learning that will allow students to evolve with it,” Cuprak said. “It’s also a lot of fun.”

Vaughn at 2015 Geeks Night Out
Vaughn and Cuprak will provide participants with information and access to fun gadgets to better understand the latest developments in Nanoscience and Energy Technologies-- including access to a scanning electron microscope and thermocouple and infrared devices-- to show how these new technologies can improve our way of life.

"The best part is that we get to play with really cool toys, meet new people who share our interest in science and geek out about the things we love,” said Cuprak.

Vaughn and Cuprak will also introduce attendees to careers in emerging technology fields and educational opportunities through Rio Salado's Energy System Technology and Nanotechnolgy programs.

“While these events are educational, they also provide an opportunity for Rio Salado to show the public that learning is fun and can happen in many different ways,” Cuprak said.
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Forget what you think you know about science! Geeks Night Out is all about discovering what makes science fun! Check out this City of Tempe video with Richard Cuprak and you'll see what we mean.

 2016 Geeks Night Out - Science the Tempe Way Share

5th Annual Tempe Geeks Night Out 
Thursday, March 3, 2016  
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Tempe City Hall

Tempe Geeks Night Out is part of the statewide Arizona SciTech Festival, which takes place in February and March each year. Cities across Arizona host a variety of events and activities to promote STEM in local communities.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Radio Intern Work Study at Sun Sounds Tempe

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Here's a great work study opportunity for students who have a passion for radio and public service!

Sun Sounds of Arizona, a radio and information service is looking for a Program Assistant / Radio Intern for its Rio Salado Tempe location.

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Job Summary:
Works with Suns Sounds of Arizona radio station to create broadcast programming for print disabled listeners throughout Arizona.

Assists producers with radio programs; acquires content for broadcast; assists in the creation of content for social media posts; schedules talent for radio programs; maintains a contact list for radio services.

Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office 2010 including Excel, a Windows 7 operating system and various Internet browsers such as Internet Explorer or Google Chrome; excellent phone etiquette and interpersonal skills.

Desired Qualifications:
Knowledge of Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms is a plus.

See full job description.
Please submit your resume and related documents to the email address noted on the job postings.

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

Please note that only approved Federal Work Study students are eligible to apply.

Sun Sounds of Arizona is a community service of Rio Salado College.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Maintenance Feb. 13-16

Attention Rio Salado College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College students-- please take note of scheduled maintenance for Feb. 13-16. 

Visit for the latest details.

Insurance Careers Month Kickoff Effort to Hire 400K

group of insurance pros meeting.  Text: Ensure Your Future.

First Annual Insurance Careers Month Launches February 2016. Effort Focuses on Recruiting, Training & Hiring 400,000 Millennials by 2020.

The insurance industry and its partners are joining forces to launch the first annual Insurance Careers Month, February 2016 to recruit, train and hire a new generation of insurance professionals to fill an estimated 400,000 industry jobs by 2020. The focus is on recruiting millennials to take over the roles of industry professionals across the nation and in Arizona who are on the eve of retirement. Rio Salado is spearheading the Maricopa Community Colleges efforts to help.
Photo of Otis White“We know through research that many millennials have expressed a deep passion for helping people, so who better to serve in this industry,” said Otis White, Rio Salado’s faculty chair for business programs. “We’re hoping through this campaign they get curious, investigate and learn about the enriching and rewarding opportunities within the insurance industry—and also consider our new Insurance Studies program.”

Rio Salado collaborated with Glendale and Mesa Community Colleges and 35 insurance professionals from 20 different insurance companies to develop a new Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Insurance Studies, which is the first of its kind in Arizona and for community colleges in direct response to the industry’s need for qualified workers.

image of someone at a virtual computer screen.  Text: Home, Auto, Business Insurance

The 18-credit certificate focuses on general knowledge of the industry, and touches on property and liability insurance, personal insurance and commercial insurance.

Students have the option of taking online classes at Rio Salado and in-person classes at GCC and MCC. Students who complete the certificate can transfer into a variety of business programs offered at Arizona’s public universities.

Program requirements and additional details are available at and Information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attend this program will be available at, and

poster for insurance careers month.

Several organizations, including Hamilton Insurance Group, MyPath (powered by The Institutes), Valen Analytics, The Jacobson Group, InVEST and PCI, have committed to taking part in February’s Insurance Careers Month, which is the first in a series of recruitment efforts promoting insurance as a “career trifecta” because of the stable, rewarding and limitless opportunities the industry offers.

Leading industry CEOs including Brian Duperreault of Hamilton Insurance Group, Inga Beale of Lloyd’s of London and Dan Glaser of Marsh & McLennan Companies have published an open letter calling for brokers, carriers and business partners to get involved.

“Our industry is at a critical juncture, with new risks fueled by rapidly evolving technology,” said Duperreault. “It’s an exciting time to work in companies that help keep individuals, families, communities and governments safe.”
“Maricopa County has become a major center of regional management for the industry's leading companies,” said White. “We can expect to see approximately 7,500 new insurance industry jobs created in the next three years that will need to be filled.”

Many people, especially students and young professionals may not readily see how their career goals are in sync with the insurance industry.

MyPath,, is a non-profit organization that provides free services to help career seekers choose a specialty that meets their personal and professional goals, details about various careers and the impact they will have on the world around them. It also includes details about scholarships, internships and other resources to help people transition into the industry.

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The Maricopa Corporate College is hosting several, State Farm job fairs in 2016. Positions available in Customer Service, Sales and Auto Claims. Visit this web page for the latest details.

To learn more about Rio Salado's new Insurance Studies program, visit:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Presidents' Day Closure, Monday Feb. 15

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The Communivesity at Queen Creek will be closed Monday, Feb. 15 in honor of Presidents' Day.

image of Carter, Clinton, Obama and Bush 42

Explore the colorful history of our nation's presidents by visiting these White House and History web sites, where you'll find biographies, videos, trivia and more.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Celebrate Black History Month!

Image above from Library of Congress: Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform at Benton Barracks, Saint Louis, Missour.
Black History Month or African American History Month is an annual celebration-- recognizing the sacrifices and achievements of black Americans throughout U.S. history.

The Rio Salado College Library is proud to honor Black History Month by highlighting targeted library and web resources that can help you learn more about the lives, contributions and legacy of African Americans. If you're a Rio Salado student, log into your RioLearn account and check out this Black History Month Topic Guide now:

To learn more about the rich legacy of African Americans-- and national events scheduled to celebrate their accomplishments, visit this Library of Congress web site:

Image 1: Library of Congress: Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform at Benton Barracks, Saint Louis, Missouri. 

Image 2: Library of Congress: Civil rights march on Washington, D.C.

Student Success Tip: Focus on Academic Success

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What do successful students do?  

They focus on Academic Success!

● Go to class
● Connect with a tutor to help improve your grades
● Work with an advisor to complete an educational plan

We encourage you to call on the tutors and academic advisors from your learning institution.  Need help?  Call on a staff member at the Communiversity at QC to point you in the right direction.