Wednesday, March 30, 2016

What Does it Take to Meet Student Expectations?

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Rio Salado Dean of Enrollment Services Rachelle Clarke joined Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs Shannon McCarty to share insights and perspectives with The EvoLLLution team about the use of technology in meeting the expectations, demands and needs of today's students.

In this interview, Clarke and McCarty focus on the importance of personalization and customization of services-- and how technology can help educational institutions improve their student services, experiences and successes.

Read the full interview now

Your thoughts? Engage in the dialogue!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Free Veteran Student Success Conference April 15. Register today!

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Rio Salado, Chandler-Gilbert and the Maricopa Community Colleges are 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 veteran students can learn about the resources available to them-- and receive the assistance they need to succeed in a new career! 

The conference is free and open to students from all universities and community colleges across the state. 

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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.

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The conference will include breakout sessions to provide attendees with success tips they can use in the classroom and on their journey to finding a new career.  

Local community organizations and agencies will share information about:
  • How to be a GI Bill Ninja
  • Transferring to a University
  • Navigating the College Classroom
  • Student Veterans of America
  • Entering the Workforce After Graduation

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! 

For additional details, contact:
Andrea Banks

Visit this event page for the latest details.

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.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Student Success Tip: Manage Your Time!

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What do successful students do? They employ time management techniques!

Manage your time effectively by following these steps:
1. Create a semester calendar to record when all your exams, quizzes, papers, and finals are due.
2. Choose specific times each day to work on each class.
3. Keep your classwork with you. If you find yourself with extra time, you can get something
4. Prioritize your time. Sometimes you have to learn to say no.
5. Take time for yourself.

Visit this web page for additional student success tips.

#timemanagement #5steps #prioritize #organize #plan #iwillgraduate #‎StudentSuccessTip‬

Monday, March 21, 2016

Exercise Your Right to Vote Super Tuesday!

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Let's make it a Super Tuesday Arizona‬

Exercise your right to vote‬ by taking part in the Presidential‬ Preference Election March 22, 2016. 

Learn more about where and when to vote by visiting or

Friday, March 11, 2016

Student Success Tip: Ask for Help!

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Everyone needs a little help sometimes! 

Take advantage of the student services available to you from the Communversity at QC academic partners!

We are committed to your success and can help you:

  • Select degree pathways
  • Evaluate transfer credits
  • Choose appropriate classes
  • Identify college resources
  • Explore university transfer and articulation agreements
  • Personal and educational goals
  • Time management and stress
  • Set career goals and prepare for your job search 

If you're new to college, consider enrolling in a student orientation class!  

The most important thing to do-- is ask for help when you need it.  Don't go it alone!

#help #financialaid #tutoring #advising #careerservices #counseling #library #collegeresources #askforhelp #iwillgraduate

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Free Teacher Ed Employment Workshop March 22 at Rio Salado Tempe

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Join Rio Salado College’s Educator Preparation program for an Evening of Job Preparation!

Teachers and teaching students are invited to take part in this free event featuring presentations by Educator Preparation staff.

You will learn how to:
  • Enhance Your Resume
  • Create a Compelling Cover Letter
  • Prepare for Job Interviews
  • And more!

Please note, there will be a follow-up Educator Preparation Mock Interview Day on April 7. Students who wish to take part, must attend the Evening of Job Preparation event.

What: Evening of Job Preparation
When: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Where: Rio Salado College 

Conference Center 
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Time: 7-9 p.m. 

Register now

Contact Karen Nave at (480) 517-8743 or for more details.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Dental Cleanings for Kids of All Ages

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Help support community college dental hygiene students by scheduling a dental exam and cleaning now!

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic is particularly interested in serving children ages 4-17, to give dental students the practical experience they need to graduate and succeed in their careers.

Fees for a basic cleanings:
$25 for ages 4-11
$35 for ages 12-17

A parent or legal guardian must accompany children to their appointments. Appointment times may vary, lasting 1-3 hours, depending on the age of the patient and type of cleaning.

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Appointments are available Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. and Fridays at 8 a.m., now through April 22, 2016.

Please call 480-377-4100 to schedule an appointment. 

For more information visit

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for kids of all ages-- including MCCCD employees and the public-- all year long!

parent review x-rays with dental hygiene student.All new patients must have a screening visit prior to a dental hygiene appointment.

Comprehensive services include: blood pressure screening, oral exam, X-rays, cleaning and polishing, fluoride application, gum disease screening, oral hygiene instruction, and other selected services, including sealants and dietary counseling.

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic is located at 2250 W. 14th Street in Tempe.

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Interested in a dental career? Visit this web page to learn about Rio Salado's Dental programs.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Communiversity at QC Closed for Spring Break March 16-19

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The Communiversity at QC and the Rio Salado Testing Center will be closed for Spring Break, Thursday - Saturday, March 16-19.

We will resume regular business hours on Monday, March 21.

We hope you take advantage of this time to relax and rejuvenate before finals.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Maricopa Colleges Summer Camps for Kids!

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From life skills and performing arts, to Kid’s College and STEM in Spanish, students ages 4 and older can go to “camp” at Maricopa Community Colleges this summer.  

Registration for 30 different summer camps and programs offered at different college locations and covering various topics including music, art, STEM, STEAM, theatre, veterinary care, babysitting, and much more starts Monday, March 7, 2016.

STEM and STEAM camps at GateWay (GWCC), Glendale (GCC), Paradise Valley (PVCC) and South Mountain (SMCC) Community Colleges include specific offerings in the areas of bioscience, math, technology, and STEM in Spanish.

Young musicians will find chamber music, jazz music, brass ensemble or music technology courses at PVCC, and band and jazz camp at Mesa Community College (MCC).

Theatre students from kindergarten through 12th grade can take summer musical theatre programs and summer intensives at PVCC and MCC.

Teens ages 11-15 can learn life skills including babysitting, workplace injury prevention, and healthy living at Gateway Community College.

Students interested in the arts, including photography, journalism, broadcasting, dance, multimedia, animation, and story writing will find camp options at Rio Salado, Gateway and Mesa.

Kids College at Estrella Mountain have many unique classes for ages 4-18, including culinary, cheer and dance, BYO toy doll house, music and theatre, media arts, app design, LEGO™, 3-D video gaming, robots, Minecraft™, and much more.

Even children as young as four years of age can get a taste of what college is like at Camp Gecko at GateWay.

Some programs require course registration while others require an application. Scholarships are available for some programs.

See the complete list of summer programs, sorted by college location, at

News courtesy of the Maricopa Community Colleges

Arizona @ Work Hosts Career Fair at Communiversity at QC March 9!

Join Arizona @ Work, the East Valley Maricopa County Workforce and local employers such as ADP, GM Financial, Arizona Office Technologies and Express Employment Professionals for a career fair March 9, 2016 at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, 9 - 11 a.m. 

Click on the flier above to access the online version, which provides links to all of the participating employers, service agencies and educators.

Bring your resume, dress for success and be prepared for on the spot interviews!

The Communiversity at Queen Creek partners will also be available to share information with attendees about the educational services they provide.

The Maricopa County Workforce Development Division is known as Arizona @ Work: Maricopa County. Arizona@Work is the statewide workforce development network that helps employers of all sizes and types recruit, develop and retain the best employees for their needs. For job seekers throughout the state, it provide services and resources to pursue employment and educational opportunities.

For additional event details contact Angie Favela at (602) 372-7568 or via email:

Learn more about Arizona @ Work by visiting:

#‎Job‬ ‪#‎Jobs‬ ‪#‎employment‬ ‪#‎careerfair‬ ‪#‎Hiring‬ ‪#‎QueenCreek‬