Friday, April 29, 2016

Positive Paths Scholarship for Women! Deadline May 19

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The Positive Paths Scholarship Program assists women who are returning to school to improve their lives and enhance their career opportunities.

The scholarship program was established to help women who have overcome major obstacles including poverty, domestic violence, death of a spouse, loss of a job, illness of family members, issues with children or other challenges. Recipients can use the award to pay for tuition, fees and books.

Scholarship amounts vary based on individual needs, up to a maximum of $2,000 per academic year and are available to students who are enrolled in or accepted to an East Valley vocational/skills training program, a community college or Arizona public university.

Deadline is May 19, 2016.

Get started on the application now!

Check out this inspiring video to see see how Positive Paths is building life bridges for women:

Chandler Gilbert and Rio Salado are proud supporters of the Positive Paths scholarship program.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Summer Friday Closures Begin May 20!

Illustration of a sun wearing sun glasses and wiping away sweat.

Summer is right around the corner! In an effort to take advantage of cost-saving, energy benefits during the slower summer months, the Communiversity at Queen Creek will be closed on Fridays, May 20 - Aug. 12.

The Rio Salado Testing Center will remain open during this time.

We will resume regular hours beginning August 15.

We hope this does not pose an inconvenience for you.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Turn Your Investigator Skills into a New Career!

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Are you naturally inquisitive? Do you have a passion for justice? 

With Rio Salado College’s new Administration of Justice Studies program, you can get the background you need to enter a variety of careers in the criminal justice field, including:

  • Private detectives and investigators
  • Judicial law and court clerks
  • Legal support workers
  • Gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the criminal justice field is projected to grow, which is why Rio Salado created its AJS program.

“Rio Salado’s new Associate in Applied Science and Certificate of Completion in Administration of Justice (AJS) are designed with industry expertise to address specific employment needs within the industry,” said Rio Salado Public Safety and Paralegal Faculty Chair Angela Kwan, who played a key role in the development of this new program.

Learn more at

Monday, April 25, 2016

MONEY! MONEY! MONEY! A Discussion with CGCC Professor Diana Creel Elarde

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Money. It falls in our laps. It disappears from sight. We love it when we have it and when we don’t, it’s all we think about!

Join Chandler-Gilbert Community College Professor Diana Creel Elarde and the Communiversity at Queen Creek for a discussion about our beliefs on money.

Learn how beliefs drive our relationship with money and how a simple awareness tool can help you to start to change how you view money in your life.

A Discussion with CGCC Professor Diana Creel Elarde
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 
6–7:30 p.m.
Communiversity at Queen Creek 

Diana Creel Elarde, MA, is a psychology professor at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and founder of Emerging Insights, LLC. Recognized for her 25 years in technology sales and management, Ms. Elarde was inducted as a Xerox Global Imaging Leader. As a speaker and author, she addresses both business and personal areas of development.

For additional event details, call 480.732.7000 or visit 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Earth Day!

Illustration of Earth.  Text: Earth Day, 22nd April.

Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22 in support of environmental protection. The movement began in 1970 and is now celebrated by more than one billion people around the globe-- making it the largest civic observance in the world!

Learn more about the history of Earth Day, the impact it has had and what the movement is trying to do today by visiting

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Here are some suggestions from azcentral on ways to celebrate this special day-- along with captivating images to remind you of how beautiful our landscape and natural wonders can be!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Student Success Tip: Plan, Prepare and Act!

Illustration of three students giving advice.  Text: plan, prepare and act.

What do successful students do? 

They plan, prepare and act!

Call on your academic advisors, tutors and counselors for support along the way!

‪#‎iwillgraduate‬ ‪#‎YouGotThis‬ ‪#‎StudentSuccessTip‬

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Six SCNM Physicians Make Phoenix Magazine 505 of the Valley's Best Doctors List!

PHOENIX Magazine showcased six physicians from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in its special 505 of the Valley's Best Doctors issue.

Look for biographies of Leslie Axelrod, ND, L.Ac; Klee Bethel, MD; Nick Buratovich, ND; Stephen A. Messer, ND, DHANP; Jessica Mitchell, ND; and Katie Stage, ND, RH (AHG).


Friday, April 15, 2016

NAU President Cheng Appointed to Serve Arizona State Board of Education

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Congratulations to Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng, who has been appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to serve on the Arizona State Board of Education, a selection that was confirmed by the Legislature.

Learn more in this NAU blog.

Watch Lumina #StrongerNation Webcast with Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante

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Did you miss the April 11 Lumina Foundation Stronger Nation‬ live webcast with The National Press Club It’s available for viewing now online.

The event was hosted to review the 2016 Stronger Nation report, which provides the latest degree attainment data, with media and a panel of national experts who discussed the fundamental inequities in post-secondary education, changing workforce requirements, the impact of low attainment rates and more. Included on that panel was Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante.

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We encourage you to watch the webcast and engage in the discussion using #StrongerNation.

View the report now online.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Student Success Tip: Don't Ever Quit!

Poster with text: Don't ever, ever, ever quit!

What do successful students do?  They don't quit!

Even if things seem difficult-- don’t give up on your class or yourself. You can do it! You belong here!

Don't go it alone! We're here to help you succeed!

‪#‎dontgiveup‬ ‪#‎neverquit‬ ‪#‎askforhelp‬ ‪#‎believeinyourself‬ ‪#‎iwillgraduate‬ ‪#‎YouGotThis‬ ‪#‎StudentSuccessTip‬

Monday, April 11, 2016

Celebrate Student Diversity at Graduation Time!

Celebrate Student Diversity! All Maricopa Community College graduates, their friends and families, and all employees are invited to attend any of the Convocation ceremonies.  Some convocations have limited seating. Please register in advance. What Are Cultural Convocations?  Maricopa traditionally offers students the opportunity to celebrate graduation through culturally focused Convocations, which are smaller, more intimate graduation celebrations that are focused on a particular discipline, skill or culture. They affirm our students and reach out to families and friends in a meaningful way. Asian Pacific Islander – April 30 4-6 p.m.  Rio Salado Conference Center CONTACT/RSVP Ariyana Skauge | 480.857.5559 LGBTQA – April 30, 12-2 p.m. Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus Community Rom (M200).  CONTACT/RSVP Richard Schultz | 480.731.8399 Hispanic – May 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Glendale Civic Center 5750 W. Glenn Drive Glendale AZ 85301. CONTACT/RSVP Christina Izaguirre | 623.935.8968 Black/African American - May 7, 2-4 p.m. South Mountain Community College Performing Center. CONTACT/RSVP Yvette Strickling | 480.732.7322  American Indian – May 12, 6-8 p.m., Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center. CONTACT/RSVP Yvonne Dinehdeal | 480.461.7254  For more information about Convocations at Maricopa Community Colleges contact Terry Mitich at 480.731.8659 To reserve your seat visit:  The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

Rio Salado, Chandler-Gilbert and the Maricopa Community Colleges encourage you to take part in our 2016 convocations!

Visit for details and to RSVP.

Please note, some convocations have very limited seating. Please register in advance.

‪#‎RioGrad‬ ‪#‎Classof2016‬ ‪#‎RioWaves‬

Friday, April 8, 2016

Join Us for the 2016 Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce Education Summit, April 19

Invite for the event.  Text: You’re Invited to the 2016 Education Summit Queen Creek, Arizona. Our Challenge We feel our community is a great place to live, work and raise our families, and we are fortunate to have schools that performing well.  Even so, we are facing significant challenges related to education that have a direct impact on our children and the future of our community.  Budget cuts to education, difficulty attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers, rapidly increasing classroom size, and many other challenges need a local community-based effort at finding solutions.  What Can We Do? We will take this opportunity to come together in order to identify strengths and challenges, as well as to propose and implement solutions.  Leveraging each other’s skills and resources and improve the quality and outcomes of the educational system in our community.  The transition from school to work is one area of focus.  Efforts to develop mentorship initiatives, internships, job-shadowing programs and other idea all need to be discussed, identified and adapted, if we are to improve our children’s futures.  We need your ideas, knowledge and effort.  Please join us at this important community meeting.  See date and time in blog

We encourage you to engage in the dialogue! 

2016 Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce 
Education Summit
April 19, 2016
8 - 10 a.m.
Communiversity at Queen Creek
21740 S Ellswroth Rd
Queen Creek , AZ 85142

Register now.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Rio Salado Offers New New Administration of Justice Studies Program

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Rio Salado College has a new educational program to help adult students and online learners prepare for a career in the criminal justice field.

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“Rio Salado’s new Associate in Applied Science and Certificate of Completion in Administration of Justice (AJS) are designed with industry expertise to address specific employment needs within the industry,” said Rio Salado Public Safety and Paralegal Faculty Chair Angela Kwan, who played a key role in the development of this new program.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the criminal justice field is projected to grow, which is why Rio Salado created its AJS program. Careers in this field include patrol officers, correctional officers, judicial law and court clerks, private investigators, private security and more.

Angela Kwan
“Rio Salado has a history of collaborating with local and national industry partners to prepare students for the workforce by offering an ever-expanding option of certificate and degree programs,” said Kwan.

“We are excited to give our students more options to prepare for local job opportunities. A highly-trained workforce benefits employees, employers and the greater community at large,” said Kwan.

Kwan said the AJS curriculum focuses on the law, constitutional rights, and civic responsibility. “Courses are taught by experienced practitioners and academic scholars who bring real-world application in the areas of law enforcement, the courts, and corrections,” said Kwan. “Students are assessed for critical thinking and communication skills, which better prepares them for a career in the criminal justice field and advanced academic studies at other colleges and universities."

To learn more about this new program, visit or call 480-517-8580

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Rio Salado also offers several certificate-to-degree pathway programs in the criminal justice field and credit-for-prior learning opportunities for graduates from authorized academies, law enforcement officers and former officers to earn a Certificate of Completion in Law Enforcement Technology.

For more information, visit

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Rio Salado Free Dental Clinic for Kids June 25!

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The Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Clinic will host a free dental clinic for children and young adults ages 17 and younger Saturday, June 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Rio Salado College Dental Hygiene students, instructors and support staff will volunteer their time and expertise to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to 100 children at the free clinic.

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Services Include: Exams, X-rays, Cleaning, Fluoride Varnish, and Fun Educational Tips on Staying Healthy. Each child will also receive a wellness goodie bag to take home. 

Walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated if time and space permit. 

Please RSVP in advance for guaranteed service by calling 480-377-4100 or send an email to

Rio Salado Free Dental Clinic for Kids
Saturday, June 25, 2016
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Rio Salado College Dental Clinic
2250 W. 14th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281

This clinic is made possible in part by the American Dental Association and the Arizona Dental Foundation.

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The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public all year long. Fees range from $25-35 depending on the age of the patient. For more information, call 480-377-4100 or visit

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Interested in a Dental Career? Visit this web page to learn more about our dental hygiene and dental assisting programs, and how we can help you get started!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Free Parenting Workshop Saturday, April 9!

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

Join Rio Salado’s Early Childhood and Human Development Program and Shining Stars Learning Center for a free parenting workshop at the Communiversity at QC-- this Saturday, April 9.

This non-credit class is one in a series of classes 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.April 9, 2016 Workshop 
Facing the Challenge II
10a.m. - 12p.m. 

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

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

This class meets Arizona’s Children Association and A Place to Call Home training requirements.

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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.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Successful Student Tips for You!

Image of two female graduates in cap and gown, holding their diplomas.

What do successful students do? 

Make the most of your educational journey by following this successful student checklist!

● Go to class
● Take notes
● Read assignments
● Schedule study time
● Start assignments early
● Ask questions
● Get to know their professor
● Connect with peers
● Participate in campus club or activities
● Get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise

#tips #successfulstudent #iwillgraduate