Tuesday, May 24, 2016

NSF & Rio Salado Help STEM Pros Re-career as Teachers

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“Rio Salado has been very supportive during my first year of teaching,” said Kyrene Middle School teacher Bridget Bambling, one of 17 scholars who has completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars program, which helped her re-career as a teacher.

“I appreciate the feedback I have received from the instructors who have visited my classroom. I know they are there for me if I have any questions or need assistance,” said Bambling, who received her certification in May 2015 and has been teaching 7th and 8th grade science at Kyrene Middle School since last August. Bambling was a nurse for nearly 20 years before deciding to re-career as a teacher.

Flier for program.  Image of an older gentlemen standing in front of a chalboard, snapshots of kids at play.  Text: SMILE for Math and Science. Are you interested in re-careering? Do you like science or math? Want to help others learn? Do something that will make a difference... get certified as a teacher through Rio Salado College’s Noyce Scholars SMILE program. The Noyce Scholars SMILE (Science and Math Innovative Learning Environments) program is an online 15-month comprehensive secondary teacher certification program in math or science. Program participants receive: $16,500 stipends to cover tuition, fees, and some living expenses, Mentorship throughout the student teaching experience, Assistance with job placementApply for Your SMILE Today!  Call: 480-517-8580 Email: Karen.Nave@riosalado.edu www. riosalado.edu/noyce.  Applications Being Accepted.  Images of Rio Salado Collee, Maricopa Community Colleges and NSF logos.

The Rio Salado Noyce Scholars fast-track teacher education program provides mentoring, assistance with job placement, first-year classroom support and a generous stipend of $16,500 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to cover expenses.

The NSF is providing funding for ten more science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals to re-career as secondary classroom teachers in Arizona.

The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient for Valley STEM professionals who’ve been thinking about making the transition to teaching.

Qualified candidates will work toward a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12 and plan to share their industry experience with students in an effort to prepare teens for high-need STEM careers-- and to help combat the severe shortage of qualified STEM teachers in the state.

The deadline to apply is August 1, 2016.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.

Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete.

For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Closure May 30 in Honor of Memorial Day

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The Communiversity at Queen Creek will be closed on Monday, May 30 in honor of Memorial Day.

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Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the armed forces.  

The National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed in 2000 to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity.”   

The Act encourages all Americans to pause at 3 p.m. for a minute of silence on Memorial Day.

As a tradition, gravestones are marked by U.S. flags each Memorial Day, as seen here at Arlington National Cemetery.

There is a traditional way of displaying the U.S. flag on this special day.

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The flag is raised quickly to the top of the staff and then lowered slowly to the half-mast position, where it remains until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. At noon their memory is raised by the living.



Here is a list of free, family-friendly events in Arizona honoring Memorial Day traditions from About.com.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Join us for the Town of Queen Creek Ice Cream Social Here at the Communiversity at QC June 4

Poster for event.  Town of Queen Creek Ice Cream Social.  Get the scoop about what's going on in Queen Creek.  Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. - noon.  Communiversity at Queen Creek 21740 S. Ellsworth Road.  QueenCreek.org/IceCream

We are delighted to host this annual event with the Town of Queen Creek!

This free, fun and casual community outreach program provides residents opportunities to have their opinions heard and encourages them to learn about projects affecting Queen Creek. Town representatives will be on hand to answer questions and display upcoming projects.

Topics to be covered include:

Visit QueenCreek.org/IceCream for the latest details.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Friday Summer Closures Begin May 20

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As a reminder, summer hours begin this week! 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.

This summer schedule is an effort to take advantage of cost-saving, energy benefits during the slower summer months. We hope this does not pose an inconvenience for you!

Time to Vote in May 17 Special Election

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We encourage you to take part in today's statewide special election. Be counted!

Polls will be open until 7 p.m.

Visit www.azsos.gov/elections/voting-election to find your polling place.



#‎Vote‬ ‪#‎Arizona‬

Monday, May 16, 2016

Finals & End of Year Success Tips

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Some of you are still wrapping up finals. Here are some tips from Rio Salado counseling team member Autumn Cardott to help you end your semester with success!

It’s that time of year again! Summer is around the corner, the weather is getting a lot warmer, many classes are ending, semesters are winding down, and students are stressed to the max! The finish line is close and you can make this last push count.

3 tips to help you succeed

1. Self-care Sleep! Many students put sleep on the back burner during stressful times, however, getting enough sleep is key when it comes to being successful in school. Exercise and eat healthy! Make time to feel good…a brisk 30 minute walk and an apple will do a body wonders. Students should take time to treat themselves! All of those things that are so enjoyable (reading, catching a movie, social hour with friends) do them!

2. Get Help Take advantage of tutors,  instructors, counselors, etc. Rio Salado College offers tutoring and students really need to take advantage of that. It’s free and so worth the trip to work with someone who understands your subject. Make an appointment with a counselor! Rio Salado’s Counseling Department can definitely help with time management, test anxiety, study skills, and more. Finally, ask your instructor questions…they have been where you are and really want to help.

3. Plan and work your plan-- avoid cramming Sit down and take a look at your schedule, obligations, and courses/assignments. Make a to-do list on the best course of action to get exams and projects done. Avoid cramming! This is very critical. Staying up and studying all night before a final exam will not be nearly as beneficial as studying material several times over a longer period.

Remember, this is a season. Finals, projects, classes do not last forever. Finish out strong and look forward to celebrating your successes in just a few short weeks. You can do it!

Contributed by Autumn Cardott on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Attend Free Teacher Orientation Sessions In-Person or Online


The Rio Salado Teacher Education team hosts free orientation sessions to provide details about its Bachelor Degree Pathway and Post-Baccalaureate programs!

Take advantage of these in-person and webinar orientation sessions this May and June!

In-Person Orientation Sessions
May 25, 2016
June 22, 2016

Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Virtual Orientation Dates:
May 23, 2016
June 20, 2016

Via Skype, instructions will be provided after registration has been completed.
Time: 5- 6:30 p.m

Register now at www.riosalado.edu/tir

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


Image of a young man smiling at camera.  Text: I want to be a teacher one day.  "One day" is crossed out and "now" is written.

We Need You!  This is a great time to get into the teaching field!  Check out this related blog about the need for Arizona teachers and Rio Salado's Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) intern program.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Rio Salado College President Bustamante Appointed to ACE Board

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Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante was recently appointed to the board of the American Council on Education (ACE).

"The landscape in higher education is changing," said Bustamante." I am honored to be invited to serve on the ACE Board with other university and college presidents from throughout the nation to be a voice and advocate for higher education. This is a critical time when we are all re-examining how to best serve 21st Century students and prepare them to succeed in higher education and beyond."

ACE is a national organization that aims to tackle the toughest higher education challenges, with a focus on improving access and preparing every student to succeed. More than 1,700 institutions are ACE members, including accredited, degree-granting two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entities.

Because of its advocacy role, ACE is a key point of contact on higher education matters for congressional staff and members of the executive branch, and is frequently cited in the national media on higher education issues.

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Personalized Learning to Help Students Succeed

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Rio Salado Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs Shannon McCarty provided the EDUCAUSE Review team with an overview of five key college initiatives that are designed to enhance personalized learning-- and student success.

Learn about the strategies and results of the college's efforts in this April 18 article by Dean McCarty.