Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Communiversity Closed Monday, Sept. 5 to Celebrate Labor Day!

Here's to the hard-working students, staff and community partners who are the driving force behind the Communiversity at Queen Creek.  Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

The Communiversity will be closed Monday, Sept. 5 in celebration of Labor Day.

Learn about the historical significance of this holiday from the Department of Labor.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

MCCCDF Scholarship Applications Open Sept. 1

MCCCDF logo.  Time left to apply: 6 days, 11 hours 28 minutes left until scholarship applications open on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 12:01 a.m.  For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, 2,335 scholarships were awarded for a total of 1,597,657.

It's almost time to apply for Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarships! Applications open Sept. 1.

There are hundreds of scholarships to choose from-- including exclusive opportunities for veterans! The streamlined process, which only requires one general application, will make it well worth your time!

Visit to view opportunities available to you.

#Arizona #college #scholarships #mcccd #mcccdf #RioSaladoCollege #CGCC

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Success Tips for New Students from NAU Professor Montoya

Photo of Professor Montoya addressing NAU students on campus.

New to college? Scared, nervous, unsure about yourself? Join the club!

Here's some great advice from Northern Arizona University professor Mark Montoya for new students-- and tips on how to succeed.

Success found here.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Rio Salado Hosts Community Cooking & Gardening Workshops Fall 2016

Flier for workshops.  Text in blog

Get in-person cooking and gardening lessons from the Café at Rio chefs and Sustainable Food Systems team by taking part in Rio Salado's fall 2016 Community Cooking & Gardening Workshops. Your first lesson begins with Basic Knife Skills, Sept. 1.

Enroll now by calling 480-517-8532.

Workshops will take place at the Café at Rio and the Garden 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

Basic Knife Skills Class for Beginners 
set of knives

Thu., Sept. 1, 6-8 p.m. 
$20 each or 2 for $35
This class is designed for the beginner and those looking to improve their knife skills. Demystify terms such as dice, brunoise, julienne and mince. Learn pointers for sharpening your knives and keeping them sharp. You'll then take everything you honed your skills cutting and whip together a few evening snacks! Proper kitchen attire is required which includes: close toed shoes, long pants and long or short sleeve shirt. Please restrain hair while in the kitchen.

Date Night Cooking
image of a couple cooking together

Fri., Sept. 23, 6-9 p.m. 
$35 each or $60 per couple
Prepare an amazing Date Night meal with the guidance of a professional chef. You will start off by preparing Kale Caesar Salad; then a center of the plate chicken saltimbocca, porcini mushroom risotto and lemon garlic brussel sprouts. Proper kitchen attire is required which includes: close toed shoes, long pants and long or short sleeve shirt. Please restrain hair while in the kitchen.

Soil Building for Beginners
image of a man in a garden, smiling

Sat., Oct. 1, 9-11 a.m.  
$15 each

Tired of your clay soil? Do your plants die every summer? Not sure when or how much to fertilize? Join us for a soil building workshop. Learn how soil forms naturally and how you can facilitate the process in your garden. Familiarize yourself with the benefits of microbes in your soil, and how to employ no-till techniques turning your hard clay into rich, loamy earth by allowing nature work for you. Closed toed shoes are required for this class.

Sushi for Beginners 
image of colorful sushi

Thu., Oct. 6, 6-8 p.m. 
$39 each or 2 for $65
This class is designed for students with no sushi making experience. Class will cover essential sushi ingredients; how to properly steam and season sushi rice; how to roll a basic sushi roll, inside out roll and hand roll; and how to make classic sushi rolls such as spicy tuna, California roll and vegetarian rolls. Proper kitchen attire is required which includes: close toed shoes, long pants and long or short sleeve shirt. Please restrain hair while in the kitchen. 

Cooking From Your Farmer's Market Basket 
image of a basket of veggies

Thu., Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m.  
$25 each or 2 for $40
Farmer's markets provide a plethora of fresh vegetables throughout the year in the Valley of the Sun. But how do you cook greens, squash, beets and other Fall/Winter vegetables from the market. You will work to create a menu from local farmer's market vegetables and other goodies. Proper kitchen attire is required which includes: close toed shoes, long pants and long or short sleeve shirt. Please restrain hair while in the kitchen.

Pasta- Making Ravioli From Scratch for Beginners 
plate of ravioli'

Thu., Nov. 3, 6-8 p.m. 
$25 each or 2 for $40
Let's work together to demystify ravioli making. The workshop will start out with a professional chef demonstrating how to make fresh pasta dough. Workshop participants will then roll pasta into long sheets, stuff with various fillings, cover with more pasta and learn to properly trim the raviolis. Finally, students will learn to cook their homemade raviolis and sample them with house-made pasta sauces.

Perfect Pie Crust and Pumpkin Pie for Beginners 
pie crust.

Tue., Nov. 22, 5-8:30 p.m. 
$35 each or $60
Tired of pre-bought pies and pie shells. Learn the tricks of the trade in making homemade pie dough. Workshop participants with then prepare a pumpkin pie filling and bake off their pies. Each participant leaves the workshop with a pumpkin pie just in time for Thanksgiving!

Tamale Fiesta 

Sat., Dec. 10, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
$29 each or 2 for $50
Work with a professional chef to create 2 types of tamales. Students will learn to make green chile chicken, red chile pork tamales. This is a hands-on cooking class where you will listen and watch our chef demo the do’s and don’ts of making tamales while also making your own tamales. Students will then eat tamales for a late lunch. Proper kitchen attire is required which includes: close toed shoes, long pants and long or short sleeve shirt. Please restrain hair while in the kitchen.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Enrollment Process Video for New MCCCD Students

snapshot of video with images outlining the 4 steps to enrollment.

New to Rio Salado, Chandler-Gilbert and the Maricopa Community Colleges? Check out this video to learn about our four-step enrollment process.

Visit for additional details.

#mcccd‬ ‪#‎NewStudentOrientation‬

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Join Rio Salado's Teacher Education Team for a Free Orientation Session!

Chalk board with Rio Salado logo.  Hand with chalk.  Text: Teacher Education In-person and webinar orientation sessions this summer and fall.

Join Rio Salado's Teacher Education team for a free orientation session-- in-person or via the web this summer and fall!

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

Post Baccalaureate programs are 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.

icon for a calendar
The next set of in-person orientation sessions will take place at the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters September 6 and October 24 and at the Communiversity at Queen Creek August 22 and September 26

The next webinar will take place November 21

Register now.

Visit this program web page or call 480-517-8140 for the latest details about orientation sessions.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Join Rio Salado for Dept. of Defense Virtual Education Fair for Military Members Aug. 11

Images of veterans and active duty members in graduation caps.  Text: Your Education Your Choice! Register Today Virtual Education Fair Aug. 11 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST,

Rio Salado College is taking part in a special online college fair for military members, veterans, and family members hosted by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), August 11, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Arizona time. Our admissions team will be chatting live to answer questions!

snapshot of login for DOD Ed Fair: Image of a laptop.  Text: Register for the DoD Virtual Education Fair  Don't miss your chance to chat live with admissions reps, watch videos on selecting the right school for you, connect with education benefit counselors and more.
We hope you'll join us for this DoD Virtual Education Fair to learn about all of the programs and services we provide to military members and their families-- and how we can help you with enrollment, advisement financial aid and more.

Sign up for a free account today and join the conversation tomorrow:

Participant registration is required and open throughout the event. For more details, visit

Participants are encouraged to use their mobile devices, if unable to access the event on government computers.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Stand for Veterans Rescource Fair Oct 15

Stand for Veterans poster with date, time and location of event.  Text available in full at

As Tempe’s official resource for veterans, the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) is proud to host a free resource fair designed to help veterans and their families access employment, education, wellness, legal services and more — all at one place and time— through an integrated network of community partners that will be on site to provide direct support.

event flier.  Full text available on event web page:
Attendees will have access to:
● Employment Services
● Key Community Services
● Educational Services
● Health, Wellness and Housing Services

Learn more about this event by visiting

Help us spread the word by sharing this event flier.

Hosted by the EVVEC, Rio Salado College, Maricopa Community Colleges and City of Tempe.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Explore Teaching Workshop Aug 6 at Rio Salado College Tempe

image of people attending a workshop

Have you ever considered a career in teaching? If so, Rio Salado's Teacher Education team is offering a free Explore Teaching Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Rio Salado Conference Center.

The workshop will introduce students to the teaching profession and address:
  • Administrative and classroom expectations
  • Course planning and preparation
  • Student assessments
  • Salary and benefit expectations

The workshop is designed for undergraduate students as well as career professionals who are transitioning to become teachers.

The workshop will address many of the concerns of potential teachers before they fully commit to a certification program and a career in education.

Register Now

For more information call 480-517-8140.

See related blog about the pressing need for teachers in Arizona.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Differences Between Advisors & Counselors

Young woman in a virtual world, looking up at a road sign pointing to: Counselors, Advisors, Admissions and Recruiters.

Not sure whether you need to see an advisor or counselor? You're not alone. This subject comes up quite a bit. Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald provides a distinction between the two in this RioNews blog.

Similar but Different: Academic Advising & Counseling

Have you ever heard a student refer to a recruiter, financial aid technician, admissions & records specialist, or academic advisor as a counselor? The answer is likely yes.

The term counselor is often inaccurately used by many to refer to various roles in higher education and can create confusion and frustration. One of the most common misconceptions is the difference between a counselor and academic advisor. While academic advisors and counselors work closely together, they fulfill different roles for students, staff, faculty, and administration.

An academic advisor’s position is multifaceted, as advisors assist students with many crucial questions. On the other hand, a counselor’s role is also multidimensional, and relates to educational planning, yet, in a different way.

Here is a table to help clarify some of the distinguishing duties of these important roles.

Helps students decide on major

Evaluates transcripts
Assists students in their career exploration
Provides necessary coursework for specific programs and degrees

Administers career assessments
Assists with the understanding of how college credits transfer 

Supports students and makes referrals for personal concerns such as homelessness, mental health, and domestic issues

Explains various degree options and differences between two-year and four-year degrees
Contributes to the development and attainment of educational and career goals

Delivers information regarding specific courses and course requirements
Provides job leads and related resources
Interprets placement test scores and makes appropriate course recommendations

Resume help
Recommends suitable academic plan to meet educational and career goals

Coping with crisis situations as a result of balancing roles of student, parent, and/or employee

Provides information on college graduation requirements

It is recommended and encouraged that students seek academic advising and career counseling throughout their college journey to increase the momentum needed to reach professional goals, as well as to begin building a solid, supportive, and reliable team to facilitate the guidance needed to graduate with a college degree.

Be sure to visit Rio Salado’s Counseling and Career Services and Academic Advisement web pages for additional details on how to connect with specialists to help you with your educational and career goals.

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