Thursday, September 21, 2017

Find the Super Teacher in You at Free Teacher Ed Orientation Sessions Hosted by Rio Salado College

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Join Rio Salado's Teacher Education team for a free, Teacher-In-Residence orientation session-- so you can discover the super teacher in you!

Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into and launch a teaching career—with paid employment opportunities in the classroom— so students can apply what they learn and earn an income while they complete their certification coursework.

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Are you ready to follow the calling? Take part in one of these upcoming orientation sessions!

October 4, 2017
November 1, 2017
December 6, 2017

All in-person sessions will take place 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Rio Salado Conference Center in Tempe: 2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281.


Virtual sessions will take place 5 - 6:30 p.m Via Skype. Instructions will be provided after registration has been completed.

Register Now:

Eager to learn more now? Call 480-517-8140.

Rio Salado Teacher Preparation Programs are approved by the Arizona State Board of Education and Rio Salado College is a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Maricopa Community Colleges Introduces New RAVE Guardian Mobile App to Improve Safety!

Improve Your Safety and Be a Guardian for the Maricopa Community Colleges with the New RAVE Guardian Mobile App and RAVE Alert Text Messaging!

The Maricopa Community Colleges are making a substantial investment to increase security at all of the colleges with the all-new Rave Guardian app.

RAVE Guardian Mobile App
The RAVE Guardian Mobile App is a free service for students, faculty and staff to upload from the Apple App Store or Google Play.  Once you download it to your mobile device, authenticate your account with your employee or student email address, then create a username, password and personal profile.

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Once open, Rave Guardian will display a simple interface with six icons:

● Inbox — Manage messages to the District-wide Public Safety communications center
● Guardians — Create a network of guardians looking over you, including family, friends, and others you trust
● Safety Timer — Allows Guardians to access your status and location so they can alert Public Safety if you fail to check in at a designated time
● Send a Tip — See something, say something. Anonymously send messages and photos to Public Safety
● Call Campus Police — Make a one-touch voice call to Campus Public Safety
● Call 9-1-1 — Easy access to a voice call in case of an emergency

RAVE Alert Text Messaging

Maricopa Community Colleges staff, faculty and students are automatically opted in to receive RAVE Alert Text Messaging about college incidents. Please take the time to confirm that your current mobile phone is listed and that it is tagged as a cell/mobile device to ensure you receive messaging.

Students should use and staff should use HCM to confirm their status and to make updates.

By working together as a community, we can help create the safest possible environment at the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Questions about RAVE? Don’t hesitate to call on Rio Salado’s Public Safety Office for support: (480) 377-4555.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Maricopa Community Colleges

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The Maricopa Community Colleges are proud to celebrate the rich culture, diversity and legacy of our Hispanic and Latino communities!

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year from September 15 to October 15. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30 day period.

Learn more intriguing facts and insights by exploring this Rio Salado Hispanic Heritage Month Library Guide:

Join the Maricopa Community Colleges for live performances, street festivals, art exhibits and engaging conversations this Hispanic Heritage Month!

Most events are free and open to the public.

Visit for a calendar of events.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Successful Students Organize!

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Manage your time:
• Stay on top of quizzes, tests, study time by using a calendar
• Keep classwork with you in case you find extra time in your day to complete it
• Prioritize
• Seek the help of a college advisor for planning and goal setting

Enter Rio Salado's Constitution Day Essay Contest by Sept. 17 for a Chance to Win a $100 Gift Card!

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Celebrate Constitution Day, September 17-- and enter the Rio Salado Constitution Day Essay Contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card!

The contest is open to all students currently registered at Rio Salado College who submit an essay addressing this topic: 

Given that the United States Constitution is a living document, how would you use it to promote change?

Participants will have a chance to win one of 3 prizes:
• 1st place: $100 Amazon gift card
• 2nd place: $50 Amazon gift card
• 3rd place: $50 Amazon gift card

Essays are due by midnight, Sunday, Sept. 17. The winners will be notified on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. 

Visit our Constitution Day web page for additional details:

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tips on How to Pay for College

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Wondering how to pay for college? 

This video from Rio Salado’s Counseling team reviews four funding sources to consider:

1. Personal resources – personal savings, employer tuition programs and college savings fund.
2. Scholarships – based on merit, talent and financial need.
3. Veterans benefits – for eligible students with military service experience.
4. Federal financial aid – grants, loans and federal work study.

Look for additional tips and resources from our Financial Aid team:


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We take pause to remember 9/11-- in memory of the victims-- and to honor the countless acts of compassion and courage demonstrated by our citizens and friends around the globe.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

There's Still Time to Enroll for Fall 2017 at the Maricopa Community Colleges!

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Full or cancelled class? No problem!

We can help you stay on track with our flexible Monday start dates and 8-14 week classes. 

Learn what options are available to you from Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Successful Student Tip: Engage!

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Successful Students Plan! Keep these tips in mind when planning for your semester:
  • Plan to succeed, prioritize your time and stay informed
  • Create a semester calendar to record due dates for all exams, quizzes, papers, and finals 
  • 1 hour of class time = 2 hours of study time
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Check out these new student success videos produced by Rio Salado’s Advisement and Counseling teams for valuable advice about planning, time management and more!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Message from Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor about DACA

Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick
The Maricopa County Community College District is built on a foundation of providing access to higher education for diverse students and communities, and we continue to be committed to that mission.

Under the announcement of the President, Attorney General Sessions and the Department of Homeland Security, DACA applications and renewals for the employment authorization document are permissible for a limited time and under limited circumstances.

MCCCD’s commitment to our students remains and we will continue to pursue our appeal, having submitted our petition for review on August 21, 2017. We will be conferring with outside counsel on the case as well as meeting internally to determine how we move forward in accordance with the law while maintaining our commitment to the residents of Maricopa County.

We have approximately 2,000 DACA students currently enrolled in Maricopa County Community Colleges. Those students will continue to pay in-state tuition until we determine the nature of the DACA repeal. We are committed to helping all people--regardless of their background--achieve their academic goals and fulfill their potential.


Maria Harper-Marinick, Ph.D.

MCCCDF Scholarships = Free Money!

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It's time to apply for Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarships! Spring 2018 applications are being accepted Sept. 1-Oct. 15, 2017.

There are hundreds of scholarships to choose from-- including exclusive opportunities for Rio Salado College students and employees-- and veterans!

Apply now:

The streamlined process, which only requires one general application, will make it well worth your time! The few hours you spend on a scholarship application will be well worth the investment, at the very least, a good learning experience and practice at mastering the application process.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Successful Student Tip: Engage!

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Successful Students Engage! 

We encourage you to get involved student life activities! 

By taking part, you’ll increase your chances for success in the classroom, develop life and career-building skills, meet and network with other students and community members and help make a difference in other peoples' lives. 

Check with your college about opportunities available to you!

A message from Rio Salado, Chandler-Gilbert and the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Full or Cancelled Class? No problem!

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It’s not too late to register with the Maricopa Community Colleges!

We have plenty of 8-14 flexible class options and 45+ start dates to help you stay on track.

Learn what options are available to you!

Start now!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Communiversity at QC Closed Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4

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The Communiversity at QC will be closed for Labor Day, Monday, Sept 4.

Here's to all of the hard working students, faculty and staff who are working to achieve academic excellence! 

Enjoy your day off!

Fighting Opioid Epidemic with Education

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Rio Salado and Dr. Kirk Bowden Develop Online Continuing Education Seminars for Counselors

Continuing education for addictions and counseling professionals is essential-- especially now, as the United States faces an opioid epidemic and is looking to the addictions and counseling profession for answers on how to resolve this national crisis.

Rio Salado College is offering a series of non-credit, online seminars to help addictions and counseling professionals stay informed about the latest industry developments and strategies, and meet continuing education requirements. 

Visit for a full listing of current offerings.

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The 20 seminars focus on topics such as treatments for stimulant use disorders, adolescent substance use disorders, domestic violence and addictions, intervention and treatment for substance use disorders and professional ethics. There are also a series of seminars focusing on eating disorders and behavioral addictions.

Mental health professionals who are providing supervision in academic, training and treatment sites will find ASD285JJ - The Clinical Supervision Training of Supervisors seminar of interest. The seminar reviews the latest legislative initiatives regarding mandated supervisory training, contemporary theory and research regarding best practices in clinical supervision, the identification and development of competencies for supervisees and supervisors and clinical supervision training of supervisors.

When counselors are unaware or ignore cultural differences, they risk the growth of misunderstanding and mistrust. Seminar ASD285II - Multicultural Aspects examines cultural competencies and how human differences affect the counseling relationship. The seminar will address the implications of chemical use/abuse/addiction on multicultural and diverse populations and give participants a chance to explore a variety of cultures with compassion and curiosity. This course will also include three contact hours of professional ethics.

Rio Salado offers 45+ Monday start dates so participants can enroll in courses throughout the year. The cost is $89 per course.  Many seminars have 4, 8 and 14-week completion options and most textbook and course materials are available at no or low cost (<$40). Many seminars do not require additional course materials.

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The seminars were developed under the direction of Rio Salado’s Faculty Chair of Addiction and Substance Use Disorders program Kirk Bowden, MAC, NCC, LPC; a well-known industry leader. Rio Salado is one of Arizona’s top educators of addictions counseling professionals, offering online classes, certificates and an associate degree in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders.

Bowden works with a team of Rio Salado faculty, who are also experts in the field, to create engaging educational content to help professionals stay relevant, informed and connected.

“We have an obligation as addictions and behavioral counseling professionals to stay informed, share news, network and help create solutions,” said Bowden. “These seminars were designed with that in mind.”
Bowden has served as the 2014-16 President for NAADAC, as Grand Canyon University’s Chair of Addiction and Substance Use Disorders program and Director of the Department of Professional Counseling and Addiction Studies, President of the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education and chair of the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC), which accredits college and university addiction studies programs.

As a longtime advocate for continuing education and a proponent for establishing standards for addictions counselors and educators, Bowden has worked to create change in the classroom, through policy and by leading grass roots efforts. Among his priorities has been a call for state behavioral health regulatory/licensing boards to implement a requirement that behavioral health professionals have addiction-specific education and experience before practicing addiction counseling independently. Most states do not have this requirement.

Bowden has also served as the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Substance Abuse Academic Review Committee (ARC) chair since 2015. The ARC is a crucial part of the board's licensing process, responsible for reviewing applications from individuals applying for licensure in Arizona. The ARC also reviews applications from regionally accredited colleges and universities for approval of their addiction counseling degree programs.

The American Psychological Association (APA) recognize Bowden this August with a 2017 Distinguish Career Contribution to Education and Training award for the contributions he has made to the field of addiction science education throughout his career.

“The people of this country need to be protected and deserve to have counselors who are educated, well-informed and knowledgeable about the latest issues, treatments and news about addiction treatment and recovery,” said Bowden. “Rio Salado’s online seminars and flexible start dates make this education affordable and accessible to a greater number of professionals across the country.”

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While Rio Salado seminars are designed to help addiction and counseling professionals meet their continuing education requirements, they are also available to the public-- giving practitioners a resource to share with the communities they serve.
“Many of our students are parents, teachers and social workers, who, through their daily lives and jobs, encounter people with addiction issues,” Bowden said. “They complete our seminars and courses for a variety of reasons. As such, we are committed to providing quality instruction that will educate and empower professionals and students alike,” said Bowden.
Bowden was invited to join the American Counseling Association (ACA) government affairs staff as a panelist for a Congressional briefing on opioid use disorders on April 4 in Washington, D.C. Among his responsibilities was to give insight into the experience of being an addictions and substance use disorders professional; address some of the challenges industry professionals face and discuss what types of legislation will help counseling professionals strengthen prevention, treatment and recovery efforts. Bowden also emphasized the need for quality education for professionals and those affected by addiction. Watch the hearing now.

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“We have had an ongoing problem with addiction in this country, but nothing like this opioid epidemic," said Bowden.

"The people of this country need our help so it’s up to us to lead the charge to resolve this conflict by staying informed and relevant, by increasing awareness about the importance of counseling and empowering the people we serve with information and resources to overcome addiction,” said Bowden.

For more information about Rio Salado’s Behavioral Health/Addictions and Substance Use Disorders programs, visit or call an academic advisor at 480-517-8580.

Friday, August 25, 2017

It Pays to Apply for MCCCDF Scholarships!

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Take advantage of hundreds of scholarships available through the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation! Spring 2018 applications will be accepted Sept. 1-Oct. 15, 2017.

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How to apply
Students must have a valid MEID and password to apply and complete a General Scholarship Application to be considered.

View current openings by visiting and clicking on Scholarships.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Apply for Federal Work Study Opportunities at Rio Salado College!

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Join our winning team!  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.

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We encourage you to review the current job openings listed under Part-Time Student Federal Work Study Opportunities.

Federal Work Study opportunities are need based and do not have to be paid back!

If you have an interest in a current job opening, please ensure you will meet the following criteria:
  • Complete your FAFSA application for 2016/17 academic year
  • If selected for verification complete all “to do” items in your Student Center
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) each semester

Please submit your resume to the email address noted on the job posting.

For additional information, please contact our Financial Aid Answer Center at (855) 622-2332.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Apply for 2018 MCCCDF Scholarships 9/1-10/15

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Mark your calendars! The next Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarship cycle takes place from Sept. 1-Oct. 15, 2017. The Foundation will be posting scholarship opportunities available for the Spring 2018 semester.

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Student Success
Rio Salado College student Jessica Chapman credits her Foundation scholarship for aiding her in going back to school and realizing her dreams.

“I’m working on an AAS in Paralegal Studies, and I just want to keep learning more things,” Chapman said. “I just can’t quench that thirst for knowledge and will definitely be continuing on the path of higher education.”

As a single mother who works full-time, Chapman found Rio Salado’s online classes made it possible to fit education into her life. 

“Rio Salado College offers many fascinating courses and makes education convenient for older students as myself, who have jobs and children,” Chapman said. “I think I will be a lifelong student because there really is so much out there to learn and experience!”

Read more about MCCCDF scholars.

How to apply
Students who wish to apply for a Foundation scholarship must complete a General Scholarship Application to be matched to scholarship opportunities for which you qualify.

Students must have a valid MEID and password to apply.

You can also view current openings by visiting and clicking on Scholarships.

Part-Time Site Support Wanted in Queen Creek

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Are you looking for a part-time position that puts your customer services skills to good use?

Rio Salado College is looking for a part-time site support representative at the Communiversity at Queen Creek to provide customer service and administrative support to our internal and external customers. 

The Communiversity is located at 21740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142.

Job Duties
  • Provides a variety of general and specific information to students, faculty, community leaders and the public regarding courses and programs offered
  • Provides assistance to faculty on classroom technology before and during class if needed
  • Uses multi‐line phones, computers, and general office equipment on a daily basis
  • Assists in the setup of events including Community Room, working with event coordinators and providing additional support during the day of the event
  • Schedules counseling and advising appointments for students
  • Performs tasks in support of the operations at the site
  • Assists with data entry
  • Performs various clerical duties and other duties as assigned

Customer focus oriented; excellent organizational skills; effective written communication skills; ability to work as a team player; computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite to include Word, Excel & PowerPoint; knowledge and experience with general office equipment, phones, copiers, and web based applications; prior administrative/clerical and work in a customer service setting preferred; experience with Microsoft Access and Publisher; experience working in a college or university setting; experience working with people where English is not their primary language; prior experience working with diverse populations.

Hours and Pay Rate
  • Up to 19.5 hours per week
  • Mid‐Day availability preferred with hours to be determined.
  • Must be flexible as hours to be scheduled: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
  • Employee work shifts may change depending on department needs
  • Please note that early morning, evening and/or weekend hours may be requested
  • $10.35/hour 
  • This position is part‐time with no benefits

How to Apply
Please send resume and cover letter, including hours/days of availability to

Learn more about employment opportunities at Rio Salado College by visiting this web page.

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Attention Maricopa Community Colleges Students - Attend Free Advising 101 Sessions to Complete Your Registration!

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Rio Salado will offer four Advising 101 group webinar sessions, Monday, Aug. 2 and 9. 

Join us for one of these sessions:
Wed., Aug. 2 - 12 p.m or 6 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 9, at 12 p.m or 6 p.m.

Advising 101 satisfies Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” to complete registration in
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Visit for the latest details about Advising 101 sessions and to join the webinars.
Students will learn how to:
● Work with an advisor to reach their educational goals.
● Choose appropriate classes and programs.
● Apply prior college classes to their program.
● Transfer credits to a university program.
● Find resources and tips to help them succeed.

Sessions are free and open to all Maricopa Community Colleges students.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

You Still Have Time to Make a Difference! Join us for UWVS Project Connect Suprise!

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You still have time to join Rio Salado, the Maricopa Community Colleges, City of Surprise and Salvation Army for the Valley of the Sun United Way Project Connect in Surprise, July 26.  

This is your chance to help our West Valley neighbors in need and to help end homelessness!

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Project Connect is part of Valley of the Sun United Way’s long-term, multi-faceted strategy to end homelessness in our community. This event offers instant access to resources people need to start the journey back to health, financial stability and housing. More than 28,000 individuals have been connected to services since Project Connect began in 2008.

Project Connect Surprise
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Salvation Army - Surprise
17420 N. Ave of the Arts
Surprise, AZ 85378

Volunteer Opportunities
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Register now at\volunteer. For groups of 10 or more, contact the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at

Rio Salado employees and students should contact Elizabeth Cole-Fay at to learn more about Rio Salado team efforts.

Get the latest details about this event by visiting this web page.

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How to Manage Stress Video for You!

Feeling stressed? This video from Rio Salado's Counseling team shares tips on how to recognize and manage stress.

Remember the 5 R’s when you feel stressed:

  • Relax
  • Regenerate
  • Resolve
  • Reward
  • Recognize 

Need help managing stress? Contact a Rio Salado counselor at

Monday, July 24, 2017

Attention Arizona Educators! Last Chance to RSVP for AZ K-12 Ed Tech Conference, Aug. 5!

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There's still time to reserve a space for Rio Salado's AZ K-12 Ed Tech Conference, Aug. 5! It's a great way for Arizona educators to get a jump start on the new school year!

The conference provides hands-on professional development for pre-service teachers, educators and homeschooling parents who are looking for new ways to engage children with technology. Sessions will focus on leveraging educational technology to impact learning in innovative ways.

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Keynote Jon Corippo will be joined by Lucy Gray, Kyle Brumbaugh, Robert Pronovost

Presenters are experienced K-12 teachers with a national presence in the ed tech world who will share several tools and ideas you can incorporate into your curriculum and classroom right away.

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Workshop sessions include discussions about free and interactive tools to help you assess learning in your classroom no matter what grade level, instructional uses of YouTube, social media for personalized professional development and more.

Continuing education credits will be offered.

Register now at
Registration is required. Cost $14, includes catered lunch.

AZ K-12 Ed Tech Conference
Aug. 5, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281

Visit or call 480-517-8743 for the latest event details. #AZTECHCon

Please note: Attendees are responsible for supplying their own laptops, tablets and chargers.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Explore the Benefits of Rio Salado's Honors Program!

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If academic excellence is important to you and you’re looking to further challenge your critical thinking-- we encourage you to explore Rio Salado’s Honors Program—a pathway to help you make the most of your educational journey. 

The program offers a variety of benefits including distinguished multidisciplinary classes, cultural opportunities and scholarships specifically for Honors students.

Don’t count yourself out when it comes to Honors scholarships!  Case in point is the Honors Achievement Award.  It’s available to students who are also receiving financial aid and only requires part-time enrollment (6 or more credit hours per semester).

If you have completed 12 or more 100 or 200 level classes and have a GPA of 3.25 or higher with the Maricopa Community Colleges, you may be eligible to join.

To learn more about Rio Salado's Honors program, benefits and eligibility requirements, visit or call 480-517-8521.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

6 Tips to Banish Test Stress

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We’ve all felt anxious before taking a test. Being called upon to remember concepts, facts and skills learned in a class can cause stress. In fact, test anxiety is a fairly common experience. But it is not necessarily a bad thing.

Rio Salado counselor Autumn Cardenez has six tips to help you turn test stress into a positive way to prepare for your exams.

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1. Hang out with a furry friend! Yes, play with an adorable animal for 15 to 20 minutes when feeling stressed out. If you do not have a pet of your own you can call on a friend or even visit a pet store. After playing with your friend you will feel rejuvenated and calm. It works!

2. Run! Going for even a 20-minute run releases feel-good endorphins to boost your mood and can help quiet an overactive mind. Try to fit in a quick jog after school and before you start studying so that you can hit the books with a clear mind.

3. Create something! Baking, drawing, writing, and playing music are all calming activities that will ease stress. Try baking a healthy protein packed breakfast recipe like these Egg Muffins. Not only are you easing your mind you’re feeding it what it needs to thrive.

4. Talk to someone! Keeping negative emotions bottled up will only make things worse. You can reach out to a friend or a family member or come see us at Rio Salado Counseling, call 480.517.8785 or find the nearest counseling center at Talking about the anxiety will often rob its power to alter your success.

5. Clean the clutter and organize your calendar! A clean working space equals a clean mind; you'll create a place that allows you to totally focus. Organize your calendar and plan your final projects, exam dates, and other things in your life.

6. The best remedy to alleviate stress is to be prepared. Study and take practice exams before scheduling your official testing session. Knowledge is power!

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The best thing about tests and final exams is that they end! 

Here’s to a happy ending for you.

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Volunteer to End Homelessness, July 26

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Rio Salado is partnering with the Maricopa Community Colleges, City of Surprise and Salvation Army and to host a Valley of the Sun United Way Project Connect event on July 26, 2017, at the Salvation Army in Surprise to help our West Valley neighbors in need.

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Project Connect is part of Valley of the Sun United Way’s long-term, multi-faceted strategy to end homelessness in our community. This event offers instant access to resources people need to start the journey back to health, financial stability and housing. More than 28,000 individuals have been connected to services since Project Connect began in 2008.

Check out this video for more details.

Project Connect Surprise
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Salvation Army - Surprise
17420 N. Ave of the Arts
Surprise, AZ 85378

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Volunteer Opportunities
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Most volunteers work one-on-one with guests, escorting them through the array of service providers available on site. The guest guide role is a supportive position that encourages a connection between individuals. Other roles available to volunteers include registering guests, serving food, distributing clothes, assisting with the guest check-out area and event clean-up.

Register now at\volunteer. For groups of 10 or more, contact the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at

Maricopa Community Colleges employees are encouraged to register as volunteers through the Maricopa Learns through Service HCM portal. For questions, please contact Dee Dee Tapson at 480-731-8299 or via email at

Rio Salado employees and students should contact Elizabeth Cole-Fay at to learn more about Rio Salado team efforts.