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.