Friday, September 29, 2017

MCCCDF Scholarships Await You! Deadline 10/15

Poster with MCCDF logo.  Text: For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, 3,092 scholarships were awarded for a total of $2,195,421

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation has awarded thousands of scholarships through the years! You still have time to apply for spring 2018 scholarships but the October 15 deadline is quickly approaching!

Do the Math!
The streamlined process, which only requires one general application, will make it well worth your time! Don't discount those small scholarships.  The few hours you spend on a scholarship application will be a good investment.  At the very least, you'll gain valuable practice at mastering the application process.

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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.

Apply now

Register for Spring Classes at the Maricopa Community Colleges!

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If you're taking classes at the Maricopa Community Colleges, it's nearly time to register for spring classes!

🗓️ Priority Registration - begins October 2
🗓️ Spring 2018 Registration - begins October 9

Start here

In the meantime, take advantage of Rio Salado's flexible Monday starts between now and this spring!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Rio Salado College Offers Addictions & Counseling Continuing Education Webinars

Ad for new classes.  Image of Dr.  Kirk Bowden.  Text: ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & CONTINUING EDUCATION NEW! Non-Credit Seminars* Seminars are online $89 per seminar (15 CE's) Developed & instructed by addictions professionals Work at own pace Online certificates and degrees also available. For a complete list of seminars visit  LEARN MORE TODAY!480-384-9990.  Images of Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges logos. Text: Rio Salado College is a regionally accredited institution and is acredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC). Online classes may have in-person components, testing requirements, block calendar guidelines and require proof of legal residency. Payment plan options and financial aid are available to those who qualify. The Maricopa Community Colleges are EEO/AA Institutions.

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 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, professional ethics, eating disorders and behavioral addictions.

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.

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.

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.

Maricopa Community Colleges Open Educational Resources Project Saves Students Millions!

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According to a 2016-2017 year-end report, the Maricopa Community Colleges have saved students more than $10 million dollars since launching the Maricopa Millions Open Educational Resources Project. This amount is almost double the estimated projections when the program was first conceived five years ago!

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Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick will share more details about the project today, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2:30 -4 p.m. at GateWay Community College.

What are Open Education Resources?
Open Education Resources (OER) are a teaching, learning, and research resources that are copyright-free or have been released under a copyright license that permits others to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute them. Examples of OERs include full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.

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.

Rave poster for Guardian.  Text: Download Rave Guardian, Set a Safety Timer, Connect with Your Guardians, Easier Emergency Communication

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.