Thursday, June 28, 2018

Need Financial Aid for College? Don't Miss the June 39 FAFSA Deadline!

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Need help paying for college? Learn how federal financial aid can help you. 

Apply before the June 30 deadline at fafsa.ed.gov


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Learn How to Be a Teacher at Free Orientation Session with Rio Salado College

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Join Rio Salado's Teacher Education team for a free orientation session in-person or online to learn about the educational pathways, scholarships, teacher-in-residence programs and employment opportunities available to help you succeed.

Rio Salado offers Arizona Department of Education approved Educator Preparation programs that provide convenient and cost-effective ways for undergraduate students and working individuals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into teaching.

Our Post Baccalaureate courses 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.

Young man smiling at camera.  Text: Learn how to be a teacher

At the Orientation you will have the chance to learn about:
  • Rio Salado College's Educator Preparation Program requirements
  • Program expectations and support
  • Registration process and requirements
  • Answers to questions you may have

Post-Baccalaureate Orientation Schedule:
  • June 28 In-Person 
  • July 9 Virtual 
  • July 17 In-Person
  • August 1 In-Person
  • August 13 Virtual
Post-Bacc sessions take place 6-8 p.m. In-person session will take place at the Rio Salado College headquarters Conference Center in Tempe.


Teacher-in-Residence Orientation Schedule:
  • July 11 In-Person
  • July 25 Virtual
  • August 1 In-Person
  • August 8 Virtual
TIR sessions take place 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. In-person session will take place at the Rio Salado College headquarters Conference Center in Tempe.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/teachers or call 480-517-8140 for more information.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

4th of July Closure to Honor Independence Day!

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The Communiversity at QC will be closed Wed., July 4th in honor of Independence Day.

We will resume regular business hours on Thu., July 5.


Looking for something to do on the 4th holiday? 

Check out this azcentral guide for event news.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Get the Credit You Deserve! Earn Your Associate Degree with Maricopa Community Colleges Reverse Transfer Program

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An official associate degree is a valuable credential, which can give you a competitive edge when you’re applying for internships and jobs.

Did you know that Maricopa Community Colleges students and alumni can combine community college and university credits to meet the requirements for an associate degree?

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Finish What You Started! See if you qualify for this Reverse Transfer Program!


June is #PTSD Awareness Month

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Learn, Connect and Share!

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like combat, assault or disaster.

If you have experienced trauma or know someone who has, visit this U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs web page to learn about new research, treatment methods and educational resources.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Remembering Juneteenth and the End of Slavery in the U.S.

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Rio Salado College proudly recognizes Juneteenth-- the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. 

More than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, effective January 1, 1863, Texans received the news on June 19, 1865, that slavery had ended. 

In many states, festivals are held annually by African Americans to commemorate their freedom. 

Learn more about Juneteenth in this USA TODAY feature.

News courtesy of Rio Salado’s Diversity and Inclusion Council

Friday, June 15, 2018

SPOT 127 Boot Camp for Teens

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Looking for a summertime experience for teens? Check out SPOT 127 Summer Boot Camps! 

These two-week-long camps offer hands-on training in multimedia production under the guidance of SPOT 127 staff, KJZZ Phoenix journalists and other media professionals! 

Learn more at spot127.org/apply

Upcoming Sessions:


East Valley July Session: July 9 - July 26
Monday through Thursday (no Friday)
2 - 6 p.m.

West Valley July Session: July 9 - July 26
Monday through Thursday (no Friday)
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The cost for the program is $250, which includes lunch. Some scholarships are available for students based on financial need.

SPOT 127 and KJZZ are a community service of Rio Salado College.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Rio Salado Hosts Free Dental Clinic for Kids 6/23 to End Tooth Decay

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The Rio Salado Dental Clinic will host a free clinic for children and teens ages 17 and younger on Saturday, June 23, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Rio Salado students, instructors and dental community members will volunteer their time and expertise to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care at the clinic, which is located at 2250 W. 14th Street, in Tempe.

Services include exams, X-rays, cleaning, fluoride varnish and fun educational tips on staying healthy. Each child will also receive a wellness goodie bag to take home.

Harper working with parents, patients and students at 2016 dental clinic
“One of the things we want to emphasize is that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, but it is almost entirely preventable,” said Rio Salado’s Faculty Chair of Dental Programs Holly Harper.
“Prevention starts with knowledge and this clinic gives us the chance to educate parents and kids about the importance of good oral hygiene and cavity prevention.”

Harper said the clinic gives students and staff a chance to give back to the community—while providing an invaluable learning experience for the students.

“Community service is one of the core principles at Rio Salado College-- and a requirement for dental hygiene students,” said Harper. “We require our dental students to volunteer at least 40 hours during their program of study.”

smiling baby boy working with students.

Parents and guardians should register children in advance by calling 480-377-4100 or emailing dental.hygiene@riosalado.edu to guarantee a spot, as space is limited. Walk-ins will be accommodated if time and space permit.

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This June 23 clinic is made possible in part by the Arizona Dental Foundation and American Dental Association.

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Dental Clinic for Kids
Saturday, June 23, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rio Salado College Dental Clinic
2250 W. 14th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public all year long. Visit riosalado.edu/dentalclinic for more details.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Begin Your Educational Journey with the Maricopa Community Colleges on Enrollment Day, June 13

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Ready to begin your educational journey? We're ready for you! Join us for Maricopa Enrollment Day-- June 13 at all 10 Maricopa Community Colleges to complete enrollment in one day.* 


*Please Note: Students arriving after 4 p.m. will still be seen but may not complete the entire process. A “next steps” guide will be furnished to students who are not able to complete the enrollment process.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Register for Making & Canning Preserves Workshop June 14 at Rio Salado College

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own preserves? Well, we have just the right workshop for you.

Join the Cafe at Rio for Making and Canning Preserves for Beginners— a community education workshop June 14 here at our Tempe headquarters.

In this class you will learn how to make homemade preserves and learn the standards of safely canning them. You’ll also get to bring some samples home.

Cost is $25 per person.

Register now

Check out other community education workshops at www.riosalado.edu/cafe.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Fry's Career Fair at Rio Salado College Southern Location in Tempe, June 14

Career poster, featuring a young woman smiling.  Hungry for knowledge? Feed Your Future! Take part in a Fry's Food Stores career fair, June 14 at Rio Salado Southern in Tempe.    Explore the career options and generous educational growth opportunities!  Apply in advance now at jobs.frysfood.com   Fry's Food Stores Career Fair  June 14, 2018  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Rio Salado College - Southern  3320 South Price Road  Tempe, AZ 85282 You @Fry's Food Means You: • Will feel part of a team • Will have growth opportunities • You will receive up to 21,000 toward your academic career

Need a job? Take part in a Fry's Food Stores career fair, June 14 at Rio Salado Southern in Tempe.

Explore the career options and generous educational growth opportunities!  Apply in advance now at jobs.frysfood.com

Fry's Food Stores Career Fair

June 14, 2018
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Rio Salado College - Southern
3320 South Price Road
Tempe, AZ 85282

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Rio Salado College Student Spotlight: Laura Manna Winning Essay


Memories Inspire Student’s Award-Winning Essay

Every writer gets it. The blank page. No ideas. Fingers that won’t type. What do you write about when nothing comes to mind?

Laura Manna presenting her winning essay
Rio Salado College computer technology student Laura Manna was facing this dilemma when she had to write a descriptive essay for an English assignment.

“I thought about a writer from BuzzFeed,” Manna said. “She couldn't think of anything to write about. One of her grandparents came from Malta. She Googled Malta and was dumbfounded by its beauty. She ended up writing a blog about visiting Malta, and eventually traveled there herself.”

Manna took the writer’s basic idea, and considered her own grandparents.

“I followed a similar thought process,” Manna said. “I started thinking about my grandparents and life in Mexico, but I didn't feel that there was enough story there.”

Manna then recalled some words of wisdom from her Rio Salado instructor.

“At the start of my English 101 course, my instructor Gail Dudley shared a tip about making the writing memorable,” Manna said. “Memorable made me think of memories. So then I expanded my memories of Mexico with those of coming to the United States.”


The idea for Manna’s essay, “Rain, Dirt and Sky” was born. Read it now.

“My essay is a memory of simpler times,” Manna said. “It’s about remembering that even if we get caught up in our daily lives, we should appreciate and take in our surroundings and everything that comes with that moment.”


“I really cherish the memories of my grandparents because they were loving and patient,” she said. “I've been told I have an old soul and I like to attribute that to spending time with them in my early years.”

Dudley recognized the well-thought writing and poignancy of Laura’s essay.

“When Laura submitted this essay in my English 101 class, I knew it could be a winner,” Dudley said. “Laura is an exceptional student with an inquiring mind and a creative spirit.”

Dudley encouraged Manna to enter the essay in the Maricopa County Community College's creative writing competition held each spring.

Manna’s story won second place in the essay category and was published in a booklet that included all the creative writing award winners.

“When I received the award, I was truly stunned,” Manna said. “It is very exciting to have my work shared and makes me feel proud and honored.”

In April, Manna and Dudley were invited to the creative writing awards dinner, where honorees read their works out loud to those in attendance.

Manna with other Maricopa Community Colleges student winners and Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick 
“Listening to Laura read was one of the high points in my career as an adjunct instructor for Rio Salado College,” Dudley said.

Manna also thanked Dudley for her support.

Dudley with Manna
        
“Gail gave me the confidence to feel that my work was worth being shared,” Manna said. “Her honesty and positive feedback helped me gain the motivation to push myself and attempt the creative writing competition.”

Winning an award has helped to boost Manna’s confidence as a writer and a student.

“I didn't have grand plans for college except for passing, but I believe now that I can do so much more,” Manna said. “This award has opened doors of opportunity. I see a better future.”

Contributed by Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

SPOT 127 Summer Boot Camps for Valley Teens

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Looking for a way to inspire your teens this summer? Check out SPOT 127 Summer Boot Camps. 

These two-week-long camps offer Valley high school students intensive, hands-on training in multimedia production under the guidance of SPOT 127 staff, KJZZ Phoenix journalists and other media professionals. The cost for the program is $250, which includes lunch. Some scholarships are available for students based on financial need.


Participants spend two weeks learning to report, write, shoot and edit audio and video stories with the latest equipment. It is an excellent opportunity for students to get hands-on production experience and to develop multimedia pieces that can be used in portfolios and scholarship and college applications.

July sessions at SPOT 127 will offer a variety of experiences in digital media with a close connection to topics that impact the lives of high school students. Students write stories on a specific topic, gain new skills, expand upon existing skills and create an assortment of exciting projects.

Learn more at spot127.org/apply

group photo of SPOT 127 Summer Boot Camp team

Here's a look at upcoming sessions:

West Valley Boot Camp: June 18 - June 29
Daily classes (Monday through Friday)
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

East Valley July Session: July 9 - July 26
Monday through Thursday (no Friday)
2 - 6 p.m.

West Valley July Session:
July 9 - July 26
Monday through Thursday (no Friday)
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


SPOT 127 and KJZZ are a community service of Rio Salado College.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

At Rio Salado College Nanotechnology Knows No Age Limits - Enroll Today!

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Ready to reinvent yourself and embark on a new career? 

This video, featuring Rio Salado student Jeffrey Reed, provides some insights into the benefits of our nanotechnology program and how it can help you transition into this growing, dynamic field.  

Rio Salado's nanotechnology program will give you a chance to pursue your love of science, engineering and chemistry—and apply what you learn in the workplace. 

At Rio Salado, Nano Knows No Limits! 

Learn more and enroll today at www.riosalado.edu/nano

Monday, June 4, 2018

Rio Salado College Hosts Free Dental Clinic for Kids June 23!

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The Rio Salado Dental Clinic will host a free clinic for children and teens ages 17 and younger on Saturday, June 23, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students, instructors and support staff will volunteer their time and expertise to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to more than 100 children at the free clinic.

Register now for guaranteed service by calling 480-377-4100 or emailing dental.hygiene@riosalado.edu.

Baby smiling at doctor, holding a tooth brush.


Services Available
Services include exams, X-rays, cleaning, fluoride varnish, and educational tips on staying healthy. Each child will also receive a wellness goodie bag to take home. Walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated if time and space permit.

logos for Arizona Dental Foundation and American Dental Foundation
This June 23 clinic is made possible in part by the Arizona Dental Foundation and American Dental Association.


Rio Salado Dental Clinic for Kids
Saturday, June 23, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rio Salado College Dental Clinic
2250 W. 14th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281


Dental student showing a young girl how to brush


The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public all year longFees range from $25-75 depending on the age of the patient. For more information, call 480-377-4100 or visit riosalado.edu/dentalclinic.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Fry's Career Fair at Rio Salado Southern Tempe, June 14!

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Hungry for knowledge? Feed Your Future! Take part in a Fry's Food Stores career fair, June 14 at Rio Salado Southern in Tempe.

Explore the career options and generous educational growth opportunities!  Apply in advance now at jobs.frysfood.com

Fry's Food Stores Career Fair

June 14, 2018
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Rio Salado College - Southern
3320 South Price Road
Tempe, AZ 85282