Thursday, February 28, 2019

Apply for Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy ‪Scholarship by March 1!

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The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy ‪Scholarship‬ application deadline is March 1, 2019!

This scholarship covers tuition, fees, books, a $3,200 annual living allowance-- and provides students with an academic advisor mentor.  It is one of the dozens of scholarships available from the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.

Apply now!

The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy ‪Scholarship‬ is available to all Maricopa Community Colleges students who meet one of these criteria:

  • Incoming freshmen ages 18-25 who have been raised through the child welfare system and have no form of financial support
  • College-age youth and adults with physical disabilities
  • Adults who have dependents in their family units

Photo of Linda Boquilla wearing a "I am a Nina Scholar" tee-shirt. Quote keyed into photo: Being a Nina Scholar has opened doors for me because I feel that somebody has my back through the challenges.

It literally pays to apply!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Date Night Idea: Take a Soap Making Class!

Poster for workshop featuring colorful bars of soap wrapped in a variety of ribbon and paper. Text: Rio Salado College Spring Culinary Workshops

Any plans this Thursday? Make it a date night with Rio Salado College's Cafe at Rio and Sustainability teams-- and take a Soap Making 101 workshop! 

Register now

Soap Making for Beginners I

Thu, February 28, 2019
5:30 - 8 p.m.

Are you trying to live a more natural life? Do you find yourself wary of commercial products and gravitate toward organic products? This hands-on class will teach you the art and science behind soapmaking. You'll learn about natural colorants, soap additives, basic soap recipes and how to choose the right oils and rich butters for your skin type.

You'll also get a chance to make your own orange and lavender soaps to take home, along with recipes you can make on your own.

Rio Salado workshops are designed for life-long learners-- who find joy in learning something new and meeting new people. No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion fun!

Save the date for a follow-up, Soap Making for Beginners II workshop, Tues., Apr 30. 

Friday, February 22, 2019

MCCCDF Scholarships + You = Success!

Poster featuring 8 previous MCCCDF scholar photos.  Text: Fall 2019 Scholarships Available.  Deadline: March 17, 2019

Make your educational journey happen as a Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholar! The prize-- more than $2.5 million in scholarships

Apply now before the March 17 deadline:

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 in mastering the application process.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

azcentral Rio Salado Dual Enrollment Spotlight

snapshot of azcentral story feature.  Image of students in a classroom holding up their hands.  Caption: With dual enrollment, students finish college faster, and don’t have to duplicate any of their coursework during their early years of college. (Photo11: Getty Images).  Text: Students who want a head start may want to consider dual enrollment. Rio Salado College is one of the largest schools in Arizona to host dual enrollment students. Photo of Rio Salado Grad Lennon Audrain in a classroom. quote: “I was able to enroll in English, history and science classes that counted for both college and high school credit. For me, it was not only a way to get ahead in college, but a way to validate that the coursework I was taking in high school was of collegiate rigor,” noted Audrain. After all, how many students get to really explore their career passion at age 15?"

Check out this azcentral story featuring Rio Salado Brophy College Preparatory grad Lennon Audrain, who talks about the many benefits of our dual enrollment program-- and how it gave him a jump start on his teaching career.

Save time and money and get a head start on your college career with our dual enrollment program:

Audrain, who graduated from Rio Salado and Brophy in 2017 and completed his undergraduate work at Arizona State University, is now teaching with Mesa Public Schools.

“Throughout high school, I took over 24+ credit hours of education coursework that set me up on a pathway to becoming a teacher,” said Audrain. “By January 2017, I had earned both my associate in arts degree and my associate in arts in elementary education degree from Rio Salado - five months five months before I graduated from high school Brophy.”

Here's a thoughtful student profile by Maricopa Community Colleges Television featuring  Audrain, who is making a difference in the classroom-- and as a passionate advocate for teachers!

Learn more about Audrain in RioNews.

Friday, February 8, 2019

#CTEMonth2019: Learn a New Skill in a Field You Love with the Maricopa Community Colleges

Poster featuring students working on computers.  One male is smiling  at camera.  Text: Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month Celebrate Today.

Happy CTE Month 2019, Queen Creek!

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to prepare for high-demand careers like manufacturing, construction and information technology.

Make your CTE Career Happen with the Maricopa Community Colleges!  Explore your options now.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Elemental Cultural Arts Festival Call for Talent!

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Are you the biggest star and no one knows it? 

Share your talents in music, dance, photography, storytelling and more at the Maricopa Community Colleges' Elemental Cultural Arts Festival

Submit your entry before the Feb. 12 deadline and save the date for the big show at Phoenix Art Museum on April 4.

The 3rd Annual Elemental Cultural Arts Festival brings together a diverse group of student and community artists, along with faculty scholars, to expand the depth of cultural/multicultural artistic expression through the arts at Maricopa Community Colleges. For more information about the festival, please contact the Maricopa Center for Learning and Innovation via email at