Saturday, January 25, 2020

Are You Ready For Graduation? Make Sure To Apply By The Mar. 15, 2020 Deadline

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Have you completed all your coursework to earn your certificate or degree? Now it’s time to apply for graduation.

Graduation applications can be submitted within one week of completing the final course of a degree/certificate program.

To participate in the graduation ceremony, you must apply by March 15, 2020.

If you’re ready to apply for graduation, click here.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Rio Salado College Is Working To Get More Than 60,000 Youth Back In School With Reengagement Centers

Did you know Rio Salado College adult education locations are now full-service Opportunities for Youth Reengagement Centers for 16-24-year-olds who need help going back to school, finding gainful employment and securing other support services?

Learn more in RioNews.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Forbes Mentions Rio In Top HR Trends That Matter Most In The 2020 Workplace

Have you read the article on the top 10 HR trends that matter most in the 2020 workplace? The article highlighted Rio Salado College’s partnership with The Hartford to create a program to train the next generation of insurance professionals. This comes in part of efforts to source non-traditional job candidates outside of four-year degrees.

The Hartford partnered with Rio Salado College, Capital Community College and Connecticut Department of Labor to create and develop an apprenticeship program to source non-traditional talent.

The goal of the partnership is to develop an auto insurance specific curriculum and paid on-the-job training to equip students for key customer facing roles in The Hartford’s claim operation and doing so by recruiting for skills rather than college pedigree.

Read more here.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

RSVP for a Memorable MLK Celebration Jan. 23

Image of MLK looking up, reflective.  Rio Salado logo.  Text: MLK Celebration Jan. 23, 2020 3-4:30 p.m.

Don’t forget to RSVP for our Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration on Jan. 23. Reserve your spot now via Eventbrite

We hope you will take part in this 2nd annual event to help us replicate the solidarity of last year’s event and to create a new memorable experience.

Enjoy some or all these activities:
  • Opening remarks by Rio Salado employees about the meaning of equality and Civil Rights:
  • Erika Mavashev – Incarcerated Re-Entry Student Services Specialist
    O. Tafari Osayande – Associate Dean, Community Standards
    Dr. Aaron Coe – Quality Assurance Program Manager
    Saebin Yi – Student Services Specialist
    Earnestine Harrison – Associate Dean, Instruction
  • Discussion with Dr. Wanda Tucker, Rio Salado faculty senate president and faculty chair for Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies and her special guest Dr. Pam Tucker, who will talk about their journey discovering how their families’ histories are intertwined, beginning with the first African slaves brought to the United States in 1619.
  • MLK tribute march along the Rio Way path ending at the amphitheater for a closing ceremony.

Snapshot from USA Today feature, image of Wanda and Pam at a cemetery with other Tucker family in view.  Headline: Pam's family enslaved black people.  Wanda believes her ancestor was one of them. They met and are confronting a painful history.

Learn about Wanda Tucker’s journey into the past in these USA Today stories:,

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MLK Celebration
Thursday, Jan. 23
3-4:30 p.m.

Beginning at the Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

For event details or special accommodations email or call 480-517-8374.

Share your photos and sentiments about Civil Rights using #RioWayMLKDay.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Submit Your Business Idea For A Chance At $20,000

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Entrepreneurs, there’s only 10 days left submit your business idea for a chance at $20,000.

The Big Pitch is a student startup challenge offered by the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation. Rio Salado College is looking for a student entrepreneur (or team) with a business idea that has the potential for success to move forward in The Big Pitch competition.

Applications are accepted now until Jan. 31, 2020.

The student or team who is selected to be Rio Salado College’s semifinalist will attend The Big Pitch Business Accelerator over Spring Break from March 9th – 15th, 2020.

Click here to learn more.