Thursday, March 22, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 1985-87

Our next stop on the 40th anniversary Throwback Thursday timeline is 1985-87.

On the world stage, Mikhail Gorbachev became president of the Soviet Union, pop musicians banded together to fight African famine at the Live Aid concerts, and version 1.0 of Windows was released.

Locally, the MCCCD Governing Board assigned Dr. Charles Green as president of Rio Salado College in 1985. In 1986, Rio Salado moved its headquarters to a building purchased at 640 N. First Avenue in Phoenix, replacing previously rented facilities. The college’s adult basic education program was also singled out as one of the top 10 ABE programs in the United States.

Pictured here are members of Rio Salado’s ABE staff including Mary Johnson, Eunice Robbins, Karen Mills, Janet Gesin and Karen Watson.
Do you remember this time? Share your photos, stories and memories via email to or social media using the hashtag #RioSaladoCollege40th.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Workforce Development Prepares Students for Careers

Maricopa County News recently shared a video about Rio Salado College student Jessica Angulo and how she is using her workforce training to gain real world experience as an electrician apprentice.

Watch the video at:

Angulo took GED® test prep classes at Rio Salado College Downtown and enrolled in the college’s Energy Systems Technology I-BEST Program.

After earning her high school equivalency diploma, Angulo was admitted to an electrical apprenticeship program, where she is thriving.

The video also features a cameo by Blair Liddicoat, Associate Dean of Adult Education at Rio Salado. 

For more information about how Rio Salado’s adult basic education opportunities can benefit you, visit

-Video courtesy of Maricopa County, and producer Erika Flores.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Meet Rio's 2018 John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award Honorees

Three Rio Salado College employees are recipients of the 2018 John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards honoring exceptional teaching and leadership in community college education.

The awards are given each year by the League for Innovation in the Community College

Rio Salado's honorees are: Hazel Davis, Faculty Chair for Library Services; Todd Simmons, Vice President of Administrative Services; and Dr. Wanda Tucker, Faculty Chair for Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.

They were nominated for the award by Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante, who singled out their commitment to excellence in putting students first.
The awards will be given out by the at the League’s annual conference in Maryland March 18-21, 2018.

Hazel Davis
"I am greatly honored to receive this award for my work as Library Faculty Chair at Rio Salado College, where innovation thrives and enables ever-evolving and creative services for our non-traditional student body. Today, it is more important than ever for students to develop the information literacy skills that will underpin their college endeavors and enable them to become thoughtful and informed citizens. I feel so fortunate to work with my wonderful team to educate and empower our students."

Todd Simmons
"When most people think about excellence in high education, they think about the teaching and learning process. But, providing funding for excellence in teaching and learning requires creative solutions to financial issues and concerns. I hope that I have been able to contribute, in that capacity, to Rio Salado College and the success that it and its students have experienced. I am passionate about helping others achieve their life dreams and making their lives and the lives of those around them better."

Dr. Wanda Tucker
"It is an honor to receive the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award. I am fortunate to serve at a college where innovative ideas are welcomed to support the academic goals of students. Administrators, faculty colleagues, and staff members create an environment where excellence is promoted to champion initiatives for students and employees. In turn, it is my desire to give back and contribute to academic forums where intellectual inquiry is valued and appreciated."

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Celebrate Women's History Month in March

Image Credit: Women Marching in Suffragette Parade, Washington, DC (National Archives)
Image credit: Women marching in Suffragette Parade, Washington, DC (National Archives)

March is Women's History Month!

Celebrate the great contributions that women have made to our nation during the month of March. Read this article from the National Women’s History Month website to learn how it came to be. You can also visit the National Archives website to learn more about the history of women in the United States and explore their stories through letters, photographs, film, and other sources at

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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