Friday, January 20, 2017

Time to Apply for Graduation - Deadline March 1!

Poster featuring two female graduates smiling and Rio Salado mascot splash in cap and gown.  Text: Celebrate your success!

If you recently completed a certificate or degree program-- or you're getting ready to finish a program of study-- we encourage you to celebrate your accomplishments with us during Rio Salado's 2017 Commencement ceremony, May 3 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix.

Graduation applications are due March 1.

Rio President Chris Bustamante with a large group of 2016 Dual Enrollment graduates

Commencement is a time to celebrate your educational accomplishments and the journey you took to reach your goals. Share this amazing achievement with your family and friends by participating in Rio Salado’s annual commencement ceremony in May. - Dr. Bustamante

Learn more about the ceremony and submit your graduation application online by visiting this web page.

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Explore Rio & MCCCD 8-14 Week Class Options!

All 10 Maricopa Community Colleges offer classes that you can finish in just 8 to 14 weeks. 

Your life is busy, so we make it easy to choose from day, evening, and online classes. Why wait?

Your Schedule. Your Way. With the Maricopa Community Colleges you have lots of options. Choose from 600+ online classes-- and enjoy flexible Monday starts at Rio Salado!

Giving Back-- Rio Staff Learn Through Service

Image of Rio Counselling and Career Services team.  United Way logo: Give, Advocate. Volunteer.  Live United.
Last December, Rio Salado’s Counseling and Career Services team and other Maricopa Community Colleges employees volunteered their time with the Valley of the Sun United Way Project Connect team at Monte Vista Church to assist community members who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness.

Approximately 250 individuals were served; receiving essential resources such as food and clothing, help securing employment services, vital records, state IDs and personal hygiene products.  Each participant was paired with a dedicated volunteer.

This experience gave Rio Salado’s Counseling and Career Services staff an opportunity to take part in an enriching and rewarding community service project, learn more about community services available to people in need and network with more than 30 volunteer providers and partners such as AAA, Vanguard, Nationwide and Wells Fargo.  From this experience, Rio Salado’s counselors are able to share new knowledge, referrals and resources to the students they serve.

We encourage you to take part in future Project Connect events.  

Visit this web page to learn how you can make a difference as a volunteer.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Rio Helping AZ Schools Fill Teacher Vacancies

Snapshot from Scottsdale Independent story.  Image of a school bus.  Text: Data shows teacher shortage in Scottsdale is not critical.
This Scottsdale Independent story by reporter Melissa Fittro provides an update on Arizona’s K-12 teacher shortage and how Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) program is helping students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree fill vacancies through a fast-track teacher certification program, which includes paid employment opportunities in the classroom, so students can earn an income while completing the coursework.

Fittro interviewed Rio Salado Faculty Chair of Educator Preparation Programs Dr. Jennifer Gresko and Scottsdale Unified School District Certified Staffing Coordinator Diane Ellett, who talked about the partnership between Rio Salado and school districts to meet the increasing demand for certified teachers.

“With the teacher shortage at hand, it helps that pipeline in bringing teachers to the classroom,” said Gresko.

Rio Salado’s TIR program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for qualified candidates to transition into a K-12 teaching career through a two-year certification program.

TIR candidates are paired with a partnering Arizona school district, to work full-time and receive the same salary and benefits of fully-certified classroom teachers.

Image of a student looking at camera.  Text: Learn how to be a teacher.

Ready to answer the call? If you have a passion for teaching and want to learn more about Rio Salado’s TIR program, visit this Teacher Education web page or call 480-517-8140 to speak to a program Outreach Specialist.

Attend a free orientation session in-person or via webinar to learn more about our teacher education programs.

Free Orientation: Learn How to Be a Teacher!


Join Rio Salado's Teacher Education team for a free orientation session -- in-person or online-- to learn how to become a teacher!

You'll learn about:
  • Rio Salado College's Teacher Preparation program requirements 
  • Program expectations and support 
  • Registration process and requirements 
  • Answers to any related questions you may have 

Rio Salado's Post Baccalaureate programs are designed for people who have earned a bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited university and would like to become a teacher.

In-person orientation sessions are from 6-8 p.m. and will be held at the Rio Salado Tempe Headquarters & the Communiversity at Queen Creek.  
  • Jan. 23
  • Feb. 6 
  • Feb. 27
  • March 27
  • April 24
  • May 15
Register now.

or call 480-517-8140 for the latest details about orientation sessions.