Friday, October 18, 2019

Have You Checked Out FATV?

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How much is it going to cost to sign up for all my classes? 

How much will books cost? When do I have to pay? How am I going to pay for all of this?

If you have any of these financial aid questions, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with FATV Get Answers videos. 

Students can check out a series of videos to help navigate the financial aid process. What is financial aid? How do I apply for financial aid? Do I qualify for financial aid? Find the answers to these common questions and more through FATV.

Check it out now.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Veterans... Are You Ready For Your Interview?

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Are you a veteran looking for work?

Come out to the Veteran Hiring Expo at GateWay Central City Campus on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019.

This is NOT a career fair. All candidates are pre-matched for interviews to be conducted the day of the event. Vets will meet with employers who value their skills and experience.

Come dressed for success and bring copies of your resume.

This event is for U.S. veterans, transitioning military members, disabled veterans and military spouses.

If you want to be a part of this event, Register Now.

Thank you for your service.

#RioWaves #MilitaryVets

Celebrate National Food Day with Our Sustainable Food Systems Program


With National Food Day approaching on Oct. 24, there are a number of ways to celebrate! Check out this Q&A interview with our Cafe at Rio Program Director, Michael Hodgins, as he shares his views about this important holiday.

Q. Why is National Food Day so important?
A. National Food Day is important because it raises awareness about food issues in the United States. Things like hunger, food justice, food health and education, sustainable growing practices, fair treatment of food workers and farm animal welfare, to name a few.

Q. How can people celebrate National Food Day?
A. There are many meaningful ways to celebrate National Food Day! People can celebrate by going to a planned event, like the Phoenix Food Day & Healthfest celebration on October 26, 2019 (at the Cartwright Community Garden, 4208 N. 51st Ave. from 9am to 2pm). Or folks can visit a farmer’s market and purchase local produce to come home and prepare with family and friends.

Q. How does the Café @ Rio celebrate local food choices and sustainable food systems?
A. At the Café @ Rio, we like to think of every day as food day. We are committed to serving fresh foods that nourish the body and soul. As such, we have an onsite garden used by Sustainable Food Systems students, and the fresh produce is used by the Café @ Rio. On Thursday October 24, 2019, the Café @ Rio will even be featuring Farm-to Fork specials to celebrate National Food Day.

Q. How can people create their own sustainable food system or incorporate local food choices at home?
A. At Rio Salado College, we look at sustainability as, “meeting the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” If you add the word "food" into that statement, it becomes, “meeting the food needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own food needs.” A sustainable food system uses practices that work in tandem with the Earth, rather than depleting its natural resources. Some ways to eat more sustainably include buying from local farms to reduce food miles and increase nutrient density, eating a more plant-based diet, eating lower on the food chain, and eating foods that are in-season.

Q. Do you have any favorite "healthy choice" recipes that you would like to share with us?
A. Yes! You can check them out here.

Want to learn more about our Sustainable Food Systems program? Check out our website here!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Faculty Chair Awarded for Fighting Opioid Epidemic

Collage of Kirk Bowden photos and awards


Dr. Kirk Bowden has sounded a battle cry for years about the way the United States should treat addiction and the opioid epidemic.

Dr. Kirk Bowden
“The solution is education,” said Bowden, a nationally recognized addictions and counseling expert who serves as Rio Salado College’s Faculty Chair of Addictions and Substance Use Disorders and Professor-in-Charge of Ottawa University’s Addiction Counseling Program.

His message is being echoed by other behavioral health specialists and finally gaining traction among local and federal agencies and community leaders.

“Prison is not the answer,” said Bowden. “We need to treat addiction as a disease, not as a crime and the only way we’re going to do this is through education. I’m talking about education for people living with addiction, their loved ones and service providers— especially their medical doctors and therapists— really all of us.”

Bowden at 2019 NAADAC
Award Ceremony 
Bowden was recognized this October for his efforts to champion addictions education by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, which honored him with the 2019 Educator of the Year Award. He was also recognized by the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education (INCASE), which presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award named after Dr Dick Wilson, a renowned California addiction counselor, educator and pioneer in establishing and upholding academic accreditation standards for addiction counselor programs.

“[Bowden] has successfully advocated nationally and in the state of Arizona for improving addiction counselor education and licensing standards.” Said former INCASE President Dr. Edward Reading, who presented Bowden with his lifetime achievement award at the NAADAC conference in Orlando, Florida earlier this month. “His successful efforts provide for greater protection of the public and improves the perception of addiction counseling professionals.”

photo of NAADAC award
“Bowden has written more than 30 addiction counseling courses and spends countless hours with students in-person, on the phone, and electronically to help them succeed and achieve their educational goals,” cites a recent NAADAC press release. “He has worked diligently to build outstanding addiction counselor education programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a mentor to many, Bowden leads by example and shows his students how to navigate the addiction profession and provide the best care for the clients they serve.”

Bowden is a resident of Gilbert, Arizona who is originally from Vernal, Utah. He began his career in addictions counseling education 30 years ago.

Rio Salado hired Bowden in 1997 to chair its in-person Chemical Dependency Counseling Program, which at the time was serving a small cohort of 50 students— most of whom were in addiction recovery and trying to juggle full-time jobs, families and their schoolwork. Bowden began pioneering online learning with the college to make learning more accessible. Since then, he has personally developed and produced more than 30 online addiction counseling courses, which now serve nearly 5,000 students annually as part of the college’s Addiction and Substance Use Disorder program.

“We are deeply honored by Dr. Bowden’s long-time dedication, passion and leadership,” said Interim President Kate Smith. “We owe a debt of gratitude to him for his relentless pursuit to help people recover from addiction.”

Bowden has worked with Rio Salado faculty, other experts in the field and accrediting addictions and counseling agencies to create educational content to help professionals stay relevant, informed and connected.

Photo of Bowden at 2017 ACA Congressional breifing
Bowden at 2017 ACA 
Congressional briefing
Bowden has received numerous awards and appointments for his outstanding achievements in addiction and counseling education through the years and has been invited to provide expert advice and testimony about opioid use, including a Congressional briefing about the nation’s opioid epidemic hosted by the American Counseling Association in April 2017.

As a longtime advocate for continuing education and a proponent for establishing standards for addictions counselors and educators, Bowden has worked to create change in the classroom, through policy and by leading grassroots efforts. Among his priorities has been a call for state behavioral health regulatory/licensing boards to implement a requirement that behavioral health professionals have addiction-specific education and experience before practicing addiction counseling independently. Most states still do not have this requirement.

Bowden standing next to Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and guests
Bowden at 2015 Rosalynn Carter 
“What we find a lot of times is that individuals who are providing service have no education, experience or training in addictions,” said Bowden. Most counselors, social workers, psychologists are not required to have a background in addictions. What’s frightening is that these individuals are practicing outside of their scope.”

“The people of this country need to be protected and deserve to have counselors who are educated, well-informed and knowledgeable about the latest issues, treatments and news about addiction treatment and recovery,” said Bowden. “It’s up to us to lead the charge to resolve this conflict by staying informed and relevant, by increasing awareness about the importance of counseling and empowering the people we serve with information and resources to overcome addiction.”

Bowden and his collaborators develop coursework for professionals and non-professionals alike.

“Many of our students are parents, teachers and social workers, who, through their daily lives and jobs, encounter people with addiction issues,” Bowden said. “They complete our seminars and courses for a variety of reasons.”

“Most of us are affected by the opioid epidemic,” said Bowden. “It’s difficult to escape when 130 people die from opioid overdose every day and more than 700,000 lives have been claimed from 1999-2017. We’re in this together, and the only way out is together— and through education.”

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Rio Salado College is the only community college in Maricopa County designed to offer classes that meet academic requirements for licensing through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and serves as one of the largest addiction studies programs in higher education. The college offers online classes, certificates, an Associate Degree in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders and continuing education coursework, which are accredited by the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators and the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/ASD for more details.

Kirk Bowden, PhD, MAC, NCC, LPC, is a member of the American Psychological Association's Society of Addiction Psychology board of directors and past president of NAADAC. He has served as the chair of the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and chair of its Substance Abuse Counselor and Professional Counselor Credentialing Committees. Bowden is a board member and past president of INCASE.

By Rio Salado College Media Relations Manager Annette Flores

Take A Stand Against Cheating


Integrity is a big part of education, and it starts with you. Join us today as we take part in International Contract Cheating Day.

Contract cheating happens when someone completes academic work for another who then submits it for academic credit. Contract cheating accounts for about 1/5 of the plagiarism in papers submitted to popular online submission sites.


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Head over to our Facebook page and drop a comment telling us why academic integrity is important to you.

To learn more about contract cheating, please click HERE.