Rio Salado College has been recognized for strengthening educational partnerships across the border.
At the 18th Annual Hands Across the Border (HATB) conference in Tucson, Rio Salado was recognized for ten years of participation in an exchange program between students in the United States and Mexico.
In the Hands Across the Border program, Rio Salado students spend several days in Mexico, attending college and staying with students from Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico de Hermosillo (ITH). A few months later, the Mexican students come to the U.S. and stay with those same American students.
“These students come home with an understanding of another culture, another country and its educational system,” said Erma Abeyta, Rio Salado College director of international education. “Most importantly, they come home with a life-long friend.”
In addition to social and cultural interaction, the students study a variety of subjects and learn about the business and industry of both countries. The program prepares students to compete in today’s global economy, she said.
Because of its short length, the Hands Across the Border program through Rio Salado is a more affordable alternative to most study-abroad programs. It also requires no prior knowledge of a foreign language and offers complete immersion in the culture.
“For such a short program, we enrich the students more than reading a book ever could,” Abeyta said.
Rio Salado College, located in Tempe, AZ has more than 450 online classes with start dates every two weeks. The college offers degrees and certificates in business, education, healthcare, law enforcement and more. For registration or more information call 480-517-8540 or go to http://www/registration/