Monday, October 27, 2008

Graduate featured in national broadcast

Rio Salado graduate Dawn Beck on national broadcast

TEMPE October 27, 2008 – Rio Salado College graduate Dawn Beck was highlighted on a national broadcast “A Promise in Jeopardy” last week. The live, two- hour town hall meeting on educational issues included a national panel of experts and community colleges from five cities (Phoenix, Chicago, Salt Lake City, New York City and Philadelphia).

Panelists answered questions from students at each of the five community colleges on the future of affordable higher education, job training and economic opportunity as they related to the presidential platforms of Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama.

The national panel of experts included Rufus Glasper, Ph.D., Chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the country.
Additional members were; Arturo Gonzales, Ph.D., Labor Economist and Sr. consultant, Ernst and Young of San Francisco, Celia Turner, Consignment Operation Coordinator, General Motors of Flint, Michigan, David Longanecker, Ed.D. President Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education of Boulder, CO, Sara Hebel, Sr. Editor, Government and Politics, The Chronicle of Higher Education of Washington D.C. and Sylvia Wetzel, Chief Learning Officer, Bison Gear and Engineering of St. Charles, IL.

Following a brief video featuring Beck’s quest to earn her college diploma, Beck led the question part of the program in Phoenix asking about online education. Beck, a Rio Salado College May 2008 graduate was a high school dropout before returning to school after 12 years. So driven to succeed, the determined stay-at-home mom of two managed to rack up 53 credits in just nine months to complete her associate of arts degree. Beck will graduate with her bachelor’s of arts degree in December of 2008 and plans to complete her doctorate to become a marriage and family therapist.

Rio Salado College is one of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges. The college offers degrees and career and technical certificates in business, computer technology, early childhood and teacher education, healthcare, law enforcement and more. For registration or more information call 480-517-8540 or go to

E. J. Anderson
Media Relations Manager
Rio Salado College
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281