Monday, April 6, 2009

Rio Salado College Launches Magazine

Out with the old, in with the new and improved. Next week, Rio Salado College debuts its new publication, U @ Rio Salado magazine, which features course listings, informative articles and valuable information about taking online classes through Rio Salado.

In the past, Rio Salado published a class schedule each year listing course options at the college. With the debut of U @ Rio Salado, the college is moving to a more instructive and interactive format.

“The magazine will still highlight some class offerings,” said Dr. Linda M. Thor, president of Rio Salado College. “But we also wanted to present an overview of the community college experience at Rio Salado.”

A complete listing of Rio Salado’s 500+ classes is available online, while the magazine will provide a synopsis of the top online classes by enrollment and degree pathway.

The debut issue of U @ Rio Salado includes articles on Tempe residents who have turned their passion for teaching into careers, a class that helps students identify what career is right for them, and how one Rio teacher will soon become a student.

In addition, the magazine highlights the benefits of online learning through Rio Salado, with articles about the online student union, and about RioLearn, the college’s innovative and cutting-edge way to deliver and manage course content.

Several academic programs are covered in the debut issue, including an overview of computer, business and healthcare programs offered at Rio Salado, as well as the introduction of a new associate degree available in the recently established eLearning Design program.

U @ Rio Salado offers tips for students struggling to pay for college in “Financial Aid 101,” and examines the advantages of online learning in “Why Choose Rio Salado Online?”

“If you are seeking college classes to help you obtain a new career or for job advancement, Rio Salado is a smart choice,” Thor said. “Even though there have been recent challenges in the economy, there has never been a better time to strengthen your resume by earning college credits, because the benefits of a college education will last a lifetime.”

U @ Rio Salado will be published three times per year, in April, July and December. It is aavailable for free at all Rio Salado sites, local libraries, Fry’s Marketplace and grocery stores and other businesses throughout Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale, as well as online at