Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Programs Offered by Rio Salado

With unemployment still a hot topic in Arizona today, going back to school is more relevant than ever. Those looking to re-career and get a job in a new field, and even new students deciding on a career can look to community college as an affordable option. And now, students have even more educational options to choose from with six new academic programs being offered through Rio Salado College.

New programs offered through Rio Salado College:
· General Business
· Accounting
· Paralegal Studies
· Creative Writing
· Sustainability and Ecological Literacy
· Language and Literary Culture of the USA

The Accounting, Paralegal Studies and General Business programs are offered as a certificate of completion or an associate in applied science degree. Creative Writing, Sustainability and Ecological Literacy, and Language and Literary Culture of the USA are offered as academic certificates.

General Business
For those interested in a business career, the first step is to understand the fundamentals of how a business works. Rio Salado’s general business program provides an overview of business courses including management, accounting, computer information systems and business communications. Having an understanding of general business concepts can help students identify a specific business field to pursue.

Because accounting is an important part of the business world, Rio Salado offers a program that provides students with the basic skills and knowledge needed to enter the accounting field.
Students learn about how a business operates through its financial activities, with courses covering accounting principles, managerial accounting, payroll and more.

Paralegal Studies
Paralegals assist attorneys with their legal work, including legal research, legal writing, preparation of exhibits and case management. While not authorized to provide legal advice or practice law, paralegals are an integral part of the legal community. Through the Paralegal Studies program, students will get an overview of the types of law and the fundamentals of litigation.

Creative Writing
For those more interested in the liberal arts, Rio’s Creative Writing program offers the ultimate form of self-expression. Students will have access to a community of writers, and creative writing activities and workshops. Established authors provide instruction and offer guidance on improving writing techniques and marketing your works. Writing-centric classes focus on poetry, fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, and children’s literature.

Sustainability and Ecological Literacy
Sustainable and green practices are a growing concern in today’s world. In this new program, students gain an understanding of sustainable living practices, and the skills necessary to become ecologically and environmentally aware through classes like Environmental Ethics, Geological Disasters and the Environment, and the Economics of Natural Resources.

Language and Literary Culture of the USA
The Language and Literary Culture of the USA program was developed to give students of English as a non-native language a strong foundation in the oral and written structure of North American English.

For more information about these or other academic programs offered through Rio Salado College, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs.