Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Rio Receives Grants to Boost Workforce Development

Rio Salado College recently received five educational grants totaling more than $3 million that will help the college create workforce development programs, increase the use of technology in the classroom and improve civics education in Arizona.

"As a recognized leader in workforce development, Rio Salado provides access to training and career-path programs to meet the needs of employers and employees,” said Dr. Jo Jorgenson, Dean of Instruction and Community Development at Rio Salado. “These grants will help students with the skills and knowledge they must have to succeed in today’s competitive environment.”

The five grants, listed below, will be implemented beginning in January 2012.

·       Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant supports Rio Salado as a partner in a national information technology consortium of seven community colleges to develop and support a curriculum/student model for accelerated career path training.

Arizona Adult Education Pilot Grants

·       Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training grant will provide the opportunity for three student cohorts to simultaneously complete GED diplomas and earn a 24-college-credit Certificate in Dental Assisting Technology. 

·       College and Career Pathways grant will help incorporate college and career information into all levels of adult education services in Arizona. As part of this grant, Rio Salado will implement STAR-PATH (Successful Talented Adults at Rio – Practice, Analytics, Technology, Help), a bridge program for post-secondary education where students receive training in employer identified skills.

·       Transforming Education through Technology grant will enable Rio Salado to pilot a program that reduces the amount of site-based classroom time for Adult Basic Education (ABE) students by providing Netbooks to access the internet-based PLATO online learning program.

·       2012 Adult Education Civic Standards grant will fund Rio Salado to pilot newly developed standards for civics education in ABE English language classes.

“Our goal is to use these grants to improve the quality of education that students receive not only at Rio Salado College, but in Arizona as a whole,” said Jorgenson.