Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Center Offers Veterans Comprehensive Services

TEMPE – January 24, 2011 – A new center is opening in the East Valley that will connect Arizona’s veterans and their families with educational, vocational and community resources.

The grand opening of the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC), hosted by Rio Salado College, takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 1.

“We wanted to reach out to the thousands of Arizona veterans and provide them increased access to high-quality college programming,” said Kishia Brock, Vice President for Student Affairs at Rio Salado College.

“The center acts as a one-stop shop for information about services and programs offered through the Maricopa Community Colleges,” Brock said.

Services offered at the EVVEC include: educational, employment and workforce development workshops, tutoring and academic skill-building, assistance with applying for VA benefits and understanding the Montgomery and Post-9/11 GI bills, referrals to community resources, Skype communication with family members in the military, and cultural events/activities.

Grand Opening Program
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011
Time: 8:45 a.m.
Place: 2055 S. Cottonwood Drive, Tempe (Just east of the Loop 101 on Broadway)
Speakers: Dr. Chris Bustamante, President, Rio Salado College; Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor, Maricopa Community Colleges; Hugh Hallman, Mayor, City of Tempe; Harry Mitchell, U.S. Representative for Arizona’s 5th Congressional District, 2007-2011; Michael Espinoza, Director, Veterans Employment and Training Services.

The EVVEC is a collaboration between five Maricopa Community Colleges – Rio Salado, Chandler-Gilbert, GateWay, Mesa, and Scottsdale, – and several government and military agencies including the Department of Economic Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program.

More Information: Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator, (480) 517-8471

Sunday, January 23, 2011

GED Diploma, College Certificate Part of Same Program

Rio Salado College and Maricopa Workforce Connections have partnered to offer any Maricopa County resident without a high school diploma an educational opportunity called Arizona I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education Skills Training), which allows them to earn their GED diploma and a Level I Electrical Certificate simultaneously.

Classes are Monday through Friday for three hours a day, and students can choose aftemoon or evening slots. The classes are taught jointly by an Adult Basic Education teacher and a Workforce Development instructor from Tempebased Rio Salado College, and are at the West "Valley Career Center, 1840 N. 95th Ave., Suite 160, Phoenix.

This opportunity is of no cost to students and is available only to residents, at least 16 years old who do not have a high school diploma. Tuition, fees and book costs will be covered through financial aid, "WIA job training and scholarships. The Arizona I-BEST Program integrates instruction for a GED diploma with 12.5 credits of construction: electrical training. Students enrolled in this program will learn skills needed to work in 3ie construction trades that focus on basic electrical fundamentals as well as electrical equipment, blueprints, codes and safety.

Students successfully completing the program will earn a Workforce Development- Construction-Electrical, Level I Certificate from Rio Salado College, plus certificates from the National Center for Construction Education and Research in Core, Introductory Craft Skills and Electrical Level I.

Students will also prepare for and successfully complete the tests for a GED diploma. "Rio Salado's ABE program helps students improve their reading, writing, English and math skills," said Blair Liddicoat, associate dean of Adult Basic Education at Rio Salado College. But with today's high unemployment, it is imperative that high school graduates receive workforce development training. The Arizona I-BEST Program is designed to meet that need by helping students become more self-sufficient, improve job skills and lay the foundation for a better future.

The program will provide hands-on application of learned skills and students will also attend job readiness workshops and receive job-search assistance upon completion of curricula.

For more information about the program and to sign-up for an upcoming new-student orientation, contact Jeff Hall at 480-377-4263 or visit www.riosalado.edu/ibest.

Source: Arizona Republic (Jan. 2011).

For more information about earning a GED diploma, contact Rio Salado College.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New Frontiers to Support Sun Sounds of Arizona


New Frontiers to support Sun Sounds On Wednesday, Jan. 19, 5 percent of proceeds from sales at the New Frontiers Marketplace will be donated to Sun Sounds of Arizona in Flagstaff. Sun Sounds, a part of the Division of Public Service for Rio Salado College, is an information access service primarily designed for and directed to an audience who are visually-impaired. In Flagstaff, more than 50 volunteers read the daily Arizona Daily Sun, magazines and books aloud and reach more than 49,000 members via individual receivers, online streaming and podcasting at sunsounds.org, and a telephone access system called Sun Dial II.

Sun Sounds of Arizona's broadcast, along with those of several other U.S. and Canadian radio reading services, is now available on Apple mobile devices using the iBlink Radio application. iBlink Radio, touted as the first app for visually impaired people, makes it easy to find current streaming and archived print information read aloud.

To download the free iBlink Radio app, go to iTlines or click the App Store on an Apple mobile device and search for iBlink Radio. For more information about applying for service or volunteering at Sun Sounds of Arizona, contact Eleanor Mooney, manager, Sun Sounds of Arizona in Flagstaff at 623-779-1775 or Eleanor.mooney@riomail.maricopa.edu.

Source: Arizona Daily Sun Newspaper (Jan. 2011)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Arizonians Record Their Life Stories for StoryCorps Project

James Paluzzi, general manager of KBAQ-FM (89.5) and KJZZ-FM (91.5), is one of 120 area residents who are opening up their lives, making 40-minute recordings this month for StoryCorps, an independent, non-profit group that records, shares and preserves stories of the lives of people across the country. Set up in an Airstream trailer outside Burton Barr Central Library, StoryCorps employees opened their doors last week.

Michael Nazario is happy that a recording of his life is destined for the Library of Congress. Nazario, 22, a Phoenix College student with a dream of studying architecture and was in the second recording session, right behind Gov. Jan Brewer. Nazario and Brewer are among a few dozen area residents whom StoryCorps sought to include in the visit to Phoenix.

The remaining recording slots are being filled by others willing to help give StoryCorps a narrative landscape of their lives in Arizona. Besides honoring someone's life, the stories bring perspective to Phoenix and other parts ofthe state, said Liliana Sullivan, a mobile-site supervisor for StoryCorps. With permission from participants, the recordings are shared with National Public Radio and stored at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Excerpts of the recordings are heard around 6:20 and 8:20 a.m. Fridays during NPR's "Morning Edition" on KJZZ-FM (91.5). Recordings made in Phoenix eventually will be part of the mix. The response from residents for the Phoenix collection has been remarkable, Sullivan said. Most slots filled within minutes of being available. "That doesn't happen all the time," she said. "You can see the enthusiasm from people wanting to talk." So far, the recordings cover familiar topics to other locations: family, education, hopes, loves and losses. "But here in Phoenix, people are really inspired to talk about community work being done," in particular help to local youth, Sullivan said.

Source: Arizona Republic (Jan. 2011)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Kyrene Centennial Teacher Wins January Excellence in Education Award



Congratulations to PE Coach Jeremy Dittrich of Kyrene Centennial Middle School, winner of the January for Excellence in Education award! He also received $99, a nice plaque for one of his two desks, and a gift bag from Rio Salado College.

Excellence in Education is Rio Salado's partnership with KEZ 99.9 FM, which recognizes Valley teachers. Students and parents of students are encouraged to nominate K-12 teachers who are excellent at their profession and have gone above-and-beyond the call of duty to make a difference in their community.

Each month, a Valley K-12 teacher will be selected from all the entries to be recognized for their outstanding contribution to education. KEZ’s Marty Manning will visit the teacher’s school to surprise them with their “Excellence in Education” Award. The surprise visit will be broadcast live during the Beth and Friends Show. All winning teachers are rewarded with $99, an Excellence in Education Award, and a Rio Salado College gift bag.

To nominate a special teacher, please go to www.kez999.com. To see past winners, click HERE.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Students Can Be Their Best with I-BEST


Valley residents can take advantage of a unique opportunity offered by Rio Salado College at the West Valley Career Center, located at 95th Avenue and McDowell Road. Students attend class Monday through Friday for three hours a day and can choose from afternoon or evening time slots. This opportunity is of no cost to students and is available to residents that do not have a high school diploma. Tuition, fees and book costs will be covered through financial aid, WIA job training and scholarships.

The Arizona I-BEST Program integrates instruction for a GED diploma with 12.5 credits of Construction: Electrical training. Students enrolled in this program will learn skills needed to work in the construction trades that focus on basic electrical fundamentals as well as electrical equipment, blueprints, codes and safety. Students successfully completing the program will earn a Workforce Development: Certificate of Completion: Electrical, Level I from Rio Salado College, plus certificates from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) in Core, Introductory Craft Skills and Electrical Level I. Students also will prepare for and successfully complete the tests for a GED diploma.

The program will provide hands-on application of learned skills at work sites. Students will also attend job readiness workshops and receive job search assistance upon completion of curricula.

The program runs for six months, with students attending class Monday through Friday from either 1-4 p.m. or 5-8 p.m. Students do have the potential to complete the program faster and begin their employment search before the end of the six-month training.

IBEST orientation is set for Jan. 27 at 4 p.m., and will be held at the West Valley Career Center, 1840 N. 95th Ave. Suite 160, Phoenix. Please call (480) 384-9827 to register for the orientation. For more information about the program, please contact Jeff Hall at (480) 377-4263 or visit www.riosalado.edu/ibest.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Sun Sounds Broadcasts Available on iPad, iPod and iPhone

Sun Sounds of Arizona's broadcast, along with those of several other US and Canadian radio reading services, is now available on Apple mobile devices, thanks to the iBlink Radio application developed by Serotek Corporation. iBlink Radio, touted as the first app for visually impaired people, makes it easy to find current streaming and archived print information read aloud.

To download the free iBlink Radio app, go to iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/i-blink-radio/id332027117?mt=8, or click the App Store on an Apple mobile device and search for iBlink Radio. Once installed, the iBlink Radio app offers an alphabetical listing of reading services. Look for "Arizona, Tempe, Sun Sounds" or "Arizona, Tucson, Sun Sounds" and tap the name to listen to the stream.

"We are constantly exploring new ways to offer information access," said Bill Pasco, director of Sun Sounds of Arizona, "and certainly technology is opening doors at an amazing pace. We are excited to be able to reach a mobile, technology-savvy audience with apps like Serotek's iBlink Radio."

Sun Sounds of Arizona is an information access service primarily designed for and directed to an audience who cannot see, hold or understand print due to a disability. Throughout the United States, Sun Sounds reaches members via, FM radio, TV cable, online streaming and podcasting at sunsounds.org, as well as a telephone access system called Sun Dial II.

For more information about the iBlink Radio app or other ways to access information from Sun Sounds of Arizona, log on to sunsounds.org or call Sun Sounds at 480-774-8300.

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Sun Sounds of Arizona, established in 1979, is a radio reading and information access service for people who cannot read conventional print due to a disability. A community service of Rio Salado College, Sun Sounds, with the help of 500 volunteers across the state, provides information access free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using radio, designated cable systems, telephone and the internet.
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

StoryCorps to Interview 120 Valley Residents

KJZZ hosts opening ceremony and press conference Jan. 6 11:30 a.m., at Burton Barr Central Library.

(Jan. 4, 2011) - StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs, will record interviews with Valley residents from Jan. 6 - 29 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour.

StoryCorps’ MobileBooth—an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio— will be parked at the Phoenix Public Library’s Burton Barr Central Library (1221 N. Central Ave.) throughout the month of January. Participants can book an interview now by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour, toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406 or visiting storycorps.org. Additional reservation slots will open on Jan. 7 at 10 a.m.

The StoryCorps team will collaborate with public radio station KJZZ 91.5 FM to record 120 interviews. StoryCorps’ MobileBooth interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides participants through the interview process. KJZZ will air selections of the local interviews recorded in the StoryCorps MobileBooth and create special programming related to the project. Segments of select interviews may also air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition. With participant permission, all StoryCorps interviews will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Governor Jan Brewer will be the first participant to record an interview on opening day Jan 6.

KJZZ and the Phoenix Public Library will host an opening ceremony and a press conference to introduce the StoryCorps team to the community and members of the media, who will have opportunities to interview StoryCorps staff and participants, program partners and local community leaders.

Who: KJZZ 91.5, Burton Barr Central Library and StoryCorps staff.
What: Opening ceremony and press conference; tour of MobileBooth; media interviews with StoryCorps staff, program participants and local leadership.
Where: Phoenix Public Library’s Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix - Pulliam Auditorium
When: Thursday, January 6, 2011

10:30 a.m.
StoryCorps interview #1: Governor Jan Brewer

11:15-11:30
Guest registration and reception (light refreshments served)

11:45 a.m.
Opening ceremony and press conference with welcome remarks by: KJZZ General Manager Jim Paluzzi, City of Phoenix Councilman Michael Nowakowski - District 7, City of Phoenix City Librarian Toni Garvey, MCCCD Chancellor Rufus Glasper, Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante, and StoryCorps Site Supervisor Lilly Sullivan. Councilwoman Thelda Williams, District 1 and other community leaders will also be available for interviews.

12:15 p.m.
Tour of MobileBooth and media interview with next participant.

12:30 p.m.
StoryCorps interview #2 (to be announced). Media Interviews with other attendees.

General Press Guidelines
• Cameras will be allowed in the MobileBooth before and after interviews. Photographs and video can be shot from outside the window during interviews.
• Press can listen to interviews with wireless headphones from outside the booth (with participant approval).
• Press can interview participants before and after their StoryCorps interviews. The Governor’s schedule does not permit time for media interviews.

This KJZZ and StoryCorps MobileBooth visit is made possible in part by the financial support of Simply Bread and Mayo Clinic of Arizona.

Benevilla and Rio Salado Collaborate for Lifelong Learning

For many older adults, the desire to continue learning never goes away and, in fact, the ability to continue the learning process can be an essential key to happiness.

The opportunity for older adults to take RISE Learning for Life classes, Rio Salado College Lifelong Learning Center non-credit classes, Adult Basic Education classes, and many others can make a tremendous difference in the quality of their lives.

For Jean and Peter Vandermeer, attending Rio Salado classes has been made substantially easier due to the partnership between the college and Benevilla. Jean is comfortable in the knowledge that Peter will enjoy reading his newspaper and socializing with friends at Benevilla's adult day center, Lucy Anne's Place, while she participates in the classes which are located just steps away from Benevilla campus.

According to Benevilla's Joanne Thomson, Day Center supervisor at Lucy Anne's Place, "The partnership of Benevilla and Rio Salado College has allowed many older adults in the Northwest Valley an open door to continued learning, personal growth and a much higher quality of life."

For additional information, go to: www.riosalado.edu/locations/llc/Pages/default.aspx
or call 480-377-4250.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Mesa Teacher Awarded by Rio Salado, KEZ 99.9 FM


Carolyn Cain of Harris Elementary in Mesa was named December’s Excellence in Education winner during a surprise visit from Rio Salado College and KEZ 99.9.

Cain was nominated by January Austin, whose daughter, Myranda, was a student in Cain's class.

"She is one of those teachers that truly cares about her students and wants to see them succeed," said Austin. "Mrs. Cain comes in every day early to meet with Myranda so she does not miss too much work in her class. At the end of last school year, they were not finished with the goal they set so Mrs. Cain gave up a portion of her summer to work with Myranda to hit the goal. That is dedication!"

Excellence in Education is Rio Salado's partnership with KEZ 99.9 FM, which recognizes Valley teachers. Students and parents of students are encouraged to nominate K-12 teachers who are excellent at their profession and have gone above-and-beyond the call of duty to make a difference in their community.

Each month, a Valley K-12 teacher will be selected from all the entries to be recognized for their outstanding contribution to education. KEZ’s Marty Manning will visit the teacher’s school to surprise them with their “Excellence in Education” Award. The surprise visit will be broadcast live during the Beth and Friends Show. All winning teachers are rewarded with $99, an Excellence in Education Award, and a Rio Salado College gift bag.

To nominate a special teacher, please go to www.kez999.com. To see past winners, click HERE.