Wednesday, September 30, 2015

How to Make a Perfect Pizza at Home!

Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program is kicking off its 2015-16 community education cooking classes with a lesson on how to make an all-American favorite-- pizza!

Cooking the Perfect Pizza at Home
Thursday, Oct. 1
6-8 p.m.
Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen
Class fee: $39

Learn how to make delicious pizzas at home from a professional chef. This 2 hour hands-on workshop will cover all of the basics of making a great pizza including making and proofing dough, making sauce, how to properly stretch a pizza, loading a pizza into the oven and a pizza toppings discussion.

Proper kitchen attire is required. Please come prepared with close toed shoes, long pants and a long or short sleeved shirt. Hair must be pulled back.

flyer for all classes, for full transcript, visit
Register now online or call 480-517-8540 for assistance.

This non-credit class is the first in the series of cooking classes for 2015-16.  See full listings in the flier to your left.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Free Workshops for Parents Beginning Oct. 10

Image from flier: Father taking care of an infant in a crib.  Text: Rio Salado College and the Communiversity at Queen Creek Host Parenting Workshops

Rio Salado College’s Early Childhood and Human Development Program and Shining Stars Learning Center will present a series of free community workshops for parents at the Communiversity at Queen Creek. Workshops take place monthly from October 2015 - April 2016.

These non-credit classes are based on a training program developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University, which promotes the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and school readiness by the age of five.

program flier, text is the same as blog.Saturday Workshops
10a.m. - 12p.m.


Oct. 10 - Making Connection
Nov. 14 - Making it Happen
Dec. 12 - Why Do Children Do What They Do?

Jan. 9 - Recognizing and Dealing with Childhood Trauma
Feb. 20 - Teach Me What to Do!
Mar. 12 - Facing the Challenge (Part 1)
Apr. 9 - Facing the Challenge (Part 2)

Participants will earn a two-hour training certificate upon completion of each class. The classes meet Arizona’s Children Association and A Place to Call Home training requirements.

Image of Shining Stars Learning Center front door and staff.
Classes are free and open to the public.

Register online with Shining Stars Learning Center at or call (480) 888-9545.

Interested in taking your education a step further? Learn how Rio Salado can help you earn a degree in Early Childhood Administration and Management.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Successful Students Find Life Balance!

Image of a scale.  Text Life Balance: Get Enough Sleep. Eat Well.  Exercise Regularly.  A Message from the Maricopa Community Colleges

Your weekly student success tip from Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges is Find Life Balance

We can help you with that too! Call on a Rio Salado Counselor for details:

#‎succesfulstudent‬ ‪#‎tips‬ ‪#‎iwillgraduate‬

Rio Gets 2.6 Million First in the World Grant!

monument of rio wave logo

Rio Salado College is one of 17 schools nationwide to be awarded a First in the World (FITW) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The $2.6 million grant will be dispersed over the next four years and will be used to support innovation and improve student outcomes.

President Bustamante with 2015 workplace training graduates.
“I am excited about the opportunities this funding brings to the college and the support it will provide to our students,” said Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College. “This recognition validates our innovative practices and reflects our commitment to help underserved students achieve their educational goals.”

Michael Medlock photosAccording to Michael Medlock, interim dean of instructional technology at Rio Salado, the grant award will be used to design and implement an innovative model to improve teaching and learning for at-need students.

“The grant will allow Rio Salado College to pursue new research-supported initiatives that will help students by using three strategies: creating a clear course pathway, personalizing the learning, and providing a success coach to meet student needs along the way,” Medlock said.
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Shannon McCarty, dean of instruction and academic affairs at Rio Salado, said the target population will be new students pursuing an associate degree or transferring to a four-year institution.

“Rio Salado is known for being an innovator in higher education,” McCarty said. “We look forward to continuing that tradition and redesigning the college experience for our students.”

image of three female students working at computers.
The new model joins other notable student success initiatives at Rio Salado College: RioCompass, a completion portal that allows students to monitor progress toward degree completion, and RioPACE, a predictive analytics system that tracks student login frequency, site engagement, and course progress to increase student awareness and accountability.

Image of a Rio instructor offering guidance to students in a student lab About FITW grant and program
The FITW grant program was created in 2014 by the Obama Administration to drive innovation and keep a higher education within reach for all Americans. Of the Rio Salado College grant award, 100% of the $2.6M project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education - Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.

The FITW program is designed to support the development, replication, and dissemination of innovative solutions and evidence for what works in addressing persistent and widespread challenges in postsecondary education for students who are at risk for not persisting in and completing postsecondary programs, including, but not limited to, adult learners, working students, part-time students, students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, students with disabilities, and first-generation students.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Apply for All-AZ Scholarship by Oct. 26

2015 ALL-AZ Scholars Rex Moore and John Field with President Bustamante
Each year Rio Salado names two of its students to the All-Arizona Academic Team. The prestigious honor includes a tuition award to one of Arizona’s three state universities along with cash scholarships in the range of $500-$1,000.

The top scholars will also have an opportunity to apply for membership on the All-USA Community College Academic Team and additional awards.

The Rio Salado scholarship committee is seeking students who are engaged and making a difference in their communities.

Field at 2015 Commencement
The committee is looking for students who demonstrate some or all of the following qualities:

● Outstanding academic rigor and grade point averages (3.6 or higher)
● Participation in honors programs
● Awards, honors, and recognition for academic achievement
● Service to the college and community

A major focal point of the application process is an essay, which students must submit to chronicle one significant endeavor or achievement as a community college student. The scholarship judges look for innovative, creative, original and lasting achievements or undertakings.

Please contact Rio Salado College Student Life & Leadership Coordinator John Bastian at or by calling 480-517-8050 to secure criteria guidelines and the official application.

If you meet the criteria and want to be considered for the All-Arizona Team, please complete and submit your application via email to by 8 a.m., Monday, October 26.

Learn about Rex Moore and John Field, last year's ALL-AZ scholars in this story.

A Case for Expanding Online Learning
Rio Salado Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs Shannon McCarty recently published this feature for to address how online educational models can help traditional, two-year colleges increase their capacity and ability to serve a greater number of students.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rio Introduces New Insurance Studies Program

Summit banner: Rio Salado Arizona 2015 Insurance Summit

Rio Salado College hosted the Arizona 2015 Insurance Summit to introduce a new Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Insurance Studies and to discuss the program’s importance and potential economic impact on the state with community leaders and insurance industry experts on September 23 at the Rio Salado Conference Center in Tempe.

The CCL, which is the first of its kind in Arizona and for community colleges, was created in direct response to industry need—to help local employees prepare for a career in the fast-growing insurance industry, while helping the industry fill current positions and projected employment shortfalls with qualified candidates.

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“There were no programs like this in Maricopa County to prepare graduates for jobs in the insurance industry, which has a significant presence in Arizona,” said Otis White, Rio Salado’s faculty chair for business programs, who played a key role in the development of the program. “So we consulted with local industry professionals to design a certificate that addresses those needs.”

Rio Salado College collaborated with Glendale (GCC) and Mesa (MCC) Community Colleges, the Maricopa Community College District (MCCCD) and 35 insurance professionals from 20 different insurance companies to develop the program.

poster: ensure your future

As a result, an 18-credit certificate was created that focuses on general knowledge of the insurance industry, and touches on property and liability insurance, personal insurance and commercial insurance. Students have the option of taking online classes at Rio Salado, which offers flexible Monday start dates, and in-person classes at GCC and MCC. Students who complete the certificate can transfer in to a variety of business programs offered at the three public Arizona universities.

“The collaboration between Rio, MCC, and GCC, and the insurance industry demonstrates our responsiveness to the needs of businesses and residents in our community,” said Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante, who provided opening remarks during the summit. "This new certificate will help create a work-ready, knowledgeable workforce to meet the demands of an industry that currently has unfilled jobs for qualified residents.”

The summit included open remarks by and a panel discussion with MCCCD Associate Vice Chancellor Workforce Development Randy Kimmens; Arizona Insurance Council President, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company Rick Jones; The Institutes Director of Education Connor Harrison; and Arizona House Majority Whip and Representative for LD22 David Livingston. Otis White also served as a panelist and emcee at the event.

Rick Jones of CopperPoint
Summit panelists discussed how the insurance certificate will help fill a projected employment void in the industry due to many employees rapidly reaching retirement age and more Baby Boomers buying health and long-term care insurance and pension products.

According to a recent survey by the Arizona Insurance Workforce Initiative, hiring needs will grow moderately to significantly over the next two years.

Several insurance companies, such as Scottsdale Insurance, Nautilus and CopperPoint are based in Arizona. Other insurance companies such as USAA, State Farm, MetLife, Liberty Mutual, Progressive, GEICO and Farm Bureau have large regional operations in Maricopa County. State Farm in particular is currently expanding its operations in Tempe and will be hiring many new candidates in the coming years.

Among the industry leaders who expressed the importance for the CCL was Chair of Student Engagement for the Arizona Insurance Institute and Arizona CPCU Society Chapter Lamont D. Boyd.

“As the property and casualty insurance industry continues to view Arizona as a growth opportunity for regional office placement and expansion, we need to continue our work with Arizona’s education community to assure that the ‘best and brightest’ students fully understand the value of, and are fully prepared for, an insurance career,’ said Boyd, who also contributed to the development of this certificate.

“The Insurance Certification program now being offered by Rio Salado College, Mesa College and Glendale College has taken a great deal of collaborative effort in development, but efforts that will reward the students, the industry, and Arizona for years to come,” said Boyd.”

Program requirements and additional details are currently available at and Information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attend this program will be available at, and

Major support for this program is made possible by Rio Salado in partnership with GCC, MCC, MCCCD, Arizona Insurance Council, Copper Point, State Farm, MetLife and Arizona Insurance Workforce. Funding is made possible in part by The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation and Surplus Line Association of Arizona Foundation.

The Maricopa Community Colleges are EEO/AA Institutions.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Constitution Week Reflections

AACE students and staff standing in front of AZ Capitol

Rio Salado is proud to take part in Constitution Week and to encourage civic engagement among students. We end Constitution Week with a look back at a special moment for a group of Rio Salado students and staff who took part in a guided tour of the Arizona Capitol last spring.

The students were part of Rio Salado’s Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program, which is designed to help students prepare for the GED® test while transitioning into college life, by taking college-level coursework and preparatory classes that help them acquire valuable skills they can use in the workplace and in school.

The group of 24 AACE students and Rio Salado employees scheduled the tour to get a first-hand view of government in action. What they didn’t expect was a standing ovation from the House of Representatives!

“This was a very informative and an empowering experience,” said Director of Rio Salado's AACE and College Bridge Pathways Workplace Education program Kate Packer, who arranged for the tour of the Arizona Capitol museum and Legislature.

 “The tour was intended to give students a glimpse into our state’s rich history and how government works at the local level,” said Packer. “It truly became so much more for us, when we became a topic of discussion for the House of Representatives.”

image of students touring the museum

Arizona State Representative Mark Cardenas led the discussion, acknowledging the group and providing a brief about Rio Salado’s AACE program, which prompted other members of the house to greet the group with applause and a standing ovation.
“I can’t begin to tell you what this meant for the students, and for me,” said Packer. “Many of the students are the first generation in their families to attend college and had to go through a lot of effort to get to this point, so to have that acknowledged by the Legislature gave all of us a deep sense of accomplishment and a renewed sense of purpose.”
Representative Cardenas also took the time to meet with students and take part in group photos.

“We make it a point to encourage civic participation among AACE students and this is just one way to help students become inspired,” said Packer.

Rio Salado AACE is a scholarship-based college and career preparation program for adults 16-years-of-age or older, who are ready to commit to completing a degree, certificate or workforce training program. To learn more visit this web page.

New Titles at the Rio Salado College Library

cover for book: The ADHD Advantage

Here is what’s new in the Rio Salado College Library. This list is updated throughout the month as new books arrive. To view the complete list of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive.




Tuesday, September 22, 2015

PTK Service Project Benefits Homeless

Image of Rio Salado Student Life leadership and PTK students holding up a thank you sign.

Every year, Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society – Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter, organizes a community service project.

This year, PTK students collected hygiene products and assembled care packages to benefit homeless individuals. Donations were collected on behalf of the Tempe Community Action Agency, located at 2150 E. Orange St. in Tempe, Arizona, which will distribute the products to those who need them most.

"The generosity of Rio Salado staff and visitors to the college's various locations, who supported this year’s project mission and help make it a great success -- we are so thankful,” said student volunteer and Rio Salado PTK organizer, Theresa Maheux.

montage of images of students collecting, packing and delivering donations

Kevin Bilder, dean of student affairs, said, “I was extremely proud to be a part of and witness the initiative of our PTK students. Their commitment to address a social issue to help make a difference in other peoples’ lives was very inspiring.”

The volunteers were led by PTK chapter president Vanessa Williams, and community service chair Theresa Maheux. Students and volunteers assembled 350 care packages.

“I am very impressed by all of the hard work and dedication the PTK student participants demonstrated for this year’s project,” said John Bastian, coordinator of student life and leadership at Rio Salado. “The generosity of our students, as well as Rio Salado staff and volunteers was very much appreciated and helped make this project a great success.”

PTK actively promotes scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. To learn more about PTK and other student life initiatives, visit this Rio Salado Student Life web page.

To learn more the about the Tempe Community Action Agency and how you can make a difference, visit:

Monday, September 21, 2015

Can You Pass the New AZ Civics Test?

image of Arizona Capitol

The American Civics Act (Arizona House Bill 2064), which was signed by Governor Doug Ducey in February, requires high school students to pass a citizenship test. 

The class of 2017 will be the first group of students required to prove subject matter proficiency in American history and government before they can graduate.

Here's a link to a similar test, courtesy of the History Channel. Test your knowledge about U.S. history, civics and government as we celebrate Constitution Week at Rio Salado-- and share this resource with Valley teens to help them prepare for the test!

Check out this related East Valley Tribune story about a group of Kyrene eighth-graders who chose to put their knowledge to the test in commemoration of Constitution Day, Sept. 17.


Pep Rally Raises 1K for Student Scholarships!

More than 215 attendees took part in Rio Salado's first-ever Back-to-School Pep Rally and Scholarship Fundraiser on Tuesday, Sept. 15. 

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges District employees who attended the event enjoyed snow cones and water-themed activities like a dunk tank, water balloon volleyball, sponge toss and surf-machine. It was also a chance to help introduce the college’s new mascot Splash.

Thanks to everyone for attending, and for helping to raise more than $1,000 for the Rio Salado student scholarship fund! 
Image of David O'Shea being dunked.

And a special thank you to the good-natured folks who volunteered to be dunked and splashed in the name of education!

You can view more photos from the event by visiting this Facebook album.

Student Success Tip for the Week: Plan Ahead

Semester Planning: ● Create a semester calendar to record when all your exams, quizzes, papers, and finals are due. ● 1 hour of class time = 2 hours of Study Time ● Prioritize your time ● Stay informed

Happy Monday. Here's your weekly student success tip from Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges: Plan ahead!

Need help?  Call on a Rio Salado CounselorCounselors can assist you with personal and educational goals. They can also help with issues such as: lack of motivation, relationship issues, study skills, test anxiety, time management, stress, goal setting and access to community resources.

‪#‎iwillgraduate‬ ‪#‎succesfulstudent‬ ‪#‎tips‬

Thursday, September 17, 2015

We the People: Celebrate Constitution Week

Image of the constitution in front of American flag

On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine of this country’s founding father’s signed into action what would become perhaps the most important document in American history: The United States Constitution.

Constitution Week serves to commemorate the inception and signing of the U.S. Constitution—and as a strong reminder for citizens to educate themselves about the importance of this historical document and civic engagement.

What Does Constitution Week Mean to You?

photo of Pat Case

“Constitution Week is significant because it reminds us that this important document established our rights as citizens as well as the long standing structure of our government," said Patricia S. Case, Ph.D., Faculty Chair, Social Sciences and Faculty Development Co-Coordinator at Rio Salado. "It has a profound influence on our daily life.”

As an educational institution, Rio Salado College not only prepares students for successful careers—it also provides opportunities for students to learn about  government and their role as citizens-- through political science classes, which can also satisfy elective credits, student civic programs and events.We encourage you take advantage of these opportunities and to become a more active and engaged citizen.

Know your rights!  
We encourage you to pick up a free Constitution pocket guide at any Rio Salado location and to visit the National Constitution Center for an all-new, interactive Constitution experience!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rio Salado Student Receives Paralegal Scholarship

Rio Salado College student Kelli Burson received the 2015 Paralegal Scholarship from the Maricopa County Bar Foundation

Burson is currently enrolled in Rio Salado's paralegal certificate program, and will use the $1,000 scholarship for tuition, books, and other school expenses. Burson started at Rio Salado in January 2015.
Burson was recommended for the scholarship by her Rio Salado instructor Melissa Koch, who wrote, “I sincerely recommend Kelli to be considered for this scholarship, for which she has evidenced through her effective communication and organizational skills that she will excel in a paralegal career.”

Angela Kwan, faculty chair for Rio Salado’s paralegal program, added, “We are very proud of Kelli and wish her continued good fortune in her studies and future career.”

Burson, one of two people to receive the scholarship, said it was easy to choose Rio Salado College to continue her education.

“Rio Salado has a great reputation in higher and continuing education,” Burson said. “They offer the paralegal certificate program, with the option of continuing on for an associate degree. And finally, Rio’s online classes suit my needs as a mother and caregiver.”

Burson decided to return to school to pursue a career in the paralegal field after a real-world experience.

“My husband and I were involved in a family law case where I did a lot of paperwork for court myself,” Burson said. “I enjoyed the minutia or small details of preparing and organizing documents for court.”

Burson even has a job lined up when she completes the program.

“My neighbor and dear friend is a lawyer and owns a law practice,” Burson said. “She offered me a job at her firm upon completion of the paralegal program. That was incentive to get the ball rolling and dive head first into a fabulous paralegal career.”

Burson, who maintains a 3.8 GPA, is taking 9 credits per semester, and plans on completing the degree program. She is especially grateful to receive the Maricopa County Bar Foundation Scholarship.
“The scholarship award means quite a bit to me and I am so honored to have been chosen as the recipient,” Burson said.
image of Burson with family

She added, “I have four beautiful daughters, I am a wife, and also help care for my grandmother with dementia. My husband works hard, but money is tight with a large family. Thanks to Rio Salado, I have found a balance to juggling school along with these other wonderful tasks I have been blessed with.”

Rio Salado offers a certificate and associate degree in paralegal studies. Online classes start most Mondays. To learn more visit

By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Employment Opportunity in Queen Creek!

Photo of a Communiversity at QC employee helping a student.

Rio Salado College is seeking a part-time site support specialist to serve the Communiversity at QC!

Job Duties: Provide a variety of general and specific information to students, faculty, community leaders and the public regarding courses and programs offered; Provides assistance to faculty on classroom technology before and during class if needed; Uses multi‐line phones, computers, and general office equipment on a daily basis; Assists in the set‐up of events including Community Room, working with event coordinators, and providing additional support during the day of
the event; Schedules counseling and advising appointments for students; Performs tasks in support of the operations at the site; Assists with data entry; Performs various clerical duties and other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will be customer focus oriented, possess excellent organizational skills, effective oral and written communication and have the ability to work successfully as a team player.

Read the full job description and details about how to apply.

Visit our Employment Page for additional information about other part-time and full-time opportunities.

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Tips to Help You Reduce College Debt

illustration of a graduate chained to a money bag

Given that the average student loan debt in 2014 was nearly $30,000-- there's no denying that college can be expensive! 

Here are some tips and strategies from College USA Today to help you reduce the amount of debt you incur-- and the advantages of seeking other funding sources besides student loans.

How to Order Your Transcripts

Need a transcript?  You have several options, including a new online, self-serve option through Dynamic Forms, which makes the process quick, easy and secure. It also gives you a chance to upload attachments, including those needed for applications and requests to send via Fed Ex. 

Additionally, you will receive an automatic confirmation message, which you can cross-reference if there are future questions about your transcript.

You will need to set up a Dynamic Forms account to get started. You can do that here.

Learn about getting your transcripts through other online, in-person and postal service options at

Please note, students will no longer have the option to order transcripts via fax.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Job Oppportunity: America Reads Tutor

Image of kids jumping in the air, door next to them with Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix log.  Caption: A Job that will help you change lives!
Here's a federal work study opportunity through Rio Salado College that will give you a chance to help others!

The America Reads Tutor will work with the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix Branch (BGCMP) to help members develop reading skills.

Duties Synopsis:
Assists in the development of reading skills among members, ages 6‐12 years old, as directed by BGCMP Program Manager, including but not limited to tutoring small groups and providing one‐on‐one or small group assistance with homework.

  • 18 years old or older
  • Successful completion of BGCMP volunteer placement process
  • Experience working with children
  • Ability to relate to children in a positive, patient, sensitive, non‐judgmental manner

Special Note: Must comply with any Boys & Girls Club Health and Safety requirements, including but not limited to fingerprinting, a background check and a health screening if necessary.

Hours & Pay Rate:
Up to 20 hours per week
Monday – Thursday, after school 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Exact times vary by location; flexible schedule

Please visit this web page for a look at all duties, qualifications and details on how to apply.

Image of young kids in graduation caps and gowns.
Visit to learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix Branch

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Your Weekly Student Success Tip

Academic Success ● Go to class ● Connect with a tutor to help improve your grades ● Work with an advisor to complete an educational plan

Your weekly student success tip from Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges: Focus on Academic Success!  

Follow these tips and you'll improve your chances of succeeding.

Don't hesitate to call on Rio Salado tutors and academic advisors for help!

‪#‎iwillgraduate‬ ‪#‎succesfulstudent‬ ‪#‎tips‬

Friday, September 11, 2015

Hundreds of Scholarships, One Application

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for spring 2016.  The application deadline is October 12, 2015.

Foundation scholarships are privately funded opportunities open to all Maricopa Community Colleges students-- and in some cases, students attending other colleges and universities.

There are several scholarship opportunities specifically for Rio Salado College students and employees, including the We Are Rio Employee Scholarship fund, the Dr. Harry E. Whyte Memorial Scholarship for Dental Hygiene students and the Rio Salado College/Helios Foundation Teacher Certification Scholarship Program.

Visit and enter “Rio Salado” into the search engine to find opportunities unique to the college.

One general application, hundreds of scholarships. It will be well worth your time to apply!

Visit this Maricopa Colleges web page for successful tips and strategies to consider in all of your scholarship applications.

Rio Salado students who need additional help are encouraged to reach out to our Counseling team for assistance.

Take Pause to Remember 9/11

photograph of soldiers in a line up that spells: 9-11 We Remember.

We take pause to remember 9/11-- in memory of the victims of this tragedy and in honor of the countless acts of compassion and courage demonstrated by the American people.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Rio Investigator Training Course Piques Interest

Image of headline from  Ahwatukee Foothills News: Rio Salado College offers surrounding poicie agencies new hybrid investigative course

We are pleased to share this story by Ahwatukee Foothills News intern reporter Ryan Santistevan about Rio Salado's new Investigator Training Course for local law enforcement professionals-- which is now available in a hybrid format at the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

Flier for course: Investigator Training Course for Law Enforcement Professionals.  NEW for FALL 2015! Enhance Your Investigative Skills Rio Salado College now offers the Investigator Training course for law enforcement professionals in a hybrid format, which combines in-person and online learning. The hybrid course offers more flexibility to those who cannot attend in-person on a weekly basis. The class covers crime scene management, investigation report writing, interview and interrogation, search warrants and court orders, courtroom testimony and more. Officers will receive 16-hours of continuous training from AZPOST per college credit. Through this program, participants can earn up to 64 hours of AZPOST training hours. Overview: Class open to sworn and civilian law enforcement only • Class meets August 27-December 10, 2015 • Taught by Detective Paul Dalton, Phoenix PD • In person classes take place at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, 21740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142 • In-person Thursday class dates: Aug. 27, Oct. 15 and Dec. 10, from 4:30-9 p.m. Remainder of the course is conducted online. Enroll Now! Contact Sylvia Anderson at 480-517-8461 or
Included are insights from Angela Kwan, faculty chair at Rio Salado College, who explains how the course helps Phoenix police agencies with training.

Are you interested in a law enforcement career? We can help you get started.

Whether you’re already an officer or looking to join the force, Rio Salado has the training you need to advance your career!  The Law Enforcement Technology program is designed to provide you with the education needed to enhance your professional skills, earn promotions and meet the challenges of being a law enforcement officer. You can earn 39 credits toward your degree just for completing your basic training.

KJZZ Hosts Discussion About Political Activism

Group 91Five, KJZZ's young professionals, is hosting Cutting through the Rhetoric, the next installment in the group's What I Wish I Knew series. 

The event takes place Thursday, Oct. 1, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Rio Salado Conference Center and will feature an in-depth discussion of political activism, and the nature of public discourse during a presidential election year.

The discussion will be moderated by KJZZ’s Mark Brodie. The panel includes Alberto Olivas, MCCCD Center for Civic Engagement Director; Sarah Suggs, O'Connor House President and CEO; Darcy Renfro, The Arizona We Want Institute Director, and Jaime Molera, Co-founder of Molera Alveraz Government and Public Affairs Consulting.

For more information visit the KJZZ Facebook page or contact Tricia Moore at

KJZZ is a community service of Rio Salado College.