Monday, October 31, 2016

Rio Hosts Financial Aid Workshop: FAFSA Day 11/8

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Join Rio Salado for FAFSA Day on Nov. 8, a free financial aid workshop that will help you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and explore funding options available to help you pay for college. 

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Location
Rio Salado College
Conference Center - 1st Floor
2323 West 14 Street
Tempe AZ 85281

Date
November, 8, 2016

Times

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Free and Open to the Public

What to Expect
  • Q & A’s about FAFSA
  • Help completing and filing 2016/17 & 2017/18 FAFSA
  • Laptops will be available for FAFSA completion
  • Learn What Types of Financial Aid Are Available
  • Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Work Study (FWS)
  • Direct Student Loans

What You Need to Bring

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● Student social security number, and parent social security number if 24 or younger.
● Alien registration number or permanent residence card.
● Driver’s license or state identification card.
● 2015 federal tax return for student. Returns for student spouse and parent are also required to gain access to the IRS DRT tool.
● Documentation of nontaxable income, including worker’s compensation, child support, veterans benefits.



Get Started on Your FAFSA Now-- for 2016/17 and 2017/18!

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Applications for 2016/17 and 2017/18 are available now online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. To submit your application as a Rio Salado College student, use school code 0014483.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Rio Incarcerated Re-Entry Grads Fill Labor Gap

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We encourage you to listen to this story produced by KJZZ Reporter Carrie Jung, which examines the increased demands for qualified construction workers to help keep pace with the new housing boom in the Valley-- and how Rio Salado’s Incarcerated Re-entry program graduates are helping contractors fill that need.

Learn more about our Incarcerated Re-entry program.

KJZZ is a community service of Rio Salado College and licensed to the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Rio Downtown Building A Opens Friday, 10/28!

Rio Downtown

We are happy to announce that the AC unit at Rio Salado Downtown Building A has been repaired!  

The building will be open for business and classes will resume Friday morning, Oct. 28.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Rio Waves Mascot Splash Makes Public Debut!


Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante and a group of dedicated students introduced the new Rio Waves mascot Splash to the Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board members during the Tue., Oct. 25 meet.

Dr. Bustamante, the students and Splash gave a heart-warming presentation about the history of how Splash was chosen, the meaning behind the name and how Splash will serve as an ambassador for the college.

A big thank you to Rio students Oliva Mendez, Daniel Mott, Emily Jaeger, Irma Villegas and Vanessa Williams for their supporting roles! Look for Splash at upcoming community events.

Check out event photos on our Facebook account.

#RioWaves #RioGrad #RioSaladoCollege #mcccd

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Rio Downtown Building A Remains Closed


Rio Salado Downtown Building A remains closed for the rest of the day today, Oct. 26 and will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 27 due to mechanical problems with the AC unit.

All classes are cancelled until further notice.

Testing services in Building B will remain open. 

We will share updates as soon as they are available.

Thank you for your patience.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Rio Salado Downtown Building A Closure


Rio Salado Downtown Building A is closed and classes are cancelled until further notice due to mechanical problems with the AC unit. 

Testing services in Building B will remain open. 

We will provide updates about repairs as soon as possible.

We appreciate your patience.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Pasta-Making Workshop Nov. 3

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Rio Salado's next Community Cooking Workshop will focus on Pasta-Making, Nov. 3.

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This is the next in a series of in-person cooking and gardening lessons hosted by Café at Rio chefs and the Sustainable Food Systems team.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/cafe and click on the Community Education Workshops tab to enroll.

Workshops will take place at the Café at Rio, at the Rio Salado headquarters in Tempe. No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion fun in the kitchen! Get the latest details about upcoming events by visiting www.riosalado.edu/cafe.


Pasta- Making Ravioli From Scratch for Beginners 
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Thu., Nov. 3
6-8 p.m. 
$25 each or 2 for $40
Demystify ravioli making. This workshop will start with a chef's demonstration on how to make fresh pasta dough. You and other participants will help roll the dough into long sheets and stuff with various fillings, learn how to trim, cook and garnish your dishes with special sauces and ingredients and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.



Perfect Pie Crust and Pumpkin Pie for Beginners 
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Tue., Nov. 22
5-8:30 p.m. 
$35 each or $60
Tired of ready-made pies and pie shells? This class will teach you the tricks of the trade-- with hands on experience making your own pie, which you can take home to enjoy during the Thanksgiving holiday. You'll learn how to make the dough and a scrumptious pumpkin pie filling and how to ensure a perfectly baked pie.



Tamale Fiesta 
Sat., Dec. 10
9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
$29 each or 2 for $50
Work with a professional chef to make green chile chicken and red chile pork tamales. This is a hands-on cooking class that includes a chef demonstration and a chance for you to enjoy your creations for lunch.





Proper kitchen attire is required including close toed shoes, long pants, long or short sleeve shirts and hair restraints.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Free Career Tools From AZ CIS & Rio Library

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Rio Salado students and employees can access valuable and free-of-charge online career development resources through Arizona Career Information Systems (AZ CIS) and Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

AZ CIS and Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center are designed to help you with your career research, planning and exploration. They offer free career assessments so you can learn more about yourself, your interests, your skills and how they relate to an occupation.  You can review occupations and discover more about a variety of different jobs. There is information regarding programs of study and the schools that offer them. You can even learn more about employment tools, such as resume writing and interviewing skills. They also give you the means to create a portfolio to keep track of your career planning.

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Students and employees should contact Rio Salado's Counseling team via email at resume.help@riosalado.edu to receive a login for AZ CIS.

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Your access to Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is available now thanks to the Rio Salado Library.  You will need to log into RioLearn to gain access.  See related blog for additional details.

Another great resource is CPD 102AB, Career Exploration, a college credit course at Rio Salado that will help you develop a career and education plan.

For additional support, call on the Rio Salado Counseling team. They're ready to help you set career goals and prepare for your job search.

Rio PTK Hosts Free Career Workshop Nov. 1

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Join the Rio Salado Phi Theta Kappa - Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter for a free career workshop at the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters, Tue., Nov. 1, 1-4 p.m.

  • The Cover Letter and Resume Building session will provide tips on how to write effective cover letters and resumes.
  • The Mock Interview Dress for Success session will provide helpful tips and address the importance of proper attire.
  • The Public Speaking and Communication Skills session will provide tips on how to overcome anxiety and fears of public speaking.


Please contact Rio Salado College Student Life & Leadership Coordinator John Bastian at StudentLife@riosalado.edu or by calling 480-517-8050. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Expert Advice on How to Become a Teacher

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Ready to launch your teaching career?  Rio Salado Teacher Education staff member Paulina Ngo has advice and answers to some of the most common questions for newcomers to the teaching profession.

“How do I become a teacher?”
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As a field experience coordinator in a college educator preparation department, I can say that this is the most frequently asked question we get.

Most states have the same standard licensure requirements: completing an approved educator preparation program, clearing a background and/or fingerprint check, and passing the state’s exams for the certification.

While these requirements may appear pretty basic, it is helpful to break down each requirement into manageable steps.


Completing an approved educator preparation program
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Investigate potential colleges or universities to see if they offer a state-approved educator preparation program. You will want to ensure the program you are pursuing leads to certification and not just a degree.

For example, some universities offer a degree in education but do not include all of the state certification requirements such as student teaching.

Don’t rule out community colleges, which have the unique advantage of offering bachelor degree pathways with partnering universities at a lower tuition cost. And remember, community college does not mean low-quality. Many community college educator preparation programs are national award winners!

Some colleges also offer post-baccalaureate certification programs. These are tailored for individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree, but require specific coursework for teacher certification.

When researching programs, keep in mind that colleges and universities may differ in how they deliver their programs – in-person, online or hybrid. So choose a learning method that is right for you.


Clearing a background and/or fingerprint check
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Any person seeking teacher certification must clear a state background and/or fingerprint check. These checks are made through the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). For specific instructions, visit your state’s department of education website. As a rule of thumb, expect the process to take 6-8 weeks. School districts may require a separate background check for job applicants.


Passing the state’s exams for the certification
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Generally, there are two state mandated exams required for certification: a subject/content knowledge exam and a professional knowledge exam. Teaching candidates must receive a passing score on both exams. The subject/content exam measures how much a person knows about a specific subject area as defined by the state’s academic standards. The professional knowledge exam measures how much a person knows about teaching/pedagogical skills.


Explore teaching
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Now that you’ve learned the basics of how to become a teacher, I encourage you to research programs in your area for specific information.

At Rio Salado College, we offer an Explore Teaching Workshop that covers our program pathways and requirements. For more information visit www.riosalado.edu/teachers or contact a Rio Salado College Academic Advisor at (480) 517-8580. 


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Paulina Ngo serves as the Field Experience Coordinator and Coordinator of Marketing for Rio Salado's Teacher Education program.  She is celebrating 10 years of service with the college and nine years as a member of the Teacher Ed team.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Librarian House Calls 24/7!

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Need a librarian-- in the middle of the night or when most libraries are closed? Ask a Librarian was made for you!


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Get help 24/7 with:
●  Starting your research
●  Searching smarter and faster
●  Finding articles, books, and media
●  Citing sources and more!

The librarians are quick to reply-- and available when you need them most. Ask a Librarian is designed to help you succeed!

Student Spotlight: Deb Baldemore on Success

Deb Baldemore with Rio Salado Advisor Gidget Poler
Student Overcomes Age & Learning Barriers for Career Success
You are never too old to learn and make your life better. These are the words of Deb Baldemore, a Rio Salado College graduate who is living proof that age has no boundaries.

Baldemore had always wanted a college degree, but never felt herself to be “college material.”

“I took the traditional path my family had encouraged me to take - marriage and motherhood,” Baldemore said. “After my youngest child left home, I decided I wanted to go to college to learn more about public administration.”

After researching schools, Baldemore decided that online classes would be a good fit, so she contacted Rio Salado College and was put in touch with advisor Gidget Poler.

“When I walked into her office, Gidget made me feel welcome and comfortable with the idea of starting college at the age of 50,” Baldemore said. “She helped me all the way through my program, even after she moved on to another position.”

Baldemore enrolled in the public administration program, and excelled in her classes, earning A’s and B’s.

She left her nemesis, math class, for last.

“I enrolled in MAT102 and got the best math teacher who was always open to my many questions,” Baldemore said. “The first time I emailed him I told him I had not “algerbrated” since Ford was in office!”

With her instructor’s help and the assistance of Rio Salado’s tutoring services, Baldemore earned a C in her class and graduated with distinction with an associate in arts degree in public administration.

Baldemore continued on her educational journey, enrolling in an online bachelor’s degree program at Northern Arizona University.

She again faced her math nemesis, however, this time she was thwarted.

“I would look at the formulas and even have them explained to me and could not understand them,” she said. “I was feeling really low. I didn’t understand how I could do so well in my other classes and fail so bad in math.”

After she failed the same math class four times, Baldemore gave up any hope of earning her bachelor’s degree. Then a NAU counselor suggested she get tested for a learning disability.

“Ironically, most of my working life has been spent with teens who were at-risk or disabled, but I never thought I too could have a learning issue,” Baldemore said.

Testing indicated that Baldemore had a learning disability that affected math comprehension.

“I walked out of that office sobbing and feeling so much relief,” Baldemore said. “It wasn’t that I was not trying hard enough.”

Earning a bachelor’s degree in public administration helped Baldemore secure a position with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) working with disabled teens to transition them out of high school into adulthood.

The learning did not stop there, however.

Baldemore’s supervisor told her about the ADE’s master’s degree partnership with Grand Canyon University. She enrolled in March 2015 and will graduate this September with a master’s in public administration.

“Because many of the people I work with at ADE also teach at community colleges, I remembered how Rio Salado had helped me,” Baldemore said. “I contacted Gidget and she not only remembered me but called me one of her star students.”

Wanting to pay it forward, Baldemore hopes to one day teach for Rio Salado College.

“I hope to be as great a role model to others as Gidget and the entire staff of Rio Salado has been for me,” she said.

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

MCCCD Governing Board Candidate Forum Oct. 17

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The public is invited to attend a free, non-partisan forum on Oct. 17 to learn more about the candidates running for a seat on the Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board. 

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The Governing Board is comprised of seven people; five elected from geographical districts within Maricopa County and two at large positions representing the entire county.

Board members serving districts 1, 2 and 5 will be up for election as well as one at large board member position.


Maricopa Community Colleges 
Governing Board Candidate Forum
Monday, Oct. 17
7-8:30 p.m.
Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Hosts for the event include Friends of Public Radio Arizona, Rio Salado College and South Mountain Community College.

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Can't attend?  Watch the candidate forum live on KJZZ's YouTube channel.

NSLS Hosts Leigh Anne Tuohy Broadcast Oct. 18

Poster for event.  Images of Leish Anne Tuohy.  Text: LEIGH ANNE TUOHY THE POWER OF LIFTING UP OTHERS. “Families don’t have to match. You don’t have to look like someone else to love them.” “I want to see a revolution of kindness, because what happens is, when you’re kind and you give, it’s infectious. You give one time, and it’s a great feeling and you want to do it again and again.” “There are amazing people in this world that just need an opportunity.” “If there’s not someone in your social circle who doesn’t look like you, then shame on you.” Engage with Leigh Anne Tuohy #theNSLS Leigh Anne Tuohy was made famous in Michael Lewis’ best-selling novel The Blind Side. The book was later made into a blockbuster movie, with Sandra Bullock portraying Tuohy, and the film became the top-grossing opening weekend sports movie in history. Today, Mrs. Tuohy is a renowned speaker having appeared on CNN, Katie, Fox and Friends, Good Morning America, 20/20, The Today Show, Dr. Drew, Sean Hannity, Huffington Post Live, and Huckabee. She has also been a contributing writer offering advice through personal stories of determination and charitable giving and delivered lectures to diverse audiences from religious to corporate groups.  Tuohy will be sharing personal observations from The Blind Side, specifically speaking to finding value and recognizing the full potential of individuals in our communities.  The National Society  of Leadership and Success Building Leaders Who Make a Better World  WWW.SOCIETYLEADERSHIP.ORG

Leigh Anne Tuohy will be the next guest speaker for the National Society of Leadership and Success 2016-2017 Broadcast Speaker Series, which will be transmitted live across the country on Tuesday, October 18.  Rio Salado's NSLS chapter will host a live telecast of her presentation at the Rio Salado Conference Center, 4-5:15 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

cover for movie The Blind SideTuohy was made famous in Michael Lewis’ best-selling novel The Blind Side, which was later made into a blockbuster movie with Sandra Bullock portraying Tuohy,

Tuohy is a renowned speaker having appeared on CNN, Katie, Fox and Friends, Good Morning America, 20/20, The Today Show, Dr. Drew, Sean Hannity, Huffington Post Live, and Huckabee.

Tuohy's speech, called "THE POWER OF LIFTING UP OTHERS," will be addressing topics such as recognizing the full potential of individuals in their community, finding value in those who society has deemed valueless and her personal observations from The Blind Side.  Please have your questions be relevant to these topics and Tuohy's experience. You can familiarize yourself with her work here.

NSLS Live Speaker Events and Thought Leader Series
The National Society of Leadership and Success brings some of the top presenters in the world to students. Compelling in thought and focused on success, these authors, speakers and celebrities help students to achieve their goals.  Here's a look at the lineup for the remainder of the 2016-17 season:

 November 9, 2016 Andy Cohen Emmy and Peabody Award Winner February 7, 2017 Barbara Corcoran Real Estate entrepreneur & star of “Shark Tank” February 21, 2017 Mario Batali Chef & Restaurateur March 14, 2017 Hoda Kotb Emmy Award-winning co-host of "The Today Show"

Interested in learning more about Rio Salado's NSLS chapter? It's a great way to engage with other students while developing important life skills. Visit this web page or contact John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656 for more details.


The National Society of Leadership and Success is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. It was founded in 2001 to build a community of like-minded, success oriented leaders who come together to help one another succeed. The Society offers interactive broadcasts with the nation’s best speakers, training in goal setting, and team meetings in which students set and hold each other accountable for achieving goals. These benefits, which aim to help members personally and professionally, are offered for the rest of their lives. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 400 college and university campuses nationwide and serves more than 350,000 members. For more information, please visit www.societyleadership.org.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

State Farm Mentoring Program Begins This Month!

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State Farm Mentoring Program
Actively Engaged in YOUR Success!

State Farm is looking for Rio Salado College students interested in developing professional skills and competencies to connect with and learn from insurance industry professionals.

To learn more about becoming a part of the State Farm College Mentoring Program, contact: Jeanne Ratliff at Jeanne.Ratliff@riosalado.edu 480-517-8231.

Benefits of becoming a mentee:
  • Earn State Farm Mentoring Certificate
  • Build your professional network
  • Share mutual interest and learning
  • Gain fresh perspective on a professional environment
  • Receive personalized support and motivation in:
  • Career growth and development
  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Enhancing professional skills and expertise
  • Building communication and relationship skills
Expectations of a mentee:
  • Be actively engaged
  • Be available for regular meetings (1-2 per month)
  • Follow through on commitments
  • Remain flexible and open minded
  • Open communication 

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Rio Salado's Insurance Studies program, which is the first of its kind in Arizona and for community colleges, was developed in direct response to the insurance industry’s need for qualified workers.

State Farm has become a very active partner in this program and has provided full scholarship awards to 18 students to complete the Insurance Studies Certificate of Completion (CCL). See related blog and learn more about scholarship opportunities.

To learn more about Rio Salado's Insurance Studies program, visit: www.riosalado.edu/insurance. Check out this blog for additional backstory about the program, employment opportunities and needs of the industry.

Monday, October 10, 2016

AZ Voter Registration Deadline is Midnight Tonight!

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Attention Arizona voters! You have until midnight tonight to register to vote in the 2016 Election and to update your voter registration status (if you've moved or had a name change). 

Check out this KJZZ Phoenix story by reporter Jude Joffe-Block about the ways you can meet this deadline.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Apply for Jack Kent Cooke & ALL AZ Scholarships

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Here are a couple of scholarship opportunities for top community college students who are planning for a university transfer. Deadlines are quickly approaching.

The Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship for community college transfer students in the country. Visit this page for more details about this national scholarship competition and application process. Check out this webinar to learn about best practices and strategies for submitting a competitive application.


The deadline to apply is October 25, noon ET

2016 All AZ Scholars
The All-Arizona (ALL AZ) Academic Team Scholarship 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.

Students must demonstrate the following:
  • 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.

The deadline to apply is October 24, 8 a.m.


Please contact Rio Salado College Student Life & Leadership Coordinator John Bastian at StudentLife@riosalado.edu or by calling 480-517-8050 to secure the official application for the ALL Arizona scholarship-- and to get help completing both of these scholarship applications.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Free Resource Fair for Veterans & Their Families!

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Are you a veteran in need of a job? Want to maximize your GI benefits? Need to solve minor, legal traffic violations?  

Stand for Veterans is a free resource fair for veterans and their families to receive help with these and other services-- all at one time and place!


Nearly two dozen community partners will be availble to provide in-person services including the City of Tempe, Tempe Municipal Court, Arizona Department of Transportation - Motor Vehicle Services and Goodwill of Central Arizona, which will host employment workshops and facilitate interviews with employers.

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Stand For Veterans
Resource Fair

October 15, 2016
8 a.m.-2 p.m.


● Career preparation seminar 8-10 a.m.
● Hiring event 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
● College advising and enrollment assistance
● Health, wellness, housing services
● Legal services and information

Learn more at www.evvec.org/stand4vets.  Take the survey and tell us what you need!

#Arizona #veterans #employment #jobs #education #freelegalservices #EVVECStand4Vets #Stand4Vets #VeteranServices, #veteransbenefits, #veteranshealth, #Tempe #Arizona #mcccd, #RioSaladoCollege

Achieve60AZ - Education Advances Everyone

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Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick has joined Arizona Board of Regents President Eileen Klein and College Success Arizona President and CEO Rich Nickel in leading Achieve60AZ-- a new, statewide effort to help more adults earn education credentials. 

Check out this Achieve60AZ video with Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona leaders who joined together to announce this initiative to equip 60 percent of Arizonans with a certificate or college degree by 2030.

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Here is a special message from the Chancellor about this initiative.

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Last week (Sept. 15, 2016), a community-based alliance of business, philanthropic, and education organizations came together with AZ Governor, Doug Ducey, to announce a statewide goal to increase the educational attainment of all Arizonans.

Today, only 42% of residents (ages 25-64) in the state currently hold a post-secondary certificate, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or higher – that is fewer than four out of every 10 working adults. Post-secondary completion must be top priority in Arizona in order to boost economic prosperity and national and global workforce competitiveness.


The goal - to ensure that 60% of Arizonans 25 and older have a certificate or college degree by 2030 - is the charge of the alliance. The partners that have joined Achieve60 believe in the value and power of education to change lives and positively influence society.

Arizona community colleges are proud partners of Achieve60 and are perfectly positioned to address the achievement gap. Statewide, community colleges serve more than 300,000 students each year, confer more than 43,000 certificates and degrees, and transfer nearly 11,000 students to in-state universities.

The Maricopa Community Colleges alone, offer programs in 95% of the highest demand occupations in the Greater Phoenix area. Each year, nearly half of our 27,000 graduates leave a Maricopa college with an Associate’s degree or a Certificate of Completion in an occupational area of study.

Relevant workforce training is imperative, but student success goes far beyond the classroom. The K-12 bridge programs, university transfer pathways, developmental education courses, tutoring, advising, mentoring, and career guidance that community colleges offer are crucial to the success of our students. The collective effort of the community colleges and the entire Achieve60 alliance will result in greater awareness of the importance of post-secondary education, a knowledgeable and innovative workforce, a higher standard of living, and a thriving business community. 

I encourage you to go to ACHIEVE60AZ.com to learn more.

#Go60AZ #Achieve60AZ