Friday, October 25, 2019

Winning Ways For The Rio Waves

Graphic shows woman holding the ACE Award


Congratulations are in order after a big win for Rio Salado College. Rio Salado’s Adults Achieving a College Education (Adult ACE) program received the 2019 First Generation Advocate Award.

Hosted by Northern Arizona University with attendees and nominations from nearly a dozen states and colleges, it was an honor for Rio Salado College to be recognized with this award. Representatives from those states and colleges shared best practices on:

· Advocating for the first-generation students

· Educating institutions about what first gen students are and what they aren’t

· Supporting these students as they realize their potential.

Did you know 78 percent of our students are the first generation in their family to attend college? Rio Salado’s Adult ACE program serves adults 16-70 years of age who are pursuing a high school equivalency diploma, and, initially in many cases, don’t plan to continue to college.

The Adult ACE program offers students a scholarship, a dedicated program specialist who is with them from the day they start, a prescribed class sequence with classes taken one at a time, and a cohort of students who will be their peers from day one.

“I am proud to know that MCCCD and Rio Salado have been consistently supportive and dedicated to the success of the first-generation students,” said Kate Packer, Rio Salado Instructional Services Manager.

Learn more about FirstGeneration Student Success.