Saturday, April 4, 2020

Meet Rio Salado’s 2020 All-AZ Honorees

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Each year, participating Arizona colleges nominate two students for the All-AZ Academic Team. This honor includes a tuition waiver to one of the three public universities in Arizona and a stipend from Rio Salado.

Meet Rio Salado’s 2020 All-AZ Honorees Ashanti Ruiz and Tamara Rink.

Ashanti Ruiz recently was chosen as an All-Arizona First Team member, as a result, she will be receiving $1,000 from Rio Salado College. In addition, as part of this scholarship process, Ashanti also was chosen to receive the 2020 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholarship. Tamara Rinck was chosen as an All-Arizona Second Team member receiving $750 from Rio Salado.

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 Ashanti Ruiz

Program: Behavioral Health-Addictions and Substance Use Disorders

Ashanti plans to transfer to the University of Arizona to earn her bachelor’s degree in Care, Health & Society, and her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Her career goal is to work for her own community, Maryvale Community, helping those with substance abuse problems.

“I’m a 21-year-old multicultural community college student, who’s ready to combat stigma of mental health. My community fuels my passion for service. This scholarship means everything to me because it is the steppingstone that I need to help my Maryvale community. I grew up in the Maryvale area for years and was able to identify that there needs to be more bilingual substance abuse counselors. I am constantly inspired by those in my community and wanted to do something about it. Furthering my education has always been a dream of mine but because I am a first-generation student, I was unsure how to get there. The All-Arizona scholarship transformed my dream into a reality. None of this success would have been able to happen without my PTK advisors, my PTK crew (Ann, Michael, Nick), or without the love of my parents. Words cannot express how grateful I am for this opportunity. I have come such a long way and encourage all of my first-generation students to apply.”

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 Tamara Rinck

Program: Public Administration

Tamara plans to transfer to Northern Arizona University and complete her bachelor’s degree and her Masters in Higher Education. Tamara would like to give back support she has received by becoming a PTK Advisor and an instructor at the college level.

“Earning the All-Arizona Scholarship, I did not even think this was possible at my age, and a mother of 3. It is truly like winning the education lottery. First off, I did not think I was even smart enough to become an honor student. Then achieving the GPA to join PTK. Earning the All-Arizona Scholarship, now allows me to finish something I started 37 years ago. To be 1 of 89 students, in a very competitive application process; I am immensely blessed to receive the news that I won. The next part of my journey will take me to Northern Arizona University. I will be utilizing their online program in Public Administration. I also plan to keep going and earn my master’s degree. I am so thankful for the support I have received from family, faculty, advisors and counselors at Rio Salado College. I am ready to complete a journey I started many years ago. I am a strong, confident, and determined mother.”

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Congratulations Ashanti and Tamara!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

A Message from President Smith about Courses, Support and Your Success

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Dear Students,

We at Rio Salado College and the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) care about your health and well-being and supporting you throughout your academic journey. I am sharing these updates to help you achieve your educational goals this spring.

As a reminder, all classes that were originally scheduled as online are continuing as scheduled and all in-person/hybrid classes will resume in an online/alternative format on Monday, April 6, 2020. In-person services have all been moved to remote services, so please, do not visit any of our locations or MCCCD campuses, while we all work to protect your health and stop the spread of COVID19.

Check your RioLearn portal, Student Center and MyInfo App for details about your courses. If you’re new to online learning, you may find these tips for online learning and information about Canvas and RioLearn very helpful.

To provide you with the support you need, all Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges’ academic and student support services will continue to be offered remotely (e.g., by telephone, email, chat, and online). All MCCCD campuses and locations will remain closed for in-person classes and services for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. We will continue to provide updates when additional information is made available.

As we all navigate the remainder of the spring semester remotely, we kindly ask that you check this COVID-19 FAQs web page to find answers to your questions. We also encourage you to visit this community resources web page, especially if you need assistance with finances, housing, food insecurities, healthcare and other challenges that may be interfering with your academic progress and success.

Please stay in regular contact with your instructors. They will provide you with the latest information regarding your assignments and courses.

We truly admire your determination to continue your educational journey during these challenging times. We are all in this together and our Maricopa family is committed to help you succeed.

Sincerely,

Kate Smith
Rio Salado College Interim President
Maricopa Community Colleges

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Resources For Job Seekers

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During these uncertain times many people may have concerns about their financial stability. Best Companies AZ is working to help those looking for employment, listing resources for job seekers during COVID-19 to help find new jobs and receive financial support.

Job seekers can match their skills with a desired career, attend webinars and virtual hiring events and apply for unemployment insurance.

Click here for more information and resources.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Have You Completed The Census. The Deadline Is Apr. 1, 2020



There’s only one day left to complete the 2020 census.

What matters to you? Schools? Transportation? Hospitals? Data from the US Census Bureau  help inform planning efforts for all these important community resources.

Make sure to complete the census by April 1, 2020.

To learn how census data impact you and your community, visit here.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Only One Day Left To Apply For A Free Road Trip. Apply Today!

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Rio Salado College students, do you have plans for this summer? If not, hit the road with Road Trip Nation.

Rio Salado College and Road Trip Nation have partnered to send a group of students on a free 3-week road trip to meet with people who have reached success in their chosen career field.

This is an opportunity that could potentially be life changing.

If you want to set out on an adventure with RoadTrip Nation, apply today!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Apply Today For The Road Trip Of A Lifetime! The Deadline Is March 29, 2020.

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Do you know what career path you want to take after you graduate? Let Road Trip Nation help you figure it out!

In partnership with Road Trip Nation, a group of Rio Salado College students will hit the road in a 36 foot RV on a free trip to meet with alumni and those succeeding in their chosen career fields.

Does this sound like the right opportunity for you?

Apply today!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Rio Salado College Commencement Canceled

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As we continue to navigate the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and local communities remain our top priority. 
Based on the input of public health professionals, our faculty leadership, and college leadership, I have determined that in the interest of safety, we will cancel all in-person Commencement and Convocation ceremonies scheduled for April and May 2020. Rio Salado's Commencement ceremony, previously scheduled for May 7, 2020, is canceled.
We are as disappointed as you with this development. Commencements and the surrounding celebrations are the best events of our year, so it was not an easy decision to make.  However, we must put health and safety first, adhering to the direction state and local governments have given.
Commencement and Convocation celebrations are incredibly important milestones in your lives, and we are committed to giving you the celebration you have earned. While the ceremonies in May are canceled, we are exploring other options to bring together our graduates and their families at a later date in other venues when we can celebrate without health and safety concerns.
We will continue to keep you informed of new developments and new actions as they are taken. Please continue to visit maricopa.edu/coronavirus, which is frequently updated with the latest information and advisories.
Please know how proud we are of your accomplishments, and we look forward to celebrating with you when health and safety are no longer prevalent concerns. 
Sincerely,

Kate Smith  
Interim President

March Is Women's History Month. How Will You Celebrate?



March is Women’s History month. Use this month to commemorate, and encourage the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American History.

From the lives of young immigrant women who worked the textile mills at Lowell Historic National Park to those of the female shipyard workers who were essential to the home front during World War ll at Rosie the Riveter/World War ll Home Front National Historic Park women’s history can also be found in every National Park.

If you want to understand our nation’s history, explore the remarkable legacies of American women.

Learn more here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Do You Want To Go On A Free Road Trip Of A Lifetime? Apply Today!

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Rio Salado College students, have you ever wanted to take a 36-foot RV on a road trip to meet amazing people?

Now is your chance. RoadTrip Nation is partnering with Rio Salado College to send a group of students on a road trip to meet alumni who are succeeding in their career fields.

If you’d like to be a part of this special opportunity, apply today!

The Census Deadline Is Approaching. Have You Completed Yours?

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Did you know more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data?

The money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads and other vital programs.

Make sure to complete the census by April 1, 2020.

Are You Prepared For Online Classes? Here Are 8 Tips That Can Help

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Are you new to online classes? Do you need a little help adjusting to the online format? No need to worry. Below are 8 tips that can be used to help you succeed in the online classroom platform.

Tip 1: Set Realistic goals

Did you know people that have goals are 10x more likely to succeed?

Tip 2: Prioritize Assignments

It is important to determine which assignments have a higher priority than others.

Tip 3: Create a Daily Schedule and Stick to it

Designating a specific amount of time to your online classes can increase the chances of success.

Tip 4: Connect with Your Instructor and Advisor

Find out when your instructor’s office hours are so you can plan your communication and when you can receive a response.

Tip 5: Use Remote Study Groups

FaceTime, Google Hangouts and Skype are good apps for remote study.

Tip 6: Study, Study, and Keep Studying

A general guideline is to study for 10 hours per week, per class.

Tip 7: Allow for Computer and Internet Issues

Make sure to have a backup plan when faced with technical issues.

Tip 8: Practice Self-care

Make sure to take time for yourself and be patient with yourself.

Click here to learn more about online success strategies and to watch a video on managing your online classes.

Monday, March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Community Resources, Class Information, and Support Services

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Here is a special message from our Interim President Kate Smith about the latest COVID-19 updates and valuable community resources to help you during these challenging times.


Dear Students,

Thank you for your patience and flexibility during these uncertain and challenging times. We want to provide you with information not only about successfully continuing your education during these unprecedented events, but also tangible resources and programs where you can get help for you and your family.

Please note:
  • In-person and hybrid classes are temporarily postponed and will convert to online instruction on Monday, April 6, 2020.
  • If you are currently enrolled in any in-person/hybrid courses, your instructor(s) will be contacting you with further instructions.
  • Current online classes will continue as scheduled.
  • College student support services are available virtually; in-person services are no longer available until further notice.
  • Please continue to check your email regularly. Your instructors will provide you with information on how your classes will be conducted and how you will access your assignments/exams.
  • If you are experiencing concerns about your health and well-being, food or housing insecurity, financial stress, or anxiety -- you are not alone! We are available to help.

Support Services and Community Resources

Area of Need
Organization
Website
Online Study Tools
See List of Providers in website link
Housing and Shelter
AZ Housing Coalition
Phoenix, AZ Shelter List
Wildfire (vast list of services)
Food Resources
Nutrition Assistance Program
AZ WIC Program
Produce on Wheels
Market on the Move
Financial Hardship
AZ Financial Hardship Assistance
The Salvation Army
Crain Family Foundation
Loss of Employment
AZ Department of Economic Security
Transportation Issues
Alex Free Circular Routes (Phx)
Scottsdale Trolley Routes
Tempe Orbit (Free Shuttle)
Child Care Support
First Things First
AZ Child Care Resource
Children’s Centers
YMCA Referral
Personal Care
Crisis Response Network
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Short-term Crisis Services
Stress and Anxiety
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Center for Disease Prevention and Control


Additional Resources include: AZ 211 - Get Connected. Get Answers and Find Help Phoenix.

We are adding more resources on a regular basis to assist you in meeting your individual needs. Please reference the Basic Needs Assistance website for more information during these difficult times. For students outside of Arizona, please contact our Counseling department for information on food resources.

The staff and faculty at Rio Salado College are diligently working to continue to provide high-quality learning experiences and support for you as you continue your academic journey. We are able to assist you virtually (e.g., online, phone, email, etc.) Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You can access the majority of our services, tools and connect with staff for additional support.

Please reference the COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information. If you need support and/or have questions, please email covid19@domail.maricopa.edu.

Sincerely, 

Kate Smith
Interim President

Friday, March 20, 2020

Free eBooks, Shipping & Other Bookstore Updates

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Visit us at www.riosaladoshop.com and click the + found in the top banner titled COVID-19: for more information on Rio Salado College’s Bookstore Services and operations including:

FREE Access to eBooks: See how to access free eBooks online with your school-issued .edu email address. You can access up to 7 eBooks through May 25, 2020, free of charge. Details at http://www.riosaladoshop.com/

FREE Online Shipping Offer: Free Shipping on all items with no minimum purchase including course materials, supplies, apparel, technology and more.

If you have rented a book, we offer free shipping return labels for use when your due date approaches. We are also extending the non-return period without penalty for additional 15 days past the current due date to assist with increased returns by mail. Details can be found online and will be included in your rental return reminder emails as the due date approaches.

Updated store hours and FAQs are also online.

The Bookstore continues to offer free shipping for all hardcover books.

You can also visit https://www.maricopa.edu/coronavirus-covid-19 for the most up to date information about COVID-19 communications for Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community College District.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Spring Semester 2020 Class Schedule Update

Dear Students,

Thank you for your continued support for one another and our community during these challenging times. We are concerned for your well-being and the health of our college and broader community.

Based on the continuously evolving status surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Maricopa District colleges, including Rio Salado College, has decided all online courses will continue as scheduled and all in-person and hybrid classes are now postponed through Sunday, April 5, 2020.

What does this mean for you?
  • In-person and hybrid courses will resume in an online/alternative delivery format beginning on April 6, 2020, and will be offered in this format through the end of the semester.
  • Our faculty will be contacting you with information about how your class will be continuing. For some classes, access to course material will be available sooner than April 6. Please check your college email regularly for updates from your faculty member.
  • As you already know, all current online classes are continuing as scheduled.
  • We recognize that there are some courses and learning experiences that cannot be delivered in an alternative format, and we are currently identifying solutions. These classes might include field experiences, service learning, student teaching, practicum, and clinical experiences. Should your specific course not be offered online by April 6, 2020, you will be contacted prior to that date with further instructions.
  • A potential two-week extension for the end of spring semester for some courses is being considered by some instructors. If this affects you, your faculty will inform you how this impacts your specific course. 

If you need accommodations for a disability, please connect with a Disabilities Resource Coordinator at your College here.

If you have specific questions regarding your schedule or anything regarding your academic experience during this time of transition, please call 480-517-8000 Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Additionally, the District Office and Colleges have identified resources to support students in transitioning online, such as: 
  • anywhere computing - learn how you can virtually set up meetings with faculty and other students.
Please note that your college will not be providing in-person services on campus until further notice. Information about how you can access college services will be available on our website. Should local health authorities or other government officials mandate a different policy allowing the opening of campuses, you will be notified.

Please know we are thinking of you and your loved ones during these challenging times.

Sincerely,

Kate Smith
Interim President

Dr. Steven Gonzales
Interim Chancellor

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

New In-State Student Services Update



Rio Salado College in-person services for students will no longer be available as of Thursday, March 19. Staff will be available to help students via phone, email and online messaging.

Service hours will be 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. for the following departments: Admissions, Registration and Records, Advising, Financial Aid, International Education, Military/Veteran Services and Student Life.

Please also note, Rio Salado Testing Center hours will be 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday, March 19-20.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding.

COVID-19 Updates at maricopa.edu/coronavirus

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Stay informed and up-to-date about Maricopa Community Colleges COVID-19 related matters at maricopa.edu/coronavirus.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

New In-State Student Services Hours 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Begin March 18

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Student Services at our Tempe headquarters will be open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. beginning Wednesday, March 18.

Please also note, Testing Centers will be open on Saturday, March 21.

We appreciate your patience during this time and look forward to being of service to you.

Dash with Splash 5K Run/Walk Now Virtual!

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We’re canceling the April 4, in-person Dash with Splash 5K Run/Walk event at Arizona Falls to mitigate concerns about COVID-19 but you can still take part in our virtual race.

Register now at national.riosalado.edu/race


Virtual runners can run their race on any day, time or course of their choice. Simply report back finishing times using the Contact Us form at RunYourRaceAZ.com. Race packets will be mailed to virtual participants during race week.

Proceeds from the event will fund Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarships for students in need.

New Internet/WiFi Student Resources Portal!

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The Maricopa Community Colleges has created a new student resources portal that shares information about Internet/WiFi resources available to help you work remotely.

Check out the options available to you now at maricopa.edu/internet-resources.

In-Person Bookstore Closed, Online Open

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Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) safety concerns, the Rio Salado College Bookstore at 2323 W. 14th Street in Tempe, AZ, will be closed for in-person operations from March 16, 2020, until further notice.  However, online operations remain open, and the bookstore is extending FREE GROUND SHIPPING to avoid disruption in receiving textbooks.

WEBSITE: https://www.bkstr.com/riosaladostore

The bookstore’s priority is to ensure the campus community has textbooks and other essential items.

Students living in the Valley will receive books within 1 to 2 business days of placing their order. 

Students outside the Valley will receive their books in 3 to 5 business days.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Take A Road Trip And Discover Your Next Step After College

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Have you ever thought about connecting with people who have reached success in your chosen career field?

Road Trip Nation is giving a group of Rio Salado College students a chance of a lifetime to hit the road on a free trip and travel, meeting individuals who are succeeding in their career.

Take advantage of this opportunity and apply today!

Apply here

Friday, March 13, 2020

Don’t Know What To Do After Graduation? Hit The Road And See What The Future Holds

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Don’t know what to do after graduation?

Rio Salado is partnering with Roadtrip Nation to send students on a free road trip this August!

Travel, meet alumni, and see what the future holds.

Apply here

Are You Ready To Dash With Splash? Join Us Apr. 4, 2020

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Our annual Dash with Splash 5k event is just around the corner!

Join us on April 4 for the chance to win prizes, raise money for Rio Salado College students, and hang out with our mascot, Splash.

Register today to take advantage of our discounted $35 registration fee! here.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

In-Person Classes & Activities Postponed March 16-20

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The Maricopa Community Colleges and Rio Salado College are committed to providing safe and healthy environments for students, staff and community members. In light of Coronavirus COVID-19, we are extending Spring Break and postponing all in-person student activities and college events next week, March 16-20, 2020. 

This also applies to adult education students taking classes at our Valley locations. RISE activities at our Surprise location are postponed until April 10. Testing Centers will remain open.

Currently, the extended time off applies to students only.

Please note, online classes currently taught or scheduled to begin next week will continue as scheduled. 

We encourage all members of our community to sign up for Rave Emergency announcements. By working together, we can help create the safest possible environment. Sign up here: www.getrave.com/login/maricopa-community

We will continue to share timely communications through email, social media, text and this website: www.maricopa.edu/coronavirus-2019-nCoV.

Dr. Inhye Peterson, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor Selected As a 2020 PTK Faculty Scholar

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Have you heard? Dr. Inhye Peterson, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor has been selected as a 2020 PTK faculty scholar.

Selected from a pool of more than 200 applicants, Peterson will travel to PTK Catalyst 2020 in Texas next month to meet other PTK faculty scholars. Read below what Inhye had to say about her recognition.

Graphic is photo of Inhye Peterson, PTK Scholarship winner

“Honestly, this recognition is unexpected. It is my honor and privilege that I’m selected to serve as the only 2020 Faculty Scholar from the Maricopa Community Colleges. As a servant leader, I feel grateful to have this opportunity to influence other PTK advisors on the national level by facilitating critical discourse. I look forward to maximizing my working PTK knowledge, critical research techniques, and talents to create exigencies to bring effects.

I chose my career in higher learning to practically help community college students, particularly those who are from at-risk, low socio-economic status, and cultural minorities. I appreciate the mission of community colleges because I strongly believe that the American Dream is still possible and very much alive. My family has greatly benefited from higher learning not only to make livings out of it, but also to become lifelong learners in pursuing intellectual curiosity and critical thinking.

My driving forces are students and their stories. Each student brings such unique life experiences as well as personal and systematic struggles and obstacles. My hope is to lift the loads even temporarily or remove those obstacles so that they can move forward.” Dr. Inhye Peterson

To learn more about PTK click here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Don't Know What To Do After Graduation? How About A Road Trip?

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Don’t know what to do after graduation?
Rio Salado is partnering with @RoadtripNation to send students on a free road trip this August!
Travel, meet alumni, and see what the future holds.
Apply here:

Monday, March 9, 2020

Join Rio Salado College Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2020 For The Autism Job Fair

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Join us March 10, 2020 as we host a sensory friendly job fair for job seekers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Hiring employers will be split into several rooms to eliminate noise and crowds.

When: March 10, 2020, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Where: Rio Salado College, 3320 S. Price Rd. Tempe, AZ 

To participate in the job fair, please register here.

Rio Salado College Closed For Spring Break March 11-13, 2020

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Remember, most Rio Salado College services will be closed for Spring Break from Wednesday, March 11- Friday, March 13, 2020.

Services normally available 24/7 such as our Technology Support Helpdesk, phone service, and Ask a Librarian will remain available.

Services available on Saturday, March 14 include:

  • Testing Centers at Northern, the Communiversity at Queen Creek, Surprise and our Tempe headquarters will be open for regular business hours.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

New Rio Salado Partnership with UNILÍDER

Rio Salado President Kate Smith and UNILÍDER’s Rector Félix Soria Salazar



A new partnership between Rio Salado College and Universidad UNILÍDER is helping students and instructors increase their educational options in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. 

The partnership was made official during a signing ceremony on Feb. 11, 2020, at the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters, paving the way for Rio Salado to offer online non-credit Justice Studies/Paralegal and Constitution classes for students and Online English Learning (OEL) courses for university instructors.

Spanish-speaking instructors will teach the Constitutional Law and U.S. and Arizona Constitution classes which will be taught online during 8- and 16-week blocks this fall. UNILÍDER requested these courses specifically for law students to expand their working knowledge of the American legal system. UNILÍDER specializes in business, engineering, marketing, psychology and law programs.

“Rio Salado College was founded on partnerships and we are excited about expanding our programs and services in Hermosillo,” said Rio Salado Interim President Kate Smith. “This initiative is in perfect alignment with our college strategic plan and our commitment to the Maricopa Community Colleges and the Arizona-Mexico Commission to create strategic, innovative partnerships.”

UNILÍDER team at Rio Salado Tempe headquarters

Smith and UNILÍDER’s Rector Félix Soria Salazar serve as co-chairs of the Education Committee for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s Arizona-Mexico Commission, which focuses on fostering cross-border collaboration.

“In our work with the commission, we discovered how Rio Salado can help UNILÍDER meet student and instructor needs in a cost-effective, timely manner that can create immediate impact,” Smith said.

“This agreement is the favorable outcome of the long-time established relationship between both states, as promoted by the Arizona-Mexico Commission,” UNILÍDER’s Rector said. “This joint effort will not only benefit our student body but also provide our faculty with the opportunity to improve their English proficiency level. We are grateful and honored to be consolidating our relationship with Rio Salado.”

This is not the first time Rio Salado has reached across the border to collaborate. The college launched its OEL courses last fall as part of a collaboration with the Maricopa Community Colleges, the Arizona-Mexico Commission and Mexican governmental education agencies to help Mexican educators meet English language instruction guidelines. The college also partnered with the Universidad Tecnológica de Hermosillo in 2018 to create a news bureau for its member-supported NPR station KJZZ 91.5 F.M.

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“The Arizona-Mexico Commission has been focused on the shared priority of improving the quality of life for all in our region,” said Juan Ciscomani, Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs for Gov. Ducey. “This new partnership between Rio Salado College and Universidad UNILÍDER expands the partnership between Arizona and Sonora higher education institutions through educational exchanges, research, and entrepreneurship, among other areas.”

According to the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the total two-way trade between Mexico and Arizona was $17.51 billion in 2019 ($9.32 billion in imports and $8.19 billion in exports).