Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Service Hours for Rio Salado Library

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Please note, the Rio Salado Library will be closing at 2 p.m. on Fridays.

New, in-person hours of operation are as follows:

  • Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed 

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If you need library assistance outside of these hours, please use Ask a Librarian 24/7 chat.  Get help with:

● Starting your research
● Searching smarter and faster
● Finding articles, books and media
● Citing sources and more!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Meet Rio State Farm Insurance Studies Scholars

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Rio Salado is working with State Farm to fill a void in the local job market while providing financial assistance to students.

In 2016, Rio Salado launched a certificate in Insurance Studies to help prepare students for entry level jobs in the insurance industry.

State Farm provides program scholarships to help students pay for the certificate. It’s a win-win scenario! 

Students receive financial assistance to cover their educational costs and Rio Salado and State Farm are paving the way for career opportunities in the insurance industry.

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"The certificate was created to assist the insurance industry in filling both current job vacancies as well as shortfalls projects in the future" said Gina Pinch, interim faculty chair for business at Rio Salad College. "We are excited to partner with insurance companies to provide employment opportunities for our students."

Developed in collaboration with the Maricopa County Community College District and 35 insurance professionals from 20 different insurance companies, the certificate prepares individuals for entry-level jobs in the insurance industry and enhances the skills of current insurance employees.

The first group of students recently completed the insurance studies program at Rio Salado. The cohort included a group of veterans who completed their classes at the East Valley Veterans Education Center in Tempe.

Janet Orozco
"My experience in Rio Salado’s insurance studies program has truly been amazing. I have learned a lot, and was offered many resources to help me apply for jobs, such as preparing for interviews and creating a well-developed resume. I am currently working in the insurance field and because of what I have learned, I can do my job better." 

Elena Bates

"After serving eight years in the U.S. Army, I applied for the State Farm scholarship to transition from the military into a civilian career. With the help the program, I was able to land a job with State Farm as a customer service representative. My goal for the future is to continue working for State Farm and earn a bachelor’s degree in order to become an underwriter."

Eric Sanders

"I served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years. I decided to take classes at Rio Salado College because they have a department specifically dedicated to the educational needs of veterans. I applied for the State Farm scholarship to learn about the insurance industry. They have a genuine appreciation of veterans and a willingness to help us succeed."

Brionna Joiner

"I chose to go to Rio Salado for the insurance studies program because it prepares you for a career in a specific field. I now have a foundation of knowledge to begin a career in the insurance industry. I plan to earn the AINS designation to become licensed for property and casualty. I look forward to becoming part of such a rewarding industry."

Stevie Vega

"I'm a veteran, student, mom and now insurance professional! Thanks to Rio Salado College’s insurance studies program, I was able to get the knowledge and tools necessary to start a new career. This program got me acquainted with many of the industry’s top companies allowing me to get my foot in the door. I now looking forward to an exciting career in the insurance industry."

For more information about State Farm scholarship opportunities and Rio Salado’s insurance studies program visit

Contributed by Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator.

An Essay on Bridging Educational Gaps

Snapshot of blog post by Daniel Greenstein.  Text: Bridging Rhetoric and Reality in Changing World.  Image of students in a classroom.

What qualifies as “higher education” and who needs it?

Daniel Greenstein, Director of Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation addresses this question and others he thinks higher education must confront in an essay called, Bridging Higher Education’s Rhetoric and Reality in a Changing World.

Greenstein writes, “…our view of “what counts” as higher education is far too limited and parochial, our existing delivery systems are too leaden and inflexible, and new ways of packaging and delivering knowledge face many cultural and regulatory hurdles. This must change if higher education is to remain relevant and keep pace in today’s economy.”

Greenstein includes Rio Salado among the colleges he thinks are bridging the access gap.

“These gaps can be bridged,” writes Greenstein. “We know they can, because we have seen it in places like Georgia State University, Delaware State University, the University of Central Florida, Miami Dade College, Rio Salado College, and Sinclair Community College, institutions as diverse as the students they serve, and yet united in a common goal – to leave behind no one – to respond nimbly to our society’s rapidly changing educational needs, to measure their excellence in terms of who they include and how well they succeed. Some see that as counterintuitive, even wishful. We see it as possible, and essential.”

Rio Salado is honored by Greenstein’s recognition and support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop student success initiatives.

We are committed to our vision, “We reinvent the learning experience to change lives,” and to make education affordable and accessible to anyone who has a passion for learning.

Photo (c) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation by Michael Hanson, featuring Rio Salado Southern, English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) student Berty Nafissato.

Friday, January 13, 2017

KJZZ Hosts Grand Opening of SPOT 127 East 1/19

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Join KJZZ Phoenix and SPOT 127 for the grand opening of SPOT 127 East, Thursday, Jan. 19 at Rio Salado Southern in Tempe.

This new, youth media center will empower teens to find their voices and engage with their communities through photo, audio and video storytelling. Learn more at

SPOT 127 East Grand Opening
Thursday, January 19
2-4 p.m.

3320 S Price Rd
Tempe, AZ 85282-7513

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SPOT 127 and KJZZ are a community service of Rio Salado College.

New Paralegal Classes to Enhance Your Skillsets

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Rio Salado has added three new electives to its online paralegal program. The classes include environmental law, immigration law, and legal investigation

A class in e-discovery is coming soon. These classes will offer students more specialized course content that is socially relevant and can help established paralegals meet continuing legal education requirements.

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“The new class options provide students with areas of interest to explore and may help them focus their career paths,” said Angela Kwan, Rio Salado’s faculty chair for Administration of Justice Studies and Paralegal.

Rio’s curriculum prepares students for the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) certification exam.

Classes focus on fundamental skills such as legal research, writing and analysis, IRAC writing, Bluebook legal citation and Westlaw training.

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In addition to the substantive coursework, Rio Salado’s program offers professional development opportunities through partnerships with private law firms, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations and corporate businesses.

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Qualified candidates have the opportunity to intern and apply their legal education in a legal setting. For more details, visit

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