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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Live Google+ Hangout with White House Nov 18!

Image of Initiative Google+ page

Rio Salado College Adults Achieving a College Education (Adult ACE) staff will be taking part in a live discussion about college access with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and other Bright Spot organizations via Google + Hangout on Wednesday, November 17 from 12-1 p.m. Arizona time (2-3 p.m., EST).

The Initiative named Rio Salado’s Adult ACE program a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education last month. Bright Spot organizations are recognized for using data-driven approaches, promising practices, and effective partnerships resulting in increased educational completion opportunities for the Hispanic community.

Tomorrow's Google + Hangout is one of several conversations the Initiative will host throughout the coming year, to give educators and the public a chance to learn what Bright Spot organizations are doing to help close the achievement gap for Hispanic students-- and to learn ways in which we can continue helping Latino students and families progress forward. It's also a chance for you to pose your questions and concerns about the future of education and access for Hispanics.

We encourage you to engage in the dialogue via Google+ and Twitter using #BrightSpots and #CollegeAccess.  You can begin posting questions and comments now.

About the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
The Initiative was established in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community. To learn more visit www.ed.gov/HispanicInitiative.

See related blog story.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Preparing for Opportunity Fair & Forum, Oct. 30

Tomorrow's 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair & Forum at the Phoenix Convention Center will provide attendees with an opportunity to meet with more than 20 employers who are eager to recruit, hire and provide support services to young people between the ages of 16 and 24 and Maricopa Community Colleges students. Are you ready?



Here are 5 career tips from the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative team and Fusion Lightworks to consider.

The job fair will provide participants with information about what to expect in an interview, said Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck Brown, who will help staff Rio Salado’s information booth at the event.

“I suggest attendees wear a plain, button-up, collared shirt if they don’t have a suit, which are relatively easy to get from Goodwill, Savers or Last Chance,” said Brown.

Qualified participants are encouraged to attend regardless of whether they can secure business attire.

Contact Rio Salado’s Counseling & Career Services for additional tips on how to prepare and other support services.

100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair & Forum
Friday, October 30
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. Third St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative:
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is a coalition of leading U.S.-based companies committed to training and hiring 100,000 Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of school and not working by 2018. Launched in August of 2015 to create more pathways to economic opportunity for young Americans, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative aims to be the largest employer-led coalition in the country. The Initiative creates pathways for youth with untapped talent and potential to build skills, gain credentials and employment, and reclaim the American Dream. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is an employer-led coalition that will leverage the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions. It is supported by many of the country’s youth and opportunity-focused nonprofit organizations, local governments, and participating funders.

#StartSomewhere #100kOpportunities

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Job Fair for Youth & Maricopa Students!

logo for 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Project Fair & Forum Phoenix

Rio Salado is proud to join the Maricopa Community Colleges and Starbucks in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair & Forum at the Phoenix Convention Center this Friday, October 30 to help young people between the ages of 16 and 24 find employment and educational opportunities. 

http://www.100kopportunities.org/phoenix/

Starbucks will be joined by 20 other companies to recruit, hire and provide support services at the event.

While the event is designed specifically to help young people who are not currently employed or in school and who have had difficulty finding jobs and educational opportunities, Starbucks is inviting all Maricopa Community Colleges students to take advantage of the workshops, services and interviewing opportunities available during the free community event.
  • Meet and interview with more than 20 companies 
  • Practice interview skills with one-on-one coaching 
  • Create or improve resume with personalized support 
  • Get resources to complete high school degree and explore college 
  • Get help with job applications 
  • Attend workshops on how to set career goals 
  • Tap into legal resources and immigration services 
  • Find a mentor and job training programs, open a bank account and more!
Participants will also have access to bus passes, food, haircuts and other services to help them prepare for on-site interviews.

100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair & Forum 
Friday, October 30 
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. Third St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

To register, visit 100KOpportunities.org/phoenix.

Register and Schedule Your Interviews Now!
Participants can pre-schedule up to two interviews online and should plan to dress for success to meet with various employers during the event.

logo for 10K opporunities initiative

About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative:
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is a coalition of leading U.S.-based companies committed to training and hiring 100,000 Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of school and not working by 2018. Launched in August of 2015 to create more pathways to economic opportunity for young Americans, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative aims to be the largest employer-led coalition in the country. The Initiative creates pathways for youth with untapped talent and potential to build skills, gain credentials and employment, and reclaim the American Dream. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is an employer-led coalition that will leverage the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions. It is supported by many of the country’s youth and opportunity-focused nonprofit organizations, local governments, and participating funders.

#StartSomewhere #100kOpportunities

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Congratulations Adult ACE Completers!

photo of students and staff at completion ceremony.

Rio Salado held a ceremony on October 6, 2015 to recognize 34 students who recently completed the Adults Achieving a College Education (Adult ACE) program. 

Adult ACE is a scholarship-based college and career preparation program for adults, 16-years-of-age or older, designed to help students prepare for the GED® test, transition smoothly into higher education and complete a degree, certificate, or workforce training program.

image of attendees and guests

Many of the students stated they were going to continue their post-secondary education said Rio Salado Director of Adult ACE and College Bridge Pathways Workplace Education Kate Packer. “The students worked hard and did well in this rigorous four semester program that prepares HSE (High School Equivalency) students and graduates for the demands of college,” said Packer.

Packer served as the master of ceremonies for the event and was joined by Rio Salado Dean of Instruction and Community Development Dr. Jo Jorgenson and Associate Dean of College Bridge Pathways Blair Liddicoat who helped to recognize the students.

Packer in background. Jorgenson, student Eng Kim Stirnaman and Liddicoat.
“Student speakers Anna Andersen, Ayla Lopez, and Patrick Tellez touched everyone’s hearts with their stories,” said Packer.

Adult ACE Completion Ceremony speakers Lopez, Tellez and Anderson

“There were some tears, laughter and a great deal of inspiration. We look forward to seeing these students’ names among our college graduates soon-- they are definitely ready,” said Packer.

Congratulations Adult ACE Completers! 

Visit this Facebook album to see additional photos. 

To learn more about this program, visit http://www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe/Pages/ace.aspx.

Friday, October 16, 2015

White House Names Rio a “Bright Spot”

web header for White House initiative

Rio Salado College has received two recognitions from the White House for its dedication to serving Hispanic students.

The college is one of more than 100 Commitments to Action named yesterday by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Organizations that participate in the commitment pledge to increase educational opportunities, improve educational outcomes, and deliver a complete and competitive education for all students, including Hispanics.

“We are honored to be recognized by the White House for our efforts to reach out to underserved populations,” said Dr. Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College. “Educational opportunity has never mattered more than it does today. Regardless of where a student is on their educational journey, Rio Salado College is here to help prepare them for the jobs of the future.”

students studying at a Rio Salado location

As part of its action plan, Rio Salado is increasing efforts to reach local schools with large Hispanic student populations, assess their education needs and increase awareness of college programs.

“Rio Salado College already has many offerings from GED® test preparation to post-baccalaureate master’s degree partnerships,” said Dr. Jennifer Gresko, faculty chair for teacher education. “By identifying the school’s needs, our staff members can start conversations about enrolling in the many different programs, whether within educator preparation or in other fields.”

AACE graduate holding up her certificate of completion

Last month, the Initiative named Rio Salado College’s Adults Achieving a College Education (Adult ACE) program as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education as part of its 25th Anniversary of Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Bright Spot organizations are recognized for using data-driven approaches, promising practices, and effective partnerships resulting in increased educational completion opportunities for the Hispanic community.

“This nation has set a goal for citizens to achieve at least some post-secondary education to be competitive in the job market,” said Dr. Jo Jorgenson, dean of instruction and community development at Rio Salado. “Yet, more than 40 million Americans lack either a high school or equivalency diploma.”

Rio Salado’s Adult ACE program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, helps bridge that gap by providing an educational pathway for minority, first-generation college students.

Adult ACE students are simultaneously enrolled in Rio Salado’s college classes and in classes to help them prepare for the GED® test. Students are also provided with personalized academic advising and support services to ease the transition.

“The primary objective of Adult ACE is to help students become more confident, improve their college and workplace skills, and lay the foundation for a better future,” Jorgenson said.


About the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
The Initiative was established in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community. To learn more visit www.ed.gov/HispanicInitiative.

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich.

Monday, October 5, 2015

4th Annual Camino al Éxito Education Fair

Image from event video: Feria de Educacion Camino al Exito 2015

On October 10, 2015, Expect More Arizona, Univision Arizona and the Helios Education Foundation will host the Camino al Éxito Education Fair. This fourth annual event will take place at South Mountain Community College, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The event will serve approximately 3,500 Latino parents and students of all ages, who will have a chance to experience a robust resource fair with exhibits, including a special reading garden where kids under five will receive a free book.


Parents and family members will also have an opportunity to attend workshops on a variety of topics, such as college readiness, financial aid and early learning.

Local and national talent from Univision will take part to meet and greet event attendees.

We hope you'll do your part to help Rio Salado College increase awareness about this community event.

Friday, August 7, 2015

New Foster Care Education Program

Rio Salado College is proud to take part in a new Maricopa Community Colleges program that will help children aging out of the foster care system transition into and succeed in college. The Bridging Success Initiative, which is funded by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, was introduced at an event on July 23 with partners from across the Valley.

The program focuses on three key areas: retention, degree completion, and transfer.

The initiative advisory board has representatives from Arizona State University (ASU), Children's Action Alliance, Arizona's Children Association, Arizona Friends of Foster Care, College Success Arizona, College Depot, Florence Crittendon, and the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

The Maricopa Community Colleges are creating supportive environments at all of their main campuses where students can get tutoring, academic counseling, career planning, skill development, and other support services. Bridging Success Program counselors at ASU will also work with students to help make the transfer to ASU seemless.

Finishing a program usually leads to greater earning potential for youth in foster care.

“Supporting youth who are aging out of foster care is core to our mission of access and student success,” said Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Felicia L. Ganther.
Dr. Felicia L. Ganther

“We are extremely committed to this work and are thankful to our community partners for helping us to create a web of support for these students. Like other young people, youth in foster care have dreams. Yet we know that there are big challenges and obstacles in the way of these dreams. Our goal is to turn these dreams deferred, into dreams realized.”


Facts about Youth in Foster Care
  • Every year, more than 700 Arizona children age out of foster care when they turn 18.
  • One in four youth in foster care in the U.S. will finish a certificate or two-year degree.
  • Nationally, only 3% of youth in foster care finish a four-year degree. 
  • More than 25% experience homelessness and/or prison. 
  • One in three receives public assistance, and their unemployment rate is more than 50%.

Maddy Day is Director of Outreach and Training at Western Michigan University’s Center for Fostering Success and was the event’s keynote speaker.

“With well staffed, campus-based support programs and supportive collaborations between the education and child welfare sectors, our students will not just survive their journey through the education to career pipeline. They will thrive,” said Day. 

For more information about Maricopa’s Bridging Success Initiative and ways you can help a young person aging out of foster care with college completion, visit this web page and contact Stephanie Garman at 480-731-8093 or Bridgingsuccess@domail.maricopa.edu.

Rio Salado College is one of ten Maricopa Community Colleges.

Monday, June 15, 2015

2015 HSE Graduation on MCTV


Get inspired!  Tune into MCTV to watch the Rio Salado 2015 HSE Graduation Ceremony-- Friday, June 19 at 8:30 p.m. on COX Channel 115.

#RioGrad #GED

Friday, May 29, 2015

2015 HSE Graduation Photo Album

image of a graduate with his family

You can find photos from last week's HSE Graduation on Facebook! Please feel free to upload, share and tag. 

Approximately 300 people gathered for the event on Thursday, May 21 at the Orangewood Nazarene Church in Phoenix to celebrate the accomplishments of more than 50 graduates—students who have successfully completed Rio Salado’s High School Equivalency prep program and among the first Arizonans to pass the newly revised GED® test.

You will also have an opportunity to purchase individual photos from GradImages at www.gradimages.com in the next few weeks and a chance to view the ceremony in its entirety on MCTV. Stay tuned for air dates. It will be well worth your time!

For more details about Rio Salado’s HSE prep program, GED ® testing services and other college bridge pathway programs and services, visit riosalado.edu/programs/abe or call 480-517-8110


#RioGrad #GED

Friday, May 22, 2015

Graduates Take First Step toward College


For some people, making the transition from high school to college student is just one seamless step in a prescribed path to adulthood. Many others, however, encounter hardship and obstacles along that same path. For those who persevere, the reward is even more meaningful.

Rio Salado College celebrated the accomplishments of these go-getters at its annual High School Equivalency (HSE) graduation ceremony on Thursday evening, May 21 at Orangewood Nazarene Church, in Phoenix.

There where approximately 50 graduates in attendance, representing more than 100 students who successfully completed the college’s HSE prep classes and passed the state’s HSE exam (also referred to as the GED® test).


Tera Gomez, the HSE graduation student speaker, is a perfect example of how each person takes a different road to reach their destination.

In her 30 years, Gomez has already dealt with a lifetime of adversity. She has faced a childhood spent in hospitals, the death of her mother from a brain tumor, a marriage and divorce, the births of her three children, the loss of a home, and the deaths of her beloved grandparents on the same day.

“I decided to go back to school when my family hit financial hardships,” Gomez said.

Working retail and temporary positions since she was 19, Gomez was passed over for promotions at work because she did not have a high school diploma. She reached out to Rio Salado to take high school equivalency prep classes.

“I was terrified to return to school after being out of the classroom for almost 15 years,” Gomez said. “But the program at Rio Salado took away all of the scary parts and made it a very comfortable experience.”

She specifically cites the personal attention and dedication of Rio Salado College staff.


“I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today without the tutelage of my fantastic math teacher, who is one of the most inspiring women I’ve ever met, and the guidance of my college counselor, who was always there to hold me up when I felt weak,” said Gomez.

Gomez plans to pursue college in the near future, after her family is more stable financially.

“Once you put your mind to a goal, do whatever you have to do to get there,” she said. “Put your nose to the books and put in the hours necessary to learn, and you'll get there.”

Visit this web page for details about Rio Salado's HSE Prep program.

Photo 1: HSE Grads lineup for processional
Photo 2: HSE Graduation ceremony begins

Photo 3: Gomez with Rio Salado Director of Community Partnerships College Bridge Pathways Lily Beth Brazones
Photo 4: Gomez with Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck-Brown

By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Rio Salado 2015 HSE Graduation May 21

Program cover for Rio Salado College 2015 HSE Graduation

We look forward to the 2015 HSE Graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 21 to celebrate the achievements of students who have successfully completed Rio Salado's High School Equivalency (HSE) Prep program and passed the GED ® test.

Rio Salado 2015 HSE Graduation
Thursday, May 21, 2014
Orangewood Nazarene Church
7510 N 27th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85051

5:30 p.m. Lobby opens to graduates and guests
6 p.m. Auditorium doors open
6:30 p.m. Graduates line up with marshals
7 p.m. Graduation ceremony begins

Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

There's still time to take part in the ceremony.  Visit this web page to register.

Gowns, Caps & Tassels
Graduates participating in the ceremony must wear the official college blue gown, cap and 2015 tassel. The $25 graduation fee includes the cost of these items, as well as a diploma cover.

photo of two 2014 HSE grads

Photos, DVDs and MCTV
Rio Salado staff photographers will be taking photos, which will be posted on our Facebook page for you to upload and tag. Grad Images will also be taking photos during the ceremony, which can be purchased online at gradimages.com in the next few weeks.

You will have an opportunity to purchase a DVD copy of the ceremony at the event or by way of email. The cost is $20 and must be paid when ordering. Cash or credit cards will be accepted. Email requests can be made between now and Monday, May 25 by submitting to insitutional.advan@riosalado.edu. A Rio Salado representative will contact you to complete your order.

MCTV Cox Channel 115 will be videotaping the ceremony for broadcast, which will be sometime in late May or June.

We encourage you to share your graduation stories.
  • Use the #RioGrad hashtag in your posts.
  • Join us on Facebook to post photos and comments and to tag photos.
  • Use Google+ and Instagram to share photos and comments. 

Congratulations to the Rio Salado 2015 HSE Graduates!

Quote and photo of 2015 Student Speaker Tera Lynn Gomez: “I was terrified to return to school after being  out of the classroom for almost 15 years but  the program at Rio Salado took away all of  the scary parts for me and made it a very  comfortable experience.”


For more details about Rio Salado’s HSE prep program, GED ® testing services and other college bridge pathway programs and services, visit riosalado.edu/programs/abe or call 480-517-8110.

#GED #RioGrad

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New AZ IBEST Energy Systems Program

Flier for Energy Systems Technology Through Arizona IBEST.  Text: Rio Salado College now offers a certificate in Energy Systems Technology through the Arizona IBEST program for those who want a career in building energy management. You will learn how to control building operational systems including computer, electrical, HVAC and security. Classes also cover energy management, conservation concepts and building codes. What is IBEST? Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (IBEST) is for students who are studying for the high school equivalency (HSE) exam while also receiving career-specific training to help with future employment opportunities. Learn more at one of the upcoming information sessions: Wednesday, Feb. 18 9-11:30 a.m. or 5:30-8 p.m.   Start your career in energy systems technology today. Classes begin March 2, 2015 Call now to reserve your seat. 480-377-4050 www.riosalado.edu/energy. Sessions take place at Rio Salado College Downtown, 619 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix.  Made possible by Rio Salado College, Maricopa Community Colleges and Phoenix Workforce Connection.

Rio Salado now offers a certificate in Energy Systems Technology through the Arizona IBEST program-- to help students launch a career in building energy management,  while preparing for the ‪GED‬ ® test. 

Classes begin March 2 at RSC Downtown.

Through this program, you will learn how to control building operational systems including computer, electrical, HVAC and security. Classes also cover energy management, conservation concepts and building codes.

What is IBEST? Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (IBEST) is a program designed to provide students who are studying for their GED® test an opportunity to receive career-specific training to help with future employment opportunities.

Interested in learning more? Join us for two, free information sessions: Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • Meet the Rio Salado Faculty Chair who created this exciting new program.
  • Learn how industry leaders participated in the formation of the program.
  • Share in a discussion about the opportunities for employment and potential career pathways.
For more details, contact Student Success Coach Salina Bernal at 480-377-4074 or Salina.Bernal@riosalado.edu.

To learn more about our new Energy Systems Technology certificate, check out this blog post or visit www.riosalado.edu/energy.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

In-person Computer Workshops Begin Oct. 17

Image of students learning how to use a computer
Do you have a goal that requires you to further develop your computer skills? Perhaps you want to go to college and are considering taking online classes. Perhaps you have a future job in mind that requires knowing how to use a computer. Maybe you just want to keep in touch with family and friends or access the vast amount of knowledge available on the Internet. Regardless of your goal, Rio Salado has a series of workshops to help you take the first step.

The workshops are comprised of three, three-hour, non-credit, in-person (hybrid) basic computer classes, which will be held at RSC-Northern, RSC-Downtown, RSC-Avondale, RSC-LLC, RSC-Thomas, RSC-Southern throughout 2014-15.

Workshops begin as early as Oct. 17 at RSC Downtown and Nov. 7 at RSC Northern.

Dates and times vary by location. Review class schedule pages at www.riosalado.edu or click on the class schedule links below for current offerings.

Here's a list of the classes available to you: 
Basic Computer Workshop 1 (CBP800-01CPT):
Basic Operating System, Basic Internet, Basic Word 1

Basic Computer Workshop 2 (CBP800-02CPT):
Basic Word 2, Basic Excel 1, Maricopa Email
(Pre-requisite: Must complete CBP800-01CPT in order to register for CBP800-02CPT.)

Basic Computer Workshop 3 (CBP800-03CPT ):
Basic Excel 2, Basic PowerPoint
(Pre-requisite: Must complete CBP800-02CPT in order to register for CBP800-03CPT.)

Image of three senior adults using computers

Computer Workshops Registration Options 2014 -2015
Enrollment and payment for the basic computer workshops can be completed by phone, online, or in person at Rio Salado's Tempe headquarters.

Each workshop requires a $15 fee paid with advance registration.

These workshops are open to the public. If you are not already admitted into the college, you can complete the “noncredit” quick admit at my.maricopa.edu or call Student Enrollment Services at (480-517-8540) to register. 

Register by Telephone
480-517-8540 or 800-729-1197

Mon – Thurs, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Register Online
1. Choose your classes from our online class schedule
2. Add the classes you want to your worksheet
3. Head over to my.maricopa.edu and register for the classes listed on your worksheet. If you are unsure how to use my.maricopa.edu, check out our Start at Rio guide.

Register In-Person
Register with Student Enrollment Services at our Tempe headquarters.
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Mon – Thurs, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rio Salado Honors Outstanding Adjunct Faculty

Rio Salado College honored 43 adjunct faculty members and college bridge pathways instructors at its 2013-14 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty awards reception on August 27.

“Rio’s adjunct faculty members and instructors fill a critical role in student success,” said Chris Bustamante, Rio Salado College president. “In addition to upholding high academic standards, their excellence is demonstrated by a value-added approach to teaching.”

Adjunct faculty members and instructors are nominated for the awards based on criteria in two categories: teaching and learning and assessment of student learning.

The honorees include Dr. Michael Crudder, Teresa Carman, Kelly Devenney, and Thomas Clark.

Dr. Michael Crudder, an adjunct in Rio Salado’s education department since 2007, uses his experience as a full-time public school principal to enhance his work supporting students.

Dr. Crudder focuses on assessment, and providing his students with detailed feedback on their lesson plans and offering suggestions, resources, and strategies to address any challenges they are facing in the classroom.

Teresa Carman has been an adjunct instructor with the clinical dental assisting program since 2006. Carman was honored for her dedication to the students and for earning a commendation during a visit from an accreditation team.

Dental assisting faculty chair Holly Harper said, “Teresa is so dedicated to her students’ success that she is known to have contacted them daily via text, email, and telephone even while in labor!”

Kelly Devenney, an adjunct faculty member in mathematics, has taught algebra and basic arithmetic at Rio Salado since 2008, and has served as a dual enrollment instructor at Mountain Ridge High School since 2011.

Devenney was praised by faculty chair John Jensen for developing the new MAT122 online course that incorporates new features and design. “Kelly has made a great difference for our programs in just a short amount of time.”

Thomas Clark is an instructor for Rio Salado’s College Bridge Pathways program. He teaches at RSC Avondale, where he exemplifies the definition of a team player and is always willing to share his expertise and best practices.

Associate Dean Blair Liddicoat noted that Clark’s “can-do” positive attitude helps staff and student morale. “Tom contributes greatly to Rio’s core value of innovation,” Liddicoat said. “He created a tool for ELAA students to track their scores throughout the year.”


The complete list of honorees:

Outstanding Contributions to Assessment of Student Learning
Deborah Carey, Michael Crudder, Cindy DeBoer, Francine Martyn and RuthAnn Miller.

Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning
Kenneth Alexander, Natasha Alston, Keith Benjamin, Elisabeth Borchers, Teresa Carman, Don Chelini, Irfan Choudhery, Martha De La Torre, Richard De Mark, Kelly Devenney, Don Dumais, Robert Falk, Michelle Garland, Bill Hickman, Devin Howe, Melinda Kolker, Shawn Korman, Ivonne Kroman, Georgeanna Lass Drew, Holly Lickwala, Kim McIntosh, Alison Mead, Pamela Miller, Magda Nelson, Mary Ann Petkus, Daniel Sager, Margaret Smith, Adam Sonstroem, Jonathan Titley, Kim Urbanc, Kimberly Ware, Steven West, Robert Wilson, Christen Wolcott and Birgit Zimmermann.

Outstanding College Bridge Pathways Instructors
Todd Burke, Graciela Wilkerson and Thomas Clark.

For more information about teaching at Rio Salado College visit our Faculty Services web page at www.riosalado.edu/facultyservices and this Outstanding Adjunct Faculty web page.

Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the event.

This story can also be found in the September 13, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic.  Highlights are also featured on this azcentral.com community page: http://ow.ly/BwRMr.  By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 AACE Class

We are pleased to share this Facebook album from Rio Salado’s Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) Completion Ceremony on June 23 at the Rio Salado Conference Center.

This most recent AACE cohort included 47 completers, 37 of whom attended the ceremony with family and friends.

Eleven students also received a certificate for leadership, induction into the National Adult Education Honor Society, participation in the statewide I'm in Love with Learning contest and/or selection and training as a student ambassador.

Seventeen of the students were specially honored for achieving an Adult ACE GPA of 3.8 and above.

The AACE program offers a unique opportunity for students who want to start college level classes while simultaneously enrolled in Rio Salado College’s High School Equivalency prep program, which provides in-person and online classes and other services for students preparing for the GED® test.

The primary objective of AACE is to help students become more confident, improve their college and workplace skills, and lay the foundation for a better future.

Classes start each August and January.

For more details, call 480-517-8825, email adult.ace@riosalado.edu or visit www.riosalado.edu/ACE.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

It Pays to Go to School

Stephanie Whitfield, Ezra Borquez and Melissa Mejia attend
HSE classes at Rio Salado Southern in Tempe.
According to an Arizona Department of Education report, a person with a high school diploma or equivalency earns approximately $8,500 more than someone without a diploma, which works out to nearly $350,000 in a person’s lifetime.

The pay increases significantly with higher learning. A Pew Research Center study published in February 2014 shows 25-32 year-old college graduates make about $17,500 more than individuals who only have a high school diploma.

Chandler resident Melissa Mejia is realizing what that could mean for her and her family. Mejia, one of approximately 750,000 Arizona residents who do not have a high school diploma, worked as a server for nearly seven years making minimum wage. “There was no chance for advancement especially without an education and it was just a dead end job.”

As a working, single mom, Mejia found it difficult to pursue an education. She tried for years to attain her high school equivalency (HSE) but time and circumstances kept getting in the way—until January, when she enrolled in Rio Salado College’s HSE prep program, which provides in-person and online classes and other services for students preparing for the GED® test.

A key draw for Mejia was flexibility and access. “I can come in the morning, the afternoon or the evening. I can choose to do four days a week or two-- or take classes online.”

Mejia chooses in-person classes because the engagement has become of great importance. “I like a lot of the one on one… it not only helps me attain my education but it’s also helping me with my people skills. I’m a little more closed in and shy. Here I’m doing more things, there’s a lot more interaction. I made friends right away.”

Mejia was trying to complete all four of her GED® tests in time to take part in the May 13, 2014 HSE Graduation. “I was hoping to graduate by now, but of course life happens. I'm not letting it get to me; however, it just means I'll get to walk with my friends and fellow classmates next year.” The goal now is to complete her GED® tests this summer and look into an educational and professional career in early childhood and development.

Mejia attends classes at the Rio Salado Southern location in Tempe, one of several Rio Salado sites offering HSE program services throughout the Valley.

The HSE prep program is part of Rio Salado’s College Bridge Pathways initiatives, designed to help adult learners transition back into the classroom, strengthen academic skills, build confidence and begin a college career. Services include personalized advisement; start-up scholarships; assistance with financial aid registration as well as orientation to college life and online learning.

HSE Students pay a registration fee in the range of $25-70 per trimester, based on a sliding scale, which is determined by a student’s household income and the number of family members in the household.

Rio Salado College is one of the largest providers of adult basic education in Arizona. Nearly 600 students have already completed Rio’s HSE prep program and passed their GED® tests during the 2013-14 academic year.

For more details about Rio Salado’s HSE prep program, GED® testing services and other college bridge pathway programs and services, visit riosalado.edu/programs/abe or call 480-517-8110.


This story can also be found in the June 7 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Dreams Really Do Come True

Gloria Bauerle lives on the sunny side of the street and takes a spoon full of sugar to help the medicine go down. It works. She radiates. She emanates joy.

Attendees of Rio Salado College’s 2014 High School Equivalency Graduation are bound to get a dose of Bauerle’s energy when she takes center stage as Student Speaker.

Rio’s HSE graduation committee chose Bauerle because of her academic and civic achievements and her ability to inspire.

Knowing her life story and the challenges she has overcome makes her all the more captivating.

Bauerle was born in 1979 into a family of ten in Salem, Oregon. Her parents were part of a religious cult, which compelled them to do some erratic things-- like move the family nearly 30 times throughout her childhood. She describes the experience as unstable and traumatic.

Her troubles didn’t end with childhood and became debilitating over time.

“All my problems seemed so huge," said Bauerle. “Homelessness, shelters, a single parent… I really remember it being a time of shell shock. Like a bomb goes off in your life and you’re disorientated and lost, unable to hear or understand what is going on around you. Yet sometimes the dust would settle and I would catch my bearings and remember that deep in my heart lay a big dream.”

Bauerle finally found the help and stability she needed. Along the way, she fell in love and created a family that embodied what she always thought a family should be. She became a stay-at-home mom and began volunteering as a community organizer and mentor. Through the years she has mentored women affected by sexual abuse and domestic violence, hosted self-help workshops and started a food bank that continues to serve people in need.

Life was good; she was living the dream-- until last summer.

“After my son had passed away this past June I was deeply struggling,” said Bauerle. “I had not worked in over six years but needed desperately to get out of my own story.”

Without a high school diploma, Bauerle figured the prospects of employment were slim but was pleasantly surprised to find a job as a career coach. She also found a new sense of confidence.

“I discovered quickly that I am just as smart as anyone,” said Bauerle.

She also came to realize it was time to pursue higher learning and enrolled in Rio’s HSE Preparation program.

“I am a very creative person and have tried every way to accomplish my dreams without an education,” Bauerle said. “Education opens doors that will forever remain closed without it.”

With that in mind, Bauerle is taking the next step as a college student to pursue a degree in communications. She has been accepted into Rio’s Adults Achieving a College Education pathway-- a scholarship-based college and career preparation program.

Bauerle is one of 594 students who have already completed Rio’s HSE prep program and passed their GED® tests during the 2013-14 academic year. She will be joined by more than 200 other graduates and their guests during the HSE Graduation on May 13 at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix.

This story can also be found in the May 3 edition of the Tempe Republic.
By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

IBEST Offers Two-For-One Education Option for Valley Adults

College Bridge Pathways students participate in the
STAR-PATH Student Success Seminar at RSC Northern.
 
Rio Salado College is recruiting Valley adults to earn their High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma and college certificate in early childhood education through a new adult education program.

The Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (IBEST) pathway offered through the College Bridge Pathways department provides students with an opportunity to earn their HSE diploma and obtain occupational training at the same time.

The four month program begins February 3 and offers 16 college credits and an 80-hour internship that lead to academic certification in child and family professional development: preschool specialization.

“We’re excited to offer the IBEST Early Childhood pathway,” said Dena Herrera, STAR-PATH project coordinator at Rio Salado College. “The current job market is extremely unfriendly to those without a high school diploma. With IBEST, students have the opportunity to earn college credits in addition to their high school equivalency diploma. They gain work experience through a required internship and get assistance with resume writing and job seeking skills.”

The Early Childhood Education IBEST pathway is offered through partnerships with Walmart and the League for Innovation in the Community College.

The program cost of approximately $1,800 can be covered through financial aid, grants and scholarship opportunities. Students will be required to pay for a fingerprint and background check, and show proof of immunization.

“Cost is not typically a limiting factor for this program,” Herrera said. “Students in previous IBEST classes used Rio Salado College scholarships and grants provided through the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation to help cover the costs.”

Participants in the program will attend early childhood education classes for three and a half hours in the mornings Monday through Thursday. The HSE exam prep portion of the program is held Tuesdays and Thursdays for three hours in the early afternoon.

“This is an excellent option for students who are able to commit to this four-month program, but it’s not for everyone,” Herrera said. “Attendance is mandatory due to the high level of class activity, so students who need more flexibility may want to consider one of our other High School Equivalency options.”

Because IBEST is a pathways program, students who successfully complete the program are able to apply their 16 credit certificate toward an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Administration and Management.

Four IBEST information sessions will be held throughout January at RSC Northern, 1715 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix. Morning sessions will be held 9 a.m. - noon, Jan. 16 and 23. Evening sessions will be held 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Jan. 15 and 22. Call 480-377-4228 for details.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Transforming Adult Basic Education in Arizona

RSC Northern Student
Amanda Qualls
RSC Associate Dean
Blair Liddicoat
As the largest provider of adult basic education in the state, serving 10,000 students each year, Rio Salado College is leading the way for preparing Arizonans for career and educational success.

Rio Salado’s College Bridge Pathways offers several programs that give adults access to educational opportunities through STAR-PATH (Successful Talented Adults at Rio-Practice, Analytics, Technology, and Help), a five-tiered college and career student support model that acts as a bridge to post-secondary education.
  • Adult Basic and Secondary Education - In-person classes for students who did not complete high school and high school graduates who need to review basic academic skills.
  • Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) - 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.
  • English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) – In-person classes for legal residents who are 16 years or older. Classes focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing the English language.
  • GED Preparation – In-person and online classes designed to help students prepare for their General Educational Development (GED) high school diploma equivalency exam.
  • Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (IBEST) – A program offering students skills needed in various career paths while also providing instruction for the GED exam.
“Rio Salado College’s Adult Basic Education program has made drastic and deliberate changes this past year to ensure continued student success,” said Blair Liddicoat, associate dean of adult basic education.

The major change was restructuring College Bridge Pathways as a way to serve the entire pre-college community.

“The program has expanded its focus on GED completion to include post-secondary enrollment and career attainment,” Liddicoat said. “We introduce students to college and career pathways the first time they walk through the doors and reinforce it as they make progress toward attaining their GED.”

Other changes include implementing the STAR-PATH model at all Rio Salado College locations and aligning College Bridge Pathways programs to follow best practices already implemented for other college services.

“STAR-PATH helped me see where I was and how much work I needed to do to get my GED,” said student Amanda Qualls. “I wasn’t having any luck finding a job and I knew that not finishing high school was holding me back.

Qualls earned her GED in May, and is currently enrolled in community college classes to pursue her goal of becoming a physical therapist.

“Rio Salado is an awesome choice to receive help in getting your GED,” Qualls said. “The Student Success Seminar helps you understand the program and once in class, the teachers are a big help in your success.”

Rio Salado’s College Bridge Pathways programs are offered in-person and through hybrid classroom instruction at locations valleywide.

Classes are provided using multiple resources including the Arizona Department of Education, Adult Education Services, Arizona Department of Corrections and through multiple profit and non-profit organizations.

For more information visit riosalado.edu/cbp.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

RSC Northern Student Serves as Student Ambassador

RSC Northern Student Natali Babiy 
Representatives in Washington DC received some education on the importance of the Adult Education program recently when Rio Salado College Bridge Pathways student Natali Babiy attended the Value USA’s National Adult Learner 2013 Leadership institute.

Babiy joined other student ambassadors from across the country in helping to raise awareness of the importance of Adult Education to their states, communities and families.

Student ambassadors met with many Senate and House Representatives to tell their stories, as well as participate in workshops on leadership, public speaking and fundraising.

Babiy is a Rio Salado Student Ambassador currently taking English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) classes at RSC Northern and is always ready to share her story with others. When the Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning provided funding for the trip to Washington, Babiy was ready to go.

The Rio Salado College Bridge Pathway Program, would like to thank Babiy for her work in promoting Adult Education and for sharing her story at a national level.

Visit the Rio Salado College website information on College Bridge Pathways adult education options at Rio Salado College. 

Story submitted by Rio Salado College Instructional Specialist Philip Suriano