Showing posts with label College Bridge Pathways. Show all posts
Showing posts with label College Bridge Pathways. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

RSC Lifelong Learning Center Closed

Attention, the RSC Lifelong Learning Center in Surprise is closed for the rest of the day, Tuesday, Feb. 9 due to a city water main break. 
 
The facility will remain closed until the City of Surprise completes repairs. 

We will keep you posted with details as soon as they become available.

Thank you for your patience.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Help Foster Youth Transition to Adult Life

snapshot of azcentral web page featuring story in question.

Teens in foster care are more likely to face homelessness, incarceration, teen pregnancy and substance abuse than their peers.  Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges are working with Arizona State University to change that with Bridging Success, a program to help foster youth transition to higher learning and life as an adult.

Learn more about this effort and ways you can make a difference in this azcentral story by reporter Kaila White.

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

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.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Constitution Week Reflections

AACE students and staff standing in front of AZ Capitol

Rio Salado is proud to take part in Constitution Week and to encourage civic engagement among students. We end Constitution Week with a look back at a special moment for a group of Rio Salado students and staff who took part in a guided tour of the Arizona Capitol last spring.

The students were part of Rio Salado’s Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program, which is designed to help students prepare for the GED® test while transitioning into college life, by taking college-level coursework and preparatory classes that help them acquire valuable skills they can use in the workplace and in school.


The group of 24 AACE students and Rio Salado employees scheduled the tour to get a first-hand view of government in action. What they didn’t expect was a standing ovation from the House of Representatives!

“This was a very informative and an empowering experience,” said Director of Rio Salado's AACE and College Bridge Pathways Workplace Education program Kate Packer, who arranged for the tour of the Arizona Capitol museum and Legislature.

 “The tour was intended to give students a glimpse into our state’s rich history and how government works at the local level,” said Packer. “It truly became so much more for us, when we became a topic of discussion for the House of Representatives.”

image of students touring the museum

Arizona State Representative Mark Cardenas led the discussion, acknowledging the group and providing a brief about Rio Salado’s AACE program, which prompted other members of the house to greet the group with applause and a standing ovation.
“I can’t begin to tell you what this meant for the students, and for me,” said Packer. “Many of the students are the first generation in their families to attend college and had to go through a lot of effort to get to this point, so to have that acknowledged by the Legislature gave all of us a deep sense of accomplishment and a renewed sense of purpose.”
Representative Cardenas also took the time to meet with students and take part in group photos.

“We make it a point to encourage civic participation among AACE students and this is just one way to help students become inspired,” said Packer.

Rio Salado AACE is 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. To learn more visit this web page.

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.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Commencement & HSE Graduation on MCTV

photo of Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante and HSE Graduate and Student Speker Tera Gomez
Tune into MCTV to watch Rio Salado's Commencement and HSE Graduation ceremonies on COX Channel 115.

Commencement
Wednesday, June 24 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 25 - 1:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Thursday, July 9 - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, July 10 - 1:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

HSE Graduation
Friday, June 19 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 25 - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, June 26 - 1:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Wednesday, July 8 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 9 - 1:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

A special thank you to our good friends at MCTV for covering these events and for making these broadcasts possible! We appreciate your support.


Congratulations and thanks once again to Commencement student speaker John Field and HSE Graduation speaker Tera Gomez for their outstanding presentations.

You can still purchase individual photos from GradImages at www.gradimages.com


Photo 1: Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante and Tera Gomez.
Photo 2: John Field.

#RioGrad #MCTV

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.

2015 HSE Graduation a Memorable Evening


Last night's 2015 HSE Graduation was without question, a memorable evening! Inspirational, emotional and moving in so many ways. You’ll be hearing more about it in the coming days. 

A special thank you to our guest speakers who helped make last night extraordinary, especially student speaker Tera Gomez for sharing her inspirational story.

Many thanks to all of the volunteers, faculty, staff and guests for your attendance and support. And caps off to the 2015 HSE graduates who took part in the ceremony. Congratulations. You should be very proud of your achievements!

image of graduation ceremony in progress


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

Pictured above: MCCCD Governing Board Member Doyle Burke, Deputy Associate Superintendent of Adult Education Services Sheryl Hart, Tera Gomez, Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante, MCCCD Governing Board President Tracy Livingston and MCCCD Governing Board Member Dana Saar.


#‎RioGrad‬ ‪#‎GED‬

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, April 14, 2015

Are You Ready to Graduate This May?

image from 2014 Commencement

Rio Salado Commencement and Graduation ceremonies are just around the corner. Are you ready?

Visit our Commencement and HSE Graduation web pages for more details about attending these special events.

Rio Commencement
Tuesday, May 5, 2014
Comerica Theatre
400 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

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

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

Photos, DVDs and MCTV
Grad Images will be taking photos during the ceremonies, which you can be purchase online a few weeks after each ceremony. We will provide updates as soon as we know they're ready.

Image of 2014 graduate with President Chris Bustamante

Rio Salado staff photographers will also be taking photos, which we will post to our Facebook page for you to upload and tag.

You will have an opportunity to purchase a DVD copy of the ceremonies. DVD sales will take place at the events. Cost is $20 and must be paid at the time the order is placed. Cash or credit cards will be accepted. Commencement DVDs orders can also be placed through email requests between now and Monday, May 25 by submitting to insitutional.advan@riosalado.edu. A Rio Salado representative will contact you to help you complete your order.

MCTV Cox Channel 115 will be videotaping the ceremonies 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.

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.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Counseling Stories: New Eyes

image of glasses sitting on top of a book

Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck-Brown experienced a recent victory with student Ancita Yazzie, who attends Rio Salado’s Northern location.

She noticed Yazzie using two pairs of glasses, which provoked concern. Yazzie revealed that she was using the set of non-prescription glasses because she could not afford the glasses she needed. Lebeck-Brown intervened.

Ancita Yazzie
Lebeck-Brown tried traditional resources used to assist students with discounted rates but they were also beyond Yazzie's financial means.

Lebeck-Brown found New Eyes, a non-profit organization that purchases new prescription eyeglasses for U.S. residents in financial need. Lebeck-Brown helped Yazzie acquire a voucher and now she has a new pair of glasses.

Lebeck-Brown's intervention exemplifies how critical it is to remove barriers in students' lives and to network with community agencies and organizations. 

It is just one example of how Rio Salado’s counselors seek to make the lives of their students better as they go through their educational journey. It also demonstrates the significant role counselors play in student success.

Rio Salado's Counseling and Career Services connect students with a variety of vital resources that can make a profound impact on their overall well-being.

Yazzie is enrolled in Rio Salado's High School Equivalency program, which prepares individuals for the GED® exam. Despite her personal challenges she has been diligent about her studies.

The HSE prep program is one of several Rio Salado College Bridge Pathways initiatives, which are 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.

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.

For more details about Rio Salado counseling services, visit www.riosalado.edu/counseling or call 480-517-8785.

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, October 6, 2014

Teacher Inspires Adult English Learners

Photo of Sister Georgene Faust tutoring Rio Salado student Nicolas Lopez
 
Imagine living in a world where the text you see, the words you hear, and the culture that surrounds you is almost impossible to decode. How do individuals in this situation manage their most basic needs? Who can they turn to for help and support?

The answer is Sister Georgene Faust!

Faust is a highly dedicated and qualified educator who has devoted her life to academically advancing and empowering others. She spearheads an English as a Second Language (ESL) literacy foundations class at Rio Salado College Downtown.

“The reading foundations course prepares students to take the next step in life,” Faust said. “It teaches students the most basic fundamental skills of literacy, from writing a single sentence to completing a full-length essay.”

Designed specifically for adults, the reading foundations class invites students of all ages and literacy levels to improve on their basic reading, writing and comprehension abilities. The key feature is the use of intensive phonics to help students decode words to improve reading and writing skills.

“People at different levels are really learning, and they build these very basic skills systematically,” Faust said. “They are learning the tools they need to be successful and to reach higher levels of education.”

Faust first became acquainted with ESL courses when a long-time friend and colleague of the Scottish Rite approached her about volunteer work. She immediately recognized the need for such courses throughout the Phoenix area.

“It’s an incredibly supportive and rewarding experience for the students, just as much as it is for me,” Faust said.

Faust volunteered at Rio Salado’s downtown location, where she has been teaching courses for more than 20 years.

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Nicolas Lopez is one of Faust’s current students. Originally from southern Mexico, he dropped out of school after sixth grade to relocate to the United States and start a business.

“I didn’t have a need for schooling or English literacy at first because my customers were Spanish-speakers,” Lopez said. “But then suddenly I had to close my business, and I realized that I needed to do something.”

Lopez’s wife had received her high school equivalency through a Rio Salado prep program, and encouraged him to sign up for classes.

“I couldn’t be happier with my decision,” Lopez said. “Sister Georgene is such a great teacher and she really understands the needs of her students.”

Lopez describes his time in the classroom as personally rewarding and professionally invaluable. He feels motivated and inspired every day to keep working and learning.

“Every time I learn something new it is very exciting,” Lopez said. “Everyone in the class is so supportive and truly wants to see you succeed. We all have very different backgrounds, but we want to help each other.”

Lopez is now pursuing his high school equivalency and hopes to continue his education through Rio Salado’s Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program to obtain his degree.

To learn more about Rio Salado’s college bridge pathway opportunities for adult learners visit www.riosalado.edu/cbp.

This story can also be found in the Oct. 4, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Aubrie Artiano, PR Coordinator at Rio Salado College


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Rio Salado English Language Workplace Training

Kate Packer, Director of Rio Salado's Adult ACE and College Bridge Pathways Workplace Education program spoke with reporter Eric Toll from the Phoenix Business Journal.for a story about customized training for workers who need help learning English. Read the story now: http://ow.ly/C8iVp

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