Showing posts with label GED. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GED. Show all posts

Monday, August 22, 2016

We Can Help You Transition Back to School

photo of Carlos Nunez

Meet Carlos Nuñez, a successful student who has benefited from Rio Salado's Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program, which helped him transition into college.
"The AACE Program has given me strength, determination, and much knowledge to move forward in my education," said Nuñez. "This incredible experience is highly recommended to everybody interested in success. The only thing you can lose is your lack of knowledge."
Are you interested in college and ready to commit to completing a degree, certificate, or a workforce training? Whether you need assistance preparing for the GED® test, learning English as a second language, finding financial aid or meeting any of the other challenges of returning to school-- we're ready to help.

Visit this web page to learn how we can help you.

#‎GED‬ ‪#‎ESL‬ ‪#‎ABE‬ ‪#‎YouGotThis‬ #NewToCollege

Monday, July 25, 2016

Rio Salado Northern Closed Due to Power Outage

Attention: the Rio Salado Northern location is closed until further notice due to a power outage.

For testing services please call 480-517-8560.

We will keep you posted about updates as they become available.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

HSE 2016 Graduation Photos on Facebook


Enjoy the first set of photos from the May 26 HSE Graduation by staff photographer Gordon Fong by visiting our Facebook page.

Share your moments using ‪#‎RioGrad‬.

Additional photos will be made available for purchase by GradImages® at www.gradimages.com

Learn more about Rio Salado's High School Equivalency (HSE) Prep program for GED‬ ® test-takers by visiting www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Celebrate Graduation Rio Waves Class of 2016

Image of a student in cap and gown.  Text: Celebrate your accomplishment! Rio Waves Class of 2016.

We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of Rio Waves at the 2016 commencement and High School Equivalency (HSE) graduation ceremonies this May!   

Visit our commencement and HSE graduation web pages for details about preparing for these special events.

image of 2015 commencement ceremony
Rio Commencement
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Orpheum Theater
203 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Rio HSE Graduation
Thursday, May 26, 2016 
Orangewood Nazarene Church
7510 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85051


Caps, Gowns & Tassels
Graduates participating in the ceremonies must wear the official Rio Salado blue gown, cap and 2016 tassel. The graduation fee includes the cost of these items, as well as a diploma cover.

Photos, DVDs, Broadcasts & Live Stream
Grad Images will be taking photos during the ceremonies, which you can purchase a few weeks after each ceremony. We will provide updates when photos are available. Rio Salado staff photographers will also be taking photos, which we will post to our Facebook page for you to upload and tag.

image of a 2015 grad walking across the stage

DVD copies of the ceremonies will be available for sale at each of the events. The cost is $20 and must be paid at the time the order is placed. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

MCTV Cox Channel 115 will videotape the graduation and commencement ceremonies for broadcast at a later time. The May 11 commencement ceremony will also be available as a live stream. Visit this page to tune in.

image of Rio mascot Splash in cap and gown
Get Your Rio Waves Keepsakes
The Rio Salado Bookstore will have Rio Waves merchandise like tee-shirts, hats and other mementos you can purchase at each of the events-- to help you remember your special day.


Choose Your Favorite Grad Badge
Visit this web page to vote for, download and share your favorite grad badge.  
images of 2016 grad badges

Share Your Selfies and Stories

Friday, April 29, 2016

Positive Paths Scholarship for Women!

Logo for Positive Paths.  Video clip of a woman holding a sign that reads: Wife, Mother, Volunteeer, Grandmother, Student, Friend, Employee, Woman

The Positive Paths Scholarship Program assists women who are returning to school to improve their lives and enhance their career opportunities.

The scholarship program was established to help women who have overcome major obstacles including poverty, domestic violence, death of a spouse, loss of a job,illness of family members, issues with children or other challenges. Recipients can use the award to pay for tuition, fees and books.

Scholarship amounts vary based on individual needs, up to a maximum of $2,000 per academic year and are available to students who are enrolled in or accepted to an East Valley vocational/skills training program, a community college or Arizona public university.

Deadline is May 19, 2016.

Get started on the application now!

Check out this inspiring video to see see how Positive Paths is building life bridges for women:


Rio Salado is a proud supporter of the Positive Paths scholarship program.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Rio AACE Spotlight: Kathleen Hall


This inspiring video will provide a glimpse into the life of Kathleen Hall, one of many adult students who has overcome obstacles to pursue a college education-- and found help and guidance through Rio Salado's Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program.

Rio Salado staff are committed to help you succeed! Whether you need assistance preparing for the GED® test, learning English as a second language, finding financial aid or meeting any of the other challenges of returning to school-- we're ready to help. 

Visit: www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe to learn how we can help you!

#‎GED‬ ‪#‎ESL‬ ‪#‎ABE‬

Friday, February 19, 2016

College Info Night for New Student Success!

Image of young people gathered around a table.  Text: Free College Info Night.  Learn what the Maricopa Community Colleges can do for you.  Date: Feb. 23, 2016.  Time: Info sessions at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m.  Where: Communiversity at Surprise: 15950 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ, 85374

Rio Salado's College Information Night at the Communiversity at Surprise is Tuesday, February 23, 2016! 

It's the perfect opportunity for teens and working adults to get the information and resources they need to succeed in college! 

Register now to let us know you're coming-- so we can arrange for your information kits, gift bags and refreshments.

event flier.  text in blog
Rio Salado's academic advisement, admissions and records, financial aid staff and other student services teams will be present to provide information about getting started, how to choose a major, how to secure financial aid and scholarships, how to succeed in college and more!

Staff from Glendale and Estrella Mountain community colleges will also be present to talk about the in-person options and services available to you on their campuses! It's a great way to learn what the Maricopa Community Colleges can do for you-- at one convenient location!

There will also be staff available to talk to attendees about Rio Salado's College Bridge Pathways programs, including High School Equivalency classes for students preparing for the GED® test and English Language Acquisition for Adults classes.

image of a Fry's employee at one of the stores, smiling at camera
We will also have representatives from Fry's Food Stores available to talk to students about employment opportunities with the company and the benefits of Rio Salado’s online Retail Management Certificate program. Fry’s is hiring and will pay for students to earn their certificate through Rio!

When:
Tuesday, Feb.23, 2016
Information Sessions: 6:30, 7, and 7:30 p.m.

Where:
Communiversity at Surprise
15950 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ, 85374

Call 480-517-8231 if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you this Tuesday!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

College Info Night for New Students Feb. 23!

Image of young people gathered around a table.  Text: Free College Info Night.  Learn what the Maricopa Community Colleges can do for you.  Date: Feb. 23, 2016.  Time: Info sessions at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m.  Where: Communiversity at Surprise: 15950 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ, 85374

Are you a teen transitioning from high school or a working adult interested in going back to school? Register now for Rio Salado's College Information Night at the Communiversity at Surprise, February 23, 2016!

event flier.  text in blog
Rio Salado's academic advisement, admissions and records, financial aid staff and other student services teams will be present to provide information about getting started, how to choose a major, how to secure financial aid and scholarships, how to succeed in college and more!

Staff from Glendale and Estrella Mountain community colleges will also be present to talk about the in-person options and services available to you on their campuses! It's a great way to learn what the Maricopa Community Colleges can do for you-- at one convenient location!

image of a Fry's employee at one of the stores, smiling at camera
We will also have representatives from Fry's Food Stores available to talk to students about employment opportunities with the company and the benefits of Rio Salado’s online Retail Management Certificate program. Fry’s is hiring and will pay for students to earn their certificate through Rio!

Let us know you're coming so we can arrange for your information kits, gift bags and refreshments.  Submit your RSVP now online: www.riosalado.edu/collegenight.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Helping Adults Achieve a College Education!


This inspiring video will provide a glimpse into the lives of adult students who have overcome many obstacles to pursue a college education-- and found help and guidance through Rio Salado's Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program. 


Rio Salado staff are committed to help you succeed! 
Whether you need assistance preparing for the GED® test, learning English as a second language, finding financial aid or meeting any of the other challenges of returning to school-- we're ready to help!

Visit this web page to learn how Rio Salado's AACE program can help you!


#‎GED‬ ‪#‎ESL‬

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

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 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

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Read & Learn More Effectively

graphic of SQ3R strategy outline, which is presented in full text at http://studygs.net/texred2.htm

Inundated with facts and having difficulty with retention?  You're not alone. The SQ3R reading method is designed to help you read and learn more effectively.

Visit Study Guides and Strategies and Mind Tools for details on how to apply and make SQ3R strategies work for you.

Shared by Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.
 

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.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Monday, December 8, 2014

Rio's Testing Services Make Valley-wide Impact

photo of Linda Lukey at testing center in Tempe

Tucked away in each of Rio Salado College’s nine locations are testing centers serving thousands of Valley residents and visitors including U.S. Military personnel, U.S. Postal Service workers, FBI agents, GED® test-takers and yes— lots of college students. They also offer IT exams like the one passed by Ayan Qureshi, the five-year-old boy from the UK who recently became the youngest Microsoft certified IT professional in the world.

Rio Salado Testing Centers aren’t getting that kind of international attention-- but they’re getting a share of local and national merit.

“Rio Salado College Testing Centers were the first in Arizona to become Nationally Certified Testing Centers by the National College Testing Association,” said Linda Lukey, Rio Salado director of testing and prior learning assessment.

Lukey, who has been instrumental in the development and growth of the testing centers, is proud of that distinction— and the national recognition from the College Board, which has recognized Rio Salado since 2002 as a Top 100 College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) testing center. It also recognized Rio Salado as a Top 25 Military Testing Center for CLEP exams in 2013 - 2014.

Each of Rio Salado’s Testing Centers offers 33 CLEP exams, which assess subject matter proficiency and provide an opportunity for students to receive college credit with qualifying scores. For example, Spanish CLEP test-takers can earn up to 16 college credits.

Students can apply knowledge they’ve gained through prior course work, independent study, internships, job training, professional development and personal pursuits.

There are testing services for IT professionals who need to keep certifications up-to-date, including Pearson Vue CompTIA Certification exams, which are recognized by thousands of companies as a predictor of employee success. All Maricopa students, faculty and staff are eligible for significant discounts on these exams. Students pursuing A+ certification save about 55%. Network+ certification students pay approximately half the normal rate. Rio Salado students may also receive college credit for their certifications.

The Testing Center provides proctoring services for other educational institutions so students can take midterms and finals at a location that’s convenient for them. “We are also part of the Consortium of College Testing Centers, offering proctoring services for students worldwide,” said Lukey.

The Pearson Vue GED® test has become quite popular. More than 10,000 people have taken the exam since the college began offering it in October of 2013.

There are a series of tests you can’t fail. ACCUPLACER exams are free of charge and help new students gauge their current skill levels for Reading, English and Math. Academic advisors use the results of the assessments along with details about students’ academic backgrounds to determine appropriate college courses.

Rio Salado Testing Centers also offer Adobe Certified Associate and Microsoft Office Specialist Certiport Exams; exams that assess English language skills and more.

For a comprehensive view of the types of services offered, the locations, hours of service, forms of identification required and other details, visit: www.riosalado.edu/testing. 

Pictured above: Linda Lukey, Rio Salado director of testing and prior learning assessment.

This story can also be found in the December 6 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.