Showing posts with label Higher Education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Higher Education. Show all posts

Monday, August 29, 2016

Rio Salado Welcomes Two New Faculty Chairs!


Welcome to Gina Pinch and Julie Cober, Rio Salado College’s two newest faculty chairs!

Gina Pinch is the new faculty chair for Business, Management, Public Administration, and Corporate/Government Programs. She has been at Rio for six year, previously as an instructional designer for business, CIS, part of STEM and Library Services. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance. She also holds a master’s in adult education and online learning and is an alumna of Rio Salado College with certificates in public administration and e-Learning.

She has a strong belief in solid business principles and has “enjoyed helping people learn so they can work more efficiently in the short-term and expand their possibilities for career opportunities and work/life balance in the long-term.”

Gina’s initial focus will be “to meet and connect with other chairs, staff and department faculty to truly understand the role of the chair and identify any issues currently facing the Business Department.  Through the knowledge gained, I can begin to make informed decisions to grow and improve the Department in the future.”

Julie Cober is the new faculty chair for Communication. She has been an adjunct faculty since 2011 and the COM discipline lead for more than two years. Julie has a B.A. in communication from Arizona State University and a M.S. in Leadership from Grand Canyon University (GCU). She is also currently working on a doctorate in Organizational Leadership also from GCU.

“I like to bring up different ways of thinking, and encourage students to see life from a different perspective,” Julie said about teaching. “I love that every student is different and I get to learn from students, just as much as they learn from me.”

She went on to say, “I hope to continue the student-focused culture of my department and want to support my faculty in helping students to become better learners and critical thinkers.”

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Explore Teaching Workshop Aug 6!

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Have you ever considered a career in teaching? If so, Rio Salado's Teacher Education team is offering a free Explore Teaching Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Rio Salado Conference Center.

The workshop will introduce students to the teaching profession and address:
  • Administrative and classroom expectations
  • Course planning and preparation
  • Student assessments
  • Salary and benefit expectations

The workshop is designed for undergraduate students as well as career professionals who are transitioning to become teachers.

The workshop will address many of the concerns of potential teachers before they fully commit to a certification program and a career in education.

Register Now

For more information call 480-517-8140.

See related blog about the pressing need for teachers in Arizona.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Get to Know Your New V.P. of Academic Affairs

snapshot of Ahwatukee Foothills News story.

Gain additional insights about our new Vice President of Academic Affairs Kate Smith by reading this Ahwatukee Foothills News profile.
“Teachers and education change lives - quite simply, that is why I chose a career in education.”

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Engage in Race & Education Discussion 4/27

Poster for event.  Text: Healing Racism Series: Race and Education. The U.S. education system has rampant problems and more than 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, school systems in the United States continue to be separate and unequal. Gaping differences for students of color have created an education system that does not serve its children properly. Zero-tolerance discipline policies, gaps in achievement, disparate access to resources along with biased political agendas foster inequalities. Engage with experts, community leaders, students, and peers as we examine disparities in education and learn how to impact systems that do not prioritize equal education for all students. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 6 – 8 p.m.   Mesa Community College – Navajo Room | 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa   Free and open to the public | Space is limited RSVP at csrd.asu.edu/healingracism   join the conversation   #HealRacism  Logos for Maricopa Community Colleges and ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.  Historical images of students in segregated schools

Here's another opportunity to engage in a dialogue about ‪#‎CivilRights‬ and how to ‪#‎HealRacism‬ with the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) at Mesa Community College on April 27.

Engage with experts, community leaders, students and your peers about the disparities in education and learn how to impact systems that do not prioritize equal education for all students.
 
Free and open to the public.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Watch Lumina #StrongerNation Webcast!

Images for Stronger Nation webcast and photo of Dr. Bustamante

Did you miss the April 11 Lumina Foundation Stronger Nation‬ live webcast with The National Press Club It’s available for viewing now online.

The event was hosted to review the 2016 Stronger Nation report, which provides the latest degree attainment data, with media and a panel of national experts who discussed the fundamental inequities in post-secondary education, changing workforce requirements, the impact of low attainment rates and more. Included on that panel was Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante.

snapshot from the webcast
We encourage you to watch the webcast and engage in the discussion using #StrongerNation.

View the report now online.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

What Does it Take to Meet Student Expectations?

snapshot of EvoLLution web page featuring story.  Image of young student smiling at camera.  Text: Scaling Personalization: What It Takes To Meet The Expectations of Today’s Students.  Rachelle Clarke | Dean of Enrollment Services, Rio Salado —With Shannon McCarty | Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs, Rio Salado Community College.  Caption under studnt photo: By leveraging technological tools and taking strides in understanding and grouping students, institutions can deliver the highly personalized experience learners expect at scale.
Rio Salado Dean of Enrollment Services Rachelle Clarke joined Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs Shannon McCarty to share insights and perspectives with The EvoLLLution team about the use of technology in meeting the expectations, demands and needs of today's students.

In this interview, Clarke and McCarty focus on the importance of personalization and customization of services-- and how technology can help educational institutions improve their student services, experiences and successes.

Read the full interview now

Your thoughts? Engage in the dialogue!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Chancellor Reflects on Our Community Colleges

image of Dr. Glasper in front of Camelback Mountain

This azcentral story features reflections about the evolution and possible future of Maricopa Community Colleges from outgoing Chancellor Rufus Glasper as he prepares to wrap up a 30-year career with the District.

The economic and financial benefits are critically important to Arizona taxpayers.  But the value of Maricopa County Community College District is more important today and for our state’s future than ever before. Employers across the nation and here in Maricopa County aggressively seek skilled workers, and Maricopa Community Colleges play an outsized role in educating, training and preparing the talent that they need.
                                                                                                --Rufus Glasper


image of Dr. Harper-Marinick
Learn about MCCCD's Interim Chancellor, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of Maricopa Community Colleges Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick-- and the process of finding a permanent replacement for Dr. Glasper in this this azcentral story.




Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Live Google+ Hangout with White House Nov 18!

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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 8, 2015

#IamUCC


Rio Salado College staff, students and guests gathered for a moment of silence at 11 a.m. to honor the memory of the victims of last week's tragedy at Umpqua Community College and to let the UCC community know that we stand with them as they begin the process of healing.
"With this offering, we also show our support to our friends and colleagues who are working tirelessly to pick up the pieces on the UCC campus." --Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante

#‎IamUCC‬

Friday, September 25, 2015

A Case for Expanding Online Learning

http://evolllution.com/managing-institution/operations_efficiency/online-models-provide-answers-to-free-tuition-infrastructure-questions/
Rio Salado Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs Shannon McCarty recently published this feature for EvoLLLution.com to address how online educational models can help traditional, two-year colleges increase their capacity and ability to serve a greater number of students.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rio Introduces New Insurance Studies Program

Summit banner: Rio Salado Arizona 2015 Insurance Summit

Rio Salado College hosted the Arizona 2015 Insurance Summit to introduce a new Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Insurance Studies and to discuss the program’s importance and potential economic impact on the state with community leaders and insurance industry experts on September 23 at the Rio Salado Conference Center in Tempe.

The CCL, which is the first of its kind in Arizona and for community colleges, was created in direct response to industry need—to help local employees prepare for a career in the fast-growing insurance industry, while helping the industry fill current positions and projected employment shortfalls with qualified candidates.

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“There were no programs like this in Maricopa County to prepare graduates for jobs in the insurance industry, which has a significant presence in Arizona,” said Otis White, Rio Salado’s faculty chair for business programs, who played a key role in the development of the program. “So we consulted with local industry professionals to design a certificate that addresses those needs.”

Rio Salado College collaborated with Glendale (GCC) and Mesa (MCC) Community Colleges, the Maricopa Community College District (MCCCD) and 35 insurance professionals from 20 different insurance companies to develop the program.

poster: ensure your future

As a result, an 18-credit certificate was created that focuses on general knowledge of the insurance industry, and touches on property and liability insurance, personal insurance and commercial insurance. Students have the option of taking online classes at Rio Salado, which offers flexible Monday start dates, and in-person classes at GCC and MCC. Students who complete the certificate can transfer in to a variety of business programs offered at the three public Arizona universities.

“The collaboration between Rio, MCC, and GCC, and the insurance industry demonstrates our responsiveness to the needs of businesses and residents in our community,” said Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante, who provided opening remarks during the summit. "This new certificate will help create a work-ready, knowledgeable workforce to meet the demands of an industry that currently has unfilled jobs for qualified residents.”


The summit included open remarks by and a panel discussion with MCCCD Associate Vice Chancellor Workforce Development Randy Kimmens; Arizona Insurance Council President, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company Rick Jones; The Institutes Director of Education Connor Harrison; and Arizona House Majority Whip and Representative for LD22 David Livingston. Otis White also served as a panelist and emcee at the event.

Rick Jones of CopperPoint
Summit panelists discussed how the insurance certificate will help fill a projected employment void in the industry due to many employees rapidly reaching retirement age and more Baby Boomers buying health and long-term care insurance and pension products.

According to a recent survey by the Arizona Insurance Workforce Initiative, hiring needs will grow moderately to significantly over the next two years.

Several insurance companies, such as Scottsdale Insurance, Nautilus and CopperPoint are based in Arizona. Other insurance companies such as USAA, State Farm, MetLife, Liberty Mutual, Progressive, GEICO and Farm Bureau have large regional operations in Maricopa County. State Farm in particular is currently expanding its operations in Tempe and will be hiring many new candidates in the coming years.


Among the industry leaders who expressed the importance for the CCL was Chair of Student Engagement for the Arizona Insurance Institute and Arizona CPCU Society Chapter Lamont D. Boyd.

“As the property and casualty insurance industry continues to view Arizona as a growth opportunity for regional office placement and expansion, we need to continue our work with Arizona’s education community to assure that the ‘best and brightest’ students fully understand the value of, and are fully prepared for, an insurance career,’ said Boyd, who also contributed to the development of this certificate.

“The Insurance Certification program now being offered by Rio Salado College, Mesa College and Glendale College has taken a great deal of collaborative effort in development, but efforts that will reward the students, the industry, and Arizona for years to come,” said Boyd.”

Program requirements and additional details are currently available at www2.gccaz.edu/insurance-studies and www.riosalado.edu/insurance. Information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attend this program will be available at gccaz.edu/gainful-employment, mesacc.edu/programs/gainful-employment and www.riosalado.edu/insurance_ccl.


Major support for this program is made possible by Rio Salado in partnership with GCC, MCC, MCCCD, Arizona Insurance Council, Copper Point, State Farm, MetLife and Arizona Insurance Workforce. Funding is made possible in part by The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation and Surplus Line Association of Arizona Foundation.

The Maricopa Community Colleges are EEO/AA Institutions.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Workforce Lessons Learned at Education Summit


Here's a great story by Queen Creek/San Tan Valley Independent reporter Wendy Miller about the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce education summit hosted at the Communiversity at Queen Creek on Sept. 3. 

Among the things discussed was how to prepare students for the workforce.

Pictured in photo to right, standing, is Communiversity at Queen Creek Director of Community Partnerships Charles Flanagan leading one of the discussions.

"By working collaboratively, educators and businesspeople can create a sustainable workforce of young adults who will continue to live, work and raise their family in Queen Creek," said Flanagan.

Monday, August 10, 2015

College Fair & Walk-A-Thon, Sept. 27


Be a Leader Foundation is sponsoring a College Resource Fair on Sunday, Sept. 27, at Civic Space Park in Phoenix, followed by a Taking Steps Towards College Success Walk-A-Thon.

The 7th annual Taking Steps Towards College Success Fair and Walk-A-Thon provides the opportunity for direct access to college materials and aims to motivate future students on the importance of supporting and promoting higher education.

The event begins with a college resource fair at Civic Space Park and culminates at the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) College fair at the Phoenix Convention Center.


Event Schedule
Walk-A-Thon Route
  • College Resource Fair, 9-11 a.m. – Learn about organizations, programs, and scholarships in Arizona that support students on the path to college! (Civic Space Park)
  • Taking Steps Towards College Success Walk-a-thon, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (See map for location)
  • NACAC College Fair, 12-3 p.m. – Visit with over 200 universities looking for future students.


Watch this video from last year's Walk-A-Thon event. 


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Be A Leader Scholarship Opportunity



Are you interested in being a positive mentor for middle school students in your community?

The Be A Leader Foundation scholarship is designed for Rio Salado students who want to help local youth prepare for and consider a college education.

Students are asked to commit to nine months of mentorship, and are required to volunteer for five hours one Saturday per month. Selected students will be awarded a minimum of $500 for the 2015-16 academic year.

Am I eligible?
  • Any student may apply who has a GPA of 2.0 or higher and plans to take at least one Rio Salado course during both the fall and spring 2015-16 terms. Your GPA will be calculated for all courses taken with the Maricopa Community Colleges. If you have not taken any Maricopa courses, your GPA will be calculated based on your previous college grades or your high school grades.
  • Students who are native Spanish speakers or have some fluency with the Spanish language are encouraged to apply.
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.
  • You must have reliable transportation.
  • You must make the nine-month commitment. Most programs are from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on one Saturday per month beginning in August, 2015.
Deadline

The application is available at: https://maricopa.academicworks.com/opportunities/10138.

You must log into your My.Maricopa account to apply.

All applications must be submitted by August 11, 2015.

If you would like more information or have questions, please contact John Bastian at John.Bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Rio's Addictions and Substance Use Programs


Rio Salado’s Addictions and Substance Use Disorders programs are designed to give you the tools you need to change the lives of others. 

Rio Salado is one of Arizona’s top trainers of chemical dependency professionals among National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) approved colleges.

Coursework focuses on the recovery process, relapse factors, family dynamics, various intervention models and professional ethics.

“There is an ongoing problem with addiction in this country, and that is why addictions counseling remains one of the top growth professions,” said Dr. Kirk Bowden, faculty chair for the college’s addictions and substance use disorders program.

Dr. Kirk Bowden
“We are committed to educating the next generation of addictions counselors.”

Certificates
  • Professional Addictions Counseling Addictions and Substance Use Disorders - Levels I and II
Degree Program
  • Associate in Applied Science in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders 
Continuing Education


For additional information about Rio Salado’s Behavioral Health/Addictions and Substance Use Disorders program, visit www.riosalado.edu/ASD or call Academic Advisement at 480-517-8580.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Noyce Scholar Teaches High School Science

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"The Noyce Scholarship program provided me with the opportunity to become a teacher," said Matthew Ford, one of 28 scholars who recently completed Rio Salado's Noyce Scholars Program.
 
Ford teaches earth and forensic science at Chino Valley High School.
 
"In addition to the stipend, the program provided me with registration and advisement assistance, and access to learning from qualified teachers,” Ford said.
 
The Noyce Scholars program is accepting applications for 15 qualified candidates who are interested in earning a secondary Arizona teaching certificate in math or science for grades 6-12.
 
Participants are also given a generous $16,500 stipend to help with expenses.
 
The program provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.
 
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.
 
Classes begin the first week of September.
 
Please note: The application process usually takes about one month to complete.
 
For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Teacher Education Events This Summer

Summer professional development for educators.

Make the most of your summer by attending one of Rio Salado's teacher education classes, workshops or orientation sessions, designed specifically for teachers and those interested in teaching.

All orientation sessions and continued education courses are free to attend.
 
Teacher-in-Residence Orientation
  • Tuesday, July 14, 6:30-8 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4, 6:30-8 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) intern program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into a K-12 teaching career. Through paid employment opportunities in the classroom, students can earn an income while completing the certification coursework. The program can be completed in two years. Register at riosalado.edu/tirorientation.
 
Post-Baccalaureate Orientation
  • Wednesday, July 15, 6-8 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
  • Monday, July 20, 6-8 p.m., Communiversity at QC
  • Tuesday, July, 21, 6-8 p.m., Communiversity at Surprise
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, 6-8 p.m., Communiversity at Surprise
  • Monday, Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m., Communiversity at QC
Program Orientation - Learn about Rio Salado's Post-Baccalaureate Education Program. Applicants can receive certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary (content specific) and Special Education. Learn more and register at riosalado.edu/programs/education/post-baccalaureate
 
Explore Teaching
  • Saturday, Aug. 15, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
The Explore Workshop will introduce students to the teaching profession, providing important insight into administrative and classroom expectations, course planning and preparation, student assessment, salary and benefit expectations, etc. The workshop is designed to address many of the concerns and expectations of potential teachers before they fully commit to a certification program and a career in education. Register by calling 480.517.8140.

A-to-Z Web 2.0
  • Tuesday, July, 18, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Rio Salado College, Room 515
Explore innovative H.O.T. (Handy, Outstanding, Timesaving)Web 2.0 Tools, such as: wikis, Google sites and digitized interactive notebooks, integrated with empowering Active Engagement Instructional Strategies that will help you connect with students and create a challenging and energized classroom environment.

Design your course around outcomes, teach with passion and develop Web 2.0 tools that assist in checking for understanding as your students engage in the lessons. Register by calling 480.517.8140.
 
Moving At-Risk Students Forward
  • Saturday, July 11, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Rio Salado College, Room 515
This workshop will help teachers bring true hope to at-risk youth, adolescents who are less likely to transition successfully into adulthood and achieve economic self-sufficiency. Workshop participants will engage in activities and discussion to better understand the at-risk students’ emotional or behavioral problems, truancy, low academic performance, showing a lack of interest for academics and expressing a disconnection from the school environment.

Learn how to build and motivate student resilience to have a strong sense of purpose and a belief in success; including goal direction, education aspirations, motivation, persistence, and optimism. Register by calling 480.517.8140.

Dual Enrollment Grad Student Spotlight

Megan Yousefelahi, a 2015 Rio Salado dual enrollment graduate from Tempe Desert Vista High School, was recently awarded a Homa and Irene Wood Foundation Scholarship, which will help her continue her educational journey at the University of Arizona this fall.

“The Homa and Irene Wood Foundation Scholarship means a chance to get higher education--a chance that I would have not otherwise received,” said Yousefelahi.

“My family's low income would have translated into not going to college and not having an opportunity to better my quality of life. I am so thankful to the Homa and Irene Wood Foundation for giving kids like me an opportunity to be first generation college graduates.”

Yousefelahi was one of a record-number of dual enrollment graduates who took part in the May 2015 Commencement ceremony, and among a select few to receive an Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, all before graduating from high school!

“What I liked most about being a dual enrollment student was getting the opportunity to earn college credit that could be transferred over to my university,” said Yousefelahi.

“Now, I have completed all of my university's general education classes and requirements and can get a head start on my major. This also frees up time so I can look for a minor, double major, or get into internships or other research opportunities.”

Dual enrollment credits transfer to all Arizona public colleges and universities, as well as many public and private colleges and universities outside of Arizona.

"It has been so rewarding to work with Megan,” said Rio Salado College Dual Enrollment Site Coordinator Claudia Bermudez.

“For her to graduate from high school with an associate in science degree is truly exceptional. She is the ideal student-- smart, dedicated and goal driven. We know she will succeed at University of Arizona.”

Despite her academic workload, Yousefelahi was also an active member of Rio Salado's Alpha Theta Omicron chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

“Being a member of a highly prestigious college organization gave me bragging rights to universities and scholarships. I was able to interact with college students and provide service to the community,” said Yousefelahi.

Yousefelahi plans to major in physiology at University of Arizona before applying to medical school.

“I picked medicine as my future career path as a young child because my mother has heart problems (which I too have inherited) therefore I decided to pursue a career involving cardiovascular complications,” said Yousefehali.

She hopes her story will inspire others to achieve their educational dreams.

“Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Ask a lot of questions and help with as many projects as you can. High school is a great time to gain experience and knowledge,” said Yousefelahi.

“You will be able to take all your experiences with you to college and mold yourself to be the person you have always wanted to be, but that doesn't happen if you are afraid of trying something new!”

For more details about Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program, including scholarship opportunities, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/dual or call 480-517-8080.

Learn how you can make the most of your time, energy and experience in college through Rio Salado’s programs and services. 

Pictured above: Desert Vista High School / Rio Salado 2015 dual enrollment graduates Chase Boeke, Angelique Cappo, Rex Moore, Megan Yousefelahi and Sepehr Rostamzadeh

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Study Abroad in Spain This Fall!

image of the Guggenheim museum, in Bilbao, Spain

KJZZ 91.5 General Manager and Rio Salado Vice President of the Department of Public Service Jim Paluzzi is hosting a for-credit study abroad communications class titled Public Speaking for International Audiences at the Instituto Hemingway in Bilbao, Spain, September 13-25, 2015.

The one-credit Public Speaking for International Audiences class offers 12 student the opportunity to deliver presentations at an advanced level to a challenging audience in a foreign setting, while developing a heightened sense of audience orientation.

Learn more about this exciting opportunity on KJZZ's website.

The deadline to apply is Monday, June 22.  
Apply now

KJZZ is a community service of Rio Salado College.