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

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Live Google+ Hangout with White House Nov 18!

Image of Initiative Google+ page

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

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

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

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

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

See related blog story.

Thursday, October 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.

otis white photo

“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

Image of Matthew Ford
"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. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

2015 Commencement Spotlight

2015 Grad Badge for upload.

Tomorrow is Graduation Day and we can hardly wait to celebrate with you!

Attendees of tomorrow's Commencement ceremony will be hearing about the extraordinary accomplishments of Rio Salado's Class of 2015, including the record-breaking number of dual enrollment students who are graduating this year. Here's a glimpse into the life of one of those dual enrollment students, Austin Hornbaker.

Dual Enrollment Helps Student Realize Dream

photo of Austin in cap and gown.

Austin Hornbaker has wanted to study physics since the seventh grade. His dream was put on the fast track when he began taking dual enrollment classes with Rio Salado his freshman year in high school.

Dual enrollment is a program that allows students to take college level courses while in high school for both high school and college credit. Courses are taught by high school teachers who are certified to teach college-level courses.

Hornbaker will earn two degrees at Rio Salado's May 5 Commencement ceremony-- an associate in arts degree and an associate in science degree-- before he graduates from Tempe Corona del Sol High School.

“With an associate degree and two additional physics classes at Arizona State University under my belt, I have the whole first two years of a Bachelor’s [degree] in physics completed, allowing me to jump right into interesting physics classes instead of spending my first two years completing general education requirements,” Hornbaker said.

This fall at age 17, Hornbaker will enter ASU as a junior. He plans to dual-major in physics and mathematics in the Barrett Honors Program. He said that the advisors at Rio Salado helped him work through his degree checklist and walked him through the classes which satisfied specific degree requirements. He also said that the advisors kept him in the loop on scholarship opportunities.

“Down the road, this can jumpstart my career and I can finish college early. It seems as though the benefits of dual enrollment are boundless,” Hornbaker said.

His father, Richard Hornbaker, said that the financial benefits are helpful, but that the real benefits are how well prepared his son is for college. He added that dual enrollment has shortened Austin’s time to degree completion by two years and that Austin can immediately immerse himself in his major courses at ASU.

“After ASU, I don’t have any definite plans,” says Austin Hornbaker, “But a Bachelor’s is definitely a stepping stone to bigger things. I am considering pursuing a PhD in physics and am always exploring career options. It would be really cool to end up working at NASA or CERN someday.”

Hornbaker has some advice for incoming juniors and seniors: “If [students] are planning on going to an in-state university, it would be a terrible decision not to take dual enrollment; most of these classes [students] will have to take again at the university.”

By Rio Salado Coordinator of Public Programs Deborah L. Spotts  

Here's another story about Hornbaker by Wrangler News reporter Sally Mesarosh. See page 14.



Feel free to upload and share the official 2015 Grad Badge.

We also encourage you to share your grad photos and stories using ‪#‎RioGrad.

Visit this blog page for details on how you and your guests should prepare for tomorrow's ceremony.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Early Childhood Open House, April 23

group of young children lie in a circle with their heads touching.

Join us for the Early Childhood & Human Development Program open house, on Thursday, April 23, at the Communiversity at Queen Creek!

The open house will provide information about our certificate and degree programs and other professional development opportunities available.

When: April 23, 2015
Where:
The Communiversity at QC
21740 S. Ellsworth Road
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Time: 5:30 -7 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Enjoy appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Meet the Rio Salado Early Childhood and Human Development program team
  • Network with your colleagues
  • Tour our Queen Creek facilities

Please RSVP by April 21 to alyne.lijewski@riosalado.edu 
or by phone at 480-517-8818.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

ASU Transfer Workshop, April 21

You're invited: ASU Transfer Workshop. Image shows girls making an ASU devil fork symbol.
RSVP for the next ASU Transfer Workshop, Tuesday, April 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Rio Conference Center.
 
Learn how you can make the move to Arizona State University in the easiest, most efficient way possible. The workshop will provide information on:

  • The Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program (MAPP)— what it is, how Rio Salado guarantees admission and how it can save you money and time toward your bachelor’s degree
  • How to prepare for a smooth transition to ASU
  • How your transfer specialist can support you before you even apply to ASU
Get answers to all your questions about transferring to ASU, and find out how we can be a helpful partner in your success.
 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tom Hanks on Community College

images from New York Times web page relating to article.  Illustrations of diplomas shaped into different objects by Maƫlle Doliveux.  Portrait of Tom Hanks by Vivienne Flesher

Take Pride. Your in good company and on the right track!

Check out this inspiring New York Times article by Tom Hanks, I Owe It All to My Community College.

Hanks credits Chebot Community College with shaping his future and explains the importance of community colleges for students across the country.

We are delighted to help you on your educational journey and encourage you to take advantage of the programs and services we provide.

NAU Higher Education Information Session

Event web banner, featuring student.  Text is outlined fully below.
En route to higher learning with Northern Arizona University in mind?

Take advantage of NAU's Higher Education Information Session, Wednesday, April 22 at the Rio Salado Conference Center.


Learn about NAU's 30-hour MCCCD Partnership Program and develop social entrepreneurship and leadership skills to thrive in new and changing environments in higher education.

NAU/MCCCD Information Session
M.Ed. Community College
Higher Education

Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Wednesday, April 22
5-6 p.m.

For more information contact NAU Transfer Specialist, Gina Stephens at 602.776.4677 or by email at gina.stephens@nau.edu.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Rio Salado Honors Outstanding Educators

Image of Holly Harper and Kishia Brock.

"When work becomes play, and play becomes your work, your life unfolds." 

That Robert Frost quote rings true for Scottsdale resident Holly Harper and Phoenix resident Kishia Brock. As recipients of the 2014-15 John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards, these educators prove that when you love what you do for a living, it is easy to make a difference in the lives of others.

The national award is given to community college educators who demonstrate excellence in community college teaching and leadership. What makes it even more special is that recipients are nominated by their colleagues.

Harper is the faculty chair of Rio Salado’s dental programs. Among her duties is managing the college dental clinic, which provides discounted preventive dental hygiene services to the public.

Harper at Rio Salado Dental Clinic with volunteer instructors
“What I love most about my job is working with the students in the dental clinic and interacting with patients,” Harper said. “I am also proud to see the students graduate and realize their dreams.”

Harper can relate to her students on another level. She earned a bachelor’s degree in health science 26 years after receiving her associate degree in dental hygiene.

“I know first-hand what it is like to return to school as an adult learner working full-time,” said Harper. “So, to be nationally recognized for teaching excellence leaves me at a loss for words.”

Rio Salado Faculty Senate President Kerrie Specker said Harper was instrumental during the college’s recent successful re-accreditation process of both the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs.

“Holly has a focus on student success, which is evidenced by the success of the dental program,” Specker said. “Last year, both graduating classes had a 100% pass rate on the national and clinical board exams.”

Fellow honoree Brock serves as the newly-appointed vice president of strategy and compliance at the Maricopa County Community College District.

She accepted the post after 17 years at Rio Salado College, where she started her career as a bilingual academic advisor and worked her way up to vice president of student affairs.

“One thing I am most proud of is the development and implementation of Rio’s electronic student file advisement tool,” Brock said. “This system is the backbone for ‘RioCompass,’ which is an online platform for tracking a student’s degree progress.”

RioCompass enables students to set academic and career goals, and mark their progress toward these goals, and instructors to monitor their progress.

“I am also very proud of the online student success helpdesk, which assists 1,000 students each year in pursuing their educational goals,” said Brock.

Both of Brock’s initiatives have received national recognition as effective student success models.

Kishia Brock, left of Bill Gates, during Nov. 2015 visit.
(c) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Mark Makela
“It is an incredible honor to be nominated by my colleagues and wonderful to be recognized for doing work that I absolutely love and feel so fortunate to be involved in every day,” Brock said.
The John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards are made possible by the League for Innovation in the Community College. Visit league.org/exawards for more details.

This story can also be found in the April 4, 2015 edition of the Tempe Republic.  By Rio Salado staff writers Annette Flores and Mira Radovich.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Personalized Learning Trumps All

March/April 2015 cover of eCampus News

The March/April 2015 edition of @ecampusnews features a column called, College Presidents Predict New Institutional Models, which includes perspectives from Rio Salado President Dr. Chris Bustamante. 

You can read Dr. Bustamante's article about the subject, Personalized Learning Trumps All on page 10 of the online issue.