Showing posts with label K-12. Show all posts
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016


We are delighted to share this video tribute to teachers presented by the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, featuring Professor Stephen Hawking talking about being inspired by his St. Albans School math teacher Mr. Tatha, who he says “opened my eyes to the blueprint of the universe itself—mathematics.”

Here’s to all of the amazing teachers in the world who inspire us—and help us find our purpose!

Young man looking into camera.  Text: I want to be a teacher (one day crossed out), now!

We encourage you to contact the Rio Salado Teacher Education team to learn how you can transition into a rewarding teaching career.


Friday, March 4, 2016

Maricopa Colleges Summer Camps for Kids

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From life skills and performing arts, to Kid’s College and STEM in Spanish, students ages 4 and older can go to “camp” at Maricopa Community Colleges this summer.  

Registration for 30 different summer camps and programs offered at different college locations and covering various topics including music, art, STEM, STEAM, theatre, veterinary care, babysitting, and much more starts Monday, March 7, 2016.

STEM and STEAM camps at GateWay (GWCC), Glendale (GCC), Paradise Valley (PVCC) and South Mountain (SMCC) Community Colleges include specific offerings in the areas of bioscience, math, technology, and STEM in Spanish.

Young musicians will find chamber music, jazz music, brass ensemble or music technology courses at PVCC, and band and jazz camp at Mesa Community College (MCC).

Theatre students from kindergarten through 12th grade can take summer musical theatre programs and summer intensives at PVCC and MCC.

Teens ages 11-15 can learn life skills including babysitting, workplace injury prevention, and healthy living at Gateway Community College.

Students interested in the arts, including photography, journalism, broadcasting, dance, multimedia, animation, and story writing will find camp options at Rio Salado, Gateway and Mesa.

Kids College at Estrella Mountain have many unique classes for ages 4-18, including culinary, cheer and dance, BYO toy doll house, music and theatre, media arts, app design, LEGO™, 3-D video gaming, robots, Minecraft™, and much more.

Even children as young as four years of age can get a taste of what college is like at Camp Gecko at GateWay.

Some programs require course registration while others require an application. Scholarships are available for some programs.

See the complete list of summer programs, sorted by college location, at

News courtesy of the Maricopa Community Colleges

Friday, February 12, 2016

Join Us for Tempe Geeks Night Out!

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Explore the wonderful and wacky world of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and much more at the 5th annual Tempe Geeks Night Out, Thursday March 3 at Tempe City Hall! 

photo of Rich Cuprak at 2015 Geeks Night Out
Cuprak at 2015 Geeks Night Out
Among the many exhibitors will be Rio Salado College STEM Faculty Chair Rick Vaughn and Faculty Chair of Applied Technology Richard Cuprak, who will give participants insights into some of the latest, emerging technologies and hopefully spark an interest in young people to consider a STEM career.

“Technology evolves very quickly. We want to encourage the type of curiosity and drive for lifelong learning that will allow students to evolve with it,” Cuprak said. “It’s also a lot of fun.”
Vaughn at 2015 Geeks Night Out
Vaughn and Cuprak will provide participants with information and access to fun gadgets to better understand the latest developments in Nanoscience and Energy Technologies-- including access to a scanning electron microscope and thermocouple and infrared devices-- to show how these new technologies can improve our way of life.

"The best part is that we get to play with really cool toys, meet new people who share our interest in science and geek out about the things we love,” said Cuprak.

Vaughn and Cuprak will also introduce attendees to careers in emerging technology fields and educational opportunities through Rio Salado's Energy System Technology and Nanotechnolgy programs.

“While these events are educational, they also provide an opportunity for Rio Salado to show the public that learning is fun and can happen in many different ways,” Cuprak said.
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Forget what you think you know about science! Geeks Night Out is all about discovering what makes science fun! Check out this City of Tempe video with Richard Cuprak and you'll see what we mean.

 2016 Geeks Night Out - Science the Tempe Way Share

5th Annual Tempe Geeks Night Out 
Thursday, March 3, 2016  
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Tempe City Hall

Tempe Geeks Night Out is part of the statewide Arizona SciTech Festival, which takes place in February and March each year. Cities across Arizona host a variety of events and activities to promote STEM in local communities.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Child Development & Adolescent Studies Database

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Are you taking courses in Early Childhood Education or Child & Family Studies? Are you looking for information about adolescent themes? If so, you are encouraged to explore EBSCO’s Child Development & Adolescent Studies database. 

It contains journals, books, technical reports, and more that explore the growth and development of children and adolescents.

Check it out now!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Rio Visits Wilson Elementary Bearing Gifts

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Rio Salado staff visited Wilson Elementary School in Phoenix to drop off book and supply donations that were collected during the college's 2015 Valley of the Sun United Way Giving Campaign!

The group, which included Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. LeRodrick Terry, staff from the Teacher Education department and members of Rio Salado's United Way committee, met with 4th-8th grade teachers and students on Friday, Dec. 11 to share the donations.

Image of Rio staff with Wilson teachers and students after presentation.

 “As educators, we have a responsibility to serve our communities," said Dr. Terry. "Interacting with people from the community reminds me of why we do what we do. Our purpose as an institution and as people are made clearer when we take the time to serve.”
A big thank you to Rio Salado staff, students and members of our community who dropped off book donations and monetary gifts during our fall campaign.

Visit our Facebook page for additional photos.

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To learn about ways you can give, advocate and volunteer with the Valley of the Sun United Way, visit

Friday, December 11, 2015

Rio PTK Hosts Healing Arts Day for Kids Dec. 19

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Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter is hosting Healing Arts Day for youth as part of its Honors-in-Action (HIA) project for 2015!

Students who take part in PTK HIA projects are charged with conducting research, evaluating results and taking action on a topic of interest. This year, Rio Salado’s PTK team focused on this question: “How do the arts foster hope and well-being?”

After researching and evaluating their results, Rio Salado PTK students decided to take action by sponsoring a Healing Arts Day for youth at the Temple Public Library.

Their goal is to give young people a chance to experience the positive effects of the arts-- whether it be dance, music, painting, poetry, scrap-booking, writing or the spoken word.

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We encourage you to join Rio Salado’s PTK team for this free, family-friendly event!

Healing Arts Day 
December 19, 2015
10 a.m. -12 p.m.

Tempe Public Library

3500 S. Rural Road
Tempe, Arizona 85282

Contact John Bastian at or 480-517-8656 for more details about this event.

PTK actively promotes scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship. To learn more about PTK and other student life initiatives, visit this Rio Salado Student Life web page.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Federal Work Study Tutoring Oppty

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Here's a federal work study opportunity through Rio Salado College that will give you a chance to help others!

The America Reads Tutor will work with the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix Branch (BGCMP) to help members develop reading skills.

Duties Synopsis:
Assists in the development of reading skills among members, ages 6‐12 years old, as directed by BGCMP Program Manager, including but not limited to tutoring small groups and providing one‐on‐one or small group assistance with homework.

  • 18 years old or older
  • Successful completion of BGCMP volunteer placement process
  • Experience working with children
  • Ability to relate to children in a positive, patient, sensitive, non‐judgmental manner

Special Note: Must comply with any Boys & Girls Club Health and Safety requirements, including but not limited to fingerprinting, a background check and a health screening if necessary.

Hours & Pay Rate:
Up to 20 hours per week
Monday – Thursday, after school 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Exact times vary by location; flexible schedule

Please visit this web page for a look at all duties, qualifications and details on how to apply.

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Visit to learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix Branch

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Attend Free Teacher Ed Orientation Sessions

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The Rio Salado Teacher Education team hosts free orientation sessions to provide details about its Bachelor Degree Pathway and Post-Baccalaureate programs!

Please join us for one of these orientation sessions in December!

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Bachelor Degree Pathway Orientation
Learn how this educator preparation program allows students to complete 90+ credits at the community college level and then transfer to Northcentral University for the remaining courses toward earning a bachelor's of education degree.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
6:30 - 8 p.m
Rio Salado Tempe
Rio Tower - Disney Room #4 (6th floor)

Register now

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Post- Baccalaureate Orientation Sessions
Learn about the convenient and cost-effective ways students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree can transition into a K-12 teaching career. Applicants can receive certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary (content specific) and Special Education.

Traditional Pathway
Learn about the traditional pathway model for certification which includes completion of all coursework, testing, and 12 week student teaching experience.

  Monday, Dec. 14, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.
Communiversity at Queen Creek

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.

Communiversity at Surprise

Register now

Teacher in Residence Pathway
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher-in-Residence Orientation

Learn about paid employment opportunities in the classroom available to students while completing certification coursework. Visit this blog post for additional insights about this program and Arizona's pressing need for teachers.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Rio Salado Tempe Conference Center

Register now

Monday, September 21, 2015

Can You Pass the New AZ Civics Test?

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The American Civics Act (Arizona House Bill 2064), which was signed by Governor Doug Ducey in February, requires high school students to pass a citizenship test. 

The class of 2017 will be the first group of students required to prove subject matter proficiency in American history and government before they can graduate.

Here's a link to a similar test, courtesy of the History Channel. Test your knowledge about U.S. history, civics and government as we celebrate Constitution Week at Rio Salado-- and share this resource with Valley teens to help them prepare for the test!

Check out this related East Valley Tribune story about a group of Kyrene eighth-graders who chose to put their knowledge to the test in commemoration of Constitution Day, Sept. 17.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Be a Leader College Fair Sept. 27

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The 7th Annual Be A Leader Taking Steps Towards College Success resource fair and walk-a-thon takes place Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in downtown Phoenix.

The event kicks off with a college resource fair at 9 a.m. at Civic Space Park. The walk-a-thon begins at 11 a.m. The event concludes with a college fair from 12-3 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center.

This family-friendly event is perfect for teens who want to explore a variety of college career options-- and educational advocates who want to support a good cause.

Check out this YouTube video from last year's event.

The event is sponsored by the Be a Leader Foundation which promotes personal development and higher education opportunities for students in grades 7-12.

Rio Salado College is a proud supporter of this initiative.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Attend Free Teacher Ed Orientation

Take advantage of these in-person and webinar orientation sessions hosted by Rio Salado Teacher Education.

Learn more about Rio Salado College’s Teacher Education Programs. Undergraduate Orientation Dates: •Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 •Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 •Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 •Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 Orientations will be held from 6-9 p.m. at Rio Salado College, 2323 W. 14th Street, 6th Floor Tower Bldg. , Tempe, AZ 85281. 480-517-8430.   Post Baccalaureate Orientation Dates: •Monday, July 20, 2015 - Communiversity at Queen Creek •Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - Webinar •Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 - Webinar •Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 - Communiversity at Queen Creek •Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 - Webinar •Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 - Webinar •Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 - Webinar In-person orientations will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, 21740 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek, AZ 85142. Webinars held from 7-9 p.m. on dates listed. 480-517-8580   Secure your future today.     Board-approved program from the Arizona Department of Education  Northcentral University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC).  (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 1.800.621.7440, For program disclosures, please visit  Rio Salado College is an accredited institution. Online classes may have in-person components, testing requirements, block calendar guidelines and require proof of legal residency. Payment plan options and financial aid are available to those who qualify.

UPDATE: The July 22 orientation session has been cancelled.  Please visit these web pages for the latest updates:

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Noyce Program Paved the Way for Mesa Teacher

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Tom Hagen recently completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program, which helped him prepare for a new career as an algebra teacher at Mountain View High School in Mesa.

"The Noyce Scholar program made a huge difference on my journey to my teaching certification," said Hagen. 
"Not only did they provide a stipend which helped on the tuition end, but they provided a learning community that made a huge difference in support and encouragement."

"Both my fellow Noyce Scholars and the faculty and staff at Rio Salado and the Noyce Scholar program provided many learning opportunities and much-needed support. It made the process an exciting and joyful event."

Hagen is one of 28 scholars who have completed the program. There is an opportunity for 15 more qualified candidates, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also 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 a month to complete. 

For more details, visit or call 480-517-8066

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rio Salado Teacher Orientation June 17!

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Join us for a free orientation session to learn more about Rio Salado's Teacher-In-Residence program-- a fast-track re-career option that includes paid employment opportunities!

Date: June 17
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281


The 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.

Check out this blog post, visit this Teacher Education web page or call 480-517-8140 to speak to a program outreach specialist for additional details.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Free Teacher Ed Orientation June 17

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Rio Salado Teacher-In-Residence Offers Fast-Track Re-Career Option. Includes Paid Employment Opportunities for Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree. 

Have you considered a teaching career but hesitated because you’re not in a position to give up a paycheck to go back to school? Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) intern program was designed with your needs in mind.

Want to learn more?  Join us for an in-person orientation session this June.

Date: June 17
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

The 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.

TIR candidates are paired with a partnering Arizona school district, to work full-time and receive the same salary and benefits of fully-certified classroom teachers. The average beginning salary for teachers is nearly $32,000.

The opportunities for post-program employment are also in favor of Rio Salado TIR program completers. Arizona school districts actively seek Rio Salado TIR candidates specifically because the program requires two years of classroom training, provides intensive mentoring and meets their instruction quality standards.

Rio Salado’s TIR programs are approved by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).

“The need for teachers in Arizona is greater than ever,” said Director of Community Partnerships and Programs Kim Tobey. “Our state has had an ongoing shortage of science, math, special education and kindergarten teachers—especially in rural communities.”

The need has been so great that 938 teaching positions were filled by substitute teachers during the 2013-14 school year, according to the Arizona Department of Education.

“Although substitute teachers meet an immediate need, TIR candidates benefit from full-time employment, while receiving consistent and strong instruction that may not always be afforded to substitute teachers,” said Tobey. 

There’s a greater shortage looming. Approximately 23%, or 26,000 educators, will be eligible for retirement by June 2018.

A 2015 report by the ADE’s Educator Retention and Recruitment Task Force cites that, “Arizona will not be able to ensure economic prosperity for its citizens and create the workforce of tomorrow,” if it cannot fill these vacancies.

“We also have a 6.6 percent unemployment rate, about one percent above the national average,” said Tobey. “With this program, we can help shrink that gap by putting people to work right away.”

Image of teacher writing on chalk board.  Text: Make a Difference.  Become a Teacher.  Learn more about Rio Salado College's Teacher Education Programs.

Visit this Teacher Education web page or call 480-517-8140 to speak to a program Outreach Specialist for additional details.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Rio Noyce Scholar Fulfills Dream of Teaching

“As a Noyce scholar I have been given a tremendous opportunity to pursue my dream to be a secondary math teacher. I have received enormous support in this rigorous program, which is preparing me well for a teaching career,” said Robert Upham.

Upham is one of 28 students who have completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program.

“Being a Noyce scholar has given me access to conferences and training seminars from master teachers from across the country. These opportunities have exposed me to the methods, ideas and strategies to become an effective teacher in a STEM field.”

Upham will begin his career as a math teacher this fall at a San Tan Valley middle school.

There are fifteen more openings for qualified Noyce scholars, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also 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 a month to complete. 

For more details, visit or call 480-517-8066.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Grant Helps STEM Pros Recareer as Teachers

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Fifteen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals have a chance at recareering as secondary classroom teachers through Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program. Qualified candidates will benefit from a generous $16.5K stipend provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Rio Salado’s fast-track teacher education program.

The next deadline to apply is July 24, 2015. 

Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program is ideal for Valley STEM professionals who’ve been thinking about making the transition to teaching. The stipend funds are part of a $1.2 million NSF grant awarded to Rio Salado in 2011 as a way of encouraging STEM professionals to bring their industry experience to the classroom, combat the shortage of qualified STEM teachers and help Arizona teens prepare for high-need STEM careers.

It was a natural decision for Phoenix resident Katy Westersund to enter the program. “I started to think about my prior career as an environmental engineer, and about what I can do now,” said Westersund, a full-time mom who also volunteers at her children's school.

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“I attended Rio’s Post Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Orientation,” said Westersund. “The instructor put up a slide with three questions: Do you like math and science? Are you needing to recareer? Do you want to help others learn? And I said, yes, that’s me.”

“I decided to pursue a career as a secondary math teacher because I loved my career as an environmental engineer, said Westersund. “I think I saw that as a mother I could advocate for my children, to give them the best opportunity and to love math and science. By me becoming a secondary math teacher, I can be an advocate for a classroom of students.”

Westersund completed a student teaching assignment at Tempe Union High School in November and received her teacher certification in January. She plans to teach honors algebra and financial algebra at Horizon Community of Learning Charter School in Phoenix. Westersund is one of 28 Rio Salado students who has already completed the program.

Qualified applicants will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12. They will be provided mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support.
The 15-month post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient. 

“Students are supported throughout the program with their coursework by a success coach and a mentor during the first year of teaching to assist with classroom management and other first-year teacher challenges,” said Noyce Scholars Program Manager Karen Nave.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM career-- and a passion for teaching. The application process includes a subject knowledge exam, a teaching seminar and screening interview. Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete.

Classes for the next cohort begin the first week of September. For more details, visit or call 480-517-8066.

Pictured above: Rio Salado Teacher Ed staff accompany Noyce Scholars at February 2014 National Title I Conference for Educators Conference in San Diego.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Many Benefits of Dual Enrollment

Here's a great story about the many benefits of dual enrollment by 3TV reporter Erika Flores, which includes a profile of Chandler Gilbert Community College dual enrollment 2015 grad Jessica Solis.

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

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Students Earn College Degrees in High School

Dual enrollment graduates surrounding Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante

A record number of Valley students have already received their associate degrees before graduating from high school thanks to Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program. 

There were a total of 38 dual enrollment grads from 10 different high schools this year, 26 of whom took part in Rio Salado’s 2015 Commencement Ceremony at Comerica Theatre on May 5. This represents a record number of graduates, commencement attendees and schools participating in Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program.

The students come from Deer Valley and Heritage high schools in Glendale; Brophy College Prep, Desert Vista, Horizon, Mountain Pointe and Xavier College Prep in Phoenix as well as Tempe’s Corona del Sol, Marcos de Niza and McClintock high schools.

“I chose dual enrollment because I wanted to take as many core classes as possible to get a head start on my biomedical engineering degree,” said Slade Hermann, a senior at Deer Valley High School, who earned an associate in arts degree at last week’s ceremony.

“Through Rio Salado’s program, my high school offered multiple classes not only for high school credit, but for college credit as well, so I took advantage.”

Erin Hintze, a senior at Xavier College Preparatory, said the cost savings was a major factor. “Rio’s dual enrollment program is a great way to take college-level classes in high school at a more affordable price than if you took them in college,” said Hintze, who earned an associate in arts degree and is one of 16 Xavier dual enrollment grads.

“I earned a college degree before I graduate from high school,” said Hintze. “That is a claim most kids can't make.”

Hintze will be enrolling as a junior in Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University this fall, with plans to major in computer systems engineering.

Kate Boyle, another Xavier College Preparatory student, noted the benefits of getting a jump start on her college career. “I will be a second semester sophomore when I go to college and will have completed all the general education classes I would have had to take if I did not go through Rio’s dual enrollment program,” Boyle said.

Approximately 7,000 students earned high school and college credits simultaneously through Rio Salado’s dual enrollment classes. Classes are taught in person at each school by high school instructors who meet the qualifications to teach college classes.

“Research shows students who participate in dual enrollment programs have higher college GPA’s and are more likely to graduate from college than those who don’t,” said Dr. EJ Anderson, Rio Salado director of community partnerships for early college.

“Dual enrollment is one of the best strategies to improve a student’s ability to go to college and graduate on time,” said Anderson.

Anderson says parents play a key role in the program. “The Dual Enrollment program has really flourished in the past few years as students, parents, teachers and administrators see the incredible benefits,” Anderson said.

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

“Dual enrollment helped prepare me for college,” said Desert Vista High School senior Rex Moore, who is also a member of Rio Salado’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society and one of two Rio Salado All Arizona Academic Scholars who was awarded full tuition to one of Arizona’s public universities this February.

“I was always interested in math and science and want to do something to help people. That is why I am pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering.”

Austin Hornbaker, a senior at Tempe Corona del Sol High School and physics aficionado, earned both an associate in arts and an associate in science degree at the commencement ceremony.

“Dual enrollment allowed me to complete most of my associate in science (AS) degree by taking the classes I needed to take anyway to graduate high school,” Hornbaker said. “As it turns out, the AS and AA are so similar that I have completed the requirements for both degrees.”

With two associate degrees under his belt, Hornbaker will have the first four semesters of his bachelor’s degree in physics completed before he even sets foot on the ASU campus this fall.

“I will be able to jump right into the interesting physics classes instead of spending my first two years completing general education requirements,” Hornbaker said.

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

Rio Salado Dual Enrollment Class of 2015
  • Brophy College Prep: Kevin Mead, Michael O'Gara
  • Corona del Sol: Steven Dykstra, Austin Hornbaker*, Samuel Juetten
  • Deer Valley: Slade Hermann, Michael Barnes, Grady Telfer, Jordan Tovar, Peter Tuohy, Victoria Vincent
  • Desert Vista: Angelique Cappo, Chase Boeke, Eric Kooinga, Megan Yousefelahi*, Rex Moore, Sepehr Rostamzadeh, Tessa Reinhart
  • Heritage: Andreas Grossen
  • Horizon: Angelica Gutierrez, Jasmine Robinson, Megan Fried
  • Marcos de Niza: Elizabeth Bierwagon
  • McClintock: Katie Canevit
  • Mt. Pointe: Kyra de la Torre, Shugri Abdulle, Teresa Velasco
  • Xavier College Prep: Brittney Hintze (2013), Aimee Skornik (2014), Anna Aloma, Areen Badwal. Erin Hintze, Jessica Kuretich, Kate Boyle, Katrina Knapp, Kyra Ochsner Madison Kumnic, Maria Brunacini, Mary Martin, Monica Tibajia, Morgan Snopko, Tianna Bengston, Tristan Richards

*Earned an associate of arts and science degree.

1. Group photo of Valley dual grads from Rio Salado Commencement Ceremony with President Chris Bustamante. Photographer Kenneth Krehbiel.
2. Sister Joanie Nuckols with Xavier Prep graduates. Photographer Kenneth Krehbiel.
3. Desert Vista Grads: Chase Boeke, Angelique Cappo, Rex Moore, Megan Yousefelahi and Sepehr Rostamzadeh. Photographer Gordon Fong.

Other high-resolution photographs available at

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Free Dental Clinics For Kids June 12 & July 8

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The Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Clinic will host two, free dental clinics this summer, for children and young adults ages 17 and younger. 

Services Include: Exams, X-rays, Cleaning, Fluoride Varnish, and Fun Educational Tips on Staying Healthy. Each child will also receive a wellness goodie bag to take home.

Rio Salado Free Dental Clinic for Kids
Friday, June 12, 2015
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Please RSVP in advance for guaranteed service by calling 480-377-4100 or send an email to

Walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated if time and space permit.

Rio Salado College Dental Clinic
2250 W. 14th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, but is almost entirely preventable. You can help us combat this problem by referring a child in need.

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The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public-- all year long. Fees range from $25-35 depending on the age of the patient. Learn more.

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Visit this web page to learn more about Rio Salado's dental hygiene and dental assisting programs, and how you can begin your dental career.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Early Childhood Ed Scholarship

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14th Annual Bright Futures Scholarship Provides Help to Aspiring Early Childhood Education (ECE) Teachers

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Bright Horizons® has launched its 2015 Bright Futures program and developed an award to encourage students of great promise to continue pursuing their dreams of teaching young children.

To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in a program in ECE or related field. Students must also have completed a minimum level of coursework in their program. See application for complete requirements.

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All applications are due June 10.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions is the world’s leading provider of employer-sponsored early care, education and work/life solutions. With centers around the world, Bright Horizons is the partner of choice for hundreds of organizations, including more than 80 Fortune 500 firms and has been named fifteen times as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For."

Learn more about Rio Salado's Online Early Childhood & Human Development certificate and degree programs by visiting this web page.