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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Happy Graduation Day HSE #RioGrad!

Image for 2015 HSE graduation ceremony

Tonight we celebrate the accomplishments of students who have completed Rio Salado’s High School Equivalency (HSE) program and successfully passed the GED® test.

Among the HSE graduates taking part in tonight’s ceremony is student speaker Angelica Marie Solaro, who will be sharing her story.

Photo of Angelia Marie Solaro

After leaving high school before graduation, Solaro never thought she would earn her diploma. When she decided to accept the challenge of completing her education, she discovered a new direction in her life.

Solaro enrolled in Rio Salado College’s High School Equivalency (HSE) program. She knew it wasn’t going to be easy, and experienced every emotion possible. However, Solaro’s can-do attitude allowed her self-esteem to grow. Not only has she completed her HSE, but Angelica’s new-found confidence has landed her a promising employment opportunity.

In addition to being a great daughter, sister, and friend to others, Solaro is also continuing her education through Rio Salado’s Adults Achieving a College Education program. She is working toward the goal of earning a college degree, and hopes to one day work in the project management field.

“If I had not faced some of the challenges that I had, I would not be the person I am today,” said Solaro. “All of my experiences have allowed me to appreciate the little things in life and everyone who is involved.”
Tune in to watch tonight's ceremony to learn more about Solaro's story beginning at 7 p.m.

Ready to get started on your educational journey? Visit this web page for details about Rio Salado's HSE Prep program.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Join Us for the 2016 HSE Graduation!

Rio Salado 2016 HSE Student Speaker Angelica Marie Solaro   

We look forward to this week's 2016 HSE Graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of students who have successfully completed Rio Salado's High School Equivalency (HSE) Prep program and passed the GED ® test.

Rio Salado 2016 HSE Graduation
Thursday, May 26, 2016 beginning at 7 p.m.
Orangewood Nazarene Church
7510 N 27th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85051

Visit the event page for full details

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


Photos, DVDs, Broadcasts & Live Stream 
GradImages™ will be taking photos, which you can purchase at a later time. We will provide updates when photos are available. Rio Salado staff photographers will also be taking photos, which we will post to our Facebook page for you to download and tag.

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

MCTV Cox Channel 115 will provide a live stream of the ceremony.  Visit this page to tune in.

wide shot view of 2015 ceremony

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

Images of three new Rio Grad badges.

Share Your Selfies and Stories
Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #RioGrad to share your photos and stories.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Xavier College Prep Grads Lead Dual Pack!

Xavier Prep Grads at Commencement 2016

Earn college degree before graduating from high school -- check. Astonish friends and family with academic achievements – check. Be two steps ahead on life’s path to success – check.

The students of Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix are leading the pack when it comes to dual enrollment. Of the record 64 Valley high school students earning associate degrees from Rio Salado College this spring, 33 are from the all-female Xavier College Prep.

Thanks to dual enrollment, Xavier students Andrea Gray, Miranda Albo and Ashlynn Holloway all have big plans for the future.

Andrea Gray
“I can say I earned my college degree before finishing high school,” Gray said. “This will stay with me through every future employment and academic opportunity.”

Gray’s future plans include pursuing an engineering career after being exposed to a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program through Girl Scouts in fourth grade.

“I knew then I wanted to be an engineer and stumbled across aeronautical engineering,” Gray said. She is graduating from Xavier Prep with a 3.8 GPA, and earning an Associate in Arts at Rio Salado.

Gray plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, majoring in aerospace engineering with a concentration in astronautics and a minor in global security.

Eventually, she plans to earn a master’s degree and hopes to work for NASA or SpaceX, the independent American aerospace company run by Elon Musk.

Albo, who is also earning an Associate in Arts, will be attending the University of Arizona this fall. She is interested in studying a STEM subject, but also finds joy in art classes like sculpture and ceramics.


“I love the idea of working with my hands and creating an object that has meaning to it,” Albo said.

She credits dual enrollment for its convenience and affordability.

“Dual enrollment is so worth it and makes your life easier,” Albo said. “The biggest benefit was the ability to graduate from high school with a large number of credits, minimizing the cost of college.”

For Holloway, dual enrollment offered a chance to get a head start on college.

“With my basic courses taken care of, I now have the advantage of taking college classes that are major-specific, which will allow me to learn more as I continue my education,” Holloway said.

Holloway is graduating with an Associate in Arts from Rio Salado and has a 3.8 GPA at Xavier College Prep. She plans to pursue a double-major with the courses that have been freed up through the dual enrollment program.

Holloway said the success coaches in the dual enrollment program at Rio Salado also helped her find alternative ways to complete the requirements for an associate degree with her busy schedule, setting up options like online classes.

Sister Joanie Nuckols


Sister Joanie Nuckols, Vice Principal for Academics and campus minister at Xavier College Prep, said the high school has a tightknit community based on common goals of educational excellence.

“The most rewarding aspect of teaching is watching students learn to think critically, grow in wisdom and be able to explain their own point of view,” Nuckols said.

Whatever paths they each may choose, the students at Xavier College Prep are fit to conquer anything that comes their way.


Contributing writer Alyssa DeMember has served Rio Salado's Academic Advisement team since 2014. She is one of several academic advisors available to help you along your educational journey.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Best of the Best #RioGrad Photos!


Enjoy the latest, extraordinary commencement 2016 photos from Imageworks photographer Kenneth Krehbiel by visiting our Facebook account!

We encourage you to tag, download and share these photos.

Share your photos using ‪#‎RioGrad‬ and ‪#‎Maricopa16‬

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Rio Salado & State Farm Insurance Night May 19

program flier.  Text: Scholarship Program.  Bilingual?  Looking for a stable, professional career with unlimited growth potential? Ensure Your Future.  Rio Salado College now offers a Certificate of Completion in Insurance Studies to help accelerate your insurance career. This certificate is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level jobs in the growing insurance industry, and enhance the skills of current insurance employees. Classes provide an overview of property, liability, personal and commercial insurance. Rio Salado College is dedicated to  providing access to training and career-path programs that provide employees with the skills and knowledge they must have to succeed in today’s competitive environment.  Your insurance career is waiting.  Register today.  480-517-8580 www.riosalado.edu/insurance.  Logos for Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges

¿Habla Inglés y Español? Have a passion for helping people? We have an opportunity that may be of interest to you!

Join Rio Salado College and State Farm for a free information session on Thursday, May 19 at Rio Salado Southern in Tempe to learn about new opportunities for bilingual Spanish-speakers to transition into the insurance industry—and scholarships to help you acquire a certificate of completion in Insurance Studies.

  • New hybrid Insurance Studies course begins June 20 
  • Instruction provided in-person and online 
  • Ten $2,500 scholarships available from State Farm to eligible candidates  

Insurance Information Session
Thursday, May 19

6-7 p.m.
RSC Southern
3320 S. Price Road
Tempe, AZ 85282

RSC Southern is served by Valley Metro local bus #61 and the Tempe Orbit MARS circulator bus.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to Jeanne Ratliff at Jeanne.Ratliff@riosalado.edu.

Students must be available to take in-person courses two nights per week in Tempe and have the time to take two courses concurrently for two semesters.

This program is a great way to learn about the insurance industry, take advantage career development opportunities—and get first-hand news about employment opportunities available in the field.

See related blog story about the increased need for insurance professionals.

To learn more about Rio Salado's new Insurance Studies program, visit: www.riosalado.edu/insurance.

Check Out Your #RioGrad Proofs from GradImages

Rio Salado Student Speakers Elizabeth Cristales and Lorna Ann Hammerle.
We just posted another set of commencement 2016 photos from GradImages® on our Facebook account that you can download, tag and share. 

You can purchase your individual graduation photos now online. Visit www.gradimages.com to see your proofs and to make your purchases.

Share your pics using ‪#‎RioGrad‬

Friday Summer Closures Begin May 20

As a reminder, summer hours begin this week!  Most Maricopa Community Colleges and Rio Salado locations and services will be closed on Fridays, May 20 - Aug. 12.  

The following Rio Salado services will be available during the Friday closures:

We will resume regular hours beginning August 15.

Please visit this web page for links and details about closures and special service hours for each location.

Students are encouraged to use self-serve enrollment options at My.Maricopa.edu.

This summer schedule is an effort to take advantage of cost-saving, energy benefits during the slower summer months.  We hope this does not pose an inconvenience for you!

Time to Vote in May 17 Special Election

Button: Get out there and vote!

We encourage you to take part in today's statewide special election. Be counted!

Polls will be open until 7 p.m.

Visit www.azsos.gov/elections/voting-election to find your polling place.


#‎Vote‬ ‪#‎Arizona‬

Monday, May 16, 2016

Finals & End of Year Success Tips

image of a compass pointing to the word success

Some of you are still wrapping up finals. Here are some tips from Rio Salado counseling team member Autumn Cardott to help you end your semester block with success!

It’s that time of year again! Summer is around the corner, the weather is getting a lot warmer, many classes are ending, semesters are winding down, and students are stressed to the max! The finish line is close and you can make this last push count.

3 tips to help you succeed

1. Self-care Sleep! Many students put sleep on the back burner during stressful times, however, getting enough sleep is key when it comes to being successful in school. Exercise and eat healthy! Make time to feel good…a brisk 30 minute walk and an apple will do a body wonders. Students should take time to treat themselves! All of those things that are so enjoyable (reading, catching a movie, social hour with friends) do them!

2. Get Help Take advantage of tutors,  instructors, counselors, etc. Rio Salado College offers tutoring and students really need to take advantage of that. It’s free and so worth the trip to work with someone who understands your subject. Make an appointment with a counselor! Rio Salado’s Counseling Department can definitely help with time management, test anxiety, study skills, and more. Finally, ask your instructor questions…they have been where you are and really want to help.


3. Plan and work your plan-- avoid cramming Sit down and take a look at your schedule, obligations, and courses/assignments. Make a to-do list on the best course of action to get exams and projects done. Avoid cramming! This is very critical. Staying up and studying all night before a final exam will not be nearly as beneficial as studying material several times over a longer period.

Remember, this is a season. Finals, projects, classes do not last forever. Finish out strong and look forward to celebrating your successes in just a few short weeks. You can do it!

Contributed by Autumn Cardott on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Life with Mental Illness.  May is Mental Health Month.  #mentalillnessfeelslike

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, over 43 million American adults have mental health issues—that’s one in five people. 

Look around and realize that there are many individuals in your zone of proximity suffering from the shame, hopelessness, isolation, and other negative emotions that are the defining attributes of mental illness.

This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is - Life with a Mental Illness - and will call on individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like for them in words, pictures and video by tagging their social media posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike (or submitting to MHA anonymously). Posts will be collected and displayed at mentalhealthamerica.net/feelslike.


The Rio Salado Library is proud to support Mental Health Awareness Month by pooling together resources to help identify the causes of mental illness and strategies to overcome it.  

Online Resources:

Library Resources:

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Enjoy Rio Commencement 2016 Photos

Rio Salado Xavier Prep Dual Enrollment Graduates
We are delighted to share the first set of photos from last night’s commencement ceremony. We will post others as soon as they become available. Please feel free to download, share and tag yourselves.


A special thank you to all of the graduates, faculty, staff and guests who joined us-- and for contributing to this memorable evening at the Orpheum Theatre. 

And a special thanks to Imageworks photographer Kenneth Krehbiel for beautifully capturing some of last night’s magical moments.

We encourage you to share your photos using ‪#‎RioGrad‬

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Record 64 High School Student Grads in 2016

Image from 2015 commencement ceremony

They are being called trailblazers, overachievers and highflyers.

Bring on the accolades-- these 64 Valley high school students are garnering attention for all the right reasons. They are dual enrollment students who are on track to graduate from Rio Salado College this month before earning their high school diplomas.

President Bustamante
“It is very rewarding to see so many high school students take advantage of early college options and achieve this great accomplishment,” said Dr. Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College. “Their success is our success and I am confident that they will continue to achieve their academic goals in the future. It takes support from high school partners, parents and the dual enrollment team at Rio to realize what can be possible.”

No other college in the state has this many college graduates among their dual enrollment students.

“Not only is this a huge achievement to graduate from high school and college simultaneously, but starting college with two years under your belt saves students an enormous amount of time and money,” said EJ Anderson, director of Rio Salado College’s dual enrollment program.

2015 Dual Enrollment Graduates
Dual enrollment students earn both high school and college credit at the same time. Classes are taught by certified instructors at the many area high schools that partner with Rio Salado College.

Sullivan Dupre is a senior at Mountain Pointe High School and overachiever extraordinaire.

He is earning both an Associate in Arts and an Associate in Science degree at Rio Salado’s commencement ceremony this evening, May 11, 2016 at the Orpheum Theater.  He will be one of 50 dual enrollment graduates attending tonight's event.

“The biggest benefit I see in dual enrollment is that it saves time and money,” said Dupre. “Because I took dual enrollment, I will already have the credits that usually take around two years to complete in college.”

Dupre is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for 2-year colleges. He said students considering dual enrollment should get involved as soon as possible.

“Enroll to get as many credits as possible,” Dupre said. “Even if you think you won't need a certain class for your major, having that extra credit will allow you to be more flexible in the future.”

2014 Westwood High School dual enrollment students
Another advantage of Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program is location.

“The biggest benefit of dual enrollment is being given the opportunity to complete a college degree without having to leave your own high school,” said Krystal Rebhun, a student at Corona Del Sol graduating who is graduating with an Associate in Arts. “You also get the same credits that you would at a university at a much smaller cost.”

Rio Salado dual enrollment team
Robert Brown works as a success coach in the dual enrollment department at Rio Salado College. He assists high school students and their parents in developing career and education pathways.

“Dual enrollment gives high school students the flexibility to finish a bachelor’s degree sooner, pursue a double-major, or take fewer credits at a time in college,” Brown said.

He added that parents get excited when they see the benefits of dual enrollment for their kids.

“One very selective university called her a trailblazer, and noted that they had not seen an incoming freshman with this type of achievement before,” said Laurie Mariani, whose daughter Mia is earning an Associate in Arts. “We are certain her opportunities will be endless having achieved this extra academic success while in high school.”

Rio Salado College – 2016 Dual Enrollment Graduates
  • Boulder Creek: Kimberly Klein
  • Brophy College Prep: James Stickell
  • Corona del Sol: Jeffery Wilcox, Karl Willette (2014), Krystal Rebhun, Tyler Le Duc
  • Deer Valley: Alec Medrano, Evan Mekenney, Madison Banbury (2015), Matthew Briody, Reese Tanner, Ryanne Karlson, Alexander Mills
  • Desert Vista: Alexandra Ferrara , Aradhana Kumar , Daniel Gulden , Gail Watterson , Marcela Delgado, Matthew Hart, Natalie Schatton, Neeku Navabi, Samuel Rosenberg, Wyatt Langs
  • Heritage: Erica Durham, Ethan Berglund, Sarah Taylor (2015), Triston Kosloske
  • Horizon: Connor Little, Matthew Thomas, Peter Godfrey
  • Marcos de Niza: Briana Estrella, Dominic Martinez, Joy Jimenez
  • Mountain Pointe: Emily Harmsen, Gen Ito, Jacob Peters, Jasmin Jackson, Jason Damp, Jordan Wachter, Lauren Rein, Meredith Grula, Sullivan Dupre
  • Xavier College Prep: Ainsley Ramsey, Andrea Gray, Ariana Salazar, Ashlynn Holloway, Bailey Stalcup, Brianna Siegle, Brie Harriel, Brielle Januszewski, Claudia Lucca, Danielle Favata, Fiona Lobo, Hailey Schwab, Hannah Cooper, Isabella Patterson, Isabella Serrano, Jessica Daniels, Julia Teeter, Leslie Zaragoza, Lisbet Maldonado, Madison Williams, Mia Mariani, Michaela Wuycheck, Miranda Albo, Monique Hasbun, Olivia Iacono, Rebeca Gardner, Royal Shoen, Sara Skornik, Sophia Deyden, Spenser Rosner, Stephanie Ashkuri, Therese Knapp, Tiffany Meyer

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

Photos of tonight's ceremony and participating dual enrollment graduates will be available for download via www.facebook.com/RioSaladoCollege.

Check back with RioNews for more stories about Rio Salado 2016 graduates in the coming days.

Contributing writer Alyssa DeMember has served Rio Salado's Academic Advisement team since 2014. She is one of several academic advisors available to help you along your educational journey.


Download the Official 2016 #RioGrad Badge!

Mascot splash in the center, wearing graduation outfit.  Text: Rio Salado 2016 Graduate
Here it is-- the official 2016 Rio Waves Grad Badge. Feel free to download and share!

We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments at tonight's commencement ceremony.

You can watch the ceremony live, beginning at 7 p.m. via this web stream.


Commencement Credentials Snapshot*
217+ candidates plan to participate in the ceremony

Degrees, Certificates and Recognitions of Achievement

692 Associate Degrees
53 Academic Certificates
4,350 Certificates of Completion
70 Post-Bacc. Teacher Certifications
147 Teacher in Residence Certifications
9 Ed. Bachelor Partnership Degrees

TOTAL - 5,321

Academic Honors144 Distinction
141 High Distinction
75 Highest Distinction
101 Phi Theta Kappa
4 Honors Program
26 National Society of Leadership and Success


Special Acknowledgement:
50 Dual Enrollment students will participate in commencement

*Data to be verified after June 30, 2016

Happy Graduation Day Rio Waves Class of 2016

graduation poster to download: Rio mascot Splash in graduation outfit.  Text: Congratulations Rio Waves Class of 2016

Your day has finally arrived! 

Happy Graduation Day Rio Waves!

We applaud you for your hard work, dedication and commitment to completing this part of your educational journey. Congratulations.

Class dismissed-- now go out and celebrate!

Share your grad moments! #RioGrad #RioWaves #Maricopa16.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Get into the Graduation Spirit Rio Waves!

Image of college mascot Splash in graduation cap and gown.

Tomorrow is the big day-- the Rio Salado 2016 commencement ceremony! 

snapshot of graduation stage

We are excited to celebrate this special occasion with our community-- in person and online! Click on this link or the image above to watch the ceremony via live stream courtesy of Maricopa Community Colleges Television-- beginning at 7 p.m.

montage of grad cap images with various designs and messages: Keep Calm and Teach On, Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality, Si Se Puede, We're all stories in the end... Just make it a good one.

Share your graduation spirit with our Maricopa Community Colleges family! Upload your grad pics and stories using ‪#‎RioGrad‬ and ‪#‎Maricopa16‬!

Visit our commencement web page for additional details and this RioNews blog for special highlights about tomorrow's ceremony.

‪#‎RioGrad‬ ‪#‎RioWaves‬ ‪#‎Classof2016‬ ‪#‎Maricopa16‬.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Rio President Bustamante Appointed to ACE Board

Image of Dr. Bustamante

Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante was recently appointed to the board of the American Council on Education (ACE).

"The landscape in higher education is changing," said Bustamante." I am honored to be invited to serve on the ACE Board with other university and college presidents from throughout the nation to be a voice and advocate for higher education. This is a critical time when we are all re-examining how to best serve 21st Century students and prepare them to succeed in higher education and beyond."

ACE is a national organization that aims to tackle the toughest higher education challenges, with a focus on improving access and preparing every student to succeed. More than 1,700 institutions are ACE members, including accredited, degree-granting two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entities.

Because of its advocacy role, ACE is a key point of contact on higher education matters for congressional staff and members of the executive branch, and is frequently cited in the national media on higher education issues.

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The New MCCCD Chancellor is Dr. Harper-Marinick


The Maricopa Community College’s Governing Board yesterday voted to appoint Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick as Chancellor of one of the largest community college systems in the nation. 

Harper-Marinick becomes the first female and first Latina ever appointed Chancellor to a higher education institution in Arizona.


“A new era has come to Maricopa Community Colleges as we congratulate Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick on her new role as Chancellor,” said Alfredo Gutierrez, President of the Governing Board. “As the education landscape continues to evolve, Maria’s steady leadership, commitment to lifelong education and stellar reputation at both a local and national level will elevate Maricopa Community College’s standing as an institution dedicated to high achievement and successful student outcomes.”

With a career spanning nearly 25 years at Maricopa Community Colleges, Harper-Marinick has served in several top-level posts, including Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and Interim Chancellor. Taking the reins from the now retired Chancellor Rufus Glasper, she will oversee system-wide operations, which serve 200,000 students and nearly 10,000 faculty and staff members across 10 colleges (Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain), a Corporate College, two skills centers (Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center) and several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes.

In addition, as Chancellor, Harper-Marinick sets the vision for the higher educational institution’s strategic plan, guides policy development, and oversees initiatives and outcomes related to workforce, economic and community development; civic and global engagement; and increasing student success.

“There is an unprecedented demand for skilled workers among employers not only here in Arizona, but across the nation, making it vital for higher education institutions to educate, train and prepare the next generation of employees to be workplace-ready,” said Harper-Marinick. “Maricopa Community Colleges continue to deliver an exemplary education that equips students with the foundational skills they need to excel in their careers and in life.”

The appointment of Harper-Marinick, a native of the Dominican Republic, caps off an extensive search conducted by a specially-appointed committee. The Search Committee, co-chaired by Arizona State University President Michael Crow and Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association President Salina Bednarek, considered a broad pool of candidates for the Chancellor position.
“The Search Committee took a holistic approach in selecting the next Chancellor,” said Crow. “Dr. Harper-Marinick excelled among the candidates we interviewed and identified as national leaders in terms of understanding the unique and complex education landscape in Arizona, and the need for innovation and collaboration. Her commitment to strengthening the quality of education in Arizona and keen insights on major issues make her perfectly poised to propel Maricopa Community Colleges to the next level.”

Widely known in education circles throughout Arizona, Harper-Marinick has helped shape the face of community college education through her involvement with Expect More Arizona, the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center, and Arizona Business and Education Coalition. As well, she has been an active member of the Morrison Institute’s Latino Public Policy Center Advisory Board and the Morrison CTE Advisory Board, which is committed to enhancing career technical education. She has also been involved with the Phoenix Thriving Together Leadership Council, and The Global Pathways Institute.

No stranger on the national education stage, Harper-Marinick has been tapped to serve on several education boards and councils, including being appointed to the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and the National Community College Hispanic Council. She has also been a vocal participant on the National Advisory Board for the Center for Community College Student Engagement, Educational Testing Service’s National Community College Advisory Council, the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders, the American Association of Community Colleges, the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the Commission on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Harper-Marinick came to Arizona State University as a Fulbright Scholar in 1982 from the Dominican Republic, earning a Master of Education in Instructional Media, as well as a Ph.D. in Educational Technology. She also earned a Licentiate in School Administration and Pedagogy from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena in the Dominican Republic.

About Maricopa Community Colleges
Among the largest community college systems in the nation, Maricopa Community Colleges serve 200,000 students enrolled in credit and non-credit courses annually. The community college system is also the largest provider of transfer students to Arizona’s public universities, comprising approximately 30 percent of all bachelor’s degree completers. The college system added $7.3 billion in direct economic impact to Arizona’s economy in 2013-14, according to a research report released in 2015 from Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). The report also revealed that for every dollar contributed by taxpayers to the Maricopa Community Colleges, $4 in benefits is returned to taxpayers. Additionally, the report uncovered that for every dollar that a student spends on a Maricopa Community College education, that student gets back $4.20 in higher future income. The system includes 10 community colleges (Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain), a Corporate College, two skills centers (Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center), Maricopa Corporate College, and several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes. Eight Maricopa Community Colleges were named among the Aspen Institute’s top 150 community colleges in the United States. For more information, visit www.maricopa.edu.

News courtesy of the Maricopa Community Colleges

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

KJZZ 91.5 Reporters Win 3 Murrow Awards

Rio Salado congratulates KJZZ 91.5 FM reporters for winning three, 2016 Edward R. Murrow Region 3 Awards, as announced by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) on Tuesday, April 26.

The public radio station, which is a community service of Rio Salado College, is proud to have received high honors in three separate categories.

KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Stina Sieg won the Feature Reporting category for Navigating Social Media Complicated When Your Child Has Cancer.

Sieg highlighted the difficult choices parents of children with cancer must make when keeping friends and family updated. Some choose to share news of their child’s illness with a small, closed group of acquaintances on Facebook, while others create pages that attract tens of thousands of followers.

“I am honored to get this award, but more than that, I feel so honored I was able to do this story,” said Sieg. “I am amazed and humbled by everyone who let me into their lives for this piece. They’ll be in my heart forever.”

Former KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Alexandra Olgin won the Hard News Reporting category for Valley Man Leads Underground Operation To Save Opiate Addicts.

In her story, Olgin described how naloxone has been used by opiate addicts to reverse overdoses, even though distributing or using the medicine without a prescription is illegal in Arizona. Using naloxone obtained legally outside the state, an anonymous Phoenician runs a harm-reduction campaign in the Valley.

From KJZZ’s Fronteras: The Changing America Desk, Senior Field Correspondent Laurel Morales won the Sports Reporting category for Run To Pray, Run To Win: Hopi High Cross Country Team Has Longest Winning Streak In US.

Drawing a connection between the Hopi High boys cross country team’s winning meets for 26 consecutive years and the Hopi tribe’s heritage of long-distance running, Morales reported on the positive impact the sport has had on students.

Morales remarked, “I’m glad I could bring attention to Hopi running, a tradition the tribe is so proud of. When I produce a story like this, I ask myself, did I do it justice? Winning the Murrow tells me I did.”

Region 3 for the Edward R. Murrow Awards includes all radio and television stations in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk partner station Marfa Public Radio took home eight awards in Region 6 (Oklahoma & Texas), the largest number of any small-market radio station in the country. Three of those awards were given to reporter Lorne Matalon, whose stories were also broadcast on KJZZ: US Citizens Skirting Border Laws To Survive On Rio Grande, Borderland Exodus: Towns Near Path Of Proposed Mexican Pipelines Suffer Rash Of Violence, and Central American Migration: New Concerns As Numbers Rise One Year After Unprecedented Influx.

Winners from the 14 regions automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition in May, with national winners to be announced in June.

RTDNA said it received a record-high 4,300 entries for the 2016 awards season.

News courtesy of KJZZ contributing writer Trevor Huxham.

Celebrate Graduation Rio Waves Class of 2016

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

image of a 2015 grad walking across the stage

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

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

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


Choose Your Favorite Grad Badge
Visit this web page to vote for, download and share your favorite grad badge.  
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Rio Salado Honors Heroes of Education

Photo of Doris and Laurence Ashkin

Rio Salado joined the Maricopa Community Colleges and the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation for the annual Heroes of Education awards on April 21 to recognize Doris and Laurence Ashkin as the college’s Heroes of Education for 2016.

Heroes of Education honors individuals who have a personal and professional commitment to supporting students and educational opportunities.

Rio Salado chose Doris and Laurence Ashkin as the 2016 honorees because of the exceptional support they have provided to the college's Division of Public Service, which manages KJZZ 91.5, KBACH 89.5, Sun Sounds of Arizona and SPOT 127.

This collaboration has provided opportunities for individuals to experience high-quality public radio programs.  Their support has also contributed to the advancement of SPOT 127, KJZZ’s youth media center, empowering Valley youth with digital media skills that are vital to today’s information economy. 

News courtesy of Rio Salado's Division of Public Service