Showing posts with label Lifelong Learning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lifelong Learning. Show all posts

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sushi Social Feb 4! Edutainment for Foodies

image of cooking demo at RSC Thomas.

Take a break from the daily grind and take part in a series of fun-filled cooking and gardening lessons this spring with classmates, co-workers, family, friends and the entertaining and informative Rio Salado Sustainable Food Systems team!

image of students prepping pizzas at RSC Cafe @ Rio
Get hands on experience prepping, cooking and eating delicious dishes in the spacious, high-tech demonstration kitchen at RSC Thomas in Phoenix and in the heart of the Café at Rio in Tempe.

Get your hands dirty in the Garden at Rio in Tempe —as you learn how to apply Sustainable Food practices in your daily life.

image of sushi delights
Your first class—
COMM_ED100-10046 38708
Sushi Basics for Beginners - $39
Thursday, Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m.
Rio Salado Tempe Kitchen 
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281


This class covers how to steam and season sushi rice, how to roll sushi and how to make tuna, California, and vegetarian rolls.

No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion edutainment.

Register now online or by calling 480-517-8000.

Learn more about upcoming classes in this blog.

Rio Salado’s Sustainable Food Systems and Café at Rio teams are committed to championing sustainable food practices. They support local food suppliers by featuring their products in daily specials and seasonal menu options-- and they employ sustainable food practices to better serve you and the environment.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2016 Community Cooking & Gardening Classes

Header for flier: Spring 2016 Community Education Culinary & Gardening Classes
Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems team is gearing up to launch its spring 2016 Community Culinary & Gardening Classes. Your first lesson begins Feb. 4 with Sushi Basics for Beginners!

class listings for spring.  Text available in full in body of blog, with links to classes in question.These non-credit classes are 2-hours long and taught by a professional chef or gardening instructor.  Sign up for one class to learn a new skill, or take all the classes for a well-rounded culinary experience!

Register now online or by calling 480-517-8000!

Locations:
Rio Salado College Tempe
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Rio Salado College Thomas
3631 W. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85019


COMM_ED100-10046 38708 
Sushi Basics for Beginners
Thursday, Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Kitchen - $39

This class covers how to steam and season sushi rice, how to roll sushi and how to make tuna, California, and vegetarian rolls.

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Cooking the Perfect Pizza at Home
Thursday, Feb. 18, 6-8p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Learn to make delicious pizzas at home from a professional chef. This hands-on workshop covers how to make and proof dough, make sauce and properly stretch a pizza.

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Indian Cooking at Home
Thursday, Mar. 3, 6-8p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Learn the basics of making Indian curries and demystify exotic Indian ingredients. Work with a professional chef to create and sample dishes such as chicken tikka masala, chana masala, lentil dhal and steamed basmati rice.

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How to Make Bagels at Home
Tuesday, Mar. 15, 6-8p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Did you know that the classic New York City style bagel is boiled before it is baked? Work with a professional chef to make yeast bagel dough from scratch and then cook them. Students will sample fresh cooked bagels and take home what they’ve made.

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Desert Gardening: Soil Building
Saturday, March. 26, 9-11 a.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Garden - $20

Join us for a soil building workshop. Learn how soil forms naturally, how to fertilize and how to turn hard clay into rich, loamy earth. Closed-toe shoes are required.  Please call 480-517-8000 to register.

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Thai Cooking at Home
Tuesday, Apr. 5, 6-8 p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39
Learn to make Pad Thai, a stir-fried rice noodle dish; Tom Kha Gai, a sweet and savory chicken soup; and vegetarian green curry with steamed Jasmine rice.

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Aquaponics for Beginners
Wednesday, Apr. 13, 5-7 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Garden - $20

What is water cycling? What types of fish work best in an aquaponic environment? Learn about different types of growing media and how bacteria function in a closed loop system. Class is held in the Garden @ Rio in Tempe. A hat and/or sunscreen is recommended

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Brunch Cooking at Home
Tuesday, Apr. 26, 6-8 p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Work with a professional chef to make brunch classics such as perfect Eggs Benedict including creamy hollandaise sauce from scratch. Bake Glorious Morning muffins and learn to carve a watermelon wishing well.

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Seed Saving for Beginners
Wednesday, Apr. 27, 5-7 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Garden - $20

What are the easiest seeds to save? What is the difference between hybrid and open pollinated seeds? Learn the fundamentals of saving your own seeds with examples in the Garden @ Rio in Tempe. A hat and/or sunscreen is recommended.

Proper kitchen attire is required: closed-toe shoes, long pants, long or short-sleeved shirt, with hair restrained.

Want a quick cooking lesson now?  Check out this MCTV Chef's Menu segment featuring Rio Salado Sustainable Food Systems Director Michael Hodgins, who will show you what to do with that butternut squash that's been sitting on your counter!


Explore other learning opportunities with Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program by visiting www.riosalado.edu/food.

Bon Appétit!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Closure Jan. 18

photo of MLK

Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Monday, Jan. 18 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

We hope you'll take pause during this national holiday to reflect on Dr. King's contributions to the Civil Rights Movement-- and how you can serve as a steward of this cause.

http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/bic1/?userGroupName=mccweb_riosalado
The Gale Biography in Context database offers current and archival multimedia resources that will provide you with insights into Dr. King's life, achievements and legacy.  Please note, you may be prompted to enter your RioLearn username/password to access this content. 
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Monday, December 14, 2015

New Titles at the Rio Salado College Library

Image of Lights Out by Ted Koppel

Here is what’s new in the Rio Salado College Library! To request a title please call the Library at 480-517-8424.

Fiction

Nonfiction

DVDs

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cafe @ Rio Chef Hodgins Squash Cooking Demo

snapshot from Maricopa Now with Hodgins preparing for demonstrartion.

Check out MCTV's December edition of Maricopa Now, which includes a special cooking demonstration with Rio Salado College's Sustainable Food Systems Program Director Michael Hodgins.

Watch Hodgins prepare a winter dish of sauteed local greens with garam masala roasted butternut squash and pomegranate seeds.

Bon Appétit!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

International Ed Week -- Indian/Spanish Fusion Day

International Ed Week poster

International Education Week - Schedule of Events for Wednesday, Nov. 18 – Indian/Spanish Fusion Day!

Kathak and Flamenco Dance Performances
photo of dancers
Kathak (Indian) and Flamenco (Spanish) performance by professional dancers. Come and see the similarities between the dances. Takes place outside between the Rio Tower and Hohokam buildings, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Photo: Left to right: Performers Carlos Montufar and Anjali Shah).
 

Café at Rio Lunch Special
image of naan bread
imag of curry dish Spanish tortilla with vegetable curry, local olives and prosciutto - $6.99



Books and Documentaries
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The Rio Salado College Library will have a table of Indian and Spanish-themed literary materials available to browse, and will show the following documentaries/videos in the Café at Rio dining room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Click the links to watch now online by logging into RioLearn. To view all Library recommendations visit http://libguides.riosalado.edu/International_Education_Week.

International Education Week at Rio Salado College takes place Nov. 16-20, 2015. We encourage you to share your stories and photos on our Facebook and Twitter accounts and the InternationalEdWeek Facebook page using #Rio2015InternationaEdWeek, #IEW2015 and #RioSaladoCollege.  

Learn more about International Education Week by visiting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

How to Make a Perfect Pizza at Home!


Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program is kicking off its 2015-16 community education cooking classes with a lesson on how to make an all-American favorite-- pizza!

Cooking the Perfect Pizza at Home
COMM_ED100-10044
Thursday, Oct. 1
6-8 p.m.
Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen
Class fee: $39

Learn how to make delicious pizzas at home from a professional chef. This 2 hour hands-on workshop will cover all of the basics of making a great pizza including making and proofing dough, making sauce, how to properly stretch a pizza, loading a pizza into the oven and a pizza toppings discussion.

Proper kitchen attire is required. Please come prepared with close toed shoes, long pants and a long or short sleeved shirt. Hair must be pulled back.

flyer for all classes, for full transcript, visit http://blog.riosalado.edu/2015/08/sustainable-food-education-courses.html
Register now online or call 480-517-8540 for assistance.

This non-credit class is the first in the series of cooking classes for 2015-16.  See full listings in the flier to your left.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Rio Gets 2.6 Million First in the World Grant!

monument of rio wave logo

Rio Salado College is one of 17 schools nationwide to be awarded a First in the World (FITW) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The $2.6 million grant will be dispersed over the next four years and will be used to support innovation and improve student outcomes.

President Bustamante with 2015 workplace training graduates.
“I am excited about the opportunities this funding brings to the college and the support it will provide to our students,” said Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College. “This recognition validates our innovative practices and reflects our commitment to help underserved students achieve their educational goals.”

Michael Medlock photosAccording to Michael Medlock, interim dean of instructional technology at Rio Salado, the grant award will be used to design and implement an innovative model to improve teaching and learning for at-need students.

“The grant will allow Rio Salado College to pursue new research-supported initiatives that will help students by using three strategies: creating a clear course pathway, personalizing the learning, and providing a success coach to meet student needs along the way,” Medlock said.
Shannon McCarty photo
Shannon McCarty, dean of instruction and academic affairs at Rio Salado, said the target population will be new students pursuing an associate degree or transferring to a four-year institution.

“Rio Salado is known for being an innovator in higher education,” McCarty said. “We look forward to continuing that tradition and redesigning the college experience for our students.”


image of three female students working at computers.
The new model joins other notable student success initiatives at Rio Salado College: RioCompass, a completion portal that allows students to monitor progress toward degree completion, and RioPACE, a predictive analytics system that tracks student login frequency, site engagement, and course progress to increase student awareness and accountability.


Image of a Rio instructor offering guidance to students in a student lab About FITW grant and program
The FITW grant program was created in 2014 by the Obama Administration to drive innovation and keep a higher education within reach for all Americans. Of the Rio Salado College grant award, 100% of the $2.6M project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education - Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.

The FITW program is designed to support the development, replication, and dissemination of innovative solutions and evidence for what works in addressing persistent and widespread challenges in postsecondary education for students who are at risk for not persisting in and completing postsecondary programs, including, but not limited to, adult learners, working students, part-time students, students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, students with disabilities, and first-generation students.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rio Introduces New Insurance Studies Program

Summit banner: Rio Salado Arizona 2015 Insurance Summit

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

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

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

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

poster: ensure your future

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

The Maricopa Community Colleges are EEO/AA Institutions.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Constitution Week Reflections

AACE students and staff standing in front of AZ Capitol

Rio Salado is proud to take part in Constitution Week and to encourage civic engagement among students. We end Constitution Week with a look back at a special moment for a group of Rio Salado students and staff who took part in a guided tour of the Arizona Capitol last spring.

The students were part of Rio Salado’s Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program, which is designed to help students prepare for the GED® test while transitioning into college life, by taking college-level coursework and preparatory classes that help them acquire valuable skills they can use in the workplace and in school.


The group of 24 AACE students and Rio Salado employees scheduled the tour to get a first-hand view of government in action. What they didn’t expect was a standing ovation from the House of Representatives!

“This was a very informative and an empowering experience,” said Director of Rio Salado's AACE and College Bridge Pathways Workplace Education program Kate Packer, who arranged for the tour of the Arizona Capitol museum and Legislature.

 “The tour was intended to give students a glimpse into our state’s rich history and how government works at the local level,” said Packer. “It truly became so much more for us, when we became a topic of discussion for the House of Representatives.”

image of students touring the museum

Arizona State Representative Mark Cardenas led the discussion, acknowledging the group and providing a brief about Rio Salado’s AACE program, which prompted other members of the house to greet the group with applause and a standing ovation.
“I can’t begin to tell you what this meant for the students, and for me,” said Packer. “Many of the students are the first generation in their families to attend college and had to go through a lot of effort to get to this point, so to have that acknowledged by the Legislature gave all of us a deep sense of accomplishment and a renewed sense of purpose.”
Representative Cardenas also took the time to meet with students and take part in group photos.

“We make it a point to encourage civic participation among AACE students and this is just one way to help students become inspired,” said Packer.

Rio Salado AACE is a scholarship-based college and career preparation program for adults 16-years-of-age or older, who are ready to commit to completing a degree, certificate or workforce training program. To learn more visit this web page.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Can You Pass the New AZ Civics Test?

image of Arizona Capitol

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.

http://www.history.com/citizenship-quiz

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.

‪#‎Constitution‬

Thursday, September 17, 2015

We the People: Celebrate Constitution Week

Image of the constitution in front of American flag

On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine of this country’s founding father’s signed into action what would become perhaps the most important document in American history: The United States Constitution.

Constitution Week serves to commemorate the inception and signing of the U.S. Constitution—and as a strong reminder for citizens to educate themselves about the importance of this historical document and civic engagement.

What Does Constitution Week Mean to You?

photo of Pat Case

“Constitution Week is significant because it reminds us that this important document established our rights as citizens as well as the long standing structure of our government," said Patricia S. Case, Ph.D., Faculty Chair, Social Sciences and Faculty Development Co-Coordinator at Rio Salado. "It has a profound influence on our daily life.”

As an educational institution, Rio Salado College not only prepares students for successful careers—it also provides opportunities for students to learn about  government and their role as citizens-- through political science classes, which can also satisfy elective credits, student civic programs and events.We encourage you take advantage of these opportunities and to become a more active and engaged citizen.


Know your rights!  
We encourage you to pick up a free Constitution pocket guide at any Rio Salado location and to visit the National Constitution Center for an all-new, interactive Constitution experience!

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.

Friday, September 4, 2015

24/7 Ask a Librarian

Ask a Librarian 24/7 chat Rio Salado

Ask a Librarian is a free, online service that provides Rio Salado students with 24/7 access to a live librarian who can help you start your research, find resources, answer questions about citing sources and more!

Go ahead, give it a try. Ask a Librarian now!

RSC President Lumina Foundation Champion

snapshot of Strategy Labs web page with quote from Dr. B: “  We have to continue to provide clear pathways [to credentials] that are affordable and accessible for students. We need to be bold and take risks in terms of coming up with solutions that really work for our students…The changing environment around our students and [institutions] really task us with adapting higher education to our students’ needs, rather than our needs. ”


The Lumina Foundation recently featured Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante as its newest Strategy Labs Champion.

Here is a video profile produced by Strategy Labs, which features Dr Bustamante addressing questions about Rio Salado's leadership, dual enrollment program, efforts to develop lower-cost pathway credentials and how we're fulfilling our vision to "reinvent the learning experience to change lives."

http://strategylabs.luminafoundation.org/champion/dr-chris-bustamante/


About Strategy Labs and the Lumina Foundation
Strategy Labs are an open platform for leaders and influencers in all 50 states to come together to share research, data and professional experiences to advance Goal 2025. That goal is to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025. The Strategy Labs enable Lumina Foundation to connect and collaborate with state and system-level policymakers and higher education leaders to advance the State Policy Agenda and to focus on increased educational attainment.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Earn College Credits with an Internship

New! Business & Public Administration Internship Opportunities.  Apply Now.

You can earn college credits toward Rio Salado’s many Business and Public Administration programs through our new Internship Program.

Internships are a great way to earn college credits, attain professional experience to include in your resume and help you prepare for a career after graduation.

A qualified internship is a structured, practical experience in which you apply all that you've learned throughout your coursework at Rio Salado. An internship should also further your knowledge and skills in an area that specifically relates to your current program of study and future career goals. 

Internships can be paid or voluntary assignments. Once an internship is established, it can be arranged for one, two or three credit hours, depending on work hours. Students can use up to six internship credit hours toward approved degrees and certificates.

Students must be currently enrolled at Rio Salado with a freshman or sophomore status and have a minimum 2.0 GPA to be eligible for an internship. It is the student’s responsibility to secure an internship opportunity.

To learn more about this program, including application guidelines, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/business-internship.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sustainable Food Education Courses


Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program is offering non-credit community education courses throughout the year to help you get ahead in the kitchen!

Cooking the Perfect Pizza at Home
COMM_ED100-10044
Thursday, Oct. 1
6-8 p.m.
Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen
Class fee: $39

Learn to make delicious pizzas at home from a professional chef. This 2 hour hands-on workshop will cover all of the basics of making a great pizza including making and proofing dough, making sauce, how to properly stretch a pizza, loading a pizza into the oven and a pizza toppings discussion.

Desert Gardening: Soil Building
COMM_ED100-10045
Saturday, Oct. 10
9-11 a.m.
Rio Salado Tempe Garden
Class fee: $20

Tired of your clay soil? Do your plants die every summer? Not sure when or how much to fertilize? Join us for a soil building workshop. Learn how soil forms naturally and how you can facilitate the process in your garden. Familiarize yourself with the benefits of microbes in your soil, and how to employ no-till techniques turning your hard clay into rich, loamy earth by allowing nature work for you.

Sushi Basics for Beginners
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Thursday, Oct. 15
6-8 p.m.
Rio Salado Tempe Kitchen
Class fee: $39

This class is designed for students with no sushi making experience. Class will cover essential sushi ingredients; how to properly steam and season sushi rice; how to roll a basic sushi roll, inside out roll and hand roll; and how to make classic sushi rolls such as spicy tuna, California roll and vegetarian rolls.

Thanksgiving Cooking Essentials for Beginners
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Thursday, Oct. 29
6-8 p.m.
Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen
Class fee: $39

Are you tired of boxed stuffing mix and canned cranberry sauce? If so, come hone your skills in Thanksgiving meal cookery! This class will cover how to roast the perfect turkey; make silky smooth pan gravy; prepare a perfect holiday stuffing; and create a wonderful butternut squash, pomegranate and local greens side dish.

Thai Cooking at Home
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Thursday, Nov. 12
6-8 p.m.
Rio Salado Tempe Kitchen
Class fee: $39

Thai cuisine is filled with wonderful flavors from the very spicy to sweet and sour. In this class, you will learn to make a stir-fried rice noodle dish commonly known as Pad Thai. Another Thai favorite, Tom Kha Gai, is a sweet and savory chicken soup made with coconut milk, lemongrass, galangal and Kaffir lime leaves. Finally, you will prepare made from scratch vegetarian green curry with perfectly steamed Jasmine rice.

Holiday Cookies
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Tuesday, Dec. 8
6-8 p.m.
Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen
Class fee: $39

What says the holidays more than fresh baked cookies? Learn to make four different holiday cookies including gingerbread, thumbprint peanut butter jam cookies, Chai Tea Eggnog cookies and chocolate peppermint cookies.

Proper kitchen attire is required. Please come prepared with close toed shoes, long pants and a long or short sleeved shirt. Hair must be pulled back. 

Register now online or call 480-517-8540 for assistance.

Rio Joins Industry Leaders to Reinvent Higher Ed


Rio Salado College joined nine educational institutions in Washington D.C., July 28-31 to reinvent higher learning and the student experience as part of the EDUCAUSE/Next Generation Learning Challenges 2015 Breakthrough Models Incubator funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This is the third Breakthrough Models Incubator hosted by EDUCAUSE and NGLC, which is designed to bring leadership teams of forward-thinking colleges and universities together to develop and explore the latest innovations in new business and learning models for higher education.

The primary charge for the 2015 cohort is to create competency-based education (CBE) models, which reward students for skills they acquire rather than time spent in class. Other anticipated outcomes include solutions to improve accessibility, affordability, student academic success and the overall student experience through personalized student services and technological innovations, especially for students who do not have access to or have difficulty learning in a traditional college.

Rio Salado was chosen to take part in the cohort because of its expertise in non-traditional learning.

“As a pioneer in distance learning, Rio Salado College has a rich history of creating innovative solutions that positively impact access, persistence, retention, and completion for students through scalable technologies, said Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante. 

“Participation in the Breakthrough Models Incubator will help us to plan and implement competency-based initiatives and learn from the best-practices of others who are creating next generation learning models.”

Holly Morris, director of post-secondary model development and adoption for EDUCAUSE said, “Rio Salado College has so much to share with the cohort from its experience developing student-centered approaches and achieving operational flexibility that other institutions often believe is impossible. They are a great example of how to execute on an ambitious goal.”

Northern Arizona University another NGLC grant recipient from 2012 now offers “direct assessment” competency-based academic programs. These self-paced programs, which are untethered by the credit hour standard, assess what students know and can do. Students can earn a Personalized Learning degree by completing assignments and assessments that measure proficiency in cross-disciplinary concepts.

This is the kind of innovation EDUCAUSE and NGLC expect from the 2015 cohort.

“We are hopeful that the 2015 cohort can build on the success of other NGLC grantees and take advantage of the momentum building in the field to make CBE an option for any institution that wants to offer it and any student who wants to experience it. Rio Salado and the other nine participating institutions are poised to do just that, by driving toward their individual programmatic goals while collaborating with others--where a common effort will serve us all. “

“Our participation in the Breakthrough Models Incubator gives us a chance to collaborate with institutions that have broken ground with competency-based education,” said Rio Salado Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs Shannon McCarty. 

“Rio has an opportunity to learn from their best practices and difficult challenges. It gives us a chance to leverage ideas and network with colleges and universities, creating a collective resource for higher education to provide continued momentum to develop competency-based education.”

NGLC and EDUCAUSE have been partnering with Rio Salado for some time. They provided a generous grant of $970,000 in October 2012 to help fund RioAchieve, the college’s student success program, which is designed to target five specific interventions that support student success, retention, and completion through technological innovations that help students and instructors track academic progress and personalized, ongoing communications with coordinators, advisors, and peer mentors.

The July 28-31 meet in D.C. is the first phase of the year-long Breakthrough Models Incubator program, which will provide 2.5 days exposure to new problem-solving approaches, and uninterrupted quality time to think, design and plan. 

Phase two will focus on model design, whereby teams work with coaches and content experts to reinforce new ways of thinking and to create action plans. Phase three will focus on design launch, feedback and reporting. The result for each institution will be a launch-ready plan by January 2016. 

The other participating institutions are: Central Arizona College, Coppin State University, Cuyahoga Community College, Ivy Tech Community College, Metropolitan State University–Denver, National Louis University, Northeastern University, Simmons College and University of Central Oklahoma.

This is one more way Rio Salado is fulfilling its vision to "reinvent the learning experience to change lives."

Pictured above: Rio Salado Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs Dana Reid and Rio Salado Director of Financial Aid Nanci Regehr.