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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  

We encourage you to learn more about Dr. King and the impact he had on the American Civil Rights Movement by visiting our Rio Salado Library digital archives.

Monday, January 12, 2015

United Way 2014 Great Success Thanks to You!

Cedrtificate of Appreciation to Rio Salado College from St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance on December 24, 2014.  "for helping to eliminate hunger in our community."

We are pleased to announce that Rio Salado College raised approximately $18,300 during its 2014 employee giving campaign in support of the Valley of the Sun and Mesa United Way, including St. Mary’s Food Bank. 

Approximately $283,000 was raised by all ten Maricopa Community Colleges.

image: Who's Hungry in Maricopa County.  Unite to End Hunger.

The focus of our 2014 campaign was to Help End Hunger in Maricopa County. We appreciate the role you played in making this campaign a great success.

Every action you take will make a difference.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Scholarships = Free Money

Image of graduation cap stacked on top of books next to diploma

Among the greatest concerns of new and returning students— and families funding their education— is how to pay for college now and the debt after graduation. Scholarships are one of the best ways to cover expenses because you don’t have to pay them back, yet so many students don’t take advantage of them, leaving thousands of dollars unclaimed. Why?

There seem to be a few misconceptions about scholarships. Among the most common is that applicants need to have a 4.0 GPA, long list of outstanding achievements and awards or a great financial hardship. While others think they don’t have the time, know-how or ability to submit a good essay or don’t think a $200 scholarship is worth their time.

This is definitely one of those scenarios where you won’t know for sure unless you investigate and give it a try. The few hours you spend on a scholarship application will be well worth the investment, at the very least, a good learning experience and practice at mastering the application process.

Case in point— there are dozens of scholarship opportunities made available through the Maricopa Community Colleges District Foundation (MCCDF) and students only have to complete one application for multiple scholarships.

image of two students working side-by-side in a classroom.

Included are many opportunities for U.S. citizens with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, a record of volunteerism and a determination to pursue higher learning, especially students who have a financial need. There are also a few opportunities for students with lower grade point averages.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars (NMPLS) Program is also included. It is available to Maricopa Community Colleges students who are: college-age youth and adults living with physical disabilities; adults 25 years or older with dependents; and incoming freshmen ages 18-25, raised through the child welfare system and have no form of financial support. The program covers full tuition, fees and books, while providing each student with an academic advisor and mentor. It also includes a $2,750 annual living allowance. Visit for eligibility definitions and more details.

There are ten scholarship opportunities specifically for Rio Salado College students and employees, including the We Are Rio Employee Scholarship fund and the new Arizona Public Service Foundation I2teach Scholarship Fund, which is helping adults who have a bachelor’s degree transition into teaching careers, especially those interested in teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) related classes.

Time is of the essence for the spring 2015 application. The deadline for most of the current listings is Nov. 15.

The web site for the application is Type “Rio Salado” into the search engine to find opportunities unique to the college.

MCCCDF scholarships are available annually, in the spring and fall. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be required in order to apply. To learn more, visit

Visit this Maricopa Colleges web page: to watch a video tutorial about successful tips and strategies to consider in all of your scholarship applications. Rio Salado students who need additional help can reach college counselors at

There are dozens of other local and national scholarship opportunities—and other funding options to help reduce college debt. Visit this Rio Salado resource page to learn more:

This story can also be found in the Nov. 8, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, Manager of Rio Salado College Media Relations

Monday, November 3, 2014

New Certificate in Energy Systems Technology

image of instructor showing students how to read an energy reading device

To meet the demands of the growing field of building management, Rio Salado College offers a new certificate in Energy Systems Technology that begins January 12, 2015.

“The college has always wanted to offer curriculum in the energy field,” said Richard Cuprak, faculty chair for Applied Technology. “An area that has grown exponentially over the last two years is commercial building management and energy systems integrations. Two years ago there were three of these programs in the country. Now there are more than 30.”

Why the steady incline? “First of all, everything we use to create energy consumes natural resources and increases the production of greenhouse gases,” Cuprak said. “We can’t continue to want more without addressing sustainability and a embracing a conservation-minded approach to energy consumption.”

When creating the certificate program, Cuprak created an advisory council with representatives from local companies to assist in developing course content and competencies that address energy management issues.

“We have representation from companies such as Trane U.S. Inc., Jenco Inc. and Climatec, all experts working in the field,” Cuprak said. “Some are serving as technical editors and some are applying to be instructors in the program.”

Course content focuses on energy management and conservation concepts, building codes, standard rating systems, blueprint reading, and efficiency. Students will also learn how to control building operational systems.

“This means taking systems that once controlled fire, lighting, climate, HVAC, security and electrical and integrating them under common platforms for overall building control through a remote or distributed network,” Cuprak said.

Cuprak said the certificate will also cover retro commissioning, or how to reduce energy consumption in existing commercial buildings.

“Hospitals, schools and government buildings are all classified as commercial,” Cuprak said. “Commercial buildings consume about 30-percent of the total energy in the United States, so reducing the energy consumption is critical.”

image of a tech monitoring an energy generator

Who can benefit from the certificate?

The certificate is geared toward those looking to work in the field of building energy management. Courses are structured for students with no previous energy management knowledge, but will also benefit those with some experience in the construction fields.

“Many current practitioners have trained as HVAC, pipefitter, and other related fields and have moved into facility management and Building Automation System positions,” Cuprak said. “The industry has a strong need to enhance the integration and knowledge of how all the pieces fit together and work as a system. The certificate will provide this kind of training.”

Certificate overview
  • In-person classes begin January 12, 2015
  • Classes held at RSC Downtown, 619 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix
  • Hands-on lab and field-based learning experiences
  • All classes are scheduled for 8-week duration
  • Affordable tuition - $84/credit for Maricopa County residents
  • Program qualifies for Federal Financial Aid

For more information visit

This story can also be found in the Nov. 1, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College.

Friday, October 24, 2014

First Annual Veteran Summit at PC Nov. 6

Image of arms/hands shaking, one with business attire, the other in military uniform
Phoenix College Veteran Services is collaborating with Support Education and Employment for Vets (S.E.E.4VETS) and the Valley's business community to host the First Annual Veteran Summit, November 6.

The summit is designed to give business leaders, veteran students and alumni an opportunity to engage in an open dialogue about ways skilled veterans can help satisfy the needs of local employers.

The Summit is not a job fair. It is a way for veteran students and alumni to network with leaders in the business community and learn how to transition into the business industry.

Phoenix College Career Services staff will be on hand to help veterans with resume preparation. Free business cards, flash drive, and resume printing will be available prior to the event.

Network and meet great people who can help you get to the next stage of your career!

First Annual Veteran Summit at Phoenix College
Thursday, November 6, 2014

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Phoenix College, Hacienda Room, F Building
View Map
Lunch will be provided

Please call (602) 285-7342 or stop by the PC Veteran Services office in the Hannelly Center to register for the event.

Program Summary
Moderated discussion with veterans and business leaders who will share:
  • Their experiences in navigating the business community and what they learned.
  • What they wished they knew while they were in school.
  • How veteran students can best highlight their important skills and training.
There will also be time for participants to ask questions.  

  • 11:00 a.m. - Welcome
    Dr. Heather Kruse, Dean, Student Affairs, PC
  • 11:05 a.m. - Opening Remarks
    Dr. Anna Solley, President, PC and Laura Pastor, District 4 Councilwoman
  • 11:15 a.m. - Summit Overview
    Ray Torres, Chairman of the Board S.E.E.4VETS, Major General USAF (Ret.) Carl Schneider, S.E.E.4VETS Strategic Advisor and John Nicholas, S.E.E.4VETS Strategic Advisor
  • 11:30 a.m. - Panel Discussion
    Student and Alumni Panel  
  • 12:15 p.m. - Photos, Networking and Prizes
  • 1:00 p.m. - Appreciation Fair
    Bear's Den Patio / Sophomore Square 

Image of soldiers saluting, as seen on PC Veterans Services web page
Presented by PC Veteran Services in partnership with the S.E.E.4VETS (Support Education and Employment for Vets)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Affordable Dental Clinic Services for You

Image of dental students working with a young patient.
When was the last time you had a dental exam and cleaning?

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public-- while giving students practical educational experiences.

The clinic opened in late spring at its new location in Tempe, AZ. It features 20 patient chairs, six X-ray units, an instrument processing room and serves as an instructional lab where dental hygiene and dental assisting students gain hands-on experience working in a clinic setting.

Photo of Holly Harper
“Patients are very happy when they leave our clinic because they know they have had the best treatment possible,” said Holly Harper, Rio Salado’s Faculty Chair of Dental Programs.

“Rio Salado has one of the best dental hygiene programs in the nation. Our Clinical Dental Assisting Program is a unique combination of online and in person. It is one of three programs in the State of Arizona that is accredited."

The clinic can accommodate as many as 20 patients, with an equal number of dental hygiene students and dental assisting students during clinic hours. The students work under the supervision of licensed dentists, registered dental hygienists and certified dental assistants.

Services offered include: blood pressure screening, oral examination, X-rays, cleaning and polishing, fluoride application, gum disease screening, oral hygiene instruction, and other selected services, including sealants and dietary counseling. Services are available to adults and children 4-years of age and older.

Patients should visit their family dentist for other needs such as major restorative work and surgeries. The clinic can provide patients with a list of community dental clinics if they do not already have a dentist.

In addition to the quality services provided by students, patients benefit from an affordable pricing structure.
“Rio Salado's dental clinic provides the best dental hygiene treatment possible, at a reduced fee for the patients,” Harper said. Currently, fees range from $25-35 depending on the age of the patient.

The Rio Salado College Dental Clinic is located at 2250 W. 14th Street in Tempe. Clinic hours and appointments may vary. All new patients must have a screening visit prior to a dental hygiene appointment. To schedule a screening appointment, call (480) 377-4100.

For more information, visit our Dental Clinic web page.

This story can also be found in the October 11, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

In-person Computer Workshops Begin Oct. 17

Image of students learning how to use a computer
Do you have a goal that requires you to further develop your computer skills? Perhaps you want to go to college and are considering taking online classes. Perhaps you have a future job in mind that requires knowing how to use a computer. Maybe you just want to keep in touch with family and friends or access the vast amount of knowledge available on the Internet. Regardless of your goal, Rio Salado has a series of workshops to help you take the first step.

The workshops are comprised of three, three-hour, non-credit, in-person (hybrid) basic computer classes, which will be held at RSC-Northern, RSC-Downtown, RSC-Avondale, RSC-LLC, RSC-Thomas, RSC-Southern throughout 2014-15.

Workshops begin as early as Oct. 17 at RSC Downtown and Nov. 7 at RSC Northern.

Dates and times vary by location. Review class schedule pages at or click on the class schedule links below for current offerings.

Here's a list of the classes available to you: 
Basic Computer Workshop 1 (CBP800-01CPT):
Basic Operating System, Basic Internet, Basic Word 1

Basic Computer Workshop 2 (CBP800-02CPT):
Basic Word 2, Basic Excel 1, Maricopa Email
(Pre-requisite: Must complete CBP800-01CPT in order to register for CBP800-02CPT.)

Basic Computer Workshop 3 (CBP800-03CPT ):
Basic Excel 2, Basic PowerPoint
(Pre-requisite: Must complete CBP800-02CPT in order to register for CBP800-03CPT.)

Image of three senior adults using computers

Computer Workshops Registration Options 2014 -2015
Enrollment and payment for the basic computer workshops can be completed by phone, online, or in person at Rio Salado's Tempe headquarters.

Each workshop requires a $15 fee paid with advance registration.

These workshops are open to the public. If you are not already admitted into the college, you can complete the “noncredit” quick admit at or call Student Enrollment Services at (480-517-8540) to register. 

Register by Telephone
480-517-8540 or 800-729-1197

Mon – Thurs, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Register Online
1. Choose your classes from our online class schedule
2. Add the classes you want to your worksheet
3. Head over to and register for the classes listed on your worksheet. If you are unsure how to use, check out our Start at Rio guide.

Register In-Person
Register with Student Enrollment Services at our Tempe headquarters.
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Mon – Thurs, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Teacher Inspires Adult English Learners

Photo of Sister Georgene Faust tutoring Rio Salado student Nicolas Lopez
Imagine living in a world where the text you see, the words you hear, and the culture that surrounds you is almost impossible to decode. How do individuals in this situation manage their most basic needs? Who can they turn to for help and support?

The answer is Sister Georgene Faust!

Faust is a highly dedicated and qualified educator who has devoted her life to academically advancing and empowering others. She spearheads an English as a Second Language (ESL) literacy foundations class at Rio Salado College Downtown.

“The reading foundations course prepares students to take the next step in life,” Faust said. “It teaches students the most basic fundamental skills of literacy, from writing a single sentence to completing a full-length essay.”

Designed specifically for adults, the reading foundations class invites students of all ages and literacy levels to improve on their basic reading, writing and comprehension abilities. The key feature is the use of intensive phonics to help students decode words to improve reading and writing skills.

“People at different levels are really learning, and they build these very basic skills systematically,” Faust said. “They are learning the tools they need to be successful and to reach higher levels of education.”

Faust first became acquainted with ESL courses when a long-time friend and colleague of the Scottish Rite approached her about volunteer work. She immediately recognized the need for such courses throughout the Phoenix area.

“It’s an incredibly supportive and rewarding experience for the students, just as much as it is for me,” Faust said.

Faust volunteered at Rio Salado’s downtown location, where she has been teaching courses for more than 20 years.

Photo of Nicolas Lopez
Nicolas Lopez is one of Faust’s current students. Originally from southern Mexico, he dropped out of school after sixth grade to relocate to the United States and start a business.

“I didn’t have a need for schooling or English literacy at first because my customers were Spanish-speakers,” Lopez said. “But then suddenly I had to close my business, and I realized that I needed to do something.”

Lopez’s wife had received her high school equivalency through a Rio Salado prep program, and encouraged him to sign up for classes.

“I couldn’t be happier with my decision,” Lopez said. “Sister Georgene is such a great teacher and she really understands the needs of her students.”

Lopez describes his time in the classroom as personally rewarding and professionally invaluable. He feels motivated and inspired every day to keep working and learning.

“Every time I learn something new it is very exciting,” Lopez said. “Everyone in the class is so supportive and truly wants to see you succeed. We all have very different backgrounds, but we want to help each other.”

Lopez is now pursuing his high school equivalency and hopes to continue his education through Rio Salado’s Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program to obtain his degree.

To learn more about Rio Salado’s college bridge pathway opportunities for adult learners visit

This story can also be found in the Oct. 4, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Aubrie Artiano, PR Coordinator at Rio Salado College

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rio Salado Honors Outstanding Adjunct Faculty

Rio Salado College honored 43 adjunct faculty members and college bridge pathways instructors at its 2013-14 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty awards reception on August 27.

“Rio’s adjunct faculty members and instructors fill a critical role in student success,” said Chris Bustamante, Rio Salado College president. “In addition to upholding high academic standards, their excellence is demonstrated by a value-added approach to teaching.”

Adjunct faculty members and instructors are nominated for the awards based on criteria in two categories: teaching and learning and assessment of student learning.

The honorees include Dr. Michael Crudder, Teresa Carman, Kelly Devenney, and Thomas Clark.

Dr. Michael Crudder, an adjunct in Rio Salado’s education department since 2007, uses his experience as a full-time public school principal to enhance his work supporting students.

Dr. Crudder focuses on assessment, and providing his students with detailed feedback on their lesson plans and offering suggestions, resources, and strategies to address any challenges they are facing in the classroom.

Teresa Carman has been an adjunct instructor with the clinical dental assisting program since 2006. Carman was honored for her dedication to the students and for earning a commendation during a visit from an accreditation team.

Dental assisting faculty chair Holly Harper said, “Teresa is so dedicated to her students’ success that she is known to have contacted them daily via text, email, and telephone even while in labor!”

Kelly Devenney, an adjunct faculty member in mathematics, has taught algebra and basic arithmetic at Rio Salado since 2008, and has served as a dual enrollment instructor at Mountain Ridge High School since 2011.

Devenney was praised by faculty chair John Jensen for developing the new MAT122 online course that incorporates new features and design. “Kelly has made a great difference for our programs in just a short amount of time.”

Thomas Clark is an instructor for Rio Salado’s College Bridge Pathways program. He teaches at RSC Avondale, where he exemplifies the definition of a team player and is always willing to share his expertise and best practices.

Associate Dean Blair Liddicoat noted that Clark’s “can-do” positive attitude helps staff and student morale. “Tom contributes greatly to Rio’s core value of innovation,” Liddicoat said. “He created a tool for ELAA students to track their scores throughout the year.”

The complete list of honorees:

Outstanding Contributions to Assessment of Student Learning
Deborah Carey, Michael Crudder, Cindy DeBoer, Francine Martyn and RuthAnn Miller.

Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning
Kenneth Alexander, Natasha Alston, Keith Benjamin, Elisabeth Borchers, Teresa Carman, Don Chelini, Irfan Choudhery, Martha De La Torre, Richard De Mark, Kelly Devenney, Don Dumais, Robert Falk, Michelle Garland, Bill Hickman, Devin Howe, Melinda Kolker, Shawn Korman, Ivonne Kroman, Georgeanna Lass Drew, Holly Lickwala, Kim McIntosh, Alison Mead, Pamela Miller, Magda Nelson, Mary Ann Petkus, Daniel Sager, Margaret Smith, Adam Sonstroem, Jonathan Titley, Kim Urbanc, Kimberly Ware, Steven West, Robert Wilson, Christen Wolcott and Birgit Zimmermann.

Outstanding College Bridge Pathways Instructors
Todd Burke, Graciela Wilkerson and Thomas Clark.

For more information about teaching at Rio Salado College visit our Faculty Services web page at and this Outstanding Adjunct Faculty web page.

Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the event.

This story can also be found in the September 13, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic.  Highlights are also featured on this community page:  By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AZ PTK Works to End Domestic Violence

Rio Salado PTK team members with family, friends and supporters of Sexual and Domestic Violence Awareness Night at Chase Field.
The Diamondbacks vs. Rockies game at Chase Field on August 30 had an additional draw for Arizona members of Phi Theta Kappa; an international honor society of two-year colleges. It was Sexual and Domestic Violence Awareness Night— dedicated to a cause the team has decided to champion in 2014-15— the perfect time and place for members to gather with advisors, family, friends, other advocates and survivors.

“The Arizona regional team for Phi Theta Kappa (AZ PTK) has been working together for the last six months to research domestic violence, teen dating violence, bullying, and violence in the home,” said John Field, AZ PTK president.

Photo of John FieldField began his term as AZ PTK president March 2014. Until recently he had also been serving as Rio Salado Alpha Theta Omicron PTK chapter president since May 2013.

As AZ PTK president, he’s collaborating with other college chapters in Arizona to provide support with group projects, encourage leadership development and respond to student concerns and needs. For this group project, the team is examining causes of and solutions to reduce violence—and ways to improve victim’s lives.

“The major focus of our research has been to determine what, if anything, can we do as students to assist in reducing violent actions, and bring relief to victims and/or their children,” said Field.

The team has met with police, city council members, family advocacy centers, prosecutors, Maricopa Association of Governments and the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence-- which inspired them to participate in Saturday’s event.

The students are thinking about gathering donated items such as diapers, personal hygiene products and other important items for victims in crisis. “We are also considering a campaign on many college campuses to raise awareness of healthy relationships and what people can do to avoid being assaulted,” said Field.

Field was appointed to his post during the PTK regional convention in March, where he and other Rio Salado PTK students received a Distinguished Arizona Chapter Award, Honors-in-Action Award and College Project Award for their research, community service and efforts to improve student life during the 2013-14 academic year.

Field was also one of three Rio Salado PTK students to receive a Civic Leadership Medallion award in May from the Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Dr. Rufus Glasper, for demonstrating outstanding achievements in educational advancement, civic engagement and community outreach.

John Field, Associate Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs
Felicia Ganther, J.D. and John Bastian
“John Field is a great leader for PTK,” said John Bastian, Rio Salado PTK Chapter Advisor and Coordinator of Student Life and Leadership. “He has really flourished-- along with our group. I couldn’t be more proud.”

Bastian, who received a Paragon Award for outstanding achievement as an advisor at the national PTK NerdNation annual convention in April said, “PTK plays a significant role in helping students find their leadership potential and put it to good use.”

“I never would have thought that I liked community service, public policy, public service, and advocating for those who cannot represent themselves,” said Field. These are gifts that I will treasure forever, and will hopefully make a difference in the lives of those around me.

To learn more about Rio Salado’s PTK team, visit and contact John Bastian at or 480-517-8656.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

MVET Picnic Honors Veteran Students

Inviation for MVET Picnic, details featured in text below
Join the Maricopa Veterans Education Task-force (MVET) for a celebration in honor of veteran students during a family-friendly picnic on Sept. 13.

Enjoy free food, barbeque, volleyball, basketball, children’s playground, Dog Park and family fun!

Who: All veteran students, veteran supporters, Veteran Student Club Members, advisors, certifying officials and families.

When: Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Steele Indian School Park – 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85012

Directions: Enter through the Central Avenue entrance (just north of Indian School Road). Park in parking lot A. The event will be located in the northwest corner of the park near the basketball & volleyball courts.

Please RSVP by e-mail to

Learn more at

*Bring a blanket

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

MAPP Guarantees Transfer to ASU

You wouldn’t take a road trip without a map, right? The Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) is an ideal navigational tool for Maricopa Community Colleges students on their way to Arizona State University.

The free program helps students transition to and complete their bachelor’s degree at ASU through a prescribed sequence of coursework, specialized academic advisement and guidance from an ASU transfer specialist. Rio Salado College students are guaranteed admission to certain ASU degree programs when all MAPP requirements are met.

“This is ideal for new and returning students, especially those who may not be familiar with college and university requirements or cannot afford the tuition of a four-year university,” said Rio Salado Director of Academic Advisement David Hall. “We work hand-and-hand with ASU Transfer Specialists to make sure students meet requirements, stay on-track and transfer seamlessly.”

Rio Salado and ASU graduate Andrew Allred credits MAPP for opening doors to his education.

Allred dropped out of high school at 17 and spent the next five years of his life working and volunteering but thoughts of pursuing an education nagged at him.

“I saw how higher education empowered people to do greater amounts of good in the world, so I knew I had to go back to school,” he said. “I got my GED just shy of my 22nd birthday and found out about the MAPP transfer program shortly thereafter.”

The birth of Allred’s first child solidified his educational and career path.

“She came into this world with several life threatening health complications,” said Allred. “The medical staff exercised an incredible amount of expertise in treating her conditions and ultimately saved her life. Having my beautiful and perfectly healthy daughter come home, caused me to realize I would settle for nothing less than paying forward compassionate and competent health care to other individuals and families in medically vulnerable situations.”

Allred earned an Associate of Arts degree with high distinction from Rio Salado in 2012 and transferred to ASU to study Nutrition that fall.

“I chose to attend ASU because of their dedication, as is evident in the MAPP program, to help students in community colleges take their education to the next level with a seamless transition,” said Allred

Allred graduated summa cum laude with a with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition from ASU in May of 2014 and will begin his Master of Science Physician Assistant program at Baylor College of Medicine this fall.

ASU Transfer specialist Erika Camarillo
is available for in-person meetings on
Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Tower
at Rio in Tempe. Contact Erika now

MAPP is designed for students like Allred who have chosen a major and can complete their community college program of study within three years. There are select degree programs available, which include the most popular ASU majors for community college transfer students. More will be developed over time. Visit for eligible degree programs.

Students pay community college tuition and fees while attending Rio Salado and then ASU rates upon transfer. MAPP participants are also eligible for the Tuition Commitment Program, which limits tuition increases that may occur during a student’s program of study. Visit for more details.

For additional details about MAPP and to begin the enrollment process, visit or call 480-517-8580.

This story can also be found in the July 26 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Rio Salado - Great College to Work For®

The Chronicle of Higher Education included Rio Salado College in its 2014 list of Great Colleges to Work For®.

Now in its seventh year, the Great Colleges program recognizes small groups of colleges for specific best practices and policies and has become one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country.

The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received Great Colleges recognition was the employee feedback.

Rio Salado employees recognized the college for providing outstanding:
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Diversity
  • Facilities, Workspace and Security
  • Professional/Career-Development Programs
  • Teaching Environment
  • Work/Life Balance
Surveys were contributed by 278 participating institutions and completed by 43,516 administrators, faculty members and professional staff.

Rio Salado has been a long-time leader in online learning because our greatest asset is the dedicated, caring, and innovative faculty and staff. The college integrates the principles of inclusion, diversity, and respect throughout the organization and Rio Salado employees show a deep understanding of how the work they do supports the college mission.

We hope you will consider sharing your skills and passion for education as a member of our team. Please visit our jobs page for details about faculty, staff and part-time opportunities.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Employer-sponsored Educational Opportunities

Some companies offer perks like free coffee, Ping-Pong tables in break rooms, and off-site team building activities (read: laser tag)! But several Valley employers are giving their employees something even more valuable: access to a college education.

Rio Salado College has educational partnerships with dozens of local companies. Through the partnerships, employees can receive credit for on-the-job training, and take any remaining credits needed to complete an associate degree from Rio Salado.

These employer-sponsored educational partnerships are mutually beneficial because employees further their education, leading to career advancement, while employers gain a more skilled workforce.

“I knew I was earning credits while attending the deputy academy, but it didn’t click at the time that I could do something with them,” said Guillermo Garcia, a detective with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Garcia earned an associate degree in law enforcement technology from Rio Salado in May. He credits the training he received on the job along with the opportunity to earn college credits with helping him reach this milestone.

“After an evaluation by Rio Salado’s academic advisement department, I learned I only needed three classes to achieve my degree,” Garcia said. “I really didn't want to go back to school. Once I started, I realized getting a college education wasn't difficult. Plus it was a good influence on my children to see me graduate.”

Garcia plans on continuing his education.

“I want to become a lawyer after I retire, so I am working on a bachelor’s degree in public administration through Rio Salado’s partnership with Northern Arizona University,” Garcia said. “This program is great because I can take classes at the community college rate and transfer those credits to NAU.”

APS employee Richard Martinez is another student who also gained a college degree with the help of his employer.

“I decided to earn a college degree to empower myself and to equip myself with the tools needed to be able to function in today’s society,” Martinez said.

Thanks to the educational partnership between APS and Rio Salado College, Martinez is on his way.

“It was very beneficial for me to receive college credits for successfully completing my employer's training,” Martinez said. “This was the jump-start I needed. Without this program, it would have taken me longer to complete my degree.”

Martinez found the entire experience seamless, noting the convenience and cost savings. However, he also had to learn how to budget his time.

“My greatest challenge while taking classes was juggling work and school,” Martinez said. “It is very challenging to do both. It definitely takes a great deal of discipline and dedication to be able to focus on school and accomplish your goals.”

The education bug has bitten Martinez, too.

“I sincerely believe that I am a lifelong learner,” he said. “I really love to learn. Therefore my long-range career and educational goals include learning as much as possible about things that interest me as well as things that do not. I eventually would like to receive a master’s degree in business.”

If your company would like to explore educational partnerships with Rio Salado College, please call 480-517-8512.

This story can also be found in the July 19 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Rio Salado Top Company to Work for in AZ

Interim Dean of Enrollment Mgmt & Student Affairs
Kevin Bilder accepts award on behalf of Rio Salado.
Rio Salado College earned a spot in the 2014 CareerBuilder Top Companies to Work for in Arizona list. Employers were evaluated and selected based on a combination of overall satisfaction scores from an employee engagement survey and evaluation from an employer questionnaire covering topics related to HR programs, benefits and workplace culture.

Rio Salado is proud to be recognized as one of Arizona’s “Top Companies to Work for” and we encourage employment seekers to consider a career on our winning team. For details about current job opportunities with our organization, visit:

CareerBuilder and Republic Media made the announcement during a breakfast reception on Friday, June 27 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix.

A complete list of the 75 Top Companies and related stories can be found at

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Student Group Facilitates Civic Involvement

Rio Salado student Gabriel Sanchez completed the SPPF
program. His final project focused on the growing crisis
that student loans play in the economy.
Choosing to attend classes at an online college does not mean students miss out on connecting with other students and getting involved with their school and community.

Three Rio Salado College students recently completed the Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF), a program that offers students a way to network while also fostering civic involvement.

Student Public Policy Forum
SPPF is a 2-semester academic program that provides an overview of local, state, and national public policy making, and promotes citizen influence and involvement.  SPPF gives students an up-close experience of how government works and culminates in travel to Washington, D.C. in the spring semester.

Rio Salado student Gabriel Sanchez completed the SPPF program en route to earning an associate degree in public administration.

“I returned to college to complete an associate degree to compliment my position with the federal government,” said Sanchez. “SPPF was an amazing experience that helped to focus my intentions towards a future career in politics.”

As part of the program requirements, students select a policy issue on which they conduct research, create an advocacy plan, and develop a final poster presentation.

Sanchez’s final project focused on the growing crisis that student loans play in the economy and for the individuals that take them.

“Financial issues are one of the major problems that impact people today and can only get better through education and proper measures to pass important information to the people for informed decisions,” Sanchez said.

Student Jaye Grismer originally decided to participate in SPPF to better understand how change happens in the community.

“The year that I spent in the SPPF program has helped me to build and enhance my professional skill-set,” Grismer said. “The program assignments and interactions boosted my personal confidence and helped me to identify how I can most effectively assist a team to facilitate change.”

Grismer’s final project centered on the cost of getting an education.

“Federal Social Impact Bonds, or ‘Pay for Success’ financing, is a little known resource that I wanted to educate my classmates and community about,” Grismer said. “I focused my final project on these innovative funding mechanisms and how they could help expand Arizona’s early education programs while also decreasing taxpayer costs and government spending.”

John Field, a student pursuing a paralegal studies degree, said SPPF gave him the opportunity for real-life participation in civic leadership.

“By taking a hands-on approach to education, I now feel more experienced and able to speak with lawmakers, school boards, and the media,” Field said.

Field’s final project was about improving the Violence Against Women Act. 

“This act does very little to protect victims, and often discourages victims from reporting acts of violence or assisting in the prosecution,” Field said. “My proposal would help remedy these limitations in Arizona by obligating judges to convict violent abusers of felonies, mandating sentences and restricting gun ownership.”

All three students agree that SPPF benefited them through more than academics.

“I am much less intimidated of the legislative process and a more productive student and engaged citizen because of my SPPF program experiences,” Grismer said. 
For more details about SPPF, contact Rio Salado Student Life and Leadership Coordinator John Bastian at or 480-517-8656.

By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College.