Showing posts with label Online Degree. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Online Degree. Show all posts

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Explore Teaching Workshop Aug 6!

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Have you ever considered a career in teaching? If so, Rio Salado's Teacher Education team is offering a free Explore Teaching Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Rio Salado Conference Center.

The workshop will introduce students to the teaching profession and address:
  • Administrative and classroom expectations
  • Course planning and preparation
  • Student assessments
  • Salary and benefit expectations

The workshop is designed for undergraduate students as well as career professionals who are transitioning to become teachers.

The workshop will address many of the concerns of potential teachers before they fully commit to a certification program and a career in education.

Register Now

For more information call 480-517-8140.

See related blog about the pressing need for teachers in Arizona.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Turn Your Investigator Skills into a New Career!

Image of a young, female police officer smiling at the camera.  Text: Administration of Justice.  Learn more.

Are you naturally inquisitive? Do you have a passion for justice? 

With Rio Salado College’s new Administration of Justice Studies program, you can get the background you need to enter a variety of careers in the criminal justice field, including:

  • Private detectives and investigators
  • Judicial law and court clerks
  • Legal support workers
  • Gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the criminal justice field is projected to grow, which is why Rio Salado created its AJS program.

“Rio Salado’s new Associate in Applied Science and Certificate of Completion in Administration of Justice (AJS) are designed with industry expertise to address specific employment needs within the industry,” said Rio Salado Public Safety and Paralegal Faculty Chair Angela Kwan, who played a key role in the development of this new program.

Learn more at

Friday, March 11, 2016

Rio Salado Avondale Power Outage

Attention, Rio Salado Avondale and the surrounding area are experiencing a power outage.  

APS estimates that power will be restored later tonight.

As a result, the Avondale location and Testing Center will be closed for the rest of the day. 

We will provide updates as soon as they're available.

The location cannot field calls. If you have an inquiry that requires immediate attention, please call the Rio Salado main line: 480-517-8000.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Time to Apply for Graduation Rio Waves!

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Many of you have recently completed certificate and degree programs-- or are getting ready to finish a program of study this spring. Congratulations Rio Waves

Celebrate your accomplishments with us during Rio Salado's 2016 Commencement ceremony on May 11 at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix

Graduation applications are due March 1, 2016.

Learn more about the ceremony and submit your graduation application online by visiting this web page.

#‎RioGrad‬ ‪#‎RioWaves‬

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Demo for Students New to Rio & Online Learning
New to Rio Salado College and online learning-- or thinking about enrolling?  This new demo was made for you!

Explore the options and convenience of our online learning platform and see why more than 40,000 online students have taken classes at Rio Salado College.

Start your demo now.

#onlinelearning #onlineclasses #tutorial #onlineeducation  

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

State Farm is Hiring! Take Part in Dec. 15 Job Fair

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Explore part-time and full-time opportunities in Customer Service, Sales and Auto Claims at State Farm's Career Fair, Dec. 15.

Meet with State Farm recruiters and hiring managers.

Dec. 15, 2015
10 a.m. - 1 pm.
Phoenix airport Marriott
1101 N. 44th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Search State Farm jobs and apply online now at

Learn how Rio Salado's new Insurance Studies program can help you excel in this fast-growing industry! 

Enroll now, start Monday!

#‎insurance‬ ‪#‎jobs‬ ‪#‎employment‬ ‪#‎career‬

Friday, September 25, 2015

A Case for Expanding Online Learning
Rio Salado Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs Shannon McCarty recently published this feature for to address how online educational models can help traditional, two-year colleges increase their capacity and ability to serve a greater number of students.

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New Program Helps Dental Pros Improve Access

Rio Salado Dental Clinic staff, volunteers and students at July 8 Community clinic
Rio Salado Dental Clinic staff, students and volunteers at July 8 Community Clinic for Kids

Rio Salado College is offering an online certificate program that trains community health workers to help bring better dental health to people in underserved communities.

Classes for Rio Salado's Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) program, created by the American Dental Association (ADA), begin on Aug. 25. The class is limited to certified dental assistants and registered dental hygienists.

The registration deadline is Aug. 1, 2015, however, this deadline may be extended provided students have most requirements fulfilled by Aug. 1.  Please call for approval.
image of rio dental clinic staff with patients

“CDHCs truly are making headway in improving access to care for people living in communities suffering disproportionately from dental disease,” said ADA President Dr. Maxine Feinberg. “We are excited about the extent to which these future CDHCs can help break down the barriers impeding people from attaining good oral health.”

Rio Salado’s classes will take place during three 16-week trimesters, followed by internships. Approximately 10 students will be accepted.

The college is offering the program to prospective CDHC students in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the District of Columbia.

“This program will not only be an asset to dentists in Arizona, but to dentists throughout the country,” said Arizona Dental Association Executive Director Kevin Earle.

CDHCs are trained to provide oral health education and disease prevention, and to help people navigate the public health system to receive care from dentists. Rio Salado College hosted the initial ADA CDHC pilot program, from which 34 people graduated.

“We are thrilled that Rio Salado is again hosting this wonderful program, which will ensure that more Arizona residents, as well as others throughout the country, will be able to enjoy good oral health.”

For more information about Rio Salado's CDHC program, visit this web page.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Attend Free Teacher Ed Orientation

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

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

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

Meet Jenna Leahy, Teacher Extraordinaire

Jenna Leahy surrounded by grade school children.

Here's a terrific success story from the team at Maricopa Matters about Jenna Leahy, who benefited from Rio Salado's Teacher Education program, which helped her become a co-founder of a local charter school. 

"Being able to work full time and take courses at my convenience really fit my personality. Getting my certificate while I was teaching allowed me to learn in real time."

To learn more about Rio Salado's Teacher Education programs, visit

Friday, April 17, 2015

Early Childhood Open House, April 23

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

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

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

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

Time: 5:30 -7 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

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

Please RSVP by April 21 to 
or by phone at 480-517-8818.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tom Hanks on Community College

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

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

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

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

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rio Featured in U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report: Consider Whether to Take an Online Course at Community College. Online community college courses can provide an affordable and accessible option for employees who want new skills.

Here's a story by Ian Quillen from U.S. News & World Report about the benefits online community colleges can offer working professionals.

It includes perspectives from Rio Salado Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jennifer McGrath and former Rio Salado Retail Management student Nicki Schillhahn-Amos from Fry’s Food.

Learn how we can help you.

Take the next step:

Friday, October 31, 2014

RSC Named a Top 40 Online Community College

Afflordable Colleges Foundation seal for 40 Top Online Community Colleges

The Affordable Colleges Foundation (AFC) just added Rio Salado to its 40 Top Online Community Colleges list for 2014.

The list is comprised by two-year schools offering the best online learning opportunities at the most affordable price. Rio Salado is listed as number 18

AFC, which is a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information, based its decision on data from thousands of community colleges across the country. You can see our college's ranking and related data on this ACF web page.

This new analysis focuses on affordability and online learning. Each community college on the list has tuition and fees less than $3,000 per year and at least 10 full online degree programs available to students.

Rio Salado is committed to making education affordable and accessible to anyone with a passion for learning.

We can help you get started right now. 


Affordable Colleges Online has an expert-driven resource guidebook for students seeking advice and information about affordable programs from community colleges that offer flexible online learning classes. It's available free of charge online. Check it out now.

Monday, August 13, 2012

RioLearn Showcases College's Culture of Innovation

Earlier this month, a collaboration of program developers, course designers, faculty members, web specialists, and graphic artists launched an upgraded version of Rio Salado College’s online learning management platform, RioLearn.

Not only is the updated design easier for students to navigate, it lays the groundwork for a series of planned improvements. In fact, the RioLearn team is already working on additional features like social media integration to promote a connected college experience for Rio Salado’s 41,000 online students.

According to Rio Salado College Vice President of Information Services Edward Kelty, the recently released version brings significant changes to the user interface including a more current design, streamlined navigation and integrated help screens.

"This time around we’re making a lot of very visible changes," Kelty said. "We're adding better personalization and incorporating more social elements into the system. We’re updating the user interface so it’s smoother and easier to understand, and of course we’re all very excited about the new look."

RioLearn is an LMS platform like Blackboard or Moodle, but in order to support the unique features offered by Rio Salado College, the program had to be custom built from the ground up.

"Ideally we want to build applications only when we can't find something that meets the majority of our needs," Kelty said. "RioLearn exists because no available product would do the job."

In addition to not being able to support Rio Salado's block calendar system and Monday starts, standard LMS platforms are often incompatible with the one-course-many-sections model of course development in place at the college.

"RioLearn allows for a more efficient automated course maintenance system," Kelty said. "When Rio’s faculty and instructional design team create a course, the system then automatically generates the course website and provisions all student and faculty access.”

“In a traditional LMS, typically each teacher has to create and enter their own content and then manually initiate rolling it forward each semester.  RioLearn has completely automated the process of rolling course materials forward from one semester to another,” Kelty said.

Rio Salado College, recognized as a pioneer in distance learning, began offering online courses in 1996. The RioLearn environment was introduced in 2004, and by 2006 the school had converted a majority of its classes to an online format.

“In 1996, there were no web editors. There were no systems. You just had to put it all together yourself," Kelty said. "It was fun and a very exciting time."

"Faculty member, Angela Ambrosia, and I taught the faculty how to write HTML so that they could create our first online classes," Kelty said. “The first 16 to 20 courses were written by hand by our faculty chairs."

The initial release of the RioLearn program was a significant milestone for Kelty and his team.

"I tell people it's like my wedding or birthday," Kelty joked. "The RioLearn version one release date was August 23 of 2004, and I'll never forget it."

"Obviously the process has been refined over the years," Kelty said. "We have a whole team of instructional designers working with the faculty chairs now.  We also have a course production and media teams that produce the content and multimedia objects to increase student learning and  engagement.”

Because innovation is such an essential part of the Rio Salado College culture, RioLearn was developed with an eye on the future.

Built in partnership with Microsoft and Dell, the program is both scalable and adaptable. It has been tested to support as many as 100,000 students and has the agility needed to quickly adjust to new educational products, changing legislative regulations, and advances in technology.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

EVVEC Helps Veteran Find Employment

Integrating back into civilian life can be challenging. Army Reservist Modesta Muturi was unemployed for eight months after returning from a year and a half deployment in Kuwait. After an unsuccessful job search, her husband recommended she use the career resources at the East Valley Veterans Education Center in Tempe.

“The EVVEC was my starting point for finding a job. They pointed me in the right direction and I was determined,” said Muturi.

The center offers educational, employment and workforce development workshops as well as referrals to community resources. It has served more than 700 veterans since it opened in 2011. 
“The EVVEC provided me a resume building packet with sample resumes and a step-by-step on how to build a strong resume. It was very helpful and I will continue to refer back to the packet for resume tips and coming back to the EVVEC center for assistance,” said Muturi. “It is also really helpful for putting documents together.”

Muturi was soon hired as an oral surgery assistant at Bright Now Dental in Mesa, AZ and travels all over the Valley with the company.

Also, after returning from deployment, she became a full-time student. Her new- found employment in addition to the financial assistance from her military service allowed her to pursue a higher education. Muturi also took advantage of educational resources by completing a class at Mesa Community College to satisfy nursing prerequisites.
“During my sophomore year in high school I was part of the Arizona Health Academy and worked in the Maricopa Integrated Hospital for the summer. When I was there I worked two shifts, one in the ER and one in physical therapy. That’s where my interest grew,” said Muturi.

She hopes to earn her bachelor’s and master’s in nursing. She’s currently been accepted to Grand Canyon University and the Chamberlain College of Nursing and is waiting to hear back from the nursing program at Arizona State University. She has also received a letter of recommendation from an EVVEC staff member for a scholarship. 

Muturi will continue to live a life of service with her pursuit of a medical career. Thinking about her progress in achieving her educational and career goals Muturi said, “It wouldn’t have happened without EVVEC. It would be great to have people know about it. I hope they stay here as long as they can.”

The EVVEC is a collaboration of Rio Salado College (host institution), Chandler-Gilbert, GateWay, Mesa, and Scottsdale community colleges. It is conveniently located in Tempe, at the intersection of Broadway Road and Cottonwood Drive and provides veterans with educational and career resources. For more information visit or call (480) 384-9850.

By Patricia Oliverio-Lauderdale, PR Intern at Rio Salado College
Article published in the Tempe Republic June 30

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Save a Life with CPR

Contributed by Angela Ambrosia, Ph.D.
Rio Salado College Faculty Chair of Allied Health


According to the American Heart Association, in 2011, more than 380,000 incidents of sudden cardiac arrest occurred outside of hospitals and emergency rooms. Less than eight percent of these victims survive.

Fortunately, the hope for survival increases with effective bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator provided at the time of the attack. In addition, four out of five cardiac arrests occur in the home, meaning a friend or family member’s life can be saved.

There is a misconception that only medical professionals need to know CPR, but learning how to properly administer CPR is vital for everyone. Because of the lack of proper training and the tendency to forget skills learned, nearly 70 percent of Americans feel helpless when administering CPR.

Rio Salado College offers three online courses in CPR; HCC109 – Basic Life Support for Healthcare providers, HES 106 – Heartsaver CPR AED and HES154 – Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED. These courses require an in-person skills assessment and provide the participant with an American Heart Association card upon completion of the course. This ensures the student’s knowledge is thorough and long lasting.

The success of the courses is evident through the students’ use of CPR during numerous real-life emergencies. In one situation, a student at Rio, was on his way to take the skills test for a CPR course and encountered an automobile accident. The student said that because of his training from Rio he had the confidence to secure the scene, call 911 and provide basic first aid to five victims involved in the accident.

Sarah Johnson, a mother of two and graduate of Rio’s CPR course, found the course to be very helpful, accessible and convenient with her busy schedule.

“If you set quiet time aside, you will get the most out of the class,” Johnson said. “Just knowing that I have the knowledge of CPR means that I don’t have to wait for someone else to get there to help.”

CPR courses at Rio Salado are not only extremely useful but also convenient. The college has offered these courses online since 2010, allowing students to become well practiced in crucial life support practices. In addition, the in-person skills assessment can be scheduled at a convenient time for the student.

For those who may not have the time to take an online course, and want to be prepared, a hands-on instructional video is available from the AHA in support of National CPR and AED Awareness Week, June 1-7.


Keep in mind that hands-only CPR, which consists of only chest compressions, has proven to be as effective as mouth-to-mouth CPR in treating adult cardiac arrest victims. Taking a few classes online or watching a video is an easy and small price to pay for the ability to save a life.

June 1-7 is National CPR & AED Awareness Week. Rio Salado will celebrate CPR awareness throughout the month and provide a Laderal™ Face Shield CPR Barrier Key Ring to students who complete their coursework. The shield prevents direct contact with the mouth, nose and face to protect the rescuer and victim.

Article published in the Tempe Republic May 30

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rio Graduate Overcomes Obstacles

Of the 627 students who received degrees at Rio Salado’s recent commencement ceremony, perhaps none define perseverance better than Gregory Kosko.

In January of 2009, Kosko lost his job due to corporate economic cutbacks. Later that year, he was diagnosed with Essential Tremors, which later escalated into Parkinson’s disease.

“At that point, I was unemployed, disabled and discouraged,” Kosko said. “While time was not a factor, finances and the ability to physically write and type were huge obstacles.”

Kosko knew he couldn’t let his situation stand in the way of going back to school for a degree to further his re-careering options.

“I enrolled in college just out of high school but circumstances prevented me from completing,” Kosko said. “As I rolled into a job and then a career, I was constantly reminded how much more I could achieve if I would just go back and complete my college education.”

Kosko began researching his educational options and settled on Rio Salado College.

“I chose Rio Salado for three main reasons,” Kosko said. “Online courses allowed me to keep transportation costs at a minimum. Flexible start dates offered a way to manage my daily schedule, and Rio’s transfer options allowed a seamless transfer to Northern Arizona University (NAU).”
In addition, Kosko also considered Rio Salado’s Disability Services department when choosing his college.

“Disability Services, and specifically manager Terry Ferra, helped me through to the completion of each and every course,” Kosko said. “Without this assistance I simply would not have been able to return to school.”

Kosko also credits technology in helping see his academic goals become reality. He used Dragon voice recognition software to assist with taking online classes.
“My advice to others is to focus on the doors that have opened, along with the opportunities they present, and not on the doors that have closed,” Kosko said. “The past is out of your control, the future has yet to be written.”

Now the holder of an Associate in Arts degree, Kosko can focus his attention on the future, which includes further education and helping others with disabilities.

“The Parkinson's diagnosis inspired me to work with those who have disabilities because I experienced it firsthand,” Kosko said. “Until it happens to you, is almost impossible to understand its overall effect on day-to-day living. If I'm able to help just one person get through this and get on with their life, it will be well worth it.”

Kosko plans to continue his education at NAU by earning a bachelor’s degree next year, and then to pursue a master’s degree in education.

“The completion of my college degree will surely open some new doors, but returning to work was not the sole purpose behind achieving my degree,” Kosko said. “It was simply a lifelong goal and the satisfaction it brings is immeasurable.”

Published in the Tempe Republic Saturday, May 19, 2012.