Showing posts with label RioSaladoCollege. Show all posts
Showing posts with label RioSaladoCollege. Show all posts

Friday, May 6, 2016

Rio President Bustamante Appointed to ACE Board

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

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

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

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

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich

Friday, September 4, 2015

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."

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 4, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rio Salado Bookstore Sale - 40% off Clearance
Valid 7/27 – 8/30 in-store and online on already reduced merchandise while supplies last!

Offer not valid on food items, Starbucks products, or graduation items. In-store discount automatically taken at register. Sale prices for purchases made online will reflect in the cart. Cannot be combined with any other offer. See store for details.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Rio's Addictions and Substance Use Programs

Rio Salado’s Addictions and Substance Use Disorders programs are designed to give you the tools you need to change the lives of others. 

Rio Salado is one of Arizona’s top trainers of chemical dependency professionals among National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) approved colleges.

Coursework focuses on the recovery process, relapse factors, family dynamics, various intervention models and professional ethics.

“There is an ongoing problem with addiction in this country, and that is why addictions counseling remains one of the top growth professions,” said Dr. Kirk Bowden, faculty chair for the college’s addictions and substance use disorders program.

Dr. Kirk Bowden
“We are committed to educating the next generation of addictions counselors.”

  • Professional Addictions Counseling Addictions and Substance Use Disorders - Levels I and II
Degree Program
  • Associate in Applied Science in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders 
Continuing Education

For additional information about Rio Salado’s Behavioral Health/Addictions and Substance Use Disorders program, visit or call Academic Advisement at 480-517-8580.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Join the RioLounge Community

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Have you checked out RioLounge? It's a great resource for buying and selling used textbooks and engaging with other students!

You can also share photos and videos, plan and promote local events or just hangout. 

All students are encouraged to participate. Here’s how:

  1. Log into or create a Google+ profile using a personal Gmail account.
  2. Visit
  3. Join the RioLounge Community on the right hand side of the page.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Dental Clinics Give Kids Reason to Smile!

images from the clinics of kids, volunteers, staff and students.

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic hosted two wellness clinics for kids in June and July and provided free dental services to nearly 200 children!

The services included exams, X-rays, cleaning and Fluoride treatments provided by Rio Salado’s dental hygiene students.

“A big goal for us is to offer services to the community, while also providing a learning experience for our students,” said Clinical Coordinator Nikki Shipp.

The Arizona Dental Foundation, which served as one the event sponsors reported that Rio Salado provided $23,223 worth of treatment at the June clinic! 

A big thank you to Rio Salado dental hygiene students, staff and volunteers for all their hard work and dedication in making the clinics a resounding success!

We would also like to thank the Arizona Dental Foundation, Delta Dental of Arizona, Xlear, CBS 5 AZ - KPHO and all of our community partners for helping us get the word out about this event, for donating services and volunteering their time!

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public all year long. Fees range from $25-35 depending on the age of the patient. For more information, call 480-377-4100 or visit

image of dental clinic students providing service to a young patient.

Interested in a Dental Career? Visit this web page to learn more about our dental hygiene and dental assisting programs, and how we can help you get started.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

We're Hiring! Part-Time Call Center Positions

Image af a Rio Salado employee looking at camera, behind her are Rio Salado students.

Rio Salado College is hiring part-time employees to join its Institutional Advancement Call Center team!

Job duties include assisting students with basic information about admission, registration and financial aid and outbound calling.

We encourage Rio Salado students to apply.

The ideal candidate will be customer-focus oriented, possess excellent written, verbal and listening skills, communicate policies and procedures with extreme attention to detail, and possess the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

Interested in learning more? Read the full job description.

Visit Rio Salado's Employment Page for details about all part-time and full time opportunities.

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

Friday, March 27, 2015

Personalized Learning Trumps All

March/April 2015 cover of eCampus News

The March/April 2015 edition of @ecampusnews features a column called, College Presidents Predict New Institutional Models, which includes perspectives from Rio Salado President Dr. Chris Bustamante. 

You can read Dr. Bustamante's article about the subject, Personalized Learning Trumps All on page 10 of the online issue.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Rio President Appointed to Governor Committee

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Rio Salado College President Dr. Chris Bustamante was recently appointed to Governor Doug Ducey’s Education Transition Committee.

Dr. Bustamante will work with other education and community leaders on the committee to advise the new administration on important education issues of the day, including those pertinent to Arizona's community colleges.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

New Titles at the Rio Salado Library

PBS video cover for "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History." A film by Ken Burns

Here is what’s new in the Rio Salado College Library!

Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
All I Know and Love: A Novel by Judith Frank
Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit by Graham Joyce
The Heist by Daniel Silva
The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell
Landline: A Novel by Rainbow Powell
Love Letters by Debbie Macomber
Perfect Life: A Novel by Danielle Steel
Red Winter by Dan Smith
The Remains of Innocence by J.A. Jance
Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Freemantle
War of the Roses: Stormbird by Con Iggulden
The Wayfaring Stranger: A Novel by James Lee Burke
When the World Was Young by Elizabeth Gaffney

Are the Keys in the Freezer?: An Advocate’s Guide For Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias by Patricia Woodell, Brenda Niblock and Jeri Warner
Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age – From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between by Jason Boog
Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong
Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership by John C. Maxwell
Happy @ Work: 60 Simple Ways to Stay Engaged and Be Successful by Jim Donovan
The History of the Book in 100 Books: The Complete Story, From Egypt to eBook by Roderick Cave and Sara Ayad
Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured by Kathryn Harrison
The Power Book: 200 Ways to Make Power Work for You by Rose Herceg
Take Command: Lessons in Leadership: How to Be a First Responder in Business by Jake Wood
Your Perfect Presentation: Speak in Front of Any Audience Anytime Anywhere and Never Be Nervous Again by Bill Hoogterp

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

 This list is updated throughout the month as new books arrive. To view the complete list of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Communiversity Hosts Parent Workshops

The Communiversity at Queen Creek is hosting a series of free Parent Workshops presented by Rio Salado's Early Childhood and Human Development Program and Shining Stars Learning Center.

The workshops begin August 27, 2014, and run through June 23, 2015. The classes are held at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, and take place from 5-7 p.m. These non-credit classes are a community service for parents, foster parents, and early childhood professionals.

The monthly classes are based on a training program developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University, which promotes the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and school readiness by the age of five.

Cost per workshop is $20 and includes child care at Shining Stars Learning Center. Scholarships are available. Participants earn two-hour training certificates for each workshop.

The Communiversity at Queen Creek is located at 21740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek. Shining Stars Learning Center is across the street at 21805 S. Ellsworth Road, Suite B101.

Register online at or call (480) 888-9545.

Workshops are FREE and take place 5-7 p.m.
August 27, Session 1 – Making a Connection
September 24, Session 2 – Making it Happen
October 21, Session 3 – Why Do Children Do What They Do?
November 18, Session 4 – Recognizing and dealing with Childhood trauma
December 16, Session 5 – Teach Me What to Do!
January 20, 2015, Session 6 – Facing the Challenge (Part 1)
February 18, Session 7 – Facing the Challenge (Part 2)
March 24, Session 8 – Infant/Toddler development
April 21, Session 9 – Kindergarten Readiness
May 19, Session 10 – Health and Safety
June 23, Session 11 – Community Resources and Services

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rae "Kimo" Ormsby Awarded for Excellence

Congratulations to Rae "Kimo" Ormsby of Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix for winning the 99.9 FM KEZ Excellence in Education Award for September 2012.

Ormsby, was nominated by Amber Kalsow who is a student in Ormsby's Spanish class.

In Kaslow's nomination letter she acknowledged her teacher for his desire to change students' lives through his Spanish class and give them the best education.

"This course has not only taught me Spanish but it has also made me learn a lot about myself.  Kimo makes you think in depth.  Kimo is not a person who looks at teaching as his only a job.  It is what he loves to do."
Each month, a Valley K-12 teacher will be selected from all the entries to be recognized for their outstanding contribution to education. KEZ’s Marty Manning will visit the teacher’s school to surprise them with their “Excellence in Education” Award. The surprise visit will be broadcast during the Beth and Friends Show. All winning teachers are rewarded with $99, an Excellence in Education Award, and a Rio Salado College gift bag.

Excellence in Education is a partnership between Rio Salado College and KEZ 99.9 FM, which recognizes Valley teachers. Students and parents of students are encouraged to nominate K-12 teachers who are excellent at their profession and have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in their community.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Lookout Mountain Teacher Awarded for Excellence

Congratulations to Amber Bridgewater of Lookout Mountain Elementary School in North Phoenix for winning the KEZ 99.9 FM Excellence in Education Award for September 2012.

Bridgewater was nominated by Amber Shipman whose daughter is in Bridgewater’s first grade class.

In a letter Shipman wrote she commended her for her dedication.

“You set up personal time after school to help the students having a hard time with reading. You are a wonderful teacher who really cares about the education the kids get.”


Each month, a Valley K-12 teacher will be selected from all the entries to be recognized for their outstanding contribution to education. KEZ’s Marty Manning will visit the teacher’s school to surprise them with their “Excellence in Education” Award. The surprise visit will be broadcast during the Beth and Friends Show. All winning teachers are rewarded with $99, an Excellence in Education Award, and a Rio Salado College gift bag.

Excellence in Education is a partnership between Rio Salado College and KEZ 99.9 FM, which recognizes Valley teachers. Students and parents of students are encouraged to nominate K-12 teachers who are excellent at their profession and have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in their community.