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.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the criminal justice field is projected to grow, which is why Rio Salado created its AJS program. Careers in this field include patrol officers, correctional officers, judicial law and court clerks, private investigators, private security and more.
“Rio Salado has a history of collaborating with local and national
industry partners to prepare students for the workforce by offering an
ever-expanding option of certificate and degree programs,” said Kwan.
“We are excited to give our students more options to prepare for local
job opportunities. A highly-trained workforce benefits employees,
employers and the greater community at large,” said Kwan.
Kwan said the AJS curriculum focuses on the law, constitutional rights, and civic responsibility. “Courses are taught by experienced practitioners and academic scholars who bring real-world application in the areas of law enforcement, the courts, and corrections,” said Kwan. “Students are assessed for critical thinking and communication skills, which better prepares them for a career in the criminal justice field and advanced academic studies at other colleges and universities."
Rio Salado also offers several certificate-to-degree pathway programs in the criminal justice field and credit-for-prior learning opportunities for graduates from authorized academies, law enforcement officers and former officers to earn a Certificate of Completion in Law Enforcement Technology.
There are also exclusive opportunities for veterans!
If you need help with your application, do not hesitate to call on Rio Salado’s Counseling Services team.
The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designated by the Maricopa County Community College District to receive and manage gifts on behalf of its ten colleges, two skill centers and multiple satellite centers. The Foundation actively seeks contributions from a variety of public and private sources including individuals, corporations and other foundations. It acts as a trustee for donations to assure that gifts are distributed in the manner specified by the donor.
Veterans Community Learning Hubs give you the opportunity to build your skills through a combination of online learning and in-person sessions.
Participants will be required to complete a course module online every week, and then attend an in-person session at the EVVEC to discuss the material with other students-- and to hear from experts in the field.
Transitioning service-members, veterans, and their spouses will receive a course certificate co-issued by Coursera and the University of California Irvine upon successful completion of the course. To register, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Veterans Community Learning Hub” in the subject line and your name and city in the body. Veterans Community Learning Hub: Improve Your Business Writing Skills Beginning Friday, February 12, 2016 9-10 a.m. East Valley Veterans Education Center 3320 S. Price Rd. Tempe, AZ 85282
All in-person sessions will be held at 9 a.m. every Friday, through March 4, 201.
The 2016 Maricopa County StandDown for veterans will take place January 28-29.
While the primary goal is to help homeless veterans access resources,
including housing, its secondary goal is to bring community and service
providers together in a collaborative format to build relationships
throughout the year to benefit homeless and at risk veterans.
We encourage you to attend if you need help as a veteran!
We also encourage our community to volunteer time and resources to help improve the lives of veterans who are in need of these services.
Maricopa County StandDown January 28 & 29 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Veterans Memorial Coliseum 1826 W. McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ 85007
Please visit arizonastanddown.org for additional details about the event, donating and volunteering. The Arizona StandDown is an
alliance of community-based organizations that come together to provide
annual, one to three day events that bring together the State's homeless
and at-risk military veterans, connecting them with services ranging
from: VA HealthCare, Mental Health Services, Clothing, Meals, Emergency
Shelter, Transitional and Permanent Housing, ID/ Drivers License's,
Court Services and Legal Aidea, Showers and Haircuts and myriad other
services and resources. Learn more at the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness.
The February 2015 Maricopa County StandDown was the largest, singular outreach event for homeless veterans in the country.
Finals and the holiday season are here and the end of the year is near-- which means some of us maybe feeling a bit more stressed and overwhelmed. Here are some perspectives, insights and wellness tips about mental health from Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck Brown to consider-- all year long.
In the scope of health and wellness, the focus is often on physical well-being while forgetting the important component of mental wellness.
Struggles with physical illness and disabilities are discussed openly and tend to be met with empathy while issues of mental health—including maintaining good mental health and battling with various degrees of mental illness—may be treated in the exact opposite way to the point of being stigmatized.
Of course, many of the things designed for physical health—exercise, a balanced diet—also contribute to maintaining a balanced mental health profile. Sometimes, however, these things are not sufficient and help should be sought.
Just like a minor physical issue, such as a cold or a sprained ankle, certain emotional stresses can be adequately dealt with by speaking with supportive friends and/or family members. Similarly, a more significant physical issue, such as a broken leg, would require the professional intervention of a medical doctor. A more significant behavioral health issue, such as persistent anxiety or depression, requires the assistance of a professional counselor, therapist, or psychologist.
In fact, even mental health professionals seek out other mental health professionals from time to time. Think of it like a maintenance plan; just as cars need periodic oil changes so does one’s mental health. Spending an hour talking, processing (positive or negative) stressful events, and allowing yourself to be centered on self is a great way to exercise those mental health muscles.
Some may think mental health services are out of reach, but finding care is easier than one might think.
First, many health insurance policies—including ACCCS—provide a mental health benefit. The easiest way to find a care provider is to contact your health insurance provider and ask for a list.
Second, many providers offer a sliding scale fee for potential clients who do not have health insurance. In these cases, fees are typically based on one’s income and can be as low as $25 per session.
A third, slightly less expensive option is seeking assistance through one of the university counselor training programs. In these settings, counselors are university students and they are supervised by licensed clinicians. ASU’s Counselor Training Center is located on the main campus in Tempe and provides weekly counseling sessions during the fall and spring semesters at a cost of $80 for community members. The University of Phoenix provides free counseling at their Counseling Skills Center in Tempe.
Another option is reaching out to a crisis hotline or a warm line. There are several options within Maricopa County, including the Behavioral Health Crises Line, which offers a 24-hour crisis line at (602) 222 -9444 as well as a warm line at (602) 347-1100 that is available seven days a week.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender National Hotline (www.glbthotline.org) offers an online chat option through its website as well as a warm line (888) 843-4564 with limited availability.
Veterans can access help through a 24-hour hotline at (877) 424-3838 and/or live chat offered by the National Call Center for Homeless Vets (www.va.gov/homeless).
The only mistake is not asking for help.
The fear of being stigmatized has prevented many people who are struggling with significant mental health issues from seeking the help they need.
Untreated mental illness is just as significant as any physical illness going undiagnosed and/or untreated and it can be just as debilitating.
Images from today's #VeteransSuccessProject Launch
The Maricopa Community Colleges system plans to create a statewide program to provide support to military personnel, veterans and their families as they move from active duty to civilian life.
The program, which takes a holistic approach to helping veterans and families identify and reach education, career, and life goals, will begin once the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation raises the $14 million to support the initiative.
The new program will build on Maricopa’s successful record in providing education to veterans through, for example, its East Valley Veterans Education Center in Tempe, which is supported by several Maricopa Community Colleges and led by Rio Salado College. The new Veterans Success Project proposes creation of a similar center in the West Valley that will be a regional hub where veterans and their families will receive a variety of support under one roof.
“No matter where veterans live in metro Phoenix, they will be able to find services and educational support at one of the Veterans Educational Centers or one of our 12 campus Vet Centers,” said Maricopa Chancellor Rufus Glasper. “This new project will allow us to provide more effective pathways for veterans to reach their career goals.”
Other proposed items – all dependent on raising funds to support them – include:
A prototype for a centralized District and State Application for Veterans Aid database that would allow electronic submission, processing and tracking of veteran aid and pre-enrollment advisement.
A centralized location for student referrals to be entered and tracked and customer satisfaction to be recorded.
A center for curriculum evaluation and transfer model for military credits. Among other things, military courses will be checked against courses and skills at Arizona’s colleges and universities.
Faculty and staff training to raise awareness about such veteran issues as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
A veterans Career Re-entry job placement and referral center in collaboration with local business and industry.
A District contact and resolution center to help veterans transition into the Maricopa Community Colleges as well as link veterans to critical community-based support services.
Veterans success courses specifically oriented to the needs of veterans.Expansion of existing veterans centers to provide satellite support services to veterans, active-duty Guard, reserve military members, and their families.
The proposal calls for the District to work closely with community organizations supporting veterans. A key goal is to provide a seamless transfer process for veterans interested in completing a baccalaureate degree. Working through a centralized Maricopa Community Colleges District veterans Office, a pathway specifically for veteran students will be developed with the state public universities to help veterans secure their benefits, transfer their military courses and credits and get properly connected to the same support services their received at their community college.
For more information about the Veteran Student Success Project please contact Felicia Ganther, Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Services, at 480-731-8824. For information about the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, please contact Mary O’Connor, the Foundation’s Acting President and Chief Executive Officer, at 480-731-8403.
About Maricopa Community Colleges
The Maricopa Community College system includes 10 colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain. It also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, Maricopa Corporate College and several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes. www.maricopa.edu.
The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.
PwC has committed to hiring 60 veterans into Cybersecurity roles by February 2016.
Learn about PwC, this recruitment initiative, eligibility requirements, the application process and more by visiting this web page.
Program Overview: Individuals selected during the Cybersecurity Hiring
Initiative will join the Firm in various full-time cyber positions
across the country and will begin their PwC experience in early 2016.
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.
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?
“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!