Showing posts with label Self-improvement. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Self-improvement. Show all posts

Friday, April 29, 2016

Positive Paths Scholarship for Women!

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The Positive Paths Scholarship Program assists women who are returning to school to improve their lives and enhance their career opportunities.

The scholarship program was established to help women who have overcome major obstacles including poverty, domestic violence, death of a spouse, loss of a job,illness of family members, issues with children or other challenges. Recipients can use the award to pay for tuition, fees and books.

Scholarship amounts vary based on individual needs, up to a maximum of $2,000 per academic year and are available to students who are enrolled in or accepted to an East Valley vocational/skills training program, a community college or Arizona public university.

Deadline is May 19, 2016.

Get started on the application now!

Check out this inspiring video to see see how Positive Paths is building life bridges for women:


Rio Salado is a proud supporter of the Positive Paths scholarship program.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Earth Day!

Illustration of Earth and mascot Splashh on a surf board.  Text: Earth Day, 22nd April.

Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22 in support of environmental protection. The movement began in 1970 and is now celebrated by more than one billion people around the globe-- making it the largest civic observance in the world!

Learn more about the history of Earth Day, the impact it has had and what the movement is trying to do today by visiting www.earthday.org.

Rio Salado College is committed to its Sustainability Pledge. The college has incorporated sustainability as a core value and has developed several programs and practices that embrace the sociocultural, environmental and economic facets of sustainability. It’s not just a matter of teaching others how to be sustainable-- Rio Salado strives to be a leader in environmental responsibility by incorporating earth-friendly practices throughout its daily operations. We hope you will join us in this effort.

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Here are some suggestions from azcentral on ways to celebrate this special day-- along with captivating images to remind you of how beautiful our landscape and natural wonders can be!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Engage in Race & Education Discussion 4/27

Poster for event.  Text: Healing Racism Series: Race and Education. The U.S. education system has rampant problems and more than 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, school systems in the United States continue to be separate and unequal. Gaping differences for students of color have created an education system that does not serve its children properly. Zero-tolerance discipline policies, gaps in achievement, disparate access to resources along with biased political agendas foster inequalities. Engage with experts, community leaders, students, and peers as we examine disparities in education and learn how to impact systems that do not prioritize equal education for all students. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 6 – 8 p.m.   Mesa Community College – Navajo Room | 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa   Free and open to the public | Space is limited RSVP at csrd.asu.edu/healingracism   join the conversation   #HealRacism  Logos for Maricopa Community Colleges and ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.  Historical images of students in segregated schools

Here's another opportunity to engage in a dialogue about ‪#‎CivilRights‬ and how to ‪#‎HealRacism‬ with the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) at Mesa Community College on April 27.

Engage with experts, community leaders, students and your peers about the disparities in education and learn how to impact systems that do not prioritize equal education for all students.
 
Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Student Spotlight: Meet ELAA Student Hiam Muhyar

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Meet Hiam Muhyar, an English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) student attending classes at the Rio Salado Southern location in Tempe who is taking her educational journey to a new level—inside and outside of the classroom.

“I love going to Rio Salado College,” said Muhyar. “I learned from great teachers and made many friends.”

Her enthusiasm is contagious—as is her dedication for being involved in the community.


Among her most recent accomplishments was winning the 2016 Adult Literacy Week Contest hosted by the Arizona Department of Education in February for producing a video with her classmates called, The Best Class, which features Muhyar and her ELAA classmates talking about their experiences in the program and learning English. The video won top honors in the Digital Storytelling category. Watch the video now.

Muhyar is also the recipient of a Presidential Award pin from the City of Tempe for her volunteer service—dedicating more than 500 hours knitting items for others in need. Muhyar, who is from Jordan and moved to the U.S. in 2008 is now a U.S. citizen—and wears her Presidential Award pin with pride.

Muhyar has exemplified outstanding student leadership and is a great source of pride and inspiration for staff and students at Rio Salado Southern.

No matter what your current English skill level is, Rio Salado College has a class to help you learn English at your own pace. Visit this web page to learn more about Rio Salado's ELAA and other College Bridge Pathways programs. 

The Road to Brown Film & Discussion 4/29

ASU Philosophy and Film Series.  Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle.  The Road to Brown.  See text in blog. Image from the clip in the film of a yong mother and her child on steps of Lincoln Memorial, holding newspaper with headline: High Court Bans Segregation in Public Schools.

Join the Arizona State University Center for the Study of Race & Democracy for the final film in the 2015-2016 Created Equal Film Series:

Road to Brown 
Film & Discussion
Friday, April 29
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

ASU Polytechnic campus
Agribusiness Center, room 134
6096 S. Backus Road, Mesa

RSVP: http://csrd.asu.edu/roadtobrown

Please note, this program was originally scheduled for 4/22

About the Film:
The Road to Brown chronicles the legal battles led by Charles Hamilton Houston — “the man who killed Jim Crow” — in the years leading up to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954. The film takes viewers from the “separate but equal” world sanctioned by the infamous Plessy v. Ferguson decision to the triumph of Brown and beyond. It is a piercing and compelling examination of a series of legal battles and people that changed the future of a nation.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Still Time to RSVP for 4/15 Veteran Conference

flier for event.  The largest and most comprehensive event for student veterans in Arizona Friday, April 15, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. GateWay Community College IE Building - Copper Room 108 N. 40th St. Phoenix, AZ 85034  WORKSHOPS INCLUDE: • How to be a GI Bill Ninja • Transferring to the University • Navigating the College Classroom • Student Veterans of America • Entering the Workforce after Graduation  SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE: Andy Mandwee Student Veterans of America Program Manager and graduate of both Maricopa Community Colleges and Arizona State University, will discuss how veterans can be successful during and after college.  Christine Gannon U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will discuss the 70,000 jobs awaiting veterans in the state of Arizona.  Angela Cody-Rouget Founder and owner of Major Mom who worked with the Maricopa Community Colleges Small Business Development Center, will discuss how veterans can become entrepreneurs. As seen on the popular tv show,Shark Tank  RESOURCE FAIR: Employers committed to hiring Veterans and community organizations who provide services to Veterans.  Arizona Insurance Institute Crisis Response Network Department of Economic Security Family Service Agency Fry’s Food Corporation Go Daddy Mass Mutual Financial The Ripple Effect U.S. Small Business Wells Fargo Association and many more!  BRING YOUR RESUME!  The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. VETERAN
There's still time for you to register for the April 15 Veteran Student Success Conference hosted by the Maricopa Community Colleges!

RSVP now for this #free event at maricopa.edu/veteran-conference.


#veteranstudentsuccess #jobs #resourcefair

Student Success Tip: Don't Ever Quit!

Poster that reads: Don't ever, ever, ever quit.   Image of Rio mascot Splash holding a megaphone
What do successful Rio Waves do?  They don't quit!

Even if things seem difficult-- don’t give up on your class or yourself. You can do it! You belong here!

Don't go it alone! We're here to help you succeed!

‪#‎dontgiveup‬ ‪#‎neverquit‬ ‪#‎askforhelp‬ ‪#‎believeinyourself‬ ‪#‎iwillgraduate‬ ‪#‎YouGotThis‬ ‪#‎StudentSuccessTip‬

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Rio Salado Free Dental Clinic for Kids June 25!

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The Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Clinic will host a free dental clinic for children and young adults ages 17 and younger Saturday, June 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Rio Salado College Dental Hygiene students, instructors and support staff will volunteer their time and expertise to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to 100 children at the free clinic.

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Services Include: Exams, X-rays, Cleaning, Fluoride Varnish, and Fun Educational Tips on Staying Healthy. Each child will also receive a wellness goodie bag to take home. 

Walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated if time and space permit. 

Please RSVP in advance for guaranteed service by calling 480-377-4100 or send an email to dental.hygiene@riosalado.edu.

Rio Salado Free Dental Clinic for Kids
Saturday, June 25, 2016
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Rio Salado College Dental Clinic
2250 W. 14th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281
480-377-4100
www.riosalado.edu/dentalclinic

This clinic is made possible in part by the American Dental Association and the Arizona Dental Foundation.

students and patient looking at the camera from clinic station.
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 www.riosalado.edu/dentalclinic.

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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!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Student Success Tips for You!

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What do successful Rio Waves do? 

Make the most of your educational journey by following this successful student checklist!
● Go to class
● Take notes
● Read assignments
● Schedule study time
● Start assignments early
● Ask questions
● Get to know their professor
● Connect with peers
● Participate in campus club or activities
● Get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise

#tips #successfulstudent #iwillgraduate

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Don't Miss 4/15 Veteran Success Conference!

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Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges are dedicated to supporting veterans as they transition out of the military and into college life!

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The MCCCD 2016 Veteran Student Success Conference is just one way veteran students can learn about the resources available to them-- and receive the assistance they need to succeed in a new career! 

The conference is free and open to students from all universities and community colleges across the state. 

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Andy Mandwee, program manager for Student Veterans of America, is the keynote speaker. He founded Glendale Community College’s Student Veteran Affairs of America chapter and as a graduate of GCC and ASU, he knows the importance of having the encouragement of others during the transition from the military to student and civilian life.

illustration of a hand holding up a sign that reads: "Looking for a job?"
The conference will include breakout sessions to provide attendees with success tips they can use in the classroom and on their journey to finding a new career.  

Local community organizations and agencies will share information about:
  • How to be a GI Bill Ninja
  • Transferring to a University
  • Navigating the College Classroom
  • Student Veterans of America
  • Entering the Workforce After Graduation

2016 Veteran Student Success Conference
Friday, April 15
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
GateWay Community College

108 N. 40th St. IE Building - Copper Room
Phoenix, AZ85034
See map: Google Maps

Register now! 

For additional details, contact:
Andrea Banks
andrea.banks@domail.maricopa.edu
480.731.8071

Visit this event page for the latest details.

See related azcentral and Maricopa Matters stories about MCCCD efforts to create a statewide program to support military personnel, veterans, and their families as they move from active duty to civilian life.

Online Career Center Offers Wealth of Resources

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If the thought of searching for a new job causes heart palpitations, perhaps a visit to Rio Salado's Career Services is the right first step.

Rio Salado Counselors understand the challenges of searching for employment and, therefore, have invested considerable time in developing an online Career Center to meet the unique needs of our students.

When students enter the Career Center, they are given choices regarding which direction they would like to go, just as they would in a physical office. Students who are looking toward the longer term goal of determining a future career can click on the Find a Career Path option while those looking for ways to expand their monthly budgets can click on Find a Job.

No matter which path students choose, they will be presented with a host of self-exploration options. Students can take their time delving into the various options, knowing that a Rio Salado Counselor will be available to provide additional, in-depth guidance via telephone, email, or in-person at one of 10 Valley locations.

By choosing to explore career paths, students can take a self-assessment, research various careers, begin planning an educational pathway and receive guidance for establishing concrete goals.

Enrolling in one of the career exploration classes is an alternative way to go into the career search process in a more in-depth way. The Counseling Department offers two courses that feature career exploration--CPD102AB Career Exploration and CPD150 Creating College Success.

The Career Center’s path toward finding a job offers guidance on writing a resume, interviewing, networking, and the various methods for finding job leads. Although there is considerable information in the online center, it is just the tip of the iceberg. That could be sufficient for some students, but those who require additional assistance can reach out to a counselor. 


Students are invited to email resumes to the resume help email at resume.help@riosalado.edu. Counselors are also available for mock interviews, cover letter writing assistance, and to provide advice on networking. Call (480) 517-8785 to connect with a Counselor near you.

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck-Brown on behalf of Rio Salado’s Counseling Services-- helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Friday, March 25, 2016

M.E.N. ASU Scholarship Deadline April 1

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The application deadline for the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation George Evans Minority Male Initiative Transfer Scholarship Fund sponsored by the Helios Education Foundation is April 1.

It's an exclusive opportunity for active members of a Male Empowerment Network (M.E.N.) chapter who are transferring to Arizona State University (ASU).

Download the application and review scholarship qualifications now online.

Learn more about M.E.N. by visiting this Maricopa Colleges web page and Rio Salado's chapter web page.

Rio Salado PTK Team 2016 Regional Awards

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Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Omicron chapter participated in and co-hosted the 2016 PTK Regional Convention at Mesa Community College March 4-5, 2016 and took home several awards and recognitions.

Rio Salado students Vanessa Williams, Theresa Maheux, Evea Morrow, Oliva Mendez, Daniel Mott, Joy Georgette Jimenez, Dulce Penalosa, and Rodney Falberg attended the event with Rio Salado advisors Melanie Abts and John Bastian.

Awards and recognitions:
· Arizona Distinguished Chapter Award
· Outstanding College Project Award
· An Honors in Action Award
· Apex Award for membership growth
· Outstanding Chapter Officer - Theresa Maheux


As part of their 2015 student project, the chapter produced a video focusing on why working adults are returning to school and the obstacles they have overcome. We encourage you to watch this inspiration video.


 


PTK actively promotes scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship. To learn more about PTK and other student life initiatives, visit this Rio Salado Student Life web page or contact John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu and 480-517-8656.




Photo above, left to right: Dulce Penalosa, Joy Georgette Jimenez, Vanessa Williams, Evea Morrow, Melanie Abts and Theresa Maheux.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Rio AACE Spotlight: Kathleen Hall


This inspiring video will provide a glimpse into the life of Kathleen Hall, one of many adult students who has overcome obstacles to pursue a college education-- and found help and guidance through Rio Salado's Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program.

Rio Salado staff are committed to help you succeed! Whether you need assistance preparing for the GED® test, learning English as a second language, finding financial aid or meeting any of the other challenges of returning to school-- we're ready to help. 

Visit: www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe to learn how we can help you!

#‎GED‬ ‪#‎ESL‬ ‪#‎ABE‬

Student Success Tip: Focus on Time Management

What do successful Rio Waves do? They employ time management techniques!

Manage your time effectively by following these steps:
1. Create a semester calendar to record when all your exams, quizzes, papers, and finals are due.
2. Choose specific times each day to work on each class.
3. Keep your classwork with you. If you find yourself with extra time, you can get something
done.
4. Prioritize your time. Sometimes you have to learn to say no.
5. Take time for yourself.

Visit this web page for additional student success tips.

#timemanagement #5steps #prioritize #organize #plan #iwillgraduate #‎StudentSuccessTip‬

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Meet Rio Salado 2016 All-AZ Honorees

Image of Vanessa Williams and Shawna Daniels standing in front of ALL-AZ banner.

Among the 25 extraordinary Maricopa Community College students honored for their distinguished achievements and leadership at the 2016 All-Arizona (ALL-AZ) Academic Awards Luncheon on March 3, 2016, were Rio Salado scholars Shawna Daniels and Vanessa Williams.

Each year, participating colleges nominate two of their most distinguished students to receive the ALL-AZ honor, which includes tuition to one of Arizona’s three state universities and a cash scholarship.

Daniels and Williams were selected as Rio’s 2016 honorees for their academic excellence, community leadership and personal determination.


Shawna Daniels is a working mom who lives in Payson, Arizona, with her husband and their children.

“Being a busy mom of three, I would never have thought I would have the time to complete my college degree and help my community in the ways that I have this year,” said Daniels.

Parenthood came with more challenges than the young couple expected. After getting through the early childhood years, Daniels realized it was time to invest in herself to create the financial future she wanted for her family.

“I chose Rio Salado because of the convenient online classes and staggered start dates,” Daniels said. “With Rio Salado’s amazing technology and student support, I can properly plan and stay dedicated to my studies.”

Daniels with her grandmother Marlene
and husband Mark.
In addition to being a member of Rio Salado’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society, Daniels engaged in several community service projects including volunteer work for the Rotary Club of Payson and Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. She also organized a charity golf tournament that raised approximately $7,500 for Payson charities.

Daniels plans to attend Northern Arizona University (NAU) with the ALL-AZ scholarship and is working toward becoming a certified public accountant.

“I would not likely be able to attend NAU without this scholarship,” said Daniels. “Being awarded full tuition to a university is priceless and has changed my entire life.”


Vanessa Williams also knows a thing or two about life changing events. The Rio Salado student is both honored and humbled to be recognized at the ALL-AZ awards.

“My life has been one of perseverance,” Williams said. “I was diagnosed with severe depression at the age of 13. I began to use drugs in my twenties. I spent more than thirteen years of my life homeless and destitute, lacking the ability to see any hope in my future.”

But everything changed six years ago when Williams took a training class to become a peer support specialist.

“A peer support specialist assists people who are recovering with mental illness or drug addiction,” Williams said. After working part time for a year at Warm Line, a peer-run support line, Williams was promoted to supervisor.

“I then made the second best decision of my life which was to return to school and get a degree,” Williams said. “As a mother and a grandmother, it was important to return to college to set a good example for my family. Returning to school was also a vital part of my recovery.”

Williams chose to attend Rio Salado College, and quickly found an aptitude for leadership and service.

Williams with husband Joe
As president of Rio Salado’s PTK chapter, and vice-president of the National Society of Leadership and Success chapter, Williams invested her time to champion behavioral health issues and to advocate for people who are homeless.

“I love being of service to others,” Williams said. “I also like seeing people succeed when they didn’t believe that they could. Continuing my education will allow me the ability to help others discover their own unique leadership skills.”

Williams plans on attending NAU this fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Her dream is to start a non-profit organization that assists in the professional development of people who have been diagnosed with behavioral health issues.

“I feel like anything is possible when you put your mind to it,” Williams said. “I am grateful to Rio Salado College for all they have done to help me to achieve my dreams.”

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Maricopa Career Network for Job Seekers!

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Students in search of part-time or full time employment opportunities can take advantage of the Maricopa Career Network at www.maricopa.jobing.com, a unique space to search for local openings. All of the site’s offerings are easy to use and free for students!

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Employers interested in one of Maricopa’s talented students can post positions. Students can go into the employment application process knowing their future employer is aware of their status as a student. Students can actively search for positions throughout the Valley or they can post their resume, which will allow employers to search for them!

Students who know they want to locate employment but aren’t sure where to start can take advantage of MCN’s Job Search Tool Kit. This feature presents seven learning modules that teach students about the entire job search process from preparing to interviewing. Each module lasts thirty minutes or less and can be watched as a series or student can pick and choose the modules they need most.

sample resume

Jobing.com also provides a variety of sample resumes for students who are struggling with that critical piece of the puzzle. Rio students can access this feature to get started on their resumes and then receive a free, personalized review from a Rio Salado Counselor by emailing their resumes to resume.help@riosalado.edu.

Students can also take advantage of Rio Salado classes CPD102AB Career Exploration and CPD102AC Creative Job Hunting to learn more about jobs, careers, networking, interviewing and much more!


Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck Brown on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.Contributed by

Congratulations to Rio 2016 NAEHS Inductees!

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Rio Salado's College Bridge Pathways (CBP) team held its 22nd National Adult Education Honor Society (NAEHS) induction ceremony on February 23, 2016.

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The NAEHS ceremony held at the Rio Salado Conference center, recognized CBP students who have shown exceptional commitment to their educational goals, persistence in class, a strong work ethic and willingness to help fellow students.

The students recognized for this honor are enrolled in Rio Salado’s English Language Acquisition for Adults program, which provides instruction for those learning English as a second language-- and Rio Salado's High School Equivalency prep program, which helps students prepare for the GED® test.

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Each year the NAEHS induction ceremony recognizes outstanding students who often come from diverse backgrounds but all share one thing in common--  a desire to continue their education and reach for their dream!

See additional event photos on our Facebook page.

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About NAEHS: The mission of the National Adult Education Honor Society is to provide meaningful recognition to deserving adult education students, to improve student employment opportunities, to develop student ambassadors for local adult education programs and to create adult education awareness with school administrators and state legislators.

Learn more about Rio Salado's CBP programs by visiting www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe

News and photos courtesy of Rio Salado Instructional Specialist Philip Suriano. 

Muslim Mythbusters Discussion March 23

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Join the ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy for the next Healing Racism Series discussion, Muslim Mythbusters-- March 23.

Image of event flier.  Text: Healing Racism Series Muslim Mythbusters The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and the Healing Racism Committee Present Muslim Mythbusters,Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 6 – 8 p.m. ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus A.E. England Building 424 N. Central Ave.  This is the fourth forum in a series addressing “Difficult Dialogues.” The Healing Racism Committee facilitates public discussions concerning current events and topics related to racism, Arizona communities and American society. Dialogues are designed to bring together academic experts, community leaders, and citizens for engaging discussions that encourage critical thinking and positive change.  Remainder of text in blog.The conversation will include experts, students and members of the Muslim community who will examine common myths and truths about Muslim life.

Muslim Mythbusters
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 6 – 8 p.m.
ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus
A.E. England Building
424 N. Central Ave. 

Free and open to the public. Space is limited.


Reserve your seats now.

Engage in the dialogue online: #HealRacism

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

MCTV Spotlight on Rio Insurance Studies Program

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This news story by Maricopa Community Colleges Television reporter Jesus Hernandez gives insights into a new Insurance Studies program developed by Rio Salado, Glendale and Mesa Community Colleges-- with the help of industry experts.

Included are perspectives from Rio Salado student Felicia Melton, who is taking advantage of the online classes to advance her insurance career.

Learn more about the stable, rewarding and limitless ‪#‎careertrifecta‬ opportunities available to you in this high-demand industry, which plans to hire 400K new workers by 2020.  Visit www.riosalado.edu/insurance and this related RioNews blog for more details.

‪#‎insurance‬ ‪#‎jobs‬ ‪#‎employment‬