Showing posts with label Student Orientation. Show all posts
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Insurance Careers Month Kickoff Effort to Hire 400K

group of insurance pros meeting.  Text: Ensure Your Future.

First Annual Insurance Careers Month Launches February 2016. Effort Focuses on Recruiting, Training & Hiring 400,000 Millennials by 2020.

The insurance industry and its partners are joining forces to launch the first annual Insurance Careers Month, February 2016 to recruit, train and hire a new generation of insurance professionals to fill an estimated 400,000 industry jobs by 2020. The focus is on recruiting millennials to take over the roles of industry professionals across the nation and in Arizona who are on the eve of retirement. Rio Salado is spearheading the Maricopa Community Colleges efforts to help.
Photo of Otis White“We know through research that many millennials have expressed a deep passion for helping people, so who better to serve in this industry,” said Otis White, Rio Salado’s faculty chair for business programs. “We’re hoping through this campaign they get curious, investigate and learn about the enriching and rewarding opportunities within the insurance industry—and also consider our new Insurance Studies program.”

Rio Salado collaborated with Glendale and Mesa Community Colleges and 35 insurance professionals from 20 different insurance companies to develop a new Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Insurance Studies, which is the first of its kind in Arizona and for community colleges in direct response to the industry’s need for qualified workers.

image of someone at a virtual computer screen.  Text: Home, Auto, Business Insurance

The 18-credit certificate focuses on general knowledge of the industry, and touches on property and liability insurance, personal insurance and commercial insurance.

Students have the option of taking online classes at Rio Salado and in-person classes at GCC and MCC. Students who complete the certificate can transfer into a variety of business programs offered at Arizona’s public universities.

Program requirements and additional details are available at www2.gccaz.edu/insurance-studies and www.riosalado.edu/insurance. Information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attend this program will be available at gccaz.edu/gainful-employment, mesacc.edu/programs/gainful-employment and www.riosalado.edu/insurance_ccl.

poster for insurance careers month.

Several organizations, including Hamilton Insurance Group, MyPath (powered by The Institutes), Valen Analytics, The Jacobson Group, InVEST and PCI, have committed to taking part in February’s Insurance Careers Month, which is the first in a series of recruitment efforts promoting insurance as a “career trifecta” because of the stable, rewarding and limitless opportunities the industry offers.

Leading industry CEOs including Brian Duperreault of Hamilton Insurance Group, Inga Beale of Lloyd’s of London and Dan Glaser of Marsh & McLennan Companies have published an open letter calling for brokers, carriers and business partners to get involved.

“Our industry is at a critical juncture, with new risks fueled by rapidly evolving technology,” said Duperreault. “It’s an exciting time to work in companies that help keep individuals, families, communities and governments safe.”
“Maricopa County has become a major center of regional management for the industry's leading companies,” said White. “We can expect to see approximately 7,500 new insurance industry jobs created in the next three years that will need to be filled.”

http://www.insuremypath.org/

Many people, especially students and young professionals may not readily see how their career goals are in sync with the insurance industry.

MyPath, www.insuremypath.org, is a non-profit organization that provides free services to help career seekers choose a specialty that meets their personal and professional goals, details about various careers and the impact they will have on the world around them. It also includes details about scholarships, internships and other resources to help people transition into the industry.

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The Maricopa Corporate College is hosting several, State Farm job fairs in 2016, including this event on Feb 10:


State Farm Job Fair
February 10, 2016

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Phoenix College
1202 W. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ, 85013 (Map)
Hannelly Center Room | Bear Trax Room

Positions available in Customer Service, Sales and Auto Claims. Visit this web page for the latest details.

To learn more about Rio Salado's new Insurance Studies program, visit: www.riosalado.edu/insurance.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

RSVP for Pizza Lesson Feb. 18!

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It's national Pizza Day! The perfect day to sign up for the next Rio Salado Sustainable Food Systems kitchen demo-- Cooking the Perfect Pizza at Home!

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Cooking the Perfect Pizza!
Thursday, Feb. 18, 6-8 p.m. -  $39

Get hands on experience prepping, cooking and sampling delicious pizzas with classmates, co-workers, family and friends! This hands-on workshop covers how to make and proof dough, make sauce and properly stretch a pizza.
Rio Salado Tempe Kitchen 
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion fun in the kitchen. Register now online or by calling 480-517-8000.

flier listing all spring cooking classes. Rio Salado’s Sustainable Food Systems and Café at Rio teams are committed to championing sustainable food practices. They support local food suppliers by featuring their products in daily specials and seasonal menu options-- and they employ sustainable food practices to better serve you and the environment.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Celebrate Black History Month!

Image above from Library of Congress: Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform at Benton Barracks, Saint Louis, Missour.
Black History Month or African American History Month is an annual celebration-- recognizing the sacrifices and achievements of black Americans throughout U.S. history.

The Rio Salado Library is proud to honor Black History Month by highlighting targeted library and web resources that can help you learn more about the lives, contributions and legacy of African Americans. Check out this Black History Month Topic Guide now.


To learn more about the rich legacy of African Americans-- and national events scheduled to celebrate their accomplishments, visit this Library of Congress web site: www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov.

Image 1: Library of Congress: Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform at Benton Barracks, Saint Louis, Missouri. 

Image 2: Library of Congress: Civil rights march on Washington, D.C.

Student Success Tip: Focus on Academic Success

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What do successful students do?  

They focus on Academic Success!

● Go to class
● Connect with a tutor to help improve your grades
● Work with an advisor to complete an educational plan

We encourage you to call on Rio Salado tutors and academic advisors.  They will help you stay on track! 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sushi Social Feb 4! Edutainment for Foodies

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Take a break from the daily grind and take part in a series of fun-filled cooking and gardening lessons this spring with classmates, co-workers, family, friends and the entertaining and informative Rio Salado Sustainable Food Systems team!

image of students prepping pizzas at RSC Cafe @ Rio
Get hands on experience prepping, cooking and eating delicious dishes in the spacious, high-tech demonstration kitchen at RSC Thomas in Phoenix and in the heart of the Café at Rio in Tempe.

Get your hands dirty in the Garden at Rio in Tempe —as you learn how to apply Sustainable Food practices in your daily life.

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Your first class—
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Sushi Basics for Beginners - $39
Thursday, Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m.
Rio Salado Tempe Kitchen 
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281


This class covers how to steam and season sushi rice, how to roll sushi and how to make tuna, California, and vegetarian rolls.

No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion edutainment.

Register now online or by calling 480-517-8000.

Learn more about upcoming classes in this blog.

Rio Salado’s Sustainable Food Systems and Café at Rio teams are committed to championing sustainable food practices. They support local food suppliers by featuring their products in daily specials and seasonal menu options-- and they employ sustainable food practices to better serve you and the environment.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Library of Audiobooks Available to You!

image of a woman cuddled up on the coach reading a book.

Miss curling up with a good book because you lack free time? Are you looking for ways to stay motivated to keep your New Year’s resolutions? Do you yearn for something to make your morning or evening commute a little more tolerable? We have the answer-- audiobooks! 

image of a stack of books with and a set of headphones patched into them.

As a Rio Salado student, you have access to the audiobook collections available at all 10 Maricopa Community College  libraries-- and you can pick up your selections at a location that's convenient for you!

Please note that these are physical audiobooks (CDs), not digital files.

How to Locate and Request Audiobook CDs

1. Go to the Rio Salado Library. Select “Books & DVDs.”

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2. Click “Advanced Search.”

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3. If you are looking for a specific audiobook, type in the title. If you are looking for an audiobook on a specific subject (success, parenting, business, etc.), type in the subject. Use the pull-down menu for Format Type to select “Audio disc.” Then click on “Advanced Search.”

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4. When you find an audiobook that interests you, select “Place Hold.”

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5. Enter your MEID and password

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6. Select the library closest to you for pick-up! Then click “Place Hold.”

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You will receive a “Pickup Notice” in your student Gmail account when the item arrives.


News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Helping Adults Achieve a College Education!


This inspiring video will provide a glimpse into the lives of adult students who have overcome many 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 this web page to learn how Rio Salado's AACE program can help you!


#‎GED‬ ‪#‎ESL‬

Apply for Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy ‪‎Scholarship!‬

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The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholarship‬ application deadline is March 1, 2016!

This scholarship 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.

The scholarship is available to all Maricopa Community Colleges students who meet one of these criteria:
● Adults 25 years or older with dependents
● College-age youth and adults living with physical disabilities
● Incoming freshmen ages 18-25, raised through the child welfare system and have no form of financial support


"The Nina Trust has profoundly impacted my life by empowering me through their support to expand my goals and given me the self-confidence to reach them." -- Idalia Beltran, cohort 14
Learn more about this program and the application process by visiting http://bit.ly/applynina.  Visit this page to begin the application process now: ow.ly/XvOWl

It will be well worth your while to investigate.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Explore the Wonders of ScienceOnline

snapshot of ScienceOnline web page.  Headline: Astronomers say a Neptune-sized planet lurks beyond Pluto.  Image of blue planet with text: "Planet X."


Students now have access to ScienceOnline via the Rio Salado Library!

This database contains articles from the weekly journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as well as enhanced online content from the publisher, including news, topics, multimedia presentations, and more!

Check it out today!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New Veterans Club Piques Interest! Join Us!

Image of Rio veteran graduates posing for a picture.  Text: Join the New Veterans Club

The response to creating a new Rio Salado College Student ‪Veterans‬ Club has been positively outstanding!  

The club will be open to all veteran students and free to join! 

Subscribe to our mailing list and let us know if you're interested in learning more.

Join the Club!

Benefits include networking, ready access to scholarships, travel opportunities, job fairs, programs and resources designed to assist veterans and more!

We look forward to hearing what activities, services and objectives are important to you--- and launching this new club with you in 2016!

Free Financial Aid Workshop in QC, Feb. 4!

image of three puzzle pieces, one of a student, 2nd of a piggy bank with money, the third a graduate in cap and gown.
Need help figuring out how you're going to pay for college? Join Rio Salado for a free financial aid workshop at the Communiversity at Queen Creek to learn about the options available to you. 

Financing Your Post High School Education
Thursday, Feb 4, 2016
6-7:30 p.m.

Communiversity at Queen Creek
21740 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Phone: 480-384-9000

Participants will learn:
Image of someone touching a virtual computer screen link to "assist"
• Where to find funding resources for college

• How to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA)

• How to estimate the amount of financial aid needed


Free and open to the public. 

Presenter: Rio Salado College’s Associate Dean and Financial Aid Director Nanci Regehr.

Registration required. Please call (480) 384 - 9303 or email CommuniversityQC@riosalado.edu to make your reservation.

Friday, January 15, 2016

RSVP Now for Feb. 23, 2016 College Info Night!

Image of young people gathered around a table.  Text: Free College Info Night.  Learn what the Maricopa Community Colleges can do for you.  Date: Feb. 23, 2016.  Time: Info sessions at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m.  Where: Communiversity at Surprise: 15950 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ, 85374

Register now for Rio Salado's College Information Night at the Communiversity at Surprise, February 23, 2016! 

downloadable flier.  Header includes Images of students sitting around chatting. Text for event details in blog.This event is ideal for teens transitioning from high school and working adults who are interested in going back to school!

Representatives from Academic Advising, Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and other departments will be present to provide information about getting started, how to choose a major, how to secure funding... and how to succeed in college.

image of a Fry's employee at one of the stores, smiling at camera
Representatives from Fry's Food Stores will also be on hand for students interested in pursuing Rio Salado’s online Retail Management Certificate program. Fry’s is hiring and will pay for students to earn their certificate through Rio!

Let us know you're coming so we can arrange for your information kits and refreshments.  Submit your RSVP now online: www.riosalado.edu/collegenight.

Class cancelled or full? No problem!

Image of a young woman holding up a tablet that reads: Never cancel a class, EVER!  The Valley's leader in online education: Rio Salado College, a Maricopa Community College.  EnorllatRio.com 480-384-3352.  600+ online clasees.  Classes start Monday.  $84/credit
Many of you are on a time schedule-- to complete your program of study by a specific time.  Rio Salado can help you stay on track if you discover your class is full or cancelled.

Many of our online courses transfer directly to our 40+ partners including Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and The University of Arizona.

Classes start most Mondays. Enroll today!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2016 Community Cooking & Gardening Classes

Header for flier: Spring 2016 Community Education Culinary & Gardening Classes
Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems team is gearing up to launch its spring 2016 Community Culinary & Gardening Classes. Your first lesson begins Feb. 4 with Sushi Basics for Beginners!

class listings for spring.  Text available in full in body of blog, with links to classes in question.These non-credit classes are 2-hours long and taught by a professional chef or gardening instructor.  Sign up for one class to learn a new skill, or take all the classes for a well-rounded culinary experience!

Register now online or by calling 480-517-8000!

Locations:
Rio Salado College Tempe
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Rio Salado College Thomas
3631 W. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85019


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Sushi Basics for Beginners
Thursday, Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Kitchen - $39

This class covers how to steam and season sushi rice, how to roll sushi and how to make tuna, California, and vegetarian rolls.

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Cooking the Perfect Pizza at Home
Thursday, Feb. 18, 6-8p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Learn to make delicious pizzas at home from a professional chef. This hands-on workshop covers how to make and proof dough, make sauce and properly stretch a pizza.

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Indian Cooking at Home
Thursday, Mar. 3, 6-8p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Learn the basics of making Indian curries and demystify exotic Indian ingredients. Work with a professional chef to create and sample dishes such as chicken tikka masala, chana masala, lentil dhal and steamed basmati rice.

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How to Make Bagels at Home
Tuesday, Mar. 15, 6-8p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Did you know that the classic New York City style bagel is boiled before it is baked? Work with a professional chef to make yeast bagel dough from scratch and then cook them. Students will sample fresh cooked bagels and take home what they’ve made.

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Desert Gardening: Soil Building
Saturday, March. 26, 9-11 a.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Garden - $20

Join us for a soil building workshop. Learn how soil forms naturally, how to fertilize and how to turn hard clay into rich, loamy earth. Closed-toe shoes are required.  Please call 480-517-8000 to register.

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Thai Cooking at Home
Tuesday, Apr. 5, 6-8 p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39
Learn to make Pad Thai, a stir-fried rice noodle dish; Tom Kha Gai, a sweet and savory chicken soup; and vegetarian green curry with steamed Jasmine rice.

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Aquaponics for Beginners
Wednesday, Apr. 13, 5-7 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Garden - $20

What is water cycling? What types of fish work best in an aquaponic environment? Learn about different types of growing media and how bacteria function in a closed loop system. Class is held in the Garden @ Rio in Tempe. A hat and/or sunscreen is recommended

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Brunch Cooking at Home
Tuesday, Apr. 26, 6-8 p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Work with a professional chef to make brunch classics such as perfect Eggs Benedict including creamy hollandaise sauce from scratch. Bake Glorious Morning muffins and learn to carve a watermelon wishing well.

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Seed Saving for Beginners
Wednesday, Apr. 27, 5-7 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Garden - $20

What are the easiest seeds to save? What is the difference between hybrid and open pollinated seeds? Learn the fundamentals of saving your own seeds with examples in the Garden @ Rio in Tempe. A hat and/or sunscreen is recommended.

Proper kitchen attire is required: closed-toe shoes, long pants, long or short-sleeved shirt, with hair restrained.

Want a quick cooking lesson now?  Check out this MCTV Chef's Menu segment featuring Rio Salado Sustainable Food Systems Director Michael Hodgins, who will show you what to do with that butternut squash that's been sitting on your counter!


Explore other learning opportunities with Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program by visiting www.riosalado.edu/food.

Bon Appétit!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Special Saturday Hours for Back-to-School Rush!

Imge of Rio Salado mascot Splash carrying his backpack and books.

The Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will be open Saturday, Jan. 16 and 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to accommodate the increased demands of the back-to-school rush! 

The following student services will be available:

The Testing Center, Knowledge Commons and Technology Support Helpdesk will have normal Saturday hours.

Visit our online listings for more details about important dates, closures and extended service hours.

Image of Splash.  Text: We Put Students First!

Here are a few tips to help you avoid wait times:
  • Take advantage of self-serve options available through financial aid and my.maricopa.edu.
  • Avoid the lunchtime rush between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and try to call before 10 a.m. You can always leave a message requesting a callback.
  • Avoid calling or coming in on Mondays and consider a mid-week visit. 
  • Come prepared before you call or come in to see an advisor by reviewing your program at www.riosalado.edu/programs.

For a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado College visit www.startatrio.com

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Enjoy a Rewarding Career as a Peer Mentor!

Photo of Peer Mentor Group: Samra Hausey, Dani Cross, Shira Charyn, Chris Kreschollek
Rio Peer Mentors (left to right): Samra Hausey, Dani Cross, Shira Charyn, Chris Kreschollek (front)
Rio Salado is looking for a select few students to join the Academic Advisement team to serve as peer mentors. This feature, written by Academic Advisor Alyssa DeMember will provide some insights into the enriching work they do.

The peer mentor program at Rio Salado College assists students seeking college degrees through the perspective of a fellow student.

While peer mentors work for Rio Salado College, they’re students as well, taking classes and pursuing their own educational goals. With a bit of school experience under their belts, these mentors reach out to other Rio Salado students and guide them through their college careers, answering questions and providing resources along the way. As they encounter the same challenges and questions, peer mentors seek to provide help, important information and a sense of camaraderie among the student population.

Samantha Hill
Peer mentors help connect students with resources like tutoring, counseling services and the book store, and urge students to get in contact with their academic advisors, says Samantha Hill, a peer mentor at Rio Salado College.

They assist students in navigating RioLearn, the platform students use to access and participate in classes, and answer questions students may have about contacting their instructors or requesting extensions on assignments.

“It’s neat to work with them, share ideas and see what works and what doesn’t,” Hill says.

Hill says time management is the most frequent topic that comes up when students reach out to her. Often, students come to her to express their concerns, looking for support and advice.

“I’ll look at their schedules and say things like, ‘Okay, what if we got up early in the mornings, would that give you more time to study?’” Hill says.

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“I like that it feels like a support system because we ultimately have the same goals,” Hill says. “We’re all helping each other out. I know their struggles and they know mine. Working together gives us confidence that we really can do it.”

She tries to help students develop a schedule where they have time for studying, time for family, and time for work.

Angelique Michel
Angelique Michel, a former peer mentor at Rio Salado College, says seeing students grow and become more confident in themselves was one of her favorite aspects of the job.

She says she felt particularly lucky to have worked with a student who had just gotten out of prison and was determined to make something of himself.

“Nothing is better than seeing someone come from low self-esteem to feeling like they can conquer the world,” says Michel.

According to Michel, the peer mentor position helped her build the career skills to move on to her new job as a career advisor at Goodwill.

“Everything I did at Rio totally made this job possible,” says Michel.

For more information about applying to become a student peer mentor, please visit this employment web page

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

Contributing writer Alyssa DeMember has served Rio Salado's Academic Advisement team since 2014. She is one of several academic advisors available to help you along your educational journey.

Visit this web page for details about advisement services available to you.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Federal Work Study Orientation Jan 7-11!


Join Rio Salado's Financial Aid team to learn about Federal Work Study (FWS) opportunities and benefits, January 7, 8 and 11 at the Tempe headquarters.

Staff will be available to provide insights about current openings, the application process and some of the financial benefits that are available to students who choose to take on a FWS position.

Look for their information booth near the front lobby on the first floor of the Tower at Rio, Jan. 7, 8 and 11, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2- 4 p.m.

In the meantime, visit this job page to view current openings.

We hope you will consider taking advantage of this program and joining Rio Salado's team!

Photo: Rio Salado Financial Aid specialists Maribel Carlos, Jeanine Buettner and Tiffany Hernandez will be among the staff available to help students apply.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Launch Your Sustainable Food Systems Career!

image of a young woman carrying a basket of carrots walking through a farm.
If you have a passion for food, fair trade and sustainable practices that can benefit our environment-- then consider Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program!

This program of study will teach you about ways to create sustainable food practices, the real food movement, how food is produced and purchased as well as preparation techniques. 

This new video will introduce you to the concept and history of the sustainable food system industry and how you can make a positive impact in this ever-growing field.


Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program is designed for students who work in the food service industry as well as newcomers who do not have a culinary background!

We also encourage you to watch this video, which includes testimonials from recent graduates who talk about the convenience, flexibility and affordability of this program. 



Image of Chef Ken Leonard
Included in the video are remarks from Chef Ken Leonard who runs the kitchen at Madison Street Veterans Association (MSVA), a transitional living facility for homeless veterans. Learn more about Leonard's story in this Maricopa Community Colleges student profile.


Classes start most Mondays!  Get started on your new career path now.  Visit www.riosalado.edu/food to learn more.

Monday, December 28, 2015

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