Showing posts with label online community college. Show all posts
Showing posts with label online community college. Show all posts

Friday, April 8, 2016

Join RSC & @LuminaFound #StrongerNation 4/11

snapshot of Lumina Foundation StrongerNation Facebook page, image of monuments from across the nation.  Text: A stonger nation through higher education.

The Lumina Foundation’s A Stronger Nation report on post-secondary attainment has been the leading source of information about progress toward national attainment goals since it was first published in 2009. The 2016 edition, which will be released on Monday, April 11 as part of a special presentation, will include the latest degree attainment data as well as the first-ever nationally representative data showing Americans’ attainment of high-quality post-secondary certificates.

Dr. Bustamante
Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante will be taking part in Monday’s #StrongerNation presentation hosted by the Lumina Foundation, as part of a panel of national experts.

The panel will discuss issues such as the fundamental inequities in post-secondary education; changing workforce requirements; the social, economic, and community impact of low attainment rates; and other related issues. The panel discussion will be moderated by Nirvi Shah, deputy editor for policy at POLITICO Pro.

We encourage you to take part by watching a live stream of the event, 12-2 p.m. Arizona time, and by engaging in the dialogue online using #StrongerNation

The link to the live stream is:

For additional details, visit this Lumina Foundation web page.

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.

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.

Monday, August 24, 2015

New VP: Strategic Initiatives & Information Services

photo of David O'Shea

We are pleased to announce that David O’Shea has been appointed to serve as Rio Salado College's Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Information Services

O’Shea, who has served Rio Salado for the last two and half years, is eager to help the college expand its reach and impact through innovative technologies and strategies.

“I am very proud to be able to serve the students, faculty and staff of Rio Salado College and MCCCD,” said O’Shea. “I think that post-secondary education is the key to success for our community, and I am looking forward to helping Rio Salado deliver that education and to making our college and our community a better place.”

O’Shea has been serving as Rio Salado’s Acting Chief Information Officer for nearly a year. Preceding that, he served as Rio Salado’s Chief Technology Officer.

O’Shea has worked in the information technology field for nearly 20 years, most recently in the higher education sector. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, in business administration with an emphasis in economics, and an associate degree in information technology from Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

We hope you'll join us in congratulating Mr. O'Shea on his new appointment, which began August 24, 2015.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Coffee Talk with 91.5 KJZZ

Images of KJZZ coffee cups

KJZZ 91.5 FM is giving away free cups of coffee from 7-8 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout April. 

The Morning Edition Coffee Break outreach campaign gets KJZZ reporters and staff out into the community to chat with listeners and get feedback on the station’s morning drive time program.

Get your free coffee at one of the following Morning Edition Coffee Break locations:
  • April 1: Cartel Coffee Lab - University & Ash, Tempe
  • April 2: Fair Trade Cafe - 1st Ave. & Portland, Phoenix
  • April 8: Cartel Coffee Lab - 1st St. & Washington, Phoenix
  • April 9: Hillside Spot Cafe - 48th St. & Warner, Phoenix
  • April 15: Press Coffee - Scottsdale Rd. & Greenway, Scottsdale
  • April 16: Press Coffee - Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe
  • April 22: Jewel’s Bakery & Cafe on 40th St. & Thomas, Phoenix
  • April 23: Phoenix Public Market on Central, Phoenix

image of KJZZ member at coffee shop

Visit KJZZ's Facebook page for the latest updates and photos.

KJZZ is a community service of Rio Salado College. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Rio Salado Adaptive Learning Experiment

Campus Technology Magazine writer John K. Waters explores the Renaissance taking place in adaptive learning at higher learning institutions funded by a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant program in an article called The Great Adaptive Learning Experiment.

Included is an interview with Julie Stiak, associate dean of instruction and community development at Rio Salado College.

Rio Salado College is one of the 14 schools chosen by the Foundation to develop adaptive learning courses. Rio's first pilot program launched in January with two online writing courses that are being developed in collaboration with Pearson.

What is adaptive learning? In a nutshell, it’s a high-tech way of collecting and processing data that will help instructors determine what students know, how they learn and how to customize coursework that meets their unique needs.

Learn more in the April issue of CT Magazine.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

KJZZ Ranks #1 for Morning Drive Time

KJZZ 91.5 FM was recently ranked as the number one news station for the morning drive time by Arbitron a media and marketing research firm. More listeners tuned into KJZZ from September 15 to November 23, 6–10 a.m. than to any other radio station in the Phoenix Metro Area. Morning Edition, a presentation of KJZZ and NPR followed by the Diane Rehm show are featured during this time block.

For January to November 2011, Arbitron reports that KJZZ broadcasts to nearly 144,000 listeners every day and to nearly 300,000 listeners each week. In addition KJZZ streams live to computers and mobile devices an average of 145,000 hours per month.

KJZZ is a listener-supported public broadcasting station licensed to the Maricopa Community College District. It is a community service of Rio Salado College’s Division of Public Service, featuring a mix of local, national and international news, jazz and blues.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Teacher at Xavier College Prep Recieves Excellence in Education Award

Congratulations to Laurie White of Xavier College Prep in Phoenix, for receiving December’s Excellence in Education Award. Former student, Michelle Cantelme, nominated Mrs. White because of her dedication to each individual student.

 “Mrs. White is a teacher who truly makes a difference with her students. She wants all of her students to be successful. You can always count on her to be there from the beginning to the end,” said Cantelme.

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.

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.

To nominate a special teacher, please visit KEZ 99.9 keyword excellence.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Rio Salado is Fastest Growing 2-Year College

In a Community College Week article, Rio Salado College is ranked first in a survey of the Fastest Growing Public Two-Year Colleges (of schools having enrollments of 10,000 or more). The article focuses on how enrollments are beginning to slow nationally after years of record-breaking highs. As a state, Arizona is ranked ninth in the 10-Year Trends in Total Enrollment survey, with 232,253 community college students in 2010, up from 184,799 students in 2001. Read more.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Rio Salado College Honors Teacher of the Year

Coach is the word that Jeremy Dittrich uses to describe his teaching career. His enthusiasm for physical education is inspiring and he shares that passion with his students. Dittrich taught P.E. at Centennial Middle School in the Kyrene School District and was recently honored as the 2010-11 Excellence in Education Teacher of the Year. The Excellence in Education program recognizes dedicated K-12 teachers throughout the Valley for their outstanding contribution to education. The program is sponsored by Rio Salado College and KEZ 99.9.

“Jeremy is a great teacher with very high expectations for all of his students,” said fellow teacher, Laurie Jake who nominated Dittrich for the recognition. “As a lifelong athlete himself, he makes learning fun, but more importantly he shares his great love of fitness with the students, which ignites their interest as well.”

Whether coaching in the classroom or on the sidelines, Dittrich looks for innovative and creative ways to engage his students. He has had students create ‘commercials’ for fitness gyms highlighting the benefits of exercise. He instituted a quarterly hiking field trip not only to help his students improve their fitness but also learn the value of lifelong physical activity. This program also added to the morale at the school as he enlisted other staff to volunteer for these activities. He has also coached basketball and wrestling, coached for Mountain Pointe High School football, served as an advisor and coordinator for Centennial’s Minitown event and serves as a youth leader in his church.

“Jeremy shows an unwavering commitment to improve the lives of young people,” said Jake. "He always has a kind word or comment to share with students and his fellow staff memebers."

Teachers are nominated by students, parents, colleagues and community members and are recognized monthly throughout the school year. The Teacher of the Year recipient is selected from those honored. Nominations for the 2011-12 school year will begin in August. To view a video montage of the 2010-11 Teachers of the Month visit

2010 -11 Teachers of the Month
Peggy Shupp, Desert Garden Montessori School, Phoenix
OctoberAngela Scafaru, St. Matthew’s Elementary, Phoenix
NovemberCarole Cardenas, Career Success High School, Phoenix
DecemberCarolyn Cain, Harris Elementary, Gilbert
JanuaryJeremy Dittrich, Kyrene Centennial Middle School, Phoenix
FebruaryArlen Sykes, Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School, Ahwatukee
MarchTammy Wildening, Cochise Elementary, Scottsdale
AprilKatie Gerrich, McClintock High School, Tempe
MayJeremy Rose, Melvin E. Sine Elementary, Glendale

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

RISE Learning for Life Winds Down 2010-11

There are only two free classes left in the 2010-11 membership year at RISE Learning for Life.

The classes are a part of the organization’s special summer session which allows the community to participate in RISE classes at no cost.

On June 28, Officer Doug Lynch of the Surprise Police Department will present easy, common sense solutions to home safety concerns; and on June 30, Tom Lombardo will relate new theories about the brain to traditional questions of consciousness and the physical world.

RISE, a community based educational organization operating in the Rio Salado College Lifelong Learning Center, uses a trimester scheduling system offering fall, winter, and spring sessions. Classes are not offered between July and September.

In-person classes will resume for members starting on October 3. They are presented in a variety of formats ranging from seminars that last only a few hours to multi-part series that can last as long as eight weeks.

RISE treated members to a diverse range of topics this year including:

Women and Happiness- Discussion group to help women identify their own personal and unique goals.
How the States Got their Shapes- Review of the political, economic and ideological factors involved in drawing state borders.
Creation Stories You’ve Never Heard- Exploration of creation stories/myths from a variety of sources.
History of the U.S. Navy- Lecture and discussion on major battles, technological innovations and a timeline of events.
The Decision to Drop the Bomb- Examination of influencers and events leading to President Truman’s decision to drop the Bomb.

RISE also offered traditional self-improvement topics throughout 2010-11 such as conversational French, efficient investing, and chair yoga.

RISE Members pay an annual fee of $45 which entitles them to take as many courses as they like. The Membership year runs from July 1 until June 30.

Any adult living in Maricopa County can join RISE by calling (480)377-4250 or visiting for more information.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Rio Salado College Awarded Grant from Hanover Grants

Hanover Grants, a Washington, D.C.-based grant development and management services firm, awarded online community college, Rio Salado College a $68,373 program-planning grant administered through the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.

The Science and Math in Arizona Rural Teaching (SMART) Fellows Planning Grant will support a series of planning workshops involving rural schools, industry partners, and college faculty to develop a program of enhanced training and support for rural science and math teachers seeking master’s degrees. The team will also use the planning period to obtain private matching funds to support the new program.

Hanover Grants assisted Rio Salado’s science and math teacher education team in the planning and development of the SMART Fellows Planning Grant proposal. The planning team, led by Janet Johnson, Chair of Rio Salado’s Department of Education, and Shannon Corona, Chair of Physical Science, expects to request NSF support for the new program through an application to the Robert Noyce Master Teaching Fellowship Program. Hanover Grants is assisting the team throughout the planning process in preparation for the new application.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Student Services Add to Students Success

Graduating from college is a major accomplishment for all students. It marks a new chapter in their lives as they transition from student to professional. But before they join the workforce the graduates need to go through the not-so-fun process of resume writing and interviewing.

For some graduates, resume writing and interviewing are not a problem. For others, it can be a daunting task. For all graduates, and current students, help is available.

“Just because a student has graduated it doesn’t mean the door at the college has closed behind them,” said Melaine Abts, faculty chair of Counseling at Rio Salado College. “Our student services are open to current students and graduates to help them with every aspect of career planning.”

Every day, Rio Salado’s counselors help people set personal, educational, and career goals. Counselors also are on hand to help students when they are experiencing obstacles that are interfering with their academic performance such as: lack of motivation, relationship issues, study skills, test anxiety, time management, and stress. Additionally, the counselors are available to students and graduates when they need assistance with job search skills, resume writing, interview preparation.

“We want students and graduates to be successful, and that means helping them with their resumes and preparing them for interviews, too.” said Abts. “The counseling services at Rio Salado College are an integral part of the total educational process, and this includes after graduating, too.”

Current and Incoming Students
For current and future students, Rio Salado offers three classes, which are geared toward helping students choose the career path that is right for them.

“Whether you're new to college or online learning, we'll give you tips on how to be a successful student,” said Abts. “We help develop study plans, identifying learning styles, and set personal and academic goals.”
The Career Exploration class focuses on current occupational trends and outlooks and is designed to assist students as they make informed career decisions.

“This class uses of various assessments to help the students explores career-related interests, values, needs, preferences, skills, and strengths,” said Abts. It will aid in the development of individualized educational goals, career goals, and action planning.”

The Creating College Success class offers strategies to help students succeed in college. It explores methods for selecting and developing effective academic strategies, increasing self-awareness, and developing self-management strategies. Elements of college resources and relationships with others are explored in support of the students' educational experience.

The Strategies for College Success class focus on increasing student success through college orientation and personal growth, study skills development, and educational and career planning.

“The college is successful if the students are successful,” said Abts. “With all of these tools available to students, everyone should be confident that they will be successful at Rio Salado.”

To see all of the counseling help that is available, visit

Monday, October 18, 2010

Rio Salado Offers Online Courses Including CPR Class

“I want everyone in the world to take this class,” said Angela Ambrosia, a faculty chair member at Tempe-based Rio Salado College.

It’s safe to say every teacher will say their class is the most important and that everyone should enroll in it. But not every teacher can say their class has the potential to save lives. Ambrosia’s cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) class has the potential to save lives and that is why she wants more people to enroll in her class.

“If I can teach somebody so that they will feel comfortable and not panic when this occurs, it will be great,” said Ambrosia. “I think we can improve the survival rate for cardiac arrest patients.”

In the Rio Salado class, students will learn to identify signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest with emphasis on early action. They will learn how to manage a conscious and unconscious airway obstruction and the proper technique for performing one and two rescuer CPR on the adult, infant and pediatric victim. Additionally, the students learn to deliver effective oxygenation and ventilation using a bag- valve-mask device and how to perform automatic, external defibrillation as part of the resuscitation of the adult in cardiac arrest.

“Students will learn current American Heart Association standards for one and two rescuer CPR and obstructed airway procedures on the adult, infant, and pediatric victim,” said Ambrosia. “The students will also learn to use automatic, external defibrillation and resuscitation equipment.”

According to the American Heart Association, the use of CPR dates back to 1740. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t know how to perform it today.

Rio Salado College launched the classes in January and saw more than 100 students take the online class and pass the in-person exam. Among the students who passed the exam is Tempe resident Jennifer Phoebe, who is a mother of three young children.

“I’m taking classes to get my degree in nursing and because I have children,” said Phoebe. “I thought CPR is something I should know. It’s long overdue.”

With family and work already keeping her busy, Phoebe found it difficult to attend classes in a traditional setting. So she chose online classes where she could attend class when it fit into her schedule.

“I have time constraints with kids and it made it a lot easier to take the classes online,” said Phoebe. “People think it’s going to be easy because it’s online, but you really have to learn the material. It was a great format for me and it was easy to understand. There was a lot of material and I learned a tremendous amount.”

After taking the classes online, Phoebe was relieved to practice what she learned during an in-person test under Ambrosia’s supervision at the college’s main location in Tempe.

“I felt a lot better coming in and doing it on a mannequin,” said Phoebe. “It reinforced everything I learned online.