Friday, June 28, 2019

Enjoy Yummy Recipes & Lessons from the Café at Rio!



Here's a cool and refreshing recipe for Mexican Shrimp Cocktail from Rio Salado Executive Chef and Sustainable Foods Program Director Michael Hodgins. ¡Buen provecho!

Hodgins and the Cafe at Rio team shared out this recipe during our spring cooking workshops in 2019. Rio Salado culinary workshops are non-credit classes designed for the beginner—with fun in mind.

What do you want to learn how to make this fall? Drop us a line with suggestions

Monday, June 24, 2019

July 4th Closure

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The Communiversity at Queen Creek will be closed Thursday, July 4 in honor of Independence Day. 

Happy Birthday, America!

Looking for something to do in the Valley?  Check out these suggestions from Visit Phoenix.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Arizona Teacher Programs Designed to Help You Succeed!

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The Arizona Teachers Academy provides a rewarding scholarship program for teachers to succeed and improve public education in Arizona, which includes compensation for educational expenses for candidates who commit to teaching in Arizona’s public schools. Find out more: arizonateachersacademy.com.


With Rio Salado's online post-baccalaureate program for teachers, you can start on the path to a teaching certificate when it's convenient for you – whether that's next Monday or next month! Learn about the options available to you at www.riosalado.edu/teachers or contact a Rio Salado College Academic Advisor at (480) 517-8580.

Take advantage of free orientation services and advice on how to be a teacher. Learn more in RioNews.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Learn How to Be a Teacher at Free Orientation Session with Rio Salado College

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Ready to launch your teaching career? Join Rio Salado's Teacher Education team for a free orientation session in-person or online to learn about the educational pathways, scholarships, paid teacher-in-residence programs and employment opportunities available to help you succeed! 

Check out the latest Post-Baccalaureate and Teacher-in-Residence orientation sessions now!

 Rio Salado offers Arizona Department of Education approved Educator Preparation programs that provide convenient and cost-effective ways for undergraduate students and working individuals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into teaching.

For more information visit www.riosalado.edu/teachers or contact a Rio Salado College Academic Advisor at (480) 517-8580.  

Eager to learn more now?
Rio Salado Teacher Education staff member Paulina Ngo has advice and answers to some of the most common questions for newcomers to the teaching profession. Check out her RioNews blog, Expert Advice on How to Become a Teacher.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Go Back to Get Ahead with Rio Salado College Adult Re-Entry Programs and Services

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Considering going back to school? You’re not alone! Many Rio Salado College students are parents, working full-time and returning to school to get ahead and to be good role models for their families. 

This story featured in azcentral provides insights into the lives of three students who found a pathway to higher learning through Rio Salado programs and services designed to help non-traditional students succeed.

Ready to begin your journey? Get started now. Classes start most Mondays!
“One of the challenges I experienced after deciding to return to school was figuring out how to dedicate a sufficient amount of my time to my college courses. To my surprise, transitioning to the lifestyle of an employed college student was made easy through the help and support from my instructors, advisors and AACE classmates.”
Rio Salado Adult ACE student Amelia Speer,

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Explore a Rewarding Career in Early Childhood Education

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Rio Salado College’s Early Childhood Education Program provides multiple opportunities for entry-level career seekers and professionals pursuing continuing education. Get started now on your career by visiting riosalado.edu/earlychildhood.

While you're there, check out this video, which shares insights from local industry professionals about the many opportunities in this field-- and how you can create a lasting impact on the lives of children, your community and your life. 

Pictured above is Arizona PBS Educational Outreach Regional Coordinator Instructional Specialist for the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce & Professional Development Registry Lisa Cobb who is featured in this video and has enjoyed a long-time career as an early childhood specialist.
“What we're doing in early childhood really sets the model for the kids to really advance when they get into kindergarten.” Lisa Cobb
This video was made possible by funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Education under the Carl D. Perkins Act.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Rio Salado's Faculty Chair for Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Dr. Kirk Bowden Receives IAAOC Educator Excellence Award

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Rio Salado's Faculty Chair for Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Kirk Bowden was awarded The International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors’ (IAAOC) Outstanding Addictions/Offender Educator Excellence Award for 2019. 


The award acknowledges a professional counselor educator who has demonstrated outstanding teaching and commitment in addictions/offender education. Bowden has been a longtime advocate for continuing education and standardized training for addictions counselors and educators.

“Our role as counselors and educators is more important than ever before,” said Bowden. "Continuing education for counseling professionals is essential as our country grapples with this current opioid epidemic-- and is looking to our addictions and counseling profession for answers on how to resolve this national crisis.”

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Bowden is a leader in the Addiction and Substance Use Disorders field who has received numerous awards and appointments for his outstanding achievements.

 In addition to his work at Rio Salado College, Bowden serves as the Professor-in-Charge of the Ottawa University Addiction Counseling Program. Bowden is also a member of the American Psychological Association's Society of Addiction Psychology board of directors and past President of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. He served as chair for the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AzBBHE); a member for the behavioral health licensing and disciplinary board for the state of Arizona and chair of the AzBBHE’s Substance Abuse Counselor and Professional Counselor Credentialing Committees. Learn more about Bowden’s credentials and contributions to the field.


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The IAAOC is a division of the American Counseling Association; an organization for professional addictions and offender counselors and other individuals working in the addictions, forensics or criminal justice fields who advocate for appropriate treatments. Learn more at www.iaaoc.org.

Rio Salado is one of Arizona’s top trainers of chemical dependency professionals among NAADAC approved colleges-- offering online classes, certificates, an associate degree and continuing education courses. Learn more at www.riosalado.edu/ASD.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Happy #WorldEnvironmentDay!

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We encourage you to join our sustainability movement at the Maricopa Community Colleges and to think about ways you can help save the planet! 

Learn more at www.maricopa.edu/about/sustainability.

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Be the You the World Needs Now as a Sustainability Superhero! 

Learn about Rio Salado College's Sustainability Food Systems program-- it’s designed for people who have a passion for organic food, fair trade and sustainable practices!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Rio Salado College Hosts Insurance Summer Camp Beginning June 10!

Flyer for Summer camp.  Image of a group of young people sitting around a laptop.  Text: Insurance Studies Summer Camp.  Explore a career in insurance, meet with industry professionals and earn 3 credits toward Rio Salado College's Certificate of Completion (CCL).  Course starts June 10th! Rio Salado College is excited to offer this unique hybrid INS100 course that gives students the opportunity to learn about the growing insurance industry and the career paths available in this field. Class will be held in-person at Rio Salado College - Tempe on Mondays from June 10th to July 1st, and will continue in an online format until August 3rd. Light snacks and lunch will be provided. Explore a Career in the Insurance Industry ... REGISTER TODAY!

You still have time to register for Rio Salado College's Insurance Studies Summer Camp, June 10!

This is a chance for you to explore insurance jobs and career options, meet with industry professionals and learn about the ways you can help others when they need it most—while you earn 3 credits toward your Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Insurance Studies.

Get Started Now:

Get the latest updates about this summer camp option.

In the meantime, check out these Top 8 Benefits of an Insurance Industry Career in RioNews.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Celebrate #PrideMonth with the Maricopa Community Colleges

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June is Pride Month, celebrating the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) communities-- and remembering the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, which became a turning point in the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

Celebrate your Civil Rights pride with our Maricopa Community Colleges family this #PrideMonth! 


Learn more about the history of Pride Month with the Library of Congress.