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Community Development

Reaching Those Who Need Education the Most:
Students, the Community and You!

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Rio Salado College's Community Development teams are focused on providing pre-college students and underserved populations a "bridge" (or options) to college level programs. The goal of the College Bridge Pathways is to help make the transition to college easier for all types of students.

  • Adults Achieving a College Education (Adult ACE)
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • Adult Secondary Education (ASE)
  • Developmental Education
  • English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA)
  • High School Equivalency Diploma (Test Preparation)
  • iBest Model & StarPath

Rio Salado keeps with Maricopa Community College's vision to tailor educational opportunities and empower communities all over the Valley.   The College is known for providing an affordable and convenient way to obtain educational opportunities and for creating a culture of inclusiveness to help diverse residents pursue life's goals. Rio Salado continues to expand its offerings through community-based partnerships and collaborations, new location development and new learning opportunities through its:  Sites & Locations

Rio Salado is...

  • Located in communities that have under-served populations, families that may have first generation college students, and families that may need college orientation.
  • Offering programs and services of the highest quality that reflect needs established by the communities it serves.
  • Creating partnerships with schools, colleges, universities, civic organizations, churches, social service agencies, incarceration establishments, business and community leaders to boost resources to enhance student success.
  • Opens doors to a college education for multi-generational residents who might not otherwise have an opportunity to pursue higher education.

Career Path Model:  Career Exploration, Preparation and Advancement

  • Tier 1 - Personal Development / Effectiveness Competencies
  • Tier 2 - Academic Foundations Competencies (ABE / ASE, Career Exploration & Pre-College Bridge)
  • Tier 3 - Workplace Competencies 
  • Tier 4 - Technical Competencies (specific to occupation)
  • Tier 5 - Professional / Advancement Competencies (college degree pathways)

Department & Locations Leads

  • Dr. Jo Jorgenson, Dean, Instruction & Community Development
  • Dr. Todd Aakhus, Director of Community Partnership Programs
  • Mary Briden, Director of Workforce & Community Partnerships
  • Elizabeth Cole-Fay, Director of Community Partnership Programs
  • Barbara Khalsa, Director of Community Partnership Programs
  • Blair Liddicoat, Associate Dean, Adult Basic Education
  • Miranda Lopez, Director of Community Partnership Programs
  • Michael Pattarozzi, Associate Dean, Instruction & Community Development
  • Julie Stiak, Associate Dean, Instruction & Community Development