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Veterans Benefit from Insurance Program, Scholarships

Rio Salado College is working with State Farm to fill a void in the local job market. Rio Salado offers a certificate in Insurance Studies to help prepare students for entry level jobs in the insurance industry. State Farm is offering scholarships to help students pay for the certificate.

It’s a win-win scenario! Students receive financial assistance to cover their educational costs and Rio Salado and State Farm are paving the way for career opportunities in the insurance industry.

The first group of students recently completed the insurance studies program at Rio Salado. The cohort included a group of veterans who completed their classes at the East Valley Veterans Education Center in Tempe.

Janet Orozco

I have always been told to take advantage of the opportunities that come my way. So when I first heard of the State Farm scholarship, I did not only think of it as a way to pay for school but as a way to have a job in an industry that pays well too. My experience in Rio Salado’s insurance studies program has truly been amazing. I have learned a lot, and was offered many resources to help me apply for jobs, such as preparing for interviews and creating a well-developed resume. I am currently working the insurance field and because of what I have learned, I cannot only do my job better but understand the documents and insurance vocabulary that I see on a daily basis. 

Elena Bates

I served eight years in the U.S. Army. I applied for the State Farm scholarship to transition from the military into a civilian career. Insurance is a great business because there are so many different career paths to choose from. Rio Salado’s Insurance Studies program exposed me to professionals in the insurance industry. With the help the program, I was able to land a job with State Farm as a customer service representative. I have always wanted to help others in need so I knew that I wanted to start in the claims department. For me this is just the beginning. My goal for the future is to continue working for State Farm and receive a bachelor’s degree in order to become an underwriter.

Eric Sanders

I served in the U.S.Marine Corps for five years and was honorably discharged. I decided to take classes at Rio Salado College because they have a department specifically dedicated to the educational needs of veterans. State Farm has a genuine appreciation of veterans and a willingness to help us succeed. I applied for their scholarship to learn about the insurance industry. I would definitely recommend the insurance studies certificate program at Rio Salado College to gain general knowledge and be marketable to Arizona employers.

Stevie Vega

I'm a veteran, student, mom and now insurance professional! Thanks to Rio Salado College’s insurance studies program, I was able to get the knowledge and tools necessary to start this new and exciting career. The insurance industry is constantly growing and changing to keep up with the times. Many big name companies are making Arizona their new home and that means plenty of job opportunities and growth. This program got me acquainted with many of the industry’s top companies and employers allowing me to get my foot not the door. I now looking forward to a new and exciting career in the insurance industry.

Brionna Joiner

In 2004, I joined the U.S. Army. My military training was in computers, however that did not lead me to a career. I chose to go to Rio Salado for the insurance studies program because it prepares you for a career in a specific field. The staff at the East Valley Veterans Education Center encouraged me to apply for the State Farm scholarship. I have experienced only good things since enrolling at Rio Salado. The staff and teachers took the time to give us individual attention to ensure we all succeeded. I now have a foundation of knowledge to begin a career in the insurance industry. In the future I plan to earn my AINS designation to become licensed for property and casualty. I look forward to becoming part of such a rewarding industry.