Tempe Chamber Partners with Rio Salado College on Business Academy

Tempe Chamber of Commerce

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce announces the 2022 Tempe Chamber Business Academy co-sponsored by Rio Salado College, presented by Silicon Valley Bank. Started as a virtual program in 2020, the program’s curriculum will continue to be developed by the Chamber’s Businesses Innovation and Strategy Council and will now take place on campus at Rio Salado College. This program serves both organizations’ missions to serve the educational needs of local business and industry sectors.

Academy participants will receive structured training in various disciplines ranging from leadership to marketing to human resources to finance. The program will run monthly from January      to June 2022, consisting of six 90-minute classes taught by expert instructors. Those who complete the Academy will receive a digital badge and certificate of completion.

“This collaboration with Rio Salado enables us to provide current, needs-driven education and growth opportunities to our workforce using feedback from our local business leaders,” said Denise       Hart, Interim CEO & Vice President of Marketing with the Tempe Chamber.

“Rio Salado College welcomes the opportunity to provide professional development to business leaders and lifelong learners in Tempe,” said Rio Salado College President Kate Smith. “We recognize the critical importance of providing the latest industry skills and best practices as business practices continue to evolve. We are honored to partner with the Tempe Chamber.”

For more than a century, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce has built an environment that enhances the economic vitality of its membership and the business community as a whole. Representing more than 650 businesses, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce strengthens the local economy through network development, advocacy, professional development and influence. It regularly advocates for a favorable business climate through interactive public policy engagement and provides ongoing representation in government at local, state and federal levels.

Rio Salado College is one of ten Maricopa Community Colleges and one of the largest online public community colleges in the nation, serving nearly 50,000 students annually with more than 28,000 online in 50 states and internationally. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, Rio Salado offers 600+ online classes, 135+ degree and certificate programs and general education courses. The college also provides support for dual enrollment, military and incarcerated students and serves as the largest provider of adult education in Arizona.

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