In this issue:

Financial counseling is essential to students with debt

In January, D. Nathan Cieszynski was teaching a course that he knew well and had offered so many times that there should have been few surprises. As a housing and financial counselor with the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board (IFHMB), Cieszynski spent years working in the mortgage industry before he decided that his experience could help troubled homeowners. Read more

Isabel Solorio, 2018 RCAC Yoneo Ono Outstanding Rural Volunteer Award recipient

In the nearly four decades since Isabel Solorio left her native Mexico in search of, as she calls it still, ‘the American Dream,’ she has held tight to the idea that she wanted to give as much back to her adopted country as it gave her. Read more

Looking for a new and exciting career path?

Join our passionate team and make a difference in rural communities throughout the West! We work in diverse and low-income communities to increase access to affordable housing and safe drinking water, promote economic opportunity and job creation, and provide financing for community and economic development projects. We have entry to manager level positions currently open in the western United States. Read about our opportunities here

Community development loans available to Tribes, Tribal entities and individuals in Arizona and New Mexico

RCAC’s Loan Fund has low interest, long- and short-term loans available for Tribes, Tribal communities and individual Native Americans in Arizona and New Mexico for small business, housing and community facility projects. Eligible projects include: energy efficient affordable housing, infrastructure, community facilities, Native owned small businesses, sustainable agriculture, nonprofit organizations working in Indian County or with Native populations, and other mission driven social enterprises. For more information and contacts, download the brochure here.

Conference and Workshop Calendar

Drinking Water Compliance Workshop

This workshop will cover MRDL and DBP reporting, updates to lead and copper site sample plans, cross connections and sanitary survey prep. This workshop qualifies for five professional development hours.

December 18 – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Blue Water Resort & Casino
11300 Resort Dr
Parker, Arizona 85344

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Activated Sludge Workshop

This workshop will improve wastewater system professionals overall skills and knowledge in wastewater treatment. This training provides five professional development hours.

December 19 – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Blue Water Resort & Casino
11300 Resort Dr
Parker, Arizona 85344

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