Wednesday, September 19, 2018

20% CLEP Exam Discount & Contest Ending Soon!

Rio Salado Tempe Testing Staff Member Angelina Valencia
Take advantage of a 20% discount on all College Board College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) proctoring fees and enter CLEP’s Back-to-School Student Success Story Contest!  Discounts expire Sept. 30.

What are CLEP exams? 
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They test a student’s proficiency in a field of study and give students a chance to earn college credits for what they already know. For example, Spanish CLEP test-takers can earn up to 16 college credits.  There are 33 different examinations, which are accepted by more than 2,900 colleges and universities.

Learn more about CLEP exams and the services available to you at Rio Salado’s Testing Centers at

The College Board has recognized Rio Salado as a Top 100 CLEP® testing center since 2002.

Take Part in Student Success Story Contest!
CLEP will award a $500 gift card to a test-taker with the most unique student success story during this back-to-school celebration! CLEP student success story submissions, which can include narratives, images and videos, should be sent to by Friday Oct. 5, 2018. To learn more about this contest, visit this CLEP web page.

CLEP will also recognize college testing centers which achieve the highest number of CLEP exams administered nationally, the highest number of CLEP exams administered to DANTES funded candidates and other achievements.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

MCCCDF Scholarships = Free Money

Poster featuring a pink piggy bank wearing a graduation cap.  Text: Spring 2019 scholarships available.  Deadline Oct. 14, 2018

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation (MCCCDF) has awarded thousands of scholarships through the years! It literally pays for you to apply! Choose from dozens of scholarship opportunities now at

There are several scholarships specifically for Rio Salado College students and employees, including the James P. Hornburg Memorial Scholarship for students majoring in Law Enforcement and Corrections degree programs at Rio Salado and the Dr. Linda M. Thor Scholarship, which is geared toward helping single moms. There are also scholarships just for veterans.

Group photo of MCCCDF scholars

Poster with text: Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Foundation will award more than $2.5 million in scholarships during the 2018-2019 school year.
Do the Math!
The streamlined process, which only requires one general application, will make it well worth your time! Don't discount those small scholarships. The few hours you spend on a scholarship application will be a good investment. At the very least, you'll gain valuable practice in mastering the application process.

How to apply
Students must have a valid MEID and password to apply and complete a General Scholarship Application to be considered.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Maricopa Community Colleges Education & Transfer Fair Sept. 19 Includes 20+ Universities

Poster with an illustrated image of a graduation cap.  Text in banner: Education Fair

Interested in advancing your education or transferring to a university after you complete your program of study with Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges? 

Talk to representatives from 20+ universities about bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs during our Education & Transfer Fair, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 4-6:30 p.m. at the Rio Salado College Conference Center.

This event is free and open to Maricopa Community Colleges students and employees.

The colleges represented include:
  • Argosy University
  • Arizona State University
  • Ashford University 
  • A.T. Still University 
  • Benedictine University 
  • Mesa Columbia College 
  • DeVry University 
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising 
  • Grand Canyon University 
  • Huntington University
  • Midwestern University 
  • Northern Arizona University 
  • Ottawa University-Arizona 
  • Park University 
  • Prescott College 
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • University of Arizona 
  • University of Dubuque 
  • University of Phoenix 
  • Wayland Baptist University

Education & Transfer Fair
Wednesday, Sept. 19
4-6:30 p.m.
Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Join Rio Salado College for Constitution Day & Enter Essay!

Image of the Constitution near a pair of old glasses, a quill and Rio mascot Splash dressed in founding father fashion and powdered wig.

Rio Salado College invites you to celebrate Constitution Day, September 17-- and enter its Constitution Day Essay Contest for a chance to win a $75 gift card!

Constitution Day commemorates the inception and signing of the United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. The holiday serves as a strong reminder that our rights as citizens and the structure of our government were founded upon the guiding principles in this document—and that freedom and liberty require civic engagement and sacrifice.

Rio Salado takes pause each year to honor and reflect upon the importance and meaning of the United States Constitution and to encourage students and the communities we serve to join us.

Image of Splash dressed as a Founding Father

Express Yourself! 
Enter the Rio Salado Constitution Day Essay Contest!

The contest is open to all currently registered online students at Rio Salado, and all GED® test prep, English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) students who take classes at the Rio Salado locations.

To enter the contest, students should address the Constitution Day topic in either written or multimedia form.

TOPIC: Describe how the First Amendment of the Constitution enhances diversity in the United States.

The deadline to enter the contest is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept.21, 2018. Winners will be announced on Monday, Oct. 1.

Rio Salado created this web page, which includes details about the contest, a resource guide, thoughtful essays and more to get you into the Constitution Day spirit:

It also includes a music video featuring Rio Salado Library Assistant Christopher Orf performing a song he wrote called The U.S. Constitution Talking Blues-- to inspire you to read and think about how the Constitution affects your life.

snapshot from video, featuring Chris playing guitar.  Closed caption: People talking about the Constittuion and what it says and doesn't say.
Get in the Spirit with Chris Orf singing The U.S. Constitution Talking Blues

Stay Safe with the Maricopa Community Colleges Rave Guardian Mobile App

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Safety at your fingertips!

Take advantage of our free Rave Guardian mobile app. Let’s work together to create the safest possible environment at our Maricopa Community Colleges.

Register now:
Download the Rave Guardian app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Rio Salado staff, faculty and students are automatically opted in to receive RAVE Alert Text Messaging about college incidents. Please take the time to confirm that your current mobile phone is listed and that it is tagged as a cell/mobile device to ensure you receive messaging. Students should use and staff should use HCM to confirm their status and to make updates.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Celebrate Constitution Day with Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes

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Join Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges as we celebrate Constitution Day on Monday, Sept. 17 with Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, who will host a live discussion about the Constitution via live stream from the Rio Salado Tempe Conference Center.

Recorder Fontes will share information about the U.S. Constitution and field participant questions. You can join us as a member of the audience or tune in for the discussion 10 - 11 a.m., via this Youtube channel.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join in on the conversation. 

Celebrate Constitution Day
with Maricopa County Recorder
Adrian Fontes
September 17
10 - 11 a.m.
Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Constitution Day commemorates the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution and also serves as a day to recognize those taking steps towards U.S. citizenship. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Join Rio Salado College for a 40th Anniversary AZ DBacks Celebration, Sept 21!

banner featuring Rio Salado College's 40th anniversary logo and slogan: An innovative leader in higher education.  AZ Diamondbacks logo and Colorado Rockies logo keyed over a shot of Chase Filed

Rio Salado College is hosting a 40th anniversary celebration at the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies game on Friday, Sept. 21 at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix and we want you to join us! 

Tickets are $16 (discounted from $22). To purchase the discounted tickets, go to and use the discount code RIOFORTY.

Game time is 6:40 p.m.

Join Rio Salado staff, students, alumni, family and friends for this family-friendly gathering. We will be sitting together in a reserved section.

Show your Rio Salado School Spirit! 
We encourage Rio Salado staff to wear their 40th Anniversary t-shirts or other college attire. Nothing to wear? Visit our Bookstore for options:

We sure hope you’ll take lots of photos and share them with us using #RioSaladoCollege40th.

For accessible seating or groups of 10 and larger, please contact Kris Morrow at (602) 462-4243 or

Additional questions? Please email Murray Inman,