Friday, November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving Week Special Hours & Closures

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The Communiversity at Queen Creek will be closed Thu. – Sun., Nov. 23-26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Rio Salado Testing Center will be open for regular hours Mon. - Tue., Nov. 20-21 and closing at 5 p.m. on Wed. Nov. 22. It will also be open Sat., Nov. 25.

We will resume regular business hours on Mon., Nov. 27.

We hope you enjoy a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Find Enrichment in Early Childhood Education

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Looking for an enriching career? This video provides insights into the many rewards and benefits of a career in Early Childhood Education from local industry professionals who have a deep passion for what they do. 

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Learn about the many opportunities in this field and how you can create a lasting impact on the lives of children, your community and your life.

Rio Salado’s Early Childhood Education Program provides multiple opportunities for entry-level career seekers and professionals pursuing continuing education. Learn more by visiting, emailing and calling 480-517-8771.

Here are some of the options available to you through Rio Salado’s Early Childhood Education Program:

  • Academic Certificate in Child and Family Professional Development
  • Certificate of Completion in Family Child Care Management
  • Certificate of Completion in Infant Toddler Development 
  • Associate in Applied Science in Early Learning & Development
  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Administration and Management 

This video was made possible by funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Education under the Carl D. Perkins Act.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tune into KBACH 89.5 Your Classical Connection

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Need a break from the daily grind? Kick back and unwind with KBACH​ 89.5-- the Valley's source for classical music. 

Tune in 24/7 at 89.5 FM and worldwide at

KBACH is a community service of Rio Salado College

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Café@Rio Thanksgiving Pie Sale! Order by Nov. 17

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Order scrumptious pies for your Thanksgiving feast from the Café at Rio!

Apple Pie - $11.99
Classic Pumpkin - $9.49
Pies are 10” 

Fresh, delicious ingredients and made with love!

Pre-order your pies during your next visit to the Café @ Rio or by calling 480-517-8728.

Pre-orders are due by Friday, Nov. 17.

Payment is due at time of pre-order. Price includes tax.

Pies can be picked up by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21 or Wednesday, Nov. 22.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Let's Vote Queen Creek. Democracy Needs You!

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Happy Election Day Queen Creek! We encourage you to exercise your right to vote. Democracy depends on you!

Not sure where to vote or to drop off your ballot today? Curious if your ballot has been received or what early election returns are like? Check out these Maricopa County Elections and Secretary of State voter guides:

Monday, November 6, 2017

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month!

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The Rio Salado Library is proud to celebrate the rich culture, diversity, and contributions of the Native American community.

Native American Heritage Month is observed each November. This commemorative month aims to provide a platform for Native people in the United States to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and ways and concepts of life.

Heritage Month is also an opportunity for native people to educate the general public about their tribes, the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present-- and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

Check out Rio Salado Library’s Native American Heritage Month Guide for library and web resources that explore the culture, achievements, and history of Native Americans.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Veterans Day Closure, Nov. 10-11

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The Communiversity at Queen Creek will be closed Fri., Nov. 10 and Sat., Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

We look forward to celebrating this national holiday with Queen Creek veterans and their families.

Thank you for your service!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Try Us Out! Explore Online Learning with Rio Salado College Demo!

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Get a sneak peek at what it's like to learn online with Rio Salado College. Check out our interactive online class demo to explore the options and convenience of our online learning platform and see why more than a quarter million online students have taken classes at Rio Salado.

Start your demo now!

Rio Salado is a proud member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), providing distance-education options to students in all 50 states.

For more information about SARA and the programs and classes available in your state, please visit this web page.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

How to Make Education Affordable & Responsive

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Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante took part in an engaging panel discussion about making education more affordable and responsive with PBS NewsHour / Education Week Correspondent Kavitha Cardoza on Oct. 30 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The event was hosted by Higher Learning Advocates to address why the needs of today's student should determine federal policy and not the other way around.

This story by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Reporter Jamaal Abdul-Alim provides a brief on the event and how Higher Learning Advocates is working to improve access and success for nontraditional students.

Learn more about the Higher Learning Advocates policy framework:

Pictured above, left to right, are Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante; EJ Delpero, George Mason University Class of 2018; and John Englehart, UMUC Class of 2017. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Fernandez)

Friday, October 27, 2017

United Way Project Connect @Maricopa to Help Homeless Nov. 2

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On any given day, thousands of people experience homelessness in Maricopa County. Many of these individuals and families are experiencing homelessness for the first time and only need temporary assistance to get back on their feet. 

Join the Maricopa Community Colleges and Valley of the Sun United Way for a Project Connect event at South Mountain Community College on Nov. 2 to help our neighbors in need.

Who Can Benefit From the Event?
Individuals and families who are in need of assistance with housing, shelter, benefits, identification and other basic health and human services. Services are concentrated on helping people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

What Kind of Services Will be Available?
Employment services, medical and healthcare, affordable rental services, clothing, personal care items, spiritual support, behavioral health, substance abuse services, shelter providers, haircuts, food, showers, DES, Social Security, veteran benefits and more.

United Way Project Connect @ Maricopa
Thursday, November 2
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
South Mountain Community College
7050 S. 24th St. Phoenix

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Volunteer Opportunities
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Most volunteers work one-on-one with guests, escorting them through the array of service providers available on site. The guest guide role is a supportive position that encourages a connection between individuals. Other roles available to volunteers include registering guests, serving food, distributing clothes, assisting with the guest check-out area and event clean-up.

Register now at\volunteer. For groups of 10 or more, contact the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at

group photo of Rio Salado employee volunteers at December 2016 eventMaricopa Community Colleges employees are encouraged to register as volunteers through the Maricopa Learns through Service HCM portal. For questions, please contact Dee Dee Tapson at 480-731-8299 or via email at

Rio Salado employees and students should contact Elizabeth Cole-Fay at to learn more about Rio Salado team efforts.

Project Connect is part of Valley of the Sun United Way’s long-term, multi-faceted strategy to end homelessness in our community. This event offers instant access to resources people need to start the journey back to health, financial stability and housing. More than 28,000 individuals have been connected to services since Project Connect began in 2008.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Obama Foundation Hosts Free Community Training in Tempe for Young Adults 18-24, Nov. 11

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The Obama Foundation is hosting a one-day, in-person community engagement training for 18 to 24 year olds in Tempe!

The training session will take place Sat., Nov. 11, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. It will include inspirational workshops that use storytelling, community building, and skills training to teach you how to make change in your community.

The application deadline is today, but the foundation is extending the deadline to Sat. Oct. 28 for Maricopa Community Colleges students! To qualify for the extension you must respond with, "AVC Ganther at MCCCD" for question 12.

Apply now:

If you care about what’s happening in your community and want to be part of creating solutions but don’t know how to start-- this training is for you!

The Foundation is inviting young people who are looking for new ideas and opportunities to get involved. This training will help you build the relationships and skills you need to be the change you want to see.

The foundation is committed to bringing together a group of people with diverse viewpoints, backgrounds, socioeconomic status, education levels, religious beliefs, races, and ethnicities. Participants should be at least 18 years old, open-minded, eager to engage, and build relationships with people different from themselves.

This is one of the first events of its kind, and by getting involved, your voice will be integral to shaping the future of The Foundation’s programming. No prior experience necessary!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Join Positive Paths and General Motors for a Women in Technology workshop, Nov. 4

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Attend a free Women in Technology workshop presented by Positive Paths at the Chandler General Motors Innovation Center, Sat., Nov. 4. 

Learn from career panelists about opportunities and challenges for women in technology careers.

Women in Technology
Sponsored by
General Motors
Sat., Nov. 4, 2017

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
General Motors Innovation Center
2900 W. Geronimo Place
Chandler, AZ 85224
RSVP preferred

Call 480-733-3013 or email for more information.

Positive Paths logo.

Positive Paths is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to build life bridges for women through education and mentorship. A 2017 goal is to award up to 30 scholarships and provide group mentoring for as many as 100 women. Learn more at

Thursday, October 19, 2017

My.Maricopa SIS Outage Oct. 21-22

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The My.Maricopa Student Center will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance beginning 5 p.m., Sat., Oct. 21 until 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 22. 

The following online student services are unavailable during this time:
  • Maricopa Enterprise ID account creation
  • Enrollment for classes
  • Grade reports
  • Transcripts
  • Financial aid information
  • Student message center

Your student email, Canvas and RioLearn portals will still be available.

Visit this web page for the latest updates.

We appreciate your patience during this time.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Speak Up & Out Against Contract Cheating!

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We all know cheating is wrong. While there are no excuses and the consequences are great, the stress and pressures of school can make it tempting and sometimes irresistible for students.

Most of us are familiar with cheat sheets and copying homework, but there’s a new kind of cheating called Contract Cheating.

Contract Cheating is a “form of academic dishonesty where students get academic work completed on their behalf, which they then submit for academic credit [and/or advantage] as if they created it themselves,” according to

Examples of contract cheating include:
  • purchasing an assignment from an online site
  • sharing answers to an assignment on a file sharing site
  • posting or purchasing answers to an exam, assignment, or other assessed work
  • paying someone to write a test or exam

Speak Up & Out! 
Rio Salado student Lori Beasley
Rio Salado encourages students to practice academic integrity and ethics in their studies and to take a stand against cheating on Oct. 18, International Day Against Contract Cheating, by sharing a selfie with our Facebook and Twitter fans, with a statement that completes this sentence:

“I don’t contract cheat because ___________.”

Include others in the conversation by using hashtags #RioSaladoCollege #defeatthecheat #excelwithintegrity.

Rio Salado is a proud member of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI), which is leading the International Day Against Contract Cheating effort.

Learn more about Contract Cheating by visiting, or contacting Rio Salado’s Academic Integrity team

Rio Salado wants you to succeed. We encourage you to take advantage of our Resources for Academic Success toolbox, Student Success videos, Tutoring services and Counseling teams.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Rio Salado Hosts Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention Conference Oct. 25

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Rio Salado College is hosting a Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Conference at the Rio Salado Conference CenterOct. 25, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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In partnership with community advocates to end domestic violence and sexual assault, conference presenters will address violence against women, teens and men.

The conference sessions will educate attendees about the types of domestic violence, root causes, prevention, defensive training, resources, the role of law enforcement and family advocacy, teen dating abuse and a segment on the arts and healing.

Free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Conference Agenda

9 a.m – 10:30 a.m.
Topic: Why Don’t They Just Leave?

Presenter: Doreen Nicholas, Arizona Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Topic: Root Causes - Why Domestic Violence Happens

Presenter: Donna Bartos, Bloom365
This is an interactive session

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Topic: The Role of Law Enforcement and Family Advocacy

Presenter: Detective Deb Taylor, Phoenix Police Department

1:45 – 3 p.m.
Topic: Self-Protection Techniques

Presenter: Adam Thompson, Universal Wellness
Dress comfortably

3:30 – 5 p.m.
Topic: Healing Through the Arts

Presenter: Rio Salado College Student Support Specialist Jenita Landrum
This is an interactive session. Counselors will be available.

This event is sponsored by Dr. Wanda Tucker, Faculty Chair-Psychology Department and the Rio Salado Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council. Please contact Dr. Tucker if you have any questions: 480-517-8268,

Successful Students Meet with their Advisors

Schedule a meet with your advisor regularly to get help with:

• Planning for your next semester
• Updating your educational plan
• Mapping out your career goals

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Are You Bound for ASU, NAU or UofA? Apply for Earn to Learn Transfer Program!

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If your goal is to transfer to a four-year college or university and save money, Maricopa Community Colleges has an exciting new program to help make this happen called: Earn to Learn.

Earn to Learn will give you the financial assistance you need if you are planning to transfer to Arizona State University (ASU), The University of Arizona (UA), and Northern Arizona University (NAU).

You can potentially receive up to $4,500 toward educational expenses and financial literacy skills!

You will benefit most from this program if you are considering attending ASU. Over 70 percent of the students who transfer from Maricopa Community Colleges select ASU.

ASU is committed to ensuring that you will benefit from this program. In fact, they are so dedicated that they are sending Earn to Learn ambassadors to your college to share this great opportunity so that everyone can be in the know about Earn to Learn.

ASU is currently accepting applications for students entering ASU in Fall 2018. The pre-application deadline to apply is Nov. 8, 2017.

News courtesy of the Maricopa Community Colleges

It Pays to Apply for MCCCDF Scholarships. Deadline is Oct. 15!

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Last call! The deadline for Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarships is Oct. 15!

Apply now:

Do the math. It Pays to Apply!

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 at mastering the application process.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Attend Free Career & Resource Fair Oct. 28!

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Join the Maricopa Community Colleges and City of Phoenix - My Brother's Keeper for a free Career & Resource Fair at Phoenix College, Sat., Oct. 28, 12-4 p.m.

  • Meet with representatives from all 10 Maricopa Community Colleges 
  • Take advantage of free workshops for parents and students
  • Get enrollment help from admissions and financial aid experts 
  • Learn about college and community resources available to help students succeed
  • Explore the many certificate and degree programs available to students

Register now:

Free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Begin Your Educational Journey with Rio Salado College's GED® Test Prep Program

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What's your motivation?

We can help you transform that passion into action and help you begin your educational journey! No matter what kind of student you are, Rio Salado has classes and programs to meet your needs! We’re ready to help you with advising, registration, tutoring, new student orientation classes, GED® test prep and English as a second language programs, financial aid, work-study programs, scholarships and more!

Learn more about Rio Salado’s GED® test prep program by calling 480-517-8110. For more details, visit

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New Maricopa CareerLink Service Designed to Help You Meet Your Career Goals.

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Maricopa Community Colleges Career Services has partnered with local employers around the Valley to announce job and internship opportunities through a new platform called Maricopa CareerLink!

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Register with Maricopa CareerLink to get a first-hand look at resume building, mock interviews, job and internship postings, plus receive information about upcoming career fairs and events. 

Check it out now:

The Maricopa Community Colleges Career Services team can assist in all stages of career planning. Services are open to students, alumni, and employees.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Successful Student Tip: Plan to Succeed!

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Successful Students Plan to Succeed!
  • Go​ ​to​ ​class​ ​and​ ​don’t​ ​be​ ​afraid​ ​to​ ​ask questions 
  • Ask​ ​for​ ​help​ ​if​ ​needed,​ ​read​ ​the syllabus,​ ​know​ ​your​ ​professor’s​ ​office hours 
  • Find​ ​a​ ​tutor 
  • Talk​ ​to​ ​an​ ​advisor

A message from the Maricopa Community Colleges

Friday, September 29, 2017

MCCCDF Scholarships Await You! Deadline 10/15

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The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation has awarded thousands of scholarships through the years! You still have time to apply for spring 2018 scholarships but the October 15 deadline is quickly approaching!

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 at mastering the application process.

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

Apply now

Register for Spring Classes at the Maricopa Community Colleges!

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If you're taking classes at the Maricopa Community Colleges, it's nearly time to register for spring classes!

🗓️ Priority Registration - begins October 2
🗓️ Spring 2018 Registration - begins October 9

Start here

In the meantime, take advantage of Rio Salado's flexible Monday starts between now and this spring!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Rio Salado College Offers Addictions & Counseling Continuing Education Webinars

Ad for new classes.  Image of Dr.  Kirk Bowden.  Text: ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & CONTINUING EDUCATION NEW! Non-Credit Seminars* Seminars are online $89 per seminar (15 CE's) Developed & instructed by addictions professionals Work at own pace Online certificates and degrees also available. For a complete list of seminars visit  LEARN MORE TODAY!480-384-9990.  Images of Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges logos. Text: Rio Salado College is a regionally accredited institution and is acredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC). Online classes may have in-person components, testing requirements, block calendar guidelines and require proof of legal residency. Payment plan options and financial aid are available to those who qualify. The Maricopa Community Colleges are EEO/AA Institutions.

Rio Salado College is offering a series of non-credit, online seminars to help addictions and counseling professionals stay informed about the latest industry developments and strategies, and meet continuing education requirements. 

Visit for a full listing of current offerings.

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The seminars focus on topics such as treatments for stimulant use disorders, adolescent substance use disorders, domestic violence and addictions, intervention and treatment for substance use disorders, professional ethics, eating disorders and behavioral addictions.

Rio Salado offers 45+ Monday start dates so participants can enroll in courses throughout the year. The cost is $89 per course.  Many seminars have 4, 8 and 14-week completion options and most textbook and course materials are available at no or low cost (<$40). Many seminars do not require additional course materials.

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The seminars were developed under the direction of Rio Salado’s Faculty Chair of Addiction and Substance Use Disorders program Kirk Bowden, MAC, NCC, LPC; a well-known industry leader.

Rio Salado is one of Arizona’s top educators of addictions counseling professionals, offering online classes, certificates and an associate degree in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders.

Bowden works with a team of Rio Salado faculty, who are also experts in the field, to create engaging educational content to help professionals stay relevant, informed and connected.

While Rio Salado seminars are designed to help addiction and counseling professionals meet their continuing education requirements, they are also available to the public-- giving practitioners a resource to share with the communities they serve.

“Many of our students are parents, teachers and social workers, who, through their daily lives and jobs, encounter people with addiction issues,” Bowden said. “They complete our seminars and courses for a variety of reasons. As such, we are committed to providing quality instruction that will educate and empower professionals and students alike,” said Bowden.

For more information about Rio Salado’s Behavioral Health/Addictions and Substance Use Disorders programs, visit or call an academic advisor at 480-517-8580.

Maricopa Community Colleges Open Educational Resources Project Saves Students Millions!

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According to a 2016-2017 year-end report, the Maricopa Community Colleges have saved students more than $10 million dollars since launching the Maricopa Millions Open Educational Resources Project. This amount is almost double the estimated projections when the program was first conceived five years ago!

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Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick will share more details about the project today, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2:30 -4 p.m. at GateWay Community College.

What are Open Education Resources?
Open Education Resources (OER) are a teaching, learning, and research resources that are copyright-free or have been released under a copyright license that permits others to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute them. Examples of OERs include full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Find the Super Teacher in You at Free Teacher Ed Orientation Sessions Hosted by Rio Salado College

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Join Rio Salado's Teacher Education team for a free, Teacher-In-Residence orientation session-- so you can discover the super teacher in you!

Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into and launch a teaching career—with paid employment opportunities in the classroom— so students can apply what they learn and earn an income while they complete their certification coursework.

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Are you ready to follow the calling? Take part in one of these upcoming orientation sessions!

October 4, 2017
November 1, 2017
December 6, 2017

All in-person sessions will take place 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Rio Salado Conference Center in Tempe: 2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281.


Virtual sessions will take place 5 - 6:30 p.m Via Skype. Instructions will be provided after registration has been completed.

Register Now:

Eager to learn more now? Call 480-517-8140.

Rio Salado Teacher Preparation Programs are approved by the Arizona State Board of Education and Rio Salado College is a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Maricopa Community Colleges Introduces New RAVE Guardian Mobile App to Improve Safety!

Improve Your Safety and Be a Guardian for the Maricopa Community Colleges with the New RAVE Guardian Mobile App and RAVE Alert Text Messaging!

The Maricopa Community Colleges are making a substantial investment to increase security at all of the colleges with the all-new Rave Guardian app.

RAVE Guardian Mobile App
The RAVE Guardian Mobile App is a free service for students, faculty and staff to upload from the Apple App Store or Google Play.  Once you download it to your mobile device, authenticate your account with your employee or student email address, then create a username, password and personal profile.

Rave poster for Guardian.  Text: Download Rave Guardian, Set a Safety Timer, Connect with Your Guardians, Easier Emergency Communication

Once open, Rave Guardian will display a simple interface with six icons:

● Inbox — Manage messages to the District-wide Public Safety communications center
● Guardians — Create a network of guardians looking over you, including family, friends, and others you trust
● Safety Timer — Allows Guardians to access your status and location so they can alert Public Safety if you fail to check in at a designated time
● Send a Tip — See something, say something. Anonymously send messages and photos to Public Safety
● Call Campus Police — Make a one-touch voice call to Campus Public Safety
● Call 9-1-1 — Easy access to a voice call in case of an emergency

RAVE Alert Text Messaging

Maricopa Community Colleges 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.

By working together as a community, we can help create the safest possible environment at the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Questions about RAVE? Don’t hesitate to call on Rio Salado’s Public Safety Office for support: (480) 377-4555.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Maricopa Community Colleges

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The Maricopa Community Colleges are proud to celebrate the rich culture, diversity and legacy of our Hispanic and Latino communities!

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year from September 15 to October 15. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30 day period.

Learn more intriguing facts and insights by exploring this Rio Salado Hispanic Heritage Month Library Guide:

Join the Maricopa Community Colleges for live performances, street festivals, art exhibits and engaging conversations this Hispanic Heritage Month!

Most events are free and open to the public.

Visit for a calendar of events.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Successful Students Organize!

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Manage your time:
• Stay on top of quizzes, tests, study time by using a calendar
• Keep classwork with you in case you find extra time in your day to complete it
• Prioritize
• Seek the help of a college advisor for planning and goal setting

Enter Rio Salado's Constitution Day Essay Contest by Sept. 17 for a Chance to Win a $100 Gift Card!

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Celebrate Constitution Day, September 17-- and enter the Rio Salado Constitution Day Essay Contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card!

The contest is open to all students currently registered at Rio Salado College who submit an essay addressing this topic: 

Given that the United States Constitution is a living document, how would you use it to promote change?

Participants will have a chance to win one of 3 prizes:
• 1st place: $100 Amazon gift card
• 2nd place: $50 Amazon gift card
• 3rd place: $50 Amazon gift card

Essays are due by midnight, Sunday, Sept. 17. The winners will be notified on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. 

Visit our Constitution Day web page for additional details:

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tips on How to Pay for College

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Wondering how to pay for college? 

This video from Rio Salado’s Counseling team reviews four funding sources to consider:

1. Personal resources – personal savings, employer tuition programs and college savings fund.
2. Scholarships – based on merit, talent and financial need.
3. Veterans benefits – for eligible students with military service experience.
4. Federal financial aid – grants, loans and federal work study.

Look for additional tips and resources from our Financial Aid team:


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We take pause to remember 9/11-- in memory of the victims-- and to honor the countless acts of compassion and courage demonstrated by our citizens and friends around the globe.

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