Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Register for Rio Salado's Spring 2018 Community Cooking Workshops for Some Culinary Fun!

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Need a last minute gift idea? How about tickets to a Café at Rio Community Cooking Workshop at Rio Salado College in Tempe? There are eight workshops to choose from this spring. 

Visit and click on community education workshops to view all offerings. 

Price range $22.50-$29.00 per class, with discounts for parties of two.
  • Feb. 1 Party Hors D'oeuvres for Beginners
  • Feb. 22 Pizza Making
  • Mar. 8 Creating Garnishes
  • Mar. 24 Tamales Workshop Morning Session
  • Mar. 24 Tamales Workshop Afternoon Session
  • Apr. 12 Grilling Tricks of the Trade Workshop
  • Apr. 26 Thai Cooking for Beginners
  • May 3 Desserts for Beginners- Lemon Meringue and Key Lime Pie

Want to learn how to make these yummy sea creatures? Check out the Creating Garnishes Workshop on March 8 with guest chef Michael Pisarik of AJ's Fine Foods, who will be sharing garnishing techniques he has learned over the years.

Rio Salado culinary workshops are non-credit classes designed for the beginner—with fun in mind.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Winter Break Closure, Dec. 25 - Jan. 1

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The Communiversity at Queen Creek and Rio Salado Testing Center will be closed Mon., Dec. 25, 2017 – Mon., Jan. 1, 2018 for the winter break. We will resume regular business hours Tue., Jan. 2. 

We hope you enjoy this winter break and holiday season.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy Hanukkah, Queen Creek.

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Rio Salado President Addresses Need for Higher Learning to Adapt to Needs of Students

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The EvoLLLution team interviewed Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante to address the ever-changing needs of students and how Rio Salado is helping students succeed by adapting to the shifting landscape of higher education. 

Read the interview now.

"Helping people obtain meaningful jobs that matter for your community is one major reason why we are here, so if we can connect all those dots, it is really about investing in our students and our communities. Sometimes that takes a lot of restructuring, refocusing and retooling, but if you’ve got your sights set on the right things, and you learn a lot along the way, and you do more of what works, you will succeed." - Chris Bustamante

Monday, December 11, 2017

New MyInfo Mobile App Designed to Help Maricopa Community Colleges Students Succeed!

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Check out the new MyInfo mobile app for Maricopa Community Colleges students!

It’s an intuitive tool designed to help you succeed! Go to, using your mobile device to download this free app.

With the MyInfo mobile app you can view your class schedule, track your academic progress, access important messages and more!

Learn more by visiting

Rio Salado College Named Top CollegeBoard CLEP Testing Center

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Rio Salado Tempe Testing Office Coordinator Stevie Campbell
Each year, the CollegeBoard recognizes testing centers that administer the most CLEP exams in the country. Rio Salado testing centers made the list of Top 100 National Testing Centers and Top 25 Military Test Centers for College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) test-takers.

Diana Pinon
“We are proud of this distinction,” said Rio Salado Director of Testing Services Diana Pinon. “The College Board has recognized our college as a Top 100 College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) testing center since 2002.”

Rio Salado’s testing centers offer 33 CLEP exams, which assess subject matter proficiency and provide an opportunity for students to receive college credit with qualifying scores. For example, Spanish CLEP test-takers can earn up to 16 college credits. Students can apply knowledge they’ve gained through prior course work, independent study, internships, job training, professional development and personal pursuits.

Tucked away in nine of Rio Salado’s locations are testing centers serving thousands of Valley residents and visitors including CLEP test-takers, U.S. Military personnel, U.S. Postal Service workers, FBI agents and GED® test-takers.

There are also testing services for IT professionals who need to keep certifications up-to-date, including Pearson Vue CompTIA Certification exams, which are recognized by thousands of companies as a predictor of employee success. All Maricopa students, faculty and staff are eligible for significant discounts on these exams. Students pursuing A+ certification save about 55%. Network+ certification students pay approximately half the normal rate. Rio Salado students may also receive college credit for their certifications.

Office Coordinator Danille Armstrong
Rio Salado testing centers also provide proctoring services for other educational institutions so students can take midterms and finals at a location that’s convenient for them.

Students can take advantage of free ACCUPLACER exams at Rio Salado testing centers, which help them gauge their current skill levels for Reading, English and Math. Academic advisors use the results of the assessments along with details about students’ academic backgrounds to determine appropriate college courses.

Rio Salado Testing Centers also offer Adobe Certified Associate and Microsoft Office Specialist Certiport Exams; exams that assess English language skills and more.

For a comprehensive view of the types of services offered, the locations, hours of service, forms of identification required and other details,

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Help Keep Others Warm! Join Rio Salado's PTK / NSLS Teams in a Winter Clothing & Blanket Drive

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Join Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) chapters in collecting blankets and socks for the André House of Arizona, Dec. 4-23.

Please drop off donations at the Rio Salado Tempe Headquarters Tower building first floor.

Women's socks are needed the most. Large bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash can also be donated.

For more information, please contact

The André House of Arizona is a non-profit organization providing free services to people who are struggling with poverty and homelessness.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

You May be Closer to a Degree than You Think!

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Did you know that Maricopa Community Colleges students and alumni can combine community college and university credits to meet the requirements for an associate degree?

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See if you qualify for this Reverse Transfer Program!

An official associate degree is a valuable credential, which can give you a competitive edge when you’re applying for internships and jobs.

See the World. Study Abroad with the Maricopa Community Colleges!

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Earn college credit while experiencing other cultures and languages with Maricopa Community Colleges Study Abroad program.

Learn more about this program including the list of 2018 destinations by visiting

  • Improve foreign language skills
  • Strengthen global awareness
  • Develop intercultural competencies that enhance employment opportunities
  • Increase abilities in learning, problem-solving and coping with change
  • Strengthen understanding of the political, cultural, and economic context of other cultures
  • Gain international work/service experience
  • Enhance academic learning
  • Increase self-confidence and self-awareness

Get out and see the world! 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Learn How to Be a Teacher at Free Orientation Session Hosted by Rio Salado College

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Rio Salado's Post Baccalaureate Educator Preparation Program is a great opportunity for individuals with a bachelor’s degree to work toward Teaching Certification.

Attend a free orientation with Rio Salado's Teacher Ed team to learn more about the educational pathways, scholarships, teacher-in-residence programs and other opportunities available to you.

Free and open to the public

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In-Person Orientation Dates
January 8, 2018
February 5, 2018
March 12, 2018
April 24, 2018

Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 West 14th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281

Time: 6-8 p.m.

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Virtual Orientation Dates
January 16, 2018
February 20, 2018
April 2, 2018

Time: 6-8 p.m.

We will share a link to join the virtual session once your registration is complete.

Visit or call 480-517-8140 for more details.

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