Thursday, May 31, 2018

Rio Salado Summer Culinary Workshops Begin June 14!

Flyer for Summer 2018 Culinary Workshops.  Images of preserves, soap, raviolli and sushi.  Text: Making and Canning Preserves, Jun. 14, 6-8 p.m., Sushi Rolling for Beginners, Jun 21, 6-8 p.m., Soap Making for Beginners, July 12, 5:30-8 p.m., Ravioli Making for Beginners, July 26 6-8 p.m.  Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges logos

Looking for a cool, culinary adventure this summer? Join the Cafe at Rio team for four community education workshops to learn about canning and preserving, soap making, sushi and ravioli! 

Register now:

Your first adventure begins June 14 with a lesson on how to make your own fruit preserves and safely can them.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Transfer Seamlessly from Maricopa Community Colleges to ASU, NAU and UofA!

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Start here-- go there! 

Maricopa Community Colleges transfer pathways are designed to save you time and money-- and help you seamlessly transition to Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and The University of Arizona!

Transfer Pathways lay out specific courses that put you on track to obtain your bachelor’s degree. If you meet all of the program requirements, you can smoothly transfer to one of Arizona’s four-year universities.

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Pick your Arizona pathway now!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Time to Enroll in Rio Salado College's Nanotechnology Program

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Explore cutting-edge advances and career options with Rio Salado College’s Nanotechnology Program—an exciting, 12-week course of study that will give you a chance to pursue your love of science, engineering and chemistry— and apply what you learn in the workplace.

Learn more and enroll now!

At Rio Salado, Nano Knows No Limits.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Maricopa Enrollment Day is Wed., June 13!

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Ready to begin your educational journey with the Maricopa Community Colleges? We’re ready for you! Visit any of the 10 colleges on Enrollment Day, Wed, June 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to complete enrollment in one day.* 

What can you do on Enrollment Day?
  • Apply for Admission
  • Take the Placement Test
  • Seek Academic Advisement
  • Attend Student Orientation (campus tours and student IDs)
  • Explore Payment Options (FAFSA assistance, scholarships, payment plans, etc. If you are a dependent, bring your and your parents' 2016 tax returns.)
  • Register for classes. Payment is due immediately for Summer classes; Payment is due July 30 for Fall classes.
To ensure proper service, please make sure to bring a photo ID (school/government issued: e.g., state ID, drivers license, permanent resident card, passport, etc.) Please also bring your Social Security number (alternate arrangements will be made for non-residents).

*Please Note: Students arriving after 4 p.m. will still be seen but may not complete the entire process. A “next steps” guide will be furnished to students who are not able to complete the enrollment process.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Communiversity Closed in Honor of Memorial Day

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The Communiversity will be closed on Monday, May 28 in honor of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the armed forces. The National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed in 2,000 to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity.” 

The Act encourages all Americans to pause at 3 p.m. for a minute of silence on Memorial Day.

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There is a traditional way of displaying the U.S. flag on this special day. 

The flag is raised quickly to the top of the staff and then lowered slowly to the half-mast position, where it remains until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. At noon their memory is raised by the living.

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Visit this azcentral web page for a list of Memorial Day gatherings in Arizona.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Create Your Future with Rio Salado College's Nanotechnology Program!

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Pursue your love of science, engineering and chemistry—and apply what you learn in the workplace with Rio Salado College’s Nanotechnology Program!

Watch this video to learn how nanotechnology can help you create your future.

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Nano Knows No Limits. 
See where it takes you!

Learn more and enroll today at

Monday, May 14, 2018

Need Help with Research? Ask a Rio Salado Librarian 24/7!

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Working on a paper and need to find awesome sources? 
The Rio Salado Library offers live research help 24/7. 

With Ask a Librarian chat service, you can get live help anytime, day or night!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Learn How Benedictine University Mesa Can Help You in Queen Creek with Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs

Benedictine University Mesa OFFERING PROGRAMS  AT A NEW LOCATION! Communiveristy  at Queen Creek. Accessibility: BenU Mesa now offers its transformative and integrative educational experience at the  Communiversity at Queen Creek! Availability: We are now enrolling for programs in your area! Applications are being accepted for our new location in Queen Creek or at our BenU Mesa campus. Students can complete their course work and graduate in as little as 18 months. Affordability: Our adult undergraduate programs offer financial aid and payment plans (including direct billing with tuition remission) to those who qualify. To respond to the need for more affordable and attainable graduate-level education, we developed the 18-month, $10,000 M.B.A. program.  Programs:  Adult Undergraduate Degree Programs: B.A. in Criminal Justice      •   B.A. in Management      •   B.A. in Psychology.  Graduate Degree Programs: $10K Master of Business Administration  Contact: Matt Clay, (630) 981-4877

Explore the options available to you at BenUMesa by visiting

Contact Matt Clay for information about getting started at the Communiversity at Queen Creek:, 630-981-4877

You Still Have Time to Attend the KJZZ 91.5 Explore Arizona StoryFest & Expo on May 12

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What's your story? You still have time to take part in the KJZZ 91.5 Phoenix Explore Arizona StoryFest & Expo at the Mesa Convention Center on Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are $10. Children 13 and younger are free.

Register now online at

This family-friendly event will showcase some of the state’s most animated storytellers and feature booths from popular and unique Arizona destinations. Check out the list of confirmed storytellers now:

Donate a book! 
Vist the KJZZ and KBACH Book Club table to donate or exchange books. Attendees will receive one entry to win an Arizona Staycation and other Arizona travel prizes for each book donated. Learn more:

KJZZ’s mobile studio and food truck Soundbiteaz will also be on hand to serve up some great food and entertainment!

This event is made possible by KJZZ 91.5, a community service of Rio Salado College. by azcentral, The Storytellers Project and South Mountain Community College.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Teacher Appreciation Day Spotlight: Rio Salado Dual Grad Lennon Audrain, Educator Rising

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Today is Teacher Appreciation Day! Here’s to all of the amazing educators who have left an indelible mark on our lives! This MCTV115 story produced by reporter Lisa Acquafredda provides thoughtful insights into Arizona teacher Lennon Audrain, who is sharing his passion for education in the classroom-- and as an advocate for teachers.

Audrain with Rio Salado President
Chris Bustamante at 2018 Commencement
Audrain is a 2017 Brophy College Preparatory and Rio Salado dual enrollment graduate, who is attending Arizona State University, and serving as the national student president of Educators Rising to make a difference in teaching and Arizona’s K-12 schools.

Audrain decided to pursue education after developing a love for teaching from his parents.

“My mom came to the United States from Thailand to pursue a master’s degree in education and my dad is a teacher now,” Audrain said. “From a young age, I saw the impact that teachers made on myself and others.”

Check out this related RioNews story to learn more about Audrain.

Learn more Teacher Appreciation Day at

Friday, May 4, 2018

Exploring Rio Salado College's Unique Model: A Discussion with WCET

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This WCET Frontiers blog addresses a recent study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation called, Making Digital Learning Work: Success Strategies from Six Leading Universities and Community Colleges, which included Rio Salado College as one of “approximately 50 candidate institutions cited as exemplars in the implementation of digital learning.”

The blog includes a follow-up discussion about that study with Rio Salado College administrators and WCET’s Director of the Digital Learning Solution Network Stacey VanderHeiden G├╝ney.

Rio personnel included in the dialogue were:
  • Janelle Elias, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Innovation
  • Angela Felix, Faculty Chair for Languages, Faculty Senate President
  • Zach Lewis, Analyst in Office of Institutional Research
  • Kate Smith, Vice President of Academic Affairs

We appreciate the efforts of WCET in facilitating this dialogue, and for giving us the opportunity to explain our unique model and outcomes.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month with Rio Salado College-- and Music!

Jewish American Heritage Month is a time of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture. 

It is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the achievements of American Jews in fields ranging from sports and arts and entertainment to medicine, business, science, government, and military service. The 2018 theme is Jewish Contributions to American Music.

The Rio Salado Library is proud to take part in this celebration and has created a guide that highlights Jewish American accomplishments in music as well as library and web resources that can help you learn more about the rich cultural history of Jewish Americans.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

KJZZ 91.5 Explore Arizona StoryFest & Expo May 9

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KJZZ 91.5 Phoenix invites you to celebrate storytelling and our great state of Arizona during its Explore Arizona StoryFest & Expo at the Mesa Convention Center on Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

This family-friendly event will showcase some of the state’s most animated storytellers and feature booths from popular and unique Arizona destinations. 

photo of a storyteller on stage, addressing audience

Tickets are $10. Children 13 and under are free. The event benefits Sun Sounds of Arizona and is presented in partnership with The Storytellers Project and the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute. 

Pre-registered listeners will have the chance to record their stories of family, success, discovery and more. Recording time slots will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis at

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KJZZ’s mobile studio and food truck Soundbiteaz will also be on hand!

• Be Entertained
• Donate a Book
• Explore the Arizona Expo
• Take Part in the Children’s Storyteller Stage
• Discover Mesa HOTSPOTS
• Meet Jon Talton
• Meet Travel Expert Roger Naylor

This event is made possible by KJZZ 91.5, a community service of Rio Salado College. Additional support is made possible by azcentral, The Storytellers Project and South Mountain Community College.