Friday, November 30, 2018

Rio Salado College Addiction Studies Re-accredited by NASAC

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We are proud to announce that Rio Salado College’s Addictions and Substance Use Disorders program was granted full re-accreditation by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC) through October 1, 2027.

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NASAC is an academic accreditation organization for higher education addiction studies programs. Accreditation is awarded to institutions that meet and maintain a set of credentials. NASAC accreditation is specialized and not institutional— and designed to help addiction and counselor faculty members prepare for institutional, regional accreditation like the Higher Learning Commission accreditation process, which reviews an entire university or college. 

Dr. Kirk Bowden
“We work diligently to develop coursework that is relevant and up-to-date, to meet the needs of students who are entering into the field— as well as career professionals who are seeking continuing education opportunities,” said Kirk Bowden, who serves as Rio Salado's Faculty Chair for this program. 

Dr. Bowden is a national leader in the Addiction and Substance Use Disorders field, who works with a team of faculty members who are also experts in the field, to create engaging educational content to help professionals stay informed and connected. 

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

Rio Salado also offers a series of non-credit, online seminars to help addictions and counseling professionals stay informed about the latest industry developments and strategies, and to meet continuing education requirements. Look for spring offerings soon.

“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.

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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.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

My.Maricopa SIS Outage Dec 1-2 & Dec. 7-10

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The Maricopa Community Colleges Student Information System (SIS) will not be available during these scheduled maintenance times:
  • Sat., Dec. 1, 6 p.m. – Sun., Dec. 2, 12 p.m.
  • Fri., Dec. 7, 6 a.m. – Mon., Dec 10, 6 a.m. 
This means you will not be able to register or pay for classes, request official or unofficial transcripts, check grades and financial aid status or access to-do list items and message center notices. Please plan accordingly.

Faculty and staff will not have the ability to complete assignments or enter grades.

Maricopa email and Canvas/RioLearn portals will not be impacted by these changes and will remain available to students and faculty.

Get the latest details by visiting this web page.

We appreciate your patience as we update our systems to improve our service to you.

Thank you.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Stay Safe with Rave Guardian Mobile App - Free for Maricopa Community Colleges Staff and Students

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Safety at your fingertips! 

Take advantage of our Rave Guardian mobile app—free for Maricopa Community Colleges students and staff! Learn more about the features at and then download the Rave Guardian app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Please note, staff and students are automatically opted in to receive RAVE Alert Text Messages 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 or update their RAVE status.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Thanksgiving Week Hours and Closures

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Happy Holidays, Queen Creek. Please take note of these special hours for the week.

The Communiversity will be closed Thu. – Sun., Nov. 22-25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

The Communiversity will also close early, at 5 p.m., Wed., Nov. 21. 

The Rio Salado College Testing Center will be open Sat., Nov. 24, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday, November 16, 2018

November is Native American Heritage Month

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The Rio Salado Library is proud to celebrate Native American Heritage Month and has compiled a resource guide for you to explore the rich heritage and history of Native American communities. Check out the guide now.

This commemorative month gives us a chance to enjoy the traditions, music, crafts, dance and culture of our country's indigenous communities. It is also an opportunity for Native Americans to educate the public about their tribes, the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

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Maricopa Community Colleges Celebrations
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with dance, food, storytelling and more at these events.

Kick off the Holiday Season with KJZZ and Storytelling, Dec. 1

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Celebrate the holiday season with KJZZ Phoenix, KBACH, Sun Sounds of ArizonaSoundbiteaz and their friends at the Holiday StoryFest & Authors Showcase, Dec. 1!

Get your tickets now at

🔊 Be entertained by expert storytellers
🔊 Discover Glendale HOTSPOTS and discounts
🔊 Meet Authors
🔊 Record your holiday memories with KJZZ's mobile production studio, Soundbiteaz

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, ASU's Virginia G. Piper Center for CreativeWriting, South MountainCommunity College Storytelling Institute

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Explore a Career in Senior Living Management

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Become the "You," you want to be with Rio Salado College's Senior Living Management program. 

We can help you begin or advance your senior living career with an online program that combines business management with caregiving-- and allows you to quickly move into executive-level positions. Classes begin most Mondays! 

Reach out to get started now:

Possible Career Paths:

  • Executive Director 
  • Business Office Director 
  • Director, Sales & Marketing 
  • Director, Health & Wellness 
  • Lifestyle & Leisure Director 
  • Memory Support Director 

Get the latest program news by visiting this Senior Living Management Facebook page.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Rio Salado Hosts Tempe Tamale Workshops this December

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The holiday season is nearly here, which means it’s Tamale Time

The Rio Salado College Cafe at Rio team still has a few openings for these Tamale Making Workshops in December:

🌯 Dec 8, p.m. session: 2 openings
🌯 Dec 15, a.m. session: 5 openings
🌯 Dec 15, p.m. session: 7 openings

Work with a professional chef to make green chile chicken and red chile pork tamales—and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Register now:

$24.99 for singles, $45 for parties of two.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Exercise Your Freedom & Liberty with Your Vote!

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Tomorrow is Election Day! If you did not mail in your early ballot, you can drop it off at any polling location by 7 p.m. tomorrow. And yes, please remember to sign it!

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Still unsure about how to vote? Get the facts and learn about the issues with 91.5 KJZZ--- your Arizona election headquarters, and a service of Rio Salado College.

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Find the nearest Maricopa polling place at

Learn How to Earn Your MBA From Queen Creek -- Free Virtual Information Session Nov. 8 with @BenUMesa

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Take part in a free, virtual Information session Nov. 8 to learn about Benedictine University Mesa's 18-month, $10K M.B.A. program! 

Application deadlines are quickly approaching and cohorts are filling up fast. 

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to earn an affordable, attainable M.B.A. degree-- from the comfort of your Queen Creek hometown.

Learn more now.

Veterans Day Closure and Celebrations

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The Communiversity at Queen Creek and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Mon., Nov. 12 in honor of Veterans Day.

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

Thank you for your service!

Image of people attending a veterans day parade, clapping at oncoming paradeJoin us for these family-friendly Veterans Day celebrations with the Maricopa Community Colleges.