Thursday, May 23, 2019

Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month Illustrators

Poster featuring images of Jewish American Illustrators.  Text: Jewish American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the achievements of American Jews who have made contributions in fields ranging from sports and arts and entertainment to medicine, business, science, government and military service. 

The 2019 theme is American Jewish Illustrators. 

The Rio Salado Library is proud to take part in this celebration and has created a guide that highlights some of the many American Jews who have helped create the nation's beloved children's books, iconic graphic novels and their superheroes, and syndicated comics and illustrations.

  Check it out now!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Maricopa Community Colleges GED® Grads Can Now Earn College Credits!

Image of Rio Salado GED grads at 2019 ceremony, lining up outdoors, around sunset.
New Pathway Program Helps GED Students
Transition to College!

GED graduates who have successfully completed their College Ready and College Ready + Credit coursework and tests can bypass placement testing, remedial coursework and earn college credits as Maricopa Community Colleges students!

Photo of a GED grad taking a selfie at a grad ceremony.  Banner above photo with digital media icons and text: #GEDGradDay
Made possible through a new partnership between the Maricopa Community Colleges District and GED Testing Service, students can now use their GED scores to demonstrate college readiness and college-level skills

 The GED College Ready and College Ready + Credit scores are based on recommendations from the American Council on Education (ACE) Credit Program, the same program that backs CLEP and other advanced placement testing college credit recommendations. As is the case with these other programs, students may be eligible to receive college credit for courses aligned with GED test subjects.

 “This is just one more way we can help students make the most of their time and resources—and increase their opportunities for college completion,” said Rio Salado Interim President Kate Smith.

The Maricopa Community Colleges District has joined a growing list of 225 institutions that have approved the GED College Ready score levels for college admissions.

GED Testing Service logo

“This new initiative is in perfect alignment with our adult re-entry programs, which are designed to help students learn the English language, prepare for successful GED completion and seamlessly transition to college,” said Smith.

Wide shot of Rio Salado May 2019 GED graduation ceremony
Rio Salado 2019 GED graduation ceremony
Rio Salado College, which is one of ten Maricopa Community Colleges, serves as the principal provider of GED test preparation programs for the District and the largest provider of adult basic education in the state of Arizona.

During the 2017-18 academic year, Rio Salado’s adult basic education departments served nearly 4,000 GED test prep students, and its testing centers administered 16,605 GED exams, serving as one of Arizona’s busiest GED testing centers.

Recent research has shown that GED programs are preparing grads for college programs. Since the launch of the enhanced GED program in 2014, a higher percentage of graduates are attending college programs, enrolling more quickly, and are more prepared than ever to succeed in college and beyond. Research conducted by GED Testing Service aligns with findings made by the National Student Clearinghouse:
  • 47% of GED grads enrolled in a college certificate or degree program within four years
  • 35% of GED grads enrolled in a college within one year of earning a GED credential
  • 90% of GED grads persisted by re-enrolling from one semester to the next
“The most recent numbers are very exciting, especially when you compare the 90 percent persistence rate to the pre-2014 rate of 29 percent,” said Randy Trask, President of GED Testing Service. "Education and credentials beyond a GED diploma are the keys to unlocking opportunity for adult learners--opportunities for new career pathways, higher wages, and better quality of life.”

Information about GED College Ready score levels is available here. Information about credit hours awarded for GED test scores is available here. Information about Rio Salado Testing is available here.

Learn more about Rio Salado’s GED test prep program at

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Honoring Memorial Day, May 27.

Poster for Memorial Day.  Text: Memorial Day Remember and Honor.  Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed on Monday, May 27th

The Communiversity at Queen Creek will be closed on Monday, May 27 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.

flags at half-mass, in front of Statue of Liberty at sunset

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.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Digital Hiring Hub for #JobSeekers 16-24, May 14

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Here's a great opportunity for job seekers ages 16-24! Opportunities for Youth is hosting a Digital Hiring Hub at our Northern location in Phoenix, May 14 to provide free #resume and #job application guidance. 

Register now:

Rio Salado College is proud to join Opportunities for Youth, the Maricopa Community Colleges and other community partners n this effort to help Maricopa County youth find gainful employment.

Free and open to all job seekers ages 16-24!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
2-6 p.m.

Rio Salado College - Northern 

1715 West Northern Avenue
Phoenix, AZ, 85021

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Rio Salado College Hosts Free Dental Clinic for Kids and Teens, June 22!

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The Rio Salado Dental Clinic will host a free clinic for children and teens ages 17 and younger on Saturday, June 22, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students, instructors and support staff will volunteer their time and expertise to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to more than 100 children at the free clinic.

Register now for guaranteed service by calling 480-377-4100 or emailing

Baby smiling at doctor, holding a tooth brush.

Services Available
Services include exams, X-rays, cleaning, fluoride varnish, and educational tips on staying healthy. Each child will also receive a wellness goodie bag to take home. Walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated if time and space permit.

logos for Arizona Dental Foundation and American Dental Foundation
This June 22 clinic is made possible in part by the Arizona Dental Foundation and American Dental Association.

Rio Salado Dental Clinic for Kids
Saturday, June 22, 2019
7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rio Salado College Dental Clinic
2250 W. 14th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281

​​Remember, tooth decay is almost entirely preventable with good oral hygiene and regular check-ups!

Dental student showing a young girl how to brush

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public all year longFor more information, call 480-377-4100 or visit

Maricopa Community Colleges Joins PipelineAZ to Host Veteran Student Hiring Expo May 16

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Here's a great opportunity for transitioning military, veterans and military families in search of employment!

Join the Maricopa Community Colleges and PipelineAZ on May 16 to explore the possibilities! Meet with employers who value your skills and experience.  Don’t have a resume? Use the step-by-step resume builder to quickly create one. All candidates are pre-matched for interviews to be conducted the day of the event.

Registration deadlines
Job Seekers: May 10, 2019
Employers: April 15, 2019

Veteran Student Hiring Expo
May 16, 2019
9 a.m. - 4 p.m

GateWay Community College
Central City Campus
Community Room 
1245 E. Buckey Rd. 
Phoenix 85034

Let's Get to Work!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Free Financial Aid Verification at Rio Salado Tempe, May 3

Grad cap sitting over a pile of money.  Text: Financial Aid Verification Assistance Opportunity

Need help with your financial aid application?
  • Were you selected for verification for the 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 aid year?
  • Are you having difficulty with completing your verification documents?
  • Do you need help resolving selective service or veteran status on your “to-do” list?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you'll want to join the Maricopa Community Colleges financial aid team at the Rio Salado College Tempe headquarters on May 3.

Staff will be on duty to help answer your questions and guide you through the process!

Verification Assistance Event
Friday, May 3, 2019
10 a.m.–noon

Rio Salado College Tower–Room 515
2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281

College financial aid is available to help eligible students pay for college expenses. College financial aid comes in many forms such as grants, scholarships and student loans. Learn more at

Monday, April 22, 2019

Happy #EarthDay #QueenCreek, Help Save the Planet as a Sustainable Super Hero!

Poster featuring illustrated image of earth and Rio Salado mascot splash dressed as a super hero.  Text: Earth Day, Save the Planet April 22

Rio Salado College is committed to its Sustainability Pledge, which it adopted as a college core value. It’s not just a matter of teaching others how to be sustainable-- the college strives to be a leader in environmental responsibility by incorporating earth-friendly practices throughout our daily operations.

Join Rio Salado in this effort by championing Earth Day every day in Queen Creek!

Change the World as a Sustainability Super Hero!

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Ready to start your eco-friendly education? Learn more about Rio Salado’s sustainability programs now.  Be sure to ask about scholarship opportunities to help you get started!

The program is designed for people who have a passion for food, fair trade and sustainable practices that protect our environment. You can earn a certificate or degree-- and gain real experience with industry experts.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Opioid Crisis & Substance Abuse Dialogue April 26

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Has your family, friends or community been touched by the opioid epidemic? Join Rio Salado College for a discussion about our country’s substance abuse and addiction public health crisis-- and how it’s impacting our communities, Friday, April 26 at the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters.

Rio Salado’s Faculty Chair of Addiction and Substance Use Disorders program Kirk Bowden, who is a leading authority on the subject, will be joined by Rio Salado Faculty Chair for Counseling Melanie Abts and Counseling Adjunct Faculty Gary Zarchy to lead the discussion and field questions from guests.

Opioid Crisis & Substance Abuse Dialogue
Rio Salado Tempe Headquarters, Room 515
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
April 26, 2019
12-1 p.m.

Event questions, please contact, 480-517-8575.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people die after overdosing on opioids every day in the United States. Learn how we got here and what tools are available to help make recovery possible.

Poster with a woman's eyes staring into camera.  Text: Rio Salado College, Help Make Recovery Possible.

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. Visit to learn more.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Earn your M.B.A. in Queen Creek with Benedictine U!

Poster promoting MBA program.  Text: MBA Virtual Information Session, Thu., April 4 at 6 p.m. Attend a virtual information session to explore our innovative 18-month, $10KL M.B.A. program being offered at BenU Mesa and the Communiversity at Tqueen Creek.  RSVP to attend: Visit or call 877-9622.  Phone and internet required.  Login information will be forwarded upon RSVP with instructions to join the meeting.

Take part in a free, virtual information session April 4 to learn about Benedictine University Mesa's 18-month, $10K M.B.A. program! 

Learn about the affordable options available to help you earn your M.B.A. degree-- from the comfort of your Queen Creek hometown.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Check Out Best-Selling Books & DVDs from the Rio Salado College Library--- Free!

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Check out the latest and greatest releases in fiction, nonfiction and DVDs at the Rio Salado College Library, including the blockbuster movies Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born!

This is a free service for Rio Salado students and employees, which includes free pickup and delivery options at any of our Valley locations!

To request a title please call the Library at 480-517-8424. Click on the title to check availability.




Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Join the Maricopa Community Colleges for E.A.R.T.H. Forward Summit, March 29

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The Maricopa Community CollegesE.A.R.T.H. Forward Summit is for people who are interested in creating a more sustainable future through Education, Adaptation, Resilience and Technology-- for all of Humanity

While you’re there, look for Rio Salado College's Sustainable Food Systems information booth to learn about Certificate of Completion, Associate of Applied Science and transfer pathways for students who want to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in sustainability. Be sure to ask about scholarship opportunities to help you get started!

Poster featuring a young man working in a garden.  Text: Be the You the World Needs Now.

Ready to join the sustainability movement with Rio Salado? Get cooking now:

Monday, March 25, 2019

Rio Salado Addiction & Substance Use Disorder Program Reaccredited by CAADE Through 2023

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Rio Salado College’s Addiction and Substance Use Disorder Program was reaccredited by the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) through October 1, 2023, which is the maximum timeframe for reaccreditation.

CAADE is the college and university accrediting body in California for addiction counseling programs. Students who graduate from Rio Salado with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Addiction and Substance Use Disorders (ASD) are pre-approved for CAADE credentialing!

Learn more about our Addictions and Substance Use Disorder certificates, degree and continuing education offerings at

Thursday, March 21, 2019

April 2 Criminal Justice Arizona Town Hall in Tempe

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What is the best way to create and maintain safe, productive communities? Engage in a community discussion about Criminal Justice at the next Arizona Town Hall at the Rio Salado College Tempe headquarters, April 2.

Register now!

This will be an action-focused discussion about the recommendations made during 2018 Arizona Town Hall meetings about Criminal Justice in Arizona.

Registration is FREE and open to Maricopa Community Colleges students, staff, alumni and the public. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Tempe Community Outreach Program
on Criminal Justice in Arizona

Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

If you’re interested in more information about Arizona’s criminal justice system, please review this 2018 Arizona Town Hall Background Report and fact sheet. The Background Report for the 111th Arizona Town Hall was prepared by the Morrison Institute, in partnership with Arizona universities and the Arizona Town Hall Research Committee.

Rio Salado College is proud to join Arizona Water Company as a co-sponsor for this event.

Apply for Rio Salado Arizona ALFA Senior Living Mgmt Scholarship!-- Deadline April 15

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Make a career out of caring with Rio Salado College's Senior Living Management program and a generous scholarship opportunity from the Arizona Assisted Living Federation of America (Arizona ALFA)!

This Arizona ALFA scholarship is available to assisted living employees who want to advance their career in the senior living industry and quickly grow into an executive level position.

The deadline is April 15.  Apply now!

Explore a Career in the Senior Living Industry
Rio Salado's certificate program is designed to help you advance your career or step into a new field that will prepare you to work with seniors and their families at a management level. This lucrative career path combines business management with caregiving and allows you to quickly move into executive-level positions.

Classes begin most Mondays!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Register for Mexican Seafood Workshop April 11

Yum! Learn how to prepare classic Mexican seafood dishes, salsas and sauces with Rio Salado College's Cafe at Rio and Sustainable Food Systems teams, April 11!

Register now

These workshops are designed for life-long learners-- who find joy in learning something new and meeting new people. No tests, no grades-- just yummy fun.

Makes for a great Date Night! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

T-Minus One Day for Geeks Night Out-- March 20!

Time to break out the lightsabers, capes and curiosity for Geeks Night Out, Wednesday, March 20, at the Tempe Community Complex. 

Rick Vaughn demos 3D printer
Geeks Night Out is the ultimate, family-friendly gathering for people who love exploring the wonders of science, technology and innovation! Free and open to the public.

Rio Salado College is proud to serve as a partner in this annual City of Tempe Arizona SciTech Festival. Be sure to stop by our booth and join STEM Faculty Chair Rick Vaughn and Faculty Chair of Applied Technology Richard Cuprak to learn about the latest trends and technologies that are improving our world.

Visit this event page for the latest details.

Check out this video for a preview of what to expect in 2019!

Pictured above is Richard Cuprak wowing Geek Night Out attendees in 2017.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Rio Salado College Dual Enrollment Student Becomes Hero for Special Needs Kids

Snapshot from MCTV feature, showing Lexi interviewing on camera in new sensory room

Joseph Campbell once said, “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Lexi Von Hatten, a Rio Salado College dual enrollment student at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale is realizing the power she has to be a hero for special needs students! 

This heartwarming MCTV115 feature by reporter Lisa Acquafredda reveals how a school project to create a sensory room for special needs students is creating a rippling effect she hadn’t quite imagined.

“It was just eye-opening to see that what we are doing is working and it just inspired me to keep going,” said Von Hatten, who hopes to be a teacher someday. “The ultimate dream is to change kids’ lives.”

Von Hatten is a member of Educators Rising Arizona, which mentors students to become teachers and encouraged her to take on the sensory room project for Mountain Ridge. Von Hatten will present her project at the Educators Rising state competition this spring.

snapshot of EJ Anderson being interviewed

“It’s really exciting to see a student so passionate, so young, so involved in their career already,” said Rio Salado Director of Early College Dr. E.J. Anderson.

Visit these web pages for more information about our Dual Enrollment and Teacher Education programs:

Celebrate Your Graduation at the Maricopa Community Colleges 2019 Convocations

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We have a proud tradition at the Maricopa Community Colleges to host culturally-focused convocations in celebration of the diversity that makes our colleges so great.

We hope you will join us for these upcoming graduation celebrations!

  • African American Convocation - Saturday, May 4
  • American Indian Convocation -  Friday, May 3
  • Asian Pacific Islander Convocation -  Saturday, May 4
  • Hispanic Convocation -  Saturday, May 4
  • LGBTQ+ Convocation -  Wednesday, May 1
  • Veterans Convocation - Thursday, May 2

Register now

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Spring Break Closures & Special Services

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The Communiversity at Queen Creek will be closed for Spring Break, Thu. and Fri., March 14-15. 

The Rio Salado College Testing Center will remain open, Fri. - Sat., March 15 and 16. 

Enjoy the break!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Getting to Know MCCCD Governing Board President Linda Thor

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This Ahwatukee Foothills News feature profiles our newly elected Maricopa Community Colleges District Governing Board President Linda Thor, who also served as Rio Salado College's president for nearly 20 years!

As you will see, she has dedicated most of her life to championing higher learning and the advancement of community colleges.

We truly admire Dr. Thor’s service to the Maricopa Community Colleges, her advocacy for community colleges and leadership through the years.

Composite poster for Women's History Month featuring images of iconic female leaders of the 20th & 21st century

We encourage you to learn about the significant contributions Dr. Thor has made to our school and higher learning during Women's History Month 2019.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Get your MBA in 18 months with @BenUMesa in Queen Creek!

Illustrated text poster: The Benedictine 18 month $10K MBA.  Virtual Information Session Wed., March 6 at noon.  See blog for remaining text

Attend a free orientation session March 6 to learn how you can earn your MBA from the comfort of Queen Creek with Benedictine University Mesa.

Register now at or call 877-353-9622

Rio Salado College Dual Enrollment Graduate Accepted to Harvard at 19!

Lennon Audrain photo courtesy of Brophy College Prep

Start Here-- Go There!  Congratulations to Rio Salado College graduate Lennon Audrain for another outstanding achievement-- acceptance into Harvard's Graduate School of Education!

Audrain, who is 19-years-old, graduated from Rio Salado and Brophy College Preparatory in 2017 as a dual enrollment student and completed his undergraduate work at Arizona State University. He is now teaching with Mesa Public Schools.

Learn more about Audrain in these RioNews features.

Visit these web pages for more information about our Dual Enrollment, Teacher Education and University Transfer programs!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Time to Register for Summer & Fall Classes with the Maricopa Community Colleges!

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Attention Queen Creek!  It's time to register for summer and fall classes with the Maricopa Community Colleges!

🗓️ Priority Registration for current students begins March 4
🗓️ Open Registration begins March 18

Ready to start your educational journey now? No need to wait with Rio Salado College's flexible Monday starts. Explore your online class options:

With 600+ online classes, flexible Monday start dates and credits that easily transfer-- Rio Salado is a convenient and affordable option. Make it happen now for summer and fall 2019!

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

Learn more.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Dash with Splash 5K run/walk March 23

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Take part in a 5K run/walk March 23 with Rio Salado College March 23! 

Register now at 

This family and pet-friendly event is for competitive runners and strollers alike! 

Dash with Splash
March 23, 2019
Arizona Falls,
5802 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018

  • Check In: 6:30 - 7:45 a.m.
  • Race Time: 8 a.m.
  • Registration fee: $35 until 3/22. $40 on Race Day. Use RIOS5K code and save $5 (expires March 15).

A portion of the proceeds will fund Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarships.

ENJOY AWARDS & PRIZES! All participants will receive a custom medal and t-shirt. The race is chip timed with age group awards in 14 categories and includes a free raffle drawing. Water, snacks and popsicles will be provided.  Note: Shirt sizes are not guaranteed for registrations received after March 8.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Apply for Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy ‪Scholarship by March 1!

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The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy ‪Scholarship‬ application deadline is March 1, 2019!

This scholarship covers tuition, fees, books, a $3,200 annual living allowance-- and provides students with an academic advisor mentor.  It is one of the dozens of scholarships available from the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.

Apply now!

The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy ‪Scholarship‬ is available to all Maricopa Community Colleges students who meet one of these criteria:

  • Incoming freshmen ages 18-25 who have been raised through the child welfare system and have no form of financial support
  • College-age youth and adults with physical disabilities
  • Adults who have dependents in their family units

Photo of Linda Boquilla wearing a "I am a Nina Scholar" tee-shirt. Quote keyed into photo: Being a Nina Scholar has opened doors for me because I feel that somebody has my back through the challenges.

It literally pays to apply!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Date Night Idea: Take a Soap Making Class!

Poster for workshop featuring colorful bars of soap wrapped in a variety of ribbon and paper. Text: Rio Salado College Spring Culinary Workshops

Any plans this Thursday? Make it a date night with Rio Salado College's Cafe at Rio and Sustainability teams-- and take a Soap Making 101 workshop! 

Register now

Soap Making for Beginners I

Thu, February 28, 2019
5:30 - 8 p.m.

Are you trying to live a more natural life? Do you find yourself wary of commercial products and gravitate toward organic products? This hands-on class will teach you the art and science behind soapmaking. You'll learn about natural colorants, soap additives, basic soap recipes and how to choose the right oils and rich butters for your skin type.

You'll also get a chance to make your own orange and lavender soaps to take home, along with recipes you can make on your own.

Rio Salado workshops are designed for life-long learners-- who find joy in learning something new and meeting new people. No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion fun!

Save the date for a follow-up, Soap Making for Beginners II workshop, Tues., Apr 30. 

Friday, February 22, 2019

MCCCDF Scholarships + You = Success!

Poster featuring 8 previous MCCCDF scholar photos.  Text: Fall 2019 Scholarships Available.  Deadline: March 17, 2019

Make your educational journey happen as a Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholar! The prize-- more than $2.5 million in scholarships

Apply now before the March 17 deadline:

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.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

azcentral Rio Salado Dual Enrollment Spotlight

snapshot of azcentral story feature.  Image of students in a classroom holding up their hands.  Caption: With dual enrollment, students finish college faster, and don’t have to duplicate any of their coursework during their early years of college. (Photo11: Getty Images).  Text: Students who want a head start may want to consider dual enrollment. Rio Salado College is one of the largest schools in Arizona to host dual enrollment students. Photo of Rio Salado Grad Lennon Audrain in a classroom. quote: “I was able to enroll in English, history and science classes that counted for both college and high school credit. For me, it was not only a way to get ahead in college, but a way to validate that the coursework I was taking in high school was of collegiate rigor,” noted Audrain. After all, how many students get to really explore their career passion at age 15?"

Check out this azcentral story featuring Rio Salado Brophy College Preparatory grad Lennon Audrain, who talks about the many benefits of our dual enrollment program-- and how it gave him a jump start on his teaching career.

Save time and money and get a head start on your college career with our dual enrollment program:

Audrain, who graduated from Rio Salado and Brophy in 2017 and completed his undergraduate work at Arizona State University, is now teaching with Mesa Public Schools.

“Throughout high school, I took over 24+ credit hours of education coursework that set me up on a pathway to becoming a teacher,” said Audrain. “By January 2017, I had earned both my associate in arts degree and my associate in arts in elementary education degree from Rio Salado - five months five months before I graduated from high school Brophy.”

Here's a thoughtful student profile by Maricopa Community Colleges Television featuring  Audrain, who is making a difference in the classroom-- and as a passionate advocate for teachers!

Learn more about Audrain in RioNews.

Friday, February 8, 2019

#CTEMonth2019: Learn a New Skill in a Field You Love with the Maricopa Community Colleges

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Happy CTE Month 2019, Queen Creek!

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to prepare for high-demand careers like manufacturing, construction and information technology.

Make your CTE Career Happen with the Maricopa Community Colleges!  Explore your options now.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Elemental Cultural Arts Festival Call for Talent!

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Are you the biggest star and no one knows it? 

Share your talents in music, dance, photography, storytelling and more at the Maricopa Community Colleges' Elemental Cultural Arts Festival

Submit your entry before the Feb. 12 deadline and save the date for the big show at Phoenix Art Museum on April 4.

The 3rd Annual Elemental Cultural Arts Festival brings together a diverse group of student and community artists, along with faculty scholars, to expand the depth of cultural/multicultural artistic expression through the arts at Maricopa Community Colleges. For more information about the festival, please contact the Maricopa Center for Learning and Innovation via email at