Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Celebrate Constitution Day Live, Sept 17!

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Join Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges as we celebrate Constitution Day on Tuesday, Sept. 17 with Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, who will host a discussion about the Constitution via Facebook live at 11 a.m.  Set a reminder now.

Constitution Day commemorates the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution and also serves as a day to recognize those taking steps towards U.S. citizenship. We take pause each year to honor and reflect upon the importance and meaning of the Constitution and to encourage students and the communities we serve to join us. Learn more now at

Remembering 9/11

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We encourage you to join us in a moment of silence in remembrance of 9/11— to honor the fallen victims and heroes— and the countless acts of compassion that united us during this tragedy.
“One of the worst days in America’s history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans’ history. We’ll always honor the heroes of 9/11.” —President George W. Bush 

As a reminder, American flags should be displayed at half-staff from sunrise to sunset. Learn more about this day:

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

It Pays to Apply for MCCCDF Scholarships!

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Who will be the next Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholar? It could be you! 

Spring 2020 applications are being accepted until Oct. 13.

There are hundreds of scholarship opportunities for students-- and a streamlined process that only requires one general application!

Flier for Scholarships featuring a young female student smiling at camera.    Text: Apply now for 2019-2020 Scholarships! Application Deadline October 13, 2019.   Step 1 Navigate to: application.  Step 2 Click on the SIGN IN box.  Step 3 Sign in with your MEID and Password.  If you do not know or need to reset your MEID or Password visit: Step 4 Fill out the application and click the finish and submit button Step 5 Sign in weekly to complete follow-ups if prompted. Step 6 Award notifications will be sent to your student Gmail account. HELPFUL TIPS: • Use the Save and Keep Editing button while completing the application to save your work. • If you do not have a GPA with a Maricopa College yet, list your High School GPA. • Hundreds of scholarships, one application! Applications are applied to scholarships based on student answers.  ESSAY WRITING TIPS: • Be positive- Be truthful- Be descriptive. • Reflect on your life goals and career aspirations. • Share your unique story. • Use Word to check for spelling errors. • Have a friend or family member proofread your paragraph for grammatical errors. • Take advantage of your College writing center.  For more information, contact the  Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation at
Check out this accompanying information sheet for valuable tips on what to consider when completing your application.

There are several scholarship opportunities specifically for Rio Salado College students and employees. Type “Rio Salado” into the search engine to find opportunities unique to the college.

There are also exclusive opportunities for veterans, single moms and other adult learners.

It literally pays to apply.

Submit your application now!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Cupcake Decorating Workshop, Oct. 10!

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Yum! Explore the art of cupcake decorating, Thursday, Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m. with Rio Salado College's Café @ Rio team in Tempe.  

Register now!
Singles $34.99
Couples $59.99

Learn about different types of buttercreams, gels and food coloring options along with tools and artistic techniques to decorate your cupcakes.

This is a non-credit class designed for beginners who want to have fun!

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This workshop is one of several offerings from the Café at Rio team this fall.

Check out other workshops, including our Sept. 5 Soap Making class. We still have a few more openings!

Friday, August 30, 2019

MCCCDF Scholarships + You = Success!

Flier for Scholarships featuring a young female student smiling at camera.    Text: Apply now for 2019-2020 Scholarships! Application Deadline October 13, 2019.   Step 1 Navigate to: application.  Step 2 Click on the SIGN IN box.  Step 3 Sign in with your MEID and Password.  If you do not know or need to reset your MEID or Password visit: Step 4 Fill out the application and click the finish and submit button Step 5 Sign in weekly to complete follow-ups if prompted. Step 6 Award notifications will be sent to your student Gmail account. HELPFUL TIPS: • Use the Save and Keep Editing button while completing the application to save your work. • If you do not have a GPA with a Maricopa College yet, list your High School GPA. • Hundreds of scholarships, one application! Applications are applied to scholarships based on student answers.  ESSAY WRITING TIPS: • Be positive- Be truthful- Be descriptive. • Reflect on your life goals and career aspirations. • Share your unique story. • Use Word to check for spelling errors. • Have a friend or family member proofread your paragraph for grammatical errors. • Take advantage of your College writing center.  For more information, contact the  Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation at

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 October 13 deadline:

Look for exclusive opportunities for Rio Waves like the James P. Hornburg Memorial Scholarship for students majoring in Law Enforcement and Corrections and the Dr. Linda M. Thor Scholarship, which is geared toward helping single moms. Veterans, there are also exclusive scholarships for you.

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.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Labor Day Closure, Sept 2

Our offices will be closed for Labor Day, Monday, Sept 2.

Here's to all the hard-working people who make Queen Creek a great place to live!

Enjoy your day off!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Soap Making for Beginners 101, Sept. 5

Poster for work shop. Colorful bars of packaged soap.  Text: Fall Culinary Workshop Soap Making 101 for Beginners

Explore the world of sustainability through soap making with Rio Salado College and its Cafe @ Rio team, Thursday, Sept 5! Register now.

You’ll learn how to create beautiful handmade, cold-processed soaps to take home-- along with recipes you can make on your own.

Soap Making for Beginners Workshop
Thu, Sep 5, 2019 6-8 p.m. 
Cafe @ Rio
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Singles $42.99. Couples $69.99

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!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Find the Hero in You Blood Drive at Rio Salado Tempe Headquarters, Aug. 26

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Join Rio Salado in donating blood, Monday, Aug. 26, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the college Tempe headquarters!

Look for the big, red Wellness @ Rio Bloodmobile near the Conference Center.

To make an appointment, visit and use sponsor code: RioSalado

Thank you for taking part in this life-saving effort!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Queen Creek Casting Call for Rio Salado College Make It Happen Video & Photos!

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Picture yourself in this space? Take part in Rio Salado College's fall 2019 Make it Happen campaign! 

We’re looking for current, local Arizona students majoring in these Rio Salado College programs to take part in a photo and video shoot on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019:
  • Behavioral Health - Addictions and Substance Use Disorders
  • Public Administration
  • Dental
  • Computer Technology
  • Paralegal
  • Accounting
  • Nanotechnology
  • Educator Prep
Selected candidates will be featured in videos, social media, print ads, billboards and other types of media to help encourage other students to begin or resume their educational journey with Rio Salado College.
Poster featuring a student wearing a tee-shirt that reads Make it Happen.  Text: Register for Fall.  Make it Happen at Rio Salado
Ready for your 15 minutes of fame? 
Please complete this Student Entry Form and instructions by the Sept. 1 deadline. Selected students will be contacted for scheduling and provided details by Sept 4.

We appreciate your participation and look forward to reviewing your entry!

Earn College Credits for What you Already Know!

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At Rio Salado, Chandler-Gilbert and the Maricopa Community Colleges, we can help you earn college credit for learning you acquired outside of the classroom.

Check out this video to find out what types of learning qualify and how you can demonstrate your proficiency-- and then visit a Rio Salado College or Chandler-Gilbert Community College advisor to help you get started!

Save Time & Money

With our credit for prior learning program, you can complete your certificate or degree in less time!

Apply for Food, Medical & Cash Assistance!

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Do you need help with food, medical or financial aid services? You're not alone!  The Maricopa Community Colleges and the Arizona Department of Economic Security are partnering to help students, August 12-15 and August 19-22, 2019, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Meeting Arizona's Workforce Develpment Needs

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This Chamber Business News story by Graham Bosch looks at how the Maricopa Community Colleges are making an impact on Arizona's workforce development.

Chandler Gilbert and Rio Salado College are proud to join in the effort to help Queen Creek students prepare for the workforce and fill high-need jobs by offering an ever-expanding option of certificate and degree programs!

Check out the program options available to you:

“The success of our students is reflected in the health and economic vitality of our community,” said Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, MCCCD chancellor. “We are proud of the progress we have made in the past year to deliver on our promise of high quality, affordable education for almost 200,000 students throughout our system.”

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Full or Canceled Class Got You Down? Rio Salado College Can Get You Back on Track!

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Many students attending other educational institutions are taking supplemental classes with Rio Salado College to save time and money-- and to stay on track! 

Take advantage of our 600+ online classes, flexible Monday start dates, 8-week and 16-week options and credits that transfer to our 40+ partners including Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and The University of Arizona!

Rio Salado is a convenient and affordable option to help you complete your program of study-- on your timeline. The seating capacity is unlimited, and we never cancel an online class—ever!

Ready to get started?
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Available in all 50 states! 
Rio Salado is a proud member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), providing distance-education options to students across the United States. For more information about SARA and the programs and classes available in your state, visit

Rio Salado College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  Learn more.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Here's to the Future You-- Paralegal!

Be the "You," you want to be with Rio Salado College's Paralegal program! As a paralegal, you’ll help attorneys with legal research, legal writing, prep work and case management. 

This program will help you learn through online coursework and skilled, in-the-field instructors. Share your passion for justice and helping people.

Get started today:

Classes start Monday! 

Important Information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program can be found at

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Pursue a Career in Engineering with Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges!

Do you like making things? Let's put that energy to good use! Explore a career in Engineering with the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Sometimes you need to think small to do big things!
Pursue your love of science, engineering and chemistry—and apply what you learn in the workplace with Rio Salado College's Nanotechnology Program! Nanotechnology technicians manipulate individual atoms and molecules to change the properties of tools and products. And this science can be used in industries such as manufacturing, engineering, biology, chemistry and more.

Image of a lab tech looking through a large microscope.  Text: Nano Knows No LIMITS

Learn more and enroll today at

Classes start most Mondays and we can arrange for you to apply what you learn at Arizona State University's NanoFab and other ASU research facilities-- at a time that’s convenient for you! Learn more about ASU's NanoFab:

This is a cross-disciplinary program combining elements of material science, chemistry, physics, engineering and electronics. The multidisciplinary design of this program will provide graduates with the skills to enter a wide range of materials-based industries in Arizona and across the United States.

Important Information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program can be found at

Friday, June 28, 2019

Enjoy Yummy Recipes & Lessons from the Café at Rio!

Here's a cool and refreshing recipe for Mexican Shrimp Cocktail from Rio Salado Executive Chef and Sustainable Foods Program Director Michael Hodgins. ¡Buen provecho!

Hodgins and the Cafe at Rio team shared out this recipe during our spring cooking workshops in 2019. Rio Salado culinary workshops are non-credit classes designed for the beginner—with fun in mind.

What do you want to learn how to make this fall? Drop us a line with suggestions

Monday, June 24, 2019

July 4th Closure

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The Communiversity at Queen Creek will be closed Thursday, July 4 in honor of Independence Day. 

Happy Birthday, America!

Looking for something to do in the Valley?  Check out these suggestions from Visit Phoenix.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Arizona Teacher Programs Designed to Help You Succeed!

Photo of a teacher in a busy classroom.

The Arizona Teachers Academy provides a rewarding scholarship program for teachers to succeed and improve public education in Arizona, which includes compensation for educational expenses for candidates who commit to teaching in Arizona’s public schools. Find out more:

With Rio Salado's online post-baccalaureate program for teachers, you can start on the path to a teaching certificate when it's convenient for you – whether that's next Monday or next month! Learn about the options available to you at or contact a Rio Salado College Academic Advisor at (480) 517-8580.

Take advantage of free orientation services and advice on how to be a teacher. Learn more in RioNews.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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

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Ready to launch your teaching career? Join Rio Salado's Teacher Education team for a free orientation session in-person or online to learn about the educational pathways, scholarships, paid teacher-in-residence programs and employment opportunities available to help you succeed! 

Check out the latest Post-Baccalaureate and Teacher-in-Residence orientation sessions now!

 Rio Salado offers Arizona Department of Education approved Educator Preparation programs that provide convenient and cost-effective ways for undergraduate students and working individuals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into teaching.

For more information visit or contact a Rio Salado College Academic Advisor at (480) 517-8580.  

Eager to learn more now?
Rio Salado Teacher Education staff member Paulina Ngo has advice and answers to some of the most common questions for newcomers to the teaching profession. Check out her RioNews blog, Expert Advice on How to Become a Teacher.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Go Back to Get Ahead with Rio Salado College Adult Re-Entry Programs and Services

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Considering going back to school? You’re not alone! Many Rio Salado College students are parents, working full-time and returning to school to get ahead and to be good role models for their families. 

This story featured in azcentral provides insights into the lives of three students who found a pathway to higher learning through Rio Salado programs and services designed to help non-traditional students succeed.

Ready to begin your journey? Get started now. Classes start most Mondays!
“One of the challenges I experienced after deciding to return to school was figuring out how to dedicate a sufficient amount of my time to my college courses. To my surprise, transitioning to the lifestyle of an employed college student was made easy through the help and support from my instructors, advisors and AACE classmates.”
Rio Salado Adult ACE student Amelia Speer,

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Explore a Rewarding Career in Early Childhood Education

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Rio Salado College’s Early Childhood Education Program provides multiple opportunities for entry-level career seekers and professionals pursuing continuing education. Get started now on your career by visiting

While you're there, check out this video, which shares insights from local industry professionals 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. 

Pictured above is Arizona PBS Educational Outreach Regional Coordinator Instructional Specialist for the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce & Professional Development Registry Lisa Cobb who is featured in this video and has enjoyed a long-time career as an early childhood specialist.
“What we're doing in early childhood really sets the model for the kids to really advance when they get into kindergarten.” Lisa Cobb
This video was made possible by funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Education under the Carl D. Perkins Act.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Rio Salado's Faculty Chair for Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Dr. Kirk Bowden Receives IAAOC Educator Excellence Award

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Rio Salado's Faculty Chair for Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Kirk Bowden was awarded The International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors’ (IAAOC) Outstanding Addictions/Offender Educator Excellence Award for 2019. 

The award acknowledges a professional counselor educator who has demonstrated outstanding teaching and commitment in addictions/offender education. Bowden has been a longtime advocate for continuing education and standardized training for addictions counselors and educators.

“Our role as counselors and educators is more important than ever before,” said Bowden. "Continuing education for counseling professionals is essential as our country grapples with this current opioid epidemic-- and is looking to our addictions and counseling profession for answers on how to resolve this national crisis.”

Poster featring Kirk Bowden photo.  Text: Kirk Bowden, Ph.D. Faculty Chair.  Help Make Recovery Possible

Bowden is a leader in the Addiction and Substance Use Disorders field who has received numerous awards and appointments for his outstanding achievements.

 In addition to his work at Rio Salado College, Bowden serves as the Professor-in-Charge of the Ottawa University Addiction Counseling Program. Bowden is also a member of the American Psychological Association's Society of Addiction Psychology board of directors and past President of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. He served as chair for the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AzBBHE); a member for the behavioral health licensing and disciplinary board for the state of Arizona and chair of the AzBBHE’s Substance Abuse Counselor and Professional Counselor Credentialing Committees. Learn more about Bowden’s credentials and contributions to the field.

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The IAAOC is a division of the American Counseling Association; an organization for professional addictions and offender counselors and other individuals working in the addictions, forensics or criminal justice fields who advocate for appropriate treatments. Learn more at

Rio Salado is one of Arizona’s top trainers of chemical dependency professionals among NAADAC approved colleges-- offering online classes, certificates, an associate degree and continuing education courses. Learn more at

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Happy #WorldEnvironmentDay!

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We encourage you to join our sustainability movement at the Maricopa Community Colleges and to think about ways you can help save the planet! 

Learn more at

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Be the You the World Needs Now as a Sustainability Superhero! 

Learn about Rio Salado College's Sustainability Food Systems program-- it’s designed for people who have a passion for organic food, fair trade and sustainable practices!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Rio Salado College Hosts Insurance Summer Camp Beginning June 10!

Flyer for Summer camp.  Image of a group of young people sitting around a laptop.  Text: Insurance Studies Summer Camp.  Explore a career in insurance, meet with industry professionals and earn 3 credits toward Rio Salado College's Certificate of Completion (CCL).  Course starts June 10th! Rio Salado College is excited to offer this unique hybrid INS100 course that gives students the opportunity to learn about the growing insurance industry and the career paths available in this field. Class will be held in-person at Rio Salado College - Tempe on Mondays from June 10th to July 1st, and will continue in an online format until August 3rd. Light snacks and lunch will be provided. Explore a Career in the Insurance Industry ... REGISTER TODAY!

You still have time to register for Rio Salado College's Insurance Studies Summer Camp, June 10!

This is a chance for you to explore insurance jobs and career options, meet with industry professionals and learn about the ways you can help others when they need it most—while you earn 3 credits toward your Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Insurance Studies.

Get Started Now:

Get the latest updates about this summer camp option.

In the meantime, check out these Top 8 Benefits of an Insurance Industry Career in RioNews.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Celebrate #PrideMonth with the Maricopa Community Colleges

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June is Pride Month, celebrating the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) communities-- and remembering the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, which became a turning point in the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

Celebrate your Civil Rights pride with our Maricopa Community Colleges family this #PrideMonth! 

Learn more about the history of Pride Month with the Library of Congress.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

KJZZ 91.5 Arizona StoryFest and Authors Showcase June 1

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Join KJZZ 91.5 and the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute for an Arizona StoryFest and Authors Showcase, Saturday, June 1 at the Mesa Convention Center— it’s the ultimate celebration of classic storytelling!

🔊 Be Entertained - Hear from experienced Storytellers at Main Stage
🔊 Children’s Storyteller Stage - Interactive and creative area where little ones can enjoy stories, crafts, and more!
🔊 Meet Authors - Buy books and hear from some of Arizona's top talent at the Authors Showcase & Reading Stage
🔊 Author's Workshop - Hosted by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU.
🔊 Arizona Expo - Learn more about the Grand Canyon State

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, Arizona State University's Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Local First Arizona and South Mountain Community College.

Friday, May 24, 2019

May is Mental Health Month

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According to Mental Health America (MHA), over 44 million American adults have mental health issues—that’s one in five people. 

Mental illness is sometimes called an "invisible illness" because it's not always easy to tell when someone is suffering from it. For example, many people who experience chronic anxiety, depression, or other mental health problems disguise their condition behind a facade of good-natured cheerfulness. The stigma of mental illness prevents many sufferers from confiding in friends and loved ones or getting the help that they need.

Image of a swimmer with pet service dog.  Text: #4Mind4Body

This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is #4Mind4Body. It is designed to highlight the importance of work-life balance, pets, and spirituality in achieving balanced mental health. The Rio Salado Library is proud to support Mental Health Awareness Month by pooling together resources to help support this important initiative.

Check out the Mental Health Awareness Guide today!

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month Illustrators

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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!

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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!

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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!