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

Poster for Earth Forward, with illustrated images of all continents.

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

Poster with image of a broken chain.  Text: Help Make Recovery Possible in California.  CAADE California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators Reaccrdited through Oct. 1, 2023.  Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges logos.  Image of Kirk Bowden, with text: Faculty Chair for Addictions and Substance Use Disorders

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

photo of a group of diverse students attending a graduation ceremony.  Text: 2019 Convocations

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

Snapshot of Ahwatukee Foothills News web story, featuring a photo of Dr. Thor in her living room with her pet dog

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.