Monday, August 13, 2018

Enrollment Services & More Open Aug. 18!

Image of a young female student smiling, in the company of other students.  Text: Saturday enrollment services. Aug. 18 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Student enrollment services will be available this Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters and other Maricopa Community Colleges across the Valley to help you with last-minute transactions before the fall semester!

The Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will provide the following student services on Saturday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Bookstore will also be open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Visit our online listings for more details about important dates, closures and extended service hours.

Peak season starts in early August and continues through September. Here are a few tips to help you avoid lines and hold times on the phone:

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Avoid calling during peak times, like Monday mornings. Please click here for suggested times to call. 

Take advantage of self-serve options like the financial aid steps and to-do list

Come prepared before you meet with an advisor by reviewing your program at

Visit for a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado. 

Welcome back, Rio Waves! Here’s to a successful fall 2018!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Nanotechnology Enrollment Deadline Aug. 27!

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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!  

The deadline to apply is Aug. 27!

Nano Knows No Limits posterWatch this video to learn how nanotechnology can help you create your future.

Nano Knows No Limits. 
See where it takes you!

Learn more and enroll today at

Thursday, August 9, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 2000-2002

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Welcome to the past! Our next stop on the 40th anniversary Throwback Thursday timeline is 2000-02.

East Valley Tribune clipping
In 2000, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association recommended Rio Salado College for a 10-year re-accreditation, the maximum length allowed. 

In an address to the college, team leader Dr. Peg Lee said, "You are the river that runs through this district, and through people's lives beyond this district, into places near and far away. You are changing the world for the better in the work that you share in this time and this place.”

To help address a national shortage of teachers, Rio Salado began offering an online-based teacher certification program in August 2001.

In 2002, KJZZ, KBAQ and Sun Sounds of Arizona staff moved into 19,000 square feet of renovated office space on the fourth floor of Rio Saldo's Tempe headquarters, which featured soundproof studios and state of the art broadcasting equipment.  Pictured above is former KJZZ Morning Edition host Dennis Lambert in one of the new studios. 

Check out other historical photos and facts on our 40th Anniversary website at

Do you remember this time? 
Share your photos, stories and memories via email to or social media using the hashtag #RioSaladoCollege40th.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Student Success Tips for Rio Waves!

Image of a young graduate on stage, next to Rio Salado mascot Splash standing next to him in graduation attire.  Text: Successful students plan to succeed

This is the time of year when many new students begin their educational journey at Rio Salado College. A warm welcome to all of the new and returning Rio Waves here in Tempe, Arizona and all across the globe! We look forward to helping you achieve academic excellence this fall!

Successful students plan for success-- and ask for help along the way! You stand a better chance of succeeding if you do these things, Rio Waves:

  • Read your class syllabus and understand your responsibilities. 
  • Complete your assignments on time. 
  • Reach out to your instructor if you need help. 
  • Meet with your advisor regularly. 
  • Ask for help when you need it!

snapshot of a YouTube video, animated text: Success Comes to Those Who Plan

Check out these student success videos on our YouTube channel for additional tips!

And don’t hesitate to call on our Academic Advisement and Counseling teams for additional support!

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New to Rio Salado? Check out our online guide for new students! It’s a step-by-step blueprint that will provide you with a plan for success!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Enroll in Free IT Job Training by Cognizant

Image featuring adult students in classroom.  Text: Information Technology.  Free Job Training

Join the Maricopa Corporate College (MCOR) and Cognizant Technology Solutions for a free information session on Aug. 9 to learn how you can take advantage of free Software Support training that will begin Aug. 20!

This training will help elevate your knowledge, experience and skills to teach you how to work across dynamic software, manage business solutions and improve business efficiencies as a consultant and engineer. Upon successful completion of this program, participants will earn a guaranteed interview with Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Aug. 20 - Nov. 9 Training Topics include:

  • Databases (Oracle)
  • Java Basics
  • JavaScript & Bash
  • ITSM Strategy
  • ITIL® (CMDB, SLA, Ticketing, Catalog)

This unique opportunity is the result of a partnership with Cognizant, the City of Phoenix, ARIZONA at WORK and MCOR, a service of Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges