Monday, December 10, 2018

Winter Break Hours & Closures

Banner with winter holly.  Text: Happy Holidays.  The college will have limited service hours during the winter break, Dec. 22, 2018-Jan. 1, 2019

Happy Holidays, Rio Waves! The Maricopa Community Colleges and most Rio Salado services will be closed Mon., Dec. 24, 2018 – Tue., Jan. 1, 2019 for the winter break.

We will resume regular business hours Wed., Jan. 2.

Please also take note of these adjusted hours and closures the week before the break, Dec. 17-21:

Services Available During the Break:



Our 24/7 services such as Technology Helpdesk, RioLearn, Ask a Librarian and will remain available.

Rio mascot Splash dressed in a Santa hat and holly bow tie.  Text: Happy Holidays

We hope you enjoy a happy and safe holiday season-- and a prosperous New Year!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Thursday, December 6, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 2018

Our 40th anniversary look back at Rio Salado College’s history is coming to an end—and we’re heading back to the future! Today, we begin revisiting 2018

photo of human 40

At the beginning of 2018 we launched our year-long 40th anniversary celebration and hosted a series of events including a gathering to form a giant human 40. Enjoy this behind-the-scenes video. We also worked to fulfill 40 acts of service. Check out these related stories to learn about our volunteer efforts. 

Group photo of dozens of 2017 dual enrollment graduates

2018 was a record-breaking year for Rio Salado dual enrollment graduates! Of the 200 students who took part in the 2018 commencement ceremony on May 9 at Comerica Theatre, were 92 dual enrollment students (See related story).

More than 50 of the dual enrollment participants were from Xavier College Prep-- the first high school Rio Salado partnered with in 1987 to launch its dual enrollment program, which helps nearly 7,000 Maricopa County students at 43 schools earn college and high school credits at the same time. 

photo of students, staff and program partner volunteers at clinic

In June, the college’s dental hygiene students, alumni and staff members partnered with the Arizona Dental Foundation and community volunteers to host a free clinic for kids. A total of 690 dental procedures were provided to 124 children, totaling $42,724.64 of care in one day!

Look for other 2018 memories later this month.

Share your photos, stories and memories via email to or social media using the hashtag #RioSaladoCollege40th.

Visit our 40th anniversary website to learn more about our year-long celebration

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

ParalegalEDU Picks Rio as Top Paralegal Program

Ribbon/Seal from ParalegalEDU.  Text: BEST Pre-Degree Certificate 2018 has recognized Rio Salado College for offering the Top Entry-Level, Pre-Degree Paralegal Certificate Program in Arizona for 2018-19! 

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The team interviewed our Lead Instructor Emily Klein Alice, who is a J.D.; Professor at Law, to share insights about what makes our program unique. Check out the interview now:

“Being an online platform that offers flexible start dates, Rio draws a diverse student body at various stages of their lives,” said Alice. “Our industry-specific curriculum accommodates any type of student regardless of their legal background or experience.”

Rio Salado’s Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal program was recognized for the following:
  • Helps Facilitate National Certification: National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Certified Paralegal (CP) – Rio Salado aligns coursework with NALA certification competencies, and is considering the option of allowing incoming students to apply NALA certification toward credits for the AAS 
  • Provides Valuable Field Experience in the Form of an Internship 
  • Offers the Flexibility of an Online Option 
  • Provides Outstanding Career Assistance and Student Support Services logo
ParalegalEDU reviewed more than 250 regionally and nationally accredited community colleges, career and technical training institutes, state schools, private universities and proprietary schools offering basic, pre-degree certificates in paralegal studies and related fields.

Snapshot from Rio Salado's Paralegal web page.  Image of a woman smiling at camera.  Text: Fast-Track Your Career in Law.  Explore the paralegal program.  Rio Salado College logo

Rio Salado offers a certificate and associate degree in paralegal studies. Online classes start most Mondays. To learn more visit

Honoring George H. W. Bush

Photo of George Bush smiling.  Text: “We are a nation  of communities…  a brilliant diversity  spread like stars,  like a thousand  points of light  in a broad and  peaceful sky.”   – George H. W. Bush

We take pause to join you and the nation in saying goodbye to our 41st President George H. W. Bush-- and honoring his service to this country.