Friday, August 18, 2017

New Titles at the Rio Salado Library this August

Book cover for "The Stress Test"  How Pressure Can Make You Stronger and Sharper by Ian Robertson.  "You can change and here's the proof," -- Oliver James

Here are the latest additions to the Rio Salado Library!

This is a free service for Rio Waves. You can arrange for free pick up and drop off of your selections at Rio Salado locations across the Valley.



This list is updated throughout the month as new books arrive. To view the complete list of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive. To request a title please call the Library at 480-517-8424.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

It's Go Time! Student Services Open Sat., Aug. 19

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The back-to-school rush is here and we're working this Saturday to help you get going! Take advantage of these student services on Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Bookstore will also be open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19 and 26.

The Testing Center, Knowledge Commons and Technology Support Helpdesk will have normal Saturday hours.

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.
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Here are a few tips to help you avoid lines and hold times on the phone:

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

For a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado College visit

Thursday, August 17, 2017

New to Rio? Check Out New Online Student Guide!

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You're registered for classes... now what?

We have a new, online guide to help new students during their first semester at Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Check it out now!

Succeed with New Student Orientation NSO101

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We want you to be a successful online student!

Our online New Student Orientation (NSO101) class provides new students with an overview to online learning at Rio Salado College.

This video highlights why NSO101 is the foundation for your college success.

To learn more, visit:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Apply for 2018 MCCCDF Scholarships 9/1-10/15

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Rio students, mark your calendars! The next Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarship cycle takes place from Sept. 1-Oct. 15, 2017. The Foundation will be posting scholarship opportunities available for the Spring 2018 semester.

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Student Success
Rio Salado College student Jessica Chapman credits her Foundation scholarship for aiding her in going back to school and realizing her dreams.

“I’m working on an AAS in Paralegal Studies, and I just want to keep learning more things,” Chapman said. “I just can’t quench that thirst for knowledge and will definitely be continuing on the path of higher education.”

As a single mother who works full-time, Chapman found Rio Salado’s online classes made it possible to fit education into her life. 

“Rio Salado College offers many fascinating courses and makes education convenient for older students as myself, who have jobs and children,” Chapman said. “I think I will be a lifelong student because there really is so much out there to learn and experience!”

Read more about MCCCDF scholars.

How to apply
Students who wish to apply for a Foundation scholarship must complete a General Scholarship Application to be matched to scholarship opportunities for which you qualify.

Students must have a valid MEID and password to apply.

You can also view current openings by visiting and clicking on Scholarships.