Educational opportunities have grown in the West Valley as Rio Salado College Lifelong Learning Center holds its building dedication and celebration for its expanded facilities in September.
The expansion, a result of the successful passage of the 2004 Proposition 401 capital campaign, has tripled the current center adding an additional 10,000 square feet of space to the original 5,000.
A long list of dignitaries are expected to attend the event including Dr. Rufus Glasper, Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor; Mrs. Linda Rosenthal, MCCD Governing Board President; Dr. Linda Thor, Rio Salado College President; Joan Shafer, Mayor of Surprise and Michelle Dionisio, President and CEO of Interfaith Community Care.
New classes and educational offerings have been added to the center making it a multi-generational center with courses of interest for all ages including credit and non-credit classes.
“We are creating an educational empowerment zone. This zone will support all aspects of the educational needs of this community,” said Todd Aakhus, director of the center. The center is designed to serve the communities of Surprise, Sun City, Sun City West, El Mirage, Peoria, Wittman, Wickenburg and northwest Phoenix.
Classes are offered in adult basic education, GED, English as a Second Language, online and self-paced computer classes, law enforcement technology, and the weekend college for teacher education programs. The center also includes RISE Learning for Life which offers 200 classes annually for senior citizens in a variety of areas taught by experts in the field. For more information about courses and programs available at the Rio Salado College Lifelong Learning Center located at 12535 Smokey Drive call 480.517.8770.
The grand opening celebration is free and open to the public.
Rio Salado College’s Lifelong Learning Center Building Dedication and CelebrationTuesday, September 25 at 9 a.m.12535 Smokey DriveSurprise, AZ 85374