Friday, October 19, 2007

Rio Salado Developing Service Center in Avondale

Tempe, AZ, September 11, 2007 – Educational opportunities are expanding in Avondale as Rio Salado College Southwest Service Center prepares to open at Central Avenue and Goold Boulevard. The new center will house a myriad of academic activities including classes for community residents to learn English, train for a new career, gain computer skills or earn their high school diploma.

"Avondale is thrilled to welcome another Maricopa Community College, Rio Salado, to our city," said Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers. "The services and courses it provides will continue to enhance and enrich the educational opportunities for our residents as well as those in surrounding communities. We are also excited to welcome the staff and faculty, as they will expand the city's employment base. "

Already more than 800 Avondale residents benefit from the Rio Salado advantage of affordable, flexible, convenient classes where online classes start every two weeks. Rio Salado College offers more than 450 online and in-person courses and a variety of degrees and certificates including those in business, education, healthcare, law enforcement and more.

The new 12,170 square foot facility will include a testing center, and computer lab and classroom/meeting space. The site will include a wing of five ABE/GED classrooms. These classes are currently free and open to the public.

Built from a voter approved 2004 bond, the center will serve Avondale residents through online learning, educational partnerships, English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE) with GED.

"We have a rich history of serving this community. This will enable us to continue to serve and with our expanded space allow us to meet the community's educational needs even better," said Dr. Linda Thor, Rio Salado College president.

Construction of the $3.9 million facility is currently underway. Completion of the center is scheduled for mid-December with a mid-January opening. The new southwest center is located at 420 North Central Avenue. For registration or more information call 480-517-8540 or go to

Reporters may contact:
Rio Salado College, Institutional Advancement
EJ Anderson (480) 517-8472
Linda Bird (480) 517-8462