Friday, July 11, 2008

Rio Salado celebrates 30 years of success

Rio Salado College is celebrating 30 years of Learning, Innovating and Partnering locally and in communities around the world.

The 30th anniversary is often referred to as the year of pearl. Founded in 1978, Rio Salado, “the College within Everyone’s Reach©,” is rare, fine and admirable like a pearl.

A pioneer in online education, Rio Salado was designed as a “college without walls” to serve working adults and other, non-traditional students previously left behind.

Starting with a staff of 22, Rio Salado registered 8,000 credit and 24,000 non-credit students at 78 locations in Arizona by August of 1978.

Now Rio Salado College serves more than 60,000 students and offers 450 online classes. Online courses conveniently start every Monday.

The innovative college partners with more than 40 workforce development employers, as well as the U.S. Department of Defense in a program that benefits military students.

Rio Salado is one of the nation’s largest providers of certifications. The college offers degrees and certificates in education, business, healthcare, law enforcement and other areas.

In its 30th year Rio Salado continues to be an admirable force that is transforming the world of higher education by constantly responding to students’ needs. To learn more visit