Thursday, October 27, 2011

Rio Celebrates Northern Location Opening

Rio Salado College will celebrate the opening of its Northern location on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8 a.m. The public is invited to attend the opening of the newly renovated facility which will serve as a regional support center at 1715 W. Northern Avenue in Phoenix. The celebration will include a program, a ceremonial ribbon cutting and tours of the facility.

"We are pleased to provide expanded access to Adult Basic Education and college education opportunities at this Rio location,” said Dr. Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College. “Education provides an opportunity for personal and professional growth and will be a benefit to this surrounding community."

Essential student services such as academic advising, computer labs, a testing center and tutoring are available at the site for Rio’s online learners. Prospective students will be able to take college placement tests here. In person Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes including GED and English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) are also available.

Rio’s dental assisting technology courses for high school students at the location are facilitated through a partnership with WestMEC. In addition, a dental assistant technology program specifically designed for concurrent GED students will begin in January. This grant funded program will allow students to work toward their GED while at the same time learn valuable skills for the workplace. Applications are currently being accepted.

“Think of Rio @ Northern as a neighborhood learning center that will be shaped by the community it serves,” said Dr. Jo Jorgenson. “Programs and services will meet the unique needs of the residents and employers in the surrounding area and will provide convenient, affordable pathways to college completion.  The center will also offer a bridge to higher education and career pathways for academically underprepared learners.”

This Rio Salado College 35,000 square foot facility is made possible by voter-approved 2004 bond funding. Phase I and II completed 19,650 square feet of building renovation; phase III will begin in 2012. is open Monday–Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday–Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Sunday. It is located at 1715 W. Northern Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021.


Rio Salado College is one of ten Maricopa Community Colleges and the largest online public community college in the nation, serving nearly 70,000 students annually with more than 41,000 online. Founded in 1978, Rio Salado offers degree and certificate programs and general education courses. The college also provides support for dual enrollment, military and incarcerated students. It is the largest provider of adult basic education in Arizona and served more than 9,500 students last year.