Monday, December 18, 2017

Winter Break Special Hours & Closures

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Happy Holidays! Most Rio Salado departments and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Mon., Dec. 25, 2017 – Mon., Jan. 1, 2018 for the winter break. We will resume regular business hours Tue., Jan. 2. 

Please also take note of adjusted hours, Dec. 18-23:

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Services Available during the Break:

Tempe Headquarters Computer Lab
Dec. 27-28, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dec. 29 – 30, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tempe Headquarters Testing
Dec. 27 - 30, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tempe Headquarters Tutoring
Dec. 27 – 30, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Technology Helpdesk
Dec. 25 – Jan. 1, 24-hour phone support

Other 24/7 services such as RioLearn, Ask a Librarian and will remain available.

We hope you enjoy a happy and safe holiday season!

Friday, December 15, 2017

KJZZ & Rio Salado Open Hermosillo News Bureau

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Rio Salado’s member-supported NPR station KJZZ 91.5 FM will open a news bureau in Hermosillo, Mexico in a partnership with the Universidad Tecnológica de Hermosillo, to expand its coverage of the business and economic relationships between Arizona and Mexico.

Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante and KJZZ General Manager Jim Paluzzi joined representatives from the Universidad Tecnológica and the Sonoran Secretary of Education to sign a partnership agreement at an Arizona-Mexico Commission meeting in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico on Nov. 7, 2017.

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“Increasing accurate news across our borders will benefit residents in Arizona and Mexico,” said Bustamante. “It is exciting to partner with the Universidad Tecnológica de Hermosillo, allowing KJZZ to report on important information to both communities and regions we serve and at the same time give students hands-on experience to support the learning they receive in the classroom.”

“KJZZ is a force for news and information in Phoenix and has proven experience with international reporting,” said Paluzzi. “This is another example of the station’s commitment to providing listeners with in-depth coverage of important regional issues that are seldom covered by other media.”

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The newsroom will be located on the Universidad Tecnológica campus to complement the efforts of KJZZ’s Mexico City news bureau, which opened in 2016. KJZZ is the only NPR member-station with an international bureau. 

"Hermosillo is known for its investment in the IT sector and the state of Arizona is making huge strides in trade with that city in the technology sector and other areas," said KJZZ Associate General Manager of Editorial Strategy Mark Moran. "These are important stories not being heard, that directly impact Arizona's economy."

According to the Arizona-Mexico Commission, in 2016 total two-way trade between Mexico and Arizona was $15.7 billion ($8.3 billion in exports and $7.4 billion in imports from Mexico).

KJZZ is a community service of Rio Salado College.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy Hanukkah, Rio Waves!

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Higher Learning Adapting to Needs of Students

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The EvoLLLution team interviewed Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante to address the ever-changing needs of students and how Rio Salado is helping students succeed by adapting to the shifting landscape of higher education. 

Read the interview now.

"Helping people obtain meaningful jobs that matter for your community is one major reason why we are here, so if we can connect all those dots, it is really about investing in our students and our communities. Sometimes that takes a lot of restructuring, refocusing and retooling, but if you’ve got your sights set on the right things, and you learn a lot along the way, and you do more of what works, you will succeed." - Chris Bustamante

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Salvation Army Holiday Food Drive Ends Dec. 15

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Do your part to help end hunger. Join Rio Salado Dental Hygiene students for a Salvation Army Holiday Food Drive. 

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Donations will be accepted until Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. 

You can drop off non-perishable donations in collection boxes located at Rio Salado’s Tempe headquarters.

We appreciate your participation and generosity!

Tips for Final Exams & Wrapping Up the Semester

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This is the time of year when many Rio Waves are preparing for finals-- and graduation.  We wish you the very best as you wrap up the semester and this part of your educational journey.

Here are a few student success tips to keep in mind before you take your final exams:
  • Be prepared
  • Study for exams ahead of time
  • Seek answers to what you don’t know from your instructor or a tutor
  • Test your knowledge with friends or family members

Check out our student success tips videos for additional advice:

Graduating? Celebrate your accomplishments with us during our May 2018 commencement ceremony. Details coming soon at

Monday, December 11, 2017

Try the New MyInfo Mobile App!

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Check out the new MyInfo mobile app for Maricopa Community Colleges students!

It’s an intuitive tool designed to help you succeed! Go to, using your mobile device to download this free app.

With the MyInfo mobile app you can view your class schedule, track your academic progress, access important messages and more!

Learn more by visiting

Rio Salado Top CollegeBoard CLEP Testing Center

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Rio Salado Tempe Testing Office Coordinator Stevie Campbell
Each year, the CollegeBoard recognizes testing centers that administer the most CLEP exams in the country. Rio Salado testing centers made the list of Top 100 National Testing Centers and Top 25 Military Test Centers for College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) test-takers.

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“We are proud of this distinction,” said Rio Salado Director of Testing Services Diana Pinon. “The College Board has recognized our college as a Top 100 College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) testing center since 2002.”

Rio Salado’s testing centers offer 33 CLEP exams, which assess subject matter proficiency and provide an opportunity for students to receive college credit with qualifying scores. For example, Spanish CLEP test-takers can earn up to 16 college credits. Students can apply knowledge they’ve gained through prior course work, independent study, internships, job training, professional development and personal pursuits.

Tucked away in nine of Rio Salado’s locations are testing centers serving thousands of Valley residents and visitors including CLEP test-takers, U.S. Military personnel, U.S. Postal Service workers, FBI agents and GED® test-takers.

There are also testing services for IT professionals who need to keep certifications up-to-date, including Pearson Vue CompTIA Certification exams, which are recognized by thousands of companies as a predictor of employee success. All Maricopa students, faculty and staff are eligible for significant discounts on these exams. Students pursuing A+ certification save about 55%. Network+ certification students pay approximately half the normal rate. Rio Salado students may also receive college credit for their certifications.

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Rio Salado testing centers also provide proctoring services for other educational institutions so students can take midterms and finals at a location that’s convenient for them.

Students can take advantage of free ACCUPLACER exams at Rio Salado testing centers, which help them gauge their current skill levels for Reading, English and Math. Academic advisors use the results of the assessments along with details about students’ academic backgrounds to determine appropriate college courses.

Rio Salado Testing Centers also offer Adobe Certified Associate and Microsoft Office Specialist Certiport Exams; exams that assess English language skills and more.

For a comprehensive view of the types of services offered, the locations, hours of service, forms of identification required and other details,

Friday, December 8, 2017

Adult Re-entry Programs Available to You!

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This video features Director of Workforce Solutions at Chicanos Por La Causa Victor Contreras speaking with Rio Salado Downtown Coordinator Andrea Vazquez about the programs and services available to adult re-entry students at Rio Salado Valley locations.

No matter what kind of student you are, Rio Salado has classes and programs to meet your needs! We’re ready to help you with advising, registration, tutoring, new student orientation classes, GED® test prep and English as a second language programs, financial aid, work-study programs, scholarships and more.

Let us help you get started on your college career. Visit or call 480-517-8000 to begin your educational journey.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

RioNews on Maricopa Now December

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Watch the latest edition of Maricopa Now to learn about our new Military Veterans Center at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale (7:30), to meet our Emmy award-winning SPOT 127 youth media team (10:20) and to get a cooking lesson from Café at Rio Chef Kenny on how to make a homemade pasta with brown butter sage (29:30)! 

PTK / NSLS Winter Clothing & Blanket Drive

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Join Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) chapters in collecting blankets and socks for the André House of Arizona, Dec. 4-23.

Please drop off donations at the Rio Salado Tempe Headquarters Tower building first floor.

Women's socks are needed the most. Large bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash can also be donated.

For more information, please contact

The André House of Arizona is a non-profit organization providing free services to people who are struggling with poverty and homelessness.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

See the World - Study Abroad!

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Earn college credit while experiencing other cultures and languages with Maricopa Community Colleges Study Abroad program.

Learn more about this program including the list of 2018 destinations by visiting

  • Improve foreign language skills
  • Strengthen global awareness
  • Develop intercultural competencies that enhance employment opportunities
  • Increase abilities in learning, problem-solving and coping with change
  • Strengthen understanding of the political, cultural, and economic context of other cultures
  • Gain international work/service experience
  • Enhance academic learning
  • Increase self-confidence and self-awareness

Get out and see the world!