Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Share Your Memories During Our 40th Anniversary

40th anniversary banner.  Text: 40 years.  An innovative leader in higher education.  Maricopa Community Colleges logo

Rio Salado College (RSC) is kicking off its 40th anniversary this week with an invitation to the communities it serves to share stories and photos for inclusion in its year-long celebration.

Participants can share their memories via email to RSCmemories@riosalado.edu or social media using the hashtag #RioSaladoCollege40th. The college will share these memories on its anniversary web site, social media platforms and anniversary celebrations throughout 2018.

Collage of archival images.  Text: Rio Salado 40th Anniversary Photo Album

Visitors can view the latest compilation of memories at www.riosalado.edu/40 and the official photo album at www.facebook.com/RioSaladoCollege

“This year of celebration will highlight Rio’s 40 years of serving the community and recognize the limitless accomplishments of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante.

photograph of a 1988 class schedule

In 1978, the Maricopa County Community Colleges challenged the limits of tradition and created Rio Salado College, a college without walls to serve non-traditional students who would not otherwise have access to a college education. In the early years, Rio Salado served students close to where they lived; in neighborhood schools, churches, and storefronts across Maricopa County. Today, the college serves students at multiple locations in communities across the Valley. 

The college also led the way in creating customized educational models for adult basic education students, employees in the workplace, high school students, active military, veterans, and incarcerated individuals. Rio has become the largest educational provider in Arizona in many of these sectors.

With the arrival of the Internet, it was a natural evolution for RSC to begin offering classes online as early as 1996, and to emerge as a national leader of online learning and today serves students across Arizona and the nation. The college also serves the community through programming at KJZZ, K-BACH, Sun Sounds of Arizona and SPOT 127. Special interest classes also inform senior citizens at Rio’s Lifelong Learning Center in Surprise.

Over the past four decades, Rio Salado has served more than 665,000 students, with more than 270,000 taking classes online, and has awarded nearly 100,500 degrees and certificates.

Photo of Chris Bustamante

“Our innovative and student-centric culture drives Rio Salado to continually evolve and improve our delivery models and provide a high-quality educational experience for all of our students,” said Bustamante.

“I hope that you will share your experiences, stories, and photos with us as we honor our past and plan for the future.”