Thursday, May 31, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 1991-93

Rio Salado 40th anniversary banner with text: An innovative leader in higher education.  Below, a 1993 clipping from Arizona Republic with headline: Birth of a Station.  It took 7 years, lots of hard work to get KBAQ on air.  By Julie Newberg

Everybody all aboard! We’re resuming our 40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday journey with a look back at 1991-1993.

scan of Arizona Republic article in its entirety.
This 1993 Arizona Republic story by reporter Julie Newberg announces the long-awaited arrival of Classical KBAQ 89.5 FM, a member-supported community service of Rio Salado, licensed to the Maricopa Community Colleges. (Click on image to see full article).

The radio station, which is known today as KBACH in honor of Johann Sebastian Bach, is one of the top classical music stations in the country-- serving more than 200,000 weekly listeners. Learn more and tune in at kbaq.org

Here’s a look at other historical achievements from this time.

1992
1993
  • Rio Salado receives Governor’s Pioneer Award for Quality for applying business principles to an educational environment

Do you remember this time? Share your photos, stories and memories via email to RSCmemories@riosalado.edu or social media using the hashtag #RioSaladoCollege40th.

Here's to Celebrating 40 Years as an Innovative Leader in Higher Education.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/40 for the latest news about our 40th anniversary celebration.

Summer Culinary Workshops Begin June 14!

Flyer for Summer 2018 Culinary Workshops.  Images of preserves, soap, raviolli and sushi.  Text: Making and Canning Preserves, Jun. 14, 6-8 p.m., Sushi Rolling for Beginners, Jun 21, 6-8 p.m., Soap Making for Beginners, July 12, 5:30-8 p.m., Ravioli Making for Beginners, July 26 6-8 p.m.  Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges logos

Looking for a cool, culinary adventure this summer? Join the Cafe at Rio team for four community education workshops to learn about canning and preserving, soap making, sushi and ravioli! 

Register now: www.riosalado.edu/cafe

Your first adventure begins June 14 with a lesson on how to make your own fruit preserves and safely can them.

Gun Regulation & Legislation in America

Poster for Gun Regulation & Legislation in America database, featuring American flag.

The Rio Salado Libary added a new, free database from HeinOnline called Gun Regulation & Legislation in America

This database brings together essential periodicals, compiled legislative histories, Congressional hearings, U.S. Supreme Court briefs, and other related materials on the topic of regulating firearms in the United States. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Transfer Seamlessly to ASU, NAU and UofA!

Poster displaying logos for all three Arizona state universities

Start here-- go there! 

Our Maricopa Community Colleges transfer pathways are designed to save you time and money-- and help you seamlessly transition to Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and The University of Arizona!

Transfer Pathways lay out specific courses that put you on track to obtain your bachelor’s degree. If you meet all of the program requirements, you can smoothly transfer to one of Arizona’s four-year universities.

banner for maricopa.edu web page for Arizona transfer pathways, featuring a group of students smiling at camera.


Pick your Arizona pathway now!

2018 Rio Grad Images & Memories

Composite of images from graduation ceremony.  Wide shot of the stage, wide shot of a group of students, color guard in formation and a young mom grad with her daughter.

Enjoy the latest set of graduation 2018 photos courtesy of GradImages by visiting this Facebook Album.

We encourage you to tag, download and share. Use #RioGrad and #Classof2018 to share your grad memories.

Bustamante and Carbajal
      
Graduation Spotlight
A large population of non-traditional students served by Rio Salado College are employees taking advantage of workforce training programs, including many law enforcement professionals like City of Tempe Assistant Chief of Police Angel Carbajal.

President Bustamante recognized Carbajal during the May 9, 2018 commencement ceremony, as part of the official launch of the college’s 40th anniversary alumni association, by honoring him with the first President's Alumni Leadership Award for his dedicated community service and career in law enforcement, which has spanned 27 years.

Carbajal was among the first students to complete a police academy training program launched in 1990 by the City of Phoenix Police Department in partnership with Rio Salado’s Educational Service Partnership team, which helped in the academic development of that training. Many of the recruits who complete this training today with select academies in Maricopa County and several states across the country, earn 39 credits toward a Certificate of Completion in Law Enforcement Technology from Rio Salado College. 

Like thousands of police academy graduates who have completed the program since the 90s, Carbajal would use those college credits toward completing a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

Learn more about Rio Salado's Educational Service Partnerships and Law Enforcement Technology programs:

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Time to Enroll in Rio's Nanotechnology Program

snapshots from nanotech video of a student working at a lap top and at a high tech lab.
click on image to view video
   
Explore cutting-edge advances and career options with Rio Salado College’s Nanotechnology Program—an exciting, 12-week course of study that will give you a chance to pursue your love of science, engineering and chemistry— and apply what you learn in the workplace.

Learn more and enroll now!

At Rio Salado, Nano Knows No Limits.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday Summer Closures Reminder

Rio Waves mascot splash on a surf board riding a big wave

As a reminder, Maricopa Community Colleges and most Rio Salado locations and services will be closed on Fridays, May 18 - Aug. 3 in an effort to conserve energy during the slower summer months.

The following Rio Salado services will be available on Fridays:
Services normally available 24/7 such as RioLearn, Technology Support Helpdesk, Ask a Librarian and My.Maricopa.edu will remain available. Students are also encouraged to use self-serve enrollment options at My.Maricopa.edu.

The college will resume regular hours Aug. 6. Please visit our locations pages for details about hours of operation for each of our locations.

Have a great summer!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Reflections of Commencement 2018

Photos of young grad smiling at camera, on graduation stage with his diploma.

Rio Salado 2018 Graduation Celebrates 40 Years of Service to Non-Traditional Students!

Dr. Bustamante with Rio
Salado Dual Grads
As part of its year-long 40th anniversary celebration, Rio Salado College is honoring and renewing its commitment to serving non-traditional students, including Maricopa County dual enrollment high school students, who represented nearly half of the 200+ students at the college’s May 9, 2018 graduation ceremony at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix.

Dr. Bustamante with Xavier
College Prep Grads
Of the 92 dual enrollment students in attendance, 50 were from Xavier College Prep-- the first high school Rio Salado partnered with in 1987 to launch its dual enrollment program, which helps nearly 7,000 Maricopa County students at 43 schools earn college and high school credits at the same time. 

“Six years ago, there was only one graduate,” said EJ Anderson, director of Rio Salado College’s dual enrollment program. “Today, no other college in the state has this many dual enrollment students or graduates.”

Anderson with Dual Grads
Anderson attributes the increased number of dual enrollment students and graduates to parental awareness. “Most students tell us they enrolled because their parents told them to do it, and they stick with the program because they realize how much time and money they will save on their education.”

While the dual enrollment students had a big presence at the graduation ceremony, the program represents just one pathway to a college education. 

Collage of grads being recognized at graduation ceremony

“Rio Salado College stands apart from other institutions here, and across the country for our innovative pathways to college, said Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante.
“It is rare to find a community college that serves so many diverse student populations; online, dual enrollment, employees in the workplace, incarcerated, military and veterans, students seeking post-bacc teacher certifications and continuing education requirements, as well as adult basic education students.”
A large population of non-traditional students served by the college are employees taking advantage of workforce training programs, including many law enforcement professionals like City of Tempe Assistant Chief of Police Angel Carbajal. 

Bustamante and Carbajal
President Bustamante recognized Carbajal during the graduation ceremony, as part of the official launch of the college’s 40th anniversary alumni association, by honoring him with the first President's Alumni Leadership Award for his dedicated community service and career in law enforcement, which has spanned 27 years.

Carbajal was among the first students to complete a police academy training program launched in 1990 by the City of Phoenix Police Department in partnership with Rio Salado’s Educational Service Partnership team, which helped in the academic development of that training. Many of the recruits who complete this training today with select academies in Maricopa County and several states across the country, earn 39 credits toward a Certificate of Completion in Law Enforcement Technology from Rio Salado College. Like thousands of police academy graduates who have completed the program since the 90s, Carbajal would use those college credits toward completing a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. 

Peredo and Bustamante
Among the most common of Rio Salado’s non-traditional students are parents who are working full-time or returning to school to get ahead like student speaker Jamie Peredo. A Gilbert, AZ mother of two, Peredo had already found a career field she loved – dental care. She just needed the college degree to advance her career. She chose Rio Salado College, and graduated with honors, earning an associate degree in dental hygiene

“I was blessed with an inspiring and skilled group of instructors at Rio Salado College,” Peredo said. “Their clear desire for students’ success has encouraged me to continue my education.”

Peredo was one of two Rio Salado students named to the 2018 All-Arizona Academic Team (ALL AZ). Students are chosen for demonstrating academic excellence and leadership and service to the community. The honor includes tuition to one of Arizona’s three state universities and a cash scholarship. Peredo is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene at Northern Arizona University.

Collage of grads being recognized at graduation ceremony

Peredo and the other students who attended the May graduation ceremony represented nearly 3,400 Rio Salado graduates from Arizona, 32 other states across the country as well as Australia and Poland. Together, they have earned more than 3,740 degrees, certificates and credentials during the 2017-18 academic year. 

Since 1978, Rio Salado has served more than 665,000 students, with more than 270,000 taking classes online, and has awarded more than 100,500 degrees and certificates.

1st Prize Essay by Languages Adjunct Dr. Risha

Photo of Dr. Risha

Languages adjunct Dr. Sarah Risha recently won first prize from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona for her essay titled Arab Customs and Culture

Dr. Risha is the developer and instructor of our online Arabic language courses as well as AHU245: Arabic Culture and Islam.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Maricopa Enrollment Day is Wed., June 13!

Poster for Maricopa Enrollnent Day featuring a group of students smiling at the camera.  Text in blog.

Ready to begin your educational journey with Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges? We’re ready for you! Visit any of the 10 colleges on Enrollment Day, Wed, June 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to complete enrollment in one day.* 

What can you do on Enrollment Day?
  • Apply for Admission
  • Take the Placement Test
  • Seek Academic Advisement
  • Attend Student Orientation (campus tours and student IDs)
  • Explore Payment Options (FAFSA assistance, scholarships, payment plans, etc. If you are a dependent, bring your and your parents' 2016 tax returns.)
  • Register for classes. Payment is due immediately for Summer classes; Payment is due July 30 for Fall classes.

Staff at the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters, Northen and Suprise locations will be available to help students complete their enrollment. 

Scottsdale Community College will host Enrollment Days Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14.

To ensure proper service, please make sure to bring a photo ID (school/government issued: e.g., state ID, drivers license, permanent resident card, passport, etc.) Please also bring your Social Security number (alternate arrangements will be made for non-residents).

*Please Note: Students arriving after 4 p.m. will still be seen but may not complete the entire process. A “next steps” guide will be furnished to students who are not able to complete the enrollment process.

Monday, May 21, 2018

2018 HSE Graduation Highlights & Memories

wide shot of HSE graduation finale as attendees applaud for grads

The 2018 High School Equivalency (HSE) Graduation ceremony was a memorable event, especially the speech by Student Speaker Maida Dugalic!

More than 200 students attended the May 17 ceremony. These students joined nearly 20,000 adult basic education students who have taken classes at Rio Salado over the past 40 years and earned their HSE credential.

Bustamante and Liddicoat
Among the other highlights was Dr. Bustamante’s recognition of Associate Dean of Instruction and Community Development Blair Liddicoat, who presented Liddicoat with the President’s Leadership Award for his 28 years of service to adult basic education.

Bustamante and Douglas
Dr. Bustamante also presented the President’s Partner Award to the Arizona Department of Education to commemorate 40 years of partnering to provide adult basic education. The award was received by Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas.


Thanks to Maricopa Community Colleges Television, you can watch the graduation ceremony-- and hear student speaker Maida Dugalic's extraordinary speech! Learn more about Dugalic in this RioNews story.

Check out our Facebook event photos now.

Share your Rio HSE grad story using #RioGrad and #GEDGradDay.

Learn more about Rio Salado’s GED® test prep program by calling 480-517-8110 or visiting www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe.

Memorial Day Closure

American flag waving in front of the sky and sun

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed on Monday, May 28 in honor of Memorial Day.

Please also take note that the colleges and most Rio Salado locations will be closed on Fridays during the summer.

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the armed forces. The National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed in 2,000 to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity.” 

The Act encourages all Americans to pause at 3 p.m. for a minute of silence on Memorial Day.

flags at half-mass, in front of Satue of Liberty at sunset

There is a traditional way of displaying the U.S. flag on this special day. 

The flag is raised quickly to the top of the staff and then lowered slowly to the half-mast position, where it remains until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. At noon their memory is raised by the living.

poster with a star with American flag design.  text: memorial day.



Visit this azcentral web page for a list of Memorial Day gatherings in Arizona.



Friday, May 18, 2018

Enjoy First Set of HSE 2018 Graduation Photos

images from graduation, featuring stage party and graduates being honored.
Top photo: President of Maricopa Community College District Governing Board Laurin Hendrix, 
Arizona’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas and grad speaker Maida Dugalic


We are delighted to share the first set of photos from last night’s High School Equivalency (HSE) Graduation ceremony, which was inspirational and memorable— thanks in great part to student speaker Maida Dugalic, who captivated the audience with her story and grace!

collage of grad imagesCheck out the photos now on Facebook.

Maida represented more than 200 HSE grads, who have completed Rio Salado’s GED® test prep classes and passed the GED® test.

Here’s to all of the 2018 HSE Rio Grads! Congratulations! We hope you will continue your educational journey to higher learning.

Share your Rio grad memories using #RioGrad and #GEDGradDay.


Learn more about Rio Salado’s GED® test prep program by calling 480-517-8110 or visiting www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Here's to Rio Salado 2018 HSE Grads!

Photo of 2-017 grads, moving their cap tassels over to the right.

Tonight is the night we host our 2018 High School Equivalency (HSE) Graduation ceremony—to celebrate students who have successfully completed our GED® test prep classes and passed the GED® test. This is your night, HSE Rio Waves! Happy graduation day! 

We look forward to tonight's ceremony and celebrating this day with you and your loved ones. We encourage you to share your grad stories using #RioGrad and #GEDGradDay.

poster of Rio Salado College Graduate Badge
Download your favorite 2018 Rio Waves Grad Badge! 

Watch the Live Stream
Can't make the ceremony? Watch the live stream courtesy of Maricopa Community Colleges Television. 

Reminder, Friday Summer Closures Begin May 18

Rio Mascot Splash floating down a river in an inner tube.

As a reminder, Maricopa Community Colleges and most Rio Salado locations and services will be closed on Fridays, May 18 - Aug. 3 in an effort to conserve energy during the slower summer months.

The following Rio Salado services will be available on Fridays:
Services normally available 24/7 such as RioLearn, Technology Support Helpdesk, Ask a Librarian and My.Maricopa.edu will remain available. Students are also encouraged to use self-serve enrollment options at My.Maricopa.edu.

The college will resume regular hours Aug. 6. Please visit our locations pages for details about hours of operation for each of our locations.

Have a great summer!

Meet Tonight's HSE Grad Speaker Maida Dugalic

Photo of Maida Dugalic in graduation regalia.  HSE Graduation Banner.

Tonight is our annual High School Equivalency (HSE) Graduation ceremony. This is the night we celebrate the accomplishments of Rio Salado students who have successfully completed our GED® test prep classes and passed the GED® test. Among the honorees is HSE student speaker Maida Dugalic.

Dugalic left her home country of Bosnia, and everything she knew behind, in order to give her family a better life. She earned a high school equivalency diploma to give herself a better life.

“After the war, the situation in Bosnia wasn’t very promising,” Dugalic said. “I was concerned about my children’s future and education, and knew that if we stayed there, I wouldn't be able to provide for them.”

Dugalic and her family came to Arizona to be near her husband’s family. She began looking for jobs, and realized she was missing out on many opportunities because she did not have a high school diploma. She decided to pursue Rio Salado College’s in-person GED® test prep classes.
Photo of Dugalic  in front of Rio Salado headquarters.
“I did some research and decided that Rio Salado was the place I wanted to go,” Dugalic said. “It didn't feel like I was going to school, or that I was out of place. The teachers were always friendly and easy going and I felt welcome.”

Dugalic also wanted to earn her diploma to set an example for her kids.

“I wanted to be an example to my children, to walk the walk not just talk the talk,” Dugalic said. “I expect from them hard work and high goals, so I had to show them by example.”

With her diploma in hand, Dugalic knows her future is bright.

“I know I want to go to college and continue studying, maybe nutrition or social work,” Dugalic said. “I don't know what specifically, but I do know that with a GED - I have many more options.”

Contributed by Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator.

Click here for more details about tonight's ceremony. We encourage Rio HSE grads to share their stories using #RioGrad and #GEDGradDay.  

Learn more about Rio Salado’s GED® test prep program by calling 480-517-8110 or visiting www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe.


Learn more about #GEDGradDay at www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/gedgradday

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Create Your Future with Nanotechnology!

snapshot from video of a student working in a nanotech lab

Pursue your love of science, engineering and chemistry—and apply what you learn in the workplace with Rio Salado College’s Nanotechnology Program!

Watch this video to learn how nanotechnology can help you create your future.

Nano Knows No Limits poster

Nano Knows No Limits. 
See where it takes you!

Learn more and enroll today at www.riosalado.edu/nano


Celebrate #GEDGradDay & Rio HSE Grads!

Poster header for #GEDGradDau May 16th 2019 with photo of a Rio Salado HSE graduate taking a selfie at 2017 ceremony.

Today is #GEDGradDay—a nationwide celebration to recognize the accomplishments of new GED® graduates-- and to inspire other adult re-entry students to fulfill their potential. 

We are celebrating the accomplishments of Rio Salado students who have successfully completed our GED® test prep classes and passed the GED® test at our annual HSE Graduation Ceremony, Thursday, May 17 at North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix. 

photo of 2017 graduation ceremony.  wide shot of stage and students in caps and gowns.

For more details about tomorrow’s graduation ceremony, please visit this web page.

Photos of grads in line, someone taking a group shot with a cell phone
We encourage Rio HSE grads to join in the celebration by sharing their stories using #RioGrad and #GEDGradDay.

We look forward to taking part in this celebration with you and your loved ones!

Can’t make the ceremony? Tune in for the live stream on YouTube.


Learn more about #GEDGradDay at www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/gedgradday

Learn more about Rio Salado’s GED® test prep program by calling 480-517-8110 or visiting www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

2018 #RioGrad Photos & Achievements

Montage of graduation images

Oh, What a Night! Thank you for a memorable commencement celebration-- and congratulations once again Rio Salado College Class of 2018.


Rio Salado President Bustamante with 2018
Dual Enrollment Students
         
Check out the latest commencement photos on our Facebook pageWe hope you enjoy the magical moments captured by Kenneth Krehbiel at ImageWorks Photography. Please feel free to tag, download and share. We encourage you to share your photos and memories using #RioGrad.

Approximately 200 students took part in the 2018 commencement ceremony on May 9 at Comerica Theatre, including 92 dual enrollment students! More than 50 of the dual enrollment participants were from Xavier College Prep-- the first high school Rio Salado partnered with in 1987 to launch its dual enrollment program, which helps nearly 7,000 Maricopa County students at 43 schools earn college and high school credits at the same time.

The attendees of last week’s ceremony represented nearly 3,400 Rio Salado graduates from Arizona, 32 other states across the country as well as Australia and Poland. Together, they have earned more than 3,740 degrees, certificates and credentials. Here’s a snapshot of their accomplishments.

Pictured here are Rio grad Rachelle 
Fisher receiving her Associate of Arts
in General Studies diploma with her 
trusted companion Austin right by her side.
        
Degrees, Certificates & Recognitions of Achievement*
  • 562 Associate Degrees 
  • 31 Academic Certificates 
  • 2,996 Certificates of Completion 
  • 36 Post-Bacc. Teacher Certifications 
  • 117 Teacher in Residence Certifications 
  • 4 Ed. Bachelor Partnership Degrees
TOTAL – 3,746
  • Academic Honors
  • 114 Distinction
  • 114 High Distinction
  • 85 Highest Distinction
  • 145 Phi Theta Kappa
  • 100 Honors Program
  • 32 National Society of Leadership and Success


*Data to be verified after June 30, 2017

We look forward to sharing more details about the extraordinary class of 2018!

Did you miss the ceremony? Check out the YouTube stream now.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Rio Northern Reopens at 3 p.m. Today, May 14

We're happy to announce Rio Salado Northern water line repairs have been completed and the facility will be open for business after 3 p.m. today, May 14.

Testing services will also resume after 3 p.m.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Need Help with Research? Ask a Librarian 24/7!

Image of a student at a library, surrounded by books.  Header at top reads: Ask a Librarian 24/7 chat at Rio Salado

Working on a paper and need to find awesome sources? 
The Rio Salado Library offers live research help 24/7. 


With Ask a Librarian chat service, you can get live help anytime, day or night!

Rio Northern & Testing Closed Today, May 14

Attention, Rio Salado Northern and the testing center are closed until further notice due to water main repairs by the City of Phoenix.

Rio staff and utility companies are working to resolve the issue.

Estimated time for repairs is 6 p.m.

We will share updates when they become available.

Need testing services? For other testing locations visit: riosalado.edu/testing.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Attend KJZZ Explore AZ StoryFest & Expo 5/12

StoryFest logo, image of a storyteller on stage engaging an audience

What's your story? You still have time to take part in the KJZZ 91.5 Phoenix Explore Arizona StoryFest & Expo at the Mesa Convention Center on Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are $10. Children 13 and younger are free.

Register now online at storyfest.kjzz.org.


This family-friendly event will showcase some of the state’s most animated storytellers and feature booths from popular and unique Arizona destinations. Check out the list of confirmed storytellers now: storyfest.kjzz.org/storytellers

Donate a book! 
Vist the KJZZ and KBACH Book Club table to donate or exchange books. Attendees will receive one entry to win an Arizona Staycation and other Arizona travel prizes for each book donated. Learn more: storyfest.kjzz.org/book-club-donation

KJZZ’s mobile studio and food truck Soundbiteaz will also be on hand to serve up some great food and entertainment! www.facebook.com/soundbiteaz

This event is made possible by KJZZ 91.5, a community service of Rio Salado College. by azcentral, The Storytellers Project and South Mountain Community College.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fry's Career Fair Today at RSC Northern!

Hungry for knowledge?  Feed Your Future! Take part in a Fry's Food Stores career fair at Rio Salado's Northern location in Phoenix, May 10, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Fry's Food Stores Career Fair  Rio Salado Northern 1715 W. Northern Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021  Your journey starts here, apply in advance now online @jobs.frysfood.com  You @Fry's Food Means You: Will feel part of a team Will have growth opportunities You will receive up to 21,000 toward your academic career  image of mobile app code

Take part in a Fry's Food Stores career fair today at Rio Salado Northern in Phoenix.

Explore the career options and generous tuition reimbursement opportunities.  

Apply in advance right now at jobs.frysfood.com

Fry's Food Stores Career Fair

May 10, 2018
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Rio Salado Northern
1715 W. Northern Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Meet Rio's 2018 Student Commencement Speaker

Banner for graduation featuring Jamie Peredo in graduation attire.  Text: Congratulations Rio Salado College Class of 2018

Meet Jamie Peredo-- Rio Salado's 2018 Student Commencement Speaker! 

Some people who attend college know exactly what program they want to pursue, and others take a little while to figure out where their interests lie. For Jamie Peredo, attending Rio Salado College not only gave her a college degree, but awakened a new career path as well.

Peredo, a mother of two children, had already found a career field she loved – dental care. She just needed the college degree to advance her career.

Peredo in graduation attire


She chose Rio Salado College, and recently graduated with honors, earning an associate degree in dental hygiene.

“It was such a blessing to have been accepted into Rio Salado College, as the faculty and staff were extremely helpful and approachable with their 'students first' attitude,” Peredo said.

While attending Rio Salado, Peredo juggled family and school obligations while also working part-time as a dental assistant at a local family dentistry, and part-time as an instructor for the American Institute of Dental Assisting.

“Having trained many new and seasoned dental assistants, I realized that something I found most rewarding is helping others succeed,” Peredo said.
Peredo in dental clinic scrubs



Peredo became a lead instructor, teaching lab and clinical skills.

“My students look to me for support and guidance, knowing that I have their best interests at heart,” Peredo said. “This position allowed me to find my love for teaching.”

Peredo’s instructors were also influential in helping her discover a love of teaching.

“I was blessed with an inspiring and skilled group of instructors at Rio Salado College,” Peredo said. “Their clear desire for students’ success has encouraged me to continue my education.”

As an honors student, Peredo was one of two Rio Salado students named to the 2018 All-Arizona Academic Team (ALL AZ). Students are chosen for demonstrating academic excellence and leadership and service to the community.

 ALL AZ PHOTO. Back: Holly Harper, Kerrie Specker, Dr. Chris Bustamante,
John Bastian and Dr. Melanie Abts. Front scholars: Crystal Roberto,Jamie Peredo

The honor includes tuition to one of Arizona’s three state universities and a cash scholarship. (See related story)

Peredo is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene at Northern Arizona University.
“My new career goal – my new dream – is to become an adjunct faculty member,” Peredo said. “I want to ultimately teach dental hygiene at a community college and help students succeed in reaching their full potential.”

Contributed by Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator.

Happy Graduation Day Rio Waves!

Rio Salado Grad Badge featuring Rio mascot Splash.  Text: Rio Salado Class of 2018

Today’s the big day, Rio Waves! Happy graduation day! All together now: woohoo!!!! 

This is our favorite day of the year and we are eagerly awaiting tonight's commencement ceremony at Comerica Theatre to celebrate this joyous occasion with you and your loved ones.
Can't make the ceremony? Watch the live stream courtesy of Maricopa Community Colleges Television at https://youtu.be/oxkfHlxVziw

Share your photos and memories using #RioGrad and #RioWaves.

Pictured above is one of several grad badges you can download. 

Check out your grad badge options and get event details by visiting this web page.


Here's to the Rio Salado Class of 2018 and all Maricopa Community Colleges graduates! Let's do the numbers

Please note, Rio Salado Advisement, Admissions, Registration & Records offices will close at 5 p.m. today for commencement.