Thursday, June 21, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 1994-96

Snapshot of a July 1995 newspaper article by East Valley Business Times.  Headline: Rio Salado Community College Moves Headquarters to Tempe.

Welcome to the past! Our next stop on the 40th anniversary Throwback Thursday timeline is 1994-96.

In the mid-1990s, Rio Salado was on the move! In 1995, the college purchased a building in Tempe to serve as its new headquarters, after being located in Phoenix for 17 years. The Tempe building, located at 2323 W. 14th Street, was to be home to administrative offices, faculty and student services, 12 classrooms, the KJZZ and KBAQ radio stations and a Technology Center.

Here are some statistics about Rio students from that time:
  • 3,000+ students taking "distance learning classes" 
  • 24,000 students a year at 250 locations throughout the Valley 
  • 71% of Rio students worked full-time

Rio Salado was also moving into the West Valley to expand its offerings. In 1996 the college opened its Lifelong Learning Center (LLC) in Surprise to serve seniors and learners of all ages. The LLC offered credit and non-credit computer classes and continuing education programs.

“I’m very pleased to know that it’s an inter-generational facility, from the older to the younger end of the learning spectrum,” said Joan Shafer, mayor of Surprise at the time. “It’s the key to a better and happier future.”

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