Thursday, July 19, 2018

40th Anniversary Photo Album Additions

Enjoy the latest additions to our 40th anniversary Facebook photo album!

Please feel free to tag, download and share. 

We encourage you to share your photos, stories and memories via email to or social media using the hashtag #RioSaladoCollege40th.

Visit for the latest news about our 40th anniversary celebration.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Fry's Food Stores Hiring Event Aug. 2

Alt text for Poster: Poster for hiring event.  Text: Fry’s Food Storres Hiring Event.  Interviews on site.  Please apply online prior to event at https:  Aug. 2 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Maryvale Family YMCA 3825 N. 67th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85033.  Openings: Entry Level, grocery clerk, grocery, stocking hourly, fresh hourly associate, front end hourly associate and more!  Logos for Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. and Rio Salado College, a Maricopa Community College.

Looking for a job? Take part in a Fry's Food Stores hiring event at the Maryvale Family Valley of the Sun YMCA on Aug. 2.

Apply in advance at Check out the career options and generous educational growth opportunities!

Fry's Food Stores Hiring Event
Aug. 2, 2018
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Maryvale Family YMCA
3825 N. 67th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85033

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Rio Salado Dental Clinic Helps Veterans in Need

collage of images of veterans being served at Rio Salado's Dental Clinic

The Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Clinic joined forces with the Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation (CADSF) to host a free dental clinic for veterans in need on Sat., July 14.

The Rio Salado team was joined by volunteer dentists, lab technicians and assistants, who provided free care to more than 50 veterans who were not able to receive services at other community events hosted by CADSF throughout the year.

The top priority was relieving pain and infection. Volunteers were also on duty to provide exams, x-rays, some basic lab work, cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings and extractions, simple root canals and denture services.

snapshot of ABC 15 video with reporter Jamie Warren interviewing veteran John Hulett, who is being prepped for a denture procedure.

Among the air force veterans served was John Hulett, who was getting help with new dentures. “It is absolutely critical to my overall health,” said Hulett who was interviewed by ABC15 Arizona Reporter Jamie Warren. (watch the video now).

Airforce Veteran John Hulett before and after his dental treatment

“This free clinic is a great way for us to get real-life practical learning experience-- while giving back to our community,” said Rio Salado Dental Hygiene student Christina Pflumm who was among the 20 Rio Salado students who volunteered at the clinic.

“Community service is a core principle at Rio Salado College-- and a requirement for dental hygiene students, who volunteer at least 40 hours of service during their program of study,” said Rio Salado Dental Programs Instructional Services Supervisor Patty Price, a long-time CADSF volunteer who helped to organize the event.

Rio Salado Dental Programs Instructional Services Supervisor Patty Price
(orange tee) and student Christina Pflumm with CADSF volunteers
Check out other event photos on our Facebook page.

The Rio Salado Dental Hygiene clinic is open to the public all year long-- providing comprehensive services at affordable rates. For more information call 480-377-4100 or visit for more details.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Be an Informed Arizona Voter!

Poster for Arizona Elections, featuring U.S. and Arizona flags

Are you ready to vote in Arizona's August primary and November general elections?

Be in the know! Tune into Rio Salado's member-supported public radio station KJZZ Phoenix for the latest election news! 

Check out candidate interviews and more at

Illustration of clean elections voter guide
And check out these free resources from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and Maricopa County Recorder:

"Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education."
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

KJZZ is a community service of Rio Salado College

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday Summer Closure Reminder

Rio Mascot Splash with a beach ball, on a beach standing next to a sign that reads sorry we're closed.

A friendly reminder, Rio Waves!  Maricopa Community Colleges and most Rio Salado locations and services are closed on Fridays during the summer.

The following Rio Salado services are available:
Services normally available 24/7 such as RioLearn, Technology Support Helpdesk, Ask a Librarian and remain available.

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

Thursday, July 12, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 1997-99

snapshot of "InSide Rio" magazine Volume 2, No. 2.  Headline: Rio Parnters with Dentists for New Hygiene School

Welcome to the past! Our next stop on the 40th anniversary Throwback Thursday timeline is 1997-99.

In the late 1990s, Rio Salado was all about the smile. To help address a critical shortage of dental hygienists, Rio partnered with the Arizona Dental Association and Delta Dental Insurance to create the Rio Salado School of Dental Hygiene. In 1998, a building located at 12th street and Washington in downtown Phoenix was renovated to create a state-of-the-art facility where students trained to become dental hygienists during the 15-month program.

The dental hygiene program represented a success for Rio on two fronts: the college forged a successful business-education partnership to benefit the local community and offered students an education that could lead to employment opportunities.

In fact, the demand for skilled hygienists was so strong at the time that many students had already secured jobs while awaiting the outcome of their licensing exams.

"This program exemplifies Rio Salado's approach to meeting the needs of the community · by partnering with employers," said Dr. Linda Thor, who was president of Rio Salado College at the time. "The result is a triple win -- for students, for the dental community, and for the college."

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

Contributed by Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator.

Kroger Foundation Joins Us to Fight Hunger

Pantry shelves stocked with food items.

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is excited to announce a $20,000 grant from the Kroger Co. Foundation to support food pantry initiatives district-wide. 

The mission of the Kroger Co. Foundation is “to Feed the Human Spirit” and they focus their support on organizations that work to end hunger, improve food security, and provide balanced meals to families in the most need.

MCCCD will use the $20,000 grant to support existing college food pantries and to create new ones. Currently, eight of the ten Maricopa colleges provide a food pantry for students. Two colleges are in the process of planning and developing their pantries. The grant will allow the Maricopa Community Colleges to purchase food, toiletries, shelves, storage bins, and other resources needed to operate campus food pantries.

According to a 2017 Wisconsin HOPE Lab study, which represented more than “33,000 students at 70 community colleges in 24 states,” every two out of three students suffer from food insecurity. All ten Maricopa Community Colleges participated in this study in an effort to gain greater clarity on the depth of food and housing insecurity its students face. The study found that: Sixty-four percent of MCCCD students reported marginal or worse food security.

MCCCD respondents reported low and very low food security (52 percent) less frequently than other students surveyed in the regional (61 percent) and national (56 percent) survey samples.

MCCCD students faired marginally better than their regional and national counterparts. Nonetheless, with over half of all MCCCD students who were surveyed indicating some level of food insecurity, it is a high priority issue for the district. MCCCD is working diligently to turn the tide among its student population. Having well run food pantries on each campus is critical to the academic success of far too many students. When students’ are able to meet their basic needs, they can focus more energy on completing their coursework and completing their academic programs.

“The success of our students is very important to all of us. Addressing issues of hunger is one more way our colleges support our students,” states Felicia L. Ganther, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

News courtesy of the Maricopa Community Colleges

Rio Salado students, please do not hesitate to call on one of our counselors if you need help overcoming food insecurities or you're experiencing other obstacles that are interfering with your academic performance.

Rio Dental Hygiene Clinic Provides $42K+ in Care

Group shot of students, staff and volunteers at clinic

Rio Salado Dental Hygiene students, alumni and staff members partnered with the Arizona Dental Foundation and community volunteers to host a free clinic for kids on Saturday, June 23.

photo of a dental hygiene student working with a teen
The clinic offered cleanings, sealants, x-rays, fluoride treatments, exams and oral hygiene instructions to 124 children. A total of 690 dental procedures were provided, totaling $42,724.64 of care in one day! 

A special thank you to Shanna Jennings and Ryan Cluff who serve as co-chairs for this event. And thanks to Cody Jennings and Susan Fuller for taking event photos, which you can view on our Facebook account.

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public all year long. Visit for more details.

young boy sitting in a clinic chair holding up a sign "open wide" Dental student in background smiling.

​​Remember, tooth decay is almost entirely preventable with good oral hygiene and regular check-ups!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Free Educational Technology Webinars!

Poster for webinars.  Image of educators in a classroom working with young k-12 students using computer devices in a conventional classroom

Rio Salado's Teacher Education EdRising@Rio team is collaborating with Education Technology Consultant Lucy Gray to host a webinar series focused on teaching effectively with educational technology—available free of charge to Rio Salado Educator Preparation students, current and future educators.

Each interactive webinar is aligned to educator standards from the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) and includes hands-on activities and resources for further exploration.

Our next webinar, Fostering Global Collaboration is July 11.

Learn more and register now for these free EdRising@Rio webinars by visiting this web page

All webinars will take place 7-8 p.m., MT. A link to the webinar will be sent to your email address with your registration confirmation.

Avondale Power Restored, Open Today

APS has restored power to our Avondale location.
We will resume regular business hours today.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Rio Avondale Closed Due to Power Outage

Our Avondale location is closed for the rest of the day due to a power outage.

APS crews are working to restore power.

We will keep you posted about updates.

Visit this APS sight for the latest information about power outages:

Friday, July 6, 2018

Northern Power Restored. Open Saturday!

Power has been restored to our Northern location

We will resume regular business hours on Saturday.

We appreciate your understanding.

Northern Testing Closed Due to Power Outage

Our Northern location will be closed for the remainder of the day due to a power outage. 

We anticipate power will be restored this evening and that we will be open for testing services on Saturday. 

We will keep you posted. 

Please visit or call 480-517-8560 for alternate testing options.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

KJZZ Earns Prestigious Journalism Awards

Image of KJZZ newsroom and shots of winning reporters Matt Casey, Jimmy Jenkins, Laurel Morales, Sarah Ventre and Stina Sieg

KJZZ 91.5 FM and its reporters were recognized by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) and Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTNDA) 2018 award committees for their outstanding contributions to journalism excellence.

PRNDI logo

PRNDI awards recognize and celebrate the work of reporting, editing, anchoring and producing at local public media radio stations across the U.S.
KJZZ reporters took home first and second place awards in the Division AA Best Writing category and a second place prize in the Enterprise and Investigative Reporting category.

  • 1st Place Best Reporting - Christmas Stuffing: AZ Class Beginners to Taxidermy, Stina Sieg
  • 2nd Place Best Reporting - Earth & Bone: Havasupai Stand Up to Mining Company, Laurel Morales
  • 2nd Place Enterprise/Investigative - On the Inside: The Chaos of AZ Prison Health Care, Jimmy Jenkins

Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards logo

Four KJZZ reporters were also recognized with five RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards, which are among the most prestigious in the broadcast and digital news industry. The Murrow Awards embody the values and principles set forth by Edward R. Murrow, a journalism pioneer who set the standards for the highest quality of broadcast journalism.

  • Excellence in Writing - Remembering Bisbee Deportation, Stina Sieg
  • Feature Reporting - A musical Tribute to Arizona Violinist Jane Hilton, A Friend to Many, Stina Sieg
  • Hard News - Temporary Protected Status Man Trapped in Constant Limbo, Matt Casey
  • Investigative Reporting - On the Inside: The Chaos of Arizona Prison Health Care, Jimmy Jenkins
  • News Series - Short Creek: Beyond FLDS, Sarah Ventre

Regional award winners are being considered for a National Murrow Award.

wide shot of newsroom with other reporters working at desks.

KJZZ is a community service of Rio Salado College.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Ready to Go Back to School? We're Ready for You!

Photo of Kaylanna.  There's a framed poster behind her that reads "START: Your future starts here."

Ready to go back to school? We’re ready for you! Rio Salado’s adult re-entry programs are designed to help students prepare for their GED® tests, learn the English language and transition seamlessly to college. 

Get started on your educational journey now:

Pictured here is Kaylanna Etsitty, who benefited from our Adults Achieving a College Education (Adult ACE) program. 

Etisitty with her family at 2018
Adult ACE Completion Ceremony
"The program helped me to have better time management and to rewire negative thoughts and opinions I set up for myself," said Etisitty.

"Teachers and staff are very understanding and very helpful when times are tough and when it's not quite easy. I'm very happy that I have done this for myself and my family, now I feel better prepared for my future."

Rio Salado serves as the principal provider of GED® test preparation programs for the Maricopa Community Colleges and the largest provider of adult basic education in the state of Arizona.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Career Options in Early Childhood Education

snapshot from video.  Image of profiled educator Jennifer Gresko engaged with a colleague

Learn about enriching career opportunities and how you can create a lasting impact in your community as an early childhood education specialist. 

This video provides some insights into the many rewards and benefits of this career path from Rio Salado’s Educator Preparation Programs Faculty Chair Jennifer Gresko.

Rio Salado’s Early Childhood Education Program provides multiple opportunities for entry-level career seekers and professionals pursuing continuing education. 

Learn more by visiting, emailing and calling 480-517-8771.

Attention high school students. Get a head start on your career. Learn about our early childhood education dual enrollment program at