Thursday, March 21, 2019

April 2 Criminal Justice Arizona Town Hall

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What is the best way to create and maintain safe, productive communities? Engage in a community discussion about Criminal Justice at the next Arizona Town Hall here at the Rio Salado College Tempe headquarters, April 2.

Register now!

This will be an action-focused discussion about the recommendations made during 2018 Arizona Town Hall meetings about Criminal Justice in Arizona.

Registration is FREE and open to Maricopa Community Colleges students, staff, alumni and the public. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Tempe Community Outreach Program
on Criminal Justice in Arizona

Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

If you’re interested in more information about Arizona’s criminal justice system, please review this 2018 Arizona Town Hall Background Report and fact sheet. The Background Report for the 111th Arizona Town Hall was prepared by the Morrison Institute, in partnership with Arizona universities and the Arizona Town Hall Research Committee.

Rio Salado College is proud to join Arizona Water Company as a co-sponsor for this event.

Senior Living Mgmt Scholarship Deadline April 15

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Make a career out of caring with our Senior Living Management program and a generous scholarship opportunity from the Arizona Assisted Living Federation of America (Arizona ALFA)!

This Arizona ALFA scholarship is available to assisted living employees who want to advance their career in the senior living industry and quickly grow into an executive level position.

The deadline is April 15.  Apply now!

Explore a Career in the Senior Living Industry
Our certificate program is designed to help you advance your career or step into a new field that will prepare you to work with seniors and their families at a management level. This lucrative career path combines business management with caregiving and allows you to quickly move into executive-level positions.

Classes begin most Mondays!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Register for Mexican Seafood Workshop April 11

Yum! Learn how to prepare classic Mexican seafood dishes, salsas and sauces with our Cafe at Rio and Sustainable Food Systems teams, April 11! 

Register now
Our workshops are designed for life-long learners-- who find joy in learning something new and meeting new people. No tests, no grades-- just yummy fun.

Makes for a great Date Night! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

T-Minus One Day for Geeks Night Out-- March 20!

Time to break out the lightsabers, capes and curiosity for Geeks Night Out, Wednesday, March 20, at the Tempe Community Complex. 

Rick Vaughn demos 3D printer
Geeks Night Out is the ultimate, family-friendly gathering for people who love exploring the wonders of science, technology and innovation! Free and open to the public.

Rio Salado is proud to serve as a partner in this annual City of Tempe Arizona SciTech Festival. Be sure to stop by our booth and join STEM Faculty Chair Rick Vaughn and Faculty Chair of Applied Technology Richard Cuprak to learn about the latest trends and technologies that are improving our world.

Visit this event page for the latest details.

Check out this video for a preview of what to expect in 2019!

Pictured above is Richard Cuprak wowing Geek Night Out attendees in 2017.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Last Call for Dash with Splash 5K Run/Walk 3/23

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Last call to register for our Dash with Splash 5K Run/Walk on March 23 at Arizona Falls park in Phoenix! 

Register now at

This is a family-friendly and pet-friendly fun run for competitive runners and not-so-competitive sports fans.

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Dash with Splash 5K Walk/Run
March 23, 2019
Arizona Falls Park

5802 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Check In: 6:30 - 7:45 a.m.
Race Time: 8 a.m.
Registration fee: $35 until 3/22. $40 on Race Day.

All participants will receive a custom medal and t-shirt. The race is chip timed with age group awards in 14 categories and includes a free raffle drawing. Water, snacks and popsicles will be provided.

A portion of the proceeds will help fund Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarships.

Start Here-- Go to ASU, NAU and UofA!

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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.

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Pick your Arizona pathway now!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Spring Break College Closure March 14-15

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As a reminder, most Rio Salado services will be closed for Spring Break, Thursday - Friday, March 14 - 15.

Rio Salado Testing Centers at Northern and the Tempe headquarters are among the exceptions and will be open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday - Friday, March 14 - 15.

Services normally available 24/7 such as our Technology Support Helpdesk phone service and Ask a Librarian will remain available.

Visit this web page for the latest updates about college closures.

Saturday, March 16 Services Available:

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Rest, relax and rejuvenate, Rio Waves!

Apply for Graduation by March 15 Deadline!

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You only have two days left to register for our 2019 commencement ceremony, May 2 at Comerica Theatre! 

We look forward to celebrating this joyous occasion with you, Rio Waves Class of 2019!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Dual Student Becomes Hero for Special Needs Kids

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Joseph Campbell once said, “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Lexi Von Hatten, a Rio Salado College dual enrollment student at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale is realizing the power she has to be a hero for special needs students! 

This heartwarming MCTV115 feature by reporter Lisa Acquafredda reveals how a school project to create a sensory room for special needs students is creating a rippling effect she hadn’t quite imagined.

“It was just eye-opening to see that what we are doing is working and it just inspired me to keep going,” said Von Hatten, who hopes to be a teacher someday. “The ultimate dream is to change kids’ lives.”

Von Hatten is a member of Educators Rising Arizona, which mentors students to become teachers and encouraged her to take on the sensory room project for Mountain Ridge. Von Hatten will present her project at the Educators Rising state competition this spring.

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“It’s really exciting to see a student so passionate, so young, so involved in their career already,” said Rio Salado Director of Early College Dr. E.J. Anderson.

Visit these web pages for more information about our Dual Enrollment and Teacher Education programs:

Celebrate Diversity at MCCCD Grad Ceremonies!

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We have a proud tradition at the Maricopa Community Colleges to host culturally-focused convocations in celebration of the diversity that makes our colleges so great.

We hope you will join us for these upcoming graduation celebrations!

  • African American Convocation - Saturday, May 4
  • American Indian Convocation -  Friday, May 3
  • Asian Pacific Islander Convocation -  Saturday, May 4
  • Hispanic Convocation -  Saturday, May 4
  • LGBTQ+ Convocation -  Wednesday, May 1
  • Veterans Convocation - Thursday, May 2

Register now

Monday, March 11, 2019

Celebrate National Women's History Month!

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March is National Women's History Month! What began in 1980 as a week-long celebration of Women's History has extended into a month-long event filled with remembrances and recognition of the strength and achievements of American women.

The Rio Salado Library is proud to support this celebration and has created a National Women’s History Month Guide so you can explore the rich history of American women. Check it out now:

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Friday, March 8, 2019

2019 Equality Maricopa Pride Parade April 7

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Take part in the 2019 Equality Maricopa Pride Parade, April 7 in Phoenix!
  • 9 a.m. meet time, 10 a.m. start time
  • 3rd St. & Thomas Rd. 85012

The parade will be followed by a Pride festival.

Show your PRIDE as a Maricopa Community Colleges employee and student.

Contact Kevin Bilder for event details:


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Recognizing Arizona Adult Literacy Week!

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This week marks the 16th annual Arizona Adult Literacy Week (AALW), a community effort to increase awareness of the importance of adult literacy and higher learning. 

We are proud to join the Arizona Department of Education and Governor Doug Ducey in championing this effort.

Arizona Adult Literacy Week celebrates the hard work and accomplishments of adult education programs, instructors, volunteers, community organizations and students who have decided to go back to school.

This inspiring video will provide a glimpse into the life of Kathleen Hall, one of many adult students who has overcome obstacles to pursue a college education-- and found help and guidance through Rio Salado's Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program.

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:

Rio Salado College 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.

Spring Break Hours & Closures March 11-16

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The Maricopa Community Colleges and most Rio Salado services will be closed for Spring Break, Thursday - Friday, March 14 - 15.

Rio Salado Testing Centers at Northern and the Tempe headquarters are among the exceptions and will be open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday - Friday, March 14 - 15.

Services normally available 24/7 such as our Technology Support Helpdesk phone service and Ask a Librarian will remain available.

Visit this web page for the latest updates about college closures.

Please also take note that some Rio Salado departments at the Tempe headquarters will have special office hours preceding the break, Monday - Wednesday, March 11-13.

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Saturday, March 16 Services Available:

We hope you'll take this time to relax and rejuvenate Rio Waves!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Getting to Know MCCCD Board President Thor

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This Ahwatukee Foothills News feature profiles our newly elected Maricopa Community Colleges District Governing Board President Linda Thor, who also served as Rio Salado College's president for nearly 20 years!

As you will see, she has dedicated most of her life to championing higher learning and the advancement of community colleges.

We truly admire Dr. Thor’s service to the Maricopa Community Colleges, her advocacy for community colleges and leadership through the years.  You are an extraordinary role model.

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We encourage you to learn about the significant contributions Dr. Thor has made to our school and higher learning during Women's History Month 2019.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Rio Dual Grad Accepted to Harvard!

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Start Here-- Go There!  Congratulations to Rio Grad Lennon Audrain for another outstanding achievement-- acceptance into Harvard's Graduate School of Education!

Audrain, who is 19-years-old, graduated from Rio Salado and Brophy College Preparatory in 2017 as a dual enrollment student and completed his undergraduate work at Arizona State University. He is now teaching with Mesa Public Schools.

Learn more about Audrain in these RioNews features.

Visit these web pages for more information about our Dual Enrollment, Teacher Education and University Transfer programs!

Cox Restored Access to RioLearn & Website

We are happy to report that Cox has fixed networking issues that were causing connection problems to RioLearn, and our website, 

All students should now have access to both. 

Thank you for your understanding.

Still having technical problems? Reach out to our Technology HelpDesk, 24/7 by calling 480-517-8600, 800-729-1197 or submitting an online ticket via

Monday, March 4, 2019

MCCCD Summer & Fall Priority Registration

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Time to register for summer and fall classes with the Maricopa Community Colleges!

🗓️ Priority Registration for current students begins March 4
🗓️ Open Registration begins March 18

New to college and eager to get started now? Take advantage of our 45+ Monday starts. Explore your online class options now:

With 600+ online classes, flexible Monday start dates and credits that easily transfer-- Rio Salado is a convenient and affordable option. Make it happen now for summer and fall 2019!

Rio Salado provides distance-education options to students in all 50 states as a proud member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Learn more.

Cox RioLearn & Website Access Issues

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Cox residential customers may have problems accessing RioLearn and our website. We are working with Cox to resolve this issue.

We will keep you posted on our progress. Thank you for your patience.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Nina Mason Scholarship Deadline March 1!

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The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy ‪Scholarship‬ application deadline is March 1, 2019!

This scholarship covers tuition, fees, books, a $3,200 annual living allowance-- and provides students with an academic advisor mentor.  It is one of the dozens of scholarships available from the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.

Apply now!

The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy ‪Scholarship‬ is available to all Maricopa Community Colleges students who meet one of these criteria:

  • Incoming freshmen ages 18-25 who have been raised through the child welfare system and have no form of financial support
  • College-age youth and adults with physical disabilities
  • Adults who have dependents in their family units

Photo of Linda Boquilla wearing a "I am a Nina Scholar" tee-shirt. Quote keyed into photo: Being a Nina Scholar has opened doors for me because I feel that somebody has my back through the challenges.

It literally pays to apply!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Advisement Offices Closed Feb. 28

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As a reminder, our Academic Advisement offices will be closed Thu., Feb. 28 for staff training. 

We will have staff on duty to field general calls. Please plan accordingly. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Dash with Splash 5K Run/Walk, March 23!

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Our new, RioNational division is hosting a 5K run/walk March 23 and you’re invited! 

Register now at 

This family and pet-friendly event is for competitive runners and strollers alike! 

Dash with Splash
March 23, 2019
Arizona Falls,
5802 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018

  • Check In: 6:30 - 7:45 a.m.
  • Race Time: 8 a.m.
  • Registration fee: $35 until 3/22. $40 on Race Day. Use RIOS5K code and save $5 (expires March 15).

A portion of the proceeds will fund Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarships.

ENJOY AWARDS & PRIZES! All participants will receive a custom medal and t-shirt. The race is chip timed with age group awards in 14 categories and includes a free raffle drawing. Water, snacks and popsicles will be provided.  Note: Shirt sizes are not guaranteed for registrations received after March 8.

Date Night Idea: Take a Soap Making Class!

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Any plans this Thursday? Make it a date night with our Cafe at Rio and Sustainability teams-- and take a Soap Making 101 workshop!

Register now

Soap Making for Beginners I

Thu, February 28, 2019
5:30 - 8 p.m.

Are you trying to live a more natural life? Do you find yourself wary of commercial products and gravitate toward organic products? This hands-on class will teach you the art and science behind soapmaking. You'll learn about natural colorants, soap additives, basic soap recipes and how to choose the right oils and rich butters for your skin type.

You'll also get a chance to make your own orange and lavender soaps to take home, along with recipes you can make on your own.

Our workshops are designed for life-long learners-- who find joy in learning something new and meeting new people. No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion fun!

Save the date for our follow-up, Soap Making for Beginners II workshop, Tues., Apr 30. 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Graduation is May 2! Apply by March 15

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Celebrate your graduation during our 2019 commencement ceremony-- Thu., May 2 at Comerica Theatre

Apply now

Please complete your graduation application by the March 15 deadline.

Here’s to the Rio Waves #Classof2019!  We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments.

Website Outages & Maintenance

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We are experiencing technical issues with some of our website pages; 

We appreciate your patience as we work toward restoring service.

Friday, February 22, 2019

MCCCDF Scholarships + You = Success!

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Make your educational journey happen as a Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholar! The prize-- more than $2.5 million in scholarships

Apply now before the March 17 deadline:

Look for exclusive opportunities for Rio Waves like the James P. Hornburg Memorial Scholarship for students majoring in Law Enforcement and Corrections and the Dr. Linda M. Thor Scholarship, which is geared toward helping single moms. Veterans, there are also exclusive scholarships for you.

Do the Math! The streamlined process, which only requires one general application, will make it well worth your time! Don't discount those small scholarships. The few hours you spend on a scholarship application will be a good investment. At the very least, you'll gain valuable practice in mastering the application process.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Rio Wave Auditions for @NBCTheVoice!

This video features Rio Salado College Receptionist Aften Martindale, who is scheduled to audition on NBC The Voice, Feb. 24!

Aften is a singer and songwriter and plays guitar and keyboard. She wowed us with her talents during a Lunch Break at Rio performance on Feb. 6.

We are so proud of you Aften and hope your audition is a great success!

Keep an eye out for this star!

Academic Advisement Closed Feb. 28

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Our Academic Advisement department will be closed Thu., Feb. 28 for training.

We will have staff on duty to field general calls. Please plan accordingly.

How can an advisor help you? Watch this video and visit for more details.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Reflections of Our Visit with Dr. Darden

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We are truly honored by NASA Engineer Dr. Christine Mann Darden's visit-- and the panelists and guests who joined us for our Feb. 14 Black History Month celebration!

Enjoy photos from our memorable visit on Facebook. Watch the event now on YouTube.

A special thank you to our featured guest, event moderator and panelists!

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Featured Guest Dr. Christine Mann Darden: Dr. Darden began her career with NASA in 1967 alongside other pioneering black women, as portrayed in the book, Hidden Figures, which inspired the blockbuster movie. She would go on to serve NASA for 40 years as a mathematician, data analyst, aeronautical engineer, and one of the world’s leading experts in sonic boom prediction, sonic boom minimization, and supersonic wing design. She was the first African-American woman at NASA's Langley Research Center to be promoted into the Senior Executive Service, the top rank in the federal civil service. Dr. Darden has a Master of Science in Mathematics from Virginia State University and a Ph.D. in Engineering from George Washington University.

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Moderator Valerie Churchwell, City of Phoenix Aviation Department Small Business Engagement Manager: Ms. Churchwell is responsible for the development and implementation of educational programs and services designed to increase competitiveness, capacity, and awareness of small, disadvantaged, minority, and women-owned businesses at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and two regional airports. She began her career as an electrical engineer in the nuclear aircraft and submarine industry. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Alabama and a Certificate of Project Management from George Washington University.

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Panelist Selisa Rollins, Bonneville Power Administration General Engineer: Ms. Rollins is a general engineer/operations research analyst at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in Portland, Oregon. She is responsible for developing scientific techniques and applying mathematical models to simulate the operation of the Federal Columbia River Power System. She received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University, where she is currently completing a doctoral degree. Ms. Rollins also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Engineering & Applied Technology Department at Rio Salado College.

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Panelist Darnika Riley, Platform Management & Customer Engineer and Intel Corporation Internet of Things Group: Ms. Riley has more than 18 years of professional experience in the technology industry and holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems with a concentration in Application Development from California State University - Long Beach, and a Master of Science in Information Management from Arizona State University. She currently works at Intel Corporation as an Operations Manager within the Internet of Things (IOTG) organization. Ms. Riley is also very active in the local community and is passionate about helping to increase the pipeline of students interested in pursuing STEM fields.

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Panelist Nicole Dent, Salt River Project Rotational Engineer: Ms. Dent holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Akron. Her interest in engineering was sparked in high school by participating in a program called Project Lead the Way. As an SRP engineer, she focuses on power generation and distribution. Ms. Dent established a nonprofit organization called the Legaci Foundation in 2018, which provides scholarships to high school students pursuing higher learning in Akron, Ohio. Ms. Dent also spends time mentoring and helping youth with their personal development.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Presidents Day Closure Reminder

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We will be closed Monday, Feb. 18 in observance of Presidents Day.

We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Block Calendar Maintenance Feb. 15-17

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Our Block Calendar System will be offline for maintenance beginning 10 a.m. today until 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. 

We appreciate your patience as we update our systems to improve our service to you.

Our academic calendar is divided into 16 blocks each term. Each block is 16 weeks long and has a fixed start and end date. When registering for classes, you select a start date for your classes. Your start date will determine your block for that term, and all coursework for that term must be completed within your block's start and end date.  Learn more:

Thursday, February 14, 2019

azcentral Dual Enrollment Spotlight

snapshot of azcentral story feature.  Image of students in a classroom holding up their hands.  Caption: With dual enrollment, students finish college faster, and don’t have to duplicate any of their coursework during their early years of college. (Photo11: Getty Images).  Text: Students who want a head start may want to consider dual enrollment. Rio Salado College is one of the largest schools in Arizona to host dual enrollment students. Photo of Rio Salado Grad Lennon Audrain in a classroom. quote: “I was able to enroll in English, history and science classes that counted for both college and high school credit. For me, it was not only a way to get ahead in college, but a way to validate that the coursework I was taking in high school was of collegiate rigor,” noted Audrain. After all, how many students get to really explore their career passion at age 15?"

Check out this azcentral story featuring Rio Salado Brophy College Preparatory grad Lennon Audrain, who talks about the many benefits of our dual enrollment program-- and how it gave him a jump start on his teaching career.

Save time and money and get a head start on your college career with our dual enrollment program:

Audrain, who graduated from Rio Salado and Brophy in 2017 and completed his undergraduate work at Arizona State University, is now teaching with Mesa Public Schools.

“Throughout high school, I took over 24+ credit hours of education coursework that set me up on a pathway to becoming a teacher,” said Audrain. “By January 2017, I had earned both my associate in arts degree and my associate in arts in elementary education degree from Rio Salado - five months five months before I graduated from high school Brophy.”

Here's a thoughtful student profile by Maricopa Community Colleges Television featuring  Audrain, who is making a difference in the classroom-- and as a passionate advocate for teachers!

Learn more about Audrain in RioNews.

Dr. Christine Darden 2 p.m. Event Cancelled

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We are sorry to announce that today’s 2 p.m. discussion with Dr. Christine Darden has been cancelled due to flight delays.

We are still planning to host our 4 p.m. discussion with Dr. Darden. 

We invite you to join this 4 p.m. session via a live stream at

We thank you for your interest and support for Dr. Christine Darden and apologize for the inconvenience.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Dual Enrollment Spring Tuition Due Feb. 11!

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Attention, dual enrollment Rio Waves—it’s time to pay for spring 2019 classes! Payment is due today, Feb. 11 by 5 p.m. 

Here are your payment options.
  • Online: Log into your Student Center and go to the “Finance” section. Click on “My Payment Options/Manage My Payment Plan." Pay by debit/credit card, check or set up a payment plan.
  • By Phone: Using a credit card, call 480-517-8330.
  • In-Person: Visit the Rio Salado cashier’s office at our Tempe headquarters. Pay by credit card, check, cash or money order.

Questions? Contact our dual department at 480-517-8080 or visit

Friday, February 8, 2019

#CTEMonth: Learn a New Skill in a Field You Love!

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Happy CTE Month 2019, Rio Waves!

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to prepare for in-demand careers like manufacturing, construction or information technology.

Dual Enrollment CTE 
Are you a Valley high school student thinking about our dual enrollment program? Take advantage of our CTE classes! They'll help you gain real-world experience and foundational skills in a field you love! CTE pathways include early childhood, business and #computer technology-- depending on your high school’s program offering. Learn more about our dual enrollment CTE program

Teacher Education CTE Professional Growth
Are you a teacher interested in CTE professional development? Check out these class options from our teacher ed program.