Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Here's to the Dental Hygiene Class of 2018!

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Congratulations to Rio Salado College's Dental Hygiene Program class of 2018, which celebrated its graduation with a pinning ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.

The pinning ceremony is a custom in medical and dental professions. It marks the successful culmination of a program of study and is acknowledged by society as a symbol of distinction and of a special humanitarian profession.

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Rio Salado students raise funds throughout the year for this ceremony and for local charities. This year, students decided to donate to Lost Our Home Pet Rescue in Tempe, Arizona.

The ceremony also provides a chance to recognize students for their other outstanding achievements. Awards were presented to the following students for academic excellence:
  • Western Society of Periodontology Award - Dapzury Carter 
  • Colgate STAR Award - Trisha Intintoli 
  • Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award - Christina Pflumm 

We wish you the very best on your new career!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Full or Cancelled Class? We Can Help!

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Full, cancelled or dropped class got you down? We can help you stay on track with:
  • 40+ Monday starts
  • Flexible 8-week and 16-week options
  • 600+ online classes
  • Credits that easily transfer to other Maricopa Community Colleges and 40+ university partners including Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and The University of Arizona!

Choose your classes now:

Need help getting started? Visit us at

SARA logoRio Salado is available in all 50 states! We are a proud member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), providing distance-education options to students in all 50 states.

For more information about SARA and the programs and classes available in your state, visit

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Protect, Serve & Thrive in a Criminal Justice Career!

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Be the you, your community needs with Rio Salado’s Administration of Justice (AJS) program. 

Get started now

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the criminal justice field is projected to grow, which is why we created our AJS program. A career in the criminal justice field will give you a chance to serve and protect your community in a variety of ways. Careers include:

  • Patrol officers 
  • Correctional officers and jailers 
  • Judicial law and court clerks 
  • Legal support workers 
  • Private detectives and investigators 
  • Gaming surveillance officers and investigators 
  • Private security personnel 

Our programs are designed with industry expertise to address specific employment needs within the industry.

Additional cost-savings! 
These classes do not require textbooks: AJS100,  AJS101,  AJS109,  AJS123,  AJS148,  AJS192,  AJS195, AJS200,  AJS225,  AJS260

Classes Start Mondays!

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Rio Salado also offers several certificate-to-degree pathway programs in the criminal justice field and credit-for-prior learning opportunities for graduates from authorized academies, law enforcement officers and former officers to earn a Certificate of Completion in Law Enforcement Technology. For more information, visit

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Closure, Jan. 21

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Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Mon., Jan. 21 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

We encourage you to take pause during this national holiday to reflect on Dr. King's contributions to the Civil Rights Movement-- and how you can serve as a steward of this cause.

Photograph of MLK looking off into the distance, black and white photoMartin Luther King, Jr. on Education

“Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.”

“The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.”

Friday, January 11, 2019

Make Student Success Happen with MyInfo App

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Successful students take advantage of support services! We have an app for that! 

The Maricopa MyInfo app is available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store now to give you ready access to your:
  • Schedule
  • Grades
  • Financial Aid
  • Textbooks and More!

All from the palm of your hand.  

And it's Free!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fast Track Your Career in Law as a Paralegal!

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Do you have a passion for justice and helping people?  With Rio Salado’s paralegal program, you can earn the credentials you'll need to fast-track your career in law. 

Reach out now to learn more:

As a paralegal, you’ll help attorneys with legal research, legal writing, prep work and case management. This program will help you learn the foundations and types of law through online coursework and skilled, in-the-field instructors. You’ll also have the opportunity earn a Certificate of Completion in Paralegal or an Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal.

Monday, January 7, 2019

You + Math Emporium = Academic Excellence!

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Need help reacquainting yourself with math or support with math assignments? Our Math Emporium in Phoenix is designed for you! 

Check out this MCTV story by reporter Dee Anne Kinkade to get a tour of the cozy center-- and learn about the free services available to all Maricopa Community Colleges students! 

The math emporium provides customized learning solutions for you— at any stage of your educational journey. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Sat., Jan. 12 Back to School Services for You!

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The spring 2019 back-to-school rush is here! To help with the increased demands during this busy time, the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will provide the following in-person and phone services on Saturday, Jan. 12, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Bookstore will also be open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Most Maricopa Community Colleges will be open Saturday, Jan. 5 and 12. Learn more at:

Here are a few tips to help you avoid wait times:

Visit for a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado. 

Welcome back, Rio Waves! Here’s to a successful 2019!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Be the You the World Needs Now!

Change the World with Sustainable Food!

Our online Sustainable Food program is designed for people who have a passion for organic food, fair trade and sustainable practices that protect our environment. Does this sound like you?

Earn a certificate or degree-- and gain real experience with industry experts!

Ready to get cooking? Get started now

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Make Your New Year's Resolution a Reality!

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Does your New Year’s resolution include college? With flexible Monday starts, affordable tuition and 600+ online classes— we can help you get started right away! 

Begin choosing your classes now:

We’re ready to help you get started on your educational journey with advising, counseling, tutoring, new student orientation classes, GED® test prep and English as a second language programs, financial aid, work study programs, scholarships and more. 

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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 about SARA and the classes available in your state, by visiting this web page.

The seating capacity is unlimited and we never cancel an online class—ever!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and welcome back, Rio Waves!

Here's to an exciting 2019