Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Meet NASA Engineer Dr. Christine Mann Darden

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Join us for a tribute to the acclaimed NASA engineer Dr. Christine Mann Darden– and an engaging conversation about science, Black history and how the power of innovation and determination can change the world.

Register now at

**Limited seating, available on a first-come, first served basis. Reservations required. Please register by Feb. 7, 2019. Only 250 total seats so you'll need to act fast!

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.

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Dr. Christine Mann Darden 
A Black History Month Celebration
When: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
Where: Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Time: 4 – 5:30 p.m.

For event questions and special accommodations, please contact Richard Cuprak at or 480.517.8071.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Free, Exploring Possibilities Expo for You, Feb. 2

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Join the Maricopa Community Colleges, local businesses, non-profits and other professionals for the Exploring Possibilities: Career & Education Expo, Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

  • Experience hands-on career exploration through interactive activities
  • Discover solutions to challenges preventing you from starting classes 
  • Meet faculty who will prepare you for a career
  • Connect with businesses to learn about possible career fields and potential job opportunities
  • Admissions and financial aid experts will be on-site to help you get started 
  • Representatives from all Maricopa Community Colleges will be on-site to help you discover your career path

Register now

Free and open to the public!

For event questions, please email or call 480-731-8825.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Learn How to Be a Super Teacher!

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Join Rio Salado's Teacher Education team for a free orientation session in-person or online to learn about the educational pathways, scholarships and employment opportunities available to help you become a super teacher! 

Rio Salado offers Arizona Department of Education approved Teacher Education programs that provide convenient and cost-effective ways for undergraduate students and working individuals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into teaching. Here's a look at pathways available to you:

Bachelor's Degree 
This program allows students to complete 90+ credits at the community college level and then transfer to Northcentral University for the remaining courses toward earning a bachelor's of education degree.

Post-Baccalaureate Programs
Designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree or higher (in any area) from an accredited university and would like to complete an educator preparation program that leads to certification.

Teacher-In-Residence Programs
This program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into and launch a teaching career—with paid employment opportunities in the classroom

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Orientation Agenda: 
  • Rio Salado College's Educator Preparation Program requirements
  • Program expectations and support
  • Registration process and requirements
  • Answers to your questions

Choose an in-person or virtual session that works for you!

Post-Baccalaureate Orientation Schedule:
Post-Bacc sessions take place 6-8 p.m. In-person session will take place at the Rio Salado College headquarters Conference Center in Tempe.

Teacher-in-Residence Orientation Schedule:
TIR sessions take place 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. In-person session will take place at the Rio Salado College headquarters Conference Center in Tempe.

Eager to learn more now? 
Check out this RioNews blog, Expert Advice on How to Become a Teacher by Rio Salado Teacher Ed Field Experience Coordinator and Coordinator of Marketing Paulina Ngo.

Visit or call 480-517-8140 for additional information about our Teacher Education programs and services.

Friday, January 25, 2019

January Rio Salado Library Additions

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Check out the latest finds in fiction, nonfiction and DVDs at the Rio Salado College Library!  Click on a title to check availability.



Enjoy free pick up and delivery options at any of our Valley locations. To request a title please call the Library at 7-8424.

Need help with research or finding sources—in the middle of the night?

Call on our 24/7 librarians. 

Go ahead, Ask a Librarian! It's free. 

Partnerships Team Receives AZ DPS Award!

Arizona Department of Public Safety recognized Rio Salado College Partnerships on December 11, 2018, with an award of appreciation for our partnership and support to the DPS Leaders in Training Program.

Rio Salado College has had an Educational Service Partnership with AZ DPS since 2000 for their Advanced State Trooper Academy. In 2016 they launched a Certificate of Completion in Public Safety Leadership. This program is designed to provide law enforcement persons with the training needed for transition into leadership positions in law enforcement.

Since the program began, approximately 100 of their capstone projects have been implemented resulting in significant cost savings, increased efficiencies, and better communication within the department.

Pictured above, left to right: Angela Kwan, Susan Lawrence, Darcy Breault, and Captain Daven Byrd, AZ DPS.

News courtesy of Rio Salado’s Partnerships team.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

#RioWaves Powerlifter Turner Stanek Spotlight

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Need a lift? Check out this motivational InMaricopa News story about 15-year-old Rio Salado dual enrollment student, Turner Stanek, who recently won a national powerlifting title.

Turner Stanek showing off his award

There’s more to Stanek than powerlifting. “Turner is an excellent student,” said Rio Salado instructor Gail Dudley, who was Stanek’s former English 101 teacher. His mom Danica Stanek said he’s also “great at carrying in groceries and moving stuff around.”

Stanek, who is a dual enrollment student from Mountain Pointe High School in Tempe, is also a Rio Salado ACE (Achieving a College Education) Puente Youth Scholar. The ACE program assists high-school students with getting a head start on college.

Here’s to you Rio Wave, Turner Stanek! Congratulations!

Pictured here and above is Stanek at the Spokane, Washington Nationals. Photos courtesy of

Learn more about our dual enrollment and ACE Puente programs by visiting:

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!

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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