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.

Bookstore & College Closures Feb. 15 & 18

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Our Tempe bookstore will be closed for inventory, Fri., Feb. 15 and Mon., Feb. 18 for Presidents Day. 

The online store will remain available but orders placed after noon Feb. 15 will be shipped Tue., Feb. 19. 

The rest of the college will also be closed on Presidents Day.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Elemental Arts Fest Call 4 Talent Deadline 2/12!

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Are you the biggest star and no one knows it? 

Share your talents in music, dance, photography, storytelling and more at the Maricopa Community Colleges' Elemental Cultural Arts Festival

Submit your entry before the Feb. 12 deadline and save the date for the big show at Phoenix Art Museum on April 4.

The 3rd Annual Elemental Cultural Arts Festival brings together a diverse group of student and community artists, along with faculty scholars, to expand the depth of cultural/multicultural artistic expression through the arts at Maricopa Community Colleges. For more information about the festival, please contact the Maricopa Center for Learning and Innovation via email at

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Darden 4 p.m. Event Full! Join Us for 2 p.m. Discussion

Banner featuring images of Dr. Christine Darden through the years.  Text: Dr. Christine Darden- A hidden figure and NASA aeronautical engineer.  A Black History Month Celebration presented by Rio Salado College.  Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

Important Update: The Feb. 14, 4 p.m. discussion with NASA engineer Dr. Christine Darden is full

Please join us for a 2 p.m. discussion.

Reserve your seats at

Reservations are required. Limited to the first 250 people who reserve their tickets by Feb. 7. Free and open to the public.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Black History Month Guide & Darden Tribute

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The Rio Salado Library is proud to honor Black History Month by highlighting targeted library and web resources that can help you learn about the lives, contributions and legacies of Black Americans. Check it out now

Pictured above is Dr. Christine Darden, a NASA mathematician, data analyst, aeronautical and sonic boom specialist who will be visiting Rio Salado College on Feb. 14 to engage our community in a conversation about science, Black history and the power of innovation and determination. Join us!

Register now at

Banner featuring images of Dr. Christine Darden through the years.  Text: Dr. Christine Darden- A hidden figure and NASA aeronautical engineer.  A Black History Month Celebration presented by Rio Salado College.  Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

Reservations are required. There are only a few seats left! Limited to the first 250 people who reserve their tickets by Feb. 7.

02/06/2018 UPDATE: The 4 p.m. discussion with Dr. Darden is full. Please join us for a 2 p.m. discussion. Reserve your seats at

Dr. Darden began her career with NASA in 1967 alongside other pioneering black women, as portrayed in the book, Hidden Figures, which inspired the 2017 Academy Award-nominated movie.