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 runyourraceaz.com.

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

Splash dressed in running gear
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:

Splash dressed in a baseball outfit hanging out in a spring meadow with sun and butterflies in view



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

Snapshot from MCTV feature, showing Lexi interviewing on camera in new sensory room


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.

snapshot of EJ Anderson being interviewed


“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:
www.riosalado.edu/dual

www.riosalado.edu/programs/education

Celebrate Diversity at MCCCD Grad Ceremonies!

photo of a group of diverse students attending a graduation ceremony.  Text: 2019 Convocations



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: https://libguides.riosalado.edu/womens-history

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Friday, March 8, 2019

2019 Equality Maricopa Pride Parade April 7

Poster for event.  Image of a colorful fist.  Text: United we stand equality for all.  Phoenix Pride Parade.  April 7, 2019 Staff and student join us 9 am meeting time.  Maricopa Community Colleges logo.  Look for the Maricopa Prius. 3rd St. and Thomas Rd.

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: kevin.bilder@domail.maricopa.edu.

LEAD AND WALK WITH LOVE


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Recognizing Arizona Adult Literacy Week!

Image of Governor's Procolomation


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: www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe.

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.

Splash dressed in a baseball outfit hanging out in a spring meadow with sun and butterflies in view


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

Snapshot of Ahwatukee Foothills News web story, featuring a photo of Dr. Thor in her living room with her pet dog



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.

Composite poster for Women's History Month featuring images of iconic female leaders of the 20th & 21st century

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!

Lennon Audrain photo courtesy of Brophy College Prep


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, www.riolearn.org and our website, www.riosalado.edu. 

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 www.riosalado.edu/help/tech.

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: www.riosalado.edu/Schedule.

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.