Friday, June 14, 2019

Financial Aid Closure June 17

Rio Mascot splash with bullhorn.  Text: Our Financial Aid Office will have special hours on Monday, June 17: • Closed: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. • Open: 3:30-7 p.m.


Don't forget about Monday special hours!  

Take advantage of self-serve options at www.riosalado.edu/financial_aid.

Friday Summer Hours Reminder

Rio Salado Mascot Splash in lifeguard gear on a beach


As a reminder, the Maricopa Community Colleges and most Rio Salado locations and services are closed Fridays during the slower summer months, until Aug. 2.

Please also note, our Financial Aid Office will have special hours on Monday, June 17:
• Closed: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
• Open: 3:30-7 p.m.

Please take advantage of self-serve options at www.riosalado.edu/financial_aid.


The following services are available on Fridays:
Services normally available 24/7 such as RioLearn, Technology Support Helpdesk, Ask a Librarian and My.Maricopa.edu will remain available. Students are also encouraged to use self-serve enrollment options at My.Maricopa.edu.

The college will resume regular hours Aug. 5. Please visit our locations pages for details about hours of operation for each of our locations.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Go Back to Get Ahead with Adult Re-Entry!

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Considering going back to school? You’re not alone! Many Rio Salado College students are parents, working full-time and returning to school to get ahead and to be good role models for their families.

This story featured in azcentral provides insights into the lives of three students who found a pathway to higher learning through Rio Salado programs and services designed to help non-traditional students succeed.

Ready to begin your journey? Get started now. Classes start most Mondays!
“One of the challenges I experienced after deciding to return to school was figuring out how to dedicate a sufficient amount of my time to my college courses. To my surprise, transitioning to the lifestyle of an employed college student was made easy through the help and support from my instructors, advisors and AACE classmates.”
Rio Salado Adult ACE student Amelia Speer,

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Ask a Librarian! Free, 24/7 Help Online

Image of a library with desktop computers.  Banner for Rio Salado Ask a Librarian 24/7 chat.


You’re an online college student. Doesn’t it make sense you have an online library? 

Ask a Librarian is available ONLINE, 24/7 to help you with:
  • Advice on how to start your research
  • Tips on how to research topics
  • Where to find examples of citations for different source types
  • How to check for bias in the books, articles or web pages you’re reading

Even in the middle of the night!

Go ahead. Ask a Librarian now!

You’ll also find do-it-yourself resources like "How Do I?" video tutorials!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Explore a Career in Early Childhood Ed!

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Enjoy the rewards and benefits of a career in Early Childhood Education! 

Rio Salado’s Early Childhood Education Program provides multiple opportunities for entry-level career seekers and professionals pursuing continuing education. Get started now on your career by visiting www.riosalado.edu/earlychildhood.

While you're there, check out this video, which shares insights from local industry professionals about the many opportunities in this field-- and how you can create a lasting impact on the lives of children, your community and your life.  

Pictured above is Arizona PBS Educational Outreach Regional Coordinator Instructional Specialist for the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce & Professional Development Registry Lisa Cobb who is featured in this video and has enjoyed a long-time career as an early childhood specialist.
“What we're doing in early childhood really sets the model for the kids to really advance when they get into kindergarten.” Lisa Cobb
This video was made possible by funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Education under the Carl D. Perkins Act.

Financial Aid Closed June 11, 9-11 a.m.

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Our financial aid office will be closed 9-11 a.m., Tue., June 11. Please take advantage of self-serve options at www.riosalado.edu/financial_aid

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The IAAOC Educator Excellence Award Goes to…

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Rio Salado's Faculty Chair for Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Kirk Bowden was awarded The International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors’ (IAAOC) Outstanding Addictions/Offender Educator Excellence Award for 2019. 

The award acknowledges a professional counselor educator who has demonstrated outstanding teaching and commitment in addictions/offender education.

Bowden has been a longtime advocate for continuing education and standardized training for addictions counselors and educators.

“Our role as counselors and educators is more important than ever before,” said Bowden. "Continuing education for counseling professionals is essential as our country grapples with this current opioid epidemic-- and is looking to our addictions and counseling profession for answers on how to resolve this national crisis.”

Poster featring Kirk Bowden photo.  Text: Kirk Bowden, Ph.D. Faculty Chair.  Help Make Recovery Possible

Bowden is a leader in the Addiction and Substance Use Disorders field who has received numerous awards and appointments for his outstanding achievements.

In addition to his work at Rio Salado College, Bowden serves as the Professor-in-Charge of the Ottawa University Addiction Counseling Program. Bowden is also a member of the American Psychological Association's Society of Addiction Psychology board of directors and past President of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. He served as chair for the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AzBBHE); a member for the behavioral health licensing and disciplinary board for the state of Arizona and chair of the AzBBHE’s Substance Abuse Counselor and Professional Counselor Credentialing Committees. Learn more about Bowden’s credentials and contributions to the field.


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The IAAOC is a division of the American Counseling Association; an organization for professional addictions and offender counselors and other individuals working in the addictions, forensics or criminal justice fields who advocate for appropriate treatments. Learn more at www.iaaoc.org

Rio Salado is one of Arizona’s top trainers of chemical dependency professionals among NAADAC approved colleges-- offering online classes, certificates, an associate degree and continuing education courses. Learn more at www.riosalado.edu/ASD.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Happy #WorldEnvironmentDay!

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We encourage you to join our sustainability movement at the Maricopa Community Colleges and to think about ways you can help save the planet! 

Learn more at www.maricopa.edu/about/sustainability.


Poster featuring a young man working in a garden.  Text: Be the You the World Needs Now.Be the You the World Needs Now as a Sustainability Superhero! 

Learn about our Sustainability Food Systems program-- it’s designed for people who have a passion for organic food, fair trade and sustainable practices!

Financial Aid Special Hours June 17

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Please note, our Financial Aid Office will have special hours on Monday, June 17:

• Closed: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
• Open: 3:30-7 p.m.


We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Insurance Summer Camp Begins June 10!

Flyer for Summer camp.  Image of a group of young people sitting around a laptop.  Text: Insurance Studies Summer Camp.  Explore a career in insurance, meet with industry professionals and earn 3 credits toward Rio Salado College's Certificate of Completion (CCL).  Course starts June 10th! Rio Salado College is excited to offer this unique hybrid INS100 course that gives students the opportunity to learn about the growing insurance industry and the career paths available in this field. Class will be held in-person at Rio Salado College - Tempe on Mondays from June 10th to July 1st, and will continue in an online format until August 3rd. Light snacks and lunch will be provided. Explore a Career in the Insurance Industry ... REGISTER TODAY!


You still have time to register for our Insurance Studies Summer Camp, June 10!

This is a chance for you to explore insurance jobs and career options, meet with industry professionals and learn about the ways you can help others when they need it most—while you earn 3 credits toward your Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Insurance Studies. 

Get Started Now:

Get the latest updates about this summer camp option.

In the meantime, check out these Top 8 Benefits of an Insurance Industry Career in RioNews.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Free Dental Clinic for Kids 17 and Younger 6/22

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The Rio Salado Dental Clinic will host a free clinic for children and teens ages 17 and younger on Saturday, June 22, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students, instructors and support staff will volunteer their time and expertise to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to more than 100 children at the free clinic.

Register now for guaranteed service by calling 480-377-4100 or emailing dental.hygiene@riosalado.edu. Appointments available on a first-come, first served basis.

Poster for Give Kids a Smile Dental Clinic, featuring dental students and young paients.  Text in blog.

Services Available
Services include exams, X-rays, cleaning, fluoride varnish, and educational tips on staying healthy. Each child will also receive a wellness goodie bag to take home. Walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated if time and space permit.

This June 22 clinic is made possible in part by the Arizona Dental Foundation and American Dental Association.


Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, but it is almost entirely preventable with good oral hygiene and regular check-ups!

Celebrate #PrideMonth with Us!

image of a colorful rainbow flag.  Text: Lead with Love


June is Pride Month, celebrating the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) communities-- and remembering the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, which became a turning point in the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

Celebrate your Civil Rights pride with our Maricopa Community Colleges family this #PrideMonth! 


Learn more about the history of Pride Month with the Library of Congress.