Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Surprise Power Restored

We are happy to report APS has restored power to our Surprise location and testing center. 

Services are now available.

Surprise Location & Testing Power Outage

Our Rio Salado Surprise location is closed until further notice due to an APS power outage.

APS anticipates power will be restored by 2:30 p.m.

We will keep you posted

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Spanish & English GED Classes Begin Aug. 14!

Poster featuring a female student taking a break from studying.  Text: GED® Test Prep.  South Mountain Community College and Rio Salado College Offer GED® Test Preparation.

Rio Salado will begin offering GED® test prep classes in English and Spanish at South Mountain Community College (SMCC) in Phoenix, Aug.14-Nov. 27. 

Registration and orientation for the classes will take place in-person, Aug. 7, 6-9 p.m. at SMCC. Reservations for the Aug. 7 orientation session are required in advance by phone (480) 517-8116 or email, gedinfo@riosalado.edu. Additional information about the orientation, registration and classes is also available at this phone number and email address.

The English class is a blend of in-person and online instruction. The class provides 24/7 access to online study and practice tests with weekly instructor support on Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m., Aug. 14-Nov. 27. The registration fee is $125. There is also a $86 fee (plus tax) for instructional materials.

The Spanish class is taught in-person on Wednesdays, 6-9p.m., Aug. 14- Nov.27. The registration fee is $125. The textbook is $22.00, plus tax.

The GED exam is available in English and Spanish at Rio Salado testing centers across the Valley, which served more than 16,000 GED test-takers last year and serves as Arizona’s busiest GED testing centers.

Rio Salado is 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, serving nearly 4,000 students during the 2017-18 academic year.

For more details about Rio Salado's GED program, visit www.riosalado.edu/abe.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Full or Canceled Class? Stay on Track with Rio!

Alt text: Young woman holding an iPad. Text: Full Class?  No Problem.  We never cancel a class—EVER Rio Salado and Maricopa Community colleges logo.

Many students attending other educational institutions are taking supplemental classes with us to save time and money-- and to stay on track! 

Take advantage of our 600+ online classes, flexible Monday start dates, 8-week and 16-week options and credits that transfer to our 40+ partners including Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and The University of Arizona!

Rio Salado is a convenient and affordable option to help you complete your program of study-- on your timeline. The seating capacity is unlimited, and we never cancel an online class—ever!

Ready to get started?

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Available in all 50 states! 
We are a proud member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), providing distance-education options to students across the United States. For more information about SARA and the programs and classes available in your state, visit www.riosalado.edu/about/research-planning/state-authorization.

Rio Salado College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  Learn more.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Free Tutoring In-Person & Online for You!

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Need a helping hand with your coursework? Our tutoring centers offer free support services to help you succeed!
  • Problem-solving complex concepts and homework assignments
  • Study skills and strategies
  • Preparing for exams

Get help in-person and online!
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🔎 Comfortable study rooms for students
🔎 One-on-one and group tutoring with professional tutors
🔎 Online tutoring via Smarthinking

There are also some video conferencing tutoring options for select subjects!

Get help with Math (All Levels), CIS ( Graphic Design, Web Development, Programming and Java), Accounting, Statistics, Spanish, English Reading and Writing, Chemistry, Biology and more!

Learn more by visiting www.riosalado.edu/tutoring

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

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

Check out this 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! 

Monday, July 8, 2019

Community College is What You Want it to Be!

A few Maricopa Community Colleges students got together to set the record straight about community college and common misconceptions.

Whether you’re a new or returning student, transferring to a four-year university or learning new skills, Rio Salado College can help you with your higher learning goals.

Poster featuring a young woman smiling at camera.  Rio Salado logo.  Text: No More Excuses! I'm the First to earn my degree.

No more excuses— and no need to wait until fall. Get started now.  Classes start Monday!

Take advantage of our 600+ online classes, flexible Monday starts, seamless university transfers, student support services and more! 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Celebrating July 4th & Your Independence

Happy Birthday, America! 

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed for Independence Day. This holiday commemorates the day the 1776 Continental Congress approved the final version of our Declaration of Independence. Learn more about the history of Independence Day from ConstitutionFacts.com.

We hope you take pause to learn more about this holiday and to celebrate your independence! Here are some 4th of July suggestions from azcentral for local Rio Waves.

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

Here's to the Future You-- Paralegal!

Be the "You," you want to be with Rio Salado's Paralegal program! As a paralegal, you’ll help attorneys with legal research, legal writing, prep work and case management.

This program will help you learn through online coursework and skilled, in-the-field instructors. Share your passion for justice and helping people.

Get started today: www.riosalado.edu/paralegal. Classes start Monday!

Important Information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program can be found at www.riosalado.edu/ge

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Pursue a Career in Engineering with Us!

Do you like making things? Let's put that energy to good use! Explore a career in Engineering with the Maricopa Community Colleges

Sometimes you need to think small to do big things!
Pursue your love of science, engineering and chemistry—and apply what you learn in the workplace with Rio Salado College's Nanotechnology Program!

Nanotechnology technicians manipulate individual atoms and molecules to change the properties of tools and products. And this science can be used in industries such as manufacturing, engineering, biology, chemistry and more.

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Learn more and enroll today at www.riosalado.edu/nano

Classes start most Mondays and we can arrange for you to apply what you learn at Arizona State University's NanoFab and other ASU research facilities-- at a time that’s convenient for you! Learn more about ASU's NanoFab: nanofab.engineering.asu.edu

This is a cross-disciplinary program combining elements of material science, chemistry, physics, engineering and electronics. The multidisciplinary design of this program will provide graduates with the skills to enter a wide range of materials-based industries in Arizona and across the United States.

Important Information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program can be found at www.riosalado.edu/ge