Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Find the Hero in You, Blood Drive Aug. 26!

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Join our Rio Salado family in donating blood, Monday, Aug. 26, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at our Tempe headquarters!

Look for the big, red Wellness @ Rio Bloodmobile near the Conference Center.

To make an appointment, visit www.BloodHero.com and use sponsor code: RioSalado.

We look forward to joining students, staff, alumni, local neighbors and partners in this life-saving effort!

Get Food, Medical & Cash Assistance

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Hunger and poverty can hit when you least expect it. Don't go it alone. Apply for food, medical and cash assistance at my.maricopa.edu/support/basic-needs.

  • Nutrition Assistance - The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as “Food Stamps”) provides assistance for individuals and families through monthly benefits, so they can purchase nutritious foods and stay healthy.
  • Medical Assistance, or Medicaid - Medicaid is the state medical assistance program for low-income individuals and families.
  • Cash Assistance - Cash Assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides temporary cash benefits and supportive services to the neediest of Arizona’s families.

Please do not hesitate to call on one of our counselors if you need help overcoming obstacles that are interfering with your academic performance. www.riosalado.edu/counseling.

Take Part in Our Photo & Video Shoot Sept. 11!

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Help us fill this space as a Make it Happen ambassador!

We’re looking for current, local Arizona students to take part in a photo and video shoot on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Selected candidates will be featured in videos, social media, print ads, billboards and other types of media to help encourage other students to begin or resume their educational journey with Rio Salado College.

Poster featuring a student wearing a tee-shirt that reads Make it Happen.  Text: Register for Fall.  Make it Happen at Rio Salado


Ready for your closeup? Please complete this Student Entry Form and instructions by the Sept. 1 deadline.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Your Alternative for Full or Cancelled Classes!

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Need an alternative for a full or cancelled class? Many students attending other educational institutions are taking supplemental classes with Rio Salado College 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 other Maricopa Community Colleges credits and 40+ partners including Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and The University of Arizona!

Choose your classes now: www.riosalado.edu/Schedule

New to Rio? Get started at www.startatrio.com.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Student Services Available Saturday, Aug. 17

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Need help with last-minute details before you begin your fall semester? Take advantage of Saturday service hours, Aug. 17, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at our Tempe headquarters!

The following student services will be available:

Rio Salado Testing Centers and other services normally available on Saturdays will have regular hours.  Visit our online listings for more details about important dates, closures and extended service hours.

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Here are a few tips to help you avoid lines and hold times

● Avoid calling during peak times. Click here for suggested times to call.
● Take advantage of financial aid and my.maricopa.edu self-serve options.
● Come prepared before you meet with an advisor by reviewing your program at riosalado.edu/programs.


Visit www.riosalado.edu/web/newstudents for a step-by-step guide for new students.
Here's to a successful fall 2019, Rio Waves!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Last Call for Fall Spanish & English GED Classes!

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This is your last call to register for our fall GED® test prep classes in English and Spanish at South Mountain Community College (SMCC) in Phoenix, Aug.14-Nov. 27. 

GET STARTED NOW! Call (480) 517-8116 or email, gedinfo@riosalado.edu to enroll.


Flier for classes in English
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.


Flier for classes in Spanish
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.

Learn more about Rio Salado's GED program: www.riosalado.edu/abe.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Apply for Food, Medical & Cash Assistance!

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Do you need help with food, medical or financial aid services? You're not alone!  The Maricopa Community Colleges and the Arizona Department of Economic Security are partnering to help students, August 12-15 and August 19-22, 2019, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Learn more: my.maricopa.edu/support/basic-needs


Rio Salado students, please do not hesitate to call on one of our counselors if you need help overcoming obstacles that are interfering with your academic performance. www.riosalado.edu/counseling.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Casting Call for Make It Happen Video & Photos!

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Picture yourself in this space? Take part in our fall 2019 Make it Happen campaign!

We’re looking for current, local Arizona students majoring in these Rio Salado College programs to take part in a photo and video shoot on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019:
  • Behavioral Health - Addictions and Substance Use Disorders
  • Public Administration
  • Dental
  • Computer Technology
  • Paralegal
  • Accounting
  • Nanotechnology
  • Educator Prep

Selected candidates will be featured in videos, social media, print ads, billboards and other types of media to help encourage other students to begin or resume their educational journey with Rio Salado College.

Poster featuring a student wearing a tee-shirt that reads Make it Happen.  Text: Register for Fall.  Make it Happen at Rio Salado


Ready for your 15 minutes of fame? 
Please complete this Student Entry Form and instructions by the Sept. 1 deadline.

Selected students will be contacted for scheduling and provided details by Sept 4.

We appreciate your participation and look forward to reviewing your entry!

Earn College Credits for What You Already Know!

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At Rio Salado College, we can help you earn college credit for learning you acquired outside of the classroom. 

Check out this video to find out what types of learning qualify and how you can demonstrate your proficiency and then visit www.riosalado.edu/testing/prior-learning to get started.

Save Time & Money with Credit for Prior Learning! With credit for prior learning, you can complete your certificate or degree in less time by taking fewer classes!

Bookstore Open Today!

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We are happy to report the bookstore can now process orders and will be open for business today. 

Thank you for your patience.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Bookstore Closed Until Further Notice

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Please note our bookstore cannot process orders due to technical problems.

We are working to resolve and will keep you posted on our progress.

Thank you for your patience.

Sat., Aug. 17 Student Services Available for You!

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Student services will be available Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters to help you with last-minute transactions before the fall semester! 

The following student services will be available, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Rio Salado Testing Centers will have regular hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Visit our online listings for more details about important dates, closures and extended service hours.


Peak season starts in early August and continues through September. Here are a few tips to help you avoid lines and hold times on the phone:

Visit startatrio.com for a step-by-step guide on getting started.

Welcome back, Rio Waves! Here’s to a successful fall 2019!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

English & Spanish GED Test Prep at SMCC!

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You still have time to register for our fall GED® test prep classes in English and Spanish at South Mountain Community College (SMCC) in Phoenix, Aug.14-Nov. 27. 


GET STARTED NOW! 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.

Meeting Arizona's Workforce Develpment Needs

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This Chamber Business News story by Graham Bosch looks at how the Maricopa Community Colleges are making an impact on Arizona's workforce development.

Rio Salado College is proud to join in the effort to help students prepare for the workforce and fill high-need jobs by offering an ever-expanding option of certificate and degree programs!

Check out the 100+ program options available to you at Rio Salado College: www.riosalado.edu/Programs



“The success of our students is reflected in the health and economic vitality of our community,” said Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, MCCCD chancellor. “We are proud of the progress we have made in the past year to deliver on our promise of high quality, affordable education for almost 200,000 students throughout our system.”

Understanding Your Block Calendar is a Must!


Among the most important things to understand as a new Rio Salado College student is our Block Calendar system. 

This video will provide a brief about what that means to you and how it affects your class schedule. To learn more, visit www.riosalado.edu/calendar.

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. This Block Calendar Planning Tool will help you create your schedule.

A warm welcome to all the new and returning Rio Waves here in Tempe, Arizona, across the state and around the globe! We look forward to helping you achieve academic excellence this fall!

Check out these student success videos on our YouTube channel for additional tips!

Financial Aid Closed Wed., Aug. 7

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Our Financial Aid department will be closed for training on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

Friday, August 2, 2019

Welcome back, Rio Waves!

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Friday summer hours end today-- which means the fall 2019 semester is here. Welcome back, Rio Waves! We look forward to helping you begin or resume your educational journey. 

New to Rio Salado? Visit startatrio.com for a step-by-step student success guide.

Here’s to your success! 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Rio Pioneers English Program for Sonora, Mexico

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Learn how a Rio Salado College program is helping Sonora, Mexico meet new English language requirements for teachers and students and how this will affect commerce in this Chamber Business News story by Nick Esquer.

“The teachers will benefit by increasing their English language skills, providing additional teaching strategies for use in their classroom, and supporting the success of their students in learning content area materials in English,” -- Rio Salado Interim President Kate Smith