Monday, September 30, 2019

New to Rio Salado College? Try These Student Success Tips to Help Along the Way

Picture of a student talking to an advisor, with the word "Welcome" across the photo

A big welcome is in order for our new Rio Salado College students!

We want you to succeed at Rio Salado and to help make that happen, below are a few Student Success Tips you can follow to start off on the right path to success.

Students can visit our Academic Advisement webpage to select degree pathways, review transfer credits, schedule a meeting with an academic advisor and more! Students can also check out our Counseling and Career Services webpage to schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss things such as career planning, strategies for overcoming stress or any concerns interfering with your academic success.

Do you prefer digital resources? 

Head over to our YouTube channel for Student Success Tips videos! You’ll find helpful videos on “How to Pay for College,” “Study Skills and Time Management Tips,” “Test-taking Tips” and more!

You can also find useful tips in our Welcome to Rio Salado College YouTube videos.

Here you can:

· Learn the Rio Salado enrollment process

· Understand block calendars

· Find out if dual enrollment is right for you

We also encourage you to get involved in Rio Salado student life activities! By taking part, you’ll increase your chances for success in the classroom, develop life and career-building skills, meet and network with other students and community members and help make a difference in other peoples' lives.

Visit to learn more.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Make Your Vote Count, Register Today

graphic of a hand placing a ballot in a voter box

Are you ready to hit the polls? Make your vote count. Register now!

“The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man… all Americans must have the right to vote, and we are going to give them that right.” – President Lyndon B. Johnson

For more information, visit:

Thursday, September 26, 2019

It's Hispanic Heritage Month. Let's Celebrate!

Graphic of colorful garb with the words Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Rio Salado College.

Each year from September 15 to October 15, Hispanic Heritage month is recognized by celebrating histories, cultures and contributions from those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The mid-September dates coincide with the independence days of seven Latin American countries. The observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month was passed into law in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan.

A mural of prominent leaders of the hispanic community

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month, The Rio Salado Library Guide outlines events and activities across the Maricopa Community Colleges District and around the valley.

Are you ready for lunch? Head over to Café @ Rio for Hispanic Heritage Month cafe specials.

Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Celebrate #BannedBooksWeek!

artwork of a lightbulb person reading a book. Censorship Leaves Us In The Dark. Keep the LIghts on. Banned Books Week. September 22-29

September 22-28 is Banned Books Week. 

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Graphic of someone reading a book. Face is covered by the book and they are holding up a fist.

The Rio Salado Library is proud to participate in Banned Books Week. Check out the following resource for more information, including common reasons books are banned and links to banned books that you can check out from Rio and other MCCCD Libraries!

Rio Salado Library: Banned Books Week Guide

Monday, September 23, 2019

Celebrate America’s Online Community College!

Poster that reads “Join Rio Salado College Sept. 24 to celebrate our work as America’s Online Community College.

You’re all invited to come and party with us tomorrow, Sept. 24 as our National Division celebrates and recognizes the work we do serving out-of-state students, as well as the success we’ve had in the last year since the National division was launched to serve as America’s Online Community College TM!

Join our staff and other students for a free breakfast courtesy of the Café at Rio, served up with some entertainment at our KJZZ/K-BACH Soundbite AZ truck, which will be parked near our Hohokam building, right by the electric car powering stations.

Rio National Division Celebration

Sept. 24, 2019

8-10 a.m.

Rio Salado College Headquarters

2323 W. 14th St.

Tempe, AZ 85281

Bring your friends and family, then share your selfies, group photos and stories on social media using the hashtag #RioNationalDivision.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Visit to learn more about our Rio National Division.

Free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Financial Aid Office Limited Availability

Picture of a piggy bank sitting on top of a pile of one dollar bills. Financial Aid Special Hours Sept. 24-25, 2019

Rio Salado’s Financial Aid department will be closed for two hours on both Sept. 24 & Sept. 25, 2019, so staff can attend important college meetings. The department will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 1:15-3:15 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 9:45-11:45 a.m. 

Students are welcome to use self-service options at

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Celebrate Constitution Day at Rio Salado

Cartoon picture of the rio salado mascot dressed as a vintage member of congress

Today we invite everyone to join us in celebrating Constitution Day, commemorating the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1789.

Each year we honor the importance of the U.S. Constitution and recognize the document as establishing America’s national government and fundamental laws, guaranteeing certain basic rights for all citizens.

How well do you know the U.S. Constitution?

Visit our Facebook page at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to test your knowledge in our Constitution Trivia Contest for a chance to win a swag bag full of prizes! Then join a Facebook live discussion with Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes at 11 a.m. via Facebook Live.

In the meantime, explore the history of Constitution Day with the Rio Salado Library. Check out this guide with facts, videos and more!

Stay tuned to our Facebook page throughout the day for more announcements!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Constitution Day Contest and More, 9/17!

Illustration of a game show set featuring three men in front of lecterns.  Rio Salado mascot splash dressed in vintage colonial wear.  Text: Constitution Day Trivia Contest Sept. 17th

Today marks the beginning of Constitution week!

Join students, faculty and staff in commemorating the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787.

This week’s events include:

· Facebook U.S. Constitution Trivia Contest! (9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.)

· Facebook Live Discussion w/ Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes (11 a.m.)

· And more!

Visit our Facebook page to enter the contest.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Tempe Testing Busy Sept. 14, 2019 And Northern Closed Sept. 16, 2019

Students smiling while sitting and looking at a computer screen

Attention test-takers! Please take note of these Rio Salado testing center updates and plan accordingly.

Tempe Testing Busy, Saturday, Sept. 14

We're expecting a high volume of test-takers at our Tempe Headquarters Testing Center on Saturday, Sept. 14, which may cause wait times and delays. To avoid delays, please consider visiting one of our other testing centers at Northern, Surprise, and Communiversity at Queen Creek.

Northern Testing Closed, Monday, Sept. 16

Our Northern Testing Center will be closed for maintenance on Monday, Sept. 16. Need an alternative? Look for a testing location near you at

We appreciate your understanding!

The best to you on your next test.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Librarian House Calls 24/7!

Image of an empty library with computer terminals

Need a librarian-- in the middle of the night? Ask a Librarian was made for you!

Illustration of card catalog drawers
Get help 24/7 with:
●  Starting your research
●  Searching smarter and faster
●  Finding articles, books, and media
●  Citing sources and more!

The librarians are quick to reply-- and available when you need them most. Ask a Librarian is designed to help you succeed!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Celebrate Constitution Day Live, Sept 17

Illustrated poster with Americana stars and stripes and Constitution imagery.  Text: Celebrate US Constitution Day

Join Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges as we celebrate Constitution Day on Tuesday, Sept. 17 with Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, who will host a discussion about the Constitution via Facebook live at 11 a.m. Set a reminder now.

We encourage students, faculty and staff to join in on the conversation.

Constitution Day commemorates the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution and also serves as a day to recognize those taking steps towards U.S. citizenship. We take pause each year to honor and reflect upon the importance and meaning of the Constitution and to encourage students and the communities we serve to join us. Learn more now at


Image of New York skyline, with memorial lights in place of Twin Towers

We encourage you to join us in a moment of silence in remembrance of 9/11— to honor the fallen victims and heroes— and the countless acts of compassion that united us during this tragedy.

“One of the worst days in America’s history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans’ history. We’ll always honor the heroes of 9/11.” —President George W. Bush 

As a reminder, American flags should be displayed at half-staff from sunrise to sunset. Learn more about this day:

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Tempe Testing Busy 9/14, Northern Closed 9/16!

Students smiling while sitting in front of the compter screen

Attention test-takers! Please take note of these Rio Salado testing center updates and plan accordingly.

Tempe Testing Busy, Saturday, Sept. 14

We're expecting a high volume of test-takers at our Tempe Headquarters Testing Center on Saturday, Sept. 14, which may cause wait times and delays. To avoid delays, please consider visiting one of our other testing centers at Northern, Surprise, and Communiversity at Queen Creek.

Northern Testing Closed, Monday, Sept. 16
Our Northern Testing Center will be closed for maintenance on Monday, Sept. 16. Need an alternative? Look for a testing location near you at

We appreciate your understanding!

The best to you on your next test.

It Pays to Apply for MCCCDF Scholarships!

Poster featuring past scholars.  Mariocpa Community Colleges Foundation logo.  Text: Apply now for 2019-2020 scholarships.  Deadline to apply, Oct. 13, 2019

Who will be the next Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholar? It could be you! 

Spring 2020 applications are being accepted until Oct. 13.

There are hundreds of scholarship opportunities for students-- and a streamlined process that only requires one general application! 

Flier for Scholarships featuring a young female student smiling at camera.    Text: Apply now for 2019-2020 Scholarships! Application Deadline October 13, 2019.   Step 1 Navigate to: application.  Step 2 Click on the SIGN IN box.  Step 3 Sign in with your MEID and Password.  If you do not know or need to reset your MEID or Password visit: Step 4 Fill out the application and click the finish and submit button Step 5 Sign in weekly to complete follow-ups if prompted. Step 6 Award notifications will be sent to your student Gmail account. HELPFUL TIPS: • Use the Save and Keep Editing button while completing the application to save your work. • If you do not have a GPA with a Maricopa College yet, list your High School GPA. • Hundreds of scholarships, one application! Applications are applied to scholarships based on student answers.  ESSAY WRITING TIPS: • Be positive- Be truthful- Be descriptive. • Reflect on your life goals and career aspirations. • Share your unique story. • Use Word to check for spelling errors. • Have a friend or family member proofread your paragraph for grammatical errors. • Take advantage of your College writing center.  For more information, contact the  Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation at

Check out this accompanying information sheet for valuable tips on what to consider when completing your application.

There are several scholarship opportunities specifically for Rio Salado College students and employees. Type “Rio Salado” into the search engine to find opportunities unique to the college. 

There are also exclusive opportunities for veterans, single moms and other adult learners.

It literally pays to apply.

Submit your application now!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Busy Day at Tempe Testing, Sept. 14

Poster with students working on computers, smiling.  Text: Rio Testing Centers Open on Sept. 14

Heads up for any students who plan on stopping by the Rio Salado Tempe Testing Center on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The college is expecting a large volume of test-takers that day and there may be a wait for service.

To avoid any possible delays, please consider visiting one of the three other Rio testing centers open that day: RSC Northern, RSC Surprise, and the Communiversity at Queen Creek. Check all testing center hours at

Thursday, September 5, 2019

12News Sunday Square Off Video to Watch!

Wanda Tucker with Brahm Resknik at 12News studio set, camera operator in view.

Watch this special edition of 12 News Sunday Square Off to hear a compelling conversation with our Faculty Senate President Wanda Tucker, who talked to host Brahm Resnik about retracing her family's history as a descendant of the first generation of African slaves brought to the United States in 1619.

Learn more about Dr. Tucker's personal journey in this blog entry.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Meet Rio Salado’s Colgate STAR Award Winner

Photo of Trisha with Rio Salado College President Kate Smith

Bright smiles were shining for this year’s Colgate STAR Award winner. Rio Salado College’s own Trisha Intintoli received the award and was recognized as a standout among dental hygiene students across the nation.

The STAR (Student Total Achievement Recognition) Award winner is chosen by dental clinic faculty and student peers. It is presented on behalf of Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals to graduates who not only demonstrate true dedication to the dental hygiene profession but to those who also display compassion in patient care, enthusiasm for the community and truly enjoy being dental hygienists.

“The STAR award, to me, is one of the best compliments I have ever received,” Intintoli said.

Intintoli was introduced to the dental field at a young age by her mother who worked as a dental professional. Learning alongside her mother, Trisha trained as a dental assistant 14 years before advancing her education through Rio Salado’s Dental Hygiene program.

“Dental hygiene just felt like the next step in furthering my education, as well as a great paying career with flexible hours,” Intintoli said.

She said enrolling at Rio Salado was the best fit for her.

“I had taken classes at a couple of other community colleges and honestly, Rio Salado has been the most helpful in a variety of ways,” Intintoli said. “Registering classes, talking with honors, paying tuition and one-on-one with teachers have all been so easy and accessible.”

Once enrolled in the program, Intintoli received much more than just the education she expected.

“It is a special bond to spend 16 months with a group of people who really care for one another,” she said. “If you would have asked me what I was expecting to gain from the program prior to my acceptance, I would have simply said ‘a degree.’ If you ask me now, I would say a second family.”

Trisha with classmates in dental office locker room

Intintoli was recognized in front of her peers during last May’s graduation ceremony, receiving high praise from those who have worked with her.

“Trisha has a unique combination of verbal, clinical and leadership abilities rarely found in today’s graduates,” said Holly Harper, Rio Salado Faculty Chair of Dental Programs.

Intintoli also had much praise for the dental program director and faculty.

“Rio Salado has an amazing dental hygiene program with the most caring, devoted, helpful and knowledgeable director and faculty,” she said. “Everyone is cheering you on and there to support you.”

group photo of dental students and staff

Intintoli is back working in the very office where she trained 14 years prior, but now as a full-time hygienist.

Trisha in clinic chair posing with young dental clinic patient
Trisha with Patient at 2019 Clinic

“They welcomed me back with open arms and I was happy to go home,” Intintoli said. “It feels good to have patients remember me and congratulate me on my long-time goal of becoming a dental hygienist.”

Along with receiving the Colgate STAR Award, Intintoli received a certificate of recognition and her name inscribed on a plaque at Rio Salado College.

Contributed by Rio Salado Social Media Strategist London Phillips

Photo 1: Rio Salado Interim President Kate Smith with Trisha at May 2019 commencement.

#RioSaladoCollege #RioWaves #ColgateStarAward #LifeAtRio #MCCD #RioLounge #RioNews #RioStudents

Cupcake Decorating Workshop, Oct. 10!

Poster for Cupcake Decorating Workshop, featuring someone holding a platter of colorful cupcakes.

Yum! Explore the art of cupcake decorating, Thursday, Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m. at the Café @ Rio in Tempe.  

Register now!
Singles $34.99
Couples $59.99

Learn about different types of buttercreams, gels and food coloring options along with tools and artistic techniques to decorate your cupcakes.

This is a non-credit class designed for beginners who want to have fun!

Poster for Soap Making 101 class featuring colorful bars of soap
This workshop is one of several offerings from the Café at Rio team this fall.

Check out other workshops, including our Sept. 5 Soap Making class. We still have a few more openings!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Downtown Power Outage & Closure Sept. 3

Image of RSC Downtown exterior

Our Phoenix Downtown location is closed for the remainder of the day due to an APS power line issue.

We will resume normal business hours tomorrow.

Thank you for your patience.