Friday, January 31, 2020

Rio Salado College's New Partnership Focuses On Providing Students With Hunger Relief

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Have you heard about our partnership to help fight against student hunger?

Rio has now partnered with Feeding Children Everywhere to help provide support for hunger relief.

If you or someone you know is struggling with hunger, help is available.

Please do not hesitate to call one of our counselors if you need help overcoming food insecurities that are interfering with your academic performance.

Call (480) 517-8785 or click here to visit our counseling and career services department for immediate assistance.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Reflections of MLK Legacy

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“I always wanted to march but was too young,” said Dr. Wanda Tucker, recalling her days as a child watching marches led by Martin Luther King Jr. on television during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. 

That was the inspiration for Tucker and Rio Salado College to begin a tradition of hosting an MLK Celebration at the college headquarters in Tempe. The 2nd annual event took place on Jan. 23, 2020.

photo of MLK event and attendees.


“Dr. Tucker had a vision for this celebration and has been a driving force in making this a priority for our college,” said Rio Salado Interim President Kate Smith. “I am proud of the Rio Salado employees who came together under Dr. Tucker's leadership to create a dynamic and poignant program that gives students, employees and members of our community a chance to gather in reflection of Martin Luther King’s legacy, share personal stories about what equality means to them and take part in the tradition of marching to song for Civil Rights,” said Smith.

Tucker serves as Rio Salado College’s faculty senate president and faculty chair for Psychology, Philosophy and Religious Studies. She has been featured in local and national media in recent months, including a USA Today 1619 series about retracing her family's history as a descendant of the first generation of African slaves brought to the United States. She will also be featured on the cover of USA Today’s Black History Month edition released Feb. 1.

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USA Today 1619 series chronicles Dr. Tucker's journey into the past.

Among Tucker’s discoveries chronicled in the USA Today 1619 series was meeting Dr. Pam Tucker, a descendant of the family, which evidence indicates, enslaved Wanda Tucker’s ancestors. They have been friends ever since.

Wanda Tucker joins Pam Tucker at Rio Salado College to talk about their discoveries

Pam Tucker flew out from Austin, Texas to take part in the Rio Salado MLK Celebration. Both women shared the stage to tell their stories and then joined arm in arm to help lead event attendees in a march and sing-along to We Shall Overcome. This azcentral story provides more insights into their discussion.

Pam Tucker and Wanda Tucker lead march around Rio Salado College


“Understanding our history is critical to understanding who we are today and how we can move forward,” said Tucker.

Pam Tucker and Wanda Tucker pose for a photo


“Remembering our not-so-distant past when people of color were enslaved, segregated and couldn’t vote will hopefully remind us of the importance of equality, help us avoid making the same mistakes, and hopefully one day help our country heal from divisiveness.” 

Pam Tucker, Wanda Tucker and Rio Salado Interim President Kate Smith singing We Shall Overcome.

“This MLK celebration is a reflection of our commitment to championing justice and equal rights for all,” said Interim President Kate Smith. “We are honored to host this event as beneficiaries of the sacrifices made by Dr. King and countless Civil Rights activists and hope it will remain a college tradition for years to come.” 

A recorded live stream of the opening ceremony, presentations and discussions are available on YouTube. Event photos are available on Facebook.

By Rio Salado College Media Relations Manager Annette Flores

Test Your Research Skills At The Maricopa Student Research Conference April 22, 2020

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Are you ready to show off your intellectual skills at the Maricopa Student Research Conference?

Estrella Mountain College will host this year’s event with the goal of providing students with the experience of presenting their own work in a formal conference environment.

Students are encouraged to submit proposals for presentations that demonstrate research in disciplines and subjects in 3 research tracks.

1. Humanities/Social Behavioral Sciences

2. Occupational Education

3. Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (S.T.E.M.)

When: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Where: Estrella Mountain

For more information click here.

Student research proposals are due by Monday, March 2, 2020.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tune in to En Familia Radio 740 AM Phoenix at 9:30 A.M To Learn About Rio's GED®/ESL Program

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Tune in to En Familia Radio 740 AM Phoenix at 9:30 A.M as Rio Salado’s Community Development program manager Andrea Vazquez speaks about the GED®/ESL program available at Rio Salado College.

The award-winning GED®/ESL program was recognized as back-to-back program of the year in Arizona.

With no waiting lists and multiple class locations, students can find a schedule that works best for them.

To listen to the entire interview here.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Only A Few Days Left To Enter The Big Pitch Contest And Compete For $20,000

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Do you need startup money to help grow your business idea?

Well there’s only 4 days left for entrepreneurs to enter The Big Pitch contest for their chance at $20,000.

The search is on for Maricopa Community College students with a business idea that have the potential for success to move forward in The Big Pitch competition.

To learn more or if you have the next big business idea, apply here.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Are You Ready For Commencement? Make Sure To Apply By The March 15, 2020 Deadline

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Have you completed all your coursework to earn your certificate or degree? Now it’s time to apply for graduation.

Graduation applications can be submitted within one week of completing the final course of a degree/certificate program.

To participate in the commencement ceremony, you must apply by March 15, 2020.

If you’re ready to apply for graduation, click here.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Rio Salado College Is Working To Get More Than 60,000 Youth Back In School With Reengagement Centers



Did you know Rio Salado College adult education locations are now full-service Opportunities for Youth Reengagement Centers for 16-24-year-olds who need help going back to school, finding gainful employment and securing other support services?

Learn more in RioNews.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Forbes Mentions Rio In Top HR Trends That Matter Most In The 2020 Workplace




Have you read the Forbes.com article on the top 10 HR trends that matter most in the 2020 workplace? The article highlighted Rio Salado College’s partnership with The Hartford to create a program to train the next generation of insurance professionals. This comes in part of efforts to source non-traditional job candidates outside of four-year degrees.

The Hartford partnered with Rio Salado College, Capital Community College and Connecticut Department of Labor to create and develop an apprenticeship program to source non-traditional talent.

The goal of the partnership is to develop an auto insurance specific curriculum and paid on-the-job training to equip students for key customer facing roles in The Hartford’s claim operation and doing so by recruiting for skills rather than college pedigree.

Read more here.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

RSVP for a Memorable MLK Celebration Jan. 23

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Don’t forget to RSVP for our Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration on Jan. 23. Reserve your spot now via Eventbrite

We hope you will take part in this 2nd annual event to help us replicate the solidarity of last year’s event and to create a new memorable experience.

Enjoy some or all these activities:
  • Opening remarks by Rio Salado employees about the meaning of equality and Civil Rights:
  • Erika Mavashev – Incarcerated Re-Entry Student Services Specialist
    O. Tafari Osayande – Associate Dean, Community Standards
    Dr. Aaron Coe – Quality Assurance Program Manager
    Saebin Yi – Student Services Specialist
    Earnestine Harrison – Associate Dean, Instruction
  • Discussion with Dr. Wanda Tucker, Rio Salado faculty senate president and faculty chair for Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies and her special guest Dr. Pam Tucker, who will talk about their journey discovering how their families’ histories are intertwined, beginning with the first African slaves brought to the United States in 1619.
  • MLK tribute march along the Rio Way path ending at the amphitheater for a closing ceremony.

Snapshot from USA Today feature, image of Wanda and Pam at a cemetery with other Tucker family in view.  Headline: Pam's family enslaved black people.  Wanda believes her ancestor was one of them. They met and are confronting a painful history.

Learn about Wanda Tucker’s journey into the past in these USA Today stories: https://bit.ly/2QMapkn, https://bit.ly/2uKM1aB.



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MLK Celebration
Thursday, Jan. 23
3-4:30 p.m.

Beginning at the Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

For event details or special accommodations email cynthia.diehl@riosalado.edu or call 480-517-8374.

Share your photos and sentiments about Civil Rights using #RioWayMLKDay.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Submit Your Business Idea For A Chance At $20,000

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Entrepreneurs, there’s only 10 days left submit your business idea for a chance at $20,000.

The Big Pitch is a student startup challenge offered by the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation. Rio Salado College is looking for a student entrepreneur (or team) with a business idea that has the potential for success to move forward in The Big Pitch competition.

Applications are accepted now until Jan. 31, 2020.

The student or team who is selected to be Rio Salado College’s semifinalist will attend The Big Pitch Business Accelerator over Spring Break from March 9th – 15th, 2020.

Click here to learn more.

Full Or Cancelled Class? Let Rio Help You Fill The Schedule

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Do you need to find a class to complete your course schedule?

Rio Salado College offers more than 600 online classes in a wide range of subject matters.

With Monday start dates, Rio fits great with students who need to pick up an extra class or credit to fill out their schedule.

  • 40+ Monday starts
  • Flexible 8-week and 16-week options
  • Credits that easily transfer to other Maricopa Community Colleges and 40+ university partners including Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and The University of Arizona!

Learn more about Rio Salado College and the programs we have to offer today.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Rio Salado College Closed Today In Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.




Rio Salado College is closed today in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

MCCCD Partners With D.E.S. To Offer Students Help With Basic Needs



The Maricopa Community Colleges District is partnering with the Department of Economic Security (D.E.S.) to lend a helping hand to college students.

Throughout the month of January 2020, MCCCD will be holding "Support for Success" events at the college campuses to provide information and a connection to resources about nutrition, cash, and medical assistance.

Maricopa Community Colleges is committed to the academic success of students. To learn more about this partnership and how to receive assistance, click here.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Do You Need Help Studying For Your GED®? Sign Up Today For Test Prep Classes

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Rio Salado College will be offering GED® test prep classes in both English and Spanish at South Mountain Community College.


Classes will be held at two locations: South Mountain Main Campus (SMCC) from Feb. 19 – June 10, 2020 and the South Mountain Community College Guadalupe Center Mar. 19 – Jul 9, 2020.


South Mountain Campus:

· Class Orientation – Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, 6 – 9 p.m.

· Orientation and classes held at SMCC, 7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ 85042 in Room 131 of the NCC Building

· Classes every Wednesday, 6-9 p.m., from Feb 19 – Jun 10, 2020


South Mountain Community College Guadalupe Center:

· Class Orientation – Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6 – 9 p.m.

· Orientation and classes held at SMCC Guadalupe, 9233 S. Avenida del Yaqui (Priest Drive), Guadalupe, AZ 85283, Room 115

· Classes every Thursday, 6-9 p.m., from Mar. 19 – Jul 9, 2020


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.

Have You Completed The 2020 Census? The Deadline Is Approaching

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Complete the 2020 census and help your community.

What is a census? Why is it important? – The 2020 census is rapidly approaching. Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States.

The Census Bureau counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually.

The Census Bureau determines funding for local colleges and universities for things like federal student loans, research grants, technology, campus improvements and health and social services.

Taking part in the census is your civic duty. Completing the census is not only mandatory, but a way to participate in our democracy and say, “I Count.”

Visit 2020Census.gov anytime to get the latest news.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Join Us for an MLK Celebration Jan. 23

Image of MLK looking up, reflective.  Rio Salado logo.  Text: MLK Celebration Jan. 23, 2020 3-4:30 p.m.



Take part in an engaging Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration with Rio Salado College, Jan. 23, 3-4:30 p.m. at the Tempe headquarters.

Enjoy some or all these activities:

  • Opening remarks by employees about the meaning of Civil Rights.
  • Discussion with Faculty Chair for Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies and Faculty Senate President Wanda Tucker and her special guest Pam Tucker, who will talk about their journey discovering how their families’ histories are intertwined, beginning with the first African slaves brought to the United States in 1619.
  • MLK tribute march along the Rio Way path ending at the amphitheater for a closing ceremony.

Last year’s inaugural event was poignant and memorable. We hope you will take part in this year’s event to help us create a new memorable experience.

Snapshot from USA Today feature, image of Wanda and Pam at a cemetery with other Tucker family in view.  Headline: Pam's family enslaved black people.  Wanda believes her ancestor was one of them. They met and are confronting a painful history.


Get acquainted with Wanda and Pam Tucker’s journey into the past in these USA Today stories: https://bit.ly/2QMapkn, https://bit.ly/2uKM1aB.

MLK Celebration 
Thursday, Jan. 23
3-4:30 p.m.

Beginning at the Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

RSVP now via Eventbrite 

For event details or special accommodations email cynthia.diehl@riosalado.edu or call 480-517-8374.


We encourage you to share your photos and sentiments about Civil Rights using #RioWayMLKDay.

USA Today Features Rio Salado's Own Dr. Wanda Tucker

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Check out USA Today’s feature on Rio Salado’s own, Faculty Senate President Dr. Wanda Tucker.

The feature follows Dr. Tucker’s journey to learn about her family history as a descendant of the first generation of African Slaves brought to the United States.

USA Today follows as Dr. Tucker meets Pam Tucker, a woman whose family enslaved black people, which Wanda believes her ancestor was one of them.

In this article, both Dr. Tucker and Pam Tucker confront a painful history.

Read more here.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

IRE's First Place Veteran's Day Parade Float



Congratulations to the IRE program after being awarded first place in the annual Veteran’s Day Parade float contest.

This was the first time in the last 13 years that the Furniture Construction/Cabinetry program designed and constructed a float for the parade, but this makes 12 of 13 years the students enrolled in Rio Salado's onsite programs at Lewis have taken First place.

For more information about the IRE program, click here.

Monday, January 13, 2020

College Closed Jan. 20, 2020 In Observance of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Rio Salado College will be closed Jan. 20 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” (King, M.L.)

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Save Money & Find Discounts With Perkspot

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Have you heard about the deals on Perkspot?

Take advantage of being a Maricopa Community College student and sign up for The Maricopa PerkSpot to access exclusive offers and discounts.

The PerkSpot is where students can find discounts in nearly 25 different categories on a wide range of items.

Check it out today and find thousands of deals

Sign up and start saving today.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Do You Want To Become A Teacher? Learn With Our In-Person Orientation Class






Aspiring teachers join us Jan. 14, 2020 and take the first step toward transitioning to a K-12 teaching career.

Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) intern program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to enter the teaching profession.

Through paid employment opportunities in the classroom, students can earn an income while completing the certification coursework.

The program can be completed in two years and is available to Arizona residents only.

In-Person Orientation: 

When: Jan. 14, 2020

Where: Rio Salado College

2323 W. 14th St.

Tempe, AZ 85281

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Room location will be provided after registration has been completed.

Learn more here.

Register today.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

SIS Down For System Maintenance at 7 p.m. Tonight

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SIS will be down tonight at 7 p.m. for system maintenance.

If you need to request service during the outage, please complete a Follow-up Request Form here.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

KJZZ's New Mini-Series Focuses On Helping Arizona's Youth Get Back In School

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KJZZ 91.5 is highlighting Arizona’s efforts to lower the percentage of young people not working or going to school with a new radio mini-series.

The Show shines a light on the Opportunities for Youth Re-engagement Center aimed at more than 67,000 youth in the state between the ages of 16 to 24 who have the potential for re-engagement.

The Show reaches out to Tim Valencia, Youth and Education Director for the city of Phoenix, and Kristin Ferguson-Colvin, a professor of social work at ASU and director of the Center for Human Capital and Youth Development, to find out more about what’s being done to reach this population.

Listen to the episode show here.

KJZZ Phoenix is a Community Service of Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Extended Saturday Hours Jan. 11, 2020

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Are you ready for enrollment?

RSC Tempe will be open on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m for spring registration. Answer Net will be available to take calls.

The following departments will be open:

· Advising

· Admissions, Registration and Records

· Financial Aid

· Cashiers

· Military

Learn more here.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Start At Rio With Flexible Start Dates

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Did you know Rio Salado College has flexible Monday start dates and more than 600 online classes available?

With flexible Monday starts and affordable tuition, we can help you get started right away.

Rio also offers many student services to help support your educational journey.

Rio Salado College provides distance education options to students in all 50 states as a proud member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Learn more about SARA and the classes available in your state by visiting this web page.

The seating capacity is unlimited, and we never cancel an online class—ever!

Rio also offers GED® test prep and English as a second language programs, financial aid, work study programs, scholarships and more.

Choose your classes now!