Thursday, July 27, 2017

Free Advising 101 Webinars Aug 2 & 9!

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Rio Salado will offer four Advising 101 group webinar sessions, Monday, Aug. 2 and 9. 

Join us for one of these sessions:
Wed., Aug. 2 - 12 p.m or 6 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 9, at 12 p.m or 6 p.m.

Advising 101 satisfies Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” to complete registration in
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Visit for the latest details about Advising 101 sessions and to join the webinars.

Students will learn how to:
● Work with an advisor to reach their educational goals.
● Choose appropriate classes and programs.
● Apply prior college classes to their program.
● Transfer credits to a university program.
● Find resources and tips to help them succeed.

Sessions are free and open to all Maricopa Community Colleges students.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Free Librarian Support, 24/7!

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Need a librarian-- in the middle of the night or when most libraries are closed? Ask a Librarian was made for you!

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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!

Congratulations 2017 AACE Grads!

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A big shout out to Rio Salado's 2017 Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) graduates! Photos of the Completion Ceremony can be found on our Facebook page. Feel free to share and tag.

The AACE program is designed to help students transition seamlessly to college—while they are completing their High School Equivalency GED® test preparation program and English Language Acquisition for Adults classes at Rio Salado.

The program helps students improve their academic skills in math, reading and English so they are prepared to take college level courses.

Here is what some of the graduates have to say about the AACE program and how it helped them.
"From a high school dropout to a graduate with a GED, the AACE program taught me more than just being a student. It taught me how to stick with my goals until the job is done no matter how hard they may seem." - Joshua Meza 
"AACE was very challenging, but knowing that I had friends made it easier. I now have the courage to further my education and I am no longer doubtful about my ability to have a college education." - Yesenia Castillo 
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"I appreciate the opportunity provided to me. Thanks to AACE, I am one step closer to a dream that was set in 2006!" - Maria Contreras 
"College felt impossible because I was unaware of where to start or if I was even smart enough to attend. Adult ACE eliminated all my doubts by walking me every step of the way." - Frank Gonzalez
To learn more about Rio Salado’s AACE program contact Kate Packer at

Rio Salado College serves as 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. Visit this web page for additional details.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Discussion about Arizona’s Opioid Epidemic

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KJZZ Phoenix reporter Matthew Casey interviewed Rio Salado Faculty Chair of Addiction and Substance Use Disorders program Kirk Bowden about the opioid epidemic in Arizona-- and the increasing number of suspected deaths from overdoses.

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Listen to the story now.

Join Us for VSUW Project Connect Surprise July 26

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You still have time to join Rio Salado, the Maricopa Community Colleges, City of Surprise and Salvation Army for the Valley of the Sun United Way Project Connect in Surprise, July 26.  

This is your chance to help our West Valley neighbors in need and to help end homelessness!

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Project Connect is part of Valley of the Sun United Way’s long-term, multi-faceted strategy to end homelessness in our community. This event offers instant access to resources people need to start the journey back to health, financial stability and housing. More than 28,000 individuals have been connected to services since Project Connect began in 2008.

Project Connect Surprise
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Salvation Army - Surprise
17420 N. Ave of the Arts
Surprise, AZ 85378

Volunteer Opportunities
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Register now at\volunteer. For groups of 10 or more, contact the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at

Rio Salado employees and students should contact Elizabeth Cole-Fay at to learn more about Rio Salado team efforts.

Get the latest details about this event by visiting this web page.

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