Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Congratulations to Dental Student Elizabeth Ledford

Pictured here is Elizabeth Ledford holding a giant toothbrush at the July 2017 Give Kids a Smile clinic

Congratulations to Elizabeth Ledford of Cottonwood, AZ, a Rio Salado dental assisting student chosen to receive the American Dental Assistants Association Merit Scholar Award for 2017. 

This award is presented to a student who has demonstrated advanced achievement in academic and clinical performance, as well as teamwork and leadership qualities, based on involvement in campus, program and/or community activities. Students must currently be enrolled in a CODA accredited program.

“Elizabeth is an exceptional student and we are very proud of her,” said Rio Salado’s Faculty Chair of Dental Programs Holly Harper.

Ledford assiting a dentist providing dental hygiene services to a young teen male

Ledford is completing her last dental assisting course at Rio Salado, DAE290, which is focused on an internship at a dental office in Cottonwood. 

Ledford is also a recipient of the 2017 Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship. She plans to use her scholarship to volunteer abroad as a dental assistant with Global Health Outreach after graduation, to mentor healthcare workers and provide comprehensive dental care to people in need. 

Learn more about Ledford in this Camp Verde Bugle story.

Photos of Elizabeth Ledford at the July 2017 Rio Salado Give Kids a Smile clinic.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving Week Special Hours & Closures

Navy poster with script text in orange: Happy Thanksgiving

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Thu. – Sun., Nov. 23-26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Some Rio Salado locations, services and testing centers will be available on Sat., Nov. 25. Please visit our location pages for details about special hours and services available.

Please also take note of special hours of service for locations, Mon. – Wed., Nov. 20-22. Most departments will close at 5 p.m. Testing centers will be open for regular hours Mon. - Tue., Nov. 20-21 and closing at 5 p.m. on Wed. Nov. 22.

We will resume regular business hours on Mon., Nov. 27.

Services normally available 24/7 such as RioLearn, Technology Support Helpdesk, Ask a Librarian and My.Maricopa.edu will remain available.

Here's a look at other student services that will be available to you during the Thanksgiving break:



RSC Financial Aid           

Throughout the break             

24/7 phone service

RSC Technology Helpdesk           

Throughout the break

Saturday, Nov. 25
24/7 phone service

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

RSC Tempe Testing        

Saturday, Nov. 25
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

RSC Tempe Computer Lab       

Saturday, Nov. 25
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

RSC Tempe Tutoring
Saturday, Nov. 25
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

RSC Northern Testing

Saturday, Nov. 25
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
RSC Northern Computer Lab

Saturday, Nov. 25
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Communiversity at QC Testing

Saturday, Nov. 25
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lifelong Learning Center Testing

Saturday, Nov. 25
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

a woman pulling a turkey out of the oven with a big smile and young girl in background jumping for joy

We hope you enjoy a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Find Enrichment in Early Childhood Education

snapshot from the video featuring a baby smiling at the camera

Looking for an enriching career? This video provides insights into the many rewards and benefits of a career in Early Childhood Education from local industry professionals who have a deep passion for what they do. 

image of a white male teacher smiling, coloring with a couple of black toddlers.
Learn about the many opportunities in this field and how you can create a lasting impact on the lives of children, your community and your life.

Rio Salado’s Early Childhood Education Program provides multiple opportunities for entry-level career seekers and professionals pursuing continuing education. Learn more by visiting www.riosalado.edu/earlychildhood, emailing earlychildhood@riosalado.edu and calling 480-517-8771.

Here are some of the options available to you through Rio Salado’s Early Childhood Education Program:

  • Academic Certificate in Child and Family Professional Development
  • Certificate of Completion in Family Child Care Management
  • Certificate of Completion in Infant Toddler Development 
  • Associate in Applied Science in Early Learning & Development
  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Administration and Management 

This video was made possible by funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Education under the Carl D. Perkins Act.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tune into KBACH 89.5 Your Classical Connection

KBACH 89.5 logo. Classical. Arts. Community.
Need a break from the daily grind? Kick back and unwind with KBACH​ 89.5-- the Valley's source for classical music. 

Tune in 24/7 at 89.5 FM and worldwide at kbaq.org.

KBACH is a community service of Rio Salado College

Successful Students Use College Resources!

Image of a female student checking in at a student service desk.  Text: Resources!  Image of Rio Salado mascot Splash standing in foreground carrying backpack and books.

There are so many tools and services available to help you with your coursework, educational goals, financial aid, career plans and more!

Need help? Just ask!

Meet regularly with your advisors and counselors to make sure you’re taking advantage of the support resources available to you!


Check out these student success videos for additional tips.