Monday, July 6, 2015

Veterans Upward Bound EVVEC Schedule

image of a soldier standing next to a chalk board with caption that reads, "Earn your degree."

Arizona State University’s Veterans Upward Bound Project is a free educational program that prepares veterans to transition to college.

Classes are designed to help veterans improve English, math and computer skills, and are held at the East Valley Veterans Center at no cost to qualified applicants.

Students receive one-on-one instruction, tutoring, assistance with financial aid and scholarship applications and referrals to other services as needed.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Low-income and/or a first generation student
  • Served on active duty for more than 180 consecutive days
  • Served more than 30 consecutive days and called to active duty on or after 9/11/2001.
  • Have discharge status anything other than dishonorable

VUB classes are non-graded with open-entry start dates.

English and Computer Literacy (Mon. and Wed., 2 – 4 p.m.)
  • Reading
  • Composition
  • Grammar

Math (Tue. and Thur., 2 – 4 p.m.)
  • Basic math through pre-calculus

For more details, call 480-384-9850.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Early Childhood Certificate-to-Degree Programs

Interested in an Early Childhood and Human Development career? Rio Salado offers several certificate-to-degree programs with Monday start dates!

Rio Salado’s Early Childhood program offers multiple opportunities for career entry or professional development, including program pathways in Early Learning and Development, Family Life Education and Early Childhood Administration and Management.

Learn more about Rio Salado's program by visiting this web page, and check out the latest schedule of classes.

For more details, contact a Rio Salado student services specialist at 480-517-8580 or send an email inquiry to

Guaranteed Admission to ASU Degree Programs

Guaranteed admission to ASU Degree Programs. Start here, go there!
Are you interested in transferring to Arizona State University? The Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) is an ideal navigational tool for Rio Salado students on their way to ASU.

The free program helps students transition to and complete their bachelor’s degree at ASU through a prescribed sequence of coursework, specialized academic advisement and guidance from an ASU transfer specialist.

Rio Salado students are guaranteed admission to certain ASU degree programs when all MAPP requirements are met.

MAPP is designed for students who have chosen a major and can complete their community college program of study within three years. Visit for all eligible degree programs.

Image of Ally Archer
Ally Archer is your ASU transfer specialist. She is available for in-person meets on Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

To reach her directly, call (480) 965-1286 or email You can schedule an appointment and learn more about ASU transfer options by visiting

For additional details about MAPP and to begin the enrollment process, visit or call 480-517-8580.

Childcare Resources for Students

image of a young girl sitting with a teacher as they work on an arts and craft project together.
Are you looking for ‪child care‬ so you can continue your ‪education?‬

Check out this helpful U.S. News article featuring Kris Bliss, Mesa Community College Director of Student Retention and Support Services, Find Child Care Resources for Community College Students.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Independence Day Closure

Image shows a portion of the Declaration of Independence.
On behalf of all staff and faculty at Rio Salado, we wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day weekend!

This special holiday marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and our independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776!

Looking for a way to celebrate? Here are 29 Fourth of July celebrations around the Valley from!

All Rio Salado locations and Testing Centers will be closed July 2 - 4 in observance of Independence Day, except for the Testing Center at Tempe, which will be open July 2-3, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

As a reminder, most Rio Salado locations and services will be closed on Fridays, until Aug. 14. We will resume week-long operations on Aug. 17.