Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Check out Rio Salado HSE Graduation Photos!

Image of an HSE grad smiling at the camera, in processional lineup.

We are pleased to share photos from Rio Salado's 2017 High School Equivalency (HSE) Graduation ceremony on May 18. Check them out now on our Facebook accountCongratulations graduates!

Feel free to tag and download photos.

We encourage you to share your moments using #RioGrad and #GEDGradDay.

Additional photos are available for purchase by GradImages® at

Learn more about Rio Salado's High HSE Prep program for #GED ® test-takers by visiting

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rio Library Mental Health Awareness Guide

Poster for Mental Health Month.  Text: May is Mental Health Month.  Risky Business.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, over 43 million American adults have mental health issues—that’s one in five people. 

Mental illness is sometimes called an "invisible illness" because it's not always easy to tell when someone is suffering from it. For example, many people who experience chronic anxiety, depression, or other mental health problems disguise their condition behind a facade of good-natured cheerfulness. The stigma of mental illness prevents many sufferers from confiding in friends and loved ones or getting the help that they need.

This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is Risky Business. It is designed to educate the public about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illness, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves. These include activities such as risky sex, prescription drug misuse, internet addiction, excessive spending, marijuana use, and inadequate or excessive exercise.

The Rio Salado Library is proud to support Mental Health Awareness Month by pooling together resources to help support this important initiative.

Check out the Mental Health Awareness Guide today!

Rio Closed in Honor of Memorial Day May 29

United States Marine Corps War Memorial by Felix de Weldon  (Iwo Jima Memorial)  Arlington County, Virginia,

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed on Monday, May 29 in honor of Memorial Day

Please also take note that most locations will be closed on Fridays during the summer. Services normally available 24/7 such as our Technology Support Helpdesk, Ask a Librarian and will remain available.

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the armed forces.  

The National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed in 2,000 to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity.”   

The Act encourages all Americans to pause at 3 p.m. for a minute of silence on Memorial Day.

flags at half-mass, in front of Satue of Liberty at sunset

There is a traditional way of displaying the U.S. flag on this special day. 

The flag is raised quickly to the top of the staff and then lowered slowly to the half-mast position, where it remains until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. At noon their memory is raised by the living.

poster with a star with American flag design.  text: memorial day.

Visit this azcentral web page for a list of Memorial Day gatherings in town.

Image 1: United States Marine Corps War Memorial by Felix de Weldon, Arlington County, Virginia.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Don’t Miss Out on Honors Scholarships

image of hand putting coin into graduation cap piggy bank

Are you looking to get the most out of your educational journey through academic excellence? 

Students like you may be eligible to join Rio Salado College’s Honors Program for exclusive opportunities, including distinguished classes, cultural opportunities, and scholarships.

Being a part of the Honors Program opens the door to opportunities that not every student will have during their college career, such as scholarships that only Honors students are eligible to apply for – don’t count yourself out when it comes to scholarship opportunities! The Honors Achievement Award is an Honors scholarship that requires part-time enrollment (6 or more credit hours) and can be awarded to Honors students who are also receiving financial aid!

If you have completed 12 or more 100 or 200 level classes and have a GPA of 3.25 or higher with the Maricopa Community College District, you may be eligible to join the Honors Program. Other restrictions to eligibility may apply.

To learn more about the Honors Program and your potential eligibility, visit or call 480-517-8521.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Give Kids A Smile - Free Dental Clinic 17 & Under

photo of dental student and child patient

The Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Clinic will host a free dental clinic for children and young adults ages 17 and younger Saturday, June 24, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rio Salado College Dental Hygiene students, instructors and support staff will volunteer their time and expertise to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to more than 100 children at the free clinic.

Services include exams, X-rays, cleaning, fluoride varnish, and educational tips on staying healthy. Each child will also receive a wellness goodie bag to take home.

To schedule your child for free dental hygiene services, please RSVP to 480-377-4100 or email to make an appointment. Appointments will be made on a first-come-first-served basis. Walk-ins will be accommodated if time and space are available.

child and dental student holding dentchers and toothbrush
Give Kids A Smile Day
Saturday, June 24, 2017,  8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Rio Salado College Dental Clinic 
2250 W. 14th Street 
Tempe, Arizona 85281

Rio Salado Dental staff will also be available to talk about careers in the dental field and its programs.

This June 24 clinic is made possible in part by the American Dental Association and the Arizona Dental Foundation.

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public all year long. Fees range from $25-75 depending on the age of the patient. For more information, call 480-377-4100 or visit