Monday, August 3, 2015

Celebrate Your Right to Vote

Fifty years ago on Aug. 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act, permanently prohibiting any discriminatory election practices. It is this law that made voting equal to all American citizens, regardless of race.

"The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man...all Americans must have the right to vote, and we are going to give them that right." - President Lyndon B. Johnson

Your vote counts! Drop in to Rio Salado to pick up your free Constitution pocketbook, containing everything you need to know about your rights and your duty to vote.

Voter Resources

Rock the Vote: Rock the Vote is the largest non-profit, non-partisan and privately funded organization in the U.S. that uses pop culture, art, music and technology to drive millennials to voting booths. Project VoteSmart is a nonpartisan, privately funded organization “working hard to strengthen the most component of democracy – access to information."

Maricopa County Recorder: The recorder’s office will have information about upcoming elections deadlines as well as links for people to register to vote, including sign-up for the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL).

Arizona Republic/AZCentral: The My Ballot guide on azcentral gives voters a place to peruse information specific to their locality by providing their zip code.

iSideWith: For those who are undecided, and need help cutting through the noise and hype to the heart of the issues, iSideWith provides an inventory of multiple questions related to political typology and public policy issues, and returns a report of which candidates and parties one “sides with."

Center For Civic Participation: If you require assistance with your voter registration/education drives in the form of materials or trainings, simply put in a request for service.

National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 22.

Want to get more involved? Check out Rio Salado's Student Life and Leadership groups for more engagement opportunities. Read more.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rio Salado Testing Center Services

Did you know that Rio Salado's testing centers serve thousands of Valley residents including U.S. military personnel, U.S. Postal Service workers, FBI agents, GED® test-takers and college students?

Each of Rio Salado’s nine Valley-wide testing centers offers 33 CLEP exams, which assess subject matter proficiency and provide an opportunity for students to receive college credit with qualifying scores. Students can apply knowledge they’ve gained through prior coursework, independent study, internships, job training, professional development and personal pursuits.

There are also testing services for IT professionals who need to keep certifications up-to-date, including Pearson Vue CompTIA certification exams, which are recognized by thousands of companies as a predictor of employee success.

All Maricopa students, faculty and staff are eligible for significant discounts on these exams. Students pursuing A+ certification save about 55%. Network+ certification students pay approximately half the normal rate. Rio Salado students may also receive college credit for their certifications.

Rio Salado testing centers also offer exams that assess English language skills, Adobe Certified Associate and Microsoft Office Specialist Certiport exams and more!

For a comprehensive view of the types of services offered, the locations, hours of service, forms of identification required and other details, visit:

Earn a Certificate or Degree in Retail Mgmt.

Interested in pursuing a career in retail management? Rio Salado’s certificate and associate degree in retail management are helping dozens of local employees get the training needed for management careers in the retail food industry!

The curriculum will provide you with the background and knowledge to develop the judgment skills you will exercise as a business manager.

Certificate & Degree Programs
Many local retailers, such as Fry’s Food Stores, Basha’s, Safeway, Albertsons, Smart & Final, have begun paying for employees to take retail management classes for the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) certificate.

The WAFC is an organization that serves the food industry by providing educational programs for food industry associates. Many of the large grocery chains are WAFC members.

Watch a short video on the many benefits of Rio's retail management certificate.

To learn more about Rio Salado’s retail management degree and certificate, visit

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rio Salado Bookstore Sale - 40% off Clearance
Valid 7/27 – 8/30 in-store and online on already reduced merchandise while supplies last!

Offer not valid on food items, Starbucks products, or graduation items. In-store discount automatically taken at register. Sale prices for purchases made online will reflect in the cart. Cannot be combined with any other offer. See store for details.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New Program Helps Dental Pros Improve Access

Rio Salado Dental Clinic staff, volunteers and students at July 8 Community clinic
Rio Salado Dental Clinic staff, students and volunteers at July 8 Community Clinic for Kids

Rio Salado College is offering an online certificate program that trains community health workers to help bring better dental health to people in underserved communities.

Classes for Rio Salado's Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) program, created by the American Dental Association (ADA), begin on Aug. 25. The class is limited to certified dental assistants and registered dental hygienists.

The registration deadline is Aug. 1, 2015, however, this deadline may be extended provided students have most requirements fulfilled by Aug. 1.  Please call for approval.
image of rio dental clinic staff with patients

“CDHCs truly are making headway in improving access to care for people living in communities suffering disproportionately from dental disease,” said ADA President Dr. Maxine Feinberg. “We are excited about the extent to which these future CDHCs can help break down the barriers impeding people from attaining good oral health.”

Rio Salado’s classes will take place during three 16-week trimesters, followed by internships. Approximately 10 students will be accepted.

The college is offering the program to prospective CDHC students in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the District of Columbia.

“This program will not only be an asset to dentists in Arizona, but to dentists throughout the country,” said Arizona Dental Association Executive Director Kevin Earle.

CDHCs are trained to provide oral health education and disease prevention, and to help people navigate the public health system to receive care from dentists. Rio Salado College hosted the initial ADA CDHC pilot program, from which 34 people graduated.

“We are thrilled that Rio Salado is again hosting this wonderful program, which will ensure that more Arizona residents, as well as others throughout the country, will be able to enjoy good oral health.”

For more information about Rio Salado's CDHC program, visit this web page.