Showing posts with label Locations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Locations. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lifelong Learning Center Reopens Feb. 10

The Rio Salado Lifelong Learning Center in Surprise will remain closed tonight but will reopen for normal business hours tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Check back here and via RAVE notices for the latest updates.

What is RAVE? It's the communications service Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges use to send urgent emails and text messages about closures and incidents that may affect you.

Keep your contact information updated at – especially mobile devices and e-mail addresses – so you can fully benefit from these alerts. Manage your alert preferences using this web site.

RSC Lifelong Learning Center Closed

Attention, the RSC Lifelong Learning Center in Surprise is closed for the rest of the day, Tuesday, Feb. 9 due to a city water main break. 
The facility will remain closed until the City of Surprise completes repairs. 

We will keep you posted with details as soon as they become available.

Thank you for your patience.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Chancellor Glasper Reflections Inside Higher Ed

This Inside Higher Ed story by reporter Ashley Smith features outgoing Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Rufus Glasper-- and his reflections about the evolution of two-year colleges, challenges in Arizona and Maricopa's future.

Dr. Glasper will retire from the Maricopa Community Colleges to accept a position as President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College (League). See related blog story.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Special Service Hours for Thanksgiving Week!

fall leaves: Happy Thanksgiving

Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Thursday – Sunday, November 26-29 to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

Some Rio Salado locations, services and testing centers will be available on Saturday, November 28.

Please also take note of special hours of service for locations Monday - Wednesday, November 23-25. Most offices will be closing at 5 p.m

We will resume regular business hours on Monday, November 30.

Please visit this web page for details about closures and special hours of service for each of our locations.

We hope you enjoy a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

United Way 2015 - United We Serve!

United Way banner: Text: Give. Advocate. Volunteer.  Live United.

We are excited to join the Maricopa Community Colleges in the 2015 Valley of the Sun United Way Giving Campaign!

This is an opportunity for employees, students and our community partners to collectively donate time, money and resources to improve the lives of our neighbors who need a helping hand.

How can you help?

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Make an online pledge! It's quick, easy and secure at and every donation makes a difference!  Rio Salado and MCCCD employees are encouraged to use this online interface at using their MEID username and default password (birthday (mmdd) + last 4 digits of employee number)

Donate to the Rio Salado Unites Book Drive! Drop off new and gently used books for K-12 students at any Rio Salado location throughout the month of October.  Rio Salado's Educator Preparation Program will collect the books for students attending local, high-need schools and living in communities struggling with poverty. The donations will benefit Wilson Elementary School District, a small K-8 district in the downtown Phoenix area, which has a rich history of serving kids in the community for more than 100 years.  Additionally, your donations will be used to provide books directly to students in Rio’s Educator Preparation Program, who will distribute them when student teaching at schools in need.

Volunteer your time at Project Connect! Serve as a Guest Guide alongside Rio Salado's new Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. LeRodrick Terry to provide one-on-one support services for people who are homeless. Project Connect offers instant access to the resources people in our community need to start the journey back to health, financial stability and housing. This includes access to goods – like food and clothing – and services such as counseling and job placement.

image of united way volunteers
Project Connect
Friday, October 16

7 a.m. – 1p.m.
Tempe Arizona South Stake
1111 East Knox Road
Tempe, AZ 85284

Rio Salado and MCCD employees can register via by choosing Community Project Course #002263, Session #0006 or through the Maricopa Learns through Service (MLTS) Project at

Rio Salado students should contact Rio Salado United Way Coordinators: Dannan Glasper at or Danielle Steely at to register for this event.

To learn more about ways you can give, advocate and volunteer, visit

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

In-Person Classes at Luke Air Force Base

Take advantage of Rio Salado's in-person classes and testing services at its Luke Air Force Base location!

Classes are open to any students, 16 years of age or older, who meet the class prerequisites (regardless of military affiliation), and to residents granted base clearance.

Testing services include CLEP & DSST exams in addition to the Air Force COOL credential through Pearson VUE. GI Bill-eligible veterans can use their benefits to get reimbursed for the testing fees associated with certification exams that lead to industry-recognized credentials.

Interested students should contact the Luke AFB office at 480-377-4010 in order to enroll in courses and arrange for a base pass. The list of courses can be viewed here.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Friday and July 4 Holiday Closures

image of Rio Salado College headquarters in Tempe

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.

Testing Centers at Tempe, Northern, the Communiversity at Surprise and Communiversity at Queen Creek will remain open.  Please visit our locations pages for additional details

All 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.

Please plan accordingly.

Friday, May 22, 2015

2015 HSE Graduation a Memorable Evening

Last night's 2015 HSE Graduation was without question, a memorable evening! Inspirational, emotional and moving in so many ways. You’ll be hearing more about it in the coming days. 

A special thank you to our guest speakers who helped make last night extraordinary, especially student speaker Tera Gomez for sharing her inspirational story.

Many thanks to all of the volunteers, faculty, staff and guests for your attendance and support. And caps off to the 2015 HSE graduates who took part in the ceremony. Congratulations. You should be very proud of your achievements!

image of graduation ceremony in progress

We will post high resolution photos you can upload and share in the next few days. You will also have an opportunity to purchase individual photos from GradImages at in the next few weeks. You will also have a chance to view the ceremony in its entirety on MCTV. Stay tuned for air dates. It will be well worth your time!

Pictured above: MCCCD Governing Board Member Doyle Burke, Deputy Associate Superintendent of Adult Education Services Sheryl Hart, Tera Gomez, Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante, MCCCD Governing Board President Tracy Livingston and MCCCD Governing Board Member Dana Saar.

#‎RioGrad‬ ‪#‎GED‬

Friday, April 17, 2015

Early Childhood Open House, April 23

group of young children lie in a circle with their heads touching.

Join us for the Early Childhood & Human Development Program open house, on Thursday, April 23, at the Communiversity at Queen Creek!

The open house will provide information about our certificate and degree programs and other professional development opportunities available.

When: April 23, 2015
The Communiversity at QC
21740 S. Ellsworth Road
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Time: 5:30 -7 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Enjoy appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Meet the Rio Salado Early Childhood and Human Development program team
  • Network with your colleagues
  • Tour our Queen Creek facilities

Please RSVP by April 21 to 
or by phone at 480-517-8818.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

City of Mesa Councilmembers Visit EVVEC

City of Mesa Councilmen Kevin Thompson (right) and Chris Glover (center) tour the EVVEC with Site Coordinator, Troy Friedman (right).
On April 7, City of Mesa Councilmembers Kevin Thompson and Chris Glover visited the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) for an informational tour.

The City of Mesa is working to address veteran homelessness so the Councilmembers visited the EVVEC to determine if the city could help provide wrap-around resources and services that could augment their initiative.

Pictured above:
City of Mesa Councilmen Kevin Thompson (right) and Chris Glover (center) tour the EVVEC with Site Coordinator, Troy Friedman (right).

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Communiversity at QC Class Schedule

Here's a handy, online listing of in-person classes that will be available to you this summer and fall at the Communiversity at Queen Creek:

Check for the latest updates at

Ready to get started?  Contact the Communiversity at QC team now.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Closures & RioLearn Outage March 20

image of Rio Salado Tower in Tempe

Here’s some news about maintenance work that will affect your access to RioLearn and closures that will limit your access to our offices during Spring Break 2015. Please plan accordingly.

RioLearn Down March 20
RioLearn and our college phone system will not be available Friday, March 20, 7a.m. – 12 p.m. during a scheduled building maintenance. You will still have access to your Student Information System (SIS) and other self-serve options at during this outage.

College Closures and Hours of Service, March 16-20
All Rio Salado locations and in-person services will be closed during Spring Break, March 19-20. Operators will be on duty to field general Technology Helpdesk and Financial Aid department calls during this time.

Locations normally open Saturdays will have regular business hours on March 21.

Many offices will have adjusted service hours during Spring Break week, March 16-20, including Advisement, Admissions and Records and Financial Aid.

Please visit this page for a full listing of special hours of service and closures during this week

You will still have access to RioLearn, self-serve enrollment options at and Ask a Librarian services during this time, with the exception of the RioLearn outage on March 20.

We hope you have a chance to enjoy a few, well-deserved days off from school. 

Here’s to Spring Break 2015!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Rio Salado Advisement Closed Fri., Feb 27

Image of Rio Salado advisor with student

Please note, Rio Salado Advisement offices will be closed Friday, Feb. 27 so staff can attend the annual Maricopa Advisement conference.

We apologize if this poses an inconvenience. Please call our main line if you need immediate assistance at 480-517-8000 or 800-729-1197.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

EVVEC Workshops and Presentations

An armed forces member shakes hands with a civilan.
The East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) offers free services to veterans and their family members, including educational and career outreach, academic advisement, community referrals and in-person workshops and classes.

February 2015 Workshops

RSVP Required. Reserve Your Seat Now.

Financial Literacy Workshop – Tuesday, Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m. 
Presented by Five Rings Financial to help you set financial goals, manage credit and debt, protect yourself against identify theft and find ways to save and invest while managing risk. Group and individual Q&A sessions will follow presentation. Complementary literature and workbooks provided free of charge.

Employable Skills & Readiness Workshop – Wednesday, Feb. 11, 4 p.m. 

Presented by the Maricopa Workforce Connection to provide strategies on how to improve your resume, enhance your interviewing and networking skills and capitalize on your military experience as part of the civilian workforce.

VA OEF/OIF/OND Veteran Informational Presentation – Thursday, Feb. 19, 5 p.m. 
Presented by VA patient advocates, who will provide information about VA benefits, vocational rehabilitation, filing disability claims, medical care and more. They will also help you register with the VA Medical Center and set appointments with counselors. Complementary literature provided free of charge

Where: EVVEC, 3320 S. Price Road, Tempe, AZ 85282
More Information: 480-384-9850 /

Monday, January 12, 2015

Special Saturday Service Hours, Jan. 24 & 31

Image of Rio Salado Employees welcoming guests

Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will provide special Saturday service hours for several student services, January 24 and 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., to help meet the increased demands that normally occur at the start of a new year.

Students Services Available:

The Testing Center, Knowledge Commons and Technology Support Helpdesk will have normal Saturday hours.

Visit our online listings for more details about important dates, closures and extended service hours.

Here are a few tips to help you avoid lines and hold times:
  • Take advantage of self-serve options like the financial aid steps and to-do list.
  • Avoid the lunchtime rush between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and try to call before 10 a.m. You can always leave a message requesting a callback.
  • Avoid calling or coming in on Mondays and consider a mid-week visit.
  • Come prepared before you call or come in to see an advisor by reviewing your program at

For a step-by-step guide on how to get started at Rio Salado, visit

Monday, December 8, 2014

Rio's Testing Services Make Valley-wide Impact

photo of Linda Lukey at testing center in Tempe

Tucked away in each of Rio Salado College’s nine locations are testing centers serving thousands of Valley residents and visitors including U.S. Military personnel, U.S. Postal Service workers, FBI agents, GED® test-takers and yes— lots of college students. They also offer IT exams like the one passed by Ayan Qureshi, the five-year-old boy from the UK who recently became the youngest Microsoft certified IT professional in the world.

Rio Salado Testing Centers aren’t getting that kind of international attention-- but they’re getting a share of local and national merit.

“Rio Salado College Testing Centers were the first in Arizona to become Nationally Certified Testing Centers by the National College Testing Association,” said Linda Lukey, Rio Salado director of testing and prior learning assessment.

Lukey, who has been instrumental in the development and growth of the testing centers, is proud of that distinction— and the national recognition from the College Board, which has recognized Rio Salado since 2002 as a Top 100 College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) testing center. It also recognized Rio Salado as a Top 25 Military Testing Center for CLEP exams in 2013 - 2014.

Each of Rio Salado’s Testing Centers offers 33 CLEP exams, which assess subject matter proficiency and provide an opportunity for students to receive college credit with qualifying scores. For example, Spanish CLEP test-takers can earn up to 16 college credits.

Students can apply knowledge they’ve gained through prior course work, independent study, internships, job training, professional development and personal pursuits.

There are 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.

The Testing Center provides proctoring services for other educational institutions so students can take midterms and finals at a location that’s convenient for them. “We are also part of the Consortium of College Testing Centers, offering proctoring services for students worldwide,” said Lukey.

The Pearson Vue GED® test has become quite popular. More than 10,000 people have taken the exam since the college began offering it in October of 2013.

There are a series of tests you can’t fail. ACCUPLACER exams are free of charge and help new students gauge their current skill levels for Reading, English and Math. Academic advisors use the results of the assessments along with details about students’ academic backgrounds to determine appropriate college courses.

Rio Salado Testing Centers also offer Adobe Certified Associate and Microsoft Office Specialist Certiport Exams; exams that assess English language skills 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: 

Pictured above: Linda Lukey, Rio Salado director of testing and prior learning assessment.

This story can also be found in the December 6 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Early Childhood & Human Dev. Classes in QC

a teacher sits at a small table with three young children as they complete an art project.

Interested in earning a degree or certificate in Early Childhood & Human Development? Rio Salado College is offering a certificate-to-degree program with in-person class options at the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

Learn more about the program, and check out the latest schedule of in-person classes at the Communiversity at QC.  

For additional information regarding Early Childhood undergraduate and professional development opportunities please contact Student Enrollment Services at 480-517-8580  or email us.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Enjoy a 10% Discount at the Cafe @ Rio!

Talk about a bargain! 
Enjoy a 10% discount on all of your purchases with the Café at Rio Gift Card. 

It's a quick and easy way to save money. 

Check out the latest Café specials and news by visiting our online menu and Café Facebook page. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Energy Systems Technology Information Session

Image of engineer examining an energy generator

To meet the demands of the growing field of building management, Rio Salado College offers a new certificate in Energy Systems Technology that begins January 12, 2015.

Interested in learning more? Join us for a free information session Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at RSC Downtown.

This session will provide students with a detailed overview of the certificate program and courses, and the tools you'll need to successfully complete all requirements.

To RSVP for this event, or for further questions, please contact:
Richard Cuprak 

Information Session and in-person classes are at RSC Downtown:
619 N. 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85007

To learn more about this new Energy Systems Technology certificate, visit this blog post or