Showing posts with label New Year. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Year. Show all posts

Monday, January 12, 2015

United Way 2014 Great Success Thanks to You!

Cedrtificate of Appreciation to Rio Salado College from St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance on December 24, 2014.  "for helping to eliminate hunger in our community."

We are pleased to announce that Rio Salado College raised approximately $18,300 during its 2014 employee giving campaign in support of the Valley of the Sun and Mesa United Way, including St. Mary’s Food Bank. 

Approximately $283,000 was raised by all ten Maricopa Community Colleges.

image: Who's Hungry in Maricopa County.  Unite to End Hunger.

The focus of our 2014 campaign was to Help End Hunger in Maricopa County. We appreciate the role you played in making this campaign a great success.

Every action you take will make a difference.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Energy Stystems Tech Classes Begin Jan. 12

image of a tech reading a guage for a generator

In-person classes for our NEW certificate in Energy Systems Technology begin January 12 at RSC Downtown

Course content will focus on energy management and conservation concepts, building codes, standard rating systems, blueprint reading, and efficiency-- with hands-on lab and field-based learning experiences.   

There's still time to register. 

Learn more about this program in this RioNews blog and

Monday, January 5, 2015

Help Rio Salado Choose a New Mascot!

image of MCCCD Chancellor Rufus Glasper surrounded by Maricopa Colleges mascots and a sillouhette of a bear mascot with a question mark in it.

Have you ever wondered what Rio Salado's mascot is?  Get your creative juices flowing and help us choose a mascot that reflects our culture, brand and history-- and will fit in with our motley crew of Maricopa Community Colleges mascots.

Submit your suggestions for a name, idea or design concept to our Rio Salado College Mascot Contest committee, January 5–31, 2015.

The selected winner will receive a $100 gift card. 

Learn more by visiting

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Holiday Well Wishes from Rio Salado

image of a gift box with Happy Holidays salutation
One of the real joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you and to wish you the very best for the New Year. It's also a time to reflect on what we have done and what we hope to achieve in the future.

We end this year with a renewed commitment to make education affordable and accessible to anyone who has a passion for learning-- and with a new vision statement that more closely reflects our culture as an educational institution:

We reinvent the learning experience to change lives.

Members of our Rio Salado family recently articulated the importance of our culture and how it embodies the values of our organization in a video profile, which you can view now. We think it encapsulates the true meaning of our purpose and our commitment to the communities we serve.

We look forward to being of service to you in 2015.

Happy Holidays.

Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 24 at noon until Monday, Jan. 5. Some specialty services will be available at select Rio Salado locations. Please visit this web page for details.

Friday, January 6, 2012

A New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep: Making College a Reality with Online Classes

A new year brings the promise of new opportunities. It is a time to reflect on unfulfilled dreams and make plans for a better future. In 2011, Rio Salado College helped nearly 70,000 students work toward their educational goals with more than 43,000 taking online classes.

More and more college students are taking advantage of the flexibility of online classes. They can study where and when they want at a time that is convenient for them. According to a recent report, Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States, nearly one in three college students take at least one online course.

For adults who have to balance the responsibilities of work and family, online classes provide a way to earn a college degree or certificate.

“Rio has the flexibility that students need to complete their academic goals,” said Kishia Brock, vice president of student affairs. “Our online classes help busy adults fit college into their schedule. We never cancel an online class and have 48 times a year that students can begin a degree or certificate program, which means students can begin when they are ready to.”

Earning a college degree or certificate can lead to career and professional success. Rio has nearly 650 online classes to choose from. Rio student Jennifer Papworth is working toward a degree in public administration. She always thought that she would go to college when her children were in school.

“I chose Rio because I still had one child at home and wouldn’t have to pay for childcare,” Papworth said. “Online classes fit into my schedule and meant that I didn’t have to spend time away from my husband and kids.”

The college has a wide variety of student services tailored to online students.

“We want our students to succeed and provide comprehensive student support services to help them along the way,” Brock said. “Academic advising, career counseling and tutoring are available. Students also have round-the-clock access to virtual library services and instructional and technology help desks.”

Papworth said that the key to being a successful online student is the same as being a traditional student, “Plan your time wisely, keep your mind open and enjoy the learning experience.”
Rio Salado College is one of ten Maricopa Community Colleges and the largest online public community college in the nation and was recognized as the fastest growing public two-year college in the nation by Community College Times. Founded in 1978, Rio Salado offers degree and certificate programs and general education courses. The college also provides support for dual enrollment, military and incarcerated students, and is the largest provider of adult basic education in Arizona.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Look Back at 2011

As we look forward to continued growth and innovation in 2012, we'd like to take a moment to reflect on what was accomplished this past year and thank our amazing students and staff for making 2011 a year of milestones.

Click the chat bubble on each photo to learn more.