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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, November 4, 2015

Veterans Day Closure, Nov. 11

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. 

Normal business hours will resume Thursday, Nov. 12.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Free Workshops for Parents Beginning Oct. 10

Image from flier: Father taking care of an infant in a crib.  Text: Rio Salado College and the Communiversity at Queen Creek Host Parenting Workshops

Rio Salado College’s Early Childhood and Human Development Program and Shining Stars Learning Center will present a series of free community workshops for parents at the Communiversity at Queen Creek. Workshops take place monthly from October 2015 - April 2016.

These non-credit classes are based on a training program developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University, which promotes the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and school readiness by the age of five.

program flier, text is the same as blog.Saturday Workshops
10a.m. - 12p.m.


Oct. 10 - Making Connection
Nov. 14 - Making it Happen
Dec. 12 - Why Do Children Do What They Do?

Jan. 9 - Recognizing and Dealing with Childhood Trauma
Feb. 20 - Teach Me What to Do!
Mar. 12 - Facing the Challenge (Part 1)
Apr. 9 - Facing the Challenge (Part 2)

Participants will earn a two-hour training certificate upon completion of each class. The classes meet Arizona’s Children Association and A Place to Call Home training requirements.

Image of Shining Stars Learning Center front door and staff.
Classes are free and open to the public.

Register online with Shining Stars Learning Center at or call (480) 888-9545.

Interested in taking your education a step further? Learn how Rio Salado can help you earn a degree in Early Childhood Administration and Management.

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.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Summer Hours May 18 – Aug. 14

Image of Rio Salado employee wearing a Rio Salado sweatshirt.
Rio Salado College will implement a new summer hour schedule that includes Friday college wide closures, beginning May 18 and ending August 14.

All college locations and services will be closed on Fridays except the following:
  • Testing Centers at Tempe, Northern, the Communiversity at Surprise
    and the Communiversity at Queen Creek
  • RSC Tempe: Technology Helpdesk phone support, KJZZ, KBACH and Sun Sounds
Please note, the Rio Salado Library in Tempe will also be closed on Saturdays during this time.

We will resume week-long operations on Aug. 17.

This new schedule will provide cost-saving, energy benefits during slower summer months. We hope this does not pose an inconvenience for you. 

We encourage you to use self-serve options at 

Please visit our locations pages for additional details about college closures.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

We're Hiring! Part-Time Call Center Positions

Image af a Rio Salado employee looking at camera, behind her are Rio Salado students.

Rio Salado College is hiring part-time employees to join its Institutional Advancement Call Center team!

Job duties include assisting students with basic information about admission, registration and financial aid and outbound calling.

We encourage Rio Salado students to apply.

The ideal candidate will be customer-focus oriented, possess excellent written, verbal and listening skills, communicate policies and procedures with extreme attention to detail, and possess the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

Interested in learning more? Read the full job description.

Visit Rio Salado's Employment Page for details about all part-time and full time opportunities.

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

RSC Northern Testing Closed April 2

image of Rio Salado Testing Center

The Rio Salado Testing Center at Northern will be closed Thursday, April 2 for maintenance. 

Testing services will resume on Friday, April 3.

Please visit our other testing centers if you need to schedule an exam on April 2. 

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

EVVEC and RSC Southern Remain Closed 3/18

UPDATE: Due to the earlier situation in Mesa, the Rio Salado College Southern location and EVVEC will remain closed today, Wednesday, March 18.  

Keep your contact information updated in – especially mobile devices and e-mail addresses – to benefit fully from the Maricopa Emergency Messaging System (MEMS) Alert system.  Manage your alerts through Rave here.

Alert: RSC Locations in Lockdown

UPDATE: Due to the ongoing situation in Mesa, the Rio Salado College Southern location and EVVEC will be closed for the remainder of the day, Wednesday, March 18.  

Rio Salado College Southern and the East Valley Veterans Education Center are in lockdown due to a police situation in Mesa. Please avoid the area until further notice.

Keep your contact information updated in – especially mobile devices and e-mail addresses – in order to fully utilize the Maricopa Emergency Messaging System (MEMS) Alert system. Manage your alerts through Rave here.

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!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Saturday Services for You Jan. 24 & 31

Image of a Rio Salado employee at front reception desk.

Take advantage of Saturday services at Rio Salado Tempe headquarters, January 24 and 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   

Students Services Available:

We are providing these extra hours of service to help you meet the increased demands that normally occur at the start of a new year.

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

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New! RDG 091 College Prep Reading Classes

image of a woman in a library reading among stacks of books.

Need help with basic reading and study skills, vocabulary and comprehension? You’re not alone. That’s why we have RDG 091: College Preparatory Reading.

Now there’s an 8-week, hybrid option with in-person classes that meet once a week for 3 hours, complemented by online coursework.

Classes begin January 20 and 21 at four Rio Salado locations across the Valley.

Enroll in one of these classes now.

Locations and Times

RSC Avondale
Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.
Course dates: 1/20/15-3/10/15

RSC Suprise LLC
Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.
Course dates: 1/21/15-3/11/15

RSC Northern
Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.
Course dates: 1/20/15-3/10/15

RSC Southern
Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.
Course dates: 1/20/15-3/10/15

This course is included in our Textbook Savings Program

RDG 091 is a prerequisite for BIO 156, Nursing students and students who score 77 or less on the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension exam. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Winter Break Service Hours

Happy Holidays.  The college will have limited service hours during winter break.
Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 24 at noon until Saturday, Jan. 3.

Some specialty services will be available at select Rio Salado locations. Please visit this web page for details.

We will resume regular hours on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rio Salado Teaches English through Music

For generations, cultures around the globe have used the power of music to facilitate and enhance learning, to share stories and perpetuate traditions. Honoring this approach, Rio Salado College’s Southern location at 3320 S. Price Road, has created a unique musical club where traditional folk music is used to help English as a Second Language (ELAA) students master the English language.

Every Wednesday, students gather around as Adult Basic Education Instructor Peggy Lux leads the group in a handful of catchy songs that are geared to help with language comprehension, pronunciation and annunciation.
“Our music club was created for students who like to make a joyful noise while receiving practical benefits from learning this way,” said Lux. “Our accents tend to disappear when we sing.”

Students have the opportunity to learn classic American songs like “Old McDonald,” and even festive favorites such as “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”

“Music and singing are traditional learning tools,” Lux said. “Think of the alphabet song. Music is a great way for students to learn proper pronunciation through muscle memory. I've use this technique in my ELAA classes.”

The music club complements the ELAA program, which helps local residents of all skill levels improve upon their written and verbal English language competency.

Francisco Alberto De La Torre-Gutierrez, a Rio Salado lab technician and trained guitarist, said he enjoys sharing his passion for both music and English with students.

“It’s really a learning environment,” said De La Torre-Gutierrez. “Students are able to apply what they learn in music club to what they are currently learning in ELAA. It seems to really help them better comprehend the English language.”

Khurram and Francisco
Music club participants represent a diverse network of countries and cultural backgrounds.

Socorro Alicia Leon relocated to Phoenix from Guadalupe, Mexico, where she ran her own business for more than 30 years.

Khurram Shahzad recently relocated to Phoenix from Pakistan and embraced the opportunity to combine learning English and music.

“It was something I really wanted to learn, and when the opportunity was offered to students at this location for free, I couldn’t wait to sign up,” said Shahzad, who was also inspired to take up the guitar.

When asked what she most enjoys about instructing the music club, Lux said, “It is a relaxed way to share American music and its traditions with our students. It’s exciting to be a part of their learning process.”

Music club is available to all students who have completed registration at the RSC Southern location, at no additional cost.

To learn more about Rio Salado College’s ELAA program, please visit

This story can also be found in some December 13 issues of the Arizona Republic. By Aubrie Artiano, PR Assistant for Rio Salado College.

PHOTO 1: Socorro Alicia Leon, Rio Salado ELAA student, participates in music club with Francisco Alberto De La Torre-Gutierrez, Rio Salado lab technician.

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.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Closure, Nov. 27-28

Happy Thanksgiving. The college will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28.

We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 27-28. 
Special services will be available on Saturday, Nov. 29. Learn more here:

We hope you enjoy a safe and happy holiday.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Rio Salado Southern Celebrates Student Diversity

a group of friends pose for a photograph in traditional Chinese dress.

Rio Salado College locations have become a melting pot of world cultures, in great part because of the English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) classes they offer. Students and staff from RSC Southern in Tempe decided to celebrate that diversity by hosting an International Days Festival Oct. 28-30.

Image of attendee holding a flag.

The three-day long festival gave students a chance to share music, food, clothing, stories and traditions that make their culture and country of origin unique.

The celebration kicked off with a Parade of Nations on Oct. 28, which recognized students from more than 35 countries, who proudly waved flags from their country of origin and posed for pictures.
image of map with pins showing student countries of origin

A world map was provided for students to pinpoint their birth country with tacks that included their names. As you can see from this photo, the geographic coverage was extensive.

The event also brought together students who participate in RSC Southern’s Music Club, which meets once a week to improve their English speaking skills through music and song.

Rio Salado Instructor Linda Putnam chooses music that makes it fun and easy for students to memorize lyrics and sing along while they learn and retain correct pronunciation and annunciation.

Rio Salado Lab Technician Francisco Alberto De La Torre-Guiterrez recently joined Linda for weekly classes, contributing his welcomed skills as a trained guitarist.

“It’s really a learning environment,” said Francisco. “The group gets together every Wednesday and we sing traditional American Folklore songs,”

“Students are able to apply what they learn in Music Club to what they are currently learning in ELLA. It seems to really help them to better comprehend the English language.”

Khurram and Francisco
Francisco says he truly enjoys sharing his passion for music and the English language with students from across the globe. He has even begun teaching one of the club’s students, Khurram Shahzad, how to play guitar.

“I was a performance guitar major, so having the opportunity to come to work and share my passion and expertise with students is incredibly rewarding and exciting.” said Francisco.

Khurram attests to the success of the Music Club’s innovative approach to mastering English, and- a side benefit- was inspired by Francisco to learn to play guitar.

“It was something I really wanted to learn, and when the opportunity was offered to students at this location for free, I couldn’t wait to sign up.” said Khurram.

Music also played a special role throughout the International Days Festival, which continued with a talent show, pot luck and other events that gave students a chance to share in a truly multi-cultural experience.

Check our our Facebook page for more photos.

By Aubrie Artiano, PR Coordinator at Rio Salado College

Thursday, October 30, 2014

One-Stop Resource Center for Veterans

William Phaler from and veteran Ignacio Reyes.
You can have the best program or service in the world but if no one knows anything about it—what good is it? Increasing awareness about the benefits available to veterans was the primary focus of the Veterans Healthcare Benefits and Resources Clinic at Rio Salado College Southern in Tempe on Friday, Oct. 17.

“After listening to veterans in our district, we found that many were unaware or did not have access to all available community resources,” said Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, who hosted the clinic with Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, Councilmembers Robin Arredondo-Savage and Corey Woods, the Phoenix VA, Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) and the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC).

Left to right: Woods, Sinema, Arrendondo-Savage and Mitchell

More than 30 organizations and VA benefits eligibility advisers offered one-on-one advisement, information on medical care and Medicaid, and how to find help with grief, military sexual trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other issues affecting veterans.

“The importance of ensuring that our veterans have what they need to be successful cannot be understated,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “When a veteran cannot find the services they need, whether that be healthcare, benefits, or an education, we all suffer.”

The clinic was also an opportunity for the EVVEC to increase awareness about the comprehensive services it offers to veterans and their families-- all year long.

“The EVVEC is a one-stop center that provides many free services,” said Troy Friedman, EVVEC’s site coordinator. “Academic advisors assist students with understanding and completing course and degree requirements, class registration and information about student services and resources. On Wednesdays, a Rio Salado career counselor is available for face-to-face meets-- to help students set personal, educational, and career objectives-- and share resources to help them learn, grow and succeed.”

photo of EVVEC service providers
EVVEC Service providers are available to veterans all year long.

The center also provides skill assessments, financial aid and college orientation services to help veterans use their Post-9/11 benefits by mapping out an education plan that fits their unique needs and goals. It hosts Arizona State University’s Veterans Upward Bound classes, which help students improve developmental English, math and computer skills and transition into college. It is also an access point for Maricopa and Phoenix Workforce Development and has a comprehensive referral service program that includes many community-based agencies that can provide assistance with employment, health and housing services.

There are monthly workshops, which include help with resume preparation, interviewing skills, financial literacy, and VA benefits; free wireless Internet and computer access; help learning how to use computers and private Skype access for family of deployed service members.

Rio Salado College Southern is located right next door, so veterans and their families have additional access to Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, English Language Acquisition classes, workshops, testing services and more.

The EVVEC began providing services in 2010 from a temporary location on Broadway and Southern. This new facility, which opened its doors in February 2014 serves as a permanent home for the center, which is hosted by Rio Salado College in partnership with the Maricopa Community Colleges District, Scottsdale, Mesa, Gateway, Chandler-Gilbert and South Mountain Community Colleges. Other partners include the Arizona Department of Labor, Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, Disabled American Veterans, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Phoenix VA Healthcare System and the Phoenix VA Regional Office.

For more details about services, hours of operation and to schedule a tour of the EVVEC, visit or call 480-384-9850. 

EVVEC Service Providers pictured above: Jeannette Breden, ASU Veterans Upward Bound Program Coordinator; Troy Friedman EVVEC Site Coordinator; Kara Cutler, NAU Military Program Coordinator; David Lopez, Maricopa Workforce Connections Trainer. They were among the service providers available during the Oct. 17 Veterans Healthcare, Benefits and Resources Clinic at Rio Salado College Southern in Tempe and offer help to veterans and their families all year long at the EVVEC. 

This story can also be found in the October 25, 2014 issues of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.