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Friday, August 19, 2016

Student Services Available to You, Sat., Aug. 20

As a reminder, the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will be open Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to help students during the back-to-school rush.

The following student services will be available to you:
Academic Advisement
Cashier's Office
Financial Aid
Registration and Records

The Testing Center, Knowledge Commons and Technology Support Helpdesk will have normal Saturday hours. 
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Here are a few tips to help you save time:
  • Try our new QLess service to schedule appointments.
  • 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 schedule a visit by creating a "to do" list.

For a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado College visit

Here's to an awesome fall 2016 semester!  Go #RioWaves!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

New Administration of Justice Studies Program

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Rio Salado College has a new educational program to help adult students and online learners prepare for a career in the criminal justice field.

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“Rio Salado’s new Associate in Applied Science and Certificate of Completion in Administration of Justice (AJS) are designed with industry expertise to address specific employment needs within the industry,” said Rio Salado Public Safety and Paralegal Faculty Chair Angela Kwan, who played a key role in the development of this new program.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the criminal justice field is projected to grow, which is why Rio Salado created its AJS program. Careers in this field include patrol officers, correctional officers, judicial law and court clerks, private investigators, private security and more.

Angela Kwan
“Rio Salado has a history of collaborating with local and national industry partners to prepare students for the workforce by offering an ever-expanding option of certificate and degree programs,” said Kwan.

“We are excited to give our students more options to prepare for local job opportunities. A highly-trained workforce benefits employees, employers and the greater community at large,” said Kwan.

Kwan said the AJS curriculum focuses on the law, constitutional rights, and civic responsibility. “Courses are taught by experienced practitioners and academic scholars who bring real-world application in the areas of law enforcement, the courts, and corrections,” said Kwan. “Students are assessed for critical thinking and communication skills, which better prepares them for a career in the criminal justice field and advanced academic studies at other colleges and universities."

To learn more about this new program, visit or call 480-517-8580

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Rio Salado also offers several certificate-to-degree pathway programs in the criminal justice field and credit-for-prior learning opportunities for graduates from authorized academies, law enforcement officers and former officers to earn a Certificate of Completion in Law Enforcement Technology.

For more information, visit

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Free Financial Aid Workshop in QC, Feb. 4!

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Need help figuring out how you're going to pay for college? Join Rio Salado for a free financial aid workshop at the Communiversity at Queen Creek to learn about the options available to you. 

Financing Your Post High School Education
Thursday, Feb 4, 2016
6-7:30 p.m.

Communiversity at Queen Creek
21740 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Phone: 480-384-9000

Participants will learn:
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• Where to find funding resources for college

• How to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA)

• How to estimate the amount of financial aid needed

Free and open to the public. 

Presenter: Rio Salado College’s Associate Dean and Financial Aid Director Nanci Regehr.

Registration required. Please call (480) 384 - 9303 or email to make your reservation.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Apply for Follett Textbook Scholarship!

Attending college and paying for tuition and books can be tough. Rio Salado’s Counseling Department can help with services, referrals and information you can use!  

Case in point-- if you have a financial need and cannot afford your textbooks you may be eligible for the Follett Scholarship at Rio Salado College.  

The criteria is as follows:

●  Student must be enrolled at Rio Salado
●  Student must have a 2.0 GPA
●  Student must have financial need
●  Student must submit an essay of no more than 500 words  describing financial situation.

Apply now via AcademicWorks. Deadline is January 1, 2016.

The award amount covers textbooks for the spring 2016 semester. Please contact Rio Salado's Counseling Department at 480-517-8540 for additional details.

Your Counseling Department is here to help in other ways! 
We encourage you to call on a counselor when you need help with issues such as: lack of motivation, relationship issues, study skills, test anxiety, time management, stress, goal setting, and access to community resources such as alcohol & drug abuse prevention resources. 

Visit this web page for more details about counseling services available to you.

Monday, October 5, 2015

4th Annual Camino al Éxito Education Fair

Image from event video: Feria de Educacion Camino al Exito 2015

On October 10, 2015, Expect More Arizona, Univision Arizona and the Helios Education Foundation will host the Camino al Éxito Education Fair. This fourth annual event will take place at South Mountain Community College, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The event will serve approximately 3,500 Latino parents and students of all ages, who will have a chance to experience a robust resource fair with exhibits, including a special reading garden where kids under five will receive a free book.

Parents and family members will also have an opportunity to attend workshops on a variety of topics, such as college readiness, financial aid and early learning.

Local and national talent from Univision will take part to meet and greet event attendees.

We hope you'll do your part to help Rio Salado College increase awareness about this community event.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Your Weekly Student Success Tip

Academic Success ● Go to class ● Connect with a tutor to help improve your grades ● Work with an advisor to complete an educational plan

Your weekly student success tip from Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges: Focus on Academic Success!  

Follow these tips and you'll improve your chances of succeeding.

Don't hesitate to call on Rio Salado tutors and academic advisors for help!

‪#‎iwillgraduate‬ ‪#‎succesfulstudent‬ ‪#‎tips‬

Monday, August 31, 2015

Save Big with 90/30 Transfer Programs

If you're like many community college students, you maybe thinking about transferring to a 4-year college. This re: THINK blog feature by NAU-Extended Campuses will introduce you to the benefits of its 90/30 transfer program, which allows you to transfer up to 90 community college credits toward a bachelor’s degree. That means considerable savings for you! 

Rio Salado has articulation agreements with more than 40 university partners across the country that accept student transfer credits toward specific programs.  Like NAU, some of our other partners offer a 90/30 transfer program option. Visit this web page for more details and to schedule an appointment with one of our transfer specialists.

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MacGarret Becker is your NAU transfer coordinator at Rio Salado. He is here Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. You can make an appointment to see him by contacting Rio Advisement at (480) 517-8580. You can reach Becker in between visits at (602) 776-4609 or Visit this web page for more details about transferring to NAU.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Orientation Tips for New Rio Waves

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Many of you will begin taking classes tomorrow. Here’s to a successful fall 2015 and a big welcome to all of the new Rio Waves

Are you ready?

If you haven't already, get acquainted with your student systems. This video will give you an introduction.

You should check your RioLearn account to see whether you have any assignments due on the first day of class.

Visit and search the RioNews archives for more student orientation tips.

Want to engage with other students?  Join RioLounge.  It's a place where you can chat, ask questions, share perspectives and buy, sell and trade books. Log into or create a Google+ profile using a personal Gmail account.  

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Helping Everest College Students Stay on Track

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Corinthian Colleges announced on Monday, April 27 that it was ceasing operations and instruction at its 30 locations. Campuses closed include Everest and WyoTech campuses in California, Everest College Phoenix and Everest Online Tempe in Arizona, the Everest Institute in New York and Heald College-- including 10 locations in California, one in Hawaii and one in Oregon. More than 16,000 students are now displaced as a consequence.

As of yesterday, Rio Salado began working with administration from Everest College Phoenix to help students affected by this closure to complete their educational goals.

Everest College Phoenix sent an email last night to students majoring in accounting, business and criminal justice, which encouraged them to contact Rio Salado about transferring.

Rio Salado is augmenting its student services teams to help these displaced students and dedicating phone lines and a new web landing page specifically to address their inquiries.

Students are encouraged to contact us by calling 1-888-423-2248 or submitting inquiries to and

Everest students majoring in accounting, business, organizational management and criminal justice have an excellent opportunity to transfer their credits to Rio Salado," said Rio Salado Director of Academic Advisement David Hall.

“There are other options to explore if students cannot successfully transfer credits,” said Hall. “Our credit for prior learning assessments are one possibility.”

There are 33 College-Level Examination Program® (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. Qualified students are also eligible to seek departmental credit by examination or evaluation.

Students can begin the process of determining whether their credits will transfer by uploading transcripts to

A Rio Salado advisor will contact students within a few days to share the results of their evaluations.

Everest students should receive copies of their transcripts by mail within the coming days and can contact the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education ( about future transcript related requests.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

ASU Transfer Webinar March 30

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Learn about transferring to Arizona State University in our 30-minute webinar.

You’ll get information about ASU, including admission requirements, pathway programs (MAPP), and important dates and deadlines for fall and spring.

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You can ask ASU Transfer Specialist Ally Archer questions during the webinar through live chat. 

Here is the link to the webinar:

To view the presentation you’ll need to create a login. We recommend making it firstnamelastname.

Webinar: Transferring from Rio Salado to ASU
Monday, March 30, 2015
12 – 12:30 p.m.

News courtesy of Rio Salado Academic Advisement

Friday, January 23, 2015

Saturday Services for You Jan. 24 & 31

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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.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Success Skills from a Success Instructor

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Students often want to know what skills are required in order to help them complete their college degree. I constantly relay to my students that they need to possess the abilities to think critically, question and analyze information, as well as maintain patience, perseverance, and a commitment to their academic goals. However, I believe that some success skills are not as frequently discussed or even known about that are critical to students’ success in college and life.

The tools of emotional intelligence and interdependence are among the hidden or forgotten competencies of success. Emotional intelligence simply refers to the ability to effectively manage one’s emotions, as well as others’ emotions (Downing, 2010).

The other significant success skill of interdependence is described as the ability to collaborate with others successfully by seeking, receiving, and applying feedback from others (Downing, 2010).

So you may be thinking how do I begin to acquire these skills and enhance the abilities I already have? Rio Salado offers a course to facilitate the development of such competencies called CPD150 Strategies for College Success. Enroll Today.

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Reference: Downing, S. (2010). On course strategies for college success. Mason, OH: Cengage Learning.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Dual Enrollment Benefits for Students & Parents

While many area high school students might be planning holiday activities, a few are getting a head start on their college careers through Rio Salado College’s dual enrollment program.

Dual enrollment allows students to earn college credit while still in high school. Research shows students who participate in dual enrollment programs have higher college GPA’s, are more likely to complete their freshman year when nearly 30 percent drop-out and are more likely to graduate from college than those who don’t.

“We have had dual enrollment students start medical school at age 20, and others who were admitted to prestigious third-year college programs at age 18,” said Dr. EJ Anderson, director of community partnerships at Rio Salado College. “Dual enrollment enhances the rigor of the high school curriculum, while introducing students to college expectations.”

Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program began in 1987 with Xavier College Preparatory as the first partner. Today, the college partners with 41 Arizona high schools. In the last year, more than 6,700 students earned high school and college credit simultaneously.

Dual enrollment classes are taught in person at each partnering high school, and are designed to meet both high school and college proficiencies. Instructors undergo special training to teach the college-level classes.

“I took my first dual enrollment class as a sophomore in high school at Desert Vista,” said Faith DeMent, now a freshman at the University of Arizona. “I chose the dual enrollment so my credits would transfer to the University. I was interested in Spanish and was excited to get a head start.”

With parental permission, high school students can take online classes through Rio Salado College to supplement their associate degree even if their high school does not have a dual enrollment partnership established.

“We love seeing the success and excitement of our students who earn an associate degree from Rio Salado and three weeks later graduate from high school,” Anderson said.

DeMent applied her associate degree credits toward a bachelor’s degree program.

“With the amount of credit I have received, I can take higher level classes as a college freshman,” DeMent said. “It was worth it in the end. It saved my parents a lot of money, and helped me get ahead. I think I can now earn my master’s degree in four years.”

In 2004, Rio Salado was one of four colleges and universities to earn accreditation with the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), the sole accrediting body for high school dual enrollment programs. Rio Salado was reaccredited by NACEP in 2011 and is still the only college in Arizona to have earned this distinction.

“Dual Enrollment program has really flourished in the past few years as students, parents, teachers and administrators see the incredible benefits of students earning college credits while still in high school,” Anderson said.

Dual enrollment credits transfer to all Arizona public colleges and universities, as well as many public and private colleges and universities outside of Arizona.

Registration for spring dual enrollment classes begins in January. To learn more visit

This story can also be found in the Nov. 15, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich.

Photo: Rio Salado Dual Enrollment Site Coordinator Claudia Bermudez (left) and Director of Community Partnerships EJ Anderson (right) stand alongside dual enrollment graduates from May 2014.  Learn more about this 2014 class in RioNews.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bill Gates Reflects on Visit with Rio Students

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Bill Gates visited Rio Salado earlier this month to learn about the college's progress with a student success initiative called RioAchieve-- and to meet with students to learn about their successes and challenges.   

Gates took to his blog today to reflect on that visit and his meetings with Rio Salado students like Shawn Lee. This heartwarming video profile produced by the Gates team features Lee as he discusses his life, his hardships, his inspirations-- and what he hopes to achieve as a Rio Salado student. 

You can learn more about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation visit to Rio Salado in this RioNews feature.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Schedule for MCCCD Gov Board Forums

Get involved! Employees, students, and community members are strongly encouraged to attend the upcoming candidate forums for MCCCD Governing Board elections.

Forums are scheduled at various Maricopa Community College locations as listed below. The Conference Center at Rio Salado College in Tempe is the site of the Sept. 26 forum.

The election is on Nov. 4, 2014. Districts 3, 4 and 5 will be up for election along with two At-Large positions. The Governing Board is currently made up of five persons, elected from geographical districts. Board members are elected in staggered years to four-year terms.

Don't know your district or candidates? See below. More resources are available here

All forums are from 6 - 8 p.m.

District 3
Greater Phoenix, Paradise Valley, New River, Desert Hills and Anthem
Candidates: Johanna Haver, Reyes Medrano, Sr., Fred Zook
9/3/14 Paradise Valley Community College East KSC‐1000B
9/4/14 Phoenix College Dome Conference Room

District 4
Avondale, Buckeye, Circle City, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Morristown, Peoria, Sun City, Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Surprise, Wickenburg, Wittmann and Youngtown.
Candidates: Jean McGrath, Randolph Lumm
9/10/14 Estrella Mountain Community College Estrella Conference Center
9/12/14 Glendale Community College Student Union—Palm Court

District 5
Avondale, Buckeye, Gila Bend, Gila River Indian Community, Glendale, Goodyear, Guadalupe, Phoenix, Tolleson
Candidate: Alfredo Gutierrez
9/17/14 South Mountain Community College Library Community Room

All of Maricopa County
Candidates: Mario Diaz, Tracy Livingston, John Heep, Eddie Tiggs
9/24/14 Scottsdale Community College Student Center
9/26/14 Rio Salado Community College RIO Conference Center

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Are You Prepared for the Elections?

Your vote counts! Exercise your rights and engage in the dialogue to make your voice heard. Here are some ways for you to participate this election season. 

Important Dates

  • Primary Election: 8/26
  • National Voter Registration Day: 9/23
  • Registration Deadline for General: 10/6
  • General Election: 11/4

Elections Resources 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 Capitol Times: The Arizona Capitol Times has a splash page covering the latest developments in local and statewide races.

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: Single day, coordinated efforts at voter registration.

MCCCD Governing Board Forums  

Employees, students, and community members are strongly encouraged to attend the candidate forums for MCCCD Governing Board elections and to submit questions to be posed to the candidates.

All forums are from 6 - 8 p.m.

District 3
9/3/14 Paradise Valley Community College East KSC‐1000B
9/4/14 Phoenix College Dome Conference Room

District 4
9/10/14 Estrella Mountain Community College Estrella Conference Center
9/12/14 Glendale Community College Student Union—Palm Court

District 5
9/17/14 South Mountain Community College Library Community Room

At Large
9/26/14 Rio Salado Community College RIO Conference Center
9/24/14 Scottsdale Community College Student Center

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

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rio Salado Catalog Now Online

The new 2014-15 Rio Salado College Catalog is now online at

The catalog is a comprehensive guide to Rio Salado College’s mission, academic information, areas of study, tuition, policies, and more. It includes information on Rio Salado’s student support services, registration, financial services, educational partnerships and Maricopa Community College District-wide programs.

Check it out today!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Managing College Debt with Scholarships

The Huffington Post featured an article on May 2 about the skyrocketing debt students are facing. It references a new study published by the Project on Student Debt, which has found that the average student debt has risen to 29,400—up by 63-percent in less than a decade.

What many students don’t realize is that student loan debt generally cannot be forgiven, even in the case of bankruptcy. There are exceptions in the case of extreme circumstances and via loan-forgiveness programs, such as the Teacher Forgiveness Program. Check out the Federal Student Aid site from the Office of the U.S. Department of Education for additional details.

There are a variety of resources to help you pay for college. The most common are grants, student loans, work study programs and scholarships. Students typically use a blend of these resources. A good practice is to apply for at least one or more types of financial aid. The most advantageous of these are scholarships because there is no debt to repay or interest to accrue.

There are a variety of college scholarships and resources at your disposal. For more details about the Rio scholarships available to you, visit this financial aid web page.

Rio’s general scholarship applications are processed through the new Maricopa Community Colleges District Scholarship Application. Students can complete one application and be eligible for multiple scholarships automatically. You’ll see listings for dozens of scholarship opportunities. If you visit that page now, however, you’ll quickly discover that many of these scholarship application deadlines have already ended or are due to expire-- so time and timing is of the essence.

There are other factors that will impact your success in acquiring funding. We highly recommend you visit this web page for tips and a tutorial before you begin the process of submitting your application:

Monday, January 14, 2013

Advisement News: Start At Rio

New to college? (or just new to Rio?) is the premier destination for everything students will ever need during their time at Rio Salado College. From researching programs to creating an account to registering and paying for classes, has all the best tools and links in one convenient portal.

Students who just want to take a class or two with RSC will appreciate the streamlined links that get them in and out smoothly.

StartatRio includes helpful screen shots and video clips to guide students through some of the more in-depth processes they will encounter. The checklist-style webpage organizes the steps in the suggested sequence, automatically checking them off as students proceed.

Additional useful information is included in each step under icons like "Cool Tips" and "Need Help?".

The Program Seekers portal culminates in our new NSO101 non-credit orientation class. Check out and get started today! (See the Jan 7 Advisement News post for more information on NSO 101.)

Submitted by Advisement Initiatives Liaison M. Murphy