Showing posts with label online classes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label online classes. Show all posts

Friday, January 15, 2016

Class cancelled or full? No problem!

Image of a young woman holding up a tablet that reads: Never cancel a class, EVER!  The Valley's leader in online education: Rio Salado College, a Maricopa Community College. 480-384-3352.  600+ online clasees.  Classes start Monday.  $84/credit
Many of you are on a time schedule-- to complete your program of study by a specific time.  Rio Salado can help you stay on track if you discover your class is full or cancelled.

Many of our online courses transfer directly to our 40+ partners including Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and The University of Arizona.

Classes start most Mondays. Enroll today!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Launch Your Sustainable Food Systems Career!

image of a young woman carrying a basket of carrots walking through a farm.
If you have a passion for food, fair trade and sustainable practices that can benefit our environment-- then consider Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program!

This program of study will teach you about ways to create sustainable food practices, the real food movement, how food is produced and purchased as well as preparation techniques. 

This new video will introduce you to the concept and history of the sustainable food system industry and how you can make a positive impact in this ever-growing field.

Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program is designed for students who work in the food service industry as well as newcomers who do not have a culinary background!

We also encourage you to watch this video, which includes testimonials from recent graduates who talk about the convenience, flexibility and affordability of this program. 

Image of Chef Ken Leonard
Included in the video are remarks from Chef Ken Leonard who runs the kitchen at Madison Street Veterans Association (MSVA), a transitional living facility for homeless veterans. Learn more about Leonard's story in this Maricopa Community Colleges student profile.

Classes start most Mondays!  Get started on your new career path now.  Visit to learn more.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Demo for Students New to Rio & Online Learning
New to Rio Salado College and online learning-- or thinking about enrolling?  This new demo was made for you!

Explore the options and convenience of our online learning platform and see why more than 40,000 online students have taken classes at Rio Salado College.

Start your demo now.

#onlinelearning #onlineclasses #tutorial #onlineeducation  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Rewarding Careers in Sustainable Food Systems

image of an instructor and students in a garden

Looking for a new program of study and career option? Consider Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program.

If you support fair trade and local products, have an interest in learning how sustainable practices benefit the environment-- then this Rio Salado program of study is for you!

Learn more by visiting

Here's a new video featuring testimonials from program graduates that shows why this program is perfect for busy, working professionals!

 Classes start Monday! Enroll today.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Rio Investigator Training Course Piques Interest

Image of headline from  Ahwatukee Foothills News: Rio Salado College offers surrounding poicie agencies new hybrid investigative course

We are pleased to share this story by Ahwatukee Foothills News intern reporter Ryan Santistevan about Rio Salado's new Investigator Training Course for local law enforcement professionals-- which is now available in a hybrid format at the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

Flier for course: Investigator Training Course for Law Enforcement Professionals.  NEW for FALL 2015! Enhance Your Investigative Skills Rio Salado College now offers the Investigator Training course for law enforcement professionals in a hybrid format, which combines in-person and online learning. The hybrid course offers more flexibility to those who cannot attend in-person on a weekly basis. The class covers crime scene management, investigation report writing, interview and interrogation, search warrants and court orders, courtroom testimony and more. Officers will receive 16-hours of continuous training from AZPOST per college credit. Through this program, participants can earn up to 64 hours of AZPOST training hours. Overview: Class open to sworn and civilian law enforcement only • Class meets August 27-December 10, 2015 • Taught by Detective Paul Dalton, Phoenix PD • In person classes take place at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, 21740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142 • In-person Thursday class dates: Aug. 27, Oct. 15 and Dec. 10, from 4:30-9 p.m. Remainder of the course is conducted online. Enroll Now! Contact Sylvia Anderson at 480-517-8461 or
Included are insights from Angela Kwan, faculty chair at Rio Salado College, who explains how the course helps Phoenix police agencies with training.

Are you interested in a law enforcement career? We can help you get started.

Whether you’re already an officer or looking to join the force, Rio Salado has the training you need to advance your career!  The Law Enforcement Technology program is designed to provide you with the education needed to enhance your professional skills, earn promotions and meet the challenges of being a law enforcement officer. You can earn 39 credits toward your degree just for completing your basic training.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Full or Cancelled Class? We Can Help!

Full Class?  No problem!

Need an alternate to a full or cancelled class so you can stay on track? We can help! 

With more than 600 online classes, flexible Monday start dates, 8-week and 16-week options and credits that easily transfer-- Rio Salado is a convenient and affordable option to help you complete your program of study-- on your timeline!

The seating capacity is unlimited and we never cancel an online class—ever. 

Visit our online class schedule and then register at

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Student 101: Need to Know Terms

photo of Rio Salado Tempe headquarters

Monday starts, Block Calendar and other systems that are unique to Rio Salado can be a bit confusing, especially if you’re not familiar with the related terminology. Here are a list of words and phrases that will help new students understand what they must do to meet academic, registration and financial aid requirements.

Academic Program
A prescribed series of classes designed for a specific degree, certificate, or other credential. See your Academic Advisement team for support.

  • Program Seeker – Students who have declared a Rio Salado certificate, degree or transfer program in, ESF (Electronic Student File) or by meeting with an advisor.
  • Non-Program Seekers – Students who take classes for personal or professional gain, to supplement a degree program at another college or university and students who have not declared a Rio Salado certificate, degree or transfer program.

Satisfactory Academic Progress
To keep your financial aid, you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress, which is measured by three criteria: Progress, Grade Point and Maximum Time-frame. Here’s a clever video to introduce you to this concept and what these terms mean. Visit your Financial Aid team for more details.

Block Calendar System
Unique to Rio Salado College, the block calendar system uses semester blocks to provide students with flexibility in class scheduling. The importance of you understanding how this system works is critical to your success at Rio Salado. Here is an introductory video that makes it easier to understand this system. 

  • Academic Terms – Like traditional semesters at other colleges, Rio Salado has fall, spring and summer terms.
  • Semester Block – Each Academic Term is divided into Semester Blocks, with a definitive start and end date. Students choose a block that works best with their schedules and complete classes within the specified time-frame. Semester Blocks must be completed within a specified Academic Term.
  • Term Block – Synonymous with Semester Blocks.
  • Class Start Date – When a class begins, which is typically Monday. Students can choose multiple class start dates within their Semester Block, as long as they complete all classes by the Semester Block end date.
  • Class End Date – The last day course materials can be can be submitted.
  • Monday Starts - When Academic Terms, Semester Blocks and most classes begin.
  • Out of Block – Classes that do not start and end within a Semester Block, which will automatically be dropped if not completed by a student’s Semester Block end date. 

This Block Calendar Planning Tool will help you determine which Academic Term, Semester Block and Class Start Dates will work best for you!  If you need additional support, call on your Admissions and Records team.

Visit our student orientation web pages for more student success tools.

Monday, April 13, 2015

New Partnership to Serve International Students

Image from World Education Group web home page, students meeting together on a campus.

Rio Salado College is a leading provider of online learning in Maricopa County, and will soon be serving a broader student base thanks to a new partnership between the Tempe-based college and the World Education Group.

The World Education Group recruits foreign students who are interested in earning a bachelor’s degree in the United States through its American University Pathway Program (AUPP).

image of Dr. McGrath

“Rio Salado pursued this partnership to reach out to international students and provide educational opportunities for those in underserved areas,” said Dr. Jennifer McGrath, Rio Salado’s Vice President for Academic Affairs.

While in their home countries, students can earn up to 30 credits of general education studies online with Rio Salado. The students then have the option of taking more classes in person at a Maricopa Community College and transferring to a four-year institution, or transferring directly to an American university.

"Taking their first year of courses online with Rio Salado allows international students the time to get their affairs in order and prepare for moving to the United States while still earning college credit,” McGrath said.

Another benefit to students is cost savings. International students who remain in their home countries and take online classes through Rio Salado for the first two years can save thousands of dollars in tuition, and room and board fees.

“Online classes offer affordability because students don’t have expenses related to on-campus housing and living,” McGrath said.

AUPP operates centers in many countries, so international students have the benefit of a local learning community. Their “full-support learning” model provides mentoring, tutoring, advising, registration and application assistance to ensure student success before relocation to the United States.

During this time, Rio Salado College staff will work hand in hand with AUPP mentors to ensure a smooth advisement and registration process.

"International students can expect the same level of service and support as our students within the United States,” McGrath said. “They will receive the same quality online education which will prepare them for further studies when they arrive.”

AUPP targets high school graduates and senior-level students who have strong academic records and advanced English skills.

Once enrolled, students begin their college coursework with an online orientation followed by an English class. They can then choose from a list of 15-16 course options.

Because Rio Salado College has articulation agreements with 40+ universities nationwide, students can seamlessly transfer their credits toward a bachelor’s degree program.

This story can also be found in the April 11, 2015 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College. 

Please note, international students can register directly with Rio Salado College.  Visit this web page for more details about programs and services available to international students.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Note Taking Tips for Online Learners

Image of a young ma at a computer taking notes

Organized notes should be a concise and complete outline of the most important points and ideas in the lesson.

Why is Note Taking Important?

The process of taking notes helps you to:
  • Clarify ideas not fully understood in the text or in the lessons
  • Comprehend and memorize important information
  • Develop quality assignments
  • Prepare for exams
  • Achieve the course objectives

1. Prepare for your Study Session
Explore different Note Taking Methods. Your method should vary according to the subject and learning materials. For example: Are you reading about literature, social issues or communication skills or are you reading scientific information, formulas or terms?

You can choose traditional methods such as:
Cornell method
Mind maps

You can also explore computer applications for note taking.
Macworld® Magazine Tips
Business News Daily Tips

2. Focus on the Topic
  • Reflect on what you already know about this topic. Review the previous lesson and skim the text. How does this lesson relate to what you knew before?
  • Identify and write the main ideas and supporting details. You can use the outline method or a mind map.
  • Identify unfamiliar terms and concepts and look up for the definitions in the textbook or in the dictionary.
  • Identify material that is unclear or difficult and develop questions to send to your instructor.
3. Summarize
  • Write a summary of the ideas and facts.
  • Use abbreviations, key words and short phrases.
4. Recite
Using your own words repeat what you have learned in this lesson.

5. Assignments and Exams
Review instructions and if necessary clarify with instructor. Following instructions will contribute to relevant assignments. Respond the questions that are being asked.

6. Save your notes
  • Review notes and add comments. Think about your opinions. Reviewing contributes to more effective memorization.
  • Create a folder in your computer to save your notes. You can organize them by lessons. You could also keep them in a three ring folder.

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

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rio Featured in U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report: Consider Whether to Take an Online Course at Community College. Online community college courses can provide an affordable and accessible option for employees who want new skills.

Here's a story by Ian Quillen from U.S. News & World Report about the benefits online community colleges can offer working professionals.

It includes perspectives from Rio Salado Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jennifer McGrath and former Rio Salado Retail Management student Nicki Schillhahn-Amos from Fry’s Food.

Learn how we can help you.

Take the next step:

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Full or Cancelled Class? We Can Help.

Did you receive notice that an in-person class was cancelled or full? Need an alternative to stay on track with your program of study? We can help!
With more than 600 online classes, flexible Monday start dates, 8-week and 16-week options and credits that easily transfer-- Rio Salado is a convenient and affordable option.
The seating capacity is unlimited and we never cancel an online class—ever.

Visit or call 480-384-9959.

Friday, September 12, 2014

IFS210: Research in a Global Society

Explore the global culture developing around the Internet with IFS210: Research in a Global Society.

This highly interactive course is perfect for digital technology and social networking enthusiasts who are curious about how people around the globe live and communicate.

No textbook purchase required!

Prerequisites: None.

Enroll now

IFS210 can be used to satisfy your Global Awareness Requirement.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Block Calendar 101

This video will give you a brief on how the Rio Salado Block Calendar System works. Please note, all of your classes must fit within your semester block's start and end date. Classes that are out of block are automatically dropped.

For more details visit or contact the Rio Salado Advisement team at

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

$16.5K Stipend for STEM Teacher Program

Rio Salado College Noyce Scholar Katy Westersund
A Rio Salado fast-track teacher program, generous scholarship and help with job placement await 20 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professionals who are ready to recareer as teachers, pass on their knowledge and inspire Arizona teens to excel in the sciences. Time is of the essence. The application deadline is July 18.

The program provides a $16,500 stipend for a 15-month online program that gives qualified candidates a chance to earn an Arizona Teaching Certificate to teach math and science in grades 7-12.

For more information about Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars program, including application requirements and testimonials from Noyce Scholars, visit or call 480-517-8066.

We also suggest you check out this RioNews blog: for more insight.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Rio Salado Offers Online Courses Including CPR Class

“I want everyone in the world to take this class,” said Angela Ambrosia, a faculty chair member at Tempe-based Rio Salado College.

It’s safe to say every teacher will say their class is the most important and that everyone should enroll in it. But not every teacher can say their class has the potential to save lives. Ambrosia’s cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) class has the potential to save lives and that is why she wants more people to enroll in her class.

“If I can teach somebody so that they will feel comfortable and not panic when this occurs, it will be great,” said Ambrosia. “I think we can improve the survival rate for cardiac arrest patients.”

In the Rio Salado class, students will learn to identify signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest with emphasis on early action. They will learn how to manage a conscious and unconscious airway obstruction and the proper technique for performing one and two rescuer CPR on the adult, infant and pediatric victim. Additionally, the students learn to deliver effective oxygenation and ventilation using a bag- valve-mask device and how to perform automatic, external defibrillation as part of the resuscitation of the adult in cardiac arrest.

“Students will learn current American Heart Association standards for one and two rescuer CPR and obstructed airway procedures on the adult, infant, and pediatric victim,” said Ambrosia. “The students will also learn to use automatic, external defibrillation and resuscitation equipment.”

According to the American Heart Association, the use of CPR dates back to 1740. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t know how to perform it today.

Rio Salado College launched the classes in January and saw more than 100 students take the online class and pass the in-person exam. Among the students who passed the exam is Tempe resident Jennifer Phoebe, who is a mother of three young children.

“I’m taking classes to get my degree in nursing and because I have children,” said Phoebe. “I thought CPR is something I should know. It’s long overdue.”

With family and work already keeping her busy, Phoebe found it difficult to attend classes in a traditional setting. So she chose online classes where she could attend class when it fit into her schedule.

“I have time constraints with kids and it made it a lot easier to take the classes online,” said Phoebe. “People think it’s going to be easy because it’s online, but you really have to learn the material. It was a great format for me and it was easy to understand. There was a lot of material and I learned a tremendous amount.”

After taking the classes online, Phoebe was relieved to practice what she learned during an in-person test under Ambrosia’s supervision at the college’s main location in Tempe.

“I felt a lot better coming in and doing it on a mannequin,” said Phoebe. “It reinforced everything I learned online.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Former Tempe Police Chief is Newest Faculty Member

Ron Burns will teach Law Enforcement Technology at Rio Salodo College

Rio Salado College’s newest Law Enforcement Technology faculty member is a familiar face for Tempe Residents.

Ron Burns, a former Tempe chief of police began his duties at Rio Salado this month. Burns spent more than three decades in law enforcement as a Tempe cop, assistant chief and chief before accepting the position at Rio Salado.

“This is a great opportunity for me. I always wanted to impact the training police officers receive and in this position I can do that,” said Burns.

A Northern Arizona University graduate, Burns initial goal was to teach. But in 1971 when he graduated from NAU there were no suburban teaching jobs to be had.
With a wife and family to support Burns re-evaluated his choice of career composing a list of attributes he wanted in a job.

“Every item on my list of things I wanted fit with a police officer,” said Burns. Hired as a regular “beat cop” in the early 70’s, Burns spent 21 years patrolling the streets of Tempe and serving in almost every assignment available.

In 1988 he was promoted to assistant police chief and served in that position until 1993. Prompted by his desire to attain the top position in the department, he left Tempe to be the police chief in Kirkland, Washington, a city of 40,000 located on the east side of Seattle.
In 1995 he returned to the city of his roots serving as the police chief for Tempe until 2000. Following a brief stint at a non-profit, Burns found he missed police work too much and returned to law enforcement serving as chief of police of Lakewood, Colorado, a city of about 150,000 in the Denver suburbs. He retained that title until his recent hire at Rio Salado.

He’s glad to be back in the East Valley where most of his family still resides including three sons and five grandchildren. He is also excited to be part of one of the largest criminal justice education programs in the country.

Rio Salado has been a leader in law enforcement education since 1990 providing education to law enforcement agencies around the country.

Rio Salado’s LET program offers both a certificate of completion and an associate in applied science in law enforcement technology degree. Classes start every Monday allowing students to start their general education classes at any time.

The department also works extensively with several police agencies around the state offering certified course work and certified instructors for basic training. Those agencies include the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy, (ALEA) which offers police academy training for officers from around the state. Additionally Rio Salado partners with the Maricopa County Sherriff’s Department, Mesa Police Department, Mesa Fire Department, Arizona Department of Safety and the Arizona Department of Corrections. Students can receive up to 39 college credit hours for completing their basic training. The 39 hours is nearly two thirds of the way to earning an associate degree, said Jim Hornburg Public Safety Manger at Rio Salado College.

“An associate degree is becoming the standard for higher education for police officers. Officers need a degree to be promoted or to get specialty assignments. Our online classes make it a lot easier,” said Hornburg.

For more information about Rio Salado Law Enforcement Program call 480-517-8540 or visit the Rio Salado Web

Excellence in Education Awarded North High Teacher

North High School teacher awarded “Excellence in Education”

North High School Social Studies Department Chair Daniel Dodge is often referred to as “Mr. North High” by fellow teachers and administrators. The popular teacher is admired and trusted by students at the school. This week the Phoenix Union High School District student government advisor was the winner of the “Excellence in Education” award presented in partnership with RioSalado College and KEZ 99.9FM.

Dodge was nominated by North High School student body president Stephen Geffrey.
Calling him a legend because of his enthusiasm and dedication, Geffrey, said Dodge has inspired many students including him to become educators.

“He has been instrumental in teaching 18 years of students the important lessons of leadership, diversity, and respect,” said Geffrey of Dodge who plans and coordinates the school’s multicultural retreat. Dodge is the sixth teacher to be recognized this school year in the “Excellence in Education” program.

Each month during the school year, a Valley teacher is selected and recognized for his or her outstanding contributions to education. KEZ’s Marty Manning and Rio Salado’s Maribeth All visit the teacher’s school to surprise them with their “Excellence in Education” award. The surprise visit is broadcast live during the “Beth and Bill Morning Show.” All winning teachers are awarded $99, an “Excellence in Education” plaque, a KEZ Prize Bag of Fun, and their picture on the and Rio Salado College websites. Online entry forms can be found at

Rio Salado College - "Getting involved in the communities we serve!"

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

New English Language Classes Start at Rio Salado

Rio Salado College is holding open enrollment for English as a Second Language (ESL) credit classes. In-person classes begin Feb. 26 in Surprise, Mesa, and Paradise Valley, and online classes start every Monday. Students will receive college credit upon completion of each course, and classes range from five to 15 weeks. Evening classes are available.

Benefits of ESL credit classes
Students receive college credit.
  • Students gain both language and computer skills.
  • Students receive personalized attention from instructors with master’s degrees in the discipline.
  • Students interact with engaging technology that caters to their learning style: audio, visual, and kinesthetic.
  • Students can access their classes anytime or anywhere the Internet is available.
  • Students pay affordable tuition with payment plans and financial aid.
  • There is no residency requirement for ESL credit classes.

    Seating is limited for in-person classes. For more information about registration, call 480.517.8249.
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2008

    Early childhood Education Online Program Fills Need

    Often child-care provders have little time or money to pursue an education... You need a schedule that is flexible," Diana Abel.
    Diana Abel, Rio Salado College Director of Early Childhood Education and Human Development Undergraduate Studies, was a stay-at-home mom working as a family childcare provider when she realized she wanted more.
    While she was passionate about the youngsters in her home, she knew there were thousands of others she wanted to reach.
    Today she’s in charge of Rio Salado’s early childhood undergraduate program. Started just over a year ago, the program already has more than 500 students and is expected to continue to grow as more and more child care providers realize that gaining college-level certificates and degrees in today’s marketplace is vital,” said Abel.
    Like many of her generation, Abel dropped out of college in 1971 to raise her family. Eight years later as a childcare provider serving on a state committee she realized if she wanted to make a difference in the child care field she needed to complete her education.
    While serving as the executive director of a Tempe-based non-profit Abel went back to school earning a bachelors in 1995 her masters in 1998 and her doctorate in 2001. She’s taught early childhood education at Glendale Community College and served as the faculty chair at Mesa Community College before taking on the role of director at Rio Salado. She’s quick to point out without her education her career options would have been severely limited as well as her ability to influence the field.
    “Because of my background one of my greatest pleasures is to mentor others who struggle to balance family needs with professional aspirations,” said Abel.
    Abel and Rio Salado College Project Manager Rene Manning, who also started as a child care provider, believe Rio’s early childhood education program has grown so quickly in part because of their understanding of those in the field and their challenges to complete their education.
    “Often child care providers have little time or money to pursue an education. Online education can be a very time effective solution especially if you have childcare barriers, transportation issues and you need a schedule that is flexible,” said Abel.
    “The vast majority of our students are already working with children 40 or 50 hours a week, they need to be able to go to school when they have the time not when the institution schedules it,” said Abel.
    Her experience in the field is extensive including organizing a variety of non-profits and developing professional training. She was also instrumental in starting the National Association for Family Child Care. While representing Arizona lobbying for expansion of the National Child Care Food Program she and fourteen other family child care providers organized the NAFCC, the first association designed expressly for those in the industry now in its 25th year.
    She also set up a nonprofit association to provide professional development training and started a group to enroll child care providers in the Child Care Food Program.
    Rio Salado is the only Maricopa Community College early childhood program offering all courses necessary to complete an associates degree online. Credits are transferable to Northern Arizona, Ottawa and Northcentral universities. Courses start every Monday and the early childhood program offers certificates and degrees in Early Childhood Education and available later this spring, will be Early Childhood Business Administration or Family Life Education.
    Additionally, child care providers working on national credentials such as the Child Development Associate (CDA) or the Certified Childhood Professional (CCP) can use selected coursework from Rio Salado to fulfill the educational requirements necessary to meet credentialing criteria.
    For additional information regarding Early Childhood Undergraduate and Professional Development programs, contact Rio Salado College Student Enrollment Services at 480-517-8580 or visit our web site at