With locations all around the state of Arizona, Rio Salado College is a Maricopa Community College which prides itself on being the “college within everyone’s reach.” Offering students opportunities including online learning, corporate and government partnerships, dual enrollment, adult Basic education, incarcerated re-entry, military and veteran opportunities and university transfer, Rio Salado College concentrates on serving the needs of the local community. Students may choose to enroll in over 50 certificate and degree programs, or participate in one of more than 500 online classes offered, many beginning on a weekly basis. New to students is the Communiversity @ Surprise program, where certificates, associates, bachelors and master’s degrees are offered through a partnership between three community colleges and three universities. An award-winning institution of higher learning, Rio Salado has been awarded such titles as the “Top Military-friendly School” from Military Advanced Education, “Excellence in Education” award from the Ronald McDonald House charities of Phoenix organization, and “America’s Greenest Campus” from Climate Culture.
Rio Salado College’s many campus centers include the “Green Learning Campus” and the Rio Salado College Ann Ott Learning Center, both located in Phoenix, as well as locations is Avondale, Mesa, Surprise, Glendale, and Tempe. All campuses work to encourage “inclusiveness,” which encourages mutual respect for differences and commonalities between students, faculty and staff on all levels, including intercultural, social and environmental factors. Students may attend Brown Bag Series events to learn about such concepts, as presented by the Inclusiveness Brown Bag Steering Committee.
Students wishing to study at Rio Salado College may choose from areas of study like Computer Technology, Dental Assisting, Early Childhood & Human Development, Law Enforcement Technology, Language/Literary Culture of the USA, Public Administration, Sustainable Food Systems and more. Degrees granted by Rio Salado include Associate in Arts degrees in Elementary Education, General Requirements, Special Requirements, Liberal Arts, Business, Science, General Studies, and Transfer Partnership. Other academic opportunities include Adult Basic Education, ESL Online, GED, Honors Phi Theta Kappa, Professional Certification, Property Management, Rise Learning for Life, and Troops to Teachers. For real-life learning experience, students may elect to participate in AARP, Military, Employer-based Training and University partnerships.
Rio Salado College is accredited by multiple agencies, and has articulation agreements with Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, NorthCentral University and more. As part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools RSC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), the Commission on Dental Accreditation, the Arizona Department of Education, and the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).