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John Field in graduation cap and gown

John Field

Associate Degree in Arts

"At Rio Salado College, I was involved in Phi Theta Kappa and the Student Public Policy Forum. These experiences taught me that I liked community service, public policy and advocating for those who cannot represent themselves. These are gifts that I will treasure forever and hopefully make a difference in the lives of the people around me."

Kristi Houston in graduation cap and gown

Kristi Houston

Associate Degree in Computer Technology

"My goal of graduation took 38 years to attain. I took a decades-long break from college to raise a family and run a publishing business. Being able to take classes online is what finally made it all possible. And the fact that I took the bulk of the classes after age 50 was a real advantage. I took my studies more seriously than I did in my 20s."

Romell Alexander in graduation cap and gown

Romell Alexander

Associate Degree in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders

"Rio Salado made the impossible possible for me. I thought online learning was not for me, and that I would have to teach myself. Boy was I wrong! All of my instructors were great. The thing that I once despised was the thing that worked best for my schedule. I was able to work full-time, tend to my home, and care for my wife and kids, all while earning my degree."

Austin Hornbaker in graduation cap and gown

Austin Hornbaker

Associate Degree in Arts and Associate Degree in Science

"Through Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program, I was able to complete two associate degrees in high school. As a result, I have two years of a bachelor’s degree completed, allowing me to jumpstart my career and finish college early."

Nichol Brown in graduation cap and gown

Nichol Brown

Associate Degree in General Studies

"I left the workforce to be a stay-at-home mom, and decided to use the opportunity to accomplish my life-long dream of college. After researching many options, I determined that Rio Salado was the perfect fit. Online classes gave me the flexibility of fitting school into my schedule and working at a pace I enjoyed. This format kept me stimulated and motivated throughout the degree process."

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