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Distinguished Transitions


What is the Distinguished Transitions Pathway?

The Distinguished Transitions Pathway was developed to assist qualifying students to transition into the online college environment by providing scholarship assistance and enhanced advisement support. The program covers tuition, registration fees, and textbooks for three (3) consecutive Rio Salado classes (three to four credit hours each), provided  the student completes each class with a B or better.  Classes are selected based on the student’s academic plan and the advisor’s recommendations.

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Who is the Distinguished Transitions Pathway for?

The program serves the following populations:

  1. Students who completed AACE with a minimum 3.5 GPA, and obtained their high school equivalency (HSE) diploma.
  2. College Bridge Pathways ELAA students who have completed high school in their country of origin or have obtained their HSE diploma.
  3. College Bridge Pathways HSE students who have obtained their HSE diploma and meet the program requirements.

What are the requirements of the program?

  1. Attend a Student Success Seminar (if completed, provide the date and location)
  2. Take the Accuplacer test and place into ENG101 and CRE101 (or above).
  3. Meet with an academic advisor and develop an academic plan.
  4. Submit the following:
    1. Distinguished Transitions application
    2. Accuplacer results and/or transcripts
    3. Maricopa grant application
    4. Student Admission Application
    5. Declaration of Citizenship Form
    6. Essay explaining how the Distinguished Transitions will help you achieve your educational and personal goals (150-300 words)
    7. Academic plan

How do I enroll?

To enroll, students need to do the following:

  1. Call the Rio location closest to you and schedule a meeting with your location advisor.
  2. Develop your academic plan.
  3. Complete the enrollment packet in its entirety, and submit it to the location advisor.

The program director will review the application and inform the student about acceptance via mail.

Find your advisor’s contact information:
RSC Avondale 480-377-4405 Roxie Holmes 420 N. Central Ave, Avondale, AZ 85323
RSC Downtown 480-377-4065 TBD 619 N. 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007
 RSC Lifelong Learning Center  480-377-4253 Nuria Sanchez 12535 W. Smokey Dr, Surprise, AZ 85378
 RSC Northern  480-377-4207 Carmen Lira 1715 W. Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85282
RSC Southern 480-377-4105 TBD 3320 S. Price Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282
RSC Thomas 480-377-4312 Cheri Land 3631 W. Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85019

More Information

adult.ace@riosalado.edu

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