Rio Salado College Thomas


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Rio Salado College Thomas

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3631 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85019

Phone: 480-377-4300


Rio Salado College (RSC) Thomas offers adult education classes to help you develop your academic skills to obtain a high school equivalency diploma or increase your English language abilities. These classes are offered both day and evening to fit your schedule. RSC has specialized support services to help you achieve your goals.

Come explore how our adult education classes build a solid foundation for college and/or your entry into the workforce. Adult Education Information

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Rio Salado College offers a variety of classes to meet the needs of our students and the community.

Non-Credit Classes Include:

  • GED® Test Prep Classes
  • English Language/ESL
  • Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE)

Career Training:
Non-credit and credit Career Training is offered to co-enrolled Adult Education Students. For more information visit our Adult Education Career Training page.

Contact #: 480-377-4316


Rio Salado College testing centers are certified by the National College Testing Association (NCTA). We administer a variety of exams for students, military members and community organizations. We adhere to the professional testing standards and guidelines of the National College Testing Association (NCTA). For additional information please visit Rio Salado Colleges Testing Services

Free tutoring is available to all enrolled Rio Salado students. Tutors help you understand course content, improve study skills and develop the confidence needed to succeed in your class. Tutoring hours vary please call the RSC Location for more information.

Counselors assist students to set personal, educational, and career goals. They provide high quality and accessible services to meet the needs of the diverse student population. Counseling Services at Rio Salado College are an integral part of the total educational process. These services are provided at no cost to students. Students can visit the Counseling & Career Services webpage or call (480) 517-8785.

All Rio Salado students can access library services at any time via the Rio Salado Online Library.

Disability Resources & Services: 
Rio Salado College offers resources and services that promote accessible learning for students with documented disabilities. Services and accommodations are available at no cost to qualifying Rio Salado students. Visit Rio’s Disability Services webpage for more information.

Rio Salado College partners with organizations throughout the Phoenix area to discover creative, new ways to empower our local communities. RSC works with education and community partners to improve services for local residents and offer programs and services that provide pathways to post-secondary education.

Some of our Partners include: 

  • Arizona Department of Education, Adult Education Services
  • Arizona@Work-City of Phoenix/Maricopa County
  • Arizona Department of Economic Security, Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Chicanos Por La Casa
  • Opportunity for Youth
  • Dress for Success
  • YEAR-Up


RSC students come from all walks of life with stories to tell. Following are a few stories of students at RSC Northern. These stories are inspiring like the students themselves, each illustrating how education opens doors to a better future.

Nikole Cruz 

Nikole Cruz

Nikole Cruz became a mother at a young age. She dropped out of school to support her family, moving to Arizona from California in 1995. Despite not having a high school diploma, Cruz was fortunate to obtain employment. She worked hard and attempted to earn her GED many times over the years while working full-time as a single mother.

Cruz eventually married and moved to Texas while her husband was deployed to Iraq. After helping her two eldest children graduate high school, she found herself back in Arizona to help support her two youngest children. She thought it would be easy to find a job. “Even with the amount of experience I had, no one would hire me because I did not have a high school diploma or GED,” Cruz said.

She enrolled in GED prep classes at RSC Thomas, where she also works in a support role. “I’m very proud to be a part of this program and support all students as we make this journey together!”

Cynthia Barragan 

Cynthia Barragan

Cynthia Barragan is a native of Phoenix and single mother to four children. Transitioning from middle school to high school was a confusing time in Barragan ’s life. She was put into special classes for the learning disabled. Overwhelmed, she dropped out of school without graduating. She married and divorced young, all the while working two jobs to meet the needs of her family.

After being overlooked for promotion twice at work due to her lack of education, she enrolled in classes at RSC Thomas. When her life was challenged, she fought for it and prevailed. She is looking to start her own non-profit to aid those in need, and to sharing her new motto. which is: “I love my life!”

Alejandro Chavez 

Alejandro Chavez

Alejandro Chavez is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, where he studied medicine, attended veterinary school and practiced homeopathic medicine. He moved to the U.S. eight years ago, and became an avid activist for the Hispanic population. Chavez has a wife and three children.

After working for the U.S. Census in 2010, he decided to enroll in English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) classes at RSC Thomas. By obtaining a more proficient understanding of the English language, he hopes to continue educating and helping others in the field of medicine.

Robert Box 

Robert Box

Robert Box was 14 when he dropped out of high school. At the time, he did not know what effect this decision would have on his life. He quickly fell in with the wrong crowd and overlooked the cause and effect of his actions. Eventually he began working fulltime and put school on the back burner.

Box married his wife nine years ago. They now have two beautiful children. His wife enrolled in a college nursing program and urged him to go back to school to get his GED. He completed GED prep classes at RSCThomas and began the Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program. He sums up his experience by quoting this old English proverb: “If there is a will, there is a way.”

Arturo Diaz-Tena 

Arturo Diaz-Tena

Arturo Diaz-Tena came to the United States from Mexico, where he worked at the Mexican consulate in Mexicali. He attended a notable university in Mexico. where he studied business.

Diaz-Tena worked as a banker and accountant for 25 years and had two children. Now retired, Arturo decided to continue his education by improving his English skills. He enrolled in English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) classes at RSC Thomas. He focuses his time on consulting for a company that creates homeopathic products.

Diaz-Tena says learning English will allow him to finally break down the communication barriers that he has faced for so long. He aspires to help others discover natural remedies that can enrich and better their lives.

Margarita Real 

Margarita Real

Margarita Real moved from Mexico to California where she worked several odd jobs for income. She had a hard time communicating with her supervisors and quickly realized that not being able to speak or understand English was a huge disadvantage.

After moving to Arizona, Real worked two jobs to support her family. Her eldest child graduated high school and enrolled in a culinary program, providing Margarita with the spark to change her life. She enrolled in English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) classes at RSC Thomas. She enjoys the learning experience and knows that once her language barrier becomes obsolete, the sky is the limit!