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Alumni News

Introducing RioNational

Rio Salado College is proud to announce the official launch of RioNational, the college’s national division. RioNational focuses on leveraging the strength of the college’s existing programs and flexible start dates to make higher education accessible to parts of the nation where online programs are unavailable or cost prohibitive.

Rio Salado has made changes to better serve our students nationwide as America's Online Community College™, in part, by:

  • Adjusting the out-of-state tuition rate
  • Launching a new website for RioNational: http://national.riosalado.edu
  • Assembling a team of Success Coaches with expertise in enrollment, academic advising and financial aid
  • Launching targeted marketing campaigns based on student personas

Whether students are starting college for the first time or picking up where they left off, RioNational meets students where they are and takes them where they want to go. Programs are personalized to student needs and aligned with employment opportunities upon completion.

Rio Salado College Heroes of Education 2019

Dana Kennedy

The Maricopa Community Colleges and the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation hosted the 14th Annual Heroes of Education Recognition Dinner last year.
Heroes of Education honors individuals and organizations that have a proven personal and professional commitment to supporting students and educational opportunities.
The annual dinner raises funds to support student scholarships and contributes to the success of Maricopa Community Colleges students.

Dana Kennedy

AARP™ Arizona and Dana Kennedy, state director of AARP Arizona, were selected as the 2019 Rio Salado College Heroes of Education for promoting lifelong learning programs with Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges.

AARP Arizona provides resource support for workforce programs for older adults in the Information Technology Entrepreneur Certificate Program and 50-plus workforce programs. They also recently produced “The State of Aging in the Valley” with KJZZ and the Rio Salado Division of Public Service.

Thank you, Dana and AARP Arizona, for many years of partnership!