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A Message from President Smith: We Are In this Together— Now and this Fall

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Interim President Kate Smith shared this message with students and employees about the work we’re doing to help you complete your educational journey now and this fall, and to ensure the health and safety of all the communities we serve.

Dear Students,

As we prepare for the traditional fall semester, I want to assure you that we are ready to help you continue your online educational journey now and this fall at Rio Salado College.

Our online classes are available now for summer and this fall, as they always have been. We are already offering remote alternatives to most of our in-person services such as testing, advisement, financial aid, disability services, tutoring and more through zoom meets, online chats, phone and email. We also have numerous scholarships, grants, emergency relief funds and community resources to assist you.

We are working with our adult education, corporate and government, dental, dual enrollment, incarcerated reentry and teacher education teams to develop alternatives to in-person/hybrid instruction and labs as well as customized in-person instruction and schedules for students in these programs. We will share details with you in follow up emails about updates to in-person learning experiences and services that are relevant to your program of study.

We understand the power and value of in-person learning experiences such as labs and internships, where you learn by doing with someone there to guide you. We also understand the power of human connection and how it helps us learn and grow. We are committed to keeping you connected and close through remote services and finding alternatives to in-person experiences until it is safe for us to be together again as a community.

Your learning experience and safety are paramount. Here is an overview of some of the actions we are taking to help you with both:

  • Academic and risk management teams are regularly assessing, planning and adapting to ensure continuity of services and the health and safety of students, employees and all of the communities we serve.
  • The college is preparing facilities and employees to provide limited in-person Testing Services by appointment on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning August 17.
  • Plans are underway to provide additional in-person academic support services beginning Monday, Oct. 5. Services will be available by appointment and may be reverted back to current remote services based on COVID-19 developments.
  • We are observing CDC, Arizona and Maricopa Community Colleges guidelines and mandates, including the use of facemasks.

Our services are designed specifically to help you meet the challenges many students are facing today due to the COVID-19 pandemic— and allow you to learn from the comfort and safety of your home. We hope you take comfort during these uncertain times in knowing that we are here for you today, this fall and throughout your educational journey.

We encourage you to email or complete this information request form if you have follow up questions. You can also visit our web site to chat online with one of our online success coaches and use our self-serve options at We also suggest you take advantage of the resources available through our Maricopa Community Colleges LearnSafe and COVID-19 web portals. Lastly, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our counseling services for any questions related to services.

We look forward to sharing updates and being of service to you. Wishing you health, safety and continued educational success.


Kate Smith
Rio Salado College Interim President

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