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Serving Those Who Serve: Rio Alumni Earns Maricopa Veterans Education Taskforce John McCain Award

In February, the Maricopa Veterans Education Taskforce (MVET) presented McCann with the John McCain Award in recognition of his dedication to serving veterans.
March 28, 2024

Dr. Kate Smith to Receive Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction

Rio Salado College President Kate Smith is one of 18 community college administrators nationwide to be honored with Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society’s Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction.
March 1, 2024

Job Loss Leads Student to New Calling as a Teacher

While losing his long-term retail leadership position during the pandemic was traumatic, Matthew Priskorn didn’t let the set-back define him. In fact, the adversity inspired Priskorn to reevaluate his personal and professional goals and plot a new path.
February 29, 2024

Student Heads Back to School for a Future in Education

To help offset the costs of her education, Joyner applied for a scholarship through the Maricopa Community Colleges. She received the Winston and Dr. Jean Tease Social Justice Scholarship for fall 2023.
February 22, 2024

Meet the Fall 2023 Rio Salado Scholarship Recipients

If you are looking for options to help finance your education, scholarships are available no matter where you are in your educational journey. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting or returning to school after working in the professional world— opportunities abound!
February 20, 2024

Rio Salado's Education Bachelor’s Program Recognized Nationally for Tackling Teacher Shortage

Rio Salado's Bachelor of Arts in Education, emphasizing elementary and special education (BAEE/SPED), is recognized as a national Promising Practice for addressing the teacher shortage.
January 19, 2024

Designing a Business Startup

Tech aficionados Lyle Brown and his wife, Jessica Bondy, left their small town in California to access a greater pool of job opportunities in Phoenix.
November 30, 2023

Dr. Patricia Case is Rio Salado College's 2023 Hero of Education

Each year the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation honors educators across the Valley for their efforts in supporting students and making educational opportunities more accessible with their Heroes of Education awards. Rio Salado College is proud to recognize Dr. Patricia Case as our 2023 Hero of Education.
November 21, 2023

Harvard's Center for Education Policy Research Honors Rio Research Team

A tool designed by a Rio Salado research team to predict student persistence in order to provide early intervention received national attention this spring from The Strategic Data Project, at Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research.
June 14, 2023

Awards Highlight Community Development Efforts

Rio Salado’s Community Development division is in the news! The team received two awards recognizing their efforts in embracing diversity and supporting adult education in Arizona.
April 6, 2023

Cur non Lingua Latina? (Why Not Latin?)

Latin is alive and thriving at Rio Salado College. See how learning Latin is helping students with language skills and preparing them for careers in many key industries.
February 28, 2023

President Kate Smith Named AWHE Woman of the Year

Rio Salado College President Kate Smith was named the Arizona Women in Higher Education (AWHE) Woman of the Year this month on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023.
February 21, 2023