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One of the most important benefits of achieving a college education is learning how to learn. You have skills that will enable you to adapt as the world around you changes.”


  • A R I O S A L A D O CO L L E G E P U B L I C AT I O N

    Summer 2012


    THE GRADUATION ISSUE: Take the Next Step

    GED Graduation Speaker Aims High

    1Location Serves Downtown Residents


    Library Services Save the Day (and Night!)

    3Graduate Quotes6-7

  • Career Choices A to Z2

    Graduate Quotes6-7

    Library Services Save the Day (and Night!)


    Location Serves Downtown Residents


    Rio Lingo Tuition Comparison

    4 Class Schedule Getting Started


    Rio Salado College Locations


    Current is published 4 times a year by the Institutional Advancement Office at Rio Salado College.

    Rio Salado College President

    -Dr. Chris Bustamante

    One of the most important benefits of achieving a college education is learning how to learn. You have skills that will enable you to adapt as the world around you changes.


    GED Graduation Speaker Aims High


    2012 Graduation by the Numbers

    Tuition Comparison

  • Classes Start Monday!

    627 Associate Degrees

    23 Academic Certificates

    197 Recognitions of Academic Achievement (Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education completers)

    Note: 453 of the above graduates received academic honors.

    576GED graduates

    BY THE NUMBERSCommencement GED

    2012 GR ADUATION

    Bachelor Degree Partnership Pathway Recognitions (Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education completers)


    3,256 Certificates of Completion

    Rio Salado College Locations

    Rio Salado College President


    LISA MURILLO IS NO ORDINARY student. As a mother and grandmother, she may seem a bit older than other students, but she didnt let that get in the way of earning her GED and serving as student speaker at Rio Salados GED Graduation in May.

    Going back to school as an adult learner requires creating new habits and breaking old ones, Murillo said. It takes focus and determination, but it can be accomplished with perseverance.

    At the age of 14, Murillo moved to Arizona from Los Angeles after her parents divorced. Two years later, she dropped out of high school when her mother moved back to California and she was forced to fend for herself.

    She survived by finding employment at a tennis court where she performed routine

    maintenance and cleaning. Murillo got married at the age of 18 and started a family soon after.

    I had always wanted my GED,

    Murillo said. It was

    something that I envisioned, but I had to

    work to keep a roof over my

    familys head.On top of her duties

    as a parent, Murillo also worked as a payroll clerk for seven years.

    Numbers were always my forte, said

    Murillo, who was eager to get back into the classroom and use her number-crunching skills. Through the GED program, Im learning all new concepts that I never knew existed.

    Now that she has her GED, Murillos career goal is to earn an associate degree in dental office management by taking advantage of the IBEST program.

    IBEST students take 24 credits of dental assisting technology classes in addition to contextualized GED instruction.

    Murillo is proud of her accomplishments and is eager to share her success story with others. Starting a new career with the right education is a life-changing experience. Its one of the best decisions Ive made, said Murillo.

    By Jesse Woodbury


  • Career Choices Looking for a new career? Rio Salado College offers a variety of certificate and degree programs to get you started on your career path (full list of programs available online). And with our online classes, flexible start dates and affordable tuition, choosing Rio Salado just makes sense.

    Area of Study Degree or Certificate Prepares you to: AZ Median Salary*

    Accounting Certificate of Completion Associate in Applied Science

    Examine, analyze, and interpret accounting records, prepare/audit financial statements.


    Addictions and Substance Use Disorders

    Certificates of Completion (3) Professional Certificate Associate in Applied Science

    Counsel/advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other addictive behaviors.


    Computer Technology Certificates of Completion (6) Associate in Applied Science

    Work in information technology careers including networking, programming, web design, etc.

    Varies depending on specialization

    Creative Writing Academic Certificate Create original written works, such as scripts, essays, prose, poetry, for publication.


    Dental Assisting Certificate of Completion Associate in Applied Science

    Assist dentists, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.


    Dental Hygiene Associate in Applied Science Clean teeth. Examine oral areas for signs of disease. Educate patients on oral care.


    Early Childhood Education Academic Certificate Certificates of Completion (4) Associate in Applied Science (4)

    Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth.


    eLearning Design Specialist Certificate of Completion Associate in Applied Science

    Design online training, curricula, and multimedia presentations using current technologies.

    $49,600 for Instructional Designer

    General Business Certificate of Completion Associate in Applied Science

    Work in business careers including finance, marketing, accounting, management and human resources.

    Varies depending on specialization.

    Organizational Management Certificate of Completion Associate in Applied Science

    Plan, direct, or coordinate one or more administrative services of an organization.


    Paralegal Certificate of Completion Associate in Applied Science

    Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent.


    Public Administration Certificate of Completion Associate in Applied Science

    Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations.


    Quality Customer Service Certificate of Completion Associate in Applied Science

    Interact with customers, respond to inquiries about products and services and handle/resolve complaints.


    Sustainable Food Systems Certificate of Completion Associate in Applied Science

    Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that serves food and beverages.

    $47,500 for Food Service Manager

    Teacher Education Bachelors Degree Pathway Post-Baccalaureate

    Teach elementary, secondary and/or special education.

    Varies depending on specialization.

    *A median salary is the middle number from a list of salaries listed from lowest to highest. Salary statistics taken from, the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Arizona Department of Administration.

    **Rio Salado College is a Maricopa Community College and an accredited institution. Online classes may have in-person components, testing requirements, block calendar guidelines and require proof of legal residency. Verification with a Rio Salado academic advisor is recommended. Payment plan options and financial aid are available to those who qualify. For program details, such as estimated costs and graduation rates, please visit

    A TOZ programs


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    2Ask a LibrarianThe Ask a Librarian services provide students with 24-hour access to a live librarian who can answer questions about online and in-person research tools, provide links to additional information and direct students to the proper resources.

    Rio students dont always have a traditional schedule, so they love that there is a librarian on call 24/7, said Karen Docherty, Rio Salado College librarian. The chat service is designed to be convenient and easy to use. It doesnt matter if its six in the morning before they go to work or 11 at night after they get the kids to bed. All thats needed is a computer and Internet access to connect to the service and start chatting with a librarian.

    Txt a LibrarianStudents can also contact a librarian by SMS text message. The Txt a Librarian service uses a secure third party program to anonymously connect users with a Maricopa district librarian. When a student texts RioLib to 66746, their phone number is converted to a Rio Salado user ID that lets the librarian respond without viewing any personal information.

    Respecting the students privacy is really important to us, said Rio Salado College librarian Janelle Underhill. We want students to use these services with confidence. We want them to know that we arent collecting phone numbers or anything like that. Our only goal is to help students find the information they need.

    Online Writing Lab (OWL)In addition to 24-hour research assistance, Rio Salado students can also take advantage of the librarys online writing lab.

    OWL provides students with a wealth of information, tips and tricks to help them write at a college level. The Writing Rubric section covers basic elements such as sentence structure, organization and content. Other sections like General Writing and Critical Thinking cover topics such as evaluating and citing sources, paraphrasing and quoting, as well as more advanced topics like analysis, inference, and reasoning.

    How Do I? Video SeriesThere are also quite a few video tutorials available in the How Do I? section of the Rio Salado College Library web pages.

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