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Rio Salado College's 40 Year Anniversary


In 1978, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) challenged the limits of tradition and created Rio Salado College, a college without walls to serve non-traditional students. Today, the college has grown to serve nearly 53,000 students annually with nearly 28,000 online in Arizona and across the nation. The college’s innovative model also serves students in person through partnerships in the workplace, in high schools, in prisons and at Luke Air Force Base. Rio Salado College also serves adult basic education students at its locations across Maricopa County.

Please join us in this yearlong celebration!

We want to hear what Rio Salado College means to you. Submit* your memories and photos to throughout the year to be shared on our anniversary web site, in videos, event presentations and RSC’s social media sites. Also, share your memories and photos with the hashtag #RioSaladoCollege40th

Check out President Chris Bustamante’s message and the anniversary timeline that highlights 40 years of RSC’s contributions to student success. We hope you will visit our anniversary website often to see shared photos, memories and anniversary event information.

*Please keep your memory to a few sentences to accommodate space restrictions. By sharing your memories and photos, it implies that the college has permission to publish them on Rio Salado College’s 40th anniversary website, social media sites, in videos and in other promotional items.