Rio Salado Education

Call us today 480-377-4262

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    Join RISE - Rio Salado Education
    Choose from over 350 classes

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    Come to our Open Days
    Listen to the West Valley Symphony, the Border Patrol or Financial Advisor, Wayne Stutzer

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    Thanks to our wonderful presenters.
    We wouldn't be RISE without them.

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Why RISE - Rio Salado Education

Want to learn to paint with watercolors? Have you been curious about acupuncture or ancient middle eastern goddesses? Maybe you want to write the next great American novel. These choices and 350 more are yours for only $65 per year. Join in the excitement at RISE where we offer classes from Tai Chi to Car Repairs. There’s something special happening at RISE. Come be a part of it!


SEP 26

Fall Semester Begins! Welcome Back.

10:00 AM

NOV 11

Rise And Rio Salado Closed

09:00 AM

NOV 11

We Salute Our Veterans

10:00 AM

NOV 21

Rise Closed All Week

08:00 AM


Winter Registration Begins Online And At Rise

09:00 AM

DEC 19

Holiday Break. See You In January

12:00 AM


Happy New Year!

12:01 PM


Winter Semester Begins

10:00 AM


Fall Classes Begin on Monday, September 26th

   Fall Class Updates/Changes/Additions

Class #157, Chi Kung, is at 11a.m. on Wednesdays.

Class #102, The History of ISIS/ISIL is four (4) sessions.

Mondays 10 a.m. on Sept 26th; Oct 10th, 17th, 24th

Class #187, Islam and the Koran has been canceled.

Class #193, The Library of Congress, is three (3) sessions.

The final session is Thursday, December 1st at 10a.m.

The Nativity, scheduled for Dec 1st has been canceled.




To reserve a seat for our Community Events call Stacee at 480.377.4296  or email at







RISE uses seven learning tracks: *Natural Sciences *Social Sciences *Health and Wellness *Spirituality and Religion *The Arts *Finance *Technology

Mission Statement :  Founded in 1996, RISE is a grass roots community based educational organization created for and by adults to afford them the opportunity for stimulation, enlightenment and interaction with peers in an environment which encourages life-long learning. 

Goals:  To attract people with varied talents who are willing to share as Presenters and thereby give individuals the opportunity to use their talents in a meaningful way. To provide diverse classes in a variety of curriculum areas reflecting the wishes of the membership. To encourage participation in leadership roles by as many of the members as is practical so that RISE truly represents all of the members. To offer forums for exchange of ideas and knowledge in a comfortable and friendly environment. To expand membership and member participation in RISE. To utilize state of art technology to improve RISE classes and administration of the organization.




We are saddened to announce the passing of Mike Dubin. Mike was born in New York City (Queens) and had a Master's Degree in Political Science and Government from Columbia University. He authored nine books on the Presidential Elections. He taught high school history for thirty years and retired to Sun City West. In 1996, he became a founding member of RISE, served on the Governing Council and taught until February 2016. His knowledge made history come alive for his student and his sense of humor made all his students laugh. We will miss him. A memorial service was held on June 15th in Sun City West.  Donations can be made in Mike's memory to the Parkinson's Foundation or to RISE Learning for Life.




Do you know someone you think would make a great presenter for RISE? Do you have an idea for a subject that we haven’t touched on yet? We would LOVE to hear from you!

We are currently at work on scheduling the Winter and Spring 2017 semesters. If you have an idea or would like to suggest someone, contact Marion or Stacee with the details. To be scheduled for the Fall semester, we need the information no later than October1st.           

Winter semester- January 9th - March 2nd.   Registration is Friday, December 9th at 9a.m. Spring semester March 13th - May 12th.

Contact information is:

Stacee Himes 480.377.4296

Marion Kammauf 480.377.4762            


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 Upcoming Events at RISE


FALL 2016 Registration ONLINE

Friday, September 16th @ 9 a.m.

If you need assistance please come to RISE.