Rio Salado Education

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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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    Who doesn't love to dance?
    Tai Chi, yoga, dancing and more...

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!



As the Rio Salado Surprise building remains closed until further notice, Rio Salado College and RISE, as a student organization of the college, have set a policy that NO classes are allowed to meet in person through the end of the year (2020). This includes the Non-Fiction Book Club and Hooked on Books Book Club.  All classes must be scheduled and held via Zoom during this period of time. 

Please click the "download catalog" button to view the Fall 2020 classes.

The online Universal Class option is also available to RISE members - click the tab on the RISE Home Page.


How to Find Us:
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Did you Know ... with your RISE membership you get 500+ FREE online, instructor-led classes through Universal Class.  These classes can be taken from any computer, anywhere.  Check your Catalog for more information.


RISE uses seven learning tracks: *Natural Sciences/Mathematics *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.



Important Information re: Cancellations and Changes

When we have to cancel or change a class date, it is very difficult to get the message to everyone. If you are registered for a class that cancels, we email everyone in the class first and call anyone who doesn’t have an email listed.  If the class cancels at the last minute, we call everyone who has registered for that class.  Then we send an email blast about the cancelled class to those who have email. We will then note it on the home page of the RISE website,  For those who don’t have email or the internet, we print a sign and post it on the RISE bulletin board and on the windows by the classrooms. That is another reason it is so important to register for classes whenever possible.

Remember to check your name off the attendance sheet at the door or
add your name if you are not pre-registered.  
We just need a headcount!

ALWAYS remember to wear your badge when coming to classes or in the building.  

Did you lose your badge?  Your first badge replacement will be free of charge,
HOWEVER, the next replacements 
will cost you $5.00 (cash only) each.


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!

Contact information is:


Cathy Sheredy, Coordinator

Saundra Stanley, Assistant Coordinator


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