Rio Salado Education

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Q. What is RISE Learning for Life?
A. RISE is a grass-roots organization offering 300+ non-credit enrichment classes per year to encourage lifelong learning at Rio Salado College, Surprise.

Q. Who can join RISE?
A. Any person 18 years of age or older who lives in Maricopa County.

Q. How much do classes cost?
A. A $65.00 membership ($50.00 for 2021-2022) which runs from July 1 - June 30 entitles you to take an unlimited number of classes. Take as many classes as you want! RISE adheres to the Rio Salado no refund policy.

Q. What does RISE offer?
A. RISE offers over 300+ non-credit enrichment classes a year to members in the areas of social sciences, natural sciences, health and wellness, spirituality and religion, the arts, finance, and life styles. Book clubs and free events for the public are also presented. In addition, RISE sponsors social events such as those honoring new members and volunteer teachers. Class ideas are sometimes determined by the desires and interests of the membership. In addition to onsite classes, RISE members now have access to 500+ online courses through Universal Class!

Q. When are classes offered?
A. Most classes run from Mon-Thurs from 10 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Occasionally on Fridays RISE presents special interest classes (Community Events) which are open to the public. Semesters run from October – December (Fall); January – February (Winter); March - April (Spring), May - June/July (Summer).

Q. Who teaches the classes?
A. Presenters who have expertise and interest in diverse topics are drawn from the membership as well as from surrounding educational, medical, cultural, business communities and public officials.

Q. How many people belong to RISE?
A. More than 600 members enjoy the classes at RISE.