Rio Salado Education

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Rise Info

FAQs for New RISE Members

Q. What is RISE Learning for Life?
A. RISE is a grass-roots organization offering non-credit enrichment classes to encourage lifelong learning at Rio Salado College Lifelong Learning Center in Surprise.  The building itself is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.  RISE has separate office hours (see bottom of page).

We meet at a Rio Salado Community College Campus**, but are a separate organization.  Most of the staff you will meet work directly for Rio Salado, and not for RISE.  We encourage you to work as often as possible with our RISE staff, the Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator. (Please remember that RISE staff is part time and sometimes you may need to leave a phone message – your call will be returned as soon as possible.)  Their contact information is at the end of this sheet.

Q. Who can join RISE?
A. Any person 18+ who lives in Maricopa County.

Q. How much do classes cost?
A. A $50 membership 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 non-credit enrichment classes each semester to members in the areas of social sciences, natural sciences and math, health and wellness, spirituality and religion, the arts, finance, technology and travel. 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.

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. but there are some exceptions. Please read the catalog carefully.

Semesters run from October – November (Fall); January – February (Winter); March – April (Spring), June - July (Summer) with several movies in July.  The catalog for each semester will be mailed directly to your home about a month prior to the start of the upcoming semester.

Q. How do I sign up for a class?

A.  You can use our website, – simply sign on using your user name and password, and click away!  There are detailed directions in the printed catalog.  If you prefer to use paper registration, there is one in the catalog.  All forms you might need during any particular semester are included in your catalog.  Please take a moment and page through it.

Q. How do I know where to go for my class?

A. The lobby marquee shows the RISE classes in orange, class name on the left, room number on the right. When you arrive at the classroom, you’ll find a roster. Please check in by placing a checkmark after your name. Should you not find your name on the roster, please add it to the last page and put a check mark after your name. Thanks!

Q. What if I signed up for a class and can’t make it?

A.  We do ask that you try to call the RISE Assistant (480.377.4296) or RISE Coordinator (480.377.4262) so that they can give your seat to someone else who might want to attend that class.

Q.  What’s a Community Event?

A.  A community event is a class that we have opened up to community members who do not belong to RISE.  We encourage community participation in such events as West Valley Symphony and West Valley Singers events. As a RISE member you can pre-register for these events as you would for any other RISE class, but feel free to bring a friend or a neighbor as well!

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.  All of our presenters are volunteers and are not paid any type of salary to teach here at RISE.

Q.  Are there special rules and regulations when we use the classrooms?

A.  Yes.  Since we are on a Maricopa County Community College Campus, we do ask that you refrain from political and incendiary speech and/or campaigning.  We also ask that you eat and drink in the lounges – no food and drink in the classrooms, please!

Q. How many people belong to RISE?
A. We currently have over 300 members in the RISE family.

Please Note:  RISE is closed for the month of AUGUST.

Cathy Sheredy, RISE Coordinator
Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
(480) 377-4262

Saundra Stanley, RISE Assistant
Monday - Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
(480) 377-4296

Both Cathy's and Saundra's schedule may vary from time to time.

You can also find us on FACEBOOK  HERE

We hope you will enjoy all the wonderful classes and events that RISE has to offer. Welcome aboard!