SOURCE: Rio Salado College

August 14, 2009 17:21 ET

Rio Salado College Sets 'Super Registration'

Free Program Offers Students a Second Chance to Earn High School Diploma

TEMPE, AZ--(Marketwire - August 14, 2009) - Second chances are hard to obtain in life. So Rio Salado College is offering a second chance to residents who want to complete their high school education or develop their English skills.

The college's Adult Basic Education department is hosting Super Registration on Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 at eight Valley locations. Super Registration is an opportunity for people to sign up for classes, which will prepare them for the GED (General Education Development) test.

"The lack of a high school diploma can keep someone from getting promoted or hired," said Miranda Lopez, Rio Salado College's Director of adult education. "Obtaining a GED can open more doors and lead to higher paying positions. After completing an ABE program, 85 percent of adult learners were successful at improving their employment, increasing both their skills and pay level."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly half a million adults in Maricopa County are neither enrolled in school nor have a high school credential, and the earning difference between someone with a high school diploma and a high school dropout is more than $7,000.

The classes are funded by the Arizona Department of Education, Adult Education Division and free for participants. Super Registration times are at (480) 517-8110 or www.riosalado.edu/abe.


Who: Rio Salado College
What: A free program for Valley residents to prepare for the GED test.
When: Aug. 24 and Aug. 25
Where: See locations below

Rio @ 7th Ave.
619 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix
480-377-4050

Rio @ Orangewood
2730 W. Orangewood Ave., Phoenix
602-347-6974

Rio @ Avondale
420 N. Central Ave., Avondale
480-377-4403

Rio Lifelong Learning Center
12535 W. Smokey Dr., Surprise
480-377-4263

Rio @ Ann Ott
1801 S. 12th St., Phoenix
480-377-4300

Rio @ Scottsdale Adult Learning Center
1170 N. 86th Way, Scottsdale
480-941-5166

Rio @ PV Mall
4550 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix
480-377-4200

Rio East Valley
1455 S. Stapley Drive, Mesa
480-377-4150

About Rio Salado College

Rio Salado is one of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona. The college serves more than 60,000 students annually, more than half online, making it the "college within everyone's reach." Rio Salado offers general education courses as well as a variety of degree and certificate programs. For more information, visit www.riosalado.edu.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    David Staudacher
    PR Manager
    w. (480) 517-8472
    c.480.316.9703