Education, Training & Skills

Rio Communities and the Belen Consolidated School District:

Rio Communities has one school (La Merced – grades Pre-Kinder garden &K-6, 5 minutes from City Center) that is within the city limits. The city is part of the Belen Consolidated School District. Students for grades 7-12 attend schools in Belen and Los Lunas to complete their early education. 

10 minutes from City Center

20 minutes from City Center

The State of NM Public Education Department website provides information on the public school system in Belen, Rio Communities, Tome and Los Lunas, New Mexico. Click the link below for that information.

Adelino-Tome: Headstart Program. Provider of pre-school program.

10 minutes from City Center

Watch Me Grow: Preschool program

 5 minutes from City Center

Educational Attainment:


Higher Education University of New Mexico – Valencia County

The  University of New   Mexico-Valencia Campus  is a community college founded in 1979 to serve Valencia  County and Northern Socorro   County. UNM-Valencia Campus is a branch of the University of New Mexico  and has an elected Advisory Board.  It  serves the post-secondary educational needs of our citizens as well as a  cultural center for our community.

The Valencia Campus, a branch college of UNM, is an  open access, student centered institution which offers a variety of associate  degrees, certificate and credential programs.  Our courses provide basic skills, transfer credits, technical career  training and non-credit adult and community education.  UNM-Valencia Campus is under the specific direction  of the UNM-Valencia Campus Director who reports to the Provost/Vice President of Academic  Affairs of the University of New Mexico.

The  Development Board of UNM-Valencia Campus is organized  to raise resources and funds for scholarships.


15 minutes from City Center

University of New Mexico – New Mexico’s Flagship University.

Located in Albuquerque, NM

UNM’s Mission

The mission of the University of New Mexico is to serve as New Mexico’s flagship institution of higher learning through demonstrated and growing excellence in teaching, research, patient care, and community service.

UNM’s ongoing commitment serves to:

  • Educate and encourage students to develop the values, habits of mind, knowledge, and skills that they need to be enlightened citizens, contribute to the state and national economies, and lead satisfying lives.
  • Discover and disseminate new knowledge and creative endeavors that will enhance the overall well-being of society.
  • Deliver health care of the highest quality to all who depend on us to keep them healthy or restore them to wellness.
  • Actively support social, cultural, and economic development in our communities to enhance the quality of life for all New Mexicans.


35 minutes from City Center

Central New Mexico Community College

Located in Albuquerque, NM. Full-time enrollment: 19,398

Our Vision – “Changing Lives, Building Community” – remains the same as it has been since 2008. It’s our Vision, and our motivation. Our new Mission is to “Be a Leader in Education and Training.” As our state’s largest community college, we need to continue striving to be at the forefront of cutting edge education and training. Being a true leader is not only important for our students, but it’s also critically important for New Mexico’s economy. Being a key contributor to our state’s economic development equation, we plan to provide the kind of cutting edge education and training that will deliver highly skilled graduates and a 21st century workforce that will spur economic development. As we passionately pursue our Mission, we will remain true to our Core Values – Be Caring, Be Ethical, Be Inspiring, Be Courageous, Be Connected and Be Exceptional. These Values will be our touchstones as we strive, through the power of education, to brighten our community’s future.

Our over-arching goals remain the same – Student Success, Community Success, and Organizational Excellence and Innovation. But our strategies to achieve these goals have been updated with clear objectives to reach by 2020


1) Belen Public Library– a modern general purpose library.

10 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall

2)  Rio Communities Little Library– Drive up small book exchange library. Open 24 hours a day.

At Rio Communities City Hall parking lot

3) UNM-VC Library- A college library that offers research into a variety of ares. Good Library

15 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall