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Learn about Rio Salado's Teacher-In-Residence Program and ‪#‎employment‬ opportunities during a free orientation session, today at Rio Salado Tempe headquarters, 6-7 p.m. Visit RioNews for details. ow.ly/KZyeK ‪#‎education‬ ‪#‎teacher‬
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Start your Wednesday and Thursday this April with a free, fresh cup of coffee and intriguing conversation with the KJZZ 91.5 Morning Edition news team. Learn more in RioNews.

KJZZ 91.5 is a NPR member station and a community service of Rio Salado College.
KJZZ 91.5 FM is giving away free cups of coffee from 7-8 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout April. The Morning Edition Coffee Break outreach campaign gets KJZZ reporters and staff out into the community to chat with listeners and get feedback on the station's morning drive time program.
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Critical thinking can help you solve problems, spark creativity, make decisions and more.  Rio Salado Counseling has some tips on how to harness and enhance your critical thinking skills in RioNews.
Critical thinking is an essential skill necessary to student success. However, critical thinking is an ability that is learned and continuously refined as you acquire new information. It is important to learn how to develop your critical thinking skills to be able to problem-solve, ...
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Get started on your #college career today at www.startatrio.com. 600+ online classes and 100+ programs to meet your needs. Explore our class options at www.riosalado.edu/schedule
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Learn how to GULP-- it's an effective technique from Pepperdine University that can help you improve memory. Visit RioNews for more details.
College students often mention that it is difficult to retain the academic content taught in their courses due to the significant amount of information assigned by their instructors. Frequently, students reference their ineffective memorization skills as one of their weaknesses and challenges ...
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Take part in a free, 30-minute webinar on March 30 to learn about transferring to ASU-- including admission requirements, pathway programs (MAPP) and important dates and deadlines for fall and spring. Learn more in RioNews ow.ly/KLdzk
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Situated on 55 acres in the shadow of Gilbert’s San Tan Mountain, Welcome Home Ranch is work, home and school for 25 young men who have faced drug and alcohol addiction. Here's an inspirational story by Rio Salado staff writer Mira Radovich, which provides a glimpse at how the ranch is giving these young men a second chance at life-- and a start on their college careers through Rio Salado's online classes. ‪ #RioGrad
A horse neighs. Another whinnies. The air is ripe with the distinct smell of barn. In the distance, hooves clomp along the hay-strewn ground, accompanied by the rhythmic tapping of…computer keyboards? Yes, a typical day at Welcome Home Ranch is in full swing.
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Rio Salado's Teacher-In-Residence Program offers a fast-track re-career option for candidates with a bachelor’s degree-- and paid #employment opportunities. Learn more during a free orientation session--- April 1, 6-7 p.m. Visit RioNews for details. #‎teacher‬ ‪#‎education‬
Have you considered a teaching career but hesitated because you're not in a position to give up a paycheck to go back to school? Rio Salado's Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) intern program was designed with your needs in mind. The program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and ...
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The March/April 2015 edition of @ecampusnews news features a column called College Presidents Predict New Institutional Models, which includes perspectives from Rio Salado President Dr. Chris Bustamante. You can read Dr. Bustamante's article about the subject, Personalized Learning Trumps All on page 10 of the online issue www.ecampusnews.com/current-issue.
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#‎History‬ Magazine is another powerful resource available to you through the Rio Salado Library. The stories reveal little known facts about historical figures and events that shine a light on our shared humanity and connect us in a meaningful way to the past. Learn more in RioNews. ow.ly/KOg2J
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Ready to teach? Take the Next Step. Join us for a free orientation session--- April 1, 6-7 p.m. to learn about Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence internship program, which provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into and launch a teaching career—with paid employment opportunities in the classroom.  Learn more in RioNews.  ow.ly/KLhhG #teacher #education
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The mascot choice has been declared.  “We are the Rio Waves,” announced Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante at today’s college wide meeting for staff at the Tempe headquarters.  Learn more in RioNews.
After weeks of reviewing entries, tallying votes and deliberation, Rio Salado College has decided on a new mascot concept. “We are the Rio Waves,” announced Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante at today's college wide meeting for staff at the Tempe headquarters. While the actual Rio Wave mascot ...
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2323 W 14th St Tempe, AZ 85281
2323 West 14th StreetUSArizonaTempe85281
(480) 517-8000riosalado.edu
Community CollegeToday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
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Rio Salado College was founded in 1978 and serves one of the largest online enrollments nationwide. Rio Salado offers general education courses as well as a variety of degree and certificate programs.
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"To bad I can't give negative stars."
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Amanda Nicole
3 weeks ago
Let me give the most honest review possible. I honestly think that Rio Salado is a great online school. People want to complain because they want school to be easy. Let me also say that every instructor is different. No, you can't expect to like every instructor, but if that's the case you can simply switch instructors if you can't stand them that much. I about done with my first semester classes, and I have all A's. What does that tell you? You can't blame the online classes you are taking for not doing your work. Do what you're supposed to and you will succeed. The process for getting into school is a long process to begin with, no matter what school you are attending. Be patience people. This is NOT a bad online school. It works great with busy schedules. I have never once gotten any bad consequence if I was late on one of my assignment. If you tell your teachers you are having any type of personal issue they should understand, and they will understand if you simply tell them you are having issues. I deep down recommend Rio if you want to do your class work and be successful. Not sure where all these bad reviews are coming from. Of course if you have one bad experience you're going to make the whole school look bad. But it really isn't. I find it outrageous how negative some of these reviews are. You don't have anything to lose from Rio. I have a 4.0 GPA, and that is because I work my a** off to succeed in my class work. Don't blame the school for your lack of not trying so hard. Rio Salado worked for me, and I'm sure it has worked for many other students as well.
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John Lopez
2 months ago
I did not enjoy my experience at Rio Salado. I took an online class and the organization, instruction, and quality of the class was subpar. I would recommend any of the other Maricopa Community Colleges; it should be an easy transition to make because many of the other college also offer online classes. I was also dropped from a class I enrolled into for no apparent reason, and this lead to many personal problems. Do not waste your money on this institution, take your classes at a different college or university. My two pennies worth.
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Jason Bourne
a month ago
Stay away for this second rate educational institution. They create fraudulent debts, lie to the US Bankruptcy court calling the debt "student loan debt" when in fact there where no student loans issued to me at that time and then steal your AZ tax refunds to pay themselves for the fraudulent debt. They are a money making scheme not a real educational institution.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Dear Jason, Please know we take our public stewardship very seriously and our primary goal is to help you succeed. We are forwarding your comments to our Student Affairs team and hope you will provide them more details so they can help you resolve this issue.
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Richard Thomas
a month ago
I worked here, and let me tell you how highly unprofessional and disorganized everything is around this schoool. They really push the green agenda, and have a holier then thou attitude regarding religion. They do not have a problem pushing their political and religious values on you.
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Chris Yeager
a month ago
To bad I can't give negative stars. After only one week this school has made me dumberer! So pissed! I've basically voluntarily dropped 3/4 of a full schedule with this school even though that means a huge reduction in GiBill benefits for the semester. Never mind hundreds wasted on books you can only use at Rio and nowhere else. These folks set me up for failure. Course descriptions were vague or misleading, advisers recommended courses waaay over my head at this stage and of course nobody mentioned until class begins that your Apple is useless so you need to find a PC. I've seen some positive reviewers saying "negative reviewers expect college to be easy." I agree it shouldn't be easy but it's not supposed to be totally confusing either, there's a difference. I had a hard time figuring out where to even start. I cannot come up with anything positive to say. I'm Sticking with Gateway and MCC only as their advisers knew exactly what I needed. Too bad I didn't listen.
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Response from the owner - a month ago
Dear Chris, we are so sorry to hear this. We are forwarding your comments to our student services teams.
Hannah Simpson
a month ago
This was part of an E-mail I sent in to hopefully...but probably not have something done about this. I am writing this e-mail with extreme sorrow because of what I have encountered with the Rio Salado- Southern campus. I had enrolled in the HSE preparation classes and was told I would need to attend a four day seminar the week prior to my classes starting. I was never told if I missed one day that I would be withdrawn and must wait to re-enroll, and also not get my money back or not have it used towards my next enrollment. Also, I verified and the staff even agreed that it is not written anywhere at all especially not in any paperwork given out to the students; It was just told to us... they assume. Because of the economic situation in my house I must work and have since the day I turned sixteen. I could not get work off for all four nights, only three. I am also having to move to New York in May b/c of economical situations at home to live with my aunt and absolutely need my HSE beforehand so that I can be guaranteed a job upon arrival. Not only do I not have time to wait 3 weeks for new classes to begin but I do not have the money to re-enroll here or now anywhere since I've already used my money here the first go around. This was my very first choice and now I'm regretting it beyond belief. I mainly just can't understand how this is a school and you pride yourself on helping people achieve their goals, yet a desperate student needing a little help is being rejected in every way. I stated that I would do anything possible to be able to stay in these classes and continue next week, including still attending my missed seminar in the following two weeks and was simply told there was nothing that could be done. This is my life that I'm trying so hard to maintain and make brighter yet it seems as though I'm getting absolutely nowhere with this staff & these programs. Basically they not only lied to me they robbed me of furthering my education, my life, and mainly of my time considering it will be quite some time until I come up with the spare money again to be able to take the classes I need. It is considered the highest form of disrespect, to spit on someone, and god I wish I could just go in and spit on all their ugly smirks.BOTTOM LINE: THEY DO NOT HAVE GOOD INTENTIONS AND DO NOT PLAN ON HELPING ANYONE, AND THEY DO NOT GENUINELY CARE ABOUT ANYONE OR THEIR EDUCATION.
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Carolina Gastelum
2 months ago
If I could give negative number of stars I would. Do yourself a favor and do not enroll here. They will charge you fees that do not even exist and drop you from classes without telling you. If you try calling them they will transfer you from department to department for HOURS. I just hung up and dropped all my courses after 4hrs on the phone with 5 different people.
Sean Nichol
3 months ago
I agree with some of the other reviews posted by students in regards to the format of the courses and the quality of instruction provided by the teachers (or lack there of). My biggest complaint with the college came when I applied for graduation. Early in my last semester I had 2 different advisors review my file to ensure I would be credit complete. When I submitted my application to graduate at the end of that semester I was told I was one credit short. I triple checked the credits I completed with the program requirements and was still coming up as complete. I was told that there was a (hidden) requirement that 29 of my credits "had" to be CIS related. This was never mentioned to me before during or after I applied for graduation. I was thoroughly disappointed in the lack of professionalism I was shown, and will never recommend this school to anyone.
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