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Are you ready to join the Rio Waves family? There is still time to apply for Rio Salado's Social Media Strategist position before the deadline, Aug. 9!

The ideal candidate will have a passion for education and confidence in developing dynamic, timely content and customer-driven conversations using multiple social media platforms that will engage and inspire people to pursue and support life-long learning.

Interested applicants must apply at https://hr.maricopa.edu/jobs. Please reference Job ID # 15691.

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.
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The Be A Leader Foundation is awarding select Rio Salado students a $500 scholarship as part of a mentor volunteer program for middle school students. Learn more about this opportunity and how you can make a difference with your local youth in RioNews.
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Does a college education help you live longer? A recent study found that failing to obtain a higher education could be as detrimental to a person’s life as smoking cigarettes. Check out the full article for more interesting discoveries!
The research team collected data on more than one million people.
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Students from Rio's Alpha Theta Omicron chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society are collecting items to donate to homeless individuals as part of a community service project. Donation boxes will be available at Rio Salado locations through Thursday, Aug. 6.

Items Needed:
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Sunscreen
Mouthwash
Toothpaste
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Feminine Hygiene

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Students from Rio Salado's Alpha Theta Omicron chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society are collecting items to donate to homeless individuals as part of a community service project. Donation boxes will be available at Rio Salado locations through Thursday, Aug. 6.
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Mastering the art of time management will greatly benefit you both as a student and working professional. Learn about time management success strategies now in RioNews!
The topic of time-management is often stressed and emphasized to college students as an essential tool for success; however, time-management is not only imperative to acquire success as a college student but also is a required ingredient to achieve success in life.
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We believe the issues with Internet connectivity have been resolved. Please let us know if you're having problems by contacting our Technology HelpDesk. http://www.riosalado.edu/help/tech/Pages/default.aspx

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Attention dental professionals!  Here's a fast-track, online certificate program that can help you enhance your community outreach efforts and improve access to dental care-- for people who need it most!

Classes for Rio Salado's Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) program, created by the American Dental Association (ADA), begin on Aug. 25. The class is limited to certified dental assistants and registered dental hygienists.  Learn more in RioNews. #dental
Rio Salado College is offering an online certificate program that trains community health workers to help bring better dental health to people in underserved communities. Classes for Rio Salado's Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) program, created by the American Dental Association (ADA) ...
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"There is an ongoing problem with addiction in this country, and that is why addictions counseling remains one of the top growth professions,” said Dr. Kirk Bowden, faculty chair for the college’s addictions and substance use disorders program.

Learn about Rio's Addictions and Substance Use Disorders programs today in RioNews. ‪#‎RioSaladoCollege‬
Coursework focuses on the recovery process, relapse factors, family dynamics, various intervention models and professional ethics. “There is an ongoing problem with addiction in this country, and that is why addictions counseling remains one of the top growth professions,” said Dr. Kirk Bowden, ...
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Here's an ABC15 story about a virtual career fair hosted by Verizon Wireless, tomorrow, July 23, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. A Verizon representative said students and graduates of Rio Salado and other Maricopa Community Colleges are welcome to chat with recruiters live online. ‪#‎RioGrad‬ ‪#‎Jobs‬
http://www.abc15.com/news/national/verizon-wireless-hiring-1000-employees-nationwide-holding-virtual-career-fair-thursday
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Schools out for summer, but you can still learn to become a teacher! Check out Rio's upcoming teacher education events and register today! Learn more in RioNews.
All orientation sessions and continued education courses are free to attend. Teacher-in-Residence Orientation. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 6:30-8 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center. Rio Salado's Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) intern program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and ...
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Looking to get some experience in your field of interest? Interning is a great way to gain valuable experience and explore various industries! Learn more about the benefits of internships in RioNews.
However, many students and recent graduates don't have professional or industry-specific experience. So, how can you get the experience you need to land a job in your field? By interning! Internships are the perfect way to gain practical experience and apply what you've learned in the classroom.
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The Maricopa Community Colleges are currently experiencing intermittent Internet issues. This may affect your ability to connect to our Maricopa network. Technical teams are working to resolve. 

Please be patient as you may have issues using email, directories, SIS and other student interfaces. While we do not expect this outage to affect RioLearn, please plan accordingly. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.
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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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"Horrible. The administration and financial aid department are incompetent."
"Stay away for this second rate educational institution."
"They can never help you when needed and the admissions process is a joke."
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I googled Rio again this summer to browse their class schedule and was really surprised by the low rating. I took two classes that transferred to my university because I wanted to (finally) complete my Bachelors. I was able to supplement my full time schedule at the university with an online COMM 100 and Intro to Nutrition class and was able to graduate sooner! I love that the classes start every Monday- thus giving students the ability to go for classes when they need to. You can trust me when I say that (especially with the rising cost of tuition) an online class+textbook at Rio is a good deal for what you will pay at the University. I was thrilled at the money and time it saved me- but this is just my personal experience... I should add that online classes are different. I believe that the convenience of being able to study and 'go to' class on my own personal time schedule was an acceptable trade-off for the extra amount of work given to me for online classes. The instructors I had worked with me when I needed them to and let students know up front how the online classes worked. I think they are great for people who need a class to work with their schedule and are realistic about the amount of work it will take.
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Response from the owner - in the last week
Wow! Thank you for sharing this review. We really appreciate your insights and effort to share this post. We look forward to being of service to you again. Mind if we share this post? If yes, please drop us a line at riosaladonews@gmail.com, along with a photo if you like. Best regards.
Wade Sharp
a month ago
Every review you are reading is true. ESPECIALLY about the incompetence of the administrators. They are rude, condescending, and act as if you are wrong or lying. I don't know what it is about this school.. As soon as I am done with my class I will not be going back. I am usually a completely agreeable person, but I would not recommend this institution for anybody. I have taken loads of online classes, and have actually never even written a bad review before. In fact, I am going out of my way to report Robert Stratman to the dean's office, who will likely do nothing. It's unfortunate that they got my money when it could have endowed one of the many wonderful Maricopa Community Colleges that I have enjoyed attending in the past. Truly an unfortunate experience. DO NOT GO HERE.
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Response from the owner - a month ago
Dear Wade. We're sorry to hear about your experience. We will be sharing this with our Student Affairs team to address Would you mind if we reached out to you to get more details?
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Carolina Gastelum
6 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.
LazyLostRoman S
3 months ago
I am impressed with the content and thoroughness of the coursework. As a home School-er, I registered my 16-year old daughter into Mat187 and Eng101 to begin working on college Generals. The coursework is challenging. She has learned much. The instructors' grades are fair. Warning: If you expect an easy, just click through a degree path, then go elsewhere. Real learning occurs here. I suspect the lion share of the negative reviews come from those expecting easy breezy.
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Zack Gomez
a month ago
I chose this college because I knew it was the best in terms of diversity. It has been the most awesome educational experience I have ever had! Everybody is always trying to help me and I even won a raffle for answering some questions! I am always the only one posting on their articles. Their classes are alot of fun and easy to do. Having an online format is flexible and I have been able to travel while attending this school. I also think the Rio Waves mascot is an awesome choice!
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Response from the owner - a month ago
Really appreciate your comments and engagement. Thanks, Zack!
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Amanda Nicole
4 months 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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Chris Yeager
5 months 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 - 4 months ago
Dear Chris, we are so sorry to hear this. We are forwarding your comments to our student services teams.
Hannah Simpson
5 months 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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