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Rio Salado College Partners with Guild Providing Education, Upskilling to America’s Workforce

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Rio Salado College Partners with Guild Providing Education, Upskilling to America’s Workforce

America's workforce now has greater access to Rio Salado College classes, micro-credentials and degree programs through a new partnership with Guild, a Career Opportunity Platform, which enables forward-thinking employers to invest in their employees, unlocking life-changing opportunities for personal and professional growth through education and learning programs, career development and one-on-one coaching.

Rio Salado College is among the newest academic partners with Guild, and one of the only community colleges to join Guild’s growing Learning Marketplace. Through the initial launch, eligible employees at participating companies will have access to more than 25 certification and degree programs aligned with the future of work.

“Employers are competing for a talented workforce right now, and strategically investing in education and career pathways is a proven approach to attract, retain, and upskill their employees. Rio Salado College has a long history of offering foundational and transferable online education that will be a strong addition to the Guild Marketplace,” said Janelle Elias, vice president of Strategy and Advancement at Rio Salado College.

Employees from companies such as Discover Financial Services, Kohl’s, and Target, will have access to a selection of online classes and services through Rio Salado College, which is available to students in all 50 states and serves as the primary, national online provider for the Maricopa Community College District. Rio Salado College offers more than 600 online classes and 135 certificate and degree programs, with classes starting nearly every Monday so students can begin their educational journey at the right time.

“Our shared mission is to increase economic mobility and remove the barrier of cost for higher education for thousands of employees at some of the nation’s largest companies,” said Dr. Kate Smith, Rio Salado College president. “We are partnering with Guild’s innovative network of employers to create new offerings that meet the needs of their employees, wherever they may be in their educational journey, while providing the flexibility that supports the demands of their busy lives.”

About Rio Salado College

Rio Salado College is one of ten Maricopa Community Colleges and one of the largest online public community colleges in the nation, serving nearly 40,000 students annually with more than 28,000 online in 50 states. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, Rio Salado College offers 600+ online classes, 135+ degree and certificate programs and general education courses. The college also provides support for dual enrollment, military and incarcerated students, and serves as the largest provider of adult education in Arizona.

About Guild

Guild’s Career Opportunity Platform enables forward-thinking employers to invest in their employees, unlocking life-changing opportunities for personal and professional growth through education and learning programs, career development and one-on-one coaching. Guild partners with the nation’s largest employers — including Walmart, Chipotle, Discover, Hilton, Macy’s, Target, and The Walt Disney Company — to create cultures of opportunity that will help them attract and retain top talent, and build the workforce of the future. Using Guild’s Career Opportunity Platform full of real-world education and learning programs, employees at those companies can gain the skills, knowledge and guidance they need to build a brighter future for themselves and their families — all without paying for tuition or career services on their own. For more information, visit https://www.guildeducation.com/

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