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Rasmussen College Gives Back During Eighth Annual Community Service Day
Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college, will give back to its local communities on Friday during the College’s eighth annual Community Service Day. Approximately 1,200 employees and students from its 23 campuses and three central offices will participate in the national service day event. Through this annual effort, staff and students will volunteer more than 4,500 hours in just one 24-hour period.
Rasmussen College Receives Approval for New Competency-Based Education Model
Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college, today announced it received approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to begin offering competency-based education hybrid degree programs. Competency-based education, or CBE, provides clear and specific learning goals to students while allowing them to achieve their learning in flexible time frames. CBE also allows students to build on their knowledge and apply new skills to scenarios that will help prepare them for the real world and workplace. Rasmussen College received approval to offer its Business Management and Accounting Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree-completion programs in a CBE format.
Rasmussen College School of Nursing Opens New Facility in Ocala
Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college, today announced the opening of its new, School of Nursing facility in Ocala. Construction on the new nursing campus, located at 1227 Southwest 17th Ave., was completed in June. Students began using the new multimillion dollar, 21,000-square-foot facility Tuesday.
Rasmussen College Launches Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Minneapolis and Tampa Bay Area Campuses
Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college, today announced the launch of a Physical Therapist Assistant Associate’s degree program at its Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove, Minn., and Land O’ Lakes/East Pasco, Fla., campuses. The flexible, hands-on program is designed to help students start their career as a physical therapist assistant (PTA) in as few as 18 months. A licensed PTA works directly with patients, under the direction of a physical therapist, which includes performing therapeutic exercises using a variety of techniques and equipment to help treat patients, educate patients and their family members, and advocate to physical therapists on their behalf. Classes are scheduled to start at both the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove and Land O’ Lakes/East Pasco campuses in January.
Rasmussen College Launches Radiologic Technology Program at Campuses in Minneapolis and Tampa Bay Areas
Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college, today announced the launch of a Radiologic Technology Associate’s degree program at its Lake Elmo/Woodbury, Minn., and Land O’ Lakes/East Pasco, Fla., campuses. The flexible, hands-on program is designed to help students start their career as a radiologic technologist in as few as 24 months.* Students will study anatomy, physiology, medical imaging and radiation safety while developing in-demand skills, including accurate imaging, operation of radiographic equipment and patient care and positioning. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification exam — a certification that is preferred by many employers. Classes begin at both the Lake Elmo/Woodbury and Land O’ Lakes/East Pasco campuses in October.
Rasmussen College Hosting Free Community Career Fairs Nationwide
Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation, will host more than 20 free Community Career Fairs nationwide April 18-22 to help community members, students and graduates advance their job-seeking skills and gain access to career experts and local employers with open positions. Job-seekers will have the opportunity to network with potential employers, receive LinkedIn and resume consultations, participate in mock interviews and gain professional dress advice.
Rasmussen College Partners with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to Celebrate Week of the Young Child
Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation, is partnering with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to celebrate Week of the Young Child April 10-16. The purpose of the week – now in its 45th year – is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. This year, Rasmussen College is helping to bring awareness to the benefits of outdoor education in young children. Its theme, Exploring the World Together through Nature, will be celebrated across the College’s 23 campuses.
Rasmussen College Peer Leader Program Awarded International Mentor Training Program Certification by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA)
Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation, is proud to announce its student mentorship program, Peer Leaders, has earned International Mentor Training Program Certification (IMTPC). The certification, which is awarded by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA), recognizes peer-assisted programs that are research-based and strategically implemented to give postsecondary students the support they need to be successful. Rasmussen College specifically uses technology to offer support beyond what traditional academic tutoring can provide — especially in an online classroom environment.
Rasmussen College Expands Innovative Flex Choice Learning Option to All Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degree Programs*
Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation, today announced the expansion of its innovative Flex Choice® learning option to the College’s nine remaining bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs not already available with Flex Choice. Flex Choice is a pioneering learning model within the evolving realm of competency-based education (CBE). It allows students to take self-paced, competency-based courses alongside their traditional courses at no additional cost – saving them money and time. Depending on the degree program and number of self-paced courses students choose to take, they can save up to 45 percent in tuition costs when compared to the cost of taking only traditional, faculty-led courses at Rasmussen College.
Rasmussen College Launches Accelerated Entrance Options for Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree in Wisconsin
Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation, today announced the launch of two accelerated entrance options for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at its Green Bay and Wausau, Wis. campuses. The Rasmussen College BSN degree program, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), is immediately available with the new, accelerated pre-licensure entrance options that are designed for students who are committed to the nursing profession and eager to launch their careers as quickly as possible. The accelerated entrance options also help fill a significant need for registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees in Wisconsin. Classes are expected to begin in April.

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Rasmussen College is dedicated to serving our communities by recognizing the diverse needs of individuals.

We encourage personal and professional development through respect, appreciation and a commitment to general education, as a foundation for life-long learning.

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Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation that is dedicated to changing lives through high-demand educational programs and public service. Rasmussen College offers Certificate and Diploma programs through Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees online and across its 23 Midwest and Florida campuses in a supportive, student-centered and career-focused environment. Since 1900, Rasmussen College has been dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. As a Public Benefit Corporation, Rasmussen College is committed to helping change lives through education and making a positive impact on society through public service and a variety of community-based initiatives. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit rasmussen.edu.

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  • Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove, Eagan, Lake Elmo/Woodbury, Mankato, Moorhead, and St. Cloud, MN
  • Aurora/Naperville, Mokena/Tinley Park, Rockford, and Romeoville/Joliet, IL
  • Fort Myers, Ocala, New Port Richey/West Pasco, Land O' Lakes/East Pasco, and Tampa/Brandon, FL
  • Appleton, Green Bay and Wausau, WI
  • Fargo, ND
  • Topeka and Overland Park, KS
  • Online

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Subject Matter Expert Showcase

Rasmussen College, a leader in higher education, presents our Subject Matter Expert Showcase, a speaker series featuring subject matter experts dedicated to educating the community. To learn more, check out our previous presentations below:

Proposals That Persuade: Writing a Winning Business Proposal

Featured Speaker:
Soma Jurgensen, School of Business State Program Coordinator
Rasmussen College

Soma Jurgensen explains why business proposals are the first step to bringing about measured change and what to include in a winning proposal.

World Class Service 2.0: Going Beyond the Basics of Customer Service

Featured Speaker:
Patty Sagert, Campus Director
Rasmussen College

Patty Sagert goes beyond the basics of customer service in this presentation and explains how to set your business apart from your competitors by creating engaging, unique, and memorable customer experiences.

Business Savvy From the Start: Excel in an Entry Level Job

Featured Speaker:
George Alland, Full-time Online Instructor
Rasmussen College

George Alland shares business insight to ensure entry level candidates make the most of their first job, including how to dress, email etiquette and why the relationships you build could make or break your climb.

Civic Engagement: Effectively Advocate Your Needs

Featured Speaker:
Katie Misukanis, Government Relations Director
Rasmussen College

Katie Misukanis explains the practical logistics of communicating with legislators, such as how to locate them, present issues, and what the legislative process looks like. Help yourself and your business and be civically engaged.

Planning for Your Education Investment: Developing a Tuition Repayment Strategy

Featured Speaker:
Oana Zayic, Sr. Student Finance Advisor
Rasmussen College

Oana Zayic explains the fundamentals of student loans, as well as how to take advantage of company tuition reimbursement programs and how to create a personal budget throughout your college career.

Community Policing: How to be an Aware and Active Member of Your Community

Featured Speaker:
Stefanie Dressen, School of Justice Studies Instructor
Rasmussen College 

Stefanie Dressen explains the importance of knowing your neighbors and provides details on how to identify suspicious activity in your neighborhood.

Talent Planning: How to Grow Your Future Leaders

Featured Speaker:
John Smith-Coppes, Campus Director, North Dakota
Rasmussen College 

John Smith-Coppes explains how a company can grow future leaders from within to create a more sustainable, success-driven workforce based on their industry expertise, business goals, and the ability to forecast future trends.

Building Your Enterprise: How to Create an Effective Business Plan

Featured Speaker:
Antar Salim, Program Coordinator, School of Business
Rasmussen College

Antar Salim explains how to create a business plan to help guide future business strategy and expansion by examining the strengths, weaknesses, and the competitive landscape.

Online Networking: Using Social Media to Grow Your Network

Featured Speaker:
Dana DeLapi-Haesemeyer, Online Community Manager
Rasmussen College

Dana DeLapi-Haesemeyer shows how to make your business grow by strategically using social media to boost marketing efforts, customer service, and spur sales.

Marketing 101: Developing a Marketing Plan for Your Business

Featured Speaker:
Soma Jurgenson, Program Chair, School of Business
Rasmussen College

Soma Jurgenson illustrates how to create a marketing plan to further the success of your business. She walks through each step of the marketing plan, including defining your goals and developing activities to achieve them.

World Class Service: Creating a Positive Customer Experience

Featured Speaker:
Patty Sagert, Campus Director, Blaine Campus
Rasmussen College

Patty Sagert explains how creating a positive customer service experience is vital for any business, and how to treat customers in order to keep your doors open.

Online Word-of-Mouth: How to Excel at Online Marketing Using What You Already Know

Featured Speaker:
Josh Braaten, Online Marketing Manager of SEO
Rasmussen College

Josh Braaten explains how to use search engine optimization (SEO) and the resulting online word-of-mouth to improve consumer traffic to your website or blog.

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