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Rasmussen, Inc. Employees In Appleton Volunteer As Part Of Annual Community Service Day

Rasmussen Employees Assisted COTS, Inc. as Part of System-Wide Community Service Day

July 24, 2010

Erin Werthman
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APPLETON, Wis. (July 24, 2010) – On Friday, July 23, Rasmussen, Inc. employees devoted an unprecedented 6,500 cumulative hours of work volunteering throughout their communities as part of the annual Rasmussen Community Service Day, which benefits the communities where its 21 Rasmussen College campuses are located, as well as four central office communities. Employees from the local Rasmussen College Appleton campus volunteered for COTS, Inc, a non-profit organization which fulfills a need within the Continuum of Care of the Fox Cities.

“Rasmussen has a deep partnership with its campus communities, and we enjoy the opportunity to give back to residents who have so warmly welcomed us,” Rasmussen College Appleton Campus Director Bill Panella said. “Our contribution to local residents extends beyond this annual event; we continuously work to participate in programs that benefit a variety of organizations and initiatives.”

The mission of COTS, Inc. is to end homelessness in the Fox Valley by providing temporary transitional shelters for the homeless men and women in Outagamie, Winnebago, and Calumet counties. Rasmussen employees worked with the shelter to paint a building that would be used as an affordable place for the homeless in the area to live and receive food, household needs, and the training on basic living skills that will enable them to transition to self-sufficiency and independent living.

Rasmussen has an extensive history contributing to the growth and well being of the communities it serves. Both employees and students have been recognized nationally for their partnerships with local businesses and volunteerism in local communities. During its first National Community Service Day last year, Rasmussen employees participated in 3,600 cumulative hours of community service across five states as part of the annual company-wide volunteer event.

“We are all about supporting and building our communities by creating jobs, educating students, investing in facilities and providing good trained graduates to be employed in the local workforce,” Rasmussen CEO J. Michael Locke said.  ”We work closely with local high schools, hospitals and corporate employers and are delighted to help the charitable organizations in town through this day of service.”

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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 24 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 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

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