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Rasmussen, Inc. Employees Volunteer 6500 Hours In One Day As Part Of Annual Community Service Day

Rasmussen Employees Assisted St. Joseph’s High School, St. Frances of Rome, El Hogar Del Nino, and Ray Graham Association-Hanson Center, as Part of System-Wide Community Service Day

July 26, 2010

Erin Werthman
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CHICAGO, (July 26, 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 campuses are located, as well as four central office communities. Local employees from the Rasmussen, Inc. offices located in Burr Ridge and Oak Brook volunteered for St. Joseph’s High School, St. Frances of Rome, El Hogar Del Nino, and Ray Graham Association – Hanson Center.

“Rasmussen has a deep partnership with its communities, and we enjoy the opportunity to give back to residents who have so warmly welcomed us,” Rasmussen, Inc. Director of Organizational Development Katie Zapata 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.”

Rasmussen, Inc. employees from the Chicago area offices worked on a variety of projects throughout the community. At St. Joseph’s High School, Rasmussen employees landscaped five courtyards and painted designated areas around the building. Designated team members from Curriculum Development conducted a roundtable workshop to give St. Joseph’s additional insight on how to incorporate blended and online learning options into their curriculum. Employees who visited St. Frances of Rome painted portions of the facilities, cleaned windows, and added to the general beautification of the grounds through a variety of landscaping projects.

At El Hogar Del Nino, an agency that provides bilingual/bicultural early childhood development programs for infants, preschool, school-age children and their families, Rasmussen employees helped to clean storage spaces to make room for agency growth, as well as took part in cleaning and organizational projects. Other employees visited Our Lady of Charity School in Cicero and assisted with landscaping, painting, and cleaning existing facilities. An additional group of Rasmussen employees volunteered with landscaping and grounds improvement projects at the Ray Graham Association’s Hanson Center, a park-like campus that provides recreational activities for people with disabilities.

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.”

For additional information about Rasmussen College visit www.Rasmussen.edu.


ABOUT RASMUSSEN COLLEGE:
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 www.Rasmussen.edu.

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