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

Rasmussen Employees in Orlando Assisted Orange County Parks and Recreation, the Bridges of Light Foundation, and a Gift for Teaching as Part of System-Wide Community Service Day

July 26, 2010

Erin Werthman
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ORLANDO, Fla., (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 at the Rasmussen central office in Orlando volunteered for Orange County Parks and Recreation, the Bridges of Light Foundation, and a Gift for Teaching.

“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.”

A group of Rasmussen employees in Orlando lent their time to West Orange Trail and West Orange Park, part of Orange County Parks and Recreation, where they assisted with landscaping, clean-up, trash collection, and trail maintenance.

Additional Rasmussen employees visited the Bridges of Light Foundation, which raises money for programs specifically for children who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. The volunteers painted and cleaned the facilities as well as tended to landscape needs. The Rasmussen team also spent time with children participating in the foundation’s summer program. A separate group of Rasmussen employees from the Orlando office cleaned shelves and stocked and sorted products for A Gift for Teaching, which has distributed more than $48 million worth of school supplies to underprivileged children.

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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