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Rasmussen College Fort Myers Campus Congratulates First Complete Graduating Class

College Celebrates Graduation of 17 Students from a Variety of Degree Programs

August 18, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla., (August 18, 2010) – Rasmussen College congratulates the first graduating class of its campus in Fort Myers. Faculty and staff honored 17 students at a commencement ceremony held at the Riverside Community Center, located at 3061 East Riverside Drive in Fort Myers, on August 15 at 11:30 a.m.

Rasmussen College Fort Myers opened its doors in July 2008. Though four students graduated December 2009, this is the first complete graduating class from Rasmussen College Fort Myers. Students were recognized for their degree achievements through the School of Business, School of Technology and Design, School of Justice Studies, and School of Allied Health.

“We are proud to send such an accomplished group of individuals into the Fort Myers community armed with the skills necessary to achieve their career goals,” Rasmussen College Fort Myers Campus Director Eric Whitehouse said. “Rasmussen College leaders and faculty look forward to watching these graduates become successful members of their local business community and lend their learned skills to a variety of esteemed professions.”

The commencement ceremony featured an address from Dr. Kathleen Reynolds, CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida. Dr. Reynolds has a Ph.D. in Reading, Language and Cognition from Hofsta University, and a B.S. and M.A. from New York University. Prior to moving to Marco Island, Florida, she was a classroom teacher and administrator in Long Island, New York and served as a Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts for ten years.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Rasmussen College offers Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees in fields with the greatest occupation opportunities to more than 15,000 students at 21 campuses throughout Florida and the Midwest. Enrollment is now open for fall 2010 classes.

* A complete list of Rasmussen College Fort Myers 2010 graduates is included below.

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Rasmussen College Fort Myers 2010 Graduates

School of Business

Jamie Flynn

School of Allied Health

Frances Amitrano*
Jacqueline Benitez
Conisha Daley*
Tracy Freund
Amy Gunn
Kathy Heiss*
Tawanna Olivencia
Janire Pagan
Amanda Perez*
Janice Place
Linda Rains*
Beth Trotta*

School of Justice Studies

Evelyn Roberts 

School of Technology and Design

Janet Compton*
Phillip Green*
Serena Smith*


* Graduating with honors

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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