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Rasmussen College Shows Commitment To Tampa Bay Area With Expansion Of Pasco County Campus

Education Provider to Add Additional Pasco County Campus in 2011 to Meet Needs of Growing Student Body

August 24, 2010

TAMPA, Fla. (August 24, 2010) – As part of its increasing dedication to the Tampa Bay area, and to meet the needs of its growing student body, Rasmussen College today announced plans to expand offerings in Pasco County. The higher education provider has unveiled plans to relocate its current Pasco County campus to New Port Richey by January 2011 and open an additional campus in East Pasco County by spring 2011.

“We are grateful for continued opportunities to bring a variety of in-demand educational and professional options to the Bay area,” Campus President Claire Walker said. “Rasmussen College degree programs give professionals the tools to increase their marketability and get ahead in their careers.  The expansion of our West Pasco campus and the addition of our East Pasco campus will allow area residents to access these tools with greater convenience.”

The existing Pasco County campus, now called Rasmussen College West Pasco, will relocate to New Port Richey, a move scheduled for completion by January 2011. Rasmussen College will open its East Pasco Campus located on the corner of SR54 and Sunlake Blvd. near Sun Lake High School in Lutz, Fla., in spring 2011. The move and expansion will help meet the needs of a growing student body in the Bay area, as well as introduce expanded program offerings.

“The Rasmussen College project is important to Pasco County on a number of levels, and it’s particularly gratifying to see organizations investing in our community and creating jobs through their expansion plans during a down economy,” Pasco Economic Development Council, Inc. President/CEO John Hagen said. “These expanded educational opportunities will improve the lives of our residents while also creating a highly skilled workforce, which is one of the keys to attracting new employers to the region.”

Rasmussen College also recently opened a new Tampa/Brandon campus. Classes are scheduled to begin at that campus in October.

“Ninety-two percent of Rasmussen College graduates are employed in their fields of study or are continuing their education, and many now work for major companies in the region,” Walker said. “We understand the vital role we play in Bay area higher education, and we look forward to providing these opportunities to an increased number of students.”

Both Rasmussen College West Pasco and Rasmussen College East Pasco will offer Bachelor’s and Associate’s Degree Programs through the Rasmussen College School of Business, School of Technology and Design, School of Nursing, School of Justice Studies, School of Education, and School of Allied Health.

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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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