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Rasmussen College Employees Honored As 2010 Up & Comers By Tampa Bay Business Journal

Kristy Croom Tucker and Staceyann Sinclair Recognized for Professional Success

November 3, 2010

Erin Werthman
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TAMPA, Fla., (November 3, 2010) – Rasmussen College is proud to announce employees Kristy Croom Tucker and Staceyann Sinclair have been recognized as 2010 Up & Comers by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. The award was established to honor executives, sales representatives, and other individuals who are climbing the charts and have their eyes focused on success in the Bay area.

 “The quality of our education and services is driven by the quality of our team, which is evidenced today as we recognize two employees whose accomplishments at a young age rival many seasoned professionals,” Rasmussen College CEO Thomas Slagle said. “We congratulate Kristy and Staceyann on their achievements and this honorable recognition from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.”

Honored in the “Under 30 years old” category, Kristy Croom Tucker is Director of Communication for Rasmussen College. Her work ensures the successful communication of the higher education provider’s mission to encourage personal and professional development through respect, appreciation and a commitment to general education, as a foundation for life-long learning. A 2007 recipient of the Rasmussen College Harlan Employee Recognition Award, Tucker is also a member of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and its Counselor’s to Higher Education section. She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Journalism from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas and is an alumnus and past president of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority.

Director of Admissions for Rasmussen College Staceyann Sinclair was honored in the category for professionals 30 to 39 years old. She works to build and lead a team of program managers that sets the stage for higher learning for career-oriented students. In addition to serving as elected National Vice President of Johnson & Wales University Alumni Council, for which she was commencement speaker in 2010, Sinclair is the President of Johnson & Wales University Alumni Tampa Bay Chapter and a member of the Youth Ministry at New Beginnings Church, the Tampa Bay Higher Education Alliance, and the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. She is a previous project leader for Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life Cancer Society and is a current volunteer for Juvenile Services Program. Sinclair earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marketing from Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, Fla., where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She holds a Master of Art degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix where she graduated Suma Cum Laude.

Tucker and Sinclair will be honored together with the 2010 Up & Comer award recipients November 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at a ceremony held at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, located at 3200 Jim Walter Boulevard in Tampa.

Rasmussen College offers education opportunities tailored for growing industries through its School of Technology and Design, School of Business, School of Nursing, School of Allied Health, School of Justice Studies, and School of Education.

For more information about the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2010 Up & Comers awards program, visit

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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