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Rasmussen College Prepares Illinois Students To Enter Evolving Technology-Related Fields After Graduation

National Education Provider Offers Its School of Technology and Design Students Programs Tailored to the Industry's Most In-Demand Fields

December 9, 2010

Erin Werthman
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CHICAGO, (December 9, 2010) — Ranked by CIO magazine as one of the top 10 American cities “Where the IT Jobs Are,” the Chicago-area continues to see significant employment growth in technology-related fields. With this in mind, Rasmussen College, which has campuses throughout the region, including three Illinois college locations within a 30-mile radius of Chicago, maintains its commitment to offering students access to degree programs tailored to the industry’s most in-demand fields.

“Rasmussen College offers a wide range of Associate’s degree programs tailored to fields seeing the most career growth and led by experienced design and technology industry veterans,” Rasmussen College School of Technology and Design Director Hap Aziz said. “Whether online or on-campus, our students have access to state-of-the-art hardware and software tools that are recognized as standards worldwide. Our career-focused curriculum gives graduates the real-world skills and professional portfolios that position them for success in their chosen careers.”

Rasmussen College is a recognized leader in on-campus and online technology and design degrees and currently offers advanced programs in information technology, Web design and programming, digital design, and network security through its growing School of Technology and Design.

An emphasis on hands-on training is core to the curriculum. For example, students in certain Information Systems Management Associate’s specializations are provided with PC kits that include all parts required to build fully operational PCs. In addition, School of Technology and Design students are provided with all the software required for their courses, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and others within the Adobe Creative Suite, along with Autodesk® 3ds Max®.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of computer and information systems managers is expected to increase by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, a much faster rate than the total workforce’s 8 percent job growth projected for the same period. Likewise, careers in graphic design and Web development will become more prevalent as demand for interactive media design in relation to websites and smartphones, and other mobile applications increases.

Rasmussen College boasts 21 campuses throughout the Midwest and Florida, including a strong presence in Illinois with locations in Aurora, Mokena/Tinley Park, and Romeoville/Joliet. For additional information about Rasmussen College and its School of Technology and Design, 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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