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Twelve Online Students Graduate From Rasmussen College Leadership Academy

Twelve Online Students From Around The Country Graduated from the Rasmussen College Leadership Academy

August 23, 2011

Erin Werthman
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (August 23, 2011) – Rasmussen College, a premier provider of career-focused higher education, is pleased to congratulate twelve of its top online students on successfully graduating from the Rasmussen College Leadership Academy.

The Leadership Academy at Rasmussen College consists of a group of hand-picked online degree seeking students. The Leadership Academy is reserved for students enrolled in Rasmussen College Online only, and students who are chosen for the academy learn the leadership skills necessary to be successful in their careers.

In order to be considered for selection, students must be with Rasmussen College for at least two full quarters and must have a G.P.A. of 3.25 or higher. Students must then apply for the academy, and a panel of Rasmussen College Online representatives makes the final selection. The group then meets every-other-week to learn from leadership experts and to hone the skills necessary for their future career success.

“These students represent some of the best and brightest future leaders that Rasmussen College has to offer,” President of Rasmussen College Kristi Waite said. “We are proud of their commitment and dedication to the program, and we congratulate them on all of their future successes.”

The following 12 students–ranging from a variety of degree programs—comprise the most recent graduates of the Leadership Academy:

• Rhonda Green: Dothan, Ala.

• Deb Shearer: Findlay, Ohio

• Lauretta Callahan: Fishkill, N.Y.

• Melissa McCook: Kalamazoo, Mich.

• Christine Flood: Kenosha, Wis.

• David Peterson: Oconomowoc, Wis.

• George Burns III: Plano, Ill.

• Linda Bodell: Rockford, Ill.

• Diann Stover: Shamokin Dam, Pa.

• Angela Fagerstrom: Tumwater, Wash.

• Amy Henderson: Yuca Valley, Calif.

• Cheryl Auchter: New River, Ariz.

For additional information about Rasmussen College Online, 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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