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Rasmussen College Partners With Make-A-Wish To Help Grant An 11-Year-Old Boy's Wish

College donates tools needed to create dream video or computer game

April 4, 2014

Erin Werthman
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TAMPA, Fla. (April 4, 2014)–Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college, is partnering with Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida to help grant an 11-year-old Pasco County boy’s wish. Joey, who is diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, enjoys playing video and computer games, and like many 11-year-old boys, Joey spends his time exploring the newest games and playing them with friends. Joey says he wants to be a video game creator when he grows up. To help make that dream a reality, Rasmussen College is giving Joey a digital drawing tablet along with a one-year membership to Adobe Creative Cloud. The membership, which is worth up to $600, will give Joey access to Adobe’s suites of software for graphic design, video editing, web development applications and cloud services.  

“We’re thrilled to help make Joey’s wish come true,” said Tammy Jackson, campus director, Rasmussen College New Port Richey/West Pasco campus. “Joey will be using the same software our graphic design students and faculty use in the classroom, as well as those who design and develop games for a living. Rasmussen College is committed to making the communities in which we serve a better place to work, live and learn, and we hope Joey learns to love creating games just as much as our students do.”

In addition to the drawing tablet and Adobe software, Make-A-Wish granted Joey’s wish to have a custom Alienware Gaming Computer, a professional grade device specifically created for gaming.

“Wishes that inspire community support like Joey’s are important to us at Make-A-Wish,” said Lisa Andrews, regional director for Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida. “Rasmussen College’s wish enhancement will bring joy to Joey’s family and also illustrate the transformational power a wish can have to everyone who is involved.”

Rasmussen College will present Joey with his tablet and Adobe Creative Cloud membership on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at the Rasmussen College New Port Richey/West Pasco campus. Following the presentation, faculty from the College’s Schools of Technology and Design will show Joey how to use the Adobe software. The campus is located at 8661 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34654.

To learn more about Rasmussen College, visit http://www.rasmussen.edu/.

To learn more about Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida, visit http://cnfl.wish.org/.

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ABOUT RASMUSSEN COLLEGE: 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 www.Rasmussen.edu.

ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH: Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, Make-A-Wish is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 65 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 174,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. The Central and Northern Florida chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® includes 54 counties serving the upper half of the state. It includes the Suncoast region in Tampa Bay, consisting of Hernando, Pasco, Polk, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. For more information about Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida, visit http://cnfl.wish.org and discover how you can experience the power of a wishâ.


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