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Rasmussen College To Officially Open New Port Richey Campus With Grand Opening Ceremony And Presentation Of $5000 Scholarship To Tarpon Springs Resident

Public Invited to View the Modern Campus' Amenities during Free Open House; Four Area Chambers of Commerce To Participate

February 21, 2011

Erin Werthman
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New Port Richey, Fla. (February 21, 2011) – Rasmussen College announced today it will celebrate the Grand Opening of its new Pasco County, Florida college campus in New Port Richey campus from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23rd with a free open house event and a public presentation of a $5000 scholarship award to a local recipient of the 110-Year Anniversary Scholarship.

The campus was recently moved from its previous location in Holiday, Florida to its new location at 7660 Little Road in New Port Richey, near the Government Center. The community is invited to explore the campus and meet the faculty, staff and students at the college’s newest Tampa Bay area facility. Food for the ribbon cutting and open house will be provided by Sonny’s Bar-B-Q.

“Our new location in New Port Richey opens up our quality educational programs to an even broader group of students,” said Rasmussen College Campus President Claire Walker. “With our impressive facility, the New Port Richey campus provides all of the tools students need to learn and grow and to achieve their career goals.”

Tarpon Springs resident Spencer Gaunt will also be presented with his scholarship check during the event. Gaunt won the $5000 scholarship as a part of 110 scholarships valued at a total of $1 million that were given away by Rasmussen College to celebrate its 110-year history. Gaunt is using the scholarship to obtain a Professional Nursing degree in the Rasmussen College School of Nursing.

“Becoming a nurse is the beginning of what I hope to be a diverse and rewarding career for me,” Gaunt said recently. “This degree is a gateway that will allow me to find the best specialty within medicine to help others when they need help the most. I want to be there for people in their hardest times and help them in ways that few people can.”

Members of four local chambers of commerce will attend the event, including representatives from West, Central, and East Pasco County and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 

The Pasco County campus, located at 7660 Little Rd. in New Port Richey, is one of 21 Rasmussen College campus locations in the Midwest and Florida that offer Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees in high-demand career fields like Business, Allied Health, Information Technology, Nursing, Criminal Justice and more.

For additional information about the Rasmussen College New Port Richey campus, 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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