Capella Education Company Receives 2012 Jefferson Award for Corporate
The parent company of Capella University will be honored at the
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 5^th annual Celebrate Giving event on
MINNEAPOLIS -- November 19, 2012
Capella Education Company a provider of online post-secondary education
through its wholly owned subsidiary Capella University, has been named a
honoree for the 2012 Jefferson Awards for its corporate philanthropic efforts.
Capella will be honored at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s
5^th-annual Celebrate Giving event on Nov. 29 at the Xcel Energy Center in St.
“We are proud to be recognized as an honoree of the Jefferson Award,” said
Kevin Gilligan, Chief Executive Officer of Capella. “This recognition is a
reflection of the generous and giving spirit of the Capella community.”
Capella was selected as an honoree for its volunteer contributions in several
employee-led campaigns. The annual Together for Good employee giving campaign
- benefiting the United Way, Community Health Charities of Minnesota, and the
American Heart Association - raised the most money in the history of Capella,
totaling $219,150.55. The Capella Community Connection (C3) is an employee-led
volunteer initiative that organizes and plans volunteer activities that
supports the community, and provides a means for Capella employees to be
involved. A few of the organizations include: the power lunch elementary
school reading program Everybody Wins! MN, and the Jeremiah Program, which
helps single mothers and their children break the cycle of generational
One of the 12 honorees will be chosen at the event as the national winner and
will be invited to the national award ceremonies in Washington D.C.
Other Jefferson Award honorees include: KARE 11, Deluxe Corp., and Carlson.
About Capella Education Company
Founded in 1991, Capella Education Company is a leader in online education,
primarily through our wholly owned subsidiary Capella University, a regionally
accredited online university*. In addition, Capella Education Company offers
online education through Resource Development International Ltd. (RDI), an
independent provider of United Kingdom (UK) university distance learning
qualifications; and owns Sophia, a first-of-its-kind social education platform
that offers students many ways to learn by making free, credible, academic
content available to anyone, anywhere, at anytime.
Capella University offers online graduate degree programs in business,
counseling, education, health administration, homeland security, human
resource management, human services, information technology, nonprofit
management and leadership, nursing, psychology, public administration, public
health, public safety, and social work; and bachelor's degree programs in
business, information technology, nursing, psychology, and public safety.
These academic programs are designed to meet the needs of working adults,
combining high quality, competency-based curricula with the convenience and
flexibility of an online learning format. Currently, Capella University offers
148 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 22 certificate programs.
Nearly 35,000 learners were enrolled as of Sept. 30, 2012. For more
information about Capella Education Company, please visit
http://www.capellaeducation.com. For more information about Capella
University, please visit http://www.capella.edu or call 1.888.CAPELLA
* Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a
member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),
Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor,
Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552), www.capella.edu.
Capella Education Company
Heide Erickson, 612-977-5172
Alicia Amling, 612-977-4836
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