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May 16 2012

Kaplan University, Operation HOPE Partner for Financial Empowerment

Kaplan University becomes major sponsor for new HOPE Financial Dignity Center in Atlanta

DAVENPORT, IA & ATLANTA -- Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, and Operation HOPE, a global leader for financial dignity, are partnering to provide financial literacy and economic education services to Kaplan students and community members. The new partnership focuses on helping students develop professional attitudes, job skills, and avoiding the trap of student debt.

The programs and services offered under the multi-year agreement encompass Kaplan University’s dedication to helping students develop skills that will foster success in their personal and professional lives, and Operation HOPE’s aim to improve the economic quality of life for individuals, families in underserved communities.

“In addition to helping students reach their educational and career goals, Kaplan University is also committed to equipping students with knowledge for real-world success,” said Greg Marino, CEO of Kaplan University Group. “The financial literacy training and programs offered by Operation HOPE are unparalleled and are a great resource to our students in their journeys to self-empowerment.”

Under the agreement, Kaplan University will be a major sponsor of Operation HOPE’s new flagship center in Atlanta, the HOPE Financial Dignity Center at Ebenezer. The center is scheduled to open this year and is housed within the Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resource Complex at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Kaplan University and Operation HOPE will also host a series of free public webinars to provide best practices for managing personal and student-related finances.

Kaplan students will have access to an array of financial empowerment programs offered by Operation HOPE, including home buyer’s, small business and entrepreneurship training; earned income tax credit counseling; and emergency preparedness and disaster recovery programs. Kaplan students also will have 24-hour access to Operation HOPE’s mortgage and credit crisis hotline.

"Kaplan University specializes in making the dream of a college education a reality, and Operation HOPE specializes in making the American dream real for everyone,” said James Bailey, Market Vice President at Operation HOPE. “We have the opportunity to partner in a powerful way that educates and empowers; ensuring students are equipped to meet the challenges of the future, and succeed.”

About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission ( and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves more than 50,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland, Wisconsin,Indiana, Missouri and Florida.  Kaplan University is one of Kaplan, Inc.’s higher education institutions, which serve more than 74,000 students online and through more than 70 campus-based schools across the United States. Kaplan’s higher education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan, Inc. is a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. It is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO), and its largest division. For more information about Kaplan University, visit

About Operation HOPE
A global nonprofit headquartered in Los Angeles, Operation HOPE promotes financial dignity through financial literacy and education tools to underserved communities in more than 273 cities worldwide. Through its four core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, digital empowerment, promoted home ownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2 million individuals, families, and small business owners. In May 2012, HOPE will celebrate 20 years of making the free market system work for low-income communities in a Silver Rights Movement meant to help make free enterprise and capitalism work for the poor and undeserved.