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January 13 2015

Operation HOPE and Kaplan University Launch Free Non-Credit Financial Literacy Certification

 Course trains and certifies industry professionals to teach financial literacy in the community at HOPE Inside Certified Plus locations

Davenport, IA - January 13, 2014Kaplan University, in partnership with Operation HOPE, today launched the Operation HOPE Financial Literacy (HFL) Professional Certification Training course. Specifically designed to prepare financial professionals to teach financial literacy workshops in the community, the self-paced, non-credit course is being offered through Open College at Kaplan University, a new college within Kaplan University.

“HOPE Inside Certified Plus puts financial literacy foot soldiers on the ground. In today’s world, a solid understanding of financial matters is as fundamental as learning to read and write. The Financial Literacy Professional Certification course is one of the first-ever online financial literacy platform, created to qualify financial industry professionals to teach financial literacy,” said John Hope Bryant Operation HOPE founder, chairman and CEO.

Available exclusively to Operation HOPE Inside Certified Plus partners, the HFL Professional Certification is awarded to financial professionals who successfully complete the course, which also includes valuable resources that can be used to conduct workshops in the community.

“The Financial Literacy course is designed by Operation HOPE and delivered by Kaplan University to not only provide the community with the understanding of how money and finances work, but to also create a cohesive standard of excellence that equips bank employees to teach financial literacy in their community,” said Dr. Wade Dyke, President of Kaplan University.

Through its many partners, which include the U.S. Small Business Association, the Financial Services Roundtable, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the American Bankers Association, numerous banking partners, and many other government and community organizations, Operation HOPE has empowered more than 2.2 million individuals since 1992.

To learn more about the Financial Literacy Professional Certification, visit https://opencollege.kaplan.com/opencollege/HOPE100/.

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 (www.hlcommission.org). Kaplan University serves approximately 46,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 13 campuses in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine, and Wisconsin, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland and Missouri.

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC and Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan’s higher education institutions serves approximately 61,000 students online and through 56 campus-based schools across the United States and offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids in grades K-12. Kaplan, Inc. is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company and its largest division. For more information, visit www.kaplanuniversity.edu.

About Operation HOPE, Inc.  (HOPE)

The mission of HOPE is silver rights empowerment, making free enterprise work for everyone. It promotes financial dignity through the delivery of financial inclusion and education tools to underserved communities. Through its core divisions, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, digital empowerment, promoted home ownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2.2 million individuals, families, and small business owners. HOPE's next phase will be focused on Project 5117, a multi-year initiative that will track and increase business role models for youth, boost credit scores for adults, and empower underserved communities. To learn how you can join Project 5117, go to www.operationhope.org.

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