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August 27 2015

Kaplan University Broadens Support for Operation HOPE Empowerment Programs

HOPE’S financial literacy curriculum upgraded with course on Personal Financial Plan to help 700 CSC participants better understand how to navigate finances

LOS ANGELES – August 27, 2015 – Financial dignity leader Operation HOPE announced today that longtime partner, Kaplan University will continue support for empowerment programs through HOPE Inside and HOPE Inside Certified Plus locations. The new upgrade in the financial literacy curriculum for 700 Credit Score Communities will help participants understand how to raise their credit score and manage their money.

Delivered by Open College at Kaplan University (OC@KU), participants will now be required to complete four modules and assessments of the free, online course, Developing a Personal Financial Plan (ABO104). This hands-on self-paced course helps participants navigate the world of personal finance and includes key information on consumer credit, budgeting, insurance, and retirement. 

The inclusion of this very important course is part of an on-going collaboration between HOPE and Kaplan University who have been working together to improve financial literacy for Kaplan University students and also for HOPE's program participants at HOPE Inside locations across the country. Participants can also earn college credit at Kaplan University by successfully passing a Course Assessment.

“Our partnership with Kaplan University is very important to me and to us,” said Operation HOPE Founder Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant.  “We are pleased to have them as a partner for the next stage components of Project 5117, including the HOPE B- Business Compact, and HOPE Inside Certified Plus.”

In 2012, Kaplan University and Operation HOPE formed a partnership to provide financial education counseling to Kaplan students to help them learn how to manage both personal and education-related finances. The collaboration provides Kaplan students with access to HOPE’s financial empowerment programs such as credit counseling, budgeting, small business and entrepreneurship training, home buying information, and 24-hour access to Operation HOPE’s mortgage and credit crisis hotline.

“Being partnered with Operation HOPE is another way for us to innovate to help students learn critical skills, in this case financial literacy, and make an impact in our communities,” said Kaplan University President Dr. Wade Dyke.

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.  Kaplan University serves approximately 41,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 14 campuses in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine, Missouri and Wisconsin, and a Kaplan University Learning Center in Maryland.

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC and Kaplan, Inc., which serves over 1.2 million students globally each year through its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, university preparation, and K-12 offerings to individuals, institutions, and businesses. Kaplan has operations in over 30 countries, employs more than 22,000 full- and part-time professionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts, colleges, and universities, and over 2,600 corporations and businesses. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division. For more information, please visit

About Operation HOPE, Inc.

Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Los Angeles, Operation HOPE is rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator. A global nonprofit focused on financial dignity, HOPE has empowered more than 2.5 million individuals and directed more than $1.8 billion in private capital to America’s low-wealth communities. Currently, HOPE is 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 more about Operation HOPE, visit