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University of Phoenix – Las Vegas Lends Hand to Teachers

Campus Establishes $10,000 Scholarship, Offers Free Teacher Resource Center

WHAT: University of Phoenix – Las Vegas has launched an effort to drive attention to alleviating the local challenges faced in education.

As a starting point, Assemblyman Lynn Stewart will award a $10,000 Future Teacher Scholarship to an aspiring educator on behalf of the University. Established earlier this year, the Future Teacher Scholarship will prepare individuals looking to enter the teaching profession, or enhance their skills, for the opportunities ahead as post-recession education employment demand increases.

In addition to the scholarship, the University is unveiling a Teacher Resource Center available to all Clark County educators. Just in time for the back-to-school season, the resource center will allow teachers to check out classroom materials and instructional supplies at no cost.

“As an invested community partner, University of Phoenix strives to make a positive impact in Las Vegas,” said Charlie Nguyen, campus director at University of Phoenix – Las Vegas. “We know times are tough for everyone. By opening the door to education and resources for current and future teachers, not only will educators benefit, but ultimately, students.”

WHY: Experts agree that once the country is on the road to economic recovery, staffing for critical public sectors such as education, law enforcement and nursing will be crucial. Prior to the recession, teacher shortages in some communities reached crisis proportions, with dozens of positions unfilled even mid-way through the school year.

“While the recession has impacted every industry across the country, many people are looking at what they can do now to prepare for the opportunities that will occur once the economy begins its turnaround,” said Nguyen. “Education is no different.”

WHEN: Tuesday, July 21
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. – Teacher Resource Center tours
4:30 p.m. – Future Teacher Scholarship presentation

WHERE: University of Phoenix – Las Vegas (7455 W. Washington Ave., Suite 301, Las Vegas, 89128)

INTERVIEWS/VISUALS: Charlie Nguyen, campus director, and Mark Keays, director of academic affairs at University of Phoenix – Las Vegas, can discuss the University’s dedication to strengthening the community’s education network and the anticipated demand for “helping profession” jobs post-recession.

Assemblyman Lynn Stewart, member of the Nevada Assembly Education Committee, will be making a special presentation and discussing the current education landscape in the state.

Scholarship recipient will share their opinions on going back to school to become a teacher.

Teacher Resource Center filled with classroom materials and instructional supplies for teachers.

Clark County School District Teachers will be available to speak about the benefits of the University’s Teacher Resource Center as they prepare for the back-to-school season.

About the University:
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. During the quarter ending May 31, 2009, 420,700 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.

Contact
Mary Little
(480) 586-5134
mlittle@c-k.com

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