Participation affirms University's ongoing commitment to public service

PHOENIX, May 12, 2016 — University of Phoenix® College of Humanities and Social Sciences today announced the appointment of Executive Dean, Dr. Constance St. Germain to the Arizona Child and Family Advocacy Network (ACFAN) Board of Directors. ACFAN is a community resource, which provides support, training and guidance to professionals through advocacy centers in Arizona who coordinate services and respond to family violence and sexual assault.

Dr. St. Germain will join other Valley leaders who share the mission of providing education, training and mentorship to organizations and individuals looking to provide support services to those who suffer from domestic and sexual abuse throughout Arizona.

"University of Phoenix has a strong tradition of commitment to public service in those communities where our students, faculty and staff, live and work," said Dr. St. Germain. "It is our responsibility to educate and support students committed to public service, in order to help prepare them to work in organizations that serve abused and neglected children as well as sexual and domestic violence victims, such as those within the Arizona Child Family and Family Advocacy Network."

Preparing advocacy centers in Arizona and the professionals so they can properly respond to violence and sexual assault is a vital part to further reduce short-term and long-term effects caused by domestic and sexual violence. In 2013, 35 programs in Arizona served 1,796 victims of domestic violence in one 24-hour period[1]. In order to continue to provide support services for victims, it is imperative that access to education and guidance be made available for community resources like ACFAN.

"We've found it essential to create new partnerships that will enhance discussions and activities that will help further sustain and improve our programs as well as the advocacy centers to better serve our communities," said Kathy McLaughlin, Executive Director, Arizona Child and Family Advocacy Network. "We are thrilled to have Dr. Constance St. Germain on the board to provide guidance that will help us better serve our centers across Arizona."�

For more about University of Phoenix community initiatives, visit www.phoenix.edu/corporate-social-responsibility.

About University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences

University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences offers programs in human services, psychology and counseling. The college's curriculum seeks to empower individuals who wish to enhance their skills for career entry or advancement in the helping professions. Curriculum is regularly updated to meet accreditation and/or national and state professional standards. University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences faculty members are experienced professionals, holding advanced degrees. Many sit on state licensure and accreditation boards as well as professional committees. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu/socialsciences.

About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of  Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu.

[1] Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence: The Impact of Domestic Violence