CINCINNATI, OHIO , December 11, 2008 — University of Phoenix Cincinnati campus and the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) of Cincinnati have formed a partnership to promote intellectual and economic wealth among African Americans. The partnership grew out of both organizations' commitment and dedication to the African American community. In fact, University of Phoenix confers more master's degrees to minority students than any other university and is the number one graduate degree producer for African American students, producing the equivalent of the top seven historically black colleges and universities.

Both organizations will work together on increasing financial awareness and literacy by hosting free monthly seminars for all members of the NBMBAA. The seminars will begin in January of 2009 at the West Chester, Ohio and Florence, Ky. University of Phoenix campuses.

"We are proud to be entering into a partnership with the National Black MBA Association of Cincinnati," said Chris Montagnino, Campus Director of the University of Phoenix Cincinnati/Dayton campus. "There are many African Americans in the Cincinnati area who want to improve their lives through education and this partnership can help achieve those goals"�

"National Black MBA Association--Cincinnati Chapter is excited to be entering into this new partnership," said Michele Heath, President of National Black MBA Association of Cincinnati. "It's great to be working with an organization that understands the importance of the financial literacy program and how it will positively impact our community."�

The National Black MBA Association, Incorporated--Cincinnati Chapter was founded in 1989 with a vision of establishing and maintaining an effective communication device for the African-American manager. Their mission is to assist in the creation of intellectual and economic wealth within the African-American community. For more information please visit


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. As of August 31, 2008, 362,100 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.


Wendy Paul