Nearly 200 holiday gifts are donated to the residents of the Albuquerque Juvenile Detention Center Education Unit

ALBUQUERQUE, December 17, 2009 — On Tuesday, December 15, 2009, members of University of Phoenix Albuquerque campus administrative staff delivered nearly 200 new and "gently used" stuffed animals to the students and residents of Albuquerque's Juvenile Detention Center Education Unit (JDC-EU) for the sixth consecutive year. Over 80 students received a holiday gift, which they could keep for themselves or in turn give to their own children or to family members who will be missing them this holiday season. This annual drive is just one aspect of the University's Join-A-School & Business Program, which primarily encourages the University faculty and staff to attend and serve as guest speakers for local school events held at partnering facilities.

"University of Phoenix has been an outstanding partner for the past 6 years. The faculty has given of their time and made continued donations to a student population often regarded as not worthy," remarked Adele Evans, Principal of the Albuquerque Juvenile Detention Center Education Unit. "I hope our Join-A-School Partnership continues for many years to come."

"We are very happy to contribute to this underserved population during the holiday season and year-round. As an educational institution, it is important to University of Phoenix to support programs such as this one that encourage young people to continue on their educational paths," stated Randy Lichtenfeld, Vice President/Director, University of Phoenix, New Mexico Campuses.

In addition to the annual stuffed animal drive, University of Phoenix administrative staff participated in an early November Halloween Candy Collection. As a result of their efforts, over 20 pounds of candy were donated to the JDC-EU to be used as incentives in the school's READ 180 Program, an effort designed to improve the skills and raise the test scores of middle and high school students/residents of the Center who read below grade level. Many of the students at JDC-EU read below the average level and the "candy awards" are provided as incentives to students to perform well in the program.

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 August 31, 2009, 443,000 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.


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