2010-02-04 / Local & State

Earns Degree

Nancy Szwydek of Warfordsburg has been awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in health sciences from Kaplan University. Szwydek’s accomplishment was celebrated during a live graduation ceremony on Jan. 30 in Miami, Fla. General Colin L. Powell, the 65th secretary of state and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, served as the commencement speaker.

“You can improve yourselves using the incredible power of this revolution in online education. It’s how Kaplan University has grown and continues to grow. This revolution will speed through this country because of its effectiveness and power,” Gen. Powell told the graduates during the ceremony at the James L. Knight International Center in Miami. “Today celebrate your achievements; tomorrow get back online and determine what you are going to do next.”

The Kaplan University winter 2010 class of more than 3,300 students earned their associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees – as well as professional certificates – completely online. Many of them traveled from around the country and the world to attend the ceremony, meeting face-toface for the first time.

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. Based in Davenport, Iowa, the university is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central As- sociation of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

Kaplan University offers more than 125 academic programs and serves more than 63,000 online and campus-based students. To learn more about Kaplan University, visit www.kaplan.edu/talent.

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