SAN DIEGO, April 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 200 employees, faculty, staff, students, family members, and friends from Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI) and its academic institution Ashford University spent Saturday, April 14, giving back to the community they serve. The day was designated "Heroes Day," a biannual celebration that promotes the benefits of volunteering.
Employees from Bridgepoint Education and Ashford University partnered with Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) to sort thousands of clothing donations for military families in Southern California. The event began with opening remarks from Bridgepoint's Chief Executive Officer Andrew Clark, California Senator Joel Anderson, Ashford University President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Craig Swenson, STEP Chief Executive Officer Tony Teravainen, and STEP Director of Development Laura White. Volunteers sorted approximately 25,000 articles of donated clothing items for STEP's Warehouse on Wheels program.
"We appreciate Bridgepoint and Ashford volunteers spending their Saturday morning supporting our military families," said Senator Anderson. "STEP provides much needed services for junior active-duty military families throughout Southern California, and volunteers like those at the Heroes Day event help make it all possible."
"Heroes Day is a great opportunity for Bridgepoint employees and their families to make a difference in the community," said Andrew Clark, Bridgepoint Education's chief executive officer. "I am proud of our generous employees and the positive impact our organization continues to have in the communities we serve."
Heroes Day was also celebrated by Ashford's students. Students and alumni were invited to participate by volunteering in their own communities as part of Ashford's S.T.A.R. (Sharing Time and Resources) volunteer program. Ashford students, alumni, and their families volunteered alongside Bridgepoint and Ashford employees at the STEP clothes sorting event.
About Bridgepoint Education
Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE:BPI) harnesses the latest technology to reimagine the modern student experience. Bridgepoint owns two academic institutions – Ashford University and University of the Rockies. Together, these programs, technologies, and resources represent a unique model for advancing education in the 21st century. Bridgepoint stands for greater access, social learning, and exposure to leading minds. For more information, visit www.bridgepointeducation.com or www.facebook.com/BridgepointEducation.
About Ashford University
Where heritage meets innovation – that's Ashford University. At Ashford, students discover relevant degree programs, innovative technology, and cherished tradition. Ashford offers associates, bachelor's, and master's degree programs online, allowing students to balance life by providing the flexibility to do school work anywhere, anytime. For more information, please visit www.ashford.edu, www.facebook.com/ashforduniversity, or www.twitter.com/AshfordU.
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