More than 350 employees, faculty, staff, students, family members, and friends from Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI) and its two academic institutions, Ashford University and University of the Rockies spent Saturday, April 26, giving back to the communities they serve. The day was designated “Heroes Day,” a biannual celebration that promotes the benefits of volunteering.
“The hard work and dedication demonstrated by employees this weekend was impressive. It’s evident that our employees really embrace our giving mission and the spirit of enriching lives and improving our communities,” said Andrew Clark, chief executive officer at Bridgepoint Education. “I am proud of the positive impact our organization has had, and will continue to have, on the communities we serve.”
In San Diego, Calif., employees from Bridgepoint Education and Ashford University headed to the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Center to build 50 new bicycles to donate to local children. Many of these children had never owned a bicycle before and the Bridgepoint and Ashford volunteers were able give these children their first set of wheels.
“Bridgepoint Education's Heroes Day Event truly brought joy to so many families, and specifically children, in The Salvation Army Kroc Center's community,” said Maria Todaro, director of communications & community development for The Salvation Army Kroc Center. “This joy will continue through the summer as dozens of children now have bikes to ride with their friends, giving them an opportunity to be active and play outside. We are grateful for community partnerships like these that offer amazing and fun resources to our families.”
In Clinton, Iowa, home of the Ashford University campus, the Heroes Day focus was on a clean-up campaign. Ashford staff, faculty, and students picked up trash along a three-mile stretch of Millcreek Parkway.
Heroes Day was not just for employees though and Ashford students across the country 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. In San Diego, a group of Ashford students volunteered together at the Payne Family Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego.
Meanwhile, in Colorado, more than 40 representatives from Ashford University and University of the Rockies volunteered at the Mi Casa Resource Center in Denver. The volunteers helped with landscaping and painted the facility which houses Colorado’s oldest and largest Latino-serving nonprofit organization.
About Bridgepoint Education
Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE:BPI) harnesses the latest technology to reimagine the modern student experience. Bridgepoint’s technologies, including Thuze® and Waypoint Outcomes, enhance the way people learn in the digital age. Bridgepoint owns three academic institutions – Ashford University, University of the Rockies, and Denver Learning Institute. 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 call Shari Winet, Vice President of Public Relations, at 858.668.2580.
About Ashford University
Achievement belongs to all of us at Ashford University. By offering a traditional college campus as well as online degree programs, Ashford meets the diverse needs of individuals pursuing integrity in their lives and in their communities. Students may earn an associates, bachelor’s, or master’s degree online, while campus students in Clinton, Iowa may earn a bachelor’s degree. Whether on campus or online, Ashford students enjoy the same supportive community. For more information, please visit http://www.ashford.edu or call Shari Winet, Vice President of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.
About University of the Rockies
University of the Rockies is a leading graduate school of the social and behavioral sciences that offers programs for students seeking their PhD, PsyD, or Master of Arts degree. Students may take classes at a state-of-the-art instructional site in downtown Denver, Colo., or work toward degrees online from anywhere in the country. Whether face-to-face or online, University of the Rockies students enjoy the same access to industry professionals, research, and publishing opportunities. For more information, please visit http://www.rockies.edu or call Shari Winet, Vice President of Public Relations, at 866.621.0124 x2513.