Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation and a sponsor for the new Operation HOPE Financial Dignity Center in Atlanta, Georgia, announced that it will offer its Personal Financial Management (AB104) course at no cost to 100 HOPE clients.
Kaplan University’s 10-week course teaches its students how to apply sound financial decision-making techniques to everyday life. Emphasizing the importance of goal-setting, AB104 students learn to create financial statements, prepare budgets, and plan for college and retirement—two of life’s most important investments. Individuals who pass the course will earn college credit.
The announcement was made by Kaplan University President Wade Dyke during the Center’s festive grand opening event yesterday, which included a block party and ribbon cutting ceremony. Located inside the Martin L. King, Sr. Community Resource Complex at the historic Ebenezer Church, the center will equip community members with tools to manage finances and build lasting financial security.
“Financial literacy is an important building block for managing income and debt, while creating long-term goals that will ensure future economic stability,” said Wade Dyke, president of Kaplan University. “Kaplan University is delighted to join forces with Operation HOPE in extending educational programs that are vital in empowering the community it serves.”
Earlier this year, Kaplan University announced its partnership with Operation HOPE to provide financial education counseling to its students in managing both personal and education-related finances. The collaboration provides Kaplan students with access to HOPE’s financial empowerment programs such as earned income tax credit counseling, small business and entrepreneurship training, home buying information, and 24-hour access to Operation HOPE’s mortgage and credit crisis hotline.
About Kaplan University
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. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves nearly 50,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.
Kaplan University is one of Kaplan, Inc.’s higher education institutions, which serve approximately 73,000 students online and through approximately 70 campus-based schools across the United States. Kaplan’s higher education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan, Inc. is a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. It is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO), and its largest division. For more information, visit http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu today.
About Operation HOPE, Inc.
Since 1992, nonprofit Operation HOPE has grown to become the global leader in financial dignity, providing financial literacy and empowerment services to underserved communities worldwide. Through its four principle portfolios: Banking on Our Future, HOPE Coalition America, HOPE Financial Dignity & Literacy Empowerment Centers, and HOPE Corps, the organization addresses youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, bridges the digital divide and promotes home ownership, assists with credit management and foreclosure prevention. With the support of more than 400 private sector companies, 5000 nonprofit organizations and schools and government partners, HOPE has reached over 2 million low-wealth individuals in 273 U.S. cities and South Africa. This year, HOPE celebrates its 20th anniversary of “Silver Rights,” ensuring that free enterprise and capitalism work to provide a better future for underserved communities around the world. To learn more about HOPE, visit our blog or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.