MINNEAPOLIS, July 26, 2006 – Jim Hyder, a doctoral student in the School of Education at Capella University, an online university and a leader in online education, has been named the recipient of the 2006 MATEC Industry Recognition Award. Hyder is a training program manager and instructional designer at Intel’s Fab 11X in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. He will be presented with the MATEC (Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center) award on July 26 at the Semiconductors, Automated Manufacturing, Electronics – Training and Education Conference (SAME-TEC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In addition to participating on projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Hyder has served on a national review board for several grant proposals and is currently an industry advisory board representative for an NSF-funded project.

Hyder is currently studying training and performance improvement at Capella and says a grantsmanship class he took through the online university greatly influenced his success leading up to this award.

“The credibility of the Capella grantsmanship course opened doors for me, including the recommendation that I sit on the industry advisory board and the National Science Foundation grant review board,” he said. “It was through this course that I was able to excel, and I couldn’t have received this award if it weren’t for Capella.”

The MATEC award recognizes key industry personnel for outstanding contributions toward promoting technology education and career awareness. Nominees for the award must have demonstrated an impact on technology education on both a local and national level.

About Capella University
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited* online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, and psychology, and bachelor’s degree programs in business and information technology. Within those areas, Capella offers 77 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 16 certificate specializations. The online university currently serves more than 15,700 learners from all 50 states and 63 countries. It is a national leader in online education, committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit www.capella.edu or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552).

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456, www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.

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MINNEAPOLIS, August 1, 2006 – Chiji Ohayia, a recent PhD graduate of Capella University‘s School of Business and Technology, will direct the 28th-annual National Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) Technology Conference, which will be held August 2 to August 5 at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton.

“I am honored to be part of this event. The BDPA is the premiere organization for black IT professionals and this conference will bring nearly 700 of us together in a truly engaging and inspiring atmosphere,,” Ohayia said.

The BDPA is a global organization that is a catalyst for professional growth and technical development for those in the IT industry. The national conference connects IT professionals with the latest technology advances, and career and professional development opportunities. The mission is to provide access to the most innovative concepts in emerging technologies, theories, research and education. More than 700 participants are expected to attend the conference this year.

Ohayia earned a PhD in organizational management with a specialization in IT management from Capella in 2005. Capella is an accredited online university and a leader in online education.

Originally from Nigeria, Ohayia now lives in Hillsborough, New Jersey, and is employed as the director of program management for AXA Equitable.

About Capella University
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited* online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, and psychology, and bachelor’s degree programs in business and information technology. Within those areas, Capella offers 77 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 16 certificate specializations. The online university currently serves more than 15,700 learners from all 50 states and 63 countries. It is a national leader in online education, committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit www.capella.edu or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552).

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456, www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.

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