MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 26, 2006 — Capella University (www.capella.edu), an accredited online university and a leader in online education, has released its latest podcast, which features an interview with Robin Bundy, a former sewage plant laborer who was awarded a $15,000 Women in Technology scholarship from the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT). Bundy received her bachelor’s degree in IT from Capella in August 2006 and is now pursuing a MBA from Capella in information technology management. Part of the “Inside Online Education” podcast series, this installment highlights Bundy’s transformation from a blue collar worker to her new career in IT. She now works for IBM in the Rational Software division. Read the rest of this entry »

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MINNEAPOLIS, June 5, 2006 — Robin Bundy, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in IT at Capella University's School of Business and Technology, has been awarded a Women in Technology scholarship from the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT).

Capella is an accredited online university and a leader in online education. Bundy decided to pursue an information technology online degree with a network specialty in order to achieve her goal of transitioning from her job as a sewage plant laborer to a high-tech position with growth potential. She expects to graduate in 2007. Bundy recently began working for IBM in the Rational Software division.

Bundy, who lives in Detroit, has earned several professional certifications, including: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, CompTIA A+ and Network+, CCNA.

The following is an excerpt from the essay Bundy submitted for the scholarship:

“My career in information technology is the fruit of my effort to be what I might have been, had I completed college after high school; had I been less focused on making a living and more focused on making a future for myself and my family. After working 12 years as a laborer in a sewage plant, I left the plant to pursue my dream of learning about the ‘information superhighway.’ I didn't really know what this highway was or what it did, and I can't say that I had a concrete plan on how to transition from blue collar to white. But I had what was most important, an unyielding desire to learn and the knowledge that I couldn't continue to work at a job—I needed a career. Making this transition was a great leap of faith and is therefore is my greatest source of pride. I didn't own a computer, had no computer experience, and had not attended school in over 15 years. I have shouted back with a 4.0 grade point average and earned the IT industry certifications I need to work in the field.”

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 http://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.