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Capella University PhD student receives a 2009 Black Engineer of the Year Award

Reggie Smith III, a PhD student in Training and Performance Improvement at the online university, and president-elect of the USDLA, received the award for his commitment to community service

MINNEAPOLIS, April 6, 2009—Reggie Smith III, a PhD student at Capella University and the president-elect of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), has been awarded a 2009 Black Engineer of the Year Award. Smith, who is an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, is also pursuing a doctorate in Training and Performance Improvement from Capella, an accredited*, fully online university that has built its reputation by providing quality graduate education for working adults.

"I have been interested in distance education for nearly 20 years and have found Capella to be a very well rounded program. The Capella faculty, staff, and fellow students are top notch and provide a wealth of support for distance learners globally," Smith said.

Smith received the 2009 Black Engineer of the Year Award Feb. 21 in Baltimore for his more than a decade of community service related to the technology field, including his work with the USDLA, Patriots Technology Training Center, and New Hope Academy. For more than 20 years, the Black Engineer of the Year Awards have recognized achievements in science, technology, engineering and math-related careers.

Smith is also the first African American president-elect of the USDLA, and has been instrumental in launching National Distance Education Week and the USDLA’s Distance Learning Today supplement for USA Today.

In his role at Booz Allen Hamilton, Smith is responsible for coordinating all of the learning content that is shared by various federal agencies. He is also leading an effort to develop online courses for those agencies.

About Capella University
Capella University (www.capella.edu) is an accredited*, fully online university that has built its reputation by providing quality graduate education for working adults. Eighty-three percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, psychology, public health, and public safety. Capella also offers bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 114 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 15 certificate programs. More than 26,800 learners were enrolled as of Dec. 31, 2008, from all 50 states and 45 other countries. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993, 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 is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), www.ncahlc.org.
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