Veterans Home Residents Receive High Speed Holiday Present

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Capella University and Implex bring broadband Internet Access to Minneapolis Vets

Residents of the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis are getting a special holiday present this week from two local organizations. The veterans are entering the Internet age thanks to Capella University (http://www.capella.edu), an accredited* online university based in Minnesota, and Implex, a Twin Cities technology services provider.

Up to now, the only Internet access available to the residents of the Veterans Home was through an achingly slow dial-up connection in the library. Now, residents of the boarding care unit can have high speed access for their personal computers in their rooms, and on the Veterans Home's shared computers.

"The world is opening up to us," said Paul Hassing, a 42-year-old veteran of the US Army, who hopes to use the high-speed connection to pursue a business degree online at Capella.

Earlier this year, residents of the Veterans Home approached Implex CEO Stuart DeVaan, looking for a better way to connect to the Internet, because of his company's extensive broadband and wireless networking capabilities.

"When the veterans told me they couldn't get affordable, high-speed internet connectivity, I was shocked," DeVaan said. "Our troops serving in Iraq can connect faster than our vets back here at home. I knew something had to be done."

He brought the idea to Capella University, which has programs and scholarships for veterans and active duty military. Fifteen percent of Capella's undergraduate, master's and PhD students are affiliated with the armed forces. Capella agreed to underwrite the equipment, and Implex contributed the installation and ongoing technical support.

Phase one of the project involves residents of the 77-unit boarding care unit, with access to be expanded to other residents in 2007. Veterans who wish to participate pay a connection fee and $10 per month for the high-speed access.

"This partnership between Implex and Capella University will provide a wonderful opportunity for many of our residents," said Bob Wikan, Administrator of the Minnesota Veterans Home - Minneapolis. "It is a great addition to the services we already provide. We are very grateful for this generous gift."

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 76 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 16 certificate programs. The online university currently serves 16,300 students from all 50 states and 63 countries. It is 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).

About Implex

Implex is a privately-held technology service provider headquartered in Minneapolis. Founded in 1996, Implex is a leader in connectivity, networking, datahosting, webcasting, and website development - assisting clients to make meaningful connections between their stakeholders, vendors, and employees. Implex offers marketing technologists and systems developers, along with experienced services engineers and an extensive regional ISP network - both wired and wireless - to allow clients to maximize the interactive and productivity capabilities of the Internet to meet any technology objective. For more information, visit http://www.implex.net or call 1-866-807-6017.

About the Minnesota Veterans Home - Minneapolis

The Minnesota Veterans Home-Minneapolis, has been serving Minnesota's veterans since 1887 when it opened its doors to Civil War veterans. Now in it's 120th year, it is home to 418 veterans and their spouses. Veterans of all generations live at the home, 341 in the nursing home and 77 in boarding care. They have served in World War II, the Korean War, the Viet Nam War and the Persian Gulf War. For more information contact the Director of Public Affairs, 612-728-3178 or visit http://www.mvh.state.mn.us

*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, http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.

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