Capella University chosen as a finalist for a Minnesota Tekne Award

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The Minneapolis-based online university is one of three finalists in the "Technology User" category.

Capella University (http://www.capella.edu), an accredited, fully online university based in Minneapolis, has been named a finalist for a Minnesota Tekne Award. Capella, which was recently designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security, is a finalist in the "Technology User" category, described as "innovative application of products or services resulting in dramatic business improvement or market advantage." The other finalists in the category are Ecolab and Honeywell.

The Minnesota Tekne Awards (http://www.tekneawards.org) honor companies, innovations and individuals that positively impact Minnesota's technology-based economy. They are presented by the Minnesota High Tech Association (http://www.mhta.org) in partnership with LifeScience Alley and Minnesota Technology, Inc. The awards are attended by Minnesota business, technology and political leaders, drawing more than 1,000 attendees from across the state.

"We are honored to have our faculty and staff recognized for the great work that we have been doing to help advance the education of IT professionals in Minnesota, as well as the country," said Kurt Linberg, dean of Capella's School of Business and Technology.

The award ceremony will take place Nov. 1, 2007, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

About Capella University
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited,* fully online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, health, human services, public safety, and psychology, and bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, health, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 101 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 15 certificate programs. The online university currently serves nearly 20,000 students from all 50 states and 56 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).

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), http://www.ncahlc.org.

Capella University, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552), capella.edu.

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