Touro University Nevada Medical Students Achieve 100% Match Rate/Residency Placement During Match Day

By | Education, Press Release

The Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine celebrated incredible news after having a 100% residency match/placement rate for the soon-to-be graduates of the Class of 2019.

The celebration began inside The Terrace on March 15 when the Class of 2019 and their families filled the room for the inaugural College of Osteopathic Medicine Match Party.

Students were called in alphabetical order to pick up their envelopes, the specialty, and location of their residency inside. Before they opened their envelopes, Dr. Wolfgang Gilliar, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, asked the students to take in the moment and think about how much work it took for them to get there, and to thank those who helped them achieve this goal.

Following the brief moment of anxious silence, screams could be heard throughout the room as students found out where they will do their residencies.

“I’m so relieved that I was able to match here in Las Vegas,” said Mahdika Underwood, who will do her residency in Pediatrics. “I had received offers from California and Florida, but my family and I love it here, so we are thrilled to be staying.”

Not only did the College of Osteopathic Medicine have a 100% match/residency placement rate, more than 20% of the students will stay in Nevada to complete their training.

Aaron Prado, who matched in his first choice of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Cincinnati, credited his classmates and faculty for helping him achieve his dreams.

“I can’t thank Touro enough for getting me to this point. It’s been an absolute pleasure to be here,” he said. “I’m so excited for all of the support they’ve given us to get to this moment, as well as the support they’ll give us in the future.”

Touro University Nevada Raises Record Amount for Student Scholarships During Annual Gala

By | Press Release, Recognition, Uncategorized

Touro University Nevada raised a record amount of funds for student scholarships during its annual Gala held at The Four Seasons on March 10.

During the awards ceremony portion of the program, CEO & Senior Provost Shelley Berkley presented the Touro Awards of Distinction to the Engelstad Foundation, Findlay RV, and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada. Monterey and Dr. Jeffrey Brookman were also presented with the Touro Service Award.

More than 600 guests enjoyed a keynote address from award-winning NBC News Correspondent Kerry Sanders, an inspirational speech from PA student Niyat Teweldebrhan, a live auction, silent auction, and awards ceremony.

“I am so grateful to Monterey and Dr. Jeffrey Brookman, the Englestad Foundation, Findlay RV, and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada for being wonderful partners to us here at Touro,” Berkley said. “The Touro Awards of Distinction and the Touro Service Award are reserved for those who go above and beyond for this university.”

Throughout the evening, guests bid on more than 110 silent auction items in addition to 11 live auction items, including an autographed Vegas Golden Knights Max Pacioretty jersey, a personal jet experience, in-home chef catering, jewelry, art, and more. The proceeds raised from the event directly benefit the Touro Scholarship Fund.

“The Touro Gala is a wonderful way to help ease the financial burden for our hard-working students,” Berkley said. “Whether you donated an auction item, bid on an auction item, or helped show your support for our students by purchasing a table to this year’s Gala, I sincerely thank you for helping to make their journeys a little easier.”

The Clark County Medical Society and the Vegas Golden Knights Honor First Responders, Nurses, and Medical Nonprofits

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Nominations are now open for the 2019 Winged Heart Awards

The Clark County Medical Society (CCMS) is now accepting nominations for its seventh annual Winged Heart Awards. Established in 2013 by former CCMS President Dr. George Alexander to honor nurses, health-focused nonprofit organizations, and first responders in Clark County. The public can submit nominations through April 27 at www.wingedheartawards.org. 

“The Winged Heart Awards are an opportunity for us to come together as a community and recognize the incredible dedication of our local nurses, nonprofits, and first responders,” said Dr. Alexander. “We encourage residents of Southern Nevada to submit a nomination for someone who has made an impact on their life.”

This year’s Winged Heart Awards are proudly presented by the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation, who regularly demonstrate their commitment to our community both on and off the ice.

Criteria to be nominated are: nurses must be currently affiliated with local practice or hospital and must provide a necessary service to patients on an inpatient or outpatient basis. A nonprofit nominee must be a registered 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide outstanding medical/healthcare work and promotes wellness within Clark County. First responders must be currently working in Clark County.

“Our goal is to recognize people who are driven by a passion to serve the community and who go above and beyond the parameters of their job to make our community a better place,” said current CCMS President Dr. Jeffrey Roth. “This is a chance for the community to come together and extend our gratitude for the hard work of these selfless individuals.”

Winged Heart Award nominees will be honored during the CCMS 65th annual Presidential Installation Dinner & Awards Ceremony Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Bellagio. 

Past Winged Heart Award winners include: LVMPD Officer Charleston Hartfield (2018), Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Southern Nevada (2018), Lynn Hansen, RN, (2018), Kelly Crawford, RN, (2017), Academy of Human Development (2017), Krystal Coffman, RN, (2016), Jalen’s Gift Foundation (2016), Tammy Wert, RN, (2015), and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation (2015), Janet Maran, RN, (2014), and Cure 4 the Kids (2014).

About Clark County Medical Society

Established in 1955, the Clark County Medical Society is a professional organization of more than 1,500 physician, resident, and medical student members. The organization advocates for physicians and their patients in Southern Nevada, encouraging the delivery of quality health care within the community. For more information, visit www.clarkcountymedical.org or call 702.739.9989. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CCMSNevada.  

 

The Valley Health System Graduate Medical Education Consortium Fills 100 Percent of Residency Openings

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Inaugural Program Welcomes Physician Residents for Summer 2019

The Valley Health System Graduate Medical Education (VHSGME) Consortium filled 100 percent of its residency openings for its new Family Medicine and General Surgery programs during the National Resident Matching Program’s Match Week activities earlier this month.

Andrew M. Eisen, MD, FAAP​

“We have an outstanding group of physician residents who will join our programs this summer,” said Andrew Eisen, MD, Chief Academic Officer for VHSGME. “The match is a very competitive process which begins in the last year of medical school, and includes applications, on-site interviews and ranking by both the residency program directors and the prospective residents. We’re very excited to welcome our inaugural class when they begin their orientation in late June.” 

“I’m very pleased with the caliber of physician residents who will be joining our two programs this year,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President for The Valley Health System. “Our GME programs will focus on providing high-quality care to patients in our hospitals and the community, and also create opportunities for physicians who want to remain in southern Nevada to practice medicine.” 

The Family Medicine program is under the direction of Thomas Hunt, MD, Family Medicine Program Director for The Valley Health System and the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine for Roseman University College of Medicine in Nevada. The Family Medicine program will welcome 10 first-year residents. The three-year program focuses on primary care and preventive medicine and will include training in both outpatient clinics and hospitals. Family Medicine residents will rotate through Southwest Medical outpatient clinics as well as Spring Valley and Summerlin hospitals for inpatient rotations. 

The General Surgery program is under the direction of Saju Joseph, MD, General Surgery Program Director for The Valley

Macie Enman on Match Day

Health System and begins with 16 residents, including four physicians who have already completed some prior residency training and will join the program as second-year residents; four first-year residents committed to 5 years of training; and eight residents enrolled for one year of preliminary training. The program will feature a mix of simulation and operating room experiences, research, clinic follow-up with patients, and classroom education, all providing preparation for Board Certification by the American Board of Surgery (ABS). Surgery residents will rotate through Desert Springs, Henderson, Spring Valley and Summerlin hospitals for the majority of their residency, but will also do rotations at UCLA Medical Center for transplant and hepatobiliary surgery and at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada for trauma rotations in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The 26 residents graduated from 21 different medical schools. The standard first day of clinical work for all resident physicians in the United States is July 1, regardless of the day of the week.

The Valley Health System is planning to offer future residency programs in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Psychiatry.

Valley Hospital, which is also part of The Valley Health System, has offered graduate medical education programs since 2006; current residencies include Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology and Orthopedic Surgery, along with Fellowships in Gastroenterology and Pulmonary/Critical Care. 

About The Valley Health System

The Valley Health System (VHS), the Official Health System of The Vegas Golden Knights, cares for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. Accredited by The Joint Commission, VHS hospitals provide a comprehensive array of medical services including cardiovascular, neurosciences, maternity and women’s health, emergency and surgical care, along with specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, pediatrics, orthopedics, diabetes, wound care, surgical weight loss/bariatrics, geropsychiatric services and acute inpatient rehabilitation units. For more information, visit www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com.

 

SR Construction Awarded Upcoming Healthcare Project in Las Vegas Valley

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SR Construction named General Contractor for expansion project at Centennial Hills Hospital

SR Construction was recently named General Contractor for an upcoming expansion project at Centennial Hills Hospital. SR will spearhead the build of the new five-story tower, which will expand the facility’s neonatal, PACU and adult intensive care units along with additional medical surgical units.

“It is a privilege to be chosen as the General Contractor for this significant project,” said Peter Harvey, senior project manager at SR Construction. “We look forward to building upon on our deep-rooted relationship with Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center and Valley Health System/Universal Health Services (UHS).”

The expansion will provide space for an additional 56 patient beds, bringing the hospital’s total to 318. The project is estimated to cost approximately $95 million. The design has already commenced and construction is set to begin this summer.

Medical Meetings Contribute to Las Vegas Remaining Top Trade Show Destination for 25 Years

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Once again, Las Vegas maintains its long-standing reputation as the leading destination for business travel. For the 25th consecutive year, Las Vegas was named the country’s No. 1 trade show destination according to the Trade Show News Network (TSNN) “2018 TSNN Top Trade Shows” list. According to the list, Las Vegas hosted 48 of the largest shows held in the country last year. 

“It’s an incredible honor to celebrate 25 years as the No. 1 trade show destination in North America, and for Las Vegas, this is just the beginning of great things to come,” said LVCVA CEO and President, Steve Hill. “Throughout the destination, we are seeing astonishing developments and investment you won’t find anywhere else and we look forward to continued growth and success with our partners and clients. The Las Vegas skyline is evolving rapidly- and there is certainly no limit in sight.”

The coveted list by TSNN represents the largest trade shows held in the country each year, ranked by net square footage. According to TSNN’s rankings, CES 2018 secured the top spot with nearly 2.8 million net sq. ft., of exhibit space spanning the Las Vegas Convention Center and several additional facilities throughout the destination.  

Orlando and Chicago tied for second place on this year’s list, followed by Atlanta at No. 3 and New York at No. 4. To see the full TSNN list, visit http://www.tsnn.com/toplists-us.

“Once again, Las Vegas has topped the 2018 Top Trade Shows list with more than double the amount of shows represented than the next city on the list,” said Rachel Wimberly, EVP of Business Development, Tarsus US (TSNN’s parent company). “With so much new convention and meeting space, more hotel rooms and exciting entertainment and dining options coming online in Las Vegas, there’s no doubt the city will be hard to beat in the near future.” 

The LVCVA is committed to maintaining the destination’s top spot on TSNN’s list. The Las Vegas Convention Center District (LVCCD) project is well underway, and is slated for completion at the end of 2020 in time for CES 2021. The project will add 600,000 square feet of exhibit space, new meeting rooms and other amenities, as well as renovating the entire existing property. Additionally, the LVCVA Board of Directors recently approved a recommendation to select Elon Musk’s The Boring Company to design, construct and operate a people mover for the Las Vegas Convention Center via a loop of underground express-route tunnels that could carry passengers in autonomous electric vehicles at high speeds. This LVCCD project will continue to cement Las Vegas as North America’s premier business destination, allowing shows to grow in both square footage and attendance. 

In addition to the landmark LVCCD project, confidence in this industry sector is supported by billions of dollars in destination-wide investment, including the addition of more than three million square feet of exhibit space in the next five years.

In celebration of 25 years as North America’s leading trade show destination, here are 25 contributing factors leading to Las Vegas’ ongoing success as a business destination: 

  • Las Vegas welcomed 42.1 million visitors in 2018, of those, more than 6.5 million were business travelers
  • Nearly 24,000 meetings hosted annually
  • More than 11.5 million square feet of exhibit space
  • In the next five years, the destination will add more than three million square feet of additional meeting and exhibit space
  • Home to three of the country’s largest convention venues (Las Vegas Convention Center, Mandalay Bay Convention Center and Sands Expo and Convention Center)
  • The meetings industry generates $9.8 billion in impact to local economy
  • Supports approximately 65,000 local jobs
  • Nearly 150,000 hotels rooms, offering a phenomenal group value proposition
  • The average daily room rate averaged $128 in 2018  
  • On average, attendance increases by eight percent when conventions rotate into Las Vegas
  • More than 950 daily inbound and outbound flights from more than 130 U.S. and international cities
  • McCarran International Airport is conveniently located just two miles from Las Vegas Boulevard and 3.5 miles from the Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Whether by bus, taxi, shuttle or monorail, accommodations are generally within a 15-minute ride from McCarran International Airport
  • Year-round appeal: Las Vegas averages 320 days of sunshine annually  
  • Las Vegas trade show delegates spend more time on the show floor, averaging 11 hours
  • As a 24-hour destination, attendees have access to world-class dining, shopping and entertainment long after business wraps up for the day
  • Las Vegas is currently the only destination in North America with a World Trade Center designation on the campus of a convention center
  • Business travelers tend to stay longer and spend more while in the destination
  • Ranging in size from 10 to more than 150,000 attendees, Las Vegas can accommodate groups of varying sizes and budgets
  • The Las Vegas Convention Center alone hosts more than 50 events annually, welcoming nearly 1.5 million attendees
  • Supplemental registration staff is available through the LVCVA for events taking place in the destination
  • Among a series of studies with meeting planners, Las Vegas was among the top five meeting destinations overall, based on past visits and consideration
  • Las Vegas offers an extensive array of team building experiences, including outdoor and adventure activities, corporate social responsibility projects and behind-the-scenes interactions at some of the destination’s top entertainment venues
  • Many Las Vegas properties are incorporating new and unique health and wellness offerings catering to business travelers. Examples include, healthy dining options, guided meditation, state-of-the-art lighting and air purification systems.
  • The LVCVA is the ultimate authority on Las Vegas. Our team of friendly Las Vegas experts has an extensive array of tools available to assist you. For more information, visit www.vegasmeansbusiness.com

2019 County Health Rankings Released

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Southern Nevada Health District presents findings at community event

Clark County ranks 8th healthiest in Nevada according to the annual County Health rankings, up from 10th in last year’s ranking. The County Health Rankings are released each year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The full rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org

The Southern Nevada Health District presented findings for Clark County at a community event today along with representatives from University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Public Health Training Center and Representative Susie Lee.

The County Rankings provide an easy-to-use snapshot of local health data that demonstrate where people live influences how well they live and how long they live. The Rankings allow each state to see how its counties compare on a range of factors that influence health including education, housing, jobs, smoking, access to healthy foods, and more. This year’s Rankings State Reports show stark differences across and within counties in the opportunity to afford a home, especially for those with low incomes and people of color. This year’s analyses show that a lack of opportunity for a safe, secure, and affordable home is tied to poor health.

“The Rankings are another tool we can use to assure our programs are meeting the needs of our community. Using this information, we can assess our programs and policies to make sure they are addressing areas of concern in our community and better align our services and programs as appropriate,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District.

The Rankings call attention to opportunities to improve the health of the community and serve as a call-to-action. The Health District works with its governing board, the Southern Nevada District Board of Health, and community partners on programs and initiatives that impact areas addressed by the Rankings. These programs and projects include opening a primary care clinic and dental care clinic, partnering with rural stakeholders to provide services in communities of need outside of Clark County, providing accessible immunization services with its mobile clinic, partnering with the school district to provide fitness and nutrition programs, providing youth tobacco control advocacy programs, and enhancing voluntary smoke-free tobacco programs at worksites and organizations.  

“These findings demonstrate the need to invest more resources into public health and into raising the health status of our community,” said Iser. “We see persistent health gaps that exist based on well-identified health factors. We cannot fully address any of these issues without addressing the full range of challenges that keep people from leading healthy lives.”

For more information on Health District programs and services, check out its new website. To access healthy programs and resources go to www.GetHealthyClarkCounty.org.

Measles Case in Clark County

By | Press Release

Health District encourages Southern Nevadans to review immunization status

An investigation by the Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed an internationally imported case of measles in Clark County. The patient is an international visitor and the potential Las Vegas exposure occurred between Saturday, March 9 and Monday, March 11. The patient’s immunization status is unknown. The Health District is notifying individuals who might have had contact with this patient and will not be releasing any additional information about the patient.

Because measles can be highly contagious, the Health District is advising people who visited the following locations during the times specified to review their immunization status and contact their health care providers if they are not fully immunized against measles and have not already had the disease. In addition, they should contact their health care providers if they develop a rash with fever or other symptoms consistent with measles within 21 days after their visit to these locations. It is recommended that anyone with symptoms contact a health care provider’s office before entering a health care facility to allow the facility to make appropriate arrangements to ensure the illness is not spread.

  • Treasure Island Hotel and Casino/TI/registration desk and main hotel lobby, 3300 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas NV 89109, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9
  • Desert Springs Hospital/Emergency Department, 2075 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89119, between 11 p.m. Sunday, March 10 and 6 a.m., Monday, March 11

The risk of disease is low for persons previously vaccinated against measles or diagnosed with the disease. Because individuals who are not immune to measles might have been exposed between Saturday, March 9 and Monday, March 11, the Health District is alerting the community about the possibility of measles transmission so that Valley residents have an opportunity to receive a measles immunization. The Health District advises anyone who develops measles symptoms to call his or her medical provider before visiting a clinic or health care center.

The measles vaccine is highly effective; however, some people may not be adequately protected. Recommendations for measles vaccination may vary depending on your age, occupation, or health status. For additional information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know page. 

Measles can be spread among susceptible people and can result in serious infections resulting in pneumonia, encephalitis, seizures, and death. Many people born before 1957 had the disease in childhood, and younger people are routinely vaccinated against it. 

Symptoms can begin up to 21 days after exposure to the virus.  On average, an infected patient will develop a fever about 10 days after exposure to the virus. The fever can last two to four days and can peak as high as 103˚ F to 105˚ F. Following this, people will often also develop a runny nose, cough, and/or red eyes. On average, about 14 days after exposure the telltale rash appears; the rash can last five to six days. It begins at the hairline, moves to the face and neck, and eventually reaches the hands and feet. Measles can be spread approximately four days before the rash appears and four days after.

People who have had measles or have been adequately immunized against it are protected. Immunity can be determined by a blood test. People are considered immune if:

  • they were born before 1957 as many of them had the disease as a child;
  • they have written documentation of adequate vaccination:
    • one or more doses of a measles-containing vaccine administered on or after the first birthday for preschool-age children and adults who are not at high risk
    • two doses of measles-containing vaccine for school-age children and adults at high risk, including college students, healthcare personnel, and international travelers
  • a blood test for measles antibody is positive.

For information about the Health District’s immunization clinics, call (702) 759-0850. Immunizations are available at the following locations. Please arrive by 4 p.m. to allow time for processing: 

  • Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas

Monday — Friday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite E12, Las Vegas

Monday — Friday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

  • Southern Nevada Health District Henderson Clinic, 874 American Pacific Dr., Henderson

Monday — Thursday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Closed daily 1 p.m. — 2 p.m.

By appointment only. Call (702) 759-0960.

  • Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite

Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. Closed noon — 1 p.m.

By appointment only. Call (702) 759-1682.

Thank Your Doctor in Honor Of National Doctors’ Day March 30th!

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The Clark County Medical Society invites Las Vegas residents to thank their doctors in honor of National Doctors’ Day on March 30.

The holiday, which was first observed in 1933, was officially signed into law in 1990 and is often celebrated by mailing thank you cards to physicians or their partners. The Clark County Medical Society wants to keep the tradition alive by creating a web page where residents can send messages to their doctors, which the medical society will then distribute.

“As the local medical society, we work every day to make sure that our doctors know how much we appreciate them here in Las Vegas,” said Alexandra P. Silver, Executive Director of the Clark County Medical Society. “We wanted to make it easy for the community as a whole to come together and show appreciation for the people that keep our fantastic city healthy.”

The page, which can be found at www.thankadoc.org, will collect thank you messages with a simple form and then the organization will forward the messages on to doctors here in Clark County.

“I know for a fact that I will be sending a few messages out to some of the doctors that have taken care of my family for the past couple years, especially those that have helped my daughters,” Silver said. 

Residents are encouraged to participate with their own thank you messages, and the Clark County Medical Society will distribute them to doctors across the valley.

About Clark County Medical Society

The Clark County Medical Society was chartered on July 15, 1955 by the Nevada State Medical Association and has grown to more than 1,500 members. We are proud to have served Southern Nevada physicians and their patients for the past 63 years.

 

WGU Nevada Kicks Off ‘High Five for Health Care’ Surprise Scholarships to Encourage More Individuals to Pursue Nursing Careers

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Scholarships will be awarded at local hospitals during National Nurses Week in May

WGU Nevada, an online, accredited, competency-based, nonprofit higher education institution, is kicking off a surprise scholarship campaign to help shine a light on the need for more nurses and the high demand in this field.

The “High Five for Health Care” scholarships will be given out during National Nurses Week with the targeted dates of May 8 through 10. The scholarship title refers to higher education and five stops: WGU Nevada will be visiting five Nevada-based hospitals that employ those being awarded $5,000 each in scholarship funds for the nursing program at the college.

The effort comes at a time when new healthcare job opportunities become increasingly abundant, so more professional and educated workers are needed to fill these roles. So far, since its launch in June of 2015, WGU Nevada has graduated 580 students from its College of Health Professions, according to WGU Nevada.

“The desire for our nursing degrees at WGU Nevada continue to grow among our statewide student base,” said WGU Nevada Chancellor Spencer Stewart. “We know from our hospital partners and others in the medical industry that turning out additional quality nurses is a necessity in Nevada. This scholarship effort will help encourage hospital staff members to look into nursing as the next step in their careers, and we are finding a fun way to reward five of those who apply.”

Stewart will be teaming up with hospital executives and local dignitaries to announce the surprise scholarship recipients at their hospital job sites. Along with the surprise, WGU Nevada will be hosting a catered breakfast or lunch for the nursing staffs at the specific locations.

In order to apply for the scholarships, information can be found online at: https://www.wgu.edu/financial-aid-tuition/scholarships/nevada/high-five.html

About WGU

Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves more than 106,000 students nationwide and has more than 121,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 21 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today’s rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and was featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at www.wgu.edu.