University of Phoenix Congratulates Retired Command Sgt. Maj. John Ramirez for Receiving the Association of Latino Professionals For America 2016 Veteran of the Year Award

Dean of Operations John Ramirez is recognized for his personal
contributions to numerous groups that assist transitioning veterans

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–No matter the time of year, it is important to recognize not only those
who serve for the U.S. military, but those who serve past traditional
expectations. University of Phoenix is proud to honor retired Command
Sgt. Maj. John Ramirez, dean of operations for the School of Advanced
Studies, for his Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA)
2016 Veteran of the Year Award. The award recognizes Ramirez as a Latino
U.S. veteran who exemplifies courage, honor and perseverance.

“Throughout his career, Mr. Ramirez has demonstrated a commitment to
service — first proudly serving our nation in the United States Army and
now continuing to assist veterans who are transitioning back to civilian
life,” said Alain Monroy, ALPFA Phoenix Chapter president. “It is this
unwavering promise to help those around him that makes Mr. Ramirez such
a deserving individual for this award. We at ALPFA commend him for his
service and applaud the example he has become.”

Ramirez spent 27 years on active duty in the U.S. Army and retired as
Command Sergeant Major. In retirement, he continues to support service
members by assisting transitioning veterans in finding employment and
educational opportunities. Specifically, his efforts have been focused
on supporting and mentoring young Latino students and professionals as a
member of AZHCC, AAHHE, CCME, American Legion and Chairman of the
Corporate Advisory Board for the Phoenix Chapter of ALPFA.

“Our service men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect
and serve our country, and their accomplishments need to be recognized.
John in particular is very deserving of this award because of his
decorated and selfless military career, and the work he does now to
serve his fellow veterans and the community,” said Adam Such, vice
president of military and veteran affairs, University of Phoenix. “The
University is proud to recognize him not only as an accomplished
veteran, but also as a Latino leader, staff member and vital member of
the Phoenix community.”

Ramirez has been with University of Phoenix since 2004, and also earned
his Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice and Security/Global
Homeland Security from the University in 2014. Serving many roles
throughout his tenure, he currently operates as the dean of operations
for the School of Advanced Studies, where his mission is to deliver the
best student experience possible.

“The U.S. military tremendously shaped the values that are instilled in
me today,” said Ramirez. “While I am just one of thousands of Latino
American veterans, I am proud to be part of a community of patriotic
minorities who bravely stepped up to serve our nation.”

The award was officially presented at the ALPFA Awards Gala on Aug. 9,
2016. More about Ramirez’ story can be seen here.

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults
move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world.
Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive
learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal
aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of Apollo
Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:
APOL
), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population,
offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs
from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online
throughout the world. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu.

Contacts

University of Phoenix
Jennifer Marshall, 847-476-2734
jennifer.marshall@apollo.edu