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Capital One Teams with ILLINOIS Colleges to Improve Student Skills


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Contact: Darcy Sementi, Hoeft Technology & Management Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; 217-244-5752;

Capital One Teams with ILLINOIS Colleges to Improve Student Skills

Champaign, Ill.—Capital One is the newest corporate affiliate of The Hoeft Technology & Management program, the undergraduate minor degree that bridges the College of Business and the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Capital One appointed Heather Cox, Executive Vice President, US Card Operations, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign alum to represent the company. Capital One joins representatives from Abbott, BP, Boeing, Bosch, John Deere, Motorola, State Farm, and Walmart who all currently serve on the board.

Based in McLean, Virginia, Capital One is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S. based on deposits. A diversified bank, Capital One offers a broad array of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial Clients. Ranked #145 on the Fortune 500 and serving approximately 45 million customer accounts, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 Index.

Darcy Sementi, director of the Hoeft T&M program values Capital One’s potential contribution to student education. “It is a great opportunity to have Capital One as a representative of the financial services industry. Capital One is an inspiration to students from both business and engineering who value supply chain management, accounting, engineering, and marketing.”

Larry DeBrock, dean of the College of Business at ILLINOIS focuses on the many benefits realized through corporate sponsorship. “The College of Business depends on supporters such as Capital One to energize our connection with the business community. Such support enables our programs to better engage students as they develop their skills during this critical stage in their professional learning.”

“Providing a broad-based education is a key to success for our students, and the Hoeft T&M program helps them develop the skills they will need to lead and work with others,” stated Ilesanmi Adesida, dean of the College of Engineering. “Solving real-world problems is the business of engineers. As one of the country’s largest banks, Capital One opens the door to a key business sector for our students.”

About the Hoeft Technology & Management Program:
The T&M Program at Illinois bridges the gap between traditional engineering and business education by offering a unique curriculum to a select group of highly qualified undergraduates drawn from the Colleges of Engineering and Business. Working closely with its corporate partners, the T&M Program grooms the best and the brightest to be tomorrow's leaders in technology and business.

About the College of Business:
Internationally recognized as one of the leading business schools, the College of Business at Illinois has outstanding programs in accountancy, business administration, and finance. The College enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students in MBA, master’s, and doctoral programs.

About the College of Engineering:
The College of Engineering at Illinois is among the world's most prestigious and largest engineering institutions, with undergraduate and graduate programs rated among the top five nationally. More than 8,000 students study in 12 specialized engineering departments. The breadth and scope of research, scholarship, and service activities are enormous--more than $213 million funding more than 2,000 projects by some 650 researchers and thousands of graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to long-standing leadership in traditional engineering specialties, Engineering at Illinois is pioneering new areas such as nanotechnology, bioengineering, trusted computer systems, novel materials, and much more.


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