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Capella Education Company Invests in Sophia, an Innovative Education Technology Startup Company

Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA), a provider of exclusively online post-secondary education through its wholly owned subsidiary Capella University ( has invested in an innovative startup company called Sophia - a social teaching and learning platform that integrates education with technology. Sophia was designed to connect people who want to learn with people who want to teach, and is expected to become a tool to help support current and potential Capella students as well as the general public. The platform, located at, is currently in beta and accessible by invite only, but will be available to the general public in early March 2011.

“We are excited about the long-term possibilities that Sophia offers. This is a new way to think about how learning can take place, and it aligns with Capella’s mission of educational access and history of innovation,” said J. Kevin Gilligan, Capella’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. “This investment is part of our long-term strategy for Capella.”

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