Today, University of Phoenix, a wholly owned subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, a publicly traded company, announced it will have the honor of joining Nasdaq and more than 60 international companies in the Nasdaq Opening Bell ceremony on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2015. Each of the companies participating in the ceremony will take a pledge to make hiring veterans in their organization a priority. "As Veterans Day approaches, we recognize the sacrifices and service of our military—both past and present—to which we owe a debt of gratitude," said Spider Marks, executive dean, University of Phoenix College of Security and Criminal Justice, and a retired Army General. "In the next two years the U.S. Army alone will see a drawdown of 40,000 service members—that's 40,000 of our nation's heroes returning home to look for a new career. We are proud and honored to join this coalition, and we urge companies across the country to strongly consider hiring more veterans, not just as we celebrate Veterans Day, but every day." Organized in collaboration with Nasdaq and Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point (TLDG), the Veterans Day bell ceremony is part of an effort to recognize more than 60 publicly traded companies that have pledged to make hiring veterans a commitment in 2016. Currently, University of Phoenix has 182 open positions including student account analysts, data architects and web developers in the areas of Phoenix, Sacramento and Chicago. Interested individuals are invited to visit Apollo.jobs to learn more about opportunities and apply. 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.