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Expanding the pool of qualified educators

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Drexel University Online, a pioneer in Internet-based education programs, aims to provide quality education options to busy educators seeking to excel within the education field. The online university has added three new education degree programs to its offerings. The new online programs include, Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Science in Global and International Education, and Master of Science in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum degree.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics 2008, nationwide, 2.4 million teachers will be needed in the next 11 years due to growing enrollment and class size reduction efforts.

“With a growing demand for more teachers, it is important for us to provide programs for students to gain the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the field of education,” said Dr. William Lynch, director of Drexel University’s School of Education, which was recently ranked among “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2007” by U.S. News & World Report.

Drexel Online enrolls about 800 education students per year with up to 938 students eligible to enroll in coursework. “The ease of online courses facilitated my completion of my coursework while working full-time,” said Amy Shipley, a Drexel Online graduate and a fully licensed biology teacher in Virginia.

Drexel’s online B.S. in Education degree program provides a strong background and preparation for students who wish to pursue careers in human resources development, corporate training, higher education and related fields.

The M.S. in Global and International Education degree program is available entirely online for educators seeking to advance and broaden their careers. Students in this program will prepare to work effectively with complex economic, political, cultural and social contexts that influence education and learning in diverse parts of the world.

The M.S. in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum degree program will provide options for educators to expand their professional teaching-knowledge base outside of mainstream classrooms.

“The goal of this program is to provide students with knowledge related to effective instruction in a variety of educational settings,” said Dr. William Lynch.

In addition to these new online education degree programs, Drexel Online also offers a host of other online Master’s, Bachelor’s and Certificate programs, including an M.S. in Educational Administration: Collaborative Leadership, a program designed to prepare future elementary and secondary educational leaders to become effective leaders in rural, city and suburban schools. Students will be recommended for further certification upon completion of required courses and exams. Drexel Online also offers a Post-Bachelor’s Teaching Certificate program, which is designed for individuals who hold a Bachelor’s degree and seek to qualify for state teacher certification at the elementary or secondary levels.

All online programs are developed and taught by Drexel’s nationally renowned faculty. Students have 24/7 online access to class materials, group discussion, instructor feedback and exams.

“The new programs offer the perfect combination of quality and convenience for working adults,” says Dr. Kenneth Hartman, academic director of Drexel Online. “A world class degree program is now just a ‘click away’ for students interested in obtaining the skills and knowledge necessary to be leaders and administrators in the field of education.”

Drexel University Online is the winner of the 2006 21st Century Best Practice Award for Distance Learning from the U.S. Distance Learning Association.

Applications for Drexel’s online education degree programs are now being accepted. Online class space is limited. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure availability on their preferred start date. For more information about this online program, visit www.Drexel.com, e-mail or call 1-877-215-0009.

About Drexel University Online:
Drexel University Online is a wholly owned subsidiary of Drexel University, specializing in innovative, Internet-based distance education programs for working professionals and corporations in the U.S. and abroad. A pioneer in online education, Drexel has offered programs online since 1996.

About Drexel’s School of Education
Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as “One of America’s Best Graduate Schools for 2007,” Drexel’s School of Education provides Pennsylvania Department of Education approved online programs. Drexel is also regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges & Secondary Schools. For more information, visit http://www.drexel.edu.

Pell Grant maximum raised. Good thing? Maybe not!

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Both the President and Congress are in agreement about one thing: the Pell Grant maximum should be raised, although they don’t agree on how much to raise it to.

Most career colleges would applaud the raising of the maximum as a good thing. It means that more students will be able to cover a greater part of the cost of their education through the use of a grant, rather than a loan.

Congress has already decided to reduce interest rates on the guaranteed student loans, which will mean the cost of borrowing money with federal loans to pay the cost of education will be less. That’s a good thing. Right? Maybe not. Congress and the President plan to pay for the reduction by also reducing the subsidy paid to lenders. Therein lies the problem.

When subsidies are cut, lenders reconsider the attractiveness of the student loan program and do one of several things. Either they pull out entirely, reduce the availability of loans to less credit-worthy students (read career college prospects), or decrease the amount they allocate to the servicing of loans; any one of which could have a great impact on students attending private career colleges.

In all of this, however, career colleges have an ally in the more traditional colleges, who have already voiced concerns about what these decisions will do to students attending their institutions.

Perhaps the greatest danger for career colleges is the potential impact on the 90-10 rule. When more students receive more federal grants and/or federally insured student loans, private career colleges face greater challenges to record the necessary 10 percent to remain eligible to participate in the federal student financial aid programs.

When lenders act to reduce their default prevention programs, which include counseling on a timely basis and rate reductions for timely repayments, colleges can expect to see their default rates increase. Again, placing career colleges in jeopardy of eligibility.

The good news of the increased Pell maximum must be taken with a giant grain of salt. Career colleges stand the real risk of being wounded by the long overdue increase.

Sorry to rub the salt of reality into the real-world wound of funding-strapped prospective students. May the seller beware. Default management just became more critical, as did non-federally funded financial assistance.

ECPI College of Technology extends scholarship opportunity

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ECPI College of Technology has extended its military scholarship program for South Carolina veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan.

ECPI College of Technology has extended its military scholarship program for South Carolina veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. This scholarship program was initially introduced in fall 2005 and is also available to spouses and dependents of military veterans who have served in these regions.

ECPI College of Technology will award up to $150,000 in scholarships to students who begin classes at ECPI campuses in Greenville, Columbia or Charleston, South Carolina through Veterans’ Day, November 11, 2007. The scholarship may also be applied to online courses at ECPI.

Mark Dreyfus, President of ECPI, states, “This ECPI South Carolina military scholarship program is a great opportunity for those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan to acquire education and employment skills that aid in accomplishing career goals.”

Qualified veterans are eligible for up to $5,000 in scholarship tuition. Qualified spouses and dependents are eligible for up to $3,000 in scholarship tuition. Individuals desiring to apply for this non-need-based scholarship program are requested to contact the campus president at any one of the South Carolina campus locations of ECPI College of Technology.

Patrick Donivan, Campus President
ECPI College of Technology – Greenville, SC
1001 Keys Drive #100
Greenville, SC 29615
(864) 288-2828

Ted Little, Campus President
ECPI College of Technology – Columbia, SC
250 Berryhill Road #300
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 772-3333

James Rund, Campus President
ECPI College of Technology – Charleston, SC
7410 Northside Drive, Suite G101
North Charleston, SC 29420
(843) 414-0350

Fields of study available at the three South Carolina campuses include IT/Networking & Security Management, Computer Electronics Engineering Technology, Medical Administration and Medical Assisting, IT/Web Design, Business Systems Administration and Practical Nursing.

About ECPI College of Technology:
ECPI College of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor of Science, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees. With campuses in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, ECPI, a private college established in 1966, offers convenient classes during the day, evening or online. Their many fields of study include: Biomedical Equipment Technology, Computer Electronics Engineering Technology, Information Systems, IT/Computer Programming, IT/Networking & Security Management, IT/Web Design, Medical Imaging Equipment Technology, Simulation & Game Programming, Wireless Communications, Accounting Administration, Business Systems Administration, Criminal Justice Technology, Dental Assisting, Massage Therapy, Medical Administration, Medical Assisting, Medical Radiography, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing, Registered Nursing, Surgical Technology, and Culinary Arts. (Available programs vary by campus.) For more information, contact John Jeffcoat at 757-671-9202 ext 208.

Career Education Corporation acquires fashion and design school

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Istituto Marangoni expands CEC’s international offerings in new markets

Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) recently announced that it has acquired Istituto Marangoni, a world-renowned postsecondary fashion and design school with locations in three prominent international fashion capitals: Milan, London and Paris. The acquisition expands CEC’s European operations and marks its entry into the Italian market.

Istituto Marangoni, which has approximately 1,500 students, offers diploma and certificate programs in fashion design and other related fields such as fashion styling, fashion business, fashion promotion, furniture design, product design, interior design and graphic design.

Since its establishment in Milan in 1935, Istituto Marangoni has been synonymous with high-quality fashion design studies. Leading international fashion and design houses turn to the school to find qualified talent, and notable graduates include fashion luminaries Domenico Dolce (Dolce & Gabbana) and Franco Moschino (Moschino).

“Adding a premier institution like Istituto Marangoni to the CEC family of schools presents an outstanding opportunity for us to continue to develop our international platform as well as augment our offerings in fashion design,” said Todd H. Steele, CEC’s President of International and Start-Up Divisions. “This acquisition is also consistent with our core business strategy to bring aboard distinguished schools in high-demand disciplines that prepare students for careers they are passionate about.”

The acquisition of the three Istituto Marangoni campuses broadens CEC’s network to 15 internationally based schools and campuses, including the INSEEC Group (10 locations in France), American InterContinental University (London) and the International Academy of Design and Technology (Toronto).

“The acquisition by CEC is the final component of Istituto Marangoni’s expansion and internationalization strategy, which began in 2003 and resulted in the opening of two new campuses in London and Paris,” said Istituto Marangoni President Fabio Marangoni. “We are proud to join CEC’s world-renowned international network, which allows us to offer a wider range of facilities and opportunities to our students and represents the recognition of Italian education on the international level. Istituto Marangoni has played a vital role in the evolution of fashion and design over the last 70 years, and I am sure that our experienced instructors, innovative curriculum and student-focused approach will be an excellent complement to CEC and its family of schools around the globe.”

William Blair & Company acted as financial advisor to CEC on this transaction.

About Career Education Corporation
The colleges, schools and universities that are part of the Career Education Corporation (CEC) family offer high-quality education to approximately 100,000 students across the world in a variety of career-oriented disciplines. The 80-plus campuses that serve these students are located throughout the U.S. and in Canada, France, Italy and the United Kingdom, and offer Doctoral, Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate degrees and diploma and certificate programs. Many students attend the fully online educational platforms offered by American InterContinental University Online and Colorado Technical University Online.

Career Education Corporation is an industry leader whose gold-standard brands are recognized globally. Those brands include, among others, Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America, Harrington College of Design, Brooks Institute of Photography, the Katharine Gibbs Schools, American InterContinental University, Colorado Technical University, and Sanford-Brown Institutes and Colleges. The mission of CEC, through its schools, its educators and its employees, is education – their primary goal, to enable students to graduate successfully and pursue rewarding careers.

For more information see www.careered.com. The company’s web site also has a detailed listing of individual campus locations and web links for its colleges, schools and universities.

New CCA leader looks good on paper

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Breaking news out of Washington yesterday: The Career College Association (CCA) selected Harris Miller as its new CEO effective this month. In press release terminology, that means Miller will be starting later than opposed to sooner, but the date of his first day in office is hardly an indicator of his passion. In fact, the sector might have to wait several months to see how Miller’s appointment will matter.

As with any new leader taking the helm of an organization, there are a number of internal issues he’ll need to sort out and a vision that has to be cast first. Part of that vision will be a greater presence on Capitol Hill and healing previously wounded relationships with various state associations. Those have been two long-running knocks against CCA in the past. Once those issues are addressed, it’s possible Miller could be the right choice for the job based simply on a cursory look at his resume.

Miller made headlines last fall after losing the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate in Virginia to James Webb. The newcomer went on to ride the national Democratic tide to victory against first-term Republican Senator George Allen. During the Senate campaign, there were some strong words thrown out by both sides, but this quote from one of Miller’s opponents was especially biting. Michael W. Gildea, who is the National Executive Director of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, said ” … Miller is truly one of the bad guys. Over and over again on core issues like trade, immigration, overtime protections and privatization of federal jobs, he’s not only been on the wrong side, he’s been galvanizing corporate efforts against us.”

Truly a “bad guy?” A guy who can raise that kind of emotion in people might be the biggest indicator that CCA has acted boldly, possibly stepping out into areas where it will make the most impact for schools.

Miller served as President of the Information Technology Association of America, the leading trade association representing the IT industry. CCA’s press release references him serving during a “dynamic period of change.” The release also states he regularly appeared on radio, television and in numerous publications as a spokesperson for “key industry issues.”

Interpretation: Big changes are afoot at CCA. No surprises there. Miller is going to be a far more public face than CCA’s previous administration and that face will be made on Capitol Hill. Get used to seeing Miller. He’s public. He’s vocal. On paper (and in the press), he looks like the shot in the arm CCA’s been searching for.

Career College Association Selects Harris Miller as New CEO/President

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The Career College Association (CCA) has announced that Harris Miller will be its new CEO/President, effective this month.

For 11 years, Miller served as President of the Information Technology Association of America, the leading trade association representing the IT industry. As ITAA’s President during a dynamic period of change, he regularly appeared on radio, television and in numerous publications as a spokesperson for key industry issues, such as IT workforce supply and demand, cyber security, government IT procurement, Y2K, and the interwoven global economy.

He previously was Legislative Assistant to the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. House of Representatives, was Legislative Director for former Senator John Durkin (D-NH), and was Deputy Director of Congressional Relations for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. He was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. In 2006, Miller ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate Democratic nomination from Virginia.

Miller received his B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science and in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and his M.Phil. in Political Science from Yale University. He served on the Board of Directors of ITT Educational Services, Inc. for six years and has served on numerous local, state and international non-profit boards.

“Harris Miller has the breadth of knowledge and experience that makes him an outstanding person for the position,” said Jim Tolbert, CCA’s Chairman of the Board. “His expertise and leadership skills will be invaluable in representing CCA members and the students they serve during the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and beyond and will strengthen the importance CCA places on member services.”

“I am honored and excited to be selected to head an organization whose members are so vital to educating and training students for the 21st Century workforce,” Miller said. “I look forward to working with CCA members, their state associations, higher education organizations, employers, and other education and training stakeholders to support policy leaders in Washington and across the country who make decisions that serve students from all sectors of higher education.”

The Career College Association (CCA) is a voluntary membership organization of private postsecondary schools, institutes, colleges and universities that provide career-specific educational programs. CCA has more than 1,300 members that educate and support over one million students each year for employment in over 200 occupational fields. CCA member institutions provide the full range of higher education programs: short-term certificate and diploma programs, two- and four-year associate and baccalaureate degree programs, and masters and doctoral degree programs.

Laureate Education, Inc. enters into agreement with investor group

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Transaction Valued at Approximately $3.8 Billion

Laureate Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: LAUR), the world’s leading international provider of higher education, recently announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which an investor group will acquire Laureate in an all-cash transaction for $60.50 per share, or an aggregate value of approximately $3.8 billion. The investor group is led by Douglas L. Becker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Laureate, and consists of a consortium including Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR); Citigroup Private Equity; SAC Capital Management, LLC; SPG Partners; Bregal Investments; Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec; Sterling Capital; Makena Capital; Torreal S.A.; and Southern Cross Capital.

A special committee of independent directors of the Laureate board of directors recommended the transaction to Laureate’s board. The special committee believed that it was maximizing shareholder value by selling Laureate now at a significant and attractive valuation multiple. The board unanimously approved the transaction. The transaction is expected to close at the end of the second quarter of 2007, subject to shareholder approval and approval under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, as well as the satisfaction of customary closing conditions for transactions of this type.

“Laureate is a leader in the international higher education market and I am very proud of the company we have built,” Becker said. “Every day, around the world, 25,000 Laureate employees eagerly help over 240,000 students realize their potential, prepare for successful careers and achieve their dreams. I am pleased to say that our new investors share this passion.

“We see many exciting opportunities ahead for Laureate and we fully intend to keep operating the company as we have in the past. We will remain headquartered in Baltimore and our valued senior management team will be asked to stay on board. We also will continue to provide the same high quality level of service and the wide range of programs our students have come to expect.”

Becker first approached Laureate’s board with a conditional proposal in September 2006. At that time, consistent with its fiduciary responsibilities, the board formed a special committee of independent directors to consider Becker’s proposal and to determine whether to enter into discussions with him. After engaging independent financial and legal advisors, the special committee authorized Becker to begin discussions with other potential financial partners to secure a higher offer.

Subsequently, Becker presented three other offers to the board before the special committee recommended, and the board accepted, the $60.50 per share proposal, which represented a premium of 23% over the closing price of Laureate’s common stock on Thursday, January 4, 2007, the day before the special committee authorized its advisors to begin negotiation of a definitive agreement at a price of $60.50 per share. The $60.50 per share represents a multiple of 33.8x Laureate’s trailing 12-month earnings per share from continuing operations as of September 30, 2006, and a premium of almost 20% over the last 30-day average closing prices of Laureate common stock.

“I am very pleased to be joined by an outstanding group of investors,” Becker said, “many of whom I have known and worked with in the past. These investors are known for partnering with management to help build and grow businesses with sustainable value – they possess extensive international experience, share a long-term view and are capable of investing substantial additional resources.”

The agreement includes a “go shop” provision, allowing the special committee to solicit, receive and evaluate superior proposals over the next 45 days with cooperation from Becker and Laureate management. In accordance with the agreement, the special committee, with the assistance of its independent advisors, intends to actively solicit superior proposals during this period. There is no assurance that the “go shop” provision will result in a higher offer. Laureate and the special committee do not intend to disclose developments with respect to the solicitation process unless and until the special committee and the board have made a decision.

The equity investment for the transaction will be contributed by the investors, including Becker, and debt financing will be provided by Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking and Goldman Sachs. Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch & Co. served as financial advisors to the special committee of Laureate’s board and provided fairness opinions to the special committee. Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP served as the special committee’s legal advisor and DLA Piper US LLP served as legal advisor to Laureate. Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking and Goldman Sachs served as financial advisors to Becker and the investor group, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP provided legal counsel.

About Laureate Education, Inc.
Laureate Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: LAUR) is focused on providing a superior university experience to over 240,000 students through the leading global network of accredited campus-based and online universities. Addressing the rapidly growing global demand for higher education, Laureate offers a broad range of career-oriented undergraduate and graduate programs through campus-based universities located in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Through online universities, Laureate offers the growing population of non-traditional, working-adult students the convenience and flexibility of distance learning to pursue undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs in major career fields including engineering, education, business and healthcare. For more information, please visit our web site, www.laureate-inc.com

U.S. Department of Education lifts growth restrictions

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DOE lifts restrictions on Career Education Corporation’s ability to acquire schools and open new campuses

Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) said recently that the company has received a notice from the United States Department of Education (“DOE”) that it has lifted restrictions imposed in June of 2005 that had prevented the company from domestic acquisitions of schools and restricted its ability to open additional domestic campuses.

“Career Education has put forth a tremendous effort in restructuring our compliance and financial aid processes, and full compliance remains our top priority,” said Robert E. Dowdell, interim chairman and CEO of Career Education Corporation. “Our employees deserve our deep gratitude for their teamwork and efforts to address the issues raised by the Department.”

The lifting of restrictions by the DOE follows its approval in August 2006 of CEC’s applications for new International Academy of Design and Technology campus locations in San Antonio, TX and Sacramento, CA to participate in Title IV Programs. Those campuses are currently scheduled to open in late spring of 2007.

“We will be carefully and selectively evaluating other expansion opportunities and look forward to pursuing those opportunities in cooperation with the Department,” said Dowdell.

About Career Education Corporation
The colleges, schools and universities that are part of the Career Education Corporation (CEC) family offer high quality education to approximately 100,000 students across the world in a variety of career-oriented disciplines. The 80-plus campuses that serve these students are located throughout the U.S. and in Canada, France and the United Kingdom, and offer Doctoral, Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate degrees and diploma and certificate programs. Many students attend the fully online educational platforms offered by American InterContinental University Online and Colorado Technical University Online.

Career Education is an industry leader whose gold-standard brands are recognized globally. Those brands include, among others, the Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America; the Harrington College of Design; the Brooks Institute of Photography; the Katharine Gibbs Schools; American InterContinental University; Colorado Technical University and Sanford-Brown Institutes and Colleges. The mission of CEC, through its schools, its educators, and its employees, is education – their primary goal, to enable students to graduate successfully and pursue rewarding careers.

University of Phoenix asks U.S. Supreme Court to curb abuse of False Claims Act

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University of Phoenix (UPX), subsidiary of Apollo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), today asked the United States Supreme Court to review a decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that dramatically expands the scope of the False Claims Act, a statute designed to remedy false or fraudulent claims for payment submitted to the federal government. If the Ninth Circuit’s decision is not corrected, it will expose all higher education institutions, as well as other companies that receive funds from the federal government, to an increase in meritless litigation and the risk of substantial False Claims Act liability that Congress never intended to authorize.

In United States ex rel. Hendow v. University of Phoenix, the trial court dismissed a False Claims Act suit by two former admissions counselors at UPX. The suit alleged the institution violated a federal regulation stipulating that while admissions staff may be compensated based in part on the number of students they enroll, it cannot be the sole factor for determining their compensation. The Ninth Circuit reinstated the case, even though compliance with the regulation in question is not a condition of UPX receiving financial aid payments from the federal government and other federal courts of appeals would not have allowed such a False Claims Act suit to proceed.

In the brief it filed today, UPX asks the Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit’s decision because it conflicts with the decisions of several other federal courts and extends the False Claims Act far beyond the bounds Congress intended.

UPX has retained former United States Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson, co-chair of the Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, to lead its legal team before the Supreme Court. A decision by the Supreme Court on whether to hear the UPX case is expected in the early spring. A complete copy of UPX’s petition is available at: http://www.apollogrp.edu/Investor/Presentations.aspx

About Apollo Group, Inc., parent company to the University of Phoenix
Apollo Group, Inc. has been providing higher education programs to working adults for more than 30 years. Apollo Group, Inc. operates through its subsidiaries: the University of Phoenix, the Institute for Professional Development, the College for Financial Planning and Western International University. The consolidated enrollment in its educational programs makes it the largest private institution of higher education in the United States. It offers educational programs and services at 100 campuses and 159 learning centers in 39 states, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., Alberta, British Columbia, Netherlands and Mexico.

For more information about Apollo Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, call 1-800-990-APOL or visit Apollo on the company web site at: www.apollogrp.edu.

$35 million awarded to graduating high school seniors. Are you missing out?

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In a few months, many graduating high school seniors will be moving on to the next chapter of their lives. By now, many students have already identified which school best fits their needs. This typically involves location, program type and tuition cost, among other things. After choosing a school, the next step is financing your education. This can be a source of many headaches for both parents and students. I often receive phone calls and e-mails regarding the lack of funds available for students attending career schools. Some have filled out a FAFSA, but have no clue what it is. Others have tried to search for scholarships on the Internet and have been left baffled. Finding and understanding funding for higher education can be a challenge.

A major part of our mission at the Foundation is to help students finance their education and make the process as easy as possible. Career college representatives – you can tell your students that it will not take hours of agonizing to apply for the Imagine America high school scholarship. Your students do not have to wonder what the qualifications are or how much the scholarship is worth. Everything they need to know about the scholarship is on our scholarship web site, www.imagine-america.org. Still have questions? Call us at 202-336-6800; we will be happy to help you.

Each year, up to three students from every high school in the United States and Puerto Rico can be selected to receive a $1,000 Imagine America scholarship! To date, the Foundation and participating career colleges have awarded over $35 million to graduating high school seniors. Three weeks into the new 2007 program year and we already have hundreds of applicants. Students, high school counselors and career colleges all can benefit from our scholarship and awards program. Is your career college missing out? Do you want to be included? If you are a career college that would like to enroll in the Imagine America program, contact Torian Brown at 202-336-6719 or torianb@career.org.

Exciting Foundation news: the Imagine America Foundation offices will be moving in a few weeks. As of February 2, 2007, our new address will be 1101 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 901, Washington, D.C. 20036. Please plan to stop by for a visit when you are in the D.C. area!

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