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Hondros College Opens School of Nursing

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Hondro College’s Mason campus will welcome its first nursing students in January, following recent program approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) can earn an Associate degree in nursing in six quarters (66 weeks), qualifying them to take the registered nurse (RN) exam. Those with no nursing experience can be ready for the LPN exam in four quarters (44 weeks), then pursue the Associate degree/RN requirements.

“With projections that the United States will have a shortage of 800,000 registered nurses by 2020 and that one in four Ohio nursing jobs could be vacant, Hondros College saw a need it could help fill,” said Deborah Ulrich, PhD, RN, Dean of the Hondros College School of Nursing. “Interest in nursing programs has skyrocketed, creating an enrollment challenge for area nursing schools. More than 7,400 qualified applicants were denied acceptance in Ohio RN education programs in 2005-06 due to a lack of space.”

While many nursing programs — including some southwest Ohio programs — have waiting lists of up to three years for enrollment, students can start almost immediately in Hondros College’s nursing education program. New classes begin four times yearly (January, April, July and October), so students no longer need to wait until autumn for enrollment or worry that a required class won’t be offered for another year, Ulrich explained.

“Hondros College’s ladder concept enables people to enter and progress in their nursing careers at their own pace, depending on their life circumstances,” said Kellie Glendon, MSN, RNC, Associate Dean of the Hondros College School of Nursing. “For instance, students with no nursing experience can be eligible to take the practical nurse licensure exam after four quarters of study. They can then choose to work as LPNs and/or continue school for six more quarters to earn an Associate degree in nursing and the right to pursue professional nurse licensure (RN).”

Students complete their full-time classroom and laboratory work at the Mason campus, 4605 Duke Dr., and online. Clinical experience is gained at Cincinnati-area hospitals and long-term care facilities.

The program was developed by Ulrich and Glendon, based on their nursing education experience. With more than 30 years of experience, Ulrich was a professor at Miami University, as well as an author and frequent national presenter on creative teaching strategies. While an associate professor at Miami, Glendon was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities in 1998.

“Employment opportunities for nurses will continue to be excellent. Our main focus is on preparing students for a successful nursing career,” Ulrich said. Hondros College nursing program information sessions are held at the Mason location on Mondays at 6:30 p.m., Thursdays at 10 a.m. and by appointment by calling 1-888-HONDROS.

About Hondros College

For more than 40 years, Westerville, Ohio-based Hondros College has been helping individuals seeking to find, enter and succeed in a new career. Fully accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, the career college specializes in occupations that offer stability, flexibility, independence and financial reward. Its eight Ohio learning centers provide the highly focused education needed to succeed in a broad range of careers in real estate, insurance, financial services and nursing. Hondros College also offers a nationally recognized curriculum of online classes in many disciplines. For a complete list of career offerings or more information on Hondros College, visit http://www.hondros.edu/.

Online Associate Degree offers job versatility and higher wages

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“The Versatile Online Associate Degree,” the latest feature article on Online-Education.net demonstrates the need for students to earn associate degrees and the variety of available career options. An online associate’s degree is particularly beneficial for the growing number of parents with significantly increasing work hours who seek flexibility. The Online-Education.com article highlights several careers available to online associate’s degree candidates and discusses the benefits of enrolling in a distance learning program, especially highlighting flexibility. Many of these advantages are affirmed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ occupational outlook and income statistics.

Teacher and Online-Education.net columnist Amelia Gray states, “When considering a distance degree, consider the range of opportunities the online associate’s degree gives you. Your career possibilities can include anything from business to education to information technology and beyond.”

Online-Education.net lists several career possibilities for students earning associate degrees:

Forensic science technicians
Dental hygienists
Paralegals

The Economic Policy Institute reports that family work hours are increasing, specifically for couples ages 25 to 54 with children. The amount of time spent in the paid labor market increased by about 900 hours per year between 1975 and 2000 for families in this group. Statistics show that these extra hours amount to an additional five months of fulltime work for families in the past twenty-five years. An online associate degree can offer flexibility for families with increased work hours and the opportunity to work in a variety of fields.

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports promising job outlooks for many of the career options listed in the CareerSchoolDirectory.com article. A career as a dental hygienist is one of the fastest growing occupations, with an anticipated 43 percent growth rate over the next eight years.

Forensic science technicians and paralegals follow with an estimated 36 percent and 30 percent growth rate, respectively.

Gray continues, “Online associate degrees are the ideal degree for working professionals who don’t have the time to quit their current jobs because they offer flexibility, versatility, and cost less money.”

In addition to broad career options, an online associate degree can provide workers with higher wages. BLS figures show fulltime workers 25 years of age and older earn two and a half times more in median weekly earnings with a college degree than workers who have not completed high school.

According to the BLS, the median income for workers, 25 years and older increased two and a half times more for people with at least a college degree than for those who have not completed high school.

Online-Education.net is a one-stop source for students and prospective students. In addition to interactive career coaching, the site offers information on courses, online degree programs, and computer training.

David G. Moore Retires as Chairman of Corinthian Colleges, Inc.

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Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (NASDAQ:COCO) announced that David G. Moore has retired as Chairman of the Company, effective December 15, 2006. Moore will be paid through the end of his employment agreement and continue to serve as a member of the Company’s board of directors.

Moore, 68, is one of the founders of Corinthian, which was established in July 1995. He was Chief Executive Officer of the Company from its inception until November 2004, when he transitioned to Chairman. During Moore’s tenure, the Company grew from a group of 16 schools with $32 million in annual revenue to an operation with 127 schools across North America generating nearly $1 billion in revenue. Moore spearheaded Corinthian’s initial public offering in 1999, and oversaw the Company’s expansion into Canada and diversification into automotive technician training, online education and degree-granting programs in such areas as criminal justice, business and accounting.

The board elected Terry O. Hartshorn, an independent director, to succeed Moore as Chairman. Hartshorn has served as a director since September 2005. “The entire board appreciates the excellent leadership David has provided over the past several years,” Hartshorn said. “Going forward, we plan to build upon his legacy.”

“As a Corinthian founder and long-time chief executive, David brought entrepreneurial vision, energy and critical expertise to our Company,” said Jack D. Massimino, Corinthian’s Chief Executive Officer. “David led the Company through a period of rapid growth, and had the foresight to assemble an executive team capable of positioning the Company for long-term success. Although David will no longer serve in an executive capacity with the Company, we look forward to his continued contributions as a board member.”

“I have worked with the board to plan an orderly succession for the past few years,” Moore said. “The succession began with the appointment of Jack Massimino as Chief Executive Officer in 2004, followed by a transition period during which I continued to serve in a consultative capacity. I am proud of what we’ve accomplished together during this time.”

About Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
Corinthian Colleges, Inc. is one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America, operating 94 schools in 25 states in the U.S. and 33 schools in the seven provinces of Canada. Our mission is to prepare students for careers in demand or for advancement in their chosen field. We offer diploma programs and Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in a variety of high-demand occupational areas, including health care, transportation technology and maintenance, criminal justice, business, information technology and construction trades.

The Foundation Thanks Nick Glakas, CCA President, 1999-2006

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Over the past seven years, I have had the honor and pleasure to work with Nick Glakas, President of the Career College Association (CCA) 1999-2006. As you may all know, effective December 31, 2006, Nick will be leaving the Association. He has played a key role in the creation of several Imagine America programs. With Nick’s inspiration, the LDRSHIP Award, the Imagine America Military Award program (MAP) and the Imagine America Promise (formerly Imagine America II), were created.

After 9/11, Nick and I sat down to discuss the idea of a new scholarship and award program for military personnel. With the support of Chris Michel of Military Advantage, Fred Moosally of Lockheed Martin and Michael Platt of PlattForm this brainstorming session resulted in the formation of two Imagine America award programs.

In 2004, the LDRSHIP Award was created to recognize and honor exceptional career college students who have served their country honorably in the military and who are furthering their education at CCA member institutions. The LDRSHIP Award offers up to $5,000 in cash grants to each recipient.

As an honored military veteran, who served in Vietnam, Nick’s role in the recipient selection process was instrumental. This year, six of the eight LDRSHIP Award recipients were awarded the Purple Heart Medal; one was awarded the Bronze Star and another a Presidential Unit Citation.

The Imagine America Military Award Program (MAP), also created in 2004, has aided nearly 3,000 veterans with continuing their career education. Through MAP, active duty, reservist, honorably discharged or retired U.S. military personnel from any branch of the United States military can earn $1,000 for attendance at a participating career college.

Finally, Nick also had a hand in the creation of the Imagine America Promise (formerly Imagine America II) scholarship program. His idea was a scholarship program for adults to continue their education. That idea eventually became the Imagine America Promise Program a scholarship awarding $500 and $1,000 cash grants to its recipients. These cash grants are made possible through corporate sponsors, such as The Sallie Mae Fund, Lockhead Martin, Bridgestone-Firestone Trust, EMB Medical Services, and Dell Computer Company.

Nick’s influence and inspiration has helped create excellent scholarship and award programs for the Imagine America Foundation. The programs he inspired will continue to help thousands of students in the career college sector. The Foundation joins them and many others in grateful appreciation for his leadership during his tenure at the Career College Association. For more information about these military programs, please visit www.imagineamericafoundation.com.

AIU remains accredited under continued probation

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SACS Special Committee recognizes American InterContinental University’s progress

The Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ: CECO) reported on December 12, 2006, that the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has extended the probationary status of American InterContinental University (AIU) for a one-year period. The Special Committee of the Commission on Colleges of SACS acknowledged the progress AIU has made in instituting positive change, but indicated a need for continual practice to demonstrate the sustainability of those changes. As previously reported, SACS had placed AIU on a one-year probation beginning in December 2005. AIU remains accredited during this probationary period.

“We are pleased with the recognition of the important steps we have taken in the past 12 months and our commitment to clear and continuous improvement,” said Dr. George Miller, AIU’s chief executive officer. “We look forward to working with SACS over the coming year to address any remaining issues, and we appreciate their continuing guidance and counsel. During the probationary period and beyond, our students will continue to receive the services to which they have been accustomed, including financial aid, career services and other student support. Our intent is to stay the course, ensuring that the steps we have taken and the changes we have instituted are permanent, student-focused and effective for the long-term.”

Among the many improvements implemented by AIU over the past year are the following:

Expanding the breadth and depth of leadership in the university’s central administration
Improving admissions policies and procedures to better align with the university’s mission and integrity statements
Transforming the university’s admissions culture to better focus on service to prospective students
Strengthening university decision-making structures to provide for democratic processes and assure faculty involvement
Engaging a more proactive governing board, which established guiding integrity standards for the institution and a zero tolerance policy for non-compliance

“The leadership, faculty and staff at AIU have worked extremely hard to address SACS’s concerns,” said Bob Dowdell, the Career Education Corporation’s interim president and chief executive officer. “AIU will continue to provide educational programs that are accessible, effective, prepare thousands of individuals for rewarding futures, and always put student learning first.”

AIU is expected to receive official notification and further detail from SACS in January.

Conference Call Information
The Career Education Corporation hosted a conference call on December 12, 2006, at 4:30 PM (Eastern Time). An archived version of the webcast will be accessible for seven days at www.careered.com. A replay of the call will also be available for seven days by calling 617-801-6888 (international) or 888-286-8010 (domestic) and citing code 35825528.

About the 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 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.

CEC 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.

Kaplan adds degree programs

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Kaplan University recently announced the launch of several new academic programs in business and information technology — areas that are in demand among students and promise growth in the job market. The new programs include Bachelor’s degrees in Business — Retail Management, Network Technology and Software Development; an Associate’s degree in Business — Retail Management; and a Six Sigma Certificate.

“Kaplan University constantly monitors market trends to ensure that our programs help students achieve their personal and professional goals,” said Kaplan University Provost Dr. David Clinefelter. “The innovative curriculum options we are adding will help us meet this objective.”

The Bachelor of Science in Business — Retail Management and Associate of Science in Business — Retail Management programs combine an interdisciplinary approach, using theory and application to help students develop a critical understanding of complex retail sales and management issues. The Associate’s degree is a 90-quarter-credit program, and the Bachelor’s degree consists of 180 quarter-credits.

The Bachelor of Science in Networking Technology provides students with the knowledge to install and manage operating systems and wireless devices, configure routers and switches, and design and monitor networks. Graduates will be prepared to work as computer and network systems administrators or system support analysts. Network and computer system administrator positions are expected to grow by more than 12,000 jobs per year through 2012 with expected starting salaries of $49,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Bachelor of Science in Software Development curriculum focuses on the full software development life cycle, including software requirements, specifications, and design and implementation techniques. Upon completion of the programs, graduates will be prepared to work as entry-level software developers, analysts or programmers. Average salaries for programmers/analysts in 2005 ranged from $52,000 to $83,250 according to Robert Half International, a staffing firm. Both Bachelor’s programs are 180 quarter credits.

The Six Sigma Certificate is a self-study program that can be completed in six months for the Green Belt level and 12 months for the advanced Black Belt level. Six Sigma students will learn to more effectively manage quality improvements in both processes and projects. The curriculum includes learning how to define project goals, measure existing performance and analyze defects to eliminate them from business processes.

Professionals with Six Sigma certification typically earn nearly 10 percent more than those without certification, according to the American Society of Quality’s 2004 Salary Survey. The typical salary for a Six Sigma Black Belt is $88,858. Several of the largest companies in the U.S., including General Electric, use the Six Sigma program. It can be incorporated into every facet of a business, including production, human resources, accounts receivable and technical support.

Kaplan University will begin enrollment for all of these programs immediately. Classes for the degree programs begin on Jan. 3, 2007.

Kaplan University, based in Davenport, Iowa, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Kaplan University currently serves more than 26,000 online and brick and mortar students.

About Kaplan Higher Education and Kaplan, Inc.

Kaplan, Inc.’s Higher Education Division includes Kaplan University, Concord Law School and more than 70 campus-based locations in 21 states. The higher education division offers Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees, as well as certificates designed to provide students with the skills necessary to qualify them for employment in fields such as Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Fashion and Design, Healthcare, Information Technology, Legal and Paralegal Studies. Kaplan, Inc. (www.kaplan.com) is a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses.

Memorandum for the membership

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Negotiated rule making rapid response team loan issues

The U.S. Department of Education has established a negotiated rulemaking team to help create regulations supporting various aspects of the Federal student loan programs. CCA is pleased to announce that our nominee, Jeff Arthur, Director of Financial Aid at ECPI College of Technology, will serve as the primary negotiator for the coalition representing for-profit postsecondary education. Robert Collins of Apollo Group (the University of Phoenix) is the alternate negotiator.

The first round of meetings will take place next week, from December 12 to 14. The second set of meetings will most likely take place in late January 2007, with a third and perhaps final session most likely in early March. The department has stated they will try to maintain a schedule that will allow for a 60-day public comment period on the proposed regulation and publication of the final regulations by November 1, 2007.

The draft agenda items for this negotiating panel have been established. Negotiators may propose additional agenda items at the first session, or may request that issues on the draft agenda be removed; if there is consensus of the entire group, the changes will be made.

The draft agenda includes:

Entrance Counseling for Graduate/Professional PLUS Loan Borrowers
Identity Theft
Use of Preferred Lenders
Prohibited Inducements
Economic Hardship:
Income Contingent Repayment Formula and Family Size
Other Actions Appropriate Under the Higher Education Act
Retention of Disbursement Records Supporting Master Promissory Notes
Certification of E-Signatures on Master Promissory Notes Assigned to the Education Department
Use of True and Exact Copy of Death Certificates for Death Discharge
Retroactive Discharge for Permanently and Totally Disabled Borrowers
Lender National Student Loan Data System Reporting Timeframes
Assignment of Defaulted Loans
Eligibility Requirements for Child and Family Service Cancellation
Definition of “Reasonable and Affordable” Collection Costs
Technical Corrections

CCA is seeking members to participate on the Loan Issue Rapid Response Team. As in past negotiated rulemaking sessions, this team will help provide information to the CCA negotiating team, assist in defining positions important to the career college sector, and provide opinions on the topics being discussed. The Rapid Response Team will be contacted via email as needed with inquiries, and answers are usually requested back within one to two days. If you are interested in participating on the Loan Issue Rapid Response Team, please send an email to Tammy Halligan at TammyH@career.org and she will add you to the list.

We will keep you informed of the negotiated rulemaking process as it unfolds. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me.

On a personal note, many of you have already heard that this will be my last negotiated rulemaking as CCA s General Counsel. After more than 14 years, I have decided it is time to move on to new challenges. I have committed to the Board that I will stay on until the end of April to see this neg reg through to its conclusion. I will always remember my years at CCA with fondness. I have been proud to represent members who are dedicated to improving the lives of their students, their communities, and this nation s workforce, and am grateful to all of you for your generosity in sharing your time, energy, and friendship.

Rasmussen College to offer a tuition discount

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Rasmussen College is proud to announce that it will be offering a ten percent tuition discount to all United States Military service members and their families. This represents an expansion from the school’s original military tuition discount to now include spouses and children.

“Rasmussen College is excited to be able to offer a ten percent tuition discount to our military service members and their families,” said Kristi Waite, President of Rasmussen College. “We are grateful for their efforts in representing and defending the United States and hope that we help them to achieve their professional goals.”

The discount is available through any Rasmussen’s of five campuses in Minnesota, their campus in Illinois or online through Rasmussen College-Online. The discount is available to both active and inactive military personnel and their spouses and children.

“Rasmussen College-Online provides service members a great amount of flexibility in the event that a service member is forced to move or becomes stationed on a base,” said Randy Rodin, Director of Admissions for Rasmussen Online. “Our team of online student services coordinators and technical support group are always available to help them regardless of where they are located.”

Rasmussen College’s online student services group is a combined team of student services coordinators and 24×7 technical support. The technical support group is a team of skilled professionals that are there to assist a student with any technical questions or issues that may arise.

If applicable, service members also have the ability to accept military-specific tuition assistance, including the Montgomery GI Bill and Federal Financial Aid, to help them pay for the remainder of their tuition to Rasmussen College.

ABOUT RASMUSSEN COLLEGE
Rasmussen College is an institution of higher learning dedicated to the growth and development of students, employees and the communities it serves. Founded in 1900, Rasmussen College is recognized as a leader in innovative curriculum design, instructional delivery and technology application in education. Rasmussen College operates five campuses in Minnesota (Brooklyn Park, Eagan, St. Cloud and Mankato) and a campus in Rockford, IL. The school will be opening an additional Minneapolis campus in January 2007 and a campus in Green Bay in August 2007. The school also operates Rasmussen College-Online with a diverse student body from across the country. Rasmussen College offers Associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in Accounting, Allied Health, Business Management, Crime Management, Digital Design and Advertising, Early Childhood Education, Office Management, and Technology and Information Management. Additionally, Rasmussen College, Inc. has two campuses in North Dakota (Aakers College) and two campuses in Florida (Webster College). For more information, please visit http://www.rasmussen.edu.

Neumont University introduces graduate Aaron Barlow

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Publicizing the diverse background of its student population, Neumont University introduced Native American role model Aaron Barlow, dubbing him the ‘cool Neumont grad.’ Neumont University is an institution of higher learning where students from all walks of life are able to complete a Bachelor’s degree in two years and are being placed in software development positions with salaries nearly 20 percent higher than the national average for new graduates in Computer Science. The following is the release:

Neumont grad Aaron Barlow grew up in Pinon, Arizona, where he was raised on the Navajo Tribe Reservation, the largest land area assigned primarily to a Native American jurisdiction in the United States.

Throughout high school, Aaron struggled in school and earned only average grades. After high school, surrounded by generations of family working in construction, Aaron worked full-time as a heavy equipment operator for six years.

Realizing that he wanted more out of his life and wanting to make his parents proud, Aaron decided to apply to Neumont University. Now, the first one out of his generation to earn a Bachelor of Science degree, Aaron is working in the field of Computer Science.

Neumont University – the facilitator
National studies show that only 27 percent of American Indian college freshmen are still in school two years later, compared to 41 percent of all freshmen. And, only 30 percent of Native American students completed a Bachelor’s degree within six years of matriculation.

“I saw a television advertisement for Neumont University and hearing the small amount of time it takes to complete a degree intrigued me,” said Barlow. “I had always wanted to do something with computers, and Neumont University gave me the opportunity I needed. My love for math and high motivation to succeed made me just the right candidate for Neumont.”

Graduation and Work — the new life
Breaking out from the traditional working stereotypes known throughout the many generations in Barlow’s family, Aaron completed Neumont’s rigorous coursework, graduated in May 2006, and accepted a position as a software developer with Digital Draw Network (www.drawnet.com) in Sandy, Utah.

Digital Draw Network now looks to Neumont University to provide additional highly skilled software engineer candidates in an area where the U.S. has demonstrated it has a significant competitive advantage.

“We extended an employment opportunity to Aaron while he was an intern with our company because we were so impressed with many of his professional and computer-related skills,” said Development Manager Victor Dantas. “Since that time, we have looked to Neumont for additional partnerships. We have such a high demand for software developers, and the relationship we have is great for the both of us.”

According to Dantas, Digital Draw Network has become a partner with the University’s Enterprise Projects course where students earn course credit for work with clients, thereby allowing students to enhance their knowledge of modem technologies. Students are not only being trained to excel in the job market but are exposed to employers they could potentially work for upon graduation.

Opening Doors
The impact of Barlow’s success is greater than the sum of its parts. Most tribal college students are first-generation, so they serve as role models for their extended families. Since his graduation, two of Barlow’s sisters have decided to return to school and have received their Associate degrees.

“I never pictured myself as successful as I am now,” said Barlow. “I wanted something to make my folks proud. I knew that if I worked hard enough and gave it all that I had, a college degree would help me to succeed. Neumont’s project-based learning was the key and my success in getting a great job was the end result.”

About Neumont University
Neumont University is educating some of most sought-after software developers . The Salt Lake City campus offers accelerated two-year Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degrees and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees in one- and two-year formats. Neumont University is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Some of the careers in software development include software engineer, systems architect, web development, systems analyst, data modeler, and programmer/analyst. www.neumont.edu

Le Cordon Bleu student chefs compete in national culinary competition

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Culinary fame may still be a dream for most culinary students, but three students from Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America affiliated schools got a taste of success as they competed in the finals of the fifth annual San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition held in Napa Valley from October 27 – 30.

Student chefs Tom Lonardo from Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, Sakikio Tani from California Culinary Academy and Pidor Kem from California School of Culinary Arts, battled each other and seven other culinary students from across the country for the title of San Pellegrino’s 2006 Almost Famous Chef. All three schools are affiliates of the Career Education Corporation. Although none of the Le Cordon Bleu Program students won the grand prize, each student chef proved their culinary skills by winning their regional contests earlier this fall.

“I am so proud of these three student chefs for making it to the finals,” said Kirk T. Bachmann, vice president of education and corporate executive chef for the Le Cordon Bleu Schools in North America. “The students’ ability to not only compete, but to excel in prestigious culinary competitions such as this is a testament to the caliber of education we strive to provide at all of our Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America affiliated campuses,” Bachmann said.

The Almost Famous Chef finals lasted four hours, and consisted of two separate contests: a market basket competition and signature dish competition. During the market basket competition, the student chefs received a basket containing two main ingredients and several secondary ingredients unknown to them beforehand. Each competitor had to use all ingredients given to them to create their dish during the first two hours. The signature dish competition, held during the second half, required the chefs to complete 200 plated tasting portions of a dish already determined. At the end of the contest, the student chefs were judged by a panel of seasoned culinary professionals on their kitchen expertise, the taste of their dishes, and their star power. The winner of the contest received $1,000, a one-year media tour, and the title of San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef.

About Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America
Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America is the largest provider of quality culinary arts education. Few institutions possess the distinguished reputation of Le Cordon Bleu, which established its first culinary school in Paris in 1895. Today, Le Cordon Bleu operates schools in London, Tokyo, Ottawa and Sydney in addition to its Paris location, and offers programs in Australia, Mexico and Brazil. There are currently 13 schools in the Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America network, offering programs in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie & Baking, and Le Cordon Bleu Hospitality & Restaurant Management. For more information, visit http://www.lecordonbleuschoolsusa.com/.

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., 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, 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.

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