June 2007

Navigating through the world of higher learning can be overwhelming.

Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2007) – Navigating through the world of higher learning can be overwhelming. With so many avenues leading to postsecondary education available, it's easy for students, parents, and even representatives of postsecondary education to get lost.

Think of Imagine America's Guide to Career Colleges 2007 as the road map to the career college sector of higher education. Providing a sense of direction for readers, the Guide lays out a concrete path toward an end goal. It also offers lists of shortcuts and explains unnecessary detours. And, it's free.

Imagine America's Guide to Career Colleges is a comprehensive source for information on nearly 400 career colleges and the Imagine America scholarship and award programs. The Guide walks readers step-by-step toward attaining career education.

The guidebook includes a career college road map, an application checklist, information about financing a career college education including the various types of financial aid available, Internet college planning resources, a state association directory including contact information for associations offering state scholarship programs, a family's guide to education tax cuts, common financial aid questions answered, and an interactive CDROM that provides in-depth profiles of each career college with admissions contact information and web site links.

“This compact guidebook gives students information about career colleges, financial aid and so much more,” said Robert Martin, President of the Imagine America Foundation. “With this resource, we hope that students will find what they need to help make the right career college choice.”

To request your free copy of the Imagine America's Guide to Career Colleges 2007, please contact Jenny Faubert at JennyF@career.org or call 202-336-6743.

In one sense, it serves as a family tree for career-oriented education.

Washington, D.C. (June 21, 2007) – In one sense, it serves as a family tree for career-oriented education. But in another, it’s the story of an educational approach steeped in a long-standing tradition of excellence and quality instruction.

Imagine America Foundation has announced the release of its new historical look at career colleges, called In Service to America: Celebrating 165 Years of Career and Professional Education. The Foundation, the research and scholarship-providing arm of the career college sector of higher education, made the official announcement June 15 at the Career College Association Convention in New Orleans, La. The book uses more than 200 photos and other materials collected from career college archives nationwide, the Imagine America Foundation and the Career College Association. These items culminate to tell the phenomenal history of the sector.

Sponsored and published by the McGraw-Hill Career College Group, In Service to America: Celebrating 165 Years of Career and Professional Education explores the development of career college representative associations in the United States from 1841 to the present. Telling a story of dramatic growth, the book examines the importance career colleges have had on our nation and its economy.

The stories shared throughout the book mainly reflect the dynamic internal evolution of career college associations, revealing the tenacious drive of these institutions. Exploring the path the first college set out, the book walks readers through the evolution of the career college sector to the sector we know now.

The Imagine America Foundation and MaxKnowledge today launched the Center for Excellence in Education

New Orleans, LA, June 13, 2007 - The Imagine America Foundation and MaxKnowledge today launched the Center for Excellence in Education at the Career College Association (CCA) Annual Convention & Exposition.

Formed through a strategic partnership between the Imagine America Foundation (IAF) and MaxKnowledge, the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) provides turnkey employee development solutions for career college operators with the ultimate goal of increasing organizational performance and enhancing student success. CEE's offerings include comprehensive online training and development programs for career college faculty and management personnel.

"IAF's commitment to the enhancement of continuing education and training opportunities goes back to its original charter established 25 years ago. Now we have a partner with the expertise, technologies systems and programs to help us achieve our mission. Together with MaxKnowledge, we intend to take career education to its highest level of excellence," said Bob Martin, President of IAF.

"IAF's expertise and experience in conducting research and performing fact-finding studies, and their ability to receive timely advice from the career college operators will allow us to deliver an exceptional employee development service to our sector of higher education," said Dr. Amir Moghadam, President & CEO of MaxKnowledge.

Through its partnerships with the CCA and the major state associations representing the career college sector, MaxKnowledge continues to provide continuing education opportunities to thousands of career college professionals across the nation. Moghadam believes that the Center for Excellence in Education will be a valuable service for career colleges seeking a turnkey performance improvement solution.