July 2007

Imagine America Foundation announces 2007 Pioneer Award Recipient

Washington, D.C. (July 31, 2007) – For nearly 40 years, Dean Johnston has been on the frontline of the career college sector. He has selflessly devoted most of his life to education, enriching the lives of many along the way. On June 14, his efforts were recognized when the Imagine America Foundation presented him with one of their most prestigious honors.

During the Awards Luncheon at the annual Career College Association Convention in New Orleans, La., Johnston graciously received the Pioneer Award from the Imagine America Foundation.

"We are thrilled to present the Pioneer Award to Dean Johnston," said Bob Martin, president of the Imagine America Foundation. "Throughout his years of service, he has shown excellent leadership and support to many within the career college sector. It is an honor to present this award to him.

The Pioneer Award recognizes career college founders, owners or operators who have provided exceptional support and leadership in the career college sector. Recipients have distinguished themselves through the management of their institutions, their high ethical standards and devotion to innovation.

Johnston started his career in education in 1968. He is currently President of Santa Barbara Business College, where he has worked for 28 years. Throughout his career, he has grown to truly appreciate the business and what it does to enrich the lives of others.

"I owe a lot to many who helped me while I learned this business that I love so much," Johnston said. "Not many careers are as rewarding as the education business. Helping others succeed is a wonderful way to make a positive contribution to society."

The Pioneer Award has been awarded annually since its establishment in 2000. Including Johnston, 13 professionals in the industry have received the award.

Imagine America Foundation announces the 2007 LDRSHIP Award Recipients

Washington, D.C. (July 30, 2007) – Honoring those who have shown personal courage through their service in the U.S. military, the LDRSHIP Award gives recipients the financial independence to continue their education.

The Imagine America Foundation proudly bestowed the LDRSHIP Award to members of the U.S. military at the CCA Convention in New Orleans, La., June 14, 2007. Providing them with up to $5000 in cash grants, the recipients can continue their career education with financial freedom.

Since 2004, the Imagine America Foundation has recognized exceptional career college students who have selflessly honored this country through their service and have chosen to further their education. Recipients include honorably discharged, reservists, active duty and veterans that are committed students at career colleges nationwide. The LDRSHIP Award grants are sponsored by Lockheed Martin and The Sallie Mae Fund.

Bob Martin, president of the Imagine America Foundation, said this award is one way we can give back to those that have served our country.

"We are proud to honor the recipients of the LDRSHIP Award,” Martin said. “These service members have courageously dedicated their lives to our county. Now it is our turn to give back to them."

The Imagine America Foundation is proud to honor the following students with the LDRSHIP Award:

Alex D. Briones, U.S. Army, attending Draughons Junior College in Clarksville, Tenn.

Corie Clements, U.S. Army, attending Florida Metropolitan University in Tampa, Fla.

Matthew Gorab, U.S. Marine Corps, attending Florida Metropolitan University in Tampa, Fla.

Eduardo Marroquin, U.S. Air Force, attending Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Christopher Miller, U.S. Marine Corps, attending Universal Technical Institute in Avondale, Ariz.