October 2007

Universal Technical Institute Selects the Center for Excellence in Education for Faculty Training and Development

Washington, D.C. (Oct. 26, 2007) – Of course the leading career education companies know that one of the most important strategic priorities to achieve growth is increasing the capabilities of their workforce. And thanks to the new relationship with Imagine America Foundation’s Center for Excellence in Education (CEE), Universal Technical Institute is able to maximize its faculty performance and student retention.

Formed through a strategic partnership between the Imagine America Foundation and MaxKnowledge, Inc., the CEE provides turnkey employee development solutions for career college operators with the ultimate goal of increasing organizational performance and enhancing student success.

“The Imagine America Foundation’s Center for Excellence in Education has developed an unparalleled professional educator development program for the career college sector of higher education,” said Ron Obstfeld, vice president of Learning and Development at the Universal Technical Institute, Inc. “UTI chose to work with CEE following a thorough review and evaluation of all the components of its program. CEE goes beyond stand-alone training courses to offer comprehensive interactive, professional educator development solutions that turn training into performance. We look at CEE as our strategic partner in maximizing our instructional staff’s performance and student outcomes.”

Nearly 1,000 UTI instructors will be participating in CEE’s online faculty development program, with activities including knowledge assessments, training courses, performance forums, learning webinars and success tutorials. The program is designed to turn professional training into performance.

Imagine America Foundation Announces The Military Leadership Award Recipient - Dennis Johnson

PINEBLUFF, N.C. - (October 22, 2007) The Imagine America Foundation (IAF) is proud to announce that Dennis Johnson has received the Military Leadership Award. Johnson attends Grantham University and studies Business Administration.

Johnson served in the U.S. Army for 21 years, where he earned the rank of Master Sergeant and was deployed 56 times to countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Cuba and Panama. He is also the recipient of honors and awards such as the Meritorious Service Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, Army Superior Unit Award, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation.

After spending decades of his life providing extraordinary service, Johnson is now an extraordinary student with a 3.54 GPA. After retiring from the military, he gained employment as Chief of Police in the Marshall Islands. Online education has allowed Johnson to pursue his Bachelor's degree despite living in a remote location. "Grantham University has worked with me to find the degree program that matched my needs as well as maximizing all of my previous education, training and life skills," said Johnson.

Imagine America Foundation established the Military Leadership Award in 2004 to help those who have served America attain career education. Through this national aid program, as much as $5,000 in scholarships is made available to qualified active duty, reservist, honorably discharged or retired veterans of a United States military service branch attending an Imagine America-participating or Career College Associationmember college.

Imagine America Foundation Announces The Military Leadership Award Recipients

Washington, D.C. (October 19, 2007) — Pride, bravery and an unrelenting will to succeed are the characteristics the U.S. Military has shown in the war in Iraq. Those are essentially the same qualities, though perhaps on a smaller scale, it takes for students to push their way through to a college education and a successful career. Next week, the Imagine America Foundation will honor leaders who have displayed these traits in both the military and education realms with $5,000 scholarships.

The Imagine America Foundation, the research and scholarship-providing arm of the career college sector, will host the Military Leadership Awards event from noon to 2 p.m. on Oct. 25, in the Gold Room at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The annual event will honor several exceptional career college students who served their country honorably in the military and decided to further their education at an Imagine America participating or Career College Association member institution.

The military leaders being honored are:

  • Yanse Aseng, Florida National College, Hialeah, Fla.;
  • Benjamin Claus, Triangle Tech, Greensburg, Penn.;
  • Mark Harris, MedVance Institute, Cookeville, Tenn.;
  • Dennis Johnson, Grantham University, Kansas City, Mo.;
  • Patrick Myers, Kaplan College, Hagerstown, Md.

“We are proud to honor the recipients of the Military Leadership Award,” said Robert L. Martin, Imagine America Foundation president. “These service members have courageously dedicated their lives to our country. Now it is our turn to give back to them.”

Members of Congress scheduled to speak include Reps. Buck McKeon (R-CA), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Howard Coble (R-NC), and Bart Gordon (D-TN). Numerous other Members are also expected to attend.