June 2009

Imagine America Foundation Adds Three New Board Members

(Washington, D.C.) – The Imagine America Foundation has updated its board of directors, adding three new members to replace departing members:

Christopher M. Cimino
Mr. Cimino serves as Senior Vice President of Nelnet, Inc. He brings 18 years of experience in higher education, with expertise in publishing, online learning, technology and educational finance. In his leadership role, Mr. Cimino is responsible for the overall success of brand asset generation and sales across all of Nelnet, Inc.’s services and products within the career education market.

Mr. Cimino received his B.S. in Economics from Bentley University, a Master’s in Public Administration from Suffolk University Sawyer School of Management and his MBA from Bentley University McCallum Graduate School.

Patricia Kapper
Patricia Kapper, Ed.D., of Forefront Education, Inc., grew up in a small town in northwestern Wisconsin and received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She began her teaching career in Kenosha, WI, teaching high school and later at a technical college. Over time, she took on various administrative roles in the Wisconsin technical college system, the most recent being that of Dean of Business and Graphic Arts at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

In addition to her Bachelor’s degree, Ms. Kapper also holds an M.S.T. and an Ed.D. in Adult Education. These credentials prepared her for her role as Dean of Academic Affairs at DeVry. Institute of Technology in Addison, IL, and for her position of Sr. Vice President of Education at Career Education Corporation, a private for-profit system of 81 career colleges around the world.

The Imagine America Foundation is Pleased Faculty Development Will be Featured at the Upcoming CCA Convention

(Washington, D.C.), June 1, 2009 – The Imagine America Foundation is pleased that several Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) subscribers will be presenting sessions related to faculty development at the upcoming Career College Association Convention. Results of the collaborative work between CEE and its subscribed institutions will be presented in three different, unique sessions.

The CEE, a training and development initiative formed by the Imagine America Foundation and MaxKnowledge, has successfully trained thousands of career college instructors using its unique lifecycle training process for faculty development. Combining online training and performance support tools with onsite transfer of training activities, the CEE has developed a comprehensive solution that turns training into performance.

Don’t miss these upcoming sessions:

Sunday, June 14th (3:30 pm – 4:30 pm) – ROI of Faculty Development
This session will address the results from a pilot study conducted by the ROI Institute at a Universal Technical Institute (UTI) campus and is based upon outcomes from the CEE faculty development program. As a member of the panel, Ron Obstfeld, UTI’s Vice President of Learning and Development, will share his thoughts on linking training to performance objectives.

Monday, June 15th (3:15 pm – 4:30 pm) – Teaching Effectiveness Program Pilots
This session, presented by Dr. Ruth Reynard, Dean of Faculty Services for Career Education Corporation (CEC), discusses the challenges and outcomes of two faculty development program pilots, one of which is CEE, and describes the program that demonstrated the most positive result in terms of improvement to teaching practice and student satisfaction.