July 2009

Gail Benjamin Fellowship Sends Five Career Professionals to CCA’s Leadership Institute.

The Imagine America Foundation is pleased to announce that five outstanding women have received the 2009 Gail Benjamin Fellowship.

The 2009 recipients are Bethany Brown, Westwood College Online; Tina Duhe, Gretna Career College, Gretna, LA; Sonja Shelton, Fortis Institute, Pensacola, FL; Cathy Swank, Remington College, Nashville, TN; and Jennifer Vidacak, Pinnacle Career Institute, Kansas City, MO.

The Gail Benjamin Fellowship was created in honor of the late Gail Benjamin – a leader, mentor, role model and friend of many in the career education industry. She was a strong and tireless advocate in the field of career education who strongly believed in each generation’s responsibility to offer their skills and talents in assisting the fulfillment of future generations’ education and career goals.

Each recipient received a scholarship to attend the Career College Association (CCA) Leadership Institute, an annual seminar designed for existing and emerging career college directors. By assisting the Gail Benjamin Fellowship recipients, the Imagine America Foundation provided them the chance to learn the skills and tools needed to grow their leadership ability and continue to impact the lives of students.

The Gail Benjamin Fellowship is supported through the Gail and Arthur Benjamin Foundation, Datamark, NRCCUA and PlattForm Advertising.

For more information, contact Imagine America Foundation’s Manager of Marketing and Project Development, Jenny Faubert, at jennyf@imagine-america.org.


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Lance Credeur Wins 2009 Imagine America Foundation LDRSHIP Award

(Washington, D.C.) – The Imagine America Foundation recently awarded the annual 2009 LDRSHIP Award to five worthy individuals in the career school industry. Lance Credeur earned the distinguished honor through his work at Remington College in Lafayette, LA and his service in the United States Army.

“In addition to my service in the military, it’s the best achievement I’ve ever had,” Credeur said about receiving the award.

While on tour in Iraq, Credeur rebuilt schools, provided Iraqi children with new school materials and supplied fuel to small towns. Credeur is proud of his service in the U.S. Army and has gained valuable knowledge that he will use the rest of his life.

While working toward his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Networking Administration, Credeur has maintained a 4.0 GPA and near perfect attendance.

As a current National Guardsman, Credeur intends to find a career in IT – specifically in Computer Automation – once he completes his degree from Remington College.

“We encourage our students who have military background to apply for this award every year,” Joann Boudreaux, Remington College President, said. “We were so excited that someone from our school campus had won. I hurried up and called Lance and told him, and he was so excited!”

The LDRSHIP award is given to exceptional students who demonstrate Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage throughout their education and service in the military.

“It’s a privilege to honor the 2009 LDRSHIP recipients with this award,” said Robert L. Martin, Imagine America Foundation President. “For their admirable and courageous service to our country, we extend deepest appreciation. It’s now our turn to give something back to them.”

Christopher Harkleroad Wins 2009 Imagine America Foundation LDRSHIP Award

(Washington, D.C.) – The Imagine America Foundation recently awarded their annual 2009 LDRSHIP Award to five worthy individuals in the career school industry. Christopher Harkleroad of Mahaffy earned the distinguished honor with his work at Triangle Tech in DuBois, PA and his service in the United States Army.

When asked why he applied, Harkleroad commented, “I’d be a fool not to. Money for school is hard to come by these days.”

“I was really excited to learn I’d won,” Harkleroad continued. “I still can’t believe I won for just doing my job.”

In October of 1990, Harkleroad deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm and was a part of the first breach conducted during the war. While deployed in South Korea, Harkleroad had successfully completed two of the Manchu Miles, each 25-mile march in commemoration of soldiers in the Ninth Infantry Regiment who made an 85-mile march for their assault on Tientsin during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion in China.

While working toward his Associate degree in Welding & Fabrication Technology, Harkleroad maintained a 4.0 and perfect attendance.

“It was absolutely wonderful to hear that Chris had won. During the whole application process, Chris was so humble about everything. He was so surprised when he had learned of this honor,” Stephanie Craig, President at Triangle Tech, said of Harkleroad’s winning.

The LDRSHIP award is given to exceptional students who demonstrate Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage throughout their education and service in the military.