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

About the Imagine America Foundation

The Imagine America Foundation (IAF), established in 1982, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarship, research and training support for the career college sector. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over $40 million in scholarship and award support for graduating high school seniors, adult learners and U.S. military veterans attending career colleges nationwide through its award-winning Imagine America® programs. The Foundation also publishes vital research publications for the higher education sector, honors achievement in career education and offers faculty development training. For more information about the Imagine America Foundation’s programs, please visit