July 2010

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Imagine America Foundation Honors Alfredo Rosado with LDRSHIP Award

Washington, D.C. (July 28, 2010) – It’s not everyday you come across a student as accomplished as Alfredo Rosado. After serving our country in the United States Marine Corps, he is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Westwood College in Chicago, Ill. Rosado is also a recipient of the 2010 Imagine America Foundation LDRSHIP Award.

Rosado received the LDRSHIP Award among six other accomplished individuals. The Imagine America Foundation gives this award annually to recognize those who have served our country and are now pursuing an education at a career college. The cash grant of up to $5,000 will help Rosado complete his current education at Westwood College. Rosado is exemplary of each trait the LDRSHIP Award stands for: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage. While he served in the United States Marine Corps, he earned several honors such as the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal. His accomplishments have carried over into his education as he has maintained a 4.0 GPA and a near-perfect attendance record.

“Alfredo had an exemplary service record in the Marine Corps and his accomplishments are evidence of his willingness to go above and beyond what was expected,” said Alan Stutts, Executive Director of Westwood College-Chicago. “He has continued to demonstrate his commitment to giving extra energy and effort in his educational accomplishments at Westwood College.”

The Imagine America Foundation honored its 2010 LDRSHIP Award recipients during an awards luncheon at the annual Career College Association (CCA) Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas on June 10. The LDRSHIP Award is sponsored by Ambassador College Bookstores, Blackboard Pro Ed, and supporters of the Imagine America Foundation’s 21st Century Workforce Fund.

Imagine America Foundation Introduces Online Journal

Washington, D.C. (July 28, 2010) – The Imagine America Foundation has partnered with Career Education Corporation (CEC) to develop a new online, peer-reviewed publication, entitled Instructional Practice in Higher Education: an Online Journal.

Faculty from traditional institutions of higher education enjoy an abundance of opportunities to publish their research; career educators now have similar means to share scholarship and best practices. The Online Journal is intended to address the apparent absence of opportunities for faculty and staff of career education postsecondary institutions to share the product of their scholarship with each other and with the broader higher education community.

Imagine America Foundation Announces 2010 Gail Benjamin LDRSHIP Recipients

Washington, D.C. (July 20, 2010) – Gail Benjamin was a determined advocate for career education whose actions warranted special recognition. In 2006, the Imagine America Foundation established The Gail Benjamin Fellowship to offer grants to send career college employees to the Career College Association (CCA) Leadership Institute. This year, the Fellowship has announced two recipients of the 2010 grant: Heather Haskell, of The Refrigeration School in Phoenix, Ariz. and Kimberly Ranft, of Concorde Career Institute in Arlington, Texas.

Gail Benjamin strongly believed in the obligation of each generation to assist the following generation in fulfilling their educational and career goals.  Both The Fellowship and the Imagine America Foundation have realized the need for women and minorities to pursue senior and executive positions in the career education field. Named in her honor, The Fellowship is now helping Benjamin's legacy live on through the efforts of today's emerging career college leaders.

The Gail Benjamin Fellowship is sponsored by The Gail L. and Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation (GLAEB). The nominees must be female or a minority, have a minimum of 3 years of work at their current college, demonstrate financial need, demonstrate high potential and commitment in the career education field and demonstrate volunteer service involvement through their career college or community.

"By awarding this grant to deserving individuals, we are helping them to excel in their careers so that they can in turn offer their expertise and talents to the career college field," said Arthur Benjamin, Vice Chair & CEO of ATI Schools & Colleges and founder of the GLAEB. "This is best way to carry on Gail's legacy and all that she believed in."