World-renowned photographer impresses all at Foundation Gala

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By Jenny Faubert

As the daylight peeked its bright head over the horizon, golfers rolled out of bed and made their way to the annual Imagine America Foundation golf tournament sponsored by Cengage Learning. Not everyone was so lucky to start out the CCA Convention with a round of golf, due to it being sold out. After the tournament, winners were announced while all golfers enjoyed lunch sponsored by Blackboard ProEd.

Later Sunday afternoon the Foundation presented its first breakout session, “Return on Investment (ROI) of Faculty Development – Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Case Study.” The study analyzed UTI’s Mooresville, N.C. campus’ utilization of the Center for Excellence in Education’s (CEE) faculty development program. Presenters Ron Obstfeld, UTI; Dr. Amir Moghadam, MaxKnowledge, Inc.; and Caroline Hubble, ROI Institute, Inc., gave in-depth details of the study, which show the CEE faculty development program was a positive investment for the UTI campus.

In a room filled nearly to capacity, the Foundation presented its second breakout session, “Postsecondary Graduation Rates.” Presenters Watson Scott Swail, Educational Policy Institute, and Nancy Broff, Dickstein Shapiro, LLP, previewed the study commissioned by the Foundation, regarding retention and graduation rates of postsecondary intuitions. Results show that for-profit institutions are doing a comparatively good job graduating students who fall into the at-risk category.

The Imagine America Foundation expects to release both studies in late summer. The Powerpoint presentations can be found on the Foundation’s web site,

On Monday night, many in the sector dressed to the nines to attend the Imagine America Foundation’s annual Gala. With its fire and ice theme and featured presenter, world-renowned photojournalist Harry Benson, people were hoping to get on the waiting list of the sold out event. Mr. Benson’s presentation took attendees on a journey back in time, eventually circling back into the present with images of President Obama. After dinner, a reception sponsored by ED MAP, Inc., had everyone waiting in line to talk to Mr. Benson and for a one-of-a-kind autographed Harry Benson book. A special thanks goes out to our 2009 Gala host, Datamark, and to our many sponsors for making this year’s Gala a huge success!

As in years past, the Foundation ended the CCA Convention on another high note by honoring men and women who have honorably served the United States, with the Imagine America Foundation LDRSHIP Award. Before Ted Koppel took the stage at the Awards Brunch, five outstanding individuals who have served in the United States military and who have excelled academically were honored. Thanks to our sponsors, Ambassador College Bookstore, Lockheed Martin and, these five individuals received up to $5,000 in cash grants toward their tuition.

Congratulations again to the 2009 LDRSHIP Award recipients:

  • Lance Credeur – U.S. Army, attending Remington College, Lafayette, LA
  • Christopher Harkleroad – U.S. Army, attending Triangle Tech, DuBois, PA
  • Christina Jaramillo – U.S. Air Force, attending Provo College, Provo, UT
  • Juan Sapon – U.S. Marine Corps, attending ITT Technical Institute, Houston, TX
  • Moises Torres – U.S. Marine Corps, attending Lincoln College of Technology, Grand Prairie, TX

As the weeks have passed and everyone has settled back into the swing of things, the Foundation is celebrating a highly successful CCA convention. We hope to see you next year in Las Vegas!