Imagine America Foundation Honors Specs Howard with 2008 Pioneer Award

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Washington, DC (July 15, 2008) - For nearly 40 years, Specs Howard has been on the frontline of television and radio broadcast education within the career college sector of higher education. He has selflessly devoted most of his life to education, enriching the lives of thousands of students along the way. On June 27, his efforts were recognized when the Imagine America Foundation presented him with one of the sector’s most prestigious honors.

During the Awards Luncheon at the annual Career College Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., Howard graciously received the Imagine America Foundation’s Pioneer Award.

"Specs Howard’s unique and successful career makes him a wonderful role model for career professionals," said Robert L. Martin, president of the Imagine America Foundation. "He has shown excellent leadership in his field and has exemplified a high standard of service to career education. It is an honor to present the 2008 Pioneer Award to him.”

Howard started his career in broadcasting as an on-air radio personality on Cleveland radio in 1948. Renowned in the broadcast industry, Howard later founded the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts in Southfield, Mich. to provide practical, hands-on training for aspiring broadcast professionals in 1970.

"The Imagine America Foundation does outstanding work through its scholarship programs, research studies and other initiatives.  Our entire sector of higher education is better off because of IAF, under Bob Martin's leadership.  I couldn't be prouder to be affiliated with the Foundation and I am truly honored to have been selected for this award," said Specs Howard.

The Pioneer Award has been awarded annually since its establishment in 2000. Including Howard, only 14 professionals in the industry have received the award.

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 $37 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


Contact: Robert L. Martin, Imagine America Foundation President
Phone: (202) 336-6758