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December 21, 2004
CONTACT: Tracy K. Lorenz (Investor Relations)
Career Education Corporation
Source: Online Education Group
Tuesday December 21, 9:00 am ET
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 21, 2004--Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO - News ) has named Stephen C. Fireng president of its Online Education Group (OEG), effective February 1, 2005. OEG operates two quality online universities, American InterContinental University (AIU) Online and Colorado Technical University (CTU) Online.
Fireng currently is OEG's senior vice president of marketing and admissions and is part of the OEG executive committee. He will succeed Nick Fluge, who as announced previously will lead a new CEC initiative to expand the scope of its online business into short-term non-degree learning programs and related products and services.
"Since the launch of AIU Online in 2001, Steve Fireng has played a pivotal role in helping CEC build two online universities that serve nearly 21,000 full-time degree-seeking students in all 50 states and more than 40 foreign countries," said John M. Larson, CEC's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "His experience and demonstrated leadership capabilities make him ideally suited to direct OEG's continued growth and success."
Larson added, "Steve and Nick will work closely together between now and February 1 to effect a seamless leadership transition, after which Nick will continue to provide strategic counsel as needed."
Fireng has been with CEC since 1994 when Collins College was acquired by CEC. Fireng served as director of admissions at Collins until 1999 when he became a CEC regional director of admissions. He was named CEC's national director of admissions in 2000 and served in that post until assuming his current responsibilities in 2001. Fireng holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Northern Arizona University.
Career Education Corporation (www.careered.com) is the world's largest on-campus provider of private, for-profit postsecondary education and has a rapidly-growing presence in online education. CEC's Colleges, Schools and Universities Group operates 82 campuses in the U.S., Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates and offers doctoral degree, master's degree, bachelor's degree, associate degree and diploma programs in the careeroriented disciplines of visual communication and design technologies, information technology, business studies, culinary arts and health education. The Online Education Group operates American InterContinental University Online and Colorado Technical University Online and offers a variety of degrees in information technology, business, visual communication and education. CEC's total student population on October 31, 2004 was approximately 97,300 students.
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