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Fort Collins, Colorado – May 17, 2010 – Ann Rohr, president of Fort Collins-based Weston Distance Learning Inc., received the honor of serving as chair of the 84th annual conference of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The conference was held April 11-13 at L’Auberge Del Mar, a hotel near San Diego, California.
DETC Executive Director Michael P. Lambert asked Ms. Rohr to chair and manage the annual event. Her selection is a tribute to Weston schools’ solid standing with the DETC. Those schools, At-Home Professions, McKinley College and U.S. Career Institute, have all earned DETC accreditation. In January of this year, they were reaccredited.
Based in Washington, DC, and in operation since 1926, the DETC is a Federally recognized, non-governmental organization that leads the effort to offer a rigorous accreditation procedure to distance education and training institutions worldwide. DETC accreditation is an internationally known and respected badge of academic quality and high business ethics in the area of distance education. An institution may voluntarily solicit the DETC accrediting commission to evaluate its curricula and operations. If it earns accreditation, it can become a DETC member. At present, the organization has almost 120 members located in five countries, all dedicated to maintaining DETC standards for student support and learning outcomes.
At this year’s DETC conference, Ms. Rohr officiated from the opening registration period on Sunday through the closing remarks she delivered on Tuesday afternoon. Conference attendance was higher this year – nearly 200 educators from across the U.S. – than in the past 15 years. Presentations addressed members’ needs to stay up to date in the educational marketplace. “There were several sessions on the effective use of online marketing. Those were intriguing to everybody,” said Ms. Rohr. Another highlight was a presentation featuring ten graduates and two prominent alumni of DETC schools. They spoke about their educational and professional experiences. “I was overwhelmed by their stories,” says Ms. Rohr. “It was so good to see their faces, hear how they chose their educational institutions and learn how they’ve moved ahead in their careers.” Regarding her opportunity to chair the DETC conference, Ms. Rohr remarked, “I’m glad that the DETC appointed me to serve as Conference chair. It was truly an honor.”
The three schools operated by Weston Distance Learning Inc. and headed by Ms. Rohr (At-Home Professions, U.S. Career Institute and McKinley College) enroll students nationwide. Weston’s certificate courses and degree programs prepare students to work in more than 25 fields. These fields include medical billing, medical coding, medical transcription, legal transcription, fitness and nutrition training, fashion merchandising, health information technology, wedding and event planning, office administration, dental assistance, medical assistance, business management, accounting, entrepreneurship and e-commerce. Several Weston courses are offered completely online. Weston’s state approval is issued by the Colorado Department of Education’s Division of Private Occupational Schools. Each course and degree program is approved for GI Bill, VA and DANTES military education benefits. To learn more about Weston, visit http://www.westondistancelearning.com/.
For further information on the DETC conference or to schedule an interview with Ann Rohr, contact marketing director Kevin White at (800) 347-7899 or KevinW@westondistancelearning.com.
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