The Princeton Review Partners with International Association of Fire Fighters to Offer Fire Science Degree
SCRANTON, Pa., May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Princeton Review, Inc. (NASDAQ: REVU), a leading provider of test preparation, educational support services and online career education services, has been selected by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) to provide an A.S. Degree Program in Fire Science exclusively to its nearly 300,000 active members through Penn Foster College.
The online program is designed to meet the needs of working fire fighters seeking to advance their careers, and is expected to be available by late summer 2011.
As part of the academic experience, Penn Foster College will provide students pre-loaded mobile tablets with the required books and learning materials needed to complete their program, ensuring ready access to materials whenever and wherever is convenient.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our members,” said IAFF general president Harold Schaitberger. “This partnership reflects the IAFF’s commitment to helping our members succeed, not only on the fire ground, but in meeting their professional goals as well.”
“The IAFF is an aggressive advocate for providing fire fighters with the tools and training they want and need,” said Tom O’Keefe, president of Penn Foster. “Partnering with the IAFF to deliver our custom-designed Fire Science A.S. Degree is an honor for Penn Foster College and aligns with our tradition and mission of providing affordable, accredited education to America’s working adults.”
Students who complete the 61-credit degree program are eligible to continue their education by transferring their Penn Foster credits towards the National Labor College’s new Bachelor of Science Degree in Emergency Readiness and Response Management program, combining homeland security courses with labor studies. The program meets the core and non-core requirements of the U.S. Fire Administration, as well the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) model curriculum.
More information will be available when enrollment for the new program begins.
About the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
The International Association of Fire Fighters, headquartered in Washington, D.C., represents more than 298,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect 85 percent of the nation’s population. More than 3,100 affiliates and their members protect communities in every state in the United States and in Canada. In addition to city and county fire fighters and emergency medical professionals, IAFF members include state, federal, and fire and emergency medical personnel employed at certain industrial facilities. For more information, visit www.iaff.org.
About The Princeton Review and Penn Foster
The Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for more than 25 years through college and graduate school test preparation and private tutoring. With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website, www.PrincetonReview.com, the Company provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education. The Princeton Review partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the U.S. to assist in college readiness, test preparation, and career planning services by helping more students pursue postsecondary education. The Company also owns and operates Penn Foster Education Group, a global leader in online education. Penn Foster provides accredited career-focused degree and vocational programs in the fields of allied health, business, technology, education, and select trades. Nationally and regionally accredited Penn Foster High School and Penn Foster Career School (www.pennfoster.edu) are headquartered in Scranton, PA.
About the National Labor College (NLC)
Established as a training center by the AFL-CIO in 1969 to strengthen union member education and organizing skills, today the NLC is the nation’s only accredited higher education institution devoted exclusively to educating union leaders, members and activists. The NLC became an upper division degree granting college in 1997 and first earned accreditation in 2004. The College has a long-standing partnership with IAFF. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education*, an independent, regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, visit www.nlc.edu.
Safe Harbor Statement
All statements in this press release that are not historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “believe,” “intend,” “expect,” “may,” “could,” “would,” “will,” “should,” “plan,” “project,” “contemplate,” “anticipate,” or similar statements. Because these statements reflect The Princeton Review’s current views concerning future events, these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. The Princeton Review’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of many factors, including, but not limited to, the number of members of the IAFF that choose to participate in The Penn Foster Fire Science Associate Degree Program and the other factors described under the caption “Risk Factors” in The Princeton Review’s most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Princeton Review undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements contained in this press release.
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