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U.S. Career Institute Celebrates 40 Years of Education Excellence

Fort Collins, CO July 19, 2021 – U. S. Career Institute, a provider of affordable online certificate and degree programs in high-growth fields is celebrating its 40th anniversary in July. Over the course of four decades, U.S. Career Institute has empowered thousands of men and women through education and training. With self-paced certificate and degree programs, their aim is to enrich student’s lives and help them reach their career goals. They deliver affordable, quality distance education at their DEAC accredited online training school.

In honor of this milestone, U.S. Career Institute is celebrating with an Anniversary Savings Special. Students who enroll by Friday, July 23rd will get 25% OFF the cost of their tuition—a savings of up to $723. Those wishing to inquire about the Anniversary Savings Special can go to https://www.uscareerinstitute.edu/ for details.

For school history, photos, timeline, and student testimonials over the years, you can visit U.S. Career Institute’s Anniversary page at https://www.uscareerinstitute.edu/promo/usci-40th-anniversary

“I am honored to be part of this company, U.S. Career Institute has always offered training in professional careers that are in-demand, with exceptional customer service at the forefront of all decisions. From day 1, 40 years ago this company has never wavered from that goal. Their mission has changed slightly to offer distance education, but the focus on quality, affordable, flexible, real-world career training with exceptional customer service has remained consistent over 40 years of business.” Holly Cook, U.S. Career Institute Employee for 20 years.

In addition to their new Sterile Processing Technician certificate, USCI offers many healthcare training opportunities for high demand occupations including Medical Assistant, Medical Coding and Billing, Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant, and Patient Care Technician to name a few. They have trained thousands of students over the years for in-demand, professional careers.

About U.S. Career Institute

Offering high quality, affordable and career-focused distance education, U.S. Career Institute has helped thousands enrich their lives and reach their career goals. Weston Distance Learning, U.S. Career Institute's parent company, has 40 years of experience in distance education, beginning in 1981. U.S. Career Institute is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. Because of this, USCI’s curriculum, faculty, administrative procedures, and policies are frequently reviewed to ensure that USCI continues to meet high standards of quality and service. For more information on U.S. Career Institute, please visit www.uscareerinstitute.edu

U.S. Career Institute Launches Sterile Processing Technician Program

Fort Collins, CO – April 22, 2021 – U.S. Career Institute, a provider of online affordable certificate and degree programs in high-growth fields, today launched its Sterile Processing Technician certificate course. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and State of CO have approved the Sterile Processing Technician program offered through U.S. Career Institute. This new program expands U.S. Career Institute’s portfolio of healthcare programs by preparing students to become a Sterile Processing Technicians. Sterile Processing Technicians are responsible for preparing, providing, and documenting the clean, sterile, properly functioning instruments used daily in surgeries and medical procedures. Graduates will be confident in their aseptic technique skills, along with their knowledge of medical and surgical terminology, surgical instruments, and documentation and record maintenance.

A career as a Sterile Processing Technician is a quick way to get a foot in the door in the fast-growing healthcare industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects faster than average growth (6%) for Sterile Processing Tech jobs in the next ten years.* Sterile Processing Techs will continue to have job opportunities as long as sterile equipment is required. They are essential to surgical centers and operating rooms across the country and around the world. Surgical procedures that treat a vast number of health conditions are more prominent than ever. The increase in procedures has led to an equal increase in demand for the job skills of Sterile Processing Technicians.

In addition to earning a certificate, graduates will meet the requirements to take the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification exam. For those who choose to get certified after successfully completing the course, U.S. Career Institute will reimburse graduates for the cost of the CRCST certification exam.

“Our goal is to help bring new professionals into Healthcare Careers that are in demand and provide opportunities to students through industry certifications that will set them apart when looking for employment,” said Janet Perry, VP of Academics, U.S. Career Institute. “We are excited to offer another great option to our students to start or further themselves an in-demand healthcare career.”

In addition to the new Sterile Processing Technician Certificate, U.S. Career Institute offers many healthcare training opportunities for high demand occupations including Medical Assistant, Medical Coding and Billing, Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant, and Patient Care Technician to name a few. U.S. Career Institute has trained thousands of students over the years for in-demand, professional careers.

About U.S. Career Institute

Offering high quality, affordable and career-focused distance education, U.S. Career Institute has helped thousands enrich their lives and reach their career goals. Weston Distance Learning, U.S. Career Institute's parent company, has 40 years of experience in distance education, beginning in 1981. U.S. Career Institute is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. Because of this, USCI’s curriculum, faculty, administrative procedures, and policies are frequently reviewed to ensure that we continue to meet high standards of quality and service. For more information on U.S. Career Institute, please visit www.uscareerinstitute.edu

*https://www.bls.gov/ooh/about/data-for-occupations-not-covered-in-detail.htm#Healthcare%20support%20occupations

U.S. Career Institute Massage Therapy Student Named DEAC Outstanding Graduate

FORT COLLINS, CO – August 2019 – U.S. Career Institute Massage Therapy program graduate Lacey Klem has been named a Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) Outstanding Graduate. This honor is awarded to twenty of the most successful and exemplary graduates of DEAC-accredited schools.

Lacey Klem was a busy college student studying exercise science at Eastern Oregon University when she became interested in massage therapy. Lacey knew that an online program would work best around her other classes, and that’s when she discovered the Massage Therapy certificate course at U.S. Career Institute.

U.S. Career Institute’s Massage Therapy program includes 425 online academic hours and 200 hands-on training hours. Lacey excelled during the hands-on training portion of the program in Fort Collins, Colorado. Lacey was quick to assist other students in the classroom, and she worked tirelessly to master the techniques required to be a strong and competent massage therapist. Her ability to palpate musculature and work with challenging areas was exceptional. Lacey graduated with a 91% GPA and went on to pass the MBLEx after graduation. She was hired by a chiropractic clinic shortly thereafter. Since graduation, Lacey has been working hard on her Exercise Science B.S. with a minor in Business at Eastern Oregon University while working as a massage therapist at a chiropractic clinic. As a certified fitness instructor, Lacey coaches a local swimming club and teaches yoga and fitness classes at the YMCA. Lacey is passionate about learning and her work ethic is second to none – she has maintained an impressive 3.5 GPA at Eastern Oregon University while juggling her three jobs. Lacey feels that massage is a great start to her career in fitness, wellness, and healing. After her graduation from Eastern Oregon University in Spring 2020, she would like to specialize in sports medicine and injury prevention while incorporating traditional healing works such as Shiatzu and Reiki. Lacey truly possesses the professionalism and work ethic expected of a DEAC Outstanding Graduate, and she has a bright future ahead of her.

Lacey Klem Outstanding Graduate Nomination Speech 2019

U.S. Career Institute Massage Therapy Student Named DEAC Outstanding Graduate

FORT COLLINS, CO – October 2017 – U.S. Career Institute Massage Therapy program graduate Tony Conn has been named a Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) Outstanding Graduate. This honor is awarded to twenty of the most successful and exemplary graduates of DEAC-accredited schools.

Tony has always been interested in total wellness and loves bringing physical and mental tranquility to the lives of people around him. He was excited to find the Massage Therapy course offered by U.S. Career Institute because it allowed him the flexibility to complete his course and obtain his license while juggling his other responsibilities. He was able to study at his own pace while working full-time. Tony graduated with highest honors and a GPA of 97%.

Since graduating, Tony has accomplished his dream of opening his own successful independent spa in Crum, West Virginia. He is able to run his spa as a supplement to his job as an educator. Tony also incorporates the knowledge and skills he gained in his course by offering an essential oil class that he teaches weekly.

"I am proud of successfully completing my Massage Therapy course through U.S. Career Institute and becoming a licensed Massage Therapist. I am humbled to know I can help others have a happy, healthy life and that I am getting paid to do a job that I love."

For more information, please visit https://www.deac.org/Media-and-Events/2017-Outstanding-Graduate-U-S-Career-Institute.aspx

CACCS Names U.S. Career Institute Graduate Massage Therapy Student
of the Year

Fort Collins, CO - (Sept. 8th, 2017) U.S. Career Institute (USCI) Massage Therapy graduate Tristann Reynolds has been chosen as Student of the Year in the category of Physical/Massage Therapy by the Colorado Association of Career Colleges (CACCS).

CACCS Student of the Year Award 2017

Tristann's academic achievements and impressive work ethic earned her this honor. In her time at USCI, Tristann demonstrated tremendous commitment to her new field of work. She has the opportunity to attend the CACCS awards ceremony along with family and friends on September 8, 2017 in Denver, CO.

USCI's faculty and staff congratulate Tristann on this outstanding achievement and wish her the best as she begins her new career in massage therapy.

About U.S. Career Institute
Offering high quality, affordable and career-focused distance education, U.S. Career Institute has helped thousands enrich their lives and reach their career goals. Weston Distance Learning, U.S. Career Institute's parent company, has 35 years of experience in distance education, beginning in 1981. Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, U.S. Career Institute's materials, faculty and operations meet high educational standards for academic quality and service. For more information on U.S. Career Institute, please visit www.uscareerinstitute.edu.

Weston Distance Learning Inc. Named to Best Places to Work

Fort Collins, Colorado ' October 13, 2016 ' Weston Distance Learning, Inc. has been certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work'. Weston Distance Learning, Inc. earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by its employees in anonymous surveys. A summary of these ratings can be found at http://reviews.greatplacetowork.com/weston-distance-learning-inc.

'Being named to Best Places to Work confirms the culture we strive to create and preserve at Weston Distance Learning,' said Ann Rohr, President of Weston Distance Learning. 'This is truly a reflection of the hard work and dedication each of our employees show day-in and day-out, and the camaraderie we share. We are proud to be named a Great Place to Work.'company-photo-8-24-16

'We applaud Weston Distance Learning, Inc. for seeking certification and releasing its employees' feedback,' said Kim Peters, Vice President of Great Place to Work's Recognition Program. 'These ratings measure its capacity to earn its own employees' trust and create a great workplace ' critical metrics that anyone considering working for or doing business with Weston Distance Learning, Inc. should take into account as an indicator of high performance.'

'According to our study, 82 percent of Weston Distance Learning, Inc. employees say it is a great workplace,' says Sarah Lewis-Kulin, Great Place to Work's Senior Editor.

Weston Distance Learning, Inc. employees completed 79 surveys, resulting in a 90 percent confidence level and a margin of error of ' 3.25.

About Weston Distance Learning, Inc.
Weston Distance Learning Inc. is the parent company of three distance education schools: U.S. Career Institute, McKinley College and At-Home Professions. The schools enroll students nationwide. State approval is through the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Division of Private Occupational Schools. Each certificate course and degree program offered through Weston Distance Learning schools is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission in Washington, DC; a U.S. Department of Education recognized accreditor. For information, visit http://www.westondistancelearning.com/??

About Great Place to Work'
Great Place to Work' is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work' provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work' produces the annual Fortune '100 Best Companies to Work For'' list and a series of Great Place to Work' Best Workplaces lists including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small and Medium Companies and over a half dozen different industry lists.?Follow Great Place to Work online at www.greatplacetowork.com and on Twitter at @GPTW_US.

U.S. Career Institute Massage Therapy Graduate Receives CACCS Student of the Year Award

dsc_0001Fort Collins, CO ' October 7th, 2016 ' U.S. Career Institute (USCI) is proud to announce Massage Therapy graduate Roy McMurtry has been named Student of the Year by the Colorado Association of Career Colleges and Schools (CACCS). He received this award in the category of Physical/Massage Therapy.

Roy's commitment to his education and new profession stood out among the many candidates, and ultimately earned him this recognition. He received his award at a CACCS ceremony held in Denver, CO on September 23, 2016.

USCI congratulates Roy on this momentous achievement, as well as his exemplary work during his Massage Therapy program. USCI's faculty and staff members wish him the best as he embarks on his new career.

About U.S. Career Institute
Offering high quality, affordable and career-focused distance education, U.S. Career Institute has helped thousands enrich their lives and reach their career goals. Weston Distance Learning, U.S. Career Institute's parent company, has 35 years of experience in distance education, beginning in 1981. Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, U.S. Career Institute's materials, faculty and operations meet high educational standards for academic quality and service. For more information on U.S. Career Institute, please visit www.uscareerinstitute.edu

U.S. Career Institute Pharmacy Technician Student Named DEAC Outstanding Graduate

FORT COLLINS, CO ' August 15, 2016 ' U.S. Career Institute (USCI) is proud to congratulate Conny Hutchinson of Fayetteville, Arkansas on being named an Outstanding Graduate by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. A 2014 graduate of U.S. Career Institute's Pharmacy Technician program, Conny participated in the Walgreens' externship program upon completion of her program.

The experience gained during USCI's Pharmacy Technician program and the Walgreens' externship helped Conny land a job shortly after passing the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. 'U.S. Career Institute helped me achieve my education and career goals. Thanks to the training and externship opportunity, I am now a licensed pharmacy technician working in a job that I love, ' says Conny.

'U.S. Career Institute is immensely proud to name Conny among our graduates. Because of her hard work and drive for success, she serves as an inspiration to students and instructors alike. We are very happy to congratulate Conny on this well-deserved achievement, ' said Ann Rohr, President of U.S. Career Institute.

Conny values the flexible schedule and income offered by her position as a pharmacy technician and billing manager with a local pharmacy. She has been working in her current job for over a year and continues to enjoy her position.

For more information, please visit http://www.deac.org/Media-and-Events/2016-Outstanding-Graduate-U-S-Career-Institute.aspx.

U.S. Career Institute Launches New Blog For Students

FORT COLLINS, CO ' April 26, 2016 ' U.S. Career Institute is proud to announce the launch of the new U.S. Career Institute Blog. Geared toward prospective and current students alike, this new blog will focus on the crucial matters that are of interest to today's distance learners. Visitors to U.S. Career Institute's website will be able to access the blog from the main navigation bar.

Having been at the forefront of the distance education industry for 35 years, U.S. Career Institute's faculty and staff are excited to introduce students to this valuable new tool. U.S. Career Institute President, Ann Rohr, said, 'The U.S. Career Institute Blog solves a need among current and prospective students for information beyond what is covered in their curriculum. On the blog, students will find useful tips for studying, job hunting, and preparing for their new career.'

In addition to these topics, U.S. Career Institute's Student Blog (where select students share their study experiences) will be moved to the new blog site. There will also be student testimonials, program information and much more located on the new blog.

The new U.S. Career Institute Blog is now accessible at /u-s-career-institute-blog/. For more information on U.S. Career Institute's commitment to providing the very best in distance education, please contact Holly Cook, Communications Manager at 970-282-6357.

About U.S. Career Institute
Offering high quality, affordable and career-focused distance education, U.S. Career Institute has helped thousands enrich their lives and reach their career goals. Weston Distance Learning, U.S. Career Institute's parent company, has 35 years of experience in distance education, beginning in 1981. Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, U.S. Career Institute's materials, faculty and operations meet high educational standards for academic quality and service. For more information on U.S. Career Institute, please visit www.uscareerinstitute.edu.

U.S. Career Institute Named to Victory Media's 2016 Military Friendly' Schools List

FORT COLLINS, CO ' November 10, 2015' U.S. Career Institute announced today that it has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly' School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs', STEM Jobs? and Military Spouse. Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly' Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data- driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

Once again, U.S. Career Institute's faculty and staff are thrilled to be named among the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.

'Being recognized as a Military Friendly' School for the sixth year in a row is an honor, as we highly value our military students. The opportunity to teach and support active and retired military, as well as their spouses, is something we take very seriously.  We pledge to provide our military students with the education and service they deserve,' said U.S. Career Institute President, Ann Rohr.

'Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly' School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,' said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. 'Our Military Friendly' Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.'

For more information about U.S. Career Institute's commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit U.S. Career Institute's website at /tuition-and-financing/military .

U.S. Career Institute will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly' Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly' Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs' and Military Spouse Magazine, and on MilitaryFriendly.com.

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About U.S. Career Institute

Offering high quality, affordable and career-focused distance education, U.S. Career Institute has helped thousands enrich their lives and reach their career goals. Weston Distance Learning, U.S. Career Institute's parent company, has 40 years of experience in distance education, beginning in 1981. Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, U.S. Career Institute's materials, faculty and operations meet high educational standards for academic quality and service. For more information on U.S. Career Institute, please visit www.uscareerinstitute.edu.

U.S. Career Institute Named to Victory Media's 2015 Military Friendly' Schools List

FORT COLLINS, CO ' U.S. Career Institute announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly' School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.

The Military Friendly' Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly' provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

For the fifth year in a row, U.S. Career Institute is honored to be named among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

President Ann Rohr said, 'Being recognized as a Military Friendly' School is a reflection of the admiration and gratitude we have for our nation's military and their families. Our affordable tuitions and a 25% tuition discount offered to active and retired military (as well as their spouses) is just one small way we can give back for all their sacrifices and commitment to our country's future.'

The methodology used for making the Military Friendly' Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

The qualification survey for Military Friendly' Schools captures over 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. As in past years, the 2015 Military Friendly' Schools results were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology developed by Victory Media with input by its independent Academic Advisory Board.

For more information about U.S. Career Institute's commitment to serving and supporting military students, visit U.S. Career Institute's website at /tuition-and-financing/military .

About U.S. Career Institute

Offering high quality, affordable and career-focused distance education, U.S. Career Institute has helped thousands enrich their lives and reach their career goals. Weston Distance Learning, U.S. Career Institute's parent company, has 40 years of experience in distance education, beginning in 1981. Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, U.S. Career Institute's materials, faculty and operations meet high educational standards for academic quality and service. For more information on U.S. Career Institute, please visit www.uscareerinstitute.edu.

U.S. Career Institute Student Ann Denison Awarded 'Student of the Year' Recognition

FORT COLLINS, CO ' The Colorado Association of Career Colleges and Schools (CACCS) has selected U.S. Career Institute student Ann Denison to receive the 'Student of the Year' award in the category of 'Physical/Massage Therapy'.

CACCS chose Ann for this honor due to her academic achievements in her Massage Therapy program with U.S. Career Institute. According to CACCS, 'The selection process is extraordinarily competitive because of the achievement of the students entered by their respective schools.'

Ann, a longtime resident of western Colorado, enrolled in the U.S. Career Institute's Massage Therapist program in February 2013. By August 2013, she had completed the 400 hours of academic coursework, earning a GPA of 97% in a varied curriculum that included the study of anatomy, physiology, pathology and bodywork modalities. In November, she graduated after successfully completing a 200-hour hands-on session at U.S. Career Institute's massage therapy training site.

Linda Koch, U.S. Career Institute's lead Massage Therapist instructor, endorsed Ann as a Student of the Year nominee, 'Ann is the kind of student who takes her studies seriously while retaining a great sense of humor. With her background in cosmetology, she was ahead of some of her classmates with regards to anatomy. She was very friendly and helpful to anyone in her class who needed her tender loving care. She is, I'm positive, an excellent massage therapist. It has been a pleasure for all of us to have had her as a student.'

Ann received her award from the CACCS Board of Directors at a ceremony on September 19, 2014 in Denver, CO. U.S. Career Institute congratulates Ann on this impressive accomplishment and her achievements in her Massage Therapy program.

About U.S. Career Institute

Offering high quality, affordable and career-focused distance education, U.S. Career Institute has helped thousands enrich their lives and reach their career goals. Weston Distance Learning, U.S. Career Institute's parent company, has 40 years of experience in distance education, beginning in 1981. Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, U.S. Career Institute's materials, faculty and operations meet high educational standards for academic quality and service. For more information on U.S. Career Institute, please visit www.uscareerinstitute.edu.

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