INC Magazine Ranks Study Abroad Organization, CEA, as One of the Nation's Fastest Growing Private Companies for a Third Year

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Inc. magazine's recently-released Inc. 5,000 names CEA as one of the nation's 5,000 fastest-growing private companies. CEA ranks 2,974th nationally, marked by 109.6% growth since 2003. Among education companies nationwide, Inc. ranks CEA 42nd.

appealing to students and schools, including live chat, customized Web portals, podcasts and interactive catalogues.

Inc. magazine's recently-released Inc. 5,000 names CEA as one of the nation's 5,000 fastest-growing private companies. A leading provider of study abroad programs for students of all language levels and majors, CEA ranks 2,974th nationally, marked by 109.6% growth since 2003. Among education companies nationwide, CEA ranks 42nd, and among all Phoenix/Mesa/Scottsdale, Arizona-area companies, CEA was named the 78th fastest-growing company.

According to the Inc. 5,000, CEA is experiencing tremendous growth because it utilizes marketing programs that are "appealing to students and schools, including live chat, customized Web portals, podcasts and interactive catalogues." Furthermore, to effectively bridge education with emerging technologies, CEA has developed its own learning centers to provide students with active, hands-on and experiential learning opportunities internationally. The CEA GlobalCampus Network has established sites in Barcelona, Florence, Madrid, Paris, Rome and Seville, with additional sites expected to launch next year.

Tempe-based CEA has emerged as a leader in the field of study abroad, recognized for offering superior service and quality programs to college students, parents and university advisors. With a proven method, CEA has grown to more than 120 staff worldwide to service the needs of enrollment growth, exceeding 30% each year.

Besides its impressive ranking in the 2007 Inc. 5,000, CEA made its debut on the 2003 Inc. 500 list at 67, landing the 225th spot in 2004. CEA is also the recipient of the ACE Award, recognized as the 13th fastest growing organization in Arizona; the W.P. Carey School of Business Spirit of Enterprise Award; the BizAZ Magazine Hot Growth Award; and the Arizona Small Business Award, among others.

The Inc. 5,000 is a prestigious list cataloguing the country's fastest-growing companies according to percentage revenue growth over the preceding four years. Eligible companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of 2003. Additionally, they must be U.S.-based, privately held, and independent as of December 31, 2006.

About CEA
The nation's leading global marketplace for quality study abroad programs, CEA offers an unparalleled suite of global education opportunities for students, colleges, universities and high schools. Founded in 1996, CEA has forged partnerships with international universities in 14 countries to offer study abroad in Spain, China, France, Germany and England, among others. In addition, CEA has partnered with the University of New Haven to create the CEA GlobalCampus Network, a collection of sites worldwide designed to provide students with active, hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. For more information, visit http://www.GoWithCEA.com.

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