Aventa Learning Named CODiE Award Finalist in Three Categories

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Leading provider of online courses for school districts recognized for outstanding achievement by the Software & Information Industry Association.

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The competition is particularly steep this year during the 24th Annual SIIA CODiE Awards, making selection as a CODiE Finalist a real achievement.

Aventa Learning, a leading provider of online curriculum and instruction for schools and districts, has been selected as a finalist in the Software & Information Industry Association's (SIIA) 24th Annual CODiE Awards. Aventa was named a finalist in three award categories: "Best Virtual School Solution for Students," "Best K-12 Instructional Solution," and "Best Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas."

"We are honored to receive recognition in three categories this year," said Aventa Learning Vice President Gregg Levin. "Our team has worked extremely hard to develop an extensive catalog of high quality, award-winning curriculum for middle school, high school and credit recovery. We're committed to providing solutions for a diverse range of students seeking an alternative to traditional classrooms, while offering challenging, interactive courses that help them succeed. We believe Aventa Learning is the premier choice for online education."

Aventa Learning was chosen as a finalist in the "Best Virtual School Solution for Students" category for its entire program of online courses. Aventa offers one of the largest catalogs of online courses for grades 6-12, including core curriculum, electives, foreign language, and Advanced Placement®. Aventa's courses enable schools and districts to incorporate online learning programs into their curriculum to broaden their course offerings and individualize instruction, while minimizing staffing and facility costs. To ensure successful online learning, Aventa trains educators who are designated as the school's student mentors and provides a dedicated learning coach who is available to answer questions and provide best practices to school and district staff.

Aventa's program of Middle School Courses was among the finalists in the "Best K-12 Instructional Solution" category. Aventa offers a full range of core and elective subjects, including language arts, math, science, social studies, world language, health, and art. The courses offer an engaging, media-rich learning environment and are designed to meet the unique needs of young students.

Aventa's World Language Survey Course for Middle School was selected as a finalist in the "Best Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas." World Language Survey is an online, multimedia-based course that introduces middle school students to several world languages to give them an opportunity to gain understanding of a language that they may want to study further in the future. The course meets the need of young adolescents to explore and discover, teaches them basic foreign language skills, and immerses them in world cultures.

According to SIIA President Ken Wasch, "The competition is particularly steep this year during the 24th Annual SIIA CODiE Awards, making selection as a CODiE Finalist a real achievement."

The CODiE Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and vision in the software, digital information, and education technology industries. The CODiE Awards program holds the distinction of being the only peer-recognized awards program of its kind in the industry. This year, award finalists were chosen from more than 850 nominations submitted by 600 companies by a panel of nearly 190 judges comprised of journalists, educators and other industry experts. Winners of the 24th Annual CODiE Awards will be announced at a gala event on May 5, 2009, in San Francisco.

Aventa offers several package options based on course curriculum, content hosting and online teacher instruction to suit the needs of schools and districts. Contact Aventa at 1-800-594-5504 for pricing information, or visit http://www.aventalearning.com for more information and detailed course catalog.

About Aventa Learning
Aventa Learning is a leading provider of online curriculum and instruction for schools and districts. The company offers one of the largest catalogs of online courses, including core curriculum, electives, foreign language, and Advanced Placement®, for middle school, high school and credit recovery. More than 1,000 virtual schools, charter schools, school districts, and state education departments across the United States rely on Aventa to offer expanded educational opportunities to their students, help at-risk students succeed, and accommodate students' unique scheduling needs, without adding staff or classrooms. For more information, visit http://www.aventalearning.com.

About KC Distance Learning
Headquartered in Portland, Ore., KC Distance Learning (KCDL) is a leading provider of online and distance learning programs for the K-12 education market through its company brands: Keystone National Middle School, Keystone National High School, Aventa Learning, and iQ Academies. Over its 30-year history, KCDL has enriched the lives of more than 200,000 students, helping them reach their individual learning goals. KCDL offers online curriculum and instruction for middle school and high school students directly to families, including core, honors, foreign language, and Advanced Placement courses. KCDL also provides to educational institutions and agencies a complete credit recovery program, middle and high school courses that augment existing school curriculum, and comprehensive virtual school solutions. KCDL also partners with public school districts to offer a public, statewide tuition-free online education for students in grades 6-12 who want an alternative to a traditional school. For more information, visit http://www.kcdistancelearning.com.

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