Collins College Named School of the Year by theArizona Private School Association

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The Arizona Private School Association (APSA) awarded Collins College four Best Practice Awards, including School of the Year at its annual conference. Collins College also received awards for Best Teacher, Best Student Financial Services and Best Admissions Practices. This was the second time Collins was awarded School of the Year. The last time was in 2005. Collins swept this year’s ceremony receiving the most awards presented.

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Receiving the School of the Year award is very prestigious and coveted by all of our member schools

The Arizona Private School Association (APSA) is the oldest and largest association of private post-secondary schools in Arizona, with more than 56 member schools and more than 40 associate members who provide valuable products and services to the private post-secondary sector. There are approximately 164 private schools operating in Arizona. These schools enroll almost 230,000 students at any given time. More students are enrolled in Arizona private proprietary institutions than the state university systems combined.

"Receiving the School of the Year award is very prestigious and coveted by all of our member schools," said Fred Lockhart, executive director of the Arizona Private School Association.

Trudy Taddeo, an interior design instructor, received Best Teacher Award. Taddeo brings more than 12 years of professional interior design experience to the classroom, as well as an ability to relate what students are learning to real life and the interior design industry through hands-on experiences and out-of-class activities. Taddeo has been an instructor at Collins for two years during which time her class comments and evaluations consistently rank high. Taddeo's niche is designing high-end homes. She has practiced interior design with firms in Arizona and New York.

Collins received Best Student Financial Services Practice award based on its outstanding student feedback. Collins' financial services department works closely with the admissions department to make sure students are financially prepared for school and that each person's needs are met. In addition, tuition planners are available to help students through the financial aid process. To ensure retention, continuing students are contacted in advance of financial paperwork deadlines for the upcoming academic year. Graduating students complete exit interviews and are counseled about loan repayment responsibilities. Collins provides this service to make certain individuals fully understand how to manage their loans. Collins' student loan manager has an open door policy and is always available to students.

Collins' fourth award was for Best Admissions Practices. Collins attracts students from all over the United States and abroad. A recent initiative is to partner with the American International Education Foundation (AIEF), a non-profit organization that brings together international students with the U.S. educational system. In 2008, Collins sent a representative to China to participate in AIEF's college fair tour to expand its recruitment efforts. Representatives also attend workshops throughout the Southwestern United States. In Arizona, Collins' high school presenters establish relationships with teachers and counselors, visiting classrooms all over the state. Other activities include summer workshops for interested high school students and on campus events during the school year for students and the public such as open houses, weekend workshops, video game tournaments, and industry speakers.

"We are delighted with the school's achievements and recognition. Our faculty and our staff are extremely dedicated to providing our students with the best possible education and college experience. Collins is honored to receive these awards and congratulates all of our students and employees for their outstanding efforts," said Tim Dosemagen, Ed.D. provost of Collins College.

About Collins College

Collins College, a school of design and technology, provides students with a career-focused education. Approximately 2,000 students from across the nation attend Collins College. Collins offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in game design, visual arts with a major in game art, graphic design, interior design, film & video production, and a Bachelor of Science in information technology. Associate degrees are offered in information technology, digital video production and graphic design. Collins is part of the Career Education Corporation network of schools (NASDAQ: CECO). For more information, visit

Collins College Main Campus 1140 South Priest Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281 Tel: (480) 966-3000 Fax: (480) 829-0183

Collins College Branch Campus 9630 North 25th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021 Tel: (480) 966-3000 Fax: (480) 829-0183

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