Local Educator Wins National Award

January 2, 2008

IADT instructor honored

Nashville, Tenn., (January 2, 2008) – The International Academy of Design & Technology proudly announced today that interior design instructor Paula Smith was named "Educator of the Year" by the Career Education Corporation (CEC).

The Educator of the Year honor is awarded every year to education professionals who exemplify leadership, a high level of student success, superior teaching skills and professional growth to keep them on the cutting edge with the latest industry trends and standards. Faculty across the nation are selected at the school level and then are submitted for consideration to CEC. Out of 5196 overall, 105 made the cut in 2007. There were 8 finalists and 4 winners in 4 categories. The finalists each received $1000 and the winners won $5000. Smith was one of three educators to receive the award in Professional Growth.

"Paula is an extremely dedicated instructor who has a passion for design and a commitment to educating students," said Richard Wechner, IADT's Nashville president. "She is a wonderful example of the high caliber educators here at IADT."

Smith worked as a commercial interior designer for ten years and began her career with IADT in July 2005. She started as an adjunct professor teaching one class, but fell in love with teaching and shortly after became a full-time professional educator at the Academy.

"I love teaching," said Smith. "It makes my heart soar when a student's exceptional work shows that they really understand design and can couple it with their own creativity."

Smith earned a National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification and is a current member of the International Interior Design Association and the U.S. Green Building Council. In 1996, she won two Michigan Interior Design Excellence awards for a design project. Smith graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Michigan University in 1993.

About Career Education Corporation
The colleges, schools, and universities that are part of the Career Education Corporation (CEC) family offer high quality education to a diverse population of approximately 90,000 students across the world in a variety of career-oriented disciplines. The more than 75 campuses that serve these students are located throughout the U.S. and in Canada, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom, and offer doctoral, master's, bachelor's, and associate degrees and diploma and certificate programs. Approximately one third of our students attend the web-based virtual campuses of American InterContinental University Online and Colorado Technical University Online.

CEC is an industry leader whose gold-standard brands are recognized globally. Those brands include Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America; Harrington College of Design; Brooks Institute; International Academy of Design & Technology; American InterContinental University ; Colorado Technical University and Sanford-Brown Institutes and Colleges. Through its schools, CEC is committed to providing quality education, enabling students to graduate and pursue rewarding careers.

For more information, see the company's website at http://www.careered.com. The company's website includes a detailed listing of individual campus locations and web links to its more than 75 colleges, schools, and universities.

About the Academy - Nashville
The Academy – Nashville, established in April 2004, is a postsecondary educational institution. The Academy – Nashville’s mission is to provide educational programs that are designed to prepare students for professional opportunities and career success in select design and technology fields. Through the guidance of the faculty, theoretical concepts as well as practical and creative applications are addressed in the curricula and reinforced by interaction with professionals in the industry. For more information on the Academy, call 615-232-7384 or visit the website at www.iadtnashville.com.