President of International Academy of Design & Technology Detroit to Serve on Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southeast Michigan

April 12, 2010

TROY, Mich. (April 12, 2010) – Cynthia Bechill, president of The International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT Detroit), located in Troy, Mich., was recently elected to serve on the board of directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southeast Michigan.

Bechill has more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in sales, marketing, operations, management and consulting in the automotive and service industries. She has also spent significant time in the post-secondary education space as a director of human resources and interim president of her current campus. In January 2008, Bechill was appointed president of IADT Detroit where her primary focus is achieving successful student outcomes.

"It’s always been important for me to give back to the community, and Ronald McDonald House is a perfect fit," said Cynthia Bechill, president of IADT Detroit. "It’s a great honor to be appointed to the board, and I look forward to my new role as well as the continued relationship IADT Detroit will have with the organization."

"We look forward to Cynthia's new ideas, her enthusiastic professionalism and her ambassadorship,” said Jennifer Litomisky, executive director, Ronald McDonald House of Southeast Michigan. “She will bring the kind of spirit needed to keep the team going strong from this time forward. Her leadership will help to create a better ‘home-away-from-home’ for thousands of families."

Bechill often volunteers with her family by cooking and serving meals to families of the Ronald McDonald House. Since IADT Detroit named Ronald McDonald House a charity of choice in 2009, Bechill’s involvement has deepened. IADT Detroit staff, faculty and students frequently volunteer and raise funds for the organization including, food drives, video and Web production development and internship assistance. The school also plans to donate a portion of ticket proceeds from the fashion design student–led 2010 IMAGINE Fashion Show, on April 28 at the FOX Theatre, to the charity.

About the International Academy of Design & Technology Detroit
The International Academy of Design & Technology was originally founded in Chicago in 1977. The Troy campus was established in 2003 to help Michigan students develop their skills and abilities needed for success in the fields of design and technology. The career-oriented degree programs provide hands-on training and real-world insights, taught by industry professionals who work in the fields in which they teach. IADT Detroit is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate and bachelor's degrees. The school currently offers degree programs in Fashion Design, Fashion Design and Merchandising, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Construction Management & Design, Game Production and Digital Media Production. IADT Detroit does not guarantee employment or salary and is part of the Career Education Corporation network of schools (NASDAQ: CECO).

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