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Weston Distance Learning Helps Build New Habitat for Humanity House

Fort Collins, Colorado – July 29, 2008
– On Saturday, July 12th, employees of Fort Collins’ Weston Distance Learning, Inc., once again showed they have heart. From 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. that day, eight Weston workers (and one of their daughters) helped build a Habitat for Humanity home for the Ridgeway family of Fort Collins. Along with other community members, the Weston crew caulked, painted, laid tile, passed boards up to the roof and installed landscaping. “The landscaping was the toughest job,” said Betsy Wheeler, Weston’s Human Resources Manager. “The rototiller was huge!”

That Saturday, as they helped the local Ridgeway family get closer to moving into their brand new home, the Weston crew reported feeling plugged into the larger Habitat for Humanity effort. Habitat for Humanity International, or HFHI, was founded in 1976 to combat the growing problem of no or substandard housing faced by millions around the globe. Since then, HFHI has been providing people with simple, decent housing through the use of volunteer construction labor and donated money and materials. Now, more than 250,000 HFHI houses shelter more than 1,000,000 people in 3,000+ communities worldwide. And the number keeps growing. Thanks to people like the crew from Weston, HFHI estimates that a new Habitat house goes up somewhere in the world every 21 minutes.

Taking part in the July 12th Habitat build was just one of the ways that Weston employees have been giving back to the Fort Collins community. Earlier this year, Weston launched the popular Weston C.A.R.E.S. program, through which employees are kept informed via email about current volunteer needs in the area. In June, Weston volunteers raised $6,000 for Relay for Life, the annual, nationwide fundraiser supporting the American Cancer Society. Through Weston C.A.R.E.S., company employees are now regularly donating time and money to efforts such as Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, the Larimer County Humane Society and Crossroads Safehouse.

Weston Distance Learning, Inc. (Fort Collins, Colorado) is the parent company overseeing operations of three distance education schools: At-Home Professions, McKinley College and U.S. Career Institute. The schools enroll students throughout the country. Weston courses prepare students to work in more than 25 fields that offer solid job prospects and earning potential. Currently, Weston is launching a new distance education course every few months. Its state approval is issued by the Colorado Department of Education’s Division of Private Occupational Schools. Each course is accredited through the nationally recognized Distance Education and Training Council. To learn more about Weston Distance Learning, visit http://www.westondistancelearning.com.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Ann Rohr, please call marketing director Kevin White at (800) 347-7899 or email Kevin at KevinW@westondistancelearning.com.


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