StraighterLine Adds Seasoned Vice President to Better Offer Ultra-Affordable Courses Through Corporate Benefit Programs

StraighterLine Adds Seasoned Vice President to Better Offer Ultra-Affordable Courses Through Corporate Benefit Programs

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For Immediate Release Baltimore, MD – StraighterLine ( announced today that Jaime Cocuy joined the senior executive team as the Vice President of Strategic Alliances.  Jaime will oversee the expanding partner college network and work with corporations and strategic partners to offer StraighterLine’s ultra-affordable college courses to employees participating in tuition reimbursement and corporate benefit programs. Jaime previously served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Strategic Alliances Organization for Kaplan University (a StraighterLine partner college).  With his extensive experience helping colleges expand into the corporate market, Jaime will provide employers the opportunity to provide their employees the ability to save on their college education. StraighterLine’s affordable online college courses allow students to save up to 90% on their first year of college. The addition of StraighterLine’s extremely flexible self-paced online college courses to existing tuition assistance programs provides employees the ability to take and complete college courses on their own schedule, helping ease the burden of balancing a busy lifestyle while earning a college degree. Employees can even utilize a prior learning assessment program to earn credit for their life experience. Currently, StraighterLine offers twenty three entry-level college courses online, including College Algebra, Precalculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, Business Writing, Introduction to Biology, Introduction to Biology with lab, General Chemistry I, General Chemistry I with lab, English Comp I, English Comp II, Accounting I, Accounting II, Managerial Accounting, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Business Statistics, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, each with a lab option, Medical Terminology, Psychology, and two developmental courses. 13 new courses are being readied for the 2011-2012 school year, including Introduction to Business, Physics and Pharmacology. “Employers that reimburse their employees for college courses are particularly concerned about the cost of college,” says Burck Smith, CEO and Founder of StraighterLine. “By allowing employees to take StraighterLine’s courses first and then matriculate to a degree program, employers can save thousands of dollars. With Jaime’s experience and contacts, we will be able to rapidly create awareness of this opportunity.” About StraighterLine StraighterLine has been recognized as a revolutionizing force in education bymajor news organizations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for offering students online courses that earn real college credit for just $99 a month.Fast Company named StraighterLine one of the “10 Most Innovative Companies in Education”. In order to facilitate the award of credit, StraighterLine has forged partnerships with leading accredited online colleges and universities. A student ultimately earns a degree from those institutions but realizes tremendous savings and convenience by starting with StraighterLine. StraighterLine’s courses are evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT). In addition to the institutions with which StraighterLine has a direct relationship, more than 150 other schools are reported to have accepted StraighterLine coursework for transfer credit. Compared to online courses from a typical college or university, StraighterLine’s courses have been found to offer equal academic rigor but with more affordability, convenience and student satisfaction. Students earn real college credit and see StraighterLine courses help them complete a degree. Currently, StraighterLine offers 23 entry-level college courses online in the Sciences, Humanities, English, Math and Business. For information, visit or call 1-877-str8erline (1-877-787-8375). ###

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