January 23, 2013 at 08:20 AM EST
Le Cordon Bleu North America Names James Bartholomew as President

Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ: CECO), a global provider of postsecondary education programs and services, today announced that it has hired James Bartholomew as President, Le Cordon Bleu North America, one the largest providers of quality culinary arts education worldwide.

James Bartholomew was named President of Le Cordon Bleu North America. (Photo: Business Wire)

James Bartholomew was named President of Le Cordon Bleu North America. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Our premier culinary schools will benefit from James’ experience in enhancing operations, increasing enrollments, building employer alliances and preparing students for careers through hands-on education,” said Dan Hurdle, Senior Vice President, Chief Career Schools Officer. “We are focused on providing superior service to students from their first admissions inquiry through their coursework, graduation and career placement. We expect James will lead continued improvements in all aspects of the student experience.”

Bartholomew joins Le Cordon Bleu from Universal Technical Institute (UTI), a nationwide provider of accredited technical training, primarily for professional automotive and marine technicians. In a series of progressive roles, he most recently served as Vice President, Campus Operations, overseeing operations for all UTI campuses, with revenues of approximately $400 million and which deliver education to more than 17,000 students. His previous UTI roles included Regional Vice President, Operations - East and Campus President, in which he drove improvements in student enrollments and retention as well as operational efficiencies.

“Le Cordon Bleu continues to be among the finest names in culinary education worldwide,” said Le Cordon Bleu International President André J. Cointreau. “I’m confident James will build upon that tradition as the schools in America look for new innovations in the way they provide that education and connect with the culinary culture.”

Based on the core cooking techniques taught at the original school in Paris, the curriculum at Le Cordon Bleu’s 16 campuses in the United States will continue to be overseen by Certified Master Chef Edward Leonard, vice president of culinary education and corporate chef for Le Cordon Bleu Schools in North America.

Bartholomew earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Western Carolina University and an MBA from Wake Forest University. He will be based at Career Education’s Campus Support Center in Schaumburg, Ill.

About Le Cordon Bleu

Le Cordon Bleu is one of the largest providers of quality culinary arts education worldwide. Our network of 16 schools in the United States offers culinary students a hands-on education with faculty dedicated to providing students with the necessary skills, knowledge, support and guidance to pursue fulfilling career opportunities in the culinary arts. Le Cordon Bleu cannot guarantee employment or salary. Credits earned are unlikely to transfer. Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at www.Chefs.com.disclosure. Le Cordon Bleu is a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools. For more information about Le Cordon Bleu, go to www.Chefs.edu.

Le Cordon Bleu® and the Le Cordon Bleu logo are registered trademarks of Career Education Corporation.

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 student population of more than 75,000 students across the world in a variety of career-oriented disciplines through online, on-ground and hybrid learning program offerings. The more than 90 campuses that serve these students are located throughout the United States and in France, the United Kingdom and Monaco, and offer doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees and diploma and certificate programs.

CEC is an industry leader whose institutions are recognized globally. Those institutions include, among others, American InterContinental University (“AIU”); Brooks Institute; Colorado Technical University (“CTU”); Harrington College of Design; INSEEC Group (“INSEEC”) Schools; International University of Monaco (“IUM”); International Academy of Design & Technology (“IADT”); Le Cordon Bleu North America (“LCB”); and Sanford-Brown Institutes and Colleges. Through its schools, CEC is committed to providing high-quality education, enabling students to graduate and pursue rewarding career opportunities.

For more information, see CEC's website at www.careered.com. The website includes a detailed listing of individual campus locations and web links to CEC's colleges, schools, and universities.

Contacts:

for Le Cordon Bleu
Mark Spencer, 847.585.3802
mdspencer@careered.com
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