Career Education Corporation (CEC), an international provider of post-secondary education programs, received a 2010 NICE Customer Excellence Award in the operational effectiveness category from NICE Systems, a leading provider of advanced business solutions for enterprises and contact centers. The award recognizes customers who use NICE products and services to harness and drive creative, inventive approaches to managing operations and optimizing business performance.

The admissions centers at CEC’s American InterContinental University, Colorado Technical University and International Academy of Design and Technology were recognized for their innovative use of the NICE IEX Workforce Management solution which generates daily schedules for more than 1,200 admissions advisors who support students during the enrollment process and serve as a point of contact throughout their academic career. Admissions advisors are able to engage with students in a more timely and effective manner with the NICE IEX Workforce Management solution. After implementation, the time required to generate schedules dramatically decreased while internal communications and reporting capabilities improved.

“This award demonstrates our continued commitment to improving all aspects of the student experience,” said Deb Lenart, senior vice president of the CEC university strategic business unit. “Admissions advisors are essential to our student support system, and through these improvements, we are able to help our advisors deliver a higher level of service to more than 44,000 students.”

Along with CEC, companies such as Cigna, American Airlines and Go Daddy.com were recognized in this year’s NICE Customer Excellence awards. NICE Systems is a global provider of Insight from Interactions solutions that address the needs of the enterprise and security markets, enabling organizations to operate in an insightful and proactive manner, and take immediate action to improve business and operational performance and ensure safety and security. NICE has over 24,000 customers in more than 150 countries, including more than 80 of the Fortune 100 companies.

CEC will present its success story at Interactions ’10, the annual NICE customer conference, in Dallas, Texas in May.

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 114, 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 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 in 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 fulfilling careers. CEC and its schools do not guarantee employment or salary.

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