Tennessee Man Rebuilds Life, Earns Full Tuition-Paid, Four-Year Grant from Colorado Technical University

  Tennessee Man Rebuilds Life, Earns Full Tuition-Paid, Four-Year Grant from
  Colorado Technical University

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- January 14, 2013

Colorado Technical University (CTU), a leading provider of education for
career-motivated students, announced today that 20-year-old Kyle Thomas of
Alexandria, Tenn., has received a full tuition-paid, four-year grant to help
him pursue his dream of earning a college degree. The grant was announced
nationwide today on “The Ricki Lake Show” as part of its “Hidden Heroes”
series led by cosmetic dentist and TV personality Dr. Bill Dorfman.

Kyle Thomas, right, received a full tuition-paid, four-year grant to Colorado
Technical University ( ...

Kyle Thomas, right, received a full tuition-paid, four-year grant to Colorado
Technical University (CTU) to help him pursue his dream of earning a college
degree. Thomas, who has limited use of his arms and legs following a car
crash, received the news from TV personality Dr. Bill Dorfman on "The Ricki
Lake Show" today as part of its "Hidden Heroes" series. (Photo: Business Wire)

In 2010, as a recent high school graduate, Thomas was nearly killed in an auto
accident in his hometown of Alexandria. His resulting injuries left him
without use of his arms and legs, but it was Thomas’ can-do attitude during
his recovery that got the attention of Dr. Dorfman. “When I first met Kyle he
told me that he wants to help people. I believe he will,” said Dr. Dorfman,
who brought together community residents – or “hidden heroes” – to help Thomas
and his family.

The community support led by writer and producer John Loyd Miller has included
renovations to make the Thomas’ home accessible – and now includes the CTU
grant. “When we heard about Kyle’s journey and the tremendous efforts he has
made to rebuild his life, we felt we could support him by assisting him with
his college education,” said Jack Koehn, CTU acting president and chief
operating officer.

Thomas plans to use the CTU grant to earn his bachelor’s degree through
Colorado Technical University’s award-winning virtual campus, which offers
flexibility in taking classes online, from anywhere and anytime. He began
attending classes online in January 2013.

“Our team of advisors and faculty members are committed to helping Kyle
achieve his dream of higher education and surrounding him with the support he
needs to help him be successful in the degree program of his choosing,” Koehn
said. “As a Colorado Technical University online student, Kyle will also be
able to use our trademarked personalized learning system, called My Unique
Student Experience (M.U.S.E.), which will allow him to study and learn in ways
that work best for him.”

“I am so grateful to Dr. Dorfman and to CTU for their support and giving me
hope to continue my education and help others,” said Thomas, who now has
limited use of his arms and serves as a motivational speaker for other young
adults. “I won’t ever give up. I’m going to take on the challenge of earning
my college degree just as I took on the challenge of recovering from my
accident.”

For more information on CTU and its programs, visit www.coloradotech.edu. To
learn more about grants and scholarships available at CTU, visit
http://www.coloradotech.edu/Tuition-And-Financial-Aid/Online/Financing-Options-For-Your-Education/Grants-And-Scholarships.

About Colorado Technical University

Founded in 1965, Colorado Technical University (CTU) provides higher education
for today’s career-focused students and offers support, flexibility and
resources to help students pursue new opportunities. CTU’s industry-focused
curriculum has courses taught by instructors, many with experience in the
fields that they teach. CTU was named to the 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 list
of military-friendly schools by G.I. Jobs Magazine, which includes the top 15
percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are doing the most
to embrace America’s veterans as students. At CTU, students can collaborate
with people from all over the country via the CTU award-winning Virtual
Campus, which was recognized as the “Best of the Best” in the Education and
Academia category of the 2009 Computerworld Honors program. Students can also
connect on campuses in multiple cities. CTU students can choose from more than
100 undergraduate and graduate programs. For more information, please visit
www.coloradotech.edu.

CTU is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North
Central Association, www.ncahlc.org. CTU is also a member of the Career
Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and
schools. For more information visit www.careered.com. CTU cannot guarantee
employment or salary. Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial
obligations and more at www.coloradotech.edu/disclosures.

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