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Career Education Corporation
Online Education Group
Career Education Corporation Names Stephen Fireng
President of Online Education Group
Tuesday December 21, 9:00 am ET
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 21, 2004--Career Education Corporation
(NASDAQ:CECO - News) has named Stephen C. Fireng president of its Online Education Group
(OEG), effective February 1, 2005. OEG operates two quality online universities, American
InterContinental University (AIU) Online and Colorado Technical University (CTU) Online.
Fireng currently is OEG's senior vice president of marketing and admissions and is part of the OEG
executive committee. He will succeed Nick Fluge, who as announced previously will lead a new CEC
initiative to expand the scope of its online business into short-term non-degree learning programs and
related products and services.
"Since the launch of AIU Online in 2001, Steve Fireng has played a pivotal role in helping CEC build
two online universities that serve nearly 21,000 full-time degree-seeking students in all 50 states and
more than 40 foreign countries," said John M. Larson, CEC's chairman, president and chief executive
officer. "His experience and demonstrated leadership capabilities make him ideally suited to direct
OEG's continued growth and success."
Larson added, "Steve and Nick will work closely together between now and February 1 to effect a
seamless leadership transition, after which Nick will continue to provide strategic counsel as needed."
Fireng has been with CEC since 1994 when Collins College was acquired by CEC. Fireng served as
director of admissions at Collins until 1999 when he became a CEC regional director of admissions.
He was named CEC'