Middlebury College, the leader in foreign language teaching among the nation’s higher education institutions, and K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), a technology-based education company and national leader in online learning, have announced an agreement to form a new venture that will create innovative, high-quality online language programs for pre-college students. Building on Middlebury’s long history of leadership in language teaching and K12’s expertise in online education, the new company will create and distribute online language learning courses. It will also expand the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy, a language immersion summer program for middle and high school students. The new venture will be called Middlebury Interactive Languages.“The need for strong foreign language skills is critical in today’s global economy. It is why K12 has proactively expanded its foreign language course offerings through successful acquisitions, investments and strategic alliances. K12 is excited to join with Middlebury College, a prestigious institution with unparalleled expertise in foreign language instruction.”“The partnership between Middlebury and K12 will expand access to high-quality language learning at a critical juncture,” said Ronald D. Liebowitz, president of Middlebury College. “At a time when foreign language opportunities for primary and secondary school students in this country are declining, the need and demand for high-quality language learning is growing exponentially. Learning foreign languages and cultures has never been more important to our nation’s global competitiveness.”Language faculty from Middlebury and its renowned Language Schools will work with K12 to develop and manage the academic content of the Web-based language courses, which K12 will offer through its online education programs. The first courses, beginner French and Spanish for high school students, will be available in the late summer of 2010.“Middlebury Interactive Languages will set a new standard in the language learning industry,” said Ron Packard, founder and chief executive officer of K12 Inc. “The need for strong foreign language skills is critical in today’s global economy. It is why K12 has proactively expanded its foreign language course offerings through successful acquisitions, investments and strategic alliances. K12 is excited to join with Middlebury College, a prestigious institution with unparalleled expertise in foreign language instruction.”Middlebury Interactive Languages will expand foreign language learning opportunities for students and offer an effective and engaging learning experience. The new courses will use features such as animation, music, videos and other elements that immerse students in new languages. These components will provide a lively base for daily exercises to practice listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Instructional games, clubs and activities will give students a wide variety of additional cultural and co-curricular opportunities.Students will have access to qualified language instructors, native or near-native speakers of the language, as well as other students participating in the course. Students will also complete interactive, student-to-student virtual collaboration assignments.Designed with a great deal of flexibility, the courses will benefit the individual learner who might otherwise have no access to interactive, quality foreign language instruction. Language instructors will also be able use the material to supplement teaching in a regular classroom environment.In addition to offering online language programs, the new company will expand the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA), an intensive language immersion summer program for students in grades 8-12. MMLA is a collaborative venture between the Middlebury College Language Schools and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school in Monterey, Calif., and an affiliate of Middlebury College. Founded in 2008, MMLA now offers Arabic, Chinese, French, German and Spanish at its summer four-week residential session at four campuses: Green Mountain College in Vermont; Oberlin College in Ohio; Pomona College in California and a site run in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts.“As the head of a company that works in 170 countries, I am acutely aware of the importance of language skills,” said Samuel J. Palmisano, chairman and chief executive officer of IBM Corporation. “The ability to communicate — and to understand — will be essential in keeping America competitive in a global economy. To develop those skills, our young people — the entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators of tomorrow — must begin at an early age to master languages and cultures beyond their own. I am heartened that Middlebury College and K12 are addressing this critical need. Middlebury’s leadership in language teaching and K12’s experience in online education make for a powerful combination.”More information, including a list of FAQs, profiles of the new online program’s academic development team, the history of Middlebury’s language expertise and several videos are available at www.middlebury.edu/mil(link is external).About Middlebury CollegeMiddlebury College, one of the country’s top liberal arts colleges, offers a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that is particularly strong in languages, international studies, environmental studies, sciences and literature. About 2,400 students attend Middlebury, which was founded in 1800 and is located in Middlebury, Vt. The college is led by President Ronald D. Liebowitz, a faculty member at Middlebury since 1984, who was named one of “The 10 Best College Presidents” by Time magazine in 2009.The Middlebury College Language Schools have been a longtime leader in language education. Over the past six decades alone more than 40,000 students from all walks of life have attended one or more of the Language Schools summer sessions, with 11,000 of them having earned advanced degrees from the Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish Schools. The first of the 10 Language Schools, the German School, was founded in 1915. Under the guidance of faculty from colleges and universities around the world, students immerse themselves in their target language every summer when the Language Schools are in session. Students agree to abide by the Language Pledge, a formal commitment to speak only the language of study, during the entire summer session.The Language Schools offer Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish. In 2009, Middlebury opened an additional site for its summer Language Schools at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., and offers instruction there in French, Spanish and Arabic. Middlebury also operates the C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad during the regular academic year in 34 cities across 13 countries.The Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA), an intensive language immersion summer program for students in grades 8-12, is a collaboration between the Middlebury Language Schools and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school in Monterey, Calif., and an affiliate of Middlebury College since 2004. MMLA offers Arabic, Chinese, French, German and Spanish during its annual four-week residential session.For more information, visit www.middlebury.edu(link is external).About K12 Inc.K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), a technology-based education company based in Herndon, VA, is the nation’s largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs to students in kindergarten through high school.K12 provides high quality, customized education solutions to school districts, charter schools, and directly to families ranging from individual courses to classroom and hybrid programs to full-time virtual school programs.Since K12 was founded in 2000, it has delivered more than 1.5 million courses to over 150,000 students worldwide. In partnership with charter schools and school districts, K12 operates public virtual schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia. K12 Inc. also operates the K12 International Academy, an accredited, diploma-granting online private school serving students in more than 40 countries. Recent graduates of K12 virtual schools have been accepted at more than 150 post-secondary schools, including many top-ranked universities and colleges.In 2007, K12 acquired Utah-based Power Glide Language Courses, Inc. (d.b.a. powerspeaK12), a nationally-recognized developer of foreign language courses for elementary and secondary school students. Accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS), powerspeaK12 provides courses for students in grades 3-12 across the most popular languages, including Spanish, French, German, Latin and Chinese.K12 Inc. is accredited through the Commission on International Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA), which recently joined AdvancED, the world’s largest education community. K12’s mission is to provide any child the curriculum and tools to maximize success in life, regardless of geographic, financial or demographic circumstances.For more information, visit www.K12.com(link is external).Source: MIDDLEBURY, Vt. & HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–4.14.2010
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Restaurant, perhaps.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 401 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Nonya · 401 weeks ago Bravo!! about time they do something right Report Reply 0 replies · active 401 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Build it · 401 weeks ago If they are paying taxes, employing people lets get is started….Hotel will come Report Reply 0 replies · active 401 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down whsfan · 401 weeks ago Good choice by the city to hold off…I agree with John Brand…sounds like a bait and switch…if these investors want this bad enough and believe all the above items are possible then let them pony the $700,000 up front and when the hotel is built we will be happy to give it back to them. Report Reply 0 replies · active 401 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Pain Free · 401 weeks ago As a Wellington tax payer I still don’t see a problem with this. The bottom line is the City needs to put in the services that are needed to develop the area. If the City continues to bog this down in studies and special sessions then developers are going to choose somewhere else to develop and we all lose out. There should be a very large sign on the pike stating, “Build in Wellington we are ready for you” ! Report Reply 2 replies · active 400 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down JDM · 401 weeks ago One thing that is making Wellington attractive to others is the fact when the lake fills back up we have plenty of that valuable commodity. I believe it needs to be in fine writing with the developer that the HOTEL has to be built whether first or last. If not they pay 100% of the cost of the sewer line extension. Report Reply 0 replies · active 401 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Mr. Positive · 401 weeks ago Has there been a committment from a restraurant, RV Park or convenience store. Sounds like something switched their idea of developing the area. If there has, just say it. A motel/hotel would be great. They (developers/land owner) kind of have the city in a bind. Probably a sure deal the developers will move to some other location (exit 33) if the city does not build sewer line. Darn if you do and darn if you don’t. I would say throw the dice and see what happens, but of course the way Wellington’s luck has been going lately, who knows. Report Reply 0 replies · active 401 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JDM · 400 weeks ago Exit 33 has not reliable water source. That is the reason you see no development going on around it. Mulvane is on the verge of being sued by Augusta for using too much water as it is. Report Reply 1 reply · active 400 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down MulvaneProud · 400 weeks ago Why do my comments never get posted? Report Reply 1 reply · active 400 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down notlla · 400 weeks ago How many people in Wellington, really know where the Hotel will be built. Most people think it`s across from McDonailds, Wrong, how about a mile and a half east. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” By a 6-0 vote the Wellington City Council passed a resolution extending a sewer line on U.S. 160 from Meridian to the southeast corner of Seneca Road just west of the Kansas Turnpike Authority contingent upon a hotel development occurring at this location.However, the resolution did not pass with great joy, as the council got into it with the two Tulsa, Okla. developers proposing a hotel development over how expansive the resolution needs to be.Â Bob Zilm of Zilm Real Estate in Tulsa along with his partner Bill Richert of Richert Properties in Tulsa, Okla. returned to Wellington one week after initially meeting with the council during a work session over building an extended stay 80-room hotel, such as a Candlewood Suites, on the property currently owned by Tom McAlister (see story here).At that time, the council was under the assumption that a resolution would be placed before them the next week which would pay for a $700,000 sewer extension if the developers would pay $100,000 in special assessment taxes, all contingent of a hotel being constructed on site.But on Tuesday, Zilm asked if the resolution would be expanded to include a convenience store, R.V. Park, travel shop and restaurant.“Three of the four would take less time to develop than the construction of a hotel,” Zilm said. “Keep in mind that a hotel can take 10 to 12 months just in the building permit process. I think if we don’t open it up to other types of business that could hurt us and restrict us.“This would give us flexibility.”The council on the other hand wasn’t buying it. If the city is going to invest $700,000 to expand the sewer, it wants the guarantee of a hotel not one of the other kinds of businesses.“We are making quite a commitment here,” said Terry Nunemaker, Wellington City Council member. “The carrot for us is the construction of a hotel, not a convenience store.”Council member John Brand asked “Why did we not talk about this last week (at the work session)?”“I didn’t think about it,” Zilm responded.Brand said later in the meeting he felt a little “bait and switched” in that the developers were asking for one thing last week, but asking for more right before the council was going to vote on the resolution.“You build a hotel, we build a sewer,” Nunemaker said. “You do not build a hotel, we do not build a sewer.”Council member Larry Shimer said if the developers come back with new information of a convenience store owner in say January, the council could always revisit the issue. Nothing is set in stone.Zilm said in order for the project to work two of the five parts need to be developed such as a hotel and restaurant or convenience store, etc. His worry is a prospective owner for a convenience store wants to build right now, but because of the resolution being restrictive to hotels, they would have to wait.“I don’t want that to happen,” Zilm said. “We want to market the property to anyone interested.” Wellington City Manager Gus Collins said eventually the city council needs to expand the sewer line east to the turnpike anyway for possible east corridor development.Council member Kim Woodrow asked if the developers are now thinking they would not be able to attract a hotel.“We are actively pursuing a hotel and plan on getting one,” Zilm said. “What I’m saying is if a business wants to come in and start building, I don’t want to be in a position in which I have to tell them they can’t until we have a hotel in place.”Council member Chase Weber was not in attendance for the meeting.