USDLA 2014 Award

USDLA 2014 International Distance Learning Award

May 06, 2015

USDLA Awards Dr. James Hurrell of Penn Foster with Outstanding Leadership by an Individual for Excellence in Distance Learning in 2014.

Penn Foster honored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with the world's most prestigious distance learning award presented for excellence in distance learning.

St. Louis, Missouri (PR Newswire) May 6, 2014 — The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2014 International Distance Learning Award to Dr. James Hurrell, Director of Penn Foster’s Veterinary Academy, in conjunction with the 2014 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. USDLA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit association, founded in 1987, as the nation’s leading distance learning organization. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market.

These prestigious International Awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs. Included in the recognition ceremony were awards for 21st Century Best Practices, Best Practices for Distance Learning Programming, Best Practices for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching, Outstanding Leadership by an Individual, Hall of Fame and the Eagle for an elected official.

"As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring Dr. James Hurrell of Penn Foster as a leader in the industry," said Dr. John G. Flores, Executive Director of USDLA and Program Professor at Nova Southeastern University. "Penn Foster has raised the bar of excellence and we are truly honored by Dr. Jim’s contributions within all distance learning constituencies.”

The USDLA Awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, video conferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies.

“This year’s USDLA Awards recipient Dr. James Hurrell of Penn Foster represents the finest examples of online courses, best practices, and leadership in our field. The depth and breadth of the USDLA membership allows us to engage with leaders from higher education, K-12, industry, military, and government who daily demonstrate the power of distance learning. We are so very proud and excited to be able to recognize this level of excellence," said Ms. Jenny Jopling, President of USDLA.

“I’m honored to be named as an outstanding distance learning leader by USDLA,” said Dr. Hurrell. “Penn Foster’s veterinary technician students are located across the U.S. and our online Associate’s degree program allows students to study at their own pace. Through our award winning online community, students have the opportunity to connect with each other, as well as myself and other faculty members of the veterinary technician program to ask questions, discuss courses and more. Having the USDLA recognize all that we do for our students through our distance-learning platform really emphasizes the organization’s confidence in our program.”

Dr. Rob Robinson, Chair of USDLA Board of Directors noted that, “This year’s award winners represent many of the most innovative leaders in the field of distance learning.” He continued, “I also look forward to seeing Penn Foster again during National Distance Learning Week, November 10-14, 2014.”

About Penn Foster
Founded in 1890, Penn Foster has been a leader in career-focused distance and blended learning for more than 100 years. Since its inception, more than 13 million people have enrolled in its high school, career school and college to learn advanced skills, further their education and better position them for life success. Today, Penn Foster graduates 25,000 students yearly and enrolls more than 100,000 new students each year in programs designed to address the skills gap in middle skilled careers. Penn Foster's high-quality, affordable distance education allows students the flexibility to complete programs around their schedules with 24/7 access to a supportive online community of students and faculty. For more information, visit

About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.


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