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Sep 9, 2008

Eleutian, Northwest College, Korean University Strike Deal

Northern Wyoming Daily News (Worland, WY) - March 28, 2007
Jilaena Childs Staff Writer

TEN SLEEP - Eleutian, a company based in Ten Sleep that teaches English to two countries and three entities via the Internet, entered into a memorandum of understanding with Northwest College in Powell last Monday.

The memorandum of understanding made official their commitment to work together to enhance English learning opportunities for Korean-speaking students and to begin building a course articulation agreement between the college and Seoul Digital University (SDU) in South Korea

SDU calls itself the "E-center of the world," and is the leader of online education in Korea. SDU currently enrolls students from 27 countries around the world and many of it's Korean-speaking students live here in the United States.

Kent Holiday, president and founder of Eleutian, a company that teaches Korean college students conversational English through advanced telecommunication, chose Ten Sleep because it is the only town or city in the world that has gone completely fiber optic.

Eleutian Technology has served as the connecting link between the two educational institutions. Eleutian already provides English language courses to SDU students that earn credit in South Korea but not in the United States. Eleutian's technology will assist in delivering Northwest College credit courses as well.

According to Northwest College News Service Manager, Nickie Proffitt the memorandum of understanding reflects the Korean ideal more than the detailed document most Americans associate with the term. She said it basically says that the three entities are committed to finding ways to collaboratively provide English language education to SDU's Korean speaking students located around the world and to develop an agreement where SDU and NWC students can transfer credits directly from one institution to the other.

Holiday plans on employing over 250 teachers in the Big Horn Basin by the end of this year, starting them at $15 an hour. He still plans on growing his base of teachers the following year in Ten Sleep, Powell and Worland. Actually, Holiday said, there aren't enough teachers in the United States to handle the big business of private speech tutoring, which amounts to more than $15 billion dollars per year.

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