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Sep 22, 2008

Eleutian Opens Teaching Center

By Lisa Bisbee
September 1, 2008 -- SHERIDAN - With plans to employ 50 teachers by the end of the year and 200 by the end of 2009, Eleutian Technology recently opened a major teaching center in Sheridan.

The company, which is an education and technology company that combines state-of-the-art multi-media ESL software, and Internet video conferencing technology, to teach conversational English to its customers in Korea, Japan and China, is currently training two teachers and hopes to hire an additional 13 immediately.

"We've had a tremendous response," said Misty Rios, teacher/manager at Sheridan's Eleutian Technology. "It's been phenomenal and really exciting."

The Sheridan office is the Eleutian Technology's seventh center in Wyoming. As the company's centers in Powell, Cody, Lovell, Worland, Greybull, Burlington and Ten Sleep reached full capacity, Rios said expansion opportunities were investigated. The center, which opened in mid-August, will enable educators in Sheridan to teach English to more than 300 students in Asia.

"We're teaching speaking English via web cam," Rios said. "The vast majority of our students are in Korea."

The company worked closely with Sheridan's Advanced Communications Technology (ACT) to ensure their networking needs were met, including a high-speed Internet connectivity on fiber networks for Eleutian's global classrooms, Rios said.

Ranging from kindergarten-age students to those in their 20s, Rios said most of their customers need to either learn English for educational or business purposes.

"They are very focused on education in Korea," Rios said. "And we just finished a pilot project and will be teaching more adult students now also."

In a 3,000-square-foot facility that provides ample room for growth, Rios said the company expects the business to continue increasing. With the demand for conversational English in Korea and other parts of Asia, Rios said they expect to hire 50 more teachers by the end of the year and 200 by the end of 2009.

"In the last two months, we have hired over 50 teachers in the Basin area," Rios said. "We're actually in a huge demand right now."

To help prepare for the influx of needed employees, Rios said they will continue to work with Sheridan College to supply the educational needs for Eleutian's current and future training programs. As an English learning program that uses a interactive online multimedia learning content to deliver instruction, Rios said teachers are required to complete 33 hours of specialized training before they work with students and are required to have at least a substitute teaching certificate.

The company started working with Forward Sheridan Inc., the economic development organization for Sheridan County, last winter as they looked for an expansion  opportunity. And the company was exactly the industry with strong global perspectives that Sheridan wants to attract, said Philippe Chino, CAEO and president of Forward Sheridan.

"Their company fit into our target industry and doesn't take away from existing industry," Chino said. "This is a whole new market."

To learn more about Eleutian Technology and the new Sheridan area teaching center, visit http://www.eleutian.com.