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Apr 10, 2010

Casper looms large in Eleutian’s growth

Casper Star Tribune, Tom Mast

CASPER — Casper soon is expected to host Eleutian Technology’s largest teaching center in Wyoming.

The company is setting up its Casper operations in the Granite Peak Business Center at McMurry Business Park.

Eleutian Technology teaches English to students around the world, but principally in Korea, via high-speed fiber-optic networks and state-of-the-art video technology.

Brian Holiday, Eleutian’s general counsel, said the Granite Peak Business Center can house 120 employees. The company also could eventually open another location, bringing the total to 200.

“That will by far be our largest teaching center,” he said. Right now, the teaching center in Sheridan has about 70 employees.

Holiday said Casper was attractive because the demand for English instruction is strong, and company officials felt Casper could provide the teachers Eleutian needs, and do so rapidly. English classes in the Korean public schools will begin in May.

While the majority of the Casper teachers will be working with Korean classes, some also will be active in Japan and China.

Holiday said about one-fourth of Eleutian’s Casper work force is expected to be full-time. He said the vast majority of teachers are certified, with either a teaching certification or a state substitute certification.

“We’re really excited about Casper, and we’ve had great response to our advertising,” he said.

Holiday said Eleutian is evaluating Cheyenne and Laramie as the next places to expand in the state.

Last week, the State Loan and Investment Board approved a Business Committed grant of nearly $3 million to construct a 10,000-square-foot building in Cody that will serve as Eleutian’s corporate headquarters. The company will employ 20 people full time in corporate positions and another 20 in jobs like account managers, teacher managers and sales representatives over the next three years. The median wage will be $19.23 per hour, according to a Wyoming Business Council document.

In addition to Casper, Eleutian has teaching centers in Ten Sleep, Powell, Lovell, Cody, Basin, Worland, Sheridan and Dubois.