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Jun 14, 2010

Eleutian Technology looks to grow

By TOM MAST - Star-Tribune staff writer | Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010


Officials of Eleutian Technology, a company that teaches English to students around the world via high-speed fiber optic networks and video technology, had expected to hire about 200 certified teachers in Casper.

Now, they have raised the bar. "We've always said 200 (teachers) here," Eleutian President Kent Holiday said Wednesday at a grand opening of the Casper teaching center. "We should be able to get a lot more.

"I think getting to 200 is going to be a non-issue. I think we already have that in the funnel. I think we have over 50 in training right now."

Holiday hopes the company can hire 400 to 500 hundred teachers for its Casper operation over the next 18 months.

Since its just-opened center in the Granite Peak Business Center at McMurry Business Park will accommodate only 200 teachers, company officials also are interested in the soon-to-be-closed OfficeMax call center as a possible site for expanding.

Holiday said Eleutian has experienced explosive growth in the past few months. He said the company is probably on pace for 300 percent growth over the entire year.

"We're trying to figure out strategically how we bring in the number of teachers we need," he said.

Korea remains the company's biggest market, with an 80 to 90 percent share of Eleutian's business, but Holiday said that percentage will shrink as business in Japan and China grows. Eleutian has also signed recent deals in such far-flung locations as the United Arab Emirates and South America.

At the Casper teaching center, about one-fourth of the staff is expected to be full-time and three-fourths part-time. Initial base pay for teachers is $10 to $12 an hour, with bonuses based on performance quality.

Holiday said Eleutian now has nine teaching centers in Wyoming, and soon will open a new center in Rock Springs.

Business Editor Tom Mast can be reached at tom.mast@trib.com, or call 307-266-0574.