Minneapolis—August 14, 2006—An alliance between the Education Service Center, Region 2 (ESC-2) in Corpus Christi, Texas, and Walden University will give educators and administrators in 42 south Texas school districts the opportunity to pursue doctoral programs in education, including the EdD, at Walden, an accredited online institution. The partnership will provide ESC-2 participants with improved professional development options by giving them access to high-quality, advanced degree programs online.

“Our partnership with Walden University offers education professionals in our region the best of both worlds: the opportunity to earn a doctoral degree from an accredited university and the access and convenience of online learning,” says Dr. Linda P. Villarreal, ESC-2’s executive director. “We are pleased to partner with Walden faculty, who are experts in their field. With so many demands placed on the professional and personal schedules of education professionals, we believe that access to an accredited, reputable online university will prove to be a viable solution for busy education professionals seeking to advance their careers. Our hope is that educators in our region seeking an advanced degree online will take full advantage of this unique opportunity to earn their doctorate.”

“Walden University is proud to support this south Texas initiative for its educators because they will have access to some of the nation’s foremost authorities on transforming the educational organization and improving the performance of schools,” said Manuel Tomás Barrera III, PhD, dean of the university’s College of Education. “We expect this alliance with the ESC-2 in Corpus Christi will serve to prepare outstanding educational leaders throughout the region as they strive to make the learning and achievement of students, especially those who are historically underserved, their overriding priority.”

Walden University is an accredited institution offering advanced degrees online to professionals who work to make a difference in the lives of children, the health of a community or the success of an organization. Since 1970, Walden has helped students achieve their personal enrichment and career advancement goals. Walden graduates, in turn, enrich and advance the lives of countless others they serve. To learn more about professional development opportunities through Walden, visit the university’s Web site at www.degrees4educators.com.

About Walden University
Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees through distance learning. Today, this comprehensive, accredited online university offers master’s and doctoral degrees in education, psychology, management, public policy and administration, and health and human services, as well as master’s programs in engineering and IT and bachelor’s completion programs in business. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org; 312-263-0456.

About the Education Service Center, Region 2
The Education Service Center, Region 2’s mission is to be a catalyst for change resulting in student improvement and efficiency and economy of operation. The organization promotes educational excellence for all students throughout our region and state. Every district within the region is provided both instructional and non-instructional assistance. State and local initiatives are promoted and implemented within the region. The primary focus of the organization is student achievement, and student achievement is impacted via relevant professional development for teachers, administrators, school board members, parents and other clientele. For more information, visit www.esc2.net.

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