Local Couple Acquires Two Sylvan Learning Centers

Brian and Jennifer Huckins purchase centers in Burlingame and San Bruno, CA

September 04, 2008 // Franchising.com // San Francisco, CA and Baltimore, MD –– San Francisco Bay Area residents Brian and Jennifer Huckins today announced the purchase of the formerly corporate-owned Burlingame and San Bruno Sylvan Learning centers, the nation's leading provider of private tutoring for students in grades Pre-K through 12.

A San Francisco native, before joining Sylvan Brian enjoyed a successful career in the hotel business in downtown San Francisco. Jennifer was raised in Southern California and has been involved in the accounting and business management profession for the past 25 years. She currently owns and operates Windsor Accounting in Menlo Park, CA.

Brian and Jennifer were introduced to Sylvan Learning by Jennifer's family. Her mother previously owned two Sylvan centers outside Atlanta, GA and her brother currently owns two centers in Bakersfield, CA.

"We are excited about getting involved in the school communities surrounding the two centers," said Brian Huckins. "We feel that Sylvan can offer a wide variety of customized tutoring services and educational support to the K-12 grades in these areas."

Under the Huckins' leadership, the centers will offer a full range of in-center and online tutoring for children in grades Pre-K through 12, including homework support and high school and SAT/ACT test preparation. Seasonal group instruction classes are also available to students including math camp, writing camp and study skills camp.

The sale of the Burlingame and San Bruno centers, located at 1200 Howard Avenue in Burlingame and 751 Camino Plaza in San Bruno, represents a move by Sylvan Learning to focus on franchising to local entrepreneurs and business operators. For more information on the centers and offered programs, contact 650-344-7323 or burlingame@bayareasylvans.com in Burlingame and 650-636-1200 or sanbruno@bayareasylvans.com in San Bruno.

"With the continuing changes in the supplemental education marketplace, we've found that local center ownership, local community involvement and partnerships with local school systems are key components of each Sylvan Learning's center success," said Jeff Cohen, president and CEO of Sylvan Learning, Inc. "We are pleased to sell the Burlingame and San Bruno centers to Brian and Jennifer, who are familiar with the San Francisco area and passionate about helping children in the community."

Entrepreneurs interested in exploring opportunities in supplemental education franchising may contact Greg Helwig, Sylvan Learning's vice president for franchise development at (410) 843-8729.

About Sylvan Learning

Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of in-center and live, online tutoring at home to students of all ages, grades and skill levels. With approximately 30 years of experience and nearly 1,200 centers located throughout North America, Sylvan's proven process and personalized methods have inspired more than 2 million students to discover the joy of learning. Sylvan's trained and certified personal instructors provide individual instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills and test-prep for college entrance and state exams. Sylvan helps transform unique kids into uniquely inspired learners with the skills to do better in school and the confidence to do better in everything else.

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