Sylvan Learning, Inc. Announces New Franchisee in Atlanta, Georgia

Entrepreneur Joins Pioneer of Supplemental Education to Help Metro-Atlanta Children

BALTIMORE, April 7 // PRNewswire // -- Sylvan Learning, Inc., North America's most recognized provider of supplemental education, announced today the signing of a six corporate center sales agreement with Chris Nguyen. In addition to the six centers purchased in Dunwoody, Austell, Snellville, Buford, Suwanee and West Cobb, Nguyen will also open two new territories in East Cobb and Duluth. The franchisee's purchase in the Atlanta DMA is part of Sylvan Learning's national growth strategy to convert its corporate centers to local franchisees, while expanding in new and existing territories.

Nguyen is the Managing Partner for DCP Group, LLC, a Baltimore, MD-based technology solutions firm. He has more than 20 years experience in multiple enterprises in the education and training areas. Nguyen was the President and CEO of Caliber Learning Network, Inc. from its inception in 1996 through 2001. Prior to Caliber, Nguyen was the Chief Operating Officer for Sylvan Prometric, a division of Sylvan Learning Systems. While at Prometric, he developed a network of over 2,000 computer-based testing centers within 100 countries and was responsible for managing the operating infrastructure of the company as well as the key clients.

In addition to the six centers and two territories purchased by Nguyen, Sylvan is looking for additional franchisees to purchase five additional corporate-owned centers in the Atlanta DMA. With more than two million students served since 1979, the pioneer of personalized, supplemental education is looking for qualified candidates interested in helping children build confidence and success in school and in life.

"I am thrilled to be a part of such a beneficial, proven concept whose mission is to provide every student they touch with the skills, habits and attitudes they need for lifelong success," said Nguyen. "We look forward to being a vibrant part of the Atlanta community and playing an important role in the daily lives of the families who live, work - and learn -- here."

There are additional opportunities in hundreds of communities across the U.S. for prospective franchisees to purchase a territory and start their own Sylvan Learning Center. Sylvan also has identified more than 40 existing corporate-owned centers in Dallas, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Houston, Washington D.C. and Milwaukee that the company is interested in converting to franchised centers. In those markets, interested franchisees have the potential to generate revenue from these existing centers ranging from $200,000 to $1 million.

"Sylvan Learning is excited to welcome Chris back into the Sylvan family," says Curt Hapward, Sylvan Learning's vice president for franchising. "Under Chris' leadership, Sylvan will continue to satisfy a growing demand in Atlanta for high quality, individualized supplemental education."

Sylvan franchisees benefit from a $40 million advertising and marketing program designed to drive enrollment and conversion. In addition, all franchisees experience an unparalleled training program that prepares them, with or without educational experience, with the tools they need to succeed as business owners.

"Despite an economic environment where many businesses are struggling, the supplemental education market is proving resilient, and as a result, there is increased interest by entrepreneurs in aligning themselves with Sylvan," said Hapward. "With brand awareness twice as strong as any competitor in the industry, our franchisees benefit from the proven, 30-year success of Sylvan's well-established franchise system as they work collaboratively with families and businesses in their own backyard."

Sylvan currently operates nearly 1,200 centers in 49 states in the U.S. and six provinces in Canada and has served more than two million students since 1979. In 2008, Sylvan Learning was ranked number 57 in Franchise Times magazine's "Top 200 Systems" based on total number of units and has been ranked 24 times in Entrepreneur magazine's "Franchise 500 Ranking," the industry's premier franchise ranking.

About Sylvan Learning

Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of in-center, online and at home tutoring to students of all ages, grades and skill levels. With 30 years of experience and nearly 1,200 centers located throughout North America, Sylvan's proven process and personalized instructional methods have inspired more than two million students to discover the joy of learning. Sylvan's trained and certified 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.

SOURCE Sylvan Learning, Inc.

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