4 FOCUS ON EDUCATION | 2018 | www.advanceweb.com S T. LOUIS, MO (August 28, 2018) - Colibri Group, an online education company with leading brands that pro- vide learning solutions to licensed profession- als, today announced that the company has acquired Western Schools, a leader in continu- ing education (CE) for healthcare professionals. “The acquisition of Western Schools allows us to better serve healthcare professionals by providing them with a comprehensive desti- nation for CE, career management and oppor- tunities, and industry news,” said Mike Duran, Chief Executive Officer of Colibri Group. “We are committed to helping nurses and other healthcare professionals manage and advance their careers. Western is a well-respected brand in healthcare education and the addi- tion of their high-quality courses to our course library will enhance our ability to serve nurses and healthcare professionals.” For more than 30 years, Western Schools has been at the forefront of professional CE, providing evidence-based, expert-authored, peer-reviewed CE courses to more than one million healthcare professionals, including nurses, advanced practice nurses, dental pro- fessionals, physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, speech-lan- guage pathologists, pharmacists, and regis- tered dietitians. Western Schools is the latest in a series of acquisitions by Colibri Group. Western Schools will join Colibri Group’s healthcare brand Elite Learning, which currently serves nursing and allied health professions with CE content, career management resources, news, and lifestyle content.   “We look forward to providing Western Schools’ customers the same quality courses and service they’ve grown to expect,” said Janet Blanner, General Manager of Elite Learning. “As Elite Learning customers, they will be able to quickly find the education they need and the professional development they want to meet state requirements, grow their skills and advance their careers in a seamless experience, all powered by our proprietary SaaS platform.” ABOUT COLIBRI GROUP Colibri Group provides leading online learn- ing solutions to licensed professionals who strive to be among the best in their fields. Through six leading brands — Real Estate Express, Securities Training Corporation, McKissock, The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, Elite Professional Education, and Superior School of Real Estate — the company serves more than 1,000,000 professionals each education period in real estate, healthcare, and financial services industries, among oth- ers. Colibri Group’s comprehensive learning platforms give working professionals a com- petitive edge throughout their careers by com- bining continuing education with up-to-date information, practical on-the-job application, and online accessibility. Visit colibrigroup.com for more information. ABOUT WESTERN SCHOOLS Western Schools is a leader in continuing edu- cation in the healthcare field, offering in-depth, peer-reviewed courses in nursing and behav- ioral health. Through our process of quality development and rigorous review, Western Schools offers healthcare professionals the highest quality, convenient, and affordable courses needed to fulfill their re-licensure, certification, and other professional education needs. As a nationally accredited continuing education provider, Western Schools offers more than 2,300 continuing education hours across more than 40 specialties in nursing and behavioral health. Since its founding in 1978, Western Schools has served more than 1 mil- lion practitioners through its commitment to the growth and lifelong learning of healthcare professionals. For more information about Western Schools visit http://www.western- schools.com. n For Colibri Group Media Inquiries: Christine Linder, 314.650.7580 christine@spokemarketing.com Strategic Acquisition of Western Schools CEO Mike Duran COO Doug Wnoroski VP/GENERAL MANAGER Janet Blanner OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Maria Senior EDITORIAL CONTENT Rob Senior, Joe Darrah PRODUCTION/ART DIRECTOR Mike Galban MARKETING John Chadwick SALES ADMINISTRATION MerleAnn Paster MEDIA & MARKETING SALES Christine Hudak Tara Sanft CONTACT US FOR A FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO ANY OF OUR HEALTH- CARE ENEWSLETTERS: www.advanceweb.com LOOKING FOR A JOB? VISIT: www.advancehealthcarejobs.com ADVERTISING: www.advanceweb.com/web/Media_Kit/intro.html TO ORDER ARTICLE REPRINTS: contact@advanceweb.com TO PLACE AN EDUCATION, DISPLAY OR RECRUITMENT AD, OR TO CONTACT THE EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT: contact@advanceweb.com 484-300-4940 an Elite CE Company an Elite CE Company is produced by ADVANCE Healthcare, a division of Elite Learning Online Learning Leader Expands Career Management Services to Healthcare Professionals Through Elite Learning, Advance Healthcare and Western Schools CORPORATE ANNOUNCEMENT  |  FOCUS ON EDUCATION