StraighterLine and JBS Bring Flexible College Options to the Workplace to Help Employees Complete College

Baltimore, Maryland, UNITED STATES


BALTIMORE, Md., June 27, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- StraighterLine (StraighterLine.com) announced today that JBS, the world's largest meat processor and exporter, will be offering StraighterLine courses to their employees and their employees' immediate family members as an option for their education. StraighterLine's extremely flexible self-paced online college courses provide employees the ability to take and complete college courses on their own schedule, helping ease the burden of balancing a busy lifestyle while earning a college degree. Additionally, working with StraighterLine, JBS employees can utilize a prior learning assessment program to earn credit for their life experience.

JBS will benefit by providing expanded educational options and career advancement opportunities for their employees. They are also giving their employees the opportunity to save even more on their college education, an increasingly valuable benefit given today's skyrocketing costs of education. StraighterLine's affordable online college courses allow students to save up to 90% on their first year of college. Course credits transfer to StraighterLine's partner colleges and universities or through the ACE Credit service.

JBS employees will have the opportunity to enroll in any of StraighterLine's online college courses. Currently, StraighterLine offers 38 entry-level college courses online including College Algebra, Precalculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, Business Writing, Introduction to Biology, Introduction to Biology with lab, General Chemistry I, General Chemistry I with lab, English Comp I, English Comp II, Accounting I, Accounting II, Managerial Accounting, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Business Statistics, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, each with a lab option, Medical Terminology, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Nutrition, Introduction to Sociology, Western Civilization I, Personal Finance, United States History I, Student Success, Pharmacology I, Pharmacology II, General Physics I, General Physics I with lab and two developmental courses.

"We're always looking for ways to give our employees options to grow and create a brighter future for their families. We're excited that StraighterLine has developed a great way to get started on a college degree, and we're excited to offer these options." said Christopher Gaddis, Director of Human Resources

By including affordable online college courses in their benefits plans, employers can help solve the twin problems of college cost and student debt," said Burck Smith, CEO of StraighterLine. "We're thrilled that JBS is taking a leadership role on behalf of its current and future employees."

About JBS:

JBS USA is a leading processor of beef, pork, lamb and chicken in the United States and Australia, and an indirect subsidiary of Brazil-based JBS S.A., the world's largest animal protein producer. Headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, the company's U.S. operations include 63,000 employees across the country who work to create such quality brands as Swift Premium beef and pork, Aspen Ridge Natural Beef, Pilgrim's chicken, and more. Through its company mission and values, JBS is committed to providing a better future to its employees and their families and to making each of its communities a thriving place to work and live.

About StraighterLine:

StraighterLine has been recognized as a revolutionizing force in education by major news organizations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for offering students online courses that earn real college credit for just $99 a month. Fast Company named StraighterLine one of the "10 Most Innovative Companies in Education."

In order to facilitate the award of credit, StraighterLine has forged partnerships with leading accredited online colleges and universities. A student ultimately earns a degree from those institutions but realizes tremendous savings and convenience by starting with StraighterLine.

StraighterLine's courses are evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT). In addition to the institutions with which StraighterLine has a direct relationship, more than 250 other schools are reported to have accepted StraighterLine coursework for transfer credit.

Currently, StraighterLine offers 38 entry-level college courses online in the Sciences, Humanities, English, Math and Business. 5 StraighterLine courses have been approved by The College Board to be listed as AP courses: AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP English Language and Composition, AP Calculus AB and AP Psychology. And dozens of StraighterLine courses cover the same subject areas as CLEP exams, making them acceptable alternatives to or preparations for those tests.

For information, visit StraighterLine.com or call 202-507-7020 or 1-877-str8erline (1-877-787-8375).

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