Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bryant & Stratton College Graduates 2,984 Students in 160th Anniversary Year

Bryant & Stratton College announced a college-wide annual graduation total of 2,984 students for the period July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, as it celebrates its 160th anniversary of providing career-focused education.

Buffalo, NY, August 22, 2014 — Bryant & Stratton College announced a college-wide annual graduation total of 2,984 students for the period July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, as it celebrates its 160th anniversary of providing career-focused education. Bryant & Stratton College has graduated more than 28,000 students since 2000, reflecting the strength of its academic programs and the motivation of its students.

“Our students come from many different backgrounds, but they all share a desire to succeed,” said Cindy Susienka, President and CEO of Bryant & Stratton College. “Earning a college degree is one of the most important ways that individuals can prepare themselves for success in their careers and in their lives.”

“As they enter the workforce, these graduates have a significant, positive impact on the local economy,” added Susienka. “The investment in their education is also an investment in the future of their communities. I’d like to congratulate each of our graduates for their achievement and their commitment.”

Today, demand for post-secondary education in jobs has never been higher. It is estimated that by 2025 there will be a gap of more than 20 million unfilled jobs due to the lack of post-secondary degrees.

To meet the demand, Bryant & Stratton College is developing innovative approaches to education that will foster greater student satisfaction and ensure that students have the skills to be successful in a technologically savvy workplace. This includes academic programs in which traditional classroom time is being supplemented with online learning activities.

“The purpose of integrating digital learning into the classroom is to better meet the needs of individual students and offer more personalized instruction,” said Susienka. “The traditional ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to education is no longer valid in today’s dynamic market. We are planning to introduce new technology that helps students learn at their own pace by adapting to the student’s knowledge level and tailoring future lessons to match the student’s progress.”

Susienka said that blending online learning with classroom study takes advantage of the best features of both by reinforcing, complementing, and elaborating on one another. “A blended approach to education enables students to participate fully in the learning process on campus as well as remotely. They are able to learn and study in a fashion that is consistent with today’s workplace,” she added.

Innovation has been the key to the 160-year longevity of Bryant & Stratton College. “The founders of Bryant & Stratton College developed an educational approach that was unique for its time,” said Susienka. “When Bryant & Stratton National Business College was founded in 1854, most people entering the business world had to rely on scarce apprenticeships. The idea of teaching business skills in classrooms and business labs was an innovation that helped build the foundation of American business.

“For 160 years, the primary focus of the College has been to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities that employers want so our graduates can enter the workforce with the competitive advantage of proven performance in their field,” added Susienka. “Although our teaching methods have changed over time, that basic philosophy has not.”

About Bryant & Stratton College:
Bryant & Stratton College is a private career college that provides career relevant education with a focus on employability and student success in a personalized environment. The College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Bryant & Stratton College has campus locations in New York, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin, as well as an Online Education division and a Professional Skill Center. For 160 years, Bryant & Stratton College has offered students access to career relevant education leading to bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, diplomas, and professional certificates in the fields of business, criminal justice, design, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, human resources, paralegal studies, and information technology. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit General information also can be found on the College’s website at

Marci Hosier
Bryant & Stratton College
Buffalo, NY

New York City Based Urban-Flamenco Guitarist Eric Kamen Sets Fourth CD Release, Serenades for September 2 Release Date

New Instrumental Release Features Single and Video for Opening Track “The Lost Tribe”

'While I never in a million years intended this to be a political statement, one can't help notice that music from around the World, from the US, from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa can all work together so well that it cannot be overlooked! In the end, we are all the same!'

Los Angeles, CA, August 22, 2014 – Raw, natural talent with complete originality is what you can hear from the very first pluck of Eric Kamen’s signature modern take on traditional flamenco music.

A former New York City wall street executive, Kamen moonlighted as a hip-hop producer and became a multi-instrumentalist at a young age influenced by world music – this led to him creating and collaborating on unique projects with emerging rappers. His new-found fusion of flamenco guitar blended with hip-hop beats was electric and sparked interest in a mass following on Myspace when Kamen first uploaded his experimental side project and debut release, Native Unit.

Though world music and his European travels were a big impact on his signature Urban Flamenco style, Kamen’s teenage years spent in New York City idolizing rock and pop bands of the 1970’s built his repertoire from the musical melting of the city playing shows at the famous CafĂ© Wha in Greenwich Village.

With his latest release, Serenades is a current sound that is the perfect amount of dramatic beats and gypsy flamenco guitar that will leave you dancing and feeling good about the music. An eclectic set of fifteen songs, Serenades is the fitting soundtrack to a relaxing night, transferring listeners to a serene Spanish village. Featuring lead single “The Lost Tribe,” and stand-out tracks “A Rose From Russia” and “Red Moon.”

Serenades will be available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon and all major digital outlets on September 2.

Listen/View “The Lost Tribe” video on YouTube:

For more information on Eric Kamen and his new release, “Serenades,” please visit his official website at:

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323 806-0400