Huntington Learning Center Awards Franchise to Nonprofit Organization

Oradell, New Jersey, September 16, 2009 – Huntington Learning Center, a pioneer in the supplemental education industry, announced today that it has awarded a franchise agreement to Hands On Hartford, a Hartford-based social services nonprofit agency that specializes in creating volunteer opportunities in the Hartford area.

Hands On Hartford will provide free tutoring services to Hartford, Connecticut students. The program will be funded with federal Title I grants provided by the No Child Left Behind Act.

“Hands On Hartford has strong leadership and is a wonderful organization that provides valuable services to the Hartford, Connecticut community,” said Russell Miller, Huntington’s vice president of business development. “We are thrilled to have them as a franchisee and believe this will be a winning venture for both of us, and more importantly, an extremely beneficial program for the underprivileged students they tutor.”

“Our goal at Hands On Hartford is to deliver the best possible services to the families, students and other constituents we serve,” said Doug Sudell, CEO of Hands On Hartford. “I’m pleased to see the rigor of Huntington’s systems and the success students have had in communities similar to Hartford. “It is our distinct pleasure to partner with Huntington Learning Center.”

The Hands On Hartford franchise is the first nonprofit-owned franchise in Huntington’s 32-year history. According to Sudell, Hands On Hartford performed a thorough market analysis to identify a franchise opportunity that was closely aligned with the organization’s goals and would generate additional revenues for the nonprofit—the groundbreaking “social franchising” concept. “In our quest to leverage the power of a franchise to further Hands on Hartford’s mission, we did an extensive nationwide search and looked at many different franchise concepts, and Huntington came out on top,” said Sudell.

Dr. Raymond Huntington, founder of Huntington Learning Center, said that he hopes the Hands On Hartford-Huntington partnership is the first of many. “We believe that nonprofit organizations that are already dedicated to supporting young learners and improving education, like Hands On Hartford, can benefit greatly from this kind of collaboration,” said Dr. Huntington. “We’re proud to help Hands On Hartford fulfill their mission and we look forward to welcoming other nonprofits into the Huntington franchise community.”

About Huntington Learning Center
Founded in 1977, Huntington Learning Center is the nation’s longest-running supplemental education services provider.  Today they continue to be an industry leader providing instruction in reading, writing, spelling, phonics, mathematics and study skills as well as SAT and ACT preparation to tens of thousands of students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Huntington prides itself on its unparalleled programs that help parents, caregivers and educators identify the gaps in skills and knowledge that can limit learning potential. Huntington’s personalized programs of instruction enable children to excel.

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