Career Education Systems
ST. LOUIS, MO., July 20, 2005 - Career Education Systems (CES), A RealtyU ® Affiliate, announced today that it has purchased American School of Real Estate, the number two real estate school in St. Louis.
CES, currently the largest provider of real estate education and training in Kansas and Missouri, expects to now train an additional 700 pre-license students per year in its St. Louis classrooms. Based on pass/fail statistics issued by the Missouri Real Estate Commission, CES currently trains nearly 20% of new licensees in the state. With the addition of American School students, CES will train approximately 32% of new Missouri licensees. According to Mark Barker, CEO of Career Education Systems, “American School of Real Estate has a long-standing tradition in St. Louis. St. Louis real estate professionals will now benefit from an expanded level of education programs and services.”
As part of the RealtyU® network of providers, former American School students will now have access to designations offered only by Career Education Systems. “Newly licensed professionals will now have the opportunity to jump start their careers with the Accredited Real Estate Professional (AREP®) and the Career Management Real Estate Professional (CMREP) designations. Experienced agents will benefit from cutting edge designation and continuing education programs” according to Barker.
Richard Linkemer, former owner of American School of Real Estate will retire from the classroom after 20 years of serving the real estate industry. Nearly 15 of those years were with American School. “Rich will be missed by his former students” says Barker, “but CES is proud to serve the St Louis real estate community.”
Kansas City-based Career Education Systems (CES), a real estate education company, operates schools across Missouri in Kansas City, Kansas City North, and St. Louis, as well as in Wichita, Kansas. Providing real estate education to licensees for over 25 years, CES offers salesperson and broker pre- and post-license courses, special designation courses and continuing education. CES is a RealtyU® Affiliate, the largest network of real estate schools in the nation with over 200 locations (http://www.realtyu.com). RealtyU® is committed to providing quality real estate education and improving the overall level of professionalism of real estate agents. For more information, log onto http://www.careereducationsystems.com.