Distance learning program director recognized

Published on June 18, 2014
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Dr. James Hurrell (Michigan ’74), director of Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Technician Distance Education Program, received the United States Distance Learning Association’s 2014 International Distance Learning Award in May. 

​Dr. James Hurrell

The USDLA awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite, and blended-learning delivery technologies. 

John G. Flores, executive director of USDLA, said, “Penn Foster has raised the bar of excellence, and we are truly honored by Dr. Jim’s contributions within all distance learning constituencies.”

Penn Foster’s more than 9,500 enrolled veterinary technology students are located across the U.S. and earn an associate’s degree at graduation. The distance education program is one of eight recognized by the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities.

Before arriving at Penn Foster two years ago, Dr. Hurrell started the Veterinary Technology Program at Delgado Community College in Louisiana and was also program director at Macomb Community College in Michigan. In all, he has been a veterinary technology program director for over 30 years. Dr. Hurrell currently lives in Louisiana.