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Colibri Group Announces Strategic Acquisition of Western Schools


Online Learning Leader Expands Career Management Services to
Healthcare Professionals Through Elite Learning, Advance Healthcare and
Western Schools

, an online education company with leading brands that provide
learning solutions to licensed professionals, today announced that the
company has acquired Western Schools, a leader in continuing education
(CE) for healthcare professionals.

"The acquisition of Western Schools allows us to better serve healthcare
professionals by providing them with a comprehensive destination for CE,
career management and opportunities, and industry news," said Mike
Duran, Chief Executive Officer of Colibri Group. "We are committed to
helping nurses and other healthcare professionals manage and advance
their careers. Western is a well-respected brand in healthcare education
and the addition of their high-quality courses to our course library
will enhance our ability to serve nurses and healthcare professionals."

For more than 30 years, Western Schools has been at the forefront of
professional CE, providing evidence-based, expert-authored,
peer-reviewed CE courses to more than one million healthcare
professionals, including nurses, advanced practice nurses, dental
professionals, physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory
therapists, speech-language pathologists, pharmacists, and registered

Western Schools is the latest in a series of acquisitions by Colibri
Group. Western Schools will join Colibri Group's healthcare brand, Elite
, which currently serves nursing and allied health
professions with CE content, career management resources, news, and
lifestyle content.

"We look forward to providing Western Schools' customers the same
quality courses and service they've grown to expect," said Janet
Blanner, General Manager of Elite Learning. "As Elite Learning
customers, they will be able to quickly find the education they need and
the professional development they want to meet state requirements, grow
their skills and advance their careers in a seamless experience, all
powered by our proprietary SaaS platform."

Colibri Group provides leading online
learning solutions to licensed professionals who strive to be among the
best in their fields. Through eight leading brands — Real Estate
Express, Securities Training Corporation, McKissock Learning, The
Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, Elite Professional Education,
Allied School, XCEL Testing Solutions, and Superior School of Real
Estate — the company serves more than 1,000,000 professionals each
education period in real estate, healthcare, and financial services
industries, among others. Colibri Group's comprehensive learning
platforms give working professionals a competitive edge throughout their
careers by combining continuing education with up-to-date information,
practical on-the-job application, and online accessibility. Visit
for more information.

Western Schools is a leader in
continuing education in the healthcare field, offering in-depth,
peer-reviewed courses
in nursing and behavioral health
. Through our process of quality
development and rigorous review, Western Schools offers healthcare
professionals the highest quality, convenient, and affordable courses
needed to fulfill their re-licensure, certification, and other
professional education needs. As a nationally accredited continuing
education provider, Western Schools offers more than 2,300 continuing
education hours across more than 40 specialties in nursing and
behavioral health. Since its founding in 1978, Western Schools has
served more than 1 million practitioners through its commitment to the
growth and lifelong learning of healthcare professionals. For more
information about Western Schools, visit

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