November 6, 2002 – (Cerritos CA) Aspen Education Group announced today the purchase of the Copper Canyon Academy in Rimrock, Arizona. Copper Canyon, with a capacity for 62 residential students, is a boarding school for girls ages 13-17 that are in need of a structured therapeutic environment. The program offers a warm, nurturing environment that promotes emotional and academic growth for every student. Tammy Behrmann, who founded Copper Canyon Academy, will stay on as Director.

“One of the distinguishing characteristics of Copper Canyon is their total focus and commitment to the success of every young woman and her family,” says Elliot Sainer, CEO of Aspen Education Group. “This commitment to quality is one of the reasons that our cultures will blend so effectively. We are pleased that this new program will be Aspen Education Group’s first all-girl school in its continuum of services.”

“We have laid the foundation for one of the finest therapeutic boarding schools in the country and now with the vast resources and expertise of the Aspen Education Group we have an even greater future,” said Tammy Behrmann, founder of the Copper Canyon Academy. “We are pleased to be joining up with the quality leader nationally for underachieving youth.”

To learn more about Copper Canyon Academy visit their web site at www.ccacademy.net or visit the Aspen Education Group home page at www.aspeneducation.com to learn of the vast array of services to youth and their families

Aspen Education Group provides educational programs that promote academic and personal growth to youth and their families. Aspen currently operates 47 locations in nine states, including eleven residential schools and eight experiential education programs and special education schools. In 2001, Aspen provided help to over 8,000 young people. Aspen offers students and their families, Help for Today and Hope for Tomorrow.