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ProTrain CEO Betty Lucas-Gardner appointed Middle States Commissioner

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) announced on Monday, Sept. 12, the appointment of ProTrain CEO Betty Lucas-Gardner as commissioner. Lucas-Gardner, who lives in Raleigh, N.C., is one of five new commissioners.

“I am pleased to welcome Betty to Middle States as a commissioner,” MSA-CESS President Christian Talbot said. “Middle States accredits a wide variety of schools, including learning centers that are uniquely designed to prepare students for the workforce. We are certain to benefit from Betty’s extensive experience in this area.”

As CEO of ProTrain, Lucas-Gardner leads a team of educators that offer four modalities of training including classroom, live online synchronous, online asynchronous self-paced, and online asynchronous self-paced with scheduled mentored cohorts. These programs cover a wide range of disciplines including business, allied healthcare, information technology, industrial skilled trades, and green renewable energy.

Lucas-Gardner earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing education from North Carolina State University. Previously she was director of two computer training centers, and an instructor of technology and marketing.

“I am a strong proponent of Middle States accreditation, which provides tangible benefits to students, teachers, and staff at schools and learning centers all around the world,” said Lucas-Gardner. “I’m grateful for this opportunity to support Middle States’ mission and help school leaders on the path to continuous growth and improvement.”

The Middle States Commissions on Elementary Schools and Schools comprise 38 commissioners serving a three-year term and elected by the Middles States membership. Commissioners meet twice annually to review accreditation recommendations and the organization’s finances, policies, and strategic plan.

About ProTrain

ProTrain, an NC licensed proprietary school, is an affordable solution for students seeking to prepare for an in-demand career that will help move them and America forward to achieve the goal of Education 2 Employment! With learning modalities such as Self-Paced Online, In Classroom, and Live Online, students can achieve success in a way that best suits their needs. Founded in 2004, ProTrain offers quality training that meets local, regional, and national requirements. ProTrain provides a continuing education turnkey solution and partnership opportunities for institutions of higher learning to provide programs to various verticals such as Military Tuition Assistance (TA), Military Spouses (MyCAA), Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Unemployed (WIOA), Corporate and Individuals.

About Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS)

Based in Philadelphia, the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) is the worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. Since 1887, Middle States has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development and advance student achievement. With more than 2,600 accredited schools and school systems in nearly 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and in over 110 countries, MSA-CESS is proud of its continuing legacy and its ongoing innovations to meet the challenges of improving education in the 21st century. For more information visit