Education Corporation of America's Pettway to be Honored at Alabama Black Achievers Awards Gala

Jun 16, 2014

Montiqua Mathers Pettway

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – June 16, 2014Birmingham-based Education Corporation of America (ECA) is pleased to announce that Montiqua Mathers Pettway, Regional Human Resources Director of Diversity and Community Outreach, has been selected as a finalist in the Corporate Executive category of the 2014 Alabama Black Achievers Awards. Pettway and other African American leaders throughout the state will be recognized and honored for their contributions at the Alabama Black Achievers Awards Gala held Saturday, June 14 at the Sheraton Hotel.

Hosted by the Oliver Robinson Foundation and presented by Regions Financial Corporation, the Alabama Black Achievers Awards Gala is celebrating its seventh year of honoring African-American leaders for their community service in unselfishly giving of their time, talent and resources.

"I am honored to be considered by the Alabama Black Achievers Awards Gala for this award," says Pettway. "It is a pleasure to serve and give back to my community, both locally and nationally, and to make a difference in the lives of others. I am just one of many people doing great things for my state, and I am grateful to receive this recognition."

Pettway is an experienced professional, working in human resources, training and development for more than 13 years. At ECA, she serves as the thought leader for diversity affairs and is the liaison between ECA-owned schools, which total 33 ground locations and two online, and the Congressional Black Caucus. Pettway works to ensure that ECA's nationally accredited schools, including Virginia College, Golf Academy of America, Ecotech Institute and New England College of Business, welcome diversity, promote inclusion and remove societal, racial and other barriers to success. 

"Montiqua freely gives and invests in others both in her community and through her role at ECA," says David Kahn, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at ECA. "She is an excellent candidate for this award as her passion for community service and giving back to others is unmistakable. She lives by the notion that to whom much is given, much is required."

In the community, Pettway works with young people on career exploration, job preparation and life skills and is an active volunteer with Pathways and the local YWCA where she focuses on issues that empower women and lead to a path of efficacy. In addition, Pettway works to support efforts in the South Town projects to bring awareness of the love of God to inner city youth. She has been nominated to serve on the Junior Board of Directors for SafeHouse, an organization that empowers survivors of domestic and sexual violence through support and advocacy. Pettway also provides free consulting to minority business owners, offering 30-minute strategy sessions that focus on growth strategies and ideation for business development. 

Montiqua earned her MS in Human Resource Management from Webster University, a certification in training and development from the University of Alabama and an undergraduate degree in Communications and Speech from the University of Montevallo. 

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About Virginia College and Education Corporation of America
Birmingham, Ala.-based Education Corporation of America (ECA) is a leader in the post-secondary career school market with current enrollment of over 19,000 students. Holdings include Virginia College, founded in 1983, a private institution of higher education that offers non-degree and associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in 27 different cities in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. ECA also offers classes online via and operates Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College, Golf Academy of America schools in California, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas and Florida, and Ecotech Institute in Colorado. These schools are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) which is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

ECA also owns and operates New England College of Business in Massachusetts, a fully online college which is regionally accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and is licensed by Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

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