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Press Release November 22, 2013

Jessica Lynch, First Successfully Rescued POW since WWII, Providing Keynote for CCME's Annual Professional Development Symposium

The conference will take place February 10-13 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center

Savannah, Ga. — November 22, 2013 — Jessica Lynch will provide the keynote for this year’s Council of College and Military Educators' (CCME) 2014 Professional Development Symposium. She will speak on Tuesday, February 11th, overcoming difficult circumstances, and going on to successfully accomplish one's goals.

Lynch is a former Private First Class (PFC) in the United States Army who was injured and captured by Iraqi soldiers after her unit was ambushed on March 23, 2003. After nine days in captivity she was rescued by U.S. special operations forces. It the first successful POW rescue since World War II and the first ever of a female soldier.

"We are honored to have Ms. Lynch serve as our keynote speaker this year," said Dr. Mike Heberling CCME President "By sharing not only her military experiences with us, but her educational ones, as well, our attendees will have the opportunity to see the importance of what CCME does day in and day out. Ensuring that former soldiers like Ms. Lynch achieve their educational goals while earning the best education possible is crucial for the soldiers and for our country as a whole."

To register to attend this year's symposium or for more information, please visit: Early bird pricing for members and nonmembers is available for a limited time.

Additionally, CCME is now accepting applications for sponsors and exhibitors for this year's symposium.

With over 1,000 guests expected to join us in Savannah, this is the perfect opportunity for companies to make connections with individuals who feel passionately about supporting and making a difference in the lives of our military students who are serving around the world. For more information about these opportunities, please email:

About CCME:
CCME, a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1972 to promote, encourage, and deliver quality education to service members and their families in all branches of the armed services. Its membership is principally composed of military educators, civilian educators, post-secondary educational institutions, and suppliers of quality education products and services. For more information about CCME, visit: