FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Huizenga Holdings, Inc. (HH), has made a significant investment in e-learning company, VSCHOOLZ, Inc. Huizenga Holdings, Inc. is the private equity investment vehicle of Wayne Huizenga. Mr. Huizenga is a renowned South Florida entrepreneur who has built and led multiple corporations including seven Stock Exchange entities: AutoNation, Inc., Waste Management, Inc., Blockbuster, Inc., Republic Services, Inc., Extended Stay America, Inc., Boca Resorts, Inc, and Swisher Hygiene, Inc., four of which went on to become Fortune 500 Companies.
Wayne has always had a strong interest in education, making substantial donations to schools, foundations and philanthropic organizations; most notably establishing The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University, The Junior Achievement World Huizenga Center at Broward College, and The Huizenga Science Center at Pine Crest School all located in South Florida. As a recipient of the prestigious Horatio Alger Award, Wayne established The Horatio Alger Florida Scholarship Program which has enabled hundreds of students, who are in financial need and have dealt with difficult extenuating circumstances within their lives, to pursue higher education opportunities.
Recognizing that our nation's future and global presence lies in the quality of today's educational programs, Wayne believes in the strength of opportunities created through technology.
"Our group is extremely excited about this new partnership with VSCHOOLZ because it addresses the very important issue of educating our youth in a more comprehensive fashion that meets their needs in a digital society," remarked Wayne Huizenga, Huizenga Holdings, Inc. Chairman.
VSCHOOLZ was founded by a team of educators to provide a turnkey digital solution for schools or districts who want to launch their own virtual programs or support a blended learning environment in traditional schools. Powered by VSCHOOLZ gives schools and districts a fully integrated, customizable platform. Teachers are able to edit, change, remove, or adapt the content provided to fit their individualized classroom and school needs. All courses come complete with fully customizable interactive and engaging student activities, an e-text, assignments, quizzes and tests, and are delivered in a safe and user-friendly online environment, incorporating collaborative tools such as message boards, digital drop boxes, chat rooms, and teacher to teacher file sharing. This is a vastly new approach to education, based on the pedagogy of online instruction, tapping into how today's digital children learn.