International Education Corporation acquires SAGE Corporation

Founded in 1982, IEC is a national leader in post-secondary career education, offering short-term training programs, now including truck driver training.

SAGE enjoys an excellent reputation among students and employers of commercial drivers, who recognize SAGE schools for their focus on quality, safety and student outcomes. »

—Chris Thropp, SAGE Chair

IRVINE, CA, USA, May 3, 2022 / — International Society of Education (IEC) today announced the acquisition of The SAGE Corporation (SAGE), a Camp Hill, Pennsylvania-based company that operates SAGE Truck Driving Schools. SAGE and its employees have joined the IEC family of companies which also includes Florida Career College, United Education Institute (UEI), UEI College and US Colleges.

“For more than 40 years, International Education Corporation has provided vital access to career education through one of the largest networks of post-secondary schools in the country. Our strategy builds on our strong foundations, and IEC has identified truck driver training as an underserved area with huge demand,” said Dr. Fardad Fateri, Managing Director. “IEC will continue to serve students and employers by leveraging SAGE’s capabilities, core competencies and outstanding reputation. This acquisition will help us have an even greater transformational impact on skilled trades education in America. »

According to the American Trucking Association, a record 80,000 more truck drivers are currently needed to meet the nation’s freight demands, with the driver shortage expected to top 160,000 in less than a decade.

SAGE was founded by Gregg Aversa in 1989. The company has been under current Chairman Chris Thropp for 15 years. SAGE has grown over its 30+ year history to become one of the nation’s largest truck driver training providers.

“We are thrilled to join the IEC family,” said Thropp. “Our team looks forward to working with IEC to continue delivering on its promise to provide high quality workforce training for the transportation industry. With demand for drivers at an all-time high, this is an invaluable opportunity to leverage the expertise of IEC and SAGE and accelerate the footprint of driver training programs that deliver innovative training to students and businesses.

SAGE’s first location opened in Billings, Montana. Today, the company is headquartered in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Over three decades, SAGE grew its business, eventually expanding to 22 campuses in 12 states (CO, FL, ID, IN, MT, NC, NY, PA, SC, TX, UT, and WY).

“SAGE has an excellent reputation among students and employers of commercial drivers, who recognize SAGE schools for their focus on quality, safety and student outcomes,” Thropp said. “SAGE offers a variety of CDL training programs across the country for entry-level drivers starting a career in trucking, as well as innovative solutions for hundreds of companies that operate trucks as part of their business.

“We want to help SAGE by supporting its mission and its colleagues to create an even more meaningful impact across the country,” said Dr. Fateri. The company will continue to operate as SAGE Truck Driving Schools led by Chris Thropp, who will continue as President.

“SAGE will continue to operate as usual. IEC has a transition team in place to oversee the integration of SAGE into our operations,” added Dr. Fateri. “We are here for the long term. The growing demand for truck driver training programs in the midst of a national driver shortage has created an environment where there is significant demand for the work performed by SAGE. Now is the time to build on this momentum with a nationwide system of premier truck driver training schools.

About the International Society of Education
Founded in 1982, International Education Corporation (IEC) is a national leader in post-secondary vocational education, providing short-term training programs in high-demand verticals such as health care, skilled trades, business, technology and criminal justice. Based in Irvine, California, IEC is the parent company of Florida Career College, United Education Institute (UEI), UEI College, SAGE Truck Driving Schools and US Colleges. As an employee-owned organization, International Education Corporation and its subsidiaries are dedicated to the success of our students, our employees, and the communities we serve. We strive to foster personal and community transformation by empowering students to make positive and lasting life change. We do this by preparing our students with the knowledge and skills they need – both personal and professional – to work in today’s most promising and in-demand career fields. To learn more, visit

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