North Mankato, Minn. (May 25, 2022) — The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC), a nonprofit dedicated to breaking down educational barriers through virtual, interactive learning, announced today it has been named by the United States Distance Learning Association, known globally as USDLA, as a Gold winner for Innovation in Distance Learning in the Corporate category. 

Each year, USDLA recognizes innovators and leaders within the distance/digital learning industry as part of its International Award program. These highly coveted awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals who compete across several categories of excellence. The USDLA International Distance Learning Awards are created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary achievements through the use of online learning techniques, innovation, and video delivery technologies globally. 

“USDLA sets the standard for international distance learning education, and CILC is honored to receive such a prestigious award,” said Jan Zanetis, managing director, Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration. “CILC has worked hard over the last year to ensure our nonprofit is laser focused on narrowing opportunity gaps for students by providing interactive learning experiences that would otherwise be limited for underserved students.” 

“The International Award program continues to provide prestigious recognition for educational influencers around the world,” says Dr. Arletha McSwain, president of USDLA. “These award winners are truly leaders in the distance/digital learning industry and their work in support of pedagogy is unsurpassed.” 

About The United States Distance Learning Association 

The United States Distance Learning Association was founded in 1987 and is the first nonprofit in the United States to support distance learning research, development, and praxis across the complete arena of education, training, and communications. The learning communities that the USDLA addresses include pre-K/12, higher education, continuing education, corporate, military and government training, 

home schooling, and telehealth. USDLA’s mission is to support the development and application of digital and distance learning by focusing on legislation impacting the community and constituencies. 

About The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration 

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting young minds to unique and diverse content, breaking down educational access barriers, and narrowing the opportunity gap for underserved communities. Founded in 1994, CILC has been a leader in the interactive virtual learning space before “remote learning” and “virtual experiences” were catchphrases. Over the years, CILC has developed hundreds of partnerships with organizations including museums, zoos, and science and performing art centers and delivered 113,000 global programs to 3.5 million students worldwide. CILC is committed to changing lives by making learning accessible, regardless of physical location or financial means. For more information about CILC, please visit 

Media Contact: 

Aimee Armer – CILC 507-389-5107