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    Hong Kong and Berlin, November 29, 2012 - NetDimensions (AIM: NETD; OTCQX: NETDY), a global provider of performance, knowledge, and learning management systems, today announced availability of the NetDimensions Talent Slate on iPad devices. Alex Poulos, NetDimensions’ Chief Marketing Officer said, "Tablets are the catalyst for the paradigm shift taking place with mobile learning. While most solution providers are still thinking of mobile as just another eLearning delivery modality, our approach to mobile learning is different because it truly puts the user in the center of the learning experience." According to International Data Corporation (IDC), by 2015 over 37% the world's workforce will be mobile. "Mobility is a critical aspect of how business is conducted today," commented Poulos. "Organizations now understand that they need to support their mobile workforce more effectively, and employees now expect a more personalized, on-demand learning experience wherever they are." NetDimensions Talent Slate is a native application on the iPad (and soon available on Android tablets) that enables organizations to make full use of their device investments by distributing and tracking relevant learning content, news, and reference materials directly at the point of need. It is designed specifically for tablets and it enables mobile learning and on-the-job performance support based on the NetDimensions Talent Suite, a fully integrated and practical Talent Management System. NetDimensions Talent Slate innovates in at least two major areas: Search-based navigation. NetDimensions Talent Slate enables users to navigate all the content and information stored in the NetDimensions Talent Suite via an intuitive search-based interface that accesses news, courses, reference materials, competencies, training records, and other learning or talent-related information and knowledge assets. Online & Offline Use. Search results from the NetDimensions Talent Suite are always available online and can also be tagged for offline use. This means that reference materials can be downloaded directly onto the tablet for use at the point of need, and that courses can be downloaded and then run on the tablet even when connectivity might not be readily available. Smart synchronization enables SCORM results to be synchronized with the NetDimensions Talent Suite when internet connectivity becomes available. Delegates at Online Educa Berlin 2012 this week will be able to see firsthand the capabilities of NetDimensions Talent Slate at stand B42 until Friday. For more information on NetDimensions Talent Slate, please visit www.netdimensions.com/slate.   About NetDimensions Established in 1999, NetDimensions (AIM: NETD; OTCQX: NETDY) is a global provider of performance, knowledge and learning management systems. NetDimensions provides companies, government agencies and other organizations with talent management solutions to personalize learning, share knowledge, enhance performance, foster collaboration, and manage compliance programs for employees, customers, partners and suppliers. Recognized as one of the talent management industry's top-rated technology suppliers in overall customer satisfaction, NetDimensions has been chosen by leading organizations worldwide including ING, Cathay Pacific, Hunter Douglas, Chicago Police Department, Delphi Automotive, and Travelex. NetDimensions is ISO 9001 certified and NetDimensions hosted services are ISO 27001 certified. For more information, visit www.NetDimensions.com or follow @netdimensions on Twitter.   Media Contact Robert Torio Senior Marketing Manager +852 2122 4500 media@netdimensions.com

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    WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2012-- Blackboard Inc. and Pearson have expanded the availability of an integration for Pearson's leading learning solution – MyLab & Mastering – with Blackboard Learn™, the market-leading learning management system (LMS). Previously available in North America, the integration is now available in most markets worldwide, the companies announced today. The systems integration includes single sign-on, improved workflows and state-of-the-art Web services that enable instructors to find and access MyLab & Mastering within their Blackboard learning system. Faculty can synchronize gradebooks, transfer information and create corresponding links in both systems. Instructors are also able to customize their courses by choosing content and rearranging items in the content area and course navigation bar. The expansion follows growing international interest in having quick access to Pearson's content and homework assignments, tutorials, gradebook and tools, learning solutions, and analytics directly in Blackboard's learning platforms. The integration, which was made available in  North America earlier this year, is already being used by hundreds of institutions. "The integration of MyLab & Mastering and Blackboard Learn has created not only a more enriched teaching and learning experience, but it also makes my job much more convenient," said Dr. Salim M. Salim, head of the Mathematics Department,Qatar University. "The single sign on, gradebook synchronization, personalized study paths and real-time evaluations allow me and my students to easily benefit from the powerful tools both systems offer." "We are excited to bring fast, easy access to Pearson's digital content and leading digital solutions into Blackboard's learning platforms all over the world," said Matthew Small, chief business officer at Blackboard. "This expanded partnership reduces the barriers felt internationally to these resources with a streamlined, powerful approach." "We are delighted to both continue our partnership with Blackboard and to expand it on a global scale. This ultimately allows us to bring our products and our digital content to even more teachers and students worldwide," commented Michelle Neil, Chief Learning Technologies Officer, International Higher Education at Pearson.  This joint announcement, made at Online Educa Berlin this week, marks a new level of convenience and simplicity for users. The collaboration is part of the companies' ongoing efforts to make it easier for teachers and students to find, use and share digital content and tools. Blackboard Learn, used by millions of students worldwide, allows institutions to take advantage of improved stability, greater workflow efficiencies for instructors and administrators and social learning tools. Through open APIs and standards-based interoperability, the Blackboard Learn platform supports a wide range of integrations for content and tools.  Pearson's MyLab & Mastering has changed the way millions of students learn and has supported successful redesign of college courses to effectively use technology to improve achievement and manage costs. Students receive a personalized learning experience, with online tutorials, homework, quizzes and tests that are automatically graded for instant feedback—freeing instructors to spend less time grading and more time working with their students. Demand for the MyLab & Mastering programs continues to soar across the globe at thousands of higher education institutions. MyLab & Mastering programs are available for over 80 different discipline offerings representing thousands of distinct titles used by over 10.4 million students. For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit http://www.blackboard.com/learn. For more information about Pearson, please visit www.pearsonhighered.com. About Blackboard Inc. Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. About Pearson Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO).  The company provides innovative print and digital education materials, including personalized learning programs such as MyLab and Mastering; educational services including custom publishing; and content-independent platforms including EQUELLA digital repository and Pearson LearningStudio for online learning programs. Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. SOURCE Blackboard Inc.; Pearson

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    City and Guilds are pleased to announce that they have acquired Kineo, a leading global learning and technology business. As an outcome of the acquisition, City & Guilds will also become part owners of Totara Learning Solutions, the open source learning technologies company that has developed Totara LMS, the custom version of Moodle for businesses. City & Guilds ambition is to create the world’s leading workplace learning company, and the Totara partnership is a key component of that strategy.   Chris Jones, Director General of City & Guilds commented “This is a really exciting development for the City & Guilds Group. At City & Guilds we believe a skilled workforce is the essential ingredient for economic growth; we help employers develop the skills they need to drive business performance.  We strongly believe in the power of technology to help businesses to keep learning, share knowledge, and perform at their best.” “As an organisation we are committed to ongoing research and investment in learning including Totara LMS. We are keen to invest and support the development of this exciting open source learning platform.” Richard Wyles, CEO of Totara Learning Solutions commented “With Kineo being a co-founder of Totara LMS, we have clearly worked in close partnership from the earliest designs and every step of the way. We’ll continue to build on those foundations and very much welcome the addition of the City & Guilds group.  City & Guilds has first-hand experience using Totara LMS and all parties can see significant synergies with a wider range of learning and technology services available. City & Guilds values are very much aligned to our team’s open source ethos, and our mission to transform the learning technologies marketplace through offering better value and flexibility. We are looking forward to a very exciting 2013 and beyond.” About City & Guilds City & Guilds is the number one vocational and work based skills organisation. City & Guilds operates in 91 countries and over 2 million people a year qualify with City & Guilds. It is a large and financially stable organisation which was founded over 130 years ago and has turnover in excess of £110m. www.cityandguilds.com About Totara Founded by Kineo, Flexible Learning Network and Catalyst IT, Totara Learning Solutions is a global alliance dedicated to fundamentally changing the nature of the LMS software market.  Totara is a commercial distribution of the open source platform, Moodle, and is available on a subscription basis which provides on-going support and enhancements. Totara can reduce a corporate enterprise's learning management costs significantly whilst providing some of the most advanced learning management functionality. From a simple concept; that open source software, developed with an active community, can deliver real benefits in learning and development for corporate organizations, comes a big vision; to transform corporate learning. Totara is delivering this vision through; Driving down costs with zero license fees Delivering peace of mind with commercial support Collaborative models of innovation Making customisation easy Ensuring freedom from vendor lock in Over 170 organisations have already selected Totara LMS. These include large corporations with over 200,000 employees to small enterprises. Totara LMS clients come from a variety of sectors, including finance, retail, energy, health, government and the not-for-profit sector.  

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    Monday, 3 December, 2012 – City & Guilds is pleased to announce it has acquired Kineo, a leading global learning and technology company, with the aim of creating the leading workplace learning company. Employers will now be able to benefit from Kineo’s innovative learning technology coupled with City & Guilds’ industry-leading quality assurance and qualifications. Kineo will continue to operate under the same brand, as part of the City & Guilds Group. City & Guilds has also acquired Kineo’s share of Totara LMS, a custom version of Moodle for businesses. Chris Jones, CEO and Director General of City & Guilds, said: "We’re thrilled to welcome Kineo into the City & Guilds Group. Like Kineo, we believe in the power of technology to help businesses keep learning, sharing knowledge, and performing at their best. Together we aim to create the leading workplace learning company, as we believe a skilled workforce is the essential ingredient for economic growth." Steve Rayson, Managing Director of Kineo commented: "This is a terrific next step in the growth of Kineo. From the beginning, we’ve aimed to help transform performance through learning with great design and innovative technology." "We’re proud to become part of an organisation with such an important purpose: ‘To enable people and organisations to develop their skills for personal and economic growth’. Together I’m convinced we will transform learning in the workplace." City & Guilds and Kineo will be able to offer a rich range of learning services to help employers drive business performance by: securing their talent pipeline, reducing staff turnover remaining compliant up-skilling staff to stay ahead of changing industry needs improving productivity reducing costs The combined services will include: training consultancy blended learning development and delivery – online learning platforms and mobile devices accreditation and assessment, including City & Guilds and ILM qualifications Rayson continued: "This is a huge step forward in extending our services to employers. We’ll be able to do even more to help them succeed with our enhanced range of services, scale of delivery and global reach – supporting their people development strategies, and helping drive their business performance."

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    Hong Kong and Shanghai, December 4, 2012 - NetDimensions (AIM: NETD; OTCQX: NETDY), a global provider of performance, knowledge, and learning management systems, announced today that Eisai China Limited has completed its upgrade to NetDimensions Talent Suite to meet its ever growing learning and talent management needs. NetDimensions began its partnership with Eisai back in year 2005. The initial implementation of NetDimensions’ Learning Management System (LMS) was used to train a select number of employees from the business development division on corporate culture and key business knowledge. As Eisai continues to grow and the average age of the workforce continues to drop, the company decided to upgrade to the state-of-the-art NetDimensions Talent Suite in order to meet increasing demands for high-quality training and efficient talent development. "We expect the upgrade to the NetDimensions Talent Suite will enhance our analytical capabilities with more sophisticated reports and support us to offer more blended learning programs. We want to narrow down the competency gaps and offer intensive compliance training with online exams. The embedded Instant Messaging tools can provide another channel to motivate peer-to-peer learning and communication within the company. Eisai is also planning to utilize the competency and performance management features offered in NetDimensions Talent Suite to establish a true talent management platform for our employees,“ said Mr. Yixin Jiang, IT Application Project Supervisor of Eisai. “The new upgrade once again reconfirmed our decision of choosing NetDimensions as our learning and development solution since 7 years ago. To keep up with the continuous changing and growing business of Eisai, our talent and learning management system provider needs to have a strong product development and service support team that constantly improve the product and bring in new innovations to meet our evolving needs,” Jiang added. Charles Cheng, General Manager of NetDimensions China, noted, “Eisai China Inc. is one of the earliest NetDimensions clients in China. We are excited to witness the prominent growth of both companies in the 7 years we worked together. The upgrade to NetDimensions Talent Suite has marked another milestone in our partnership journey. We are dedicated to continue supporting Eisai China’s learning and talent strategy.”  About Eisai China Inc. Eisai China Inc. is a pharmaceutical company wholly-owned by Eisai Co., Ltd. (Eisai), a Japanese multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Tokyo, with strong R&D capabilities. Eisai has been smoothly developing its business in China since the early 1990s, starting with the establishment of Shenyang Eisai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. followed by the establishment of Eisai Suzhou Pharmaceutical Co., a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Suzhou Industrial Park. Eisai China, Inc. currently promotes more than 10 pharmaceutical brands in China, specializing in the Central Nervous System, Digestive System, Endocrine and Orthopedic areas. For more information, visit http://www.eisai.com.cn/en/index_en.php  About NetDimensions Established in 1999, NetDimensions (AIM: NETD; OTCQX: NETDY) is a global provider of performance, knowledge and learning management systems. NetDimensions provides companies, government agencies and other organizations with talent management solutions to personalize learning, share knowledge, enhance performance, foster collaboration, and manage compliance programs for employees, customers, partners and suppliers. Recognized as one of the talent management industry's top-rated technology suppliers in overall customer satisfaction, NetDimensions has been chosen by leading organizations worldwide including ING, Cathay Pacific, Hunter Douglas, Chicago Police Department, Delphi Automotive, and Travelex. NetDimensions is ISO 9001 certified and NetDimensions hosted services are ISO 27001 certified. For more information, visit www.NetDimensions.com or follow @netdimensions on Twitter.

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    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6, 2012 – Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY), a premier global provider of talent management solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Minneapolis-based PDI Ninth House, a leading, globally-recognized provider of leadership solutions.In business for over 45 years, PDI Ninth House (PDINH) operates out of more than 20 global locations. The firm is widely regarded for its comprehensive suite of assessment, leadership development and technology-enabled offerings, helping clients to maximize the quality and strength of their leaders.“We believe the combined suite of talent management offerings, rich intellectual property and world-class people will immediately increase Korn/Ferry’s depth and scale in being the most relevant leadership organization in the world,” said Gary D. Burnison, CEO of Korn/Ferry International. “PDI Ninth House not only has capabilities that are a strong fit for our clients, but they share our same vision that despite all of the technological innovations of the past century, it is still great people that drive business success.”“PDI Ninth House looks forward to joining Korn/Ferry,” said RJ Heckman, President and CEO of PDI Ninth House. “I believe that with the combined strength of our complementary services and aligned approach to R&D and developing new and innovative solutions, we will be unlike anything ever seen in the leadership industry. With Korn/Ferry, we have a partner with a powerhouse brand, global reach and the same passion for delivering leading edge talent management solutions.”PDINH will be part of Korn/Ferry’s Leadership and Talent Consulting segment. Like Korn/Ferry, PDINH emphasizes the importance of research-based, intellectual property as the basis of its talent management solutions. The firm is also recognized as a leading provider of technology-driven talent management solutions, including an online platform that delivers hundreds of published titles consumed via the web and widely embraced e-Coaching capabilities, as well as interactive learning tools.Under the terms of the merger agreement, Korn/Ferry will pay approximately $80 million in cash at closing for 100% of the equity of PDINH, which is currently on a $90 million to $100 million annual fee revenue run-rate. Korn/Ferry will pay up to $15 million of additional cash consideration based on the realization of synergies achieved during the 18 months commencing on the closing date. The transaction will be financed with cash on hand.The acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings in the first year of Korn/Ferry ownership. Korn/Ferry expects to close the acquisition by the end of the year, subject to the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and other customary closing conditions.Wells Fargo Securities served as financial advisor to Korn/Ferry in connection with the transaction.About Korn/Ferry International Korn/Ferry International is a premier global provider of talent management solutions, with a presence throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The firm delivers services and solutions that help clients cultivate greatness through the attraction, engagement, development and retention of their talent. Visitwww.kornferry.com for more information on Korn/Ferry International, and www.kornferryinstitute.com for thought leadership, intellectual property, and research. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements as contemplated by the 1995 Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.  Statements including words such as “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast,” “intend,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “seek,” or similar expressions are forward-looking statements. These statements include expectations regarding the acquisition, including expected benefits and synergies of the transaction, future financial and operating results, future opportunities for the combined businesses and other statements regarding events or developments that Korn/Ferry believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future. Because these statements reflect the Korn/Ferry’s current expectations, estimates and projections, these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results in the future to differ materially from the results projected or implied in any forward-looking statements contained in this press release. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements included herein, including, but not limited to: the acquisition may disrupt Korn/Ferry’s current business operations and Korn/Ferry may not be able to successfully manage its growth or integrate the acquired operations; Korn/Ferry may not be able to retain key personnel; clients may not react favorably to the acquisition; and the expected closing date of the acquisition may be delayed or the acquisition may not close at all.  For further information regarding the risks associated with Korn/Ferry’s business, please refer to Korn/Ferry’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.  Korn/Ferry disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.                                                                                               ###

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    Coppell, TX 30 Nov 2012--Windmill learning LLC has announced the launch of its new online store to buy ready-made custom Articulate skins for Studio ‘09. The store has an extensive library of over 90 beautifully-designed skins across various categories. Apart from a huge collection of custom skins, the store also offers free skins for download and various discount schemes for customers. A new web-store for buying ready-to-use Articulate skins has been launched by Windmill Learning with a collection of over 90 Articulate skins and growing. These skins are simple installable files that can be purchased, downloaded, and installed on any machine running Articulate Studio 09 to publish courses with a completely different look and feel. The web store offers Articulate skins in different categories to cater to different needs. Each type of skin has been designed with a distinct set of features and functionality. The skin types include: Standard Skins: These retain the default features and layout of an Articulate course player but with and enhanced look and feel. Standard Plus Skins: The layout of the default Articulate Player is redesigned with the menu appearing as a pop-up instead of a standard menu on the left. Advanced Skins: These skins allow the advanced developers to utilize the entire width of the Articulate player so that you can embed Flash, Captivate and Camtasia simulations. Premium Skins: These skins allow developers to switch to multiple views within the same skin depending on the content. The store aims to become the largest library of ready-made custom Articulate skins for Articulate developers across training departments of corporate houses as well as eLearning companies. Windmill Learning has announced that some of its products will be made available for free download every month. The store also offers discounts of 30% for non-profit organizations and special lifetime discounts for eLearning developers. An Advanced skin from Windmill Learning is also featured on the Articulate community Website, and is available for free download. Windmill Learning’s President, Karl Monterio said, “This collection of Articulate skins is a way to combine the amazing flexibility of authoring and publishing courses in Articulate with a look and feel of a custom Flash course. Clients spend thousands of dollars per learning hour on creating custom Flash courses when they can give their existing Articulate courses a much richer look at a fraction of the cost. Our library of skins is the largest collection of ready-to-install Articulate Skins in the world, and we plan to add new products each month catering to the needs of our customers.” Windmill learning has worked towards making the system self-sufficient for users by providing support content in terms of video tutorials, installation guides, and detailed FAQs, so that users can download and get started right away. About Windmill Learning Windmill Learning LLC is a US-based learning solution provider offering a mix of products and services that are high-quality and cost-effective. In addition to ready-made Articulate skins, Windmill Learning also offers services to our customers including designing custom Articulate Skins, creating custom courses in Articulate Studio, creating mLearning courses using Storyline, Lectora, Captivate, and custom HTML5, and providing multi-language course development services including translation, audio recording, and localization services to create courses in over 50 languages. To know more, visit: http://customskins.windmilllearning.com

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    ELKRIDGE, Md., Dec. 11, 2012-- Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) announced today that it has been awarded a base contract with three option years with the Defense Security Service (DSS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), to provide continued support for their SumTotal Learning Management System (LMS) known as the Security Training, Education and Professionalization Portal (STEPP). GP Strategies is the incumbent DSS STEPP services provider and has been delivering professional consulting and technical services support to DSS since 2009.   GP Strategies estimates that the contract has a value of approximately $7.5 million if the current level of support continues for the base year and all option years, with the potential for greater value if additional services are procured. DSS has contracted GP Strategies to provide comprehensive technical and level-2 support for STEPP and its 120,000 users. In this role, GP Strategies directly supports the Center for Development of Security Excellence in carrying out its mission of providing security education and training to DoD and other U.S. Government personnel, and DoD contractors. Bill Finegan, GP Strategies Vice President, said, "The recent award of the DSS STEPP support services contract enhances GP Strategies' reputation as an organization that values and cultivates long-term customer relationships. After three years of supporting their SumTotal LMS, we are excited to have the opportunity to both extend and expand our relationship with the DSS team, and we look forward to supporting their current and future learning technology needs." For more information about GP Strategies' learning solutions, visit http://learningsolutions.gpstrategies.com/. About GP Strategies GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) is a global performance improvement solutions provider of sales and technical training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies' solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services, customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers. Additional information may be found at www.gpstrategies.com. © 2012 GP Strategies Corporation. All rights reserved. GP Strategies and the GP Strategies logo design are trademarks of GP Strategies Corporation. SOURCE GP Strategies

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    Westborough, MA – November 29, 2012 ‐ The Training Associates™ (TTA ™), the world’s #1 provider of training professionals and solutions, announced today the appointment of Scott Tate as Senior Director of Marketing. Scott will be leading the marketing team and its initiatives.    Mr. Tate is a technology marketing and sales veteran with extensive expertise and experience in messaging and positioning, demand generation, sales enablement, and marketing strategy. He most recently was an independent marketing and messaging consultant to technology companies. Previously, he served as Director of Product Marketing at Dimensional Insight (Burlington, MA), Director of Product Marketing at Brainshark (Waltham, MA), and Vice President of Marketing at TotalView Technologies (Natick, MA).  A resident of Hopkinton, MA, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Semiotics (Communications) from Brown University.    “We are excited to have Scott join The Training Associates,” said Maria Melfa, President of The Training Associates.  His extensive marketing experience and knowledge, as well as his boundless energy, will be a big asset to our marketing efforts and a big factor in our aggressive growth plans.”  “It’s an honor and a thrill to be part of such a successful and growth-oriented company,” said Tate. “TTA’s unmatched experience, management systems, and network of training professionals present a compelling value proposition for corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and other organizations looking to develop, design, deliver, and manage training programs for their personnel.”  About The Training Associates Founded in 1994, The Training Associates has become the largest and most trusted worldwide provider of learning and development consultants for IT and professional business skills training. The Training Associates’ rigorous candidate qualification process has earned the company an outstanding reputation in the industry for contracting with only the highest quality learning professionals. Clients rely on The Training Associates for a full‐spectrum of award‐winning training delivery solutions including: scalable trainer resources, learning consulting, project management, train‐the‐trainer, courseware, curriculum development, and large‐scale roll‐out services.  Learn more at: www.thetrainingassociates.com

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    CORK, IRELAND and HONG KONG; December 19, 2012 - QUMAS, a leader in Compliance and Quality Management Solutions for the Life Sciences industry, and NetDimensions (AIM: NETD; OTCQX: NETDY), a global provider of performance, knowledge, and learning management systems, today announced an innovative new partnership that will enable organizations to manage all of their compliance and training requirements via a single, integrated compliance solution. The partnership will combine the highly acclaimed electronic document management solution, QUMAS DocCompliance, with NetDimensions Learning, an award-winning, multilingual LMS (Learning Management System) that enables organizations to manage the entire learning and development process from enrollment and delivery to testing, tracking, and reporting, as well as offer a highly personalized learning environment with individual development plans, competencies, licenses, and certifications. The user experience is seamless between the two products as users can create, register for, and take eLearning courses constructed from documents managed by QUMAS DocCompliance. The combined solution provides a highly scalable and configurable environment for launching, tracking, and managing interactive corporate compliance training. For example, employees can access corporate policies, company training modules or any SCORM-compliant content by simply logging on, registering for courses, and launching the modules. Dashboards and exportable reports detail user progress, grades, courses enrolled, and time spent taking courses to assist supervisors and managers in tracking operational compliance. Additionally, content and documents from QUMAS can be easily browsed and converted into effective and measurable training. Finally, popular third-party courseware can be easily imported, launched, and tracked within NetDimensions Learning, dramatically reducing the time needed to create and deliver critical training. "We are delighted to announce this partnership with NetDimensions," said Kevin O’Leary, CEO for QUMAS. "We put considerable thought and effort into selecting the best LMS for our client base and NetDimensions Learning was definitively the winner. A common cross-industry compliance requirement is that employees be properly trained on relevant policies and procedures, and that organizations be able to demonstrate that this training has taken place. It is difficult to be in a state of compliance if you are using disconnected solutions to manage your policies and procedures and your training and so the QUMAS suites now provides users with a integrated solution for tracking and managing training compliance, and further enhances the QUMAS Compliance Platform." Jay Shaw, NetDimensions CEO and Managing Director, was equally pleased with this new partnership: "QUMAS is a leading provider of Electronic Document Management Systems (EDMS) to the Life Sciences industry and we are delighted to form this strategic partnership with them. The integration between the NetDimensions Talent Suite and the QUMAS EDMS will be a great enabler to organizations dealing with the difficult task of compliance regulations worldwide. We look forward to a long and very fruitful partnership."   About QUMAS QUMAS is the leader in Enterprise Compliance Solutions with more than 250 global customer deployments and two decades of experience helping companies in highly regulated industries. QUMAS is a Gold Microsoft Partner, and provides the QUMAS Compliance Platform on SharePoint 2010, Documentum, Oracle or SQL. For more information, visit www.qumas.com.   About NetDimensions Established in 1999, NetDimensions (AIM: NETD; OTCQX: NETDY) is a global provider of performance, knowledge and learning management systems. NetDimensions provides companies, government agencies and other organizations with talent management solutions to personalize learning, share knowledge, enhance performance, foster collaboration, and manage compliance programs for employees, customers, partners and suppliers. Recognized as one of the talent management industry's top-rated technology suppliers in overall customer satisfaction, NetDimensions has been chosen by leading organizations worldwide including ING, Cathay Pacific, Hunter Douglas, Chicago Police Department, Delphi Automotive, and Travelex. NetDimensions is ISO 9001 certified and NetDimensions hosted services are ISO 27001 certified. For more information, visit www.NetDimensions.com or follow @netdimensions on Twitter.

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    SANTA MONICA, Calif., December 11, 2012 – With the impending fiscal cliff, a lack of sustainable job creation and an expectation of relatively high unemployment for the foreseeable future dominating national discussions, there’s another serious issue looming for employers in 2013: the skills gap. Organizations challenged with a lack of talent must act now or suffer the fate of losing their competitive edge, whether it is closing their skills gap or retaining existing employees, according to the results of a new Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD) survey conducted by Kelton.  The research reveals that more than 19 million Americans are planning to change jobs in the next year. And with the average cost to recruit and train one employee estimated at 2.5 times an employee’s salary, U.S. businesses are looking at a steep price tag of $2 trillion on potential employee turnover.*  The survey also reveals three concerns that face nearly every company today:  Increasing absence of ongoing training and development. In the past six months, only about a third (32 percent) of employed American adults has received training and development to better perform their job.  Misaligned goals and expectations between managers and employees. Only one in four respondents (25 percent) has established career goals with their manager/employer.  Lack of individual recognition and performance feedback. Two-thirds (66 percent) said they haven’t received useful feedback from their manager/employer.  “The worldwide skills shortage is quickly becoming a crisis across companies of all sizes and industries,” said Jason Corsello, vice president of corporate strategy and marketing for Cornerstone OnDemand, a global leader in cloud-based talent management software solutions. “Unfortunately there is no silver bullet to address the global skills shortage, but companies can take action to build programs today and invest more in ongoing training and continuous feedback for their employees.”  The survey highlights four opportunities for employers to evolve their people management and development strategies in the coming year and help them narrow the skills gap, increase engagement and retain talented employees:  Reskilling high-potential employees and filling critical roles. To address skill gaps and fill critical roles, organizations should look to their own workforce for high-potential employees vs. relying on external candidates. Reskilling employees with targeted training helps to bolster talent pools and prepare for future business needs.  Coaching-style performance management. Rather than waiting for formal reviews, managers need to foster a more continuous, meaningful dialogue with direct reports and create opportunities for real-time performance coaching and one-on-one feedback. Employee goals should be more in sync with business objectives, as well as their own career aspirations. And training and development becomes a more essential part of the mix in order to make performance and career discussions more actionable.  Crowdsourcing performance feedback and recognition. Social feeds and badges can help managers extend the feedback loop to other parties, such as peers or project teams. Sharing of feedback and recognition becomes more immediate, real-time and relevant. Not only can this give managers better insight into how employees are truly performing, it also allows employees to curate positive feedback and kudos in a central location that they can reference for more formal discussions.  Just-in-time training and development. Whether it is through social networks, mobile devices or in the cloud, today’s technologies can make it easier and more convenient for employees to access the just-in-time information and training they need to do their jobs to the best of their abilities anytime, anywhere. When blended with traditional development opportunities, these new ways of learning can help to create efficiencies and lower the cost of training initiatives.    For more information about Cornerstone OnDemand, visit www.csod.com. To follow Cornerstone OnDemand on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/cornerstoneinc. To read the Cornerstone OnDemand blog, visit www.csod.com/blog.   About the Survey The Cornerstone OnDemand employee survey was conducted by Kelton, a leading national public opinion company, between November 23 and November 26, 2012 among 494 nationally representative employed Americans ages 18 and over, using an email invitation and an online survey. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 4.4 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample. The margin of error for any subgroups will be slightly higher.   For a comprehensive report of the findings, please visit: http://www.cornerstoneondemand.com/resources/research/survey-2013   About Cornerstone OnDemand Cornerstone OnDemand is a leading global provider of comprehensive learning and talent management solutions. We enable organizations to meet the challenges they face in empowering their people and maximizing the productivity of their human capital. Our integrated software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution consists of the Cornerstone Recruiting Cloud, the Cornerstone Performance Cloud, the Cornerstone Learning Cloud and the Cornerstone Extended Enterprise Cloud. Our clients use our solution to source and recruit top talent, develop employees throughout their careers, engage employees effectively, improve business execution, cultivate future leaders, and integrate with their external networks of customers, vendors and distributors. We currently empower over 10.3 million users across 186 countries and in 38 languages.   *Sources and Statistics   Number of employed people in the U.S.: 143,549,000 (Source: http://bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t01.htm); 13.3% are planning to leave their jobs in the next year: 19,092,017 (Source: Kelton / Cornerstone OnDemand research ) Average wage index for 2011: $42,979.61 (Source: http://ssa.gov/oact/cola/awidevelop.html) Number of firms in the U.S.: 21,351,320 (Source: http://www.census.gov/econ/smallbus.html) Average cost to recruit and train one employee is estimated at 2.5 times an employee’s salary = $107449.02 (Source: Deloitte 2009, “Managing Talent in a Turbulent Economy: Clearing the Hurdles to Recovery”) Overall cost to U.S. businesses: $2,051,418,516,473.34   # # #

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    Global Training Solutions Inc. of Mississauga, Ontario is excited to announce the availability of the fully interactive Electrical Maintenance Online Training Series.  The engaging e-Learning series emphasizes the use of real-world video, interactive learning techniques and comprehensive tracking to ensure active employee participation and retention.  The Electrical Maintenance training courses have been designed to include the following key components:  -       Course Introduction -       Stated Learning Objectives -       Learning Helps - Including a Main Menu with a Course Outline and Glossary of Terms -       Interactive Course Modules – In-depth content, using any combination of demonstrative examples, still and animated graphics, integrated video, review activities, practice questions and rolling audio transcription. -       Integrated Workbooks -       Pre & Post Tests - To validate learning needs before the training and the level of achieved skill knowledge after training.  Real-World Situations – Training built around original (non-stock), incident-based video footage puts the student “on location.” Situational examples drive retention on procedures, troubleshooting and hazardous events. Interactive Approach – Emphasis on engaging adult learning techniques including; object-based interactivity (“click on image to learn more”), drag and drop mechanisms, ongoing knowledge checks, pop-up glossaries, and back-and-forth capabilities. Extensive Support Guides – Detailed workbooks and glossaries are invaluable on the job reference tools and are integrated into the online training. These are available online during the training and as printable PDFs. These are especially effective in supporting compliance-driven education. Comprehensive Evaluations and Progress Tracking – Flexible pre-test, knowledge checks and post-test evaluation methods with configurable passing levels, student grading and progress tracking, all managed via an integrated online learning management platform.  Training Course Titles include:  Bearings Circuit Breakers Compressors Control Systems Diagrams Electric Motors Electrical Level 1 Electrical Level 2 Electrical Maintenance Electrical Theory Electrical Wiring Forklifts Gears Hydraulics Lubrication Math Pipes and Valves Pumps Rigging Safety Seals Shaft Alignment Tools Vibration Analysis Welding  To request additional information or to view a demo of the program, please send your e-mail requests to info@globaltrainingsolutions.ca or by calling 416-806-5777.  Additional information can also be found by visiting the Industrial Skills Series at:  www.globaltrainingsolutions.ca   Global Training Solutions Inc. P.O. Box 26067 3163 Winston Churchill Blvd. Mississauga , Ontario Canada L5L 5W7  Tel. (416) 806-5777 Email: info@globaltrainingsolutions.ca Website: www.globaltrainingsolutions.ca

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    London, United Kingdom; January 10, 2013 - NetDimensions (AIM: NETD; OTCQX: NETDY), a global provider of performance, knowledge, and learning management systems, and Larmer Brown, a certified reseller for NetDimensions’ award-winning learning and talent management products, has announced that Thames Water, the UK’s largest water and wastewater services provider, has chosen NetDimensions Learning to support the upgrade of its SCADA systems. Thames Water has chosen NetDimensions Learning as the learning management portal for the 2,000 users utilising the new SCADA systems, with Larmer Brown providing the installation, configuration, training and technical support. The utilities company needed a solution that will not only serve as a delivery platform for the project’s training content but also provide the ability to track and report. SCADA – supervisory control and data acquisition – is the name for the systems that monitor and control Thames Water’s operational assets and their performance. Thames Water’s five-year SCADA programme is replacing the site systems on over 60 sites, as well as more than 7,000 pieces of equipment. Janice Brown, managing director of Larmer Brown, said: "We are very pleased Thames Water has selected the NetDimensions platform to help roll out their SCADA programme. We are impressed with the solutions offered by NetDimensions and feel their eLearning capabilities can bring considerable benefits to Thames Water, not only in terms of time and cost savings but also in delivering a solution that will enable them to publish and structure all of their SCORM content from any source, no matter what content development tool they use." Kathryn Moore of Thames Water, senior manager on the SCADA programme, said: "We have great confidence in Larmer Brown’s abilities having used them on previous projects. NetDimensions Learning was chosen because it is an cost-effective solution that meets all of our requirements in terms of functionality as well as offering a flexible look and feel so that, with the support of Larmer Brown, we can create a truly intuitive and easy to use learning environment for the crucial training we are doing with more than 2,000 employees across Thames Water." Liam Butler, General Manager at NetDimensions (UK) Limited said: "We are very excited to have Larmer Brown as part of NetDimensions' global reseller network and to begin our partnership by jointly delivering a very successful implementation for Thames Water’s SCADA programme."  About Thames Water With 4,500 employees, the UK’s largest water and sewerage company serves 14 million customers across London and the Thames Valley in the United Kingdom. Thames Water supplies an average of 2,600 million litres of drinking water per day, operating and maintaining 100 water treatment works, 30 raw water reservoirs, 288 pumping stations and 235 underground service reservoirs. The company is owned by Kemble Water Limited, a consortium of institutional investors managed by the Macquarie Capital Funds (Europe) Limited. For more information visit: www.thameswater.co.uk  About Larmer Brown Located in North Hampshire, Larmer Brown Consulting offers the NetDimensions Learning and NetDimensions eLearning solutions to clients as part of its business transformation, content development and training services. Larmer Brown has provided change management and learning solutions to corporate clients since 1984. Previously a classroom training company with five regional offices, they have evolved into a services organisation closely associated with large ERP projects. Larmer Brown’s primary objective is to help organisations realise the desired business benefit from their software applications, through successful User Adoption Programmes. For more information visit: www.larmerbrown.com  About NetDimensions Established in 1999, NetDimensions (AIM: NETD; OTCQX: NETDY) is a global provider of performance, knowledge and learning management systems. NetDimensions provides companies, government agencies and other organizations with talent management solutions to personalize learning, share knowledge, enhance performance, foster collaboration, and manage compliance programs for employees, customers, partners and suppliers. Recognized as one of the talent management industry's top-rated technology suppliers in overall customer satisfaction, NetDimensions has been chosen by leading organizations worldwide including ING, Cathay Pacific, Hunter Douglas, Chicago Police Department, Delphi Automotive, and Travelex. NetDimensions is ISO 9001 certified and NetDimensions hosted services are ISO 27001 certified. For more information, visit www.NetDimensions.com or follow @netdimensions on Twitter.  Media Contacts Robert Torio Senior Marketing Manager, NetDimensions +852 2122 4500 media@netdimensions.com Helen Ewins Marketing Manager, Larmer Brown +44 1256 607220 helen.ewins@larmerbrown.com  

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    On November 1-3, Duke CE India part-sponsored India’s largest ChiefLearning Officers (CLO) Summit in Mumbai, which drew close to 300 L&D professionals from all over India. The event included high-profile speakers such as India’s prominent L&D Heads, Academics, Authors, Politicians, Nobel Laureates, Bollywood Directors, and Sporting figures. Duke CE’s CEO Mike Canning, along with Managing Director Nikhil Raval, faculty Dr. Sudhanshu Palsule and clients Aditya Birla Group and Genpact had a 90-minute panel session on “Grooming Business Leaders.” Our clients Aditya Birla Group and Genpact shared innovative examples from their work in learning and development to show what is possible. They also shared their stories and approaches, and the compelling case for building leaders with our support in their respective organizations. Canning framed the challenge of why we need leaders who are equipped differently to deal with the pace of change, global interdependency, unpredictability and volatility, drawing on Duke CE’s current CEO Study “Leadership in Context.” Canning explained: “The global economy continues to show signs of slowing down; however, the war for talent and the need to develop talent does not.” There are three primary drivers that underpin these needs: the long-term shortage supply vs. demand for key technical and leadership talent. As economies in the west continue to suffer from brain drain from retiring baby boomers, high-growth markets like India with more youthful demographics, feel the effect of over-stretching and over-promoting young executives to fill those gaps.  Secondly, knowledge and talent will continue to become a more dominant source of competitive advantage, and as such, the quality of skilled talent is now seen as a vital strategic lever or operational risk.  Finally, most large organizations around the world are pinning a significant portion of their future growth on regional or global expansion. On the supply side, most education systems are not keeping pace with a rapidly changing world, consequently, not turning out a sufficient number of “technically and professionally ready leaders.” Financial Times reported Deepak Chandra, deputy dean of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad in May 2012, saying, “The rate of economic growth requires high-quality talent. The availability of quality education in the past was not adequate.”1 The panel members indicated as the market in India grows, so does the need for custom executive programs. Companies and individuals are learning each day the importance of building and maintaining high-quality talent – and in many cases, younger talent. Specific to India, it was highlighted how the country’s demographics and educational system has set the stage for the need for development. Despite India’s age advantage (672 million people from the age of 15 and 64), there is a lack of business-ready graduates. Many of the key growth sectors are also experiencing talent deficits such as infrastructure, organized retail and aviation. India must respond to this shortage by creating a stronger and wider educational infrastructure, building schools for the Sunrise Sector (energy, aviation, and creativity). The panel ended on a high note as Canning left the group with the enormous but exciting challenge of developing leaders who are equipped for success in the new global reality — a challenge that requires all of us to pick up our games as L&D professionals around the world. On the final day, Sudhanshu Palsule, award-winning educator and author of several books, led a Master Class on “Creating Inspirational Leadership.” Palsule is a leading global thinker, who helps educate boards and senior management teams on how to communicate and act effectively in an increasingly volatile world by bringing resolution, energy and the right action to teams. The Master Class was aimed at explaining what inspirational leadership means, and how we can develop these leaders and create an organization that can thrive in a time of rapid transformation and ambiguity.  As the pace of change continues to increase, Indian professionals need skills and creativity to remain one step ahead. The India CLO Summit created an exciting opportunity to share innovative examples and demonstrate how to adapt to business challenges in order to successfully lead in an ever-changing world. ___________ 1 Bradshaw, Della. “Pieces of the Action.” Financial Times, 13 May 2012.

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    Duke Corporate Education (Duke CE) has been ranked the world’s #1 provider of custom executive education, according to the 14 May 2012 edition of the Financial Times. This is the tenth consecutive year that Duke CE has taken top honors. “Finding ways to solve the tough problems, doing whatever it takes to deliver great quality everyday somewhere around the globe, and making others great in the process builds trust and has earned us this ranking,” said CEO Michael Canning. The Financial Times conducts surveys of executives in client organizations, using the responses to compile the final rankings, and Canning was quick to thank Duke CE’s clients. “Our clients are terrific," he said. "They inspire us to raise our game and bring new insight and creativity to build innovative solutions to the key business challenges they face. This recognition is a testament to not only what we deliver, but also to the quality of the relationships we develop with our clients around the world. "We also owe a great deal to our very talented educators and committed partners. Together we are the best in the world.” Duke CE has also been ranked #1 five consecutive times in BusinessWeek’s biennial survey (2003 to 2011). Read the full Financial Times coverage. FT Top 10, 2003-2012 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 Duke CE 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 HEC Paris 16 16 14 9 11 5 2 2 2 2 IESE 4 6 8 13 4 9 6 15 7 3 ESADE 36 34 28 38 33 25 8 3 5 4 Boston U 48 49 41 27 20 27 32 17 8 5 CCL 31 19 23 9 15 21 14 6 10 6 IMD 3 2 2 2 2 2 4 5 6 7 FDC - 39 25 30 27 29 16 8 3 8 Harvard 8 5 - 3 3 4 3 3 4 9 IE 11 13 22 44 52 41 28 18 19 10

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    NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2012 -- OppenheimerFunds, Inc., a leading investment manager, today announced the launch of the CEO Advisor Institute, a cutting-edge business management and personal development structure. This name reflects the dual responsibilities of financial advisors to manage their practices like a world class CEO and deliver meaningful and insightful guidance as a trusted advisor. The Institute, led by 25-year industry veteran Paul Blease, was developed in collaboration with Duke Corporate Education. Mr. Blease joined OppenheimerFunds in December 2011 as Director of the CEO Advisor Institute. "The single greatest challenge facing financial advisors today can be captured in a single word, complexity. In the last two decades we've seen an explosion of new investment products and services, a proliferation of new technologies, and an unprecedented confluence of political, economic and financial challenges," said Mr. Blease. "The CEO Advisor Institute helps advisers manage their sophisticated practices, and deliver meaningful advice and extraordinary service in order to separate themselves from the competition." The CEO Advisor Institute offers a unique combination of business management, personal and professional development content and investment thought leadership. The curriculum is designed to enhance the ability of financial advisors and their teams to address the complex challenges facing their wealthiest clients. According to a 2011 study conducted by Cerulli Associates1, practice management was the second most requested resource from financial advisors. The program combines right brain creativity with left brain analytics - skills world class CEOs regularly deploy. "OppenheimerFunds is committed to delivering a consultative platform to help advisors achieve their business goals," said John McDonough, Director of National Sales. "To demonstrate that commitment, we have changed the formal titles of our sales force to Senior Advisor Consultants and Regional Advisor Consultants." The program consists of three components: keynote presentational content, a multimedia web-based support structure and more than 100 OppenheimerFunds consultants trained by Mr. Blease and Duke Corporate Education2. Our current library consists of the following three modules: Compelling Conversations - designed to help financial advisors with nine critical "recurring conversations" that they have regularly with clients and prospects. Each conversation is designed to crystallize the value the advisor brings to clients and help them take the appropriate actions necessary to pursue their financial goals. Building a Professional Practice - delivers an architectural framework to help financial advisors build world-class professional practices. The framework is built on the twin foundations of a comprehensive wealth management approach and an exceptional client service platform. Building a Life on Purpose - too often financial advisors are pressured to choose from a productive career or a fulfilling life. This presentation teaches a financial advisor how to architect a life that can provide both. OppenheimerFunds' field force has been immersed in CEO Solution, the internal component of the CEO Advisor Institute, for more than two years, in preparation for delivering a consultative platform for advisors while continuing to provide excellent product and investment insight. CEO Solution received a "2011 Learning in Practice" award from Chief Learning Officer3 magazine. "Internally, the CEO Solution has taught OppenheimerFunds to leverage whole-brain skills and competencies to deepen relationships with advisors, provide significantly greater value to clients and deliver OppenheimerFunds' promise of high-conviction, active investment management and sophisticated distribution and service," said Mr. McDonough. For additional information about the CEO Advisor Institute, visit the Financial Advisor Center on OppenheimerFunds website. About OppenheimerFunds, Inc.OppenheimerFunds, Inc. is one of the nation's largest and most respected investment management companies. As of September 30, 2012, OppenheimerFunds, Inc., including subsidiaries, managed more than $186.4 billion in assets. The Company and its divisions and subsidiaries offer a broad range of products and services to individuals, corporations and institutions, including mutual funds, separately managed accounts, qualified retirement plans and sub-advisory investment management services. These views represent the opinions of OppenheimerFunds, Inc. and are not intended as investment advice or to predict or depict the performance of any investment. These views are as of the date of this presentation and are subject to change based on subsequent developments. Shares of mutual funds are not deposits or obligations of any bank, are not guaranteed by any bank, are not insured by the FDIC or any other agency, and involve investment risks, including the possible loss of the principal amount invested. Before investing in any of the Oppenheimer funds, investors should carefully consider a fund's investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. Fund prospectuses and summary prospectuses contain this and other information about the funds, and may be obtained by asking your financial advisor, visiting oppenheimerfunds.com, or calling 1.800.525.7048. Read prospectuses and summary prospectuses carefully before investing. Oppenheimer funds are distributed by OppenheimerFunds Distributor, Inc. Two World Financial Center, 225 Liberty Street, New York, NY, 10281 © 2012 OppenheimerFunds Distributor, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 1 "Most Effective Types of Marketing to Use with Advisors, 2011," Cerulli Associates, in partnerships with Sequoia and the Investment Management Consultants Association, 2011. 2 Duke Corporate Education is a global provider of corporate learning and development services. OppenheimerFunds is not affiliated with Duke Corporate Education.3 Chief Learning Officer magazine is directed to senior-level corporate learning officers and executives responsible for the ongoing education and job-skills initiatives for the enterprise. Covers training and education impact on corporate productivity, providing information and resources to officers and executives directly involved in the development, implementation and funding of corporate training initiatives. SOURCE OppenheimerFunds, Inc. 

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    CHICAGO, IL (January 8, 2013) - MicroTek, a leader in the delivery of training room rentals and customized training solutions, is pleased to announce the opening of a new training facility in Washington, DC. The training center, which has been completely renovated to include 11 state-of-the-art computer classrooms, is located directly across the street from MicroTek’s previous location (1101 Vermont Avenue NW).  “We decided to expand the Washington facility so that we could better meet the needs of our customers in the area,” said Mark Clausen, MicroTek president. “The new space, which is our most modern in terms of design, is much more spacious and can accommodate a larger number of guests. We are very pleased with the end-product and think our customers will be as well,” said Clausen.  This is the first facility that incorporates MicroTek’s new design, which includes hardwood floors, natural color schemes and larger break areas. “We wanted to build a high-end training facility that would not only meet, but exceed, our clients’ expectations. By customizing the entire space to coincide with MicroTek’s standards, I believe we have accomplished that,” said Clausen. The facility boasts a full-time hospitality staff, an around-the-clock technical support person and a full-range of guest amenities. Each of the facility’s classrooms is equipped with high-speed fiber internet connections, premium bandwidth and Remote User Access (for off-site participants).  The space, which is now open for business, is located at 1110 Vermont Avenue NW, suite 700, in Washington. “We are very excited to introduce the facility to the business community, so we are planning an open house in March,” Clausen commented.  About MicroTek Since 1991, MicroTek has been committed to the customized delivery of high-quality and affordable training rollout and meeting planning solutions. As the industry's leading single-source facilities and logistics provider, we have helped train more than one million students in over 800 locations. By owning and operating 13 facilities throughout North America and having access to a network of 3,000 sites worldwide, we have the resources to host over 35,000 classroom days per year. With strategic partnerships in every sect of the training industry, MicroTek can also offer a variety of advanced services including courseware management, remote user access and on-site technology assistance. Our mission is to help clients orchestrate and successfully execute any sized training event, anywhere in the world. For additional information about MicroTek, please visit our website at www.mclabs.comn or contact a member of our team at 630.719.0211.    ###  

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    CHICAGO, IL (December 2012) - MicroTek, a leader in the delivery of training room rentals and customized training solutions, donated a total of $26,000 this holiday season to charitable organizations across the U.S. The donations were made through the company’s benevolence account, the Dave Ironside Fund. Established in 2001, the Fund serves as a way for MicroTek to give back to the communities where it conducts business by helping local organizations that are in need of support.  “Since philanthropy has always played a major role in our corporate culture, we are thrilled to be able to make this contribution. Every year, our employees get excited to handpick the organizations that will be receiving a donation. We all want to make a positive impact in our communities and this is a great way to accomplish that,” said Mark Clausen, MicroTek president.  Dave Ironside was one of the original employees of MicroTek. As part of his personal outreach, he worked with troubled and needy kids, many times taking them into his own home as they sorted out their lives. “We are pleased to continue to remember Dave with this fund,” said Clausen.  MicroTek’s employees selected 13 charities across the country to each receive a $2,000 donation. They are as follows:  City of Hope City Team San Francisco Community Bike Works DC Central Kitchen and Hands on DC Denver Rescue Mission Mission Metroplex Robin Hood Ronald McDonald House of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Shelter House The ALS Association - Massachusetts Chapter The First Tee Lakeland The Pantry and Bethany Place United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago  Since 1991, MicroTek has been committed to the customized delivery of high-quality and affordable training rollout and meeting planning solutions. As the industry's leading single-source facilities and logistics provider, we have helped train more than one million students in over 800 locations. By owning and operating 13 facilities throughout North America and having access to a network of 3,000 sites worldwide, we have the resources to host over 35,000 classroom days per year. With strategic partnerships in every sect of the training industry, MicroTek can also offer a variety of advanced services including courseware management, remote user access and on-site technology assistance. Our mission is to help clients orchestrate and successfully execute any sized training event, anywhere in the world. For additional information about MicroTek, please visit our website at www.mclabs.comn or contact a member of our team at 630.719.0211.  

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    Scottsdale, AZ - January 08, 2013: Michaels & Associates announces the release of two new features of the Percolate LMS™ that take advantage of its powerful tagging system: self-registration and communication.  Tagging systems are common across the Web and are typically seen on sites such as Flickr™, Twitter™, Delicious™ and any number of blogs as a way to label (or tag) an image, word or article for classification and rapid exploration of records. In the Percolate LMS, tags are unique keywords associated with a person or course used to group, filter, assign and report course data.  “To the best of our knowledge, the Percolate LMS is the only learning management system that uses the power and flexibility of tags as an integral component in everything it does. The beauty of the tagging system is that it gives clients complete control over their specific customization and implementation needs, translating into much faster ramp-up times and lower start-up costs. If clients want to, they can have their LMS up and running in less than a day,” said Sherry Michaels, President of Michaels & Associates, the company that launched Percolate earlier this year. “Because we’re continually updating the LMS, we’re excited to offer self-registration and communication features as a part of our LMS’s latest release.”  What makes tagging in Percolate so powerful? 1. A flexible way to organize, manage and SORT people and courses Most LMSs offer a one-size-fits-all approach to manage, organize and search for people and courses. With Percolate, clients are limited only by their imagination when using custom tags (or unique keywords) to categorize teams of people and course collections. Think of tags as compartments to group and organize people and courses. Examples of people tags are: sales_team, managers, and southwest_region. Examples of course tags are: newhire_training, compliance and 1stQ_2013. 2. The cornerstone of assignments and self-registration Tagging is at the heart of Percolate’s course assignment feature. Once people and courses have been given a tag, administrators can simply select a tagged person (or group of people) and drag-n-drop to assign him or her to the appropriate tagged course (or course collection). People tags now have additional functionality, allowing clients to offer self-registration of courses, if desired. Self-registration is easily integrated with any e-commerce system such as Google Wallet™, PayPal® or AmazonPayments™.  3. Intuitive and quick Reporting and communication The basis for any LMS is to track people and course data. Custom tags allow administrators to create their own combination of people and courses to report on. Reporting is inherently intuitive throughout Percolate and all data that is collected is available for download in a spreadsheet format. By choosing a people tag in the new Communicate area in Percolate, administrators are able to quickly send an email to a select group of learners in a snap.  “We understand that tagging is new to some people, so we offer two hours of free LMS set-up support with every monthly subscription plan,” Sherry said. “Tagging truly is a powerful tool. Later on, if our Percolate clients don’t like their initial set-up, tagging puts control and customization in their hands. They can easily modify tags, allowing their LMS to flex and grow as their organization needs. The communication features help people let learners know of any new changes or assignments.”  Choose the Best Value─ It’s Just that Simple Based on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, the Percolate LMS leverages the web and eliminates the need to install software on a company network. Accounts begin with a 30-day trial at no charge. Percolate offers flexibility with four monthly subscription plans. Plans start at $99/month for 25 active users and increase to $1499/month for 2000 active users, with custom plans for companies with more than 2000 active users. When signing up for a monthly subscription, account holders will continue using Percolate as they have from the first day. There is no need to start over.   For more information, go to www.percolatelms.com. 

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    Naples and Paris, January the 18, 2013 - Docebo, worldwide cloud e-learning solutions provider, announces a partnership with Cegos, international leader in professional training, to provide Cegos’ top-quality e-learning contents on the Docebo’s Online Marketplace, adopted and used by a broad audience of companies across the world. This agreement between Docebo and Cegos is a strategic asset to enhance Docebo’s integrated e-learning offerings: the Online Marketplace, with more than 200 professional courses available, is seamlessly embedded into the e-learning platform, allowing companies to buy and deliver professional courses by using an integrated, full-featured yet easy to use training environment. Customers benefitting from Docebo online training market with its Cloud “As a Service” will now be able to have access to the e-Learning Solutions by Cegos® catalogue, a full suite of 200 online training modules in 15 languages entirely created and designed by Cegos experts. “Docebo is globally disrupting the e-learning market, by replacing the old “e-learning project” concept with a new, agile and affordable “e-learning service”, accessible not only to large enterprises, but also to small-midsized businesses, literally within minutes” said Claudio Erba - CEO & Founder of Docebo. “The partnership with Cegos is an unprecedented opportunity for SMBs to access a comprehensive Marketplace of Online Courses, which they can use to improve their business and management skills at any level”. Pascal Debordes, Director of Cegos International Partners Network, underlines: “Our alliance with Docebo combines Docebo’s powerful, intuitive and innovative solution with Cegos’ unique distance learning solutions. Together and on a global basis, we help companies to attract and retain top talents, align workforce strategies with business strategies, reduce costs and improve workforce performance.” For more information on both partners, please visit: www.docebo.com and www.cegos.com

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