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    March 16, 2016 − RAW Technology Ltd, a company providing spill response, remediation and specialist environmental services, is seeing a number of benefits from using the Create E-learning learning management system (LMS).   “We’ve noticed an immediate and appreciable reduction in our training-related travel and subsistence costs,” said Justin Price, a health & safety advisor whose responsibilities include delivering in-house training courses for RAW, as well as acting as learning system administrator, since making learning materials available via the LMS. “Moreover, we can now keep a closer eye the learning activities of each of our 130 or so staff. So, for example, we are able to see who has not commenced the training courses, which allows us to follow up with them, who is currently undertaking each module and who has completed what training program, all in real time – and that’s important, not least from a compliance and regulatory standpoint.” “We’re finding that the system itself is extremely user-friendly – and already we’re seeing opportunities for increasing the system’s scope and contents,” said Price.   Price and his colleagues carried out extensive research into the LMSs available before settling on the LMS from Create E-learning.   “The Create E-learning platform is highly flexible, catering excellently for our existing training programs and learning materials,” Price explained.   “It provides exactly what we want from an LMS – and gives us a much easier way to track the usage of the learning materials,” he said. “The course administration is a great deal easier, and produces more valuable user data, than the old Excel-driven system.”   Create E-learning’s LMS is a hybrid platform that caters for coaching, mentoring, online and face-to-face training/ learning. Moreover, users can configure it to deliver learning materials anywhere in the world, in any language and on any delivery device.  

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    Southborough, MA & Dublin, Ireland – March 17, 2016 − Globoforce®, a leading provider of social recognition solutions, announced a new partnership with Evanta’s Professional Development Academy, a collaborative learning program for developing and maximizing leadership capabilities and skills for frontline to mid-level managers. Through the partnership, the two organizations will collaborate on interaction with student and alumni communities and joint events. One of the first events as part of the collaboration is WorkHuman® 2016, being held May 9-11 in Orlando, Florida. Attendees of Globoforce’s WorkHuman conference who register by March 25th for Evanta’s CHRO Invitational Dinner on May 9th will automatically be entered into the drawing to win a scholarship that can be rewarded to a high performing team member of their choosing. “We are proud to partner with Evanta’s Professional Development Academy and enhance its delivery of consistent, world-class mentoring and leadership skills to each and every participant,” said Jennifer Smith, chief marketing officer of Globoforce. “We are confident that participants of the High Performance Leadership program will benefit greatly from the insights of Evanta’s industry leading executives and professors.” “This collaboration with Globoforce will further our goals of providing career driving educational experience to individuals in an organization who show a high capacity for success and a desire to lead,” said Dr. Tim Rahschulte ,chief learning officer of Evanta. “Globoforce expertise in what motivates high performing workers will provide us valuable insight as we continue to improve and energize the academy’s programs.” Evanta’s Professional Development Academy was created to provide a comprehensive educational program designed to improve the leadership skills of today’s frontline and mid-level managers and provide much needed mentorship from experienced leaders. The six-month online program contains content provided by industry leading executives and provides best practices in leadership, organizational development and change management, negotiation and collaboration, effective business communication, and delivering value within high performance management. Academy courses were developed in collaboration with recognized national leaders including General Colin Powell, former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani, renowned business leader Marshall Goldsmith, Fortune 500 CEOs and CXOs, and top faculty from some of the most prestigious universities in North America. The curriculum prepares entry- and mid-level managers to become effective leaders and significant contributors to their organizations’ success. About Evanta Evanta fosters leadership development and collaborative exchange among North America’s top executives. The company conducts more than 200 executive summits and other meetings each year which bring together communities of peers to share experiences, expertise and, ultimately, make them more effective leaders. The Professional Development Academy is an extension of Evanta’s mission to Make Leaders Better. About Globoforce Globoforce is a leading provider of social recognition solutions, helping companies build strong cultures of engaged employees through the power of thanks. Named one of the Best Workplaces by the Great Place To Work® Institute, Globoforce is trusted by some of most admired companies in the world to inspire and energize employees and create best places to work. Our award-winning SaaS technology and proven methodologies empower HR and business leaders to take a modern, more strategic approach to recognition programs. What results is measurable business success, qualified by increases in employee engagement, retention and productivity. The company is the creator of the HR conference WorkHuman, taking place May 9-11, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The conference is designed to help organizations unlock the power of the human workplace. Globoforce is co-headquartered in Southborough, Massachusetts, and Dublin, Ireland.  

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    March 17, 2016 − gomo learning limited, provider of the world’s leading responsive HTML5 e-learning authoring suite, is delighted to announce their partnership with Micropole Institut. The partnership will officially launch at e-learning expo 2016 in Paris, France on the 22nd-24th of March 2016. Micropole Institut are the award-winning authoring tool’s official reseller in France, providing gomo licences and associated services such as local support, custom theme development, training and content creation services. Announcement of this recent partnership further demonstrates gomo’s strategic intention to move into new territories throughout 2016. “Micropole Institut is one of Europe’s leading e-learning providers, and we’re excited to be working together,” said Mike Alcock, managing director, gomo. “Through this reseller agreement, we look forward to working closely with Micropole Institut to assist their customers and partners to implement gomo as a key component of their e-learning strategies.” “Micropole Institut is very pleased to extend our relationship with gomo,” said Jean-David Amaoua, managing director, Micropole Institut. “This partnership will allow us to work further with our customers on the creation and delivery of multi-device and responsive content. Micropole Institut’s commitment to providing the best e-learning solutions to our customers makes gomo a logical choice. With gomo’s unique authoring, hosting, analytics and app capabilities, we expect that our customers will be able to reap the benefits of multi-device e-learning to improve business performance.” About gomo Since launch in 2014, gomo has made a huge impact in the e-learning market, gaining the recognition of industry guru Craig Weiss as a top 5 authoring tool in the world. In 2015, gomo was honored with a prestigious Brandon Hall Gold Award for Best Advance in Content Authoring Technology. With an ever-growing global client base including British Airways, Volvo, Nike, Jaguar Land Rover, Burberry, UnitedHealthcare, Boots, Dunhill and many more, gomo is quickly becoming the established choice for global organizations seeking a tool to collaboratively create and deliver future-proof, responsive HTML5 multi-device e-learning.   About Micropole Institut Micropole Institut, a subsidiary of Micropole Group, is a Digital Learning agency. Micropole Institut has extensive experience and expertise in three areas of competence: in-class learning, e-learning and LMS implementation and management. The agency provides consulting support services, IT project management support, and communication support enabling their clients to implement custom-designed training solutions. The Learning Solutions cover four areas of expertise: -           In-Class Learning: In-class custom-designed training solutions -           Digital Learning : Custom-designed e-learning solutions -           IT Learning : IT project management support -           Learning Tools : Content design and distribution  

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    March 17, 2016 − Put games to work explores how to utilize the medium’s powerful potential for hands-on, emotional, and social engagement. Built on Preloaded’s 15-year history creating award-winning learning games and supported by the expertise of specialist partners in Learning Technologies Group, the guide addresses the ‘why, how and when’ of games for training. Using the power of gaming technology as an alternative and compliment to traditional learning platforms, Preloaded’s expertise is set to transform the development of serious games for training. As the global provider of Games with Purpose, the studio’s unique Games-Based Learning (GBL) model has attracted a wealth of clients including Disney, BBC, Science Museum and UK Parliament. "Preloaded are committed to making games which go beyond entertainment,” said Phil Stuart, creative director, Preloaded. “With unrivalled experience in gaming development, we are well positioned to raise the bar on the quality of training games, and show that great games really do mean better learning." In the face of changing audience expectations, games are now an essential part of an effective learning blend. The powerful social, emotional and hands-on engagement of games can increase the effectiveness of all kinds of learning, this free to download guide explores four models that games integrate with to create a powerful blend. The studio’s current ambition is to revolutionize how games can be used to tackle businesses issues. Preloaded will be collaborating with LEO learning in an exclusive webinar discussing games in training, to take place in April 2016. About Preloaded Preloaded is a BAFTA winning applied games studio making games with purpose. Founded in 2000, Preloaded has gained an international reputation, working with a mix of broadcasters, museums, brands, government organizations, charities and NGOs. Preloaded use games to deliver transformational goals, such as learning new skills, changing behavior, diagnosing conditions and improving kinesthetic and cognitive function. The studio's methodology places the user at the center of their design process, developing products that are designed to meet the needs of the audience whilst delivering the project's specific objectives. They are platform agnostic with a passion for touch-screens, motion controllers and Virtual Reality.

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    New York, NY − March 21, 2016 − CGS, a global provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services, announced that Easy Street Shoes, a creator, wholesaler and retailer of women's footwear, selected the BlueCherry® Enterprise Resource Planning Suite (ERP) to support its continued growth, enhance warehouse efficiency and streamline supply chain operations from concept to consumer. With double-digit growth year-over-year in eCommerce sales, Easy Street's in-house software made it challenging to increase distribution channels. To replace many of the manual processes and improve efficiency, Easy Street sought an integrated solution to manage operations throughout the supply chain and improve inventory visibility. After a thorough search and evaluation process, Easy Street selected BlueCherry ERP for its reputation and experience in the footwear sector. CGS's offering as a single system of support for distribution processes and electronic data interchange (EDI) compliance also lent credibility to its selection. "We're good at designing and selling shoes; our specialty is not designing and maintaining software," said Keith Gossett, president, Easy Street. "With CGS's expertise in the footwear sector, we knew that the BlueCherry ERP suite was the best choice to support our business growth, especially in eCommerce. The BlueCherry ERP suite will provide the inventory visibility we need to enhance our supply chain processes, improving our warehouse efficiency." "With over 500 CGS customers in fashion, apparel and lifestyle products, CGS understands the importance of having an integrated end-to-end solution to help support and grow businesses such as Easy Street throughout all channels, including eCommerce," said Paul Magel, president, business applications and technology- outsourcing, CGS. "We are proud to welcome Easy Street to our BlueCherry community as it looks to improve operations for continued growth and customer satisfaction."   About Easy Street Shoes  Easy Street is recognized as an innovator of comfort construction and as a creator of fashionable women's footwear for over 50 years. With styles ranging from career to casual, and a standard offering of 43 sizes and 4 widths, Easy Street is the brand that satisfies a complete footwear wardrobe and a wide range of sizes. About CGS For over 30 years, CGS has enabled global enterprises, regional companies and government agencies to drive breakthrough performance through business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services. CGS is wholly focused on creating comprehensive solutions that meet clients' complex, multi-dimensional needs and support clients' most fundamental business activities. Headquartered in New York City, CGS has offices across North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.  

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    Boston, MA − March 17, 2016 − Illuminate, the Boston-based developer of innovative clinical sales training programs for the life science industry, is proud to introduce PI Explorer, a new technology-based learning solution designed with NXLevel Solutions. PI Explorer advances and enriches interactive and enduring sales training processes with a host of instructional features that highlight and explain key concepts from a product’s prescribing information (PI), provide clinical context, and link to promotional messages. Gaming activities such as flashcards, “Move the Clinician” and “Prove It!” actively engage the learner while reinforcing key concepts and core messaging. “PI Explorer is a revolutionary new tool for training pharmaceutical sales reps about complex prescribing information,” said Shaun McMahon, president and founder of Illuminate. “With our partners at NXLevel Solutions, we’ve designed this comprehensive, easy-to-grasp method to deliver complicated data quickly and successfully. PI Explorer is fully customizable, and in initial roll-outs, it has already proven extremely effective.” Each PI Explorer program is packed with essential information and product messaging to help representatives understand and guide customers along the selling continuum. Within the past year, PI Explorer has received positive reviews from life science training departments seeking viable and modern alternatives to traditional PI training materials. “PI Explorer is an accessible, adaptable, and highly engaging interactive tool that protects and extends the investment of client training programs,” McMahon adds. “We look forward to demonstrating its many attributes to our clients and other industry leaders.”    About Illuminate With offices in Boston and San Francisco, Illuminate is a client-focused, full-service training and development firm that specializes in delivering clinical sales training material for life science companies. Since 2004, we have worked to provide sales teams with custom learning solutions and complementary services designed to drive sales and deliver results.

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    New York, NY − March 22, 2016 – Pearson announced the results of the “2016 Trends in Executive Development: A Benchmark Report” biennial survey of leaders from 466 of the world’s most notable organizations across the globe. The 2016 Trends Report, which is used by organizations to benchmark their own executive development practices, shows that the shifting markets and impact of technology are pushing executives to learn new skills and make changes in their approach. In 2014, the trends showed that the ability to create a compelling vision and engage others around it was the most important capability needed for next generation leaders. That remains true in 2016. While the need for leadership remained steady, the new results indicate a slight shift in how leaders approach challenges with a new emphasis on cognitive readiness and a continued emphasis on critical thinking. “While critical thinking has remained a key focus for leadership development, the fact that cognitive readiness has also emerged as a top area for development clearly reflects the changing world that organizations are operating in,” said Karen Chiang, vice president, emerging markets, Talent Assessment at Pearson. “It’s the ability to apply strategic thinking, decision making, creativity and problem solving in ever-changing complex situations that distinguishes leadership. The challenge for organizations is how to instill these skills into all levels of the organization; starting from the recruitment stage of entry level employees through to senior management.” The survey findings also revealed the most lacking competencies of emerging leaders. Specifically, 28.8 percent of respondents believe the ability to attract, hire, and retain talent is a significant skills gap for emerging leaders. In addition, the results show that employees want leaders who can envision a positive future state for the organization and then engage and inspire the workforce. In order to track the growth and evolution of executive education and development trends, Pearson TalentLens and Executive Development Associates, Inc. have conducted this research every two to four years since 1983. The survey is the product of collaboration between Pearson TalentLens, Executive Development Associates (EDA), and Performance Assessment Network (PAN). Pearson TalentLens publishes scientific assessments that are used globally to hire and develop the 21st century workforce. These instruments measure critical thinking, problem solving, and a range of job skills to deliver data-driven insights that inform and clarify an organization’s human capital decisions.   About Pearson Pearson is the world's learning company, with 36,000 employees in more than 70 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. About EDA Executive Development Associates is a leader in creating custom-designed executive development strategies, systems and programs that help organizations build the capabilities needed to achieve their strategic objectives. EDA leads the way in the use of executive development to help organizations successfully address their marketplace challenges and accelerate the execution of their business strategy utilizing various approaches including custom executive development programs, c-suite and executive coaching, action learning, leadership workshops, executive assessment and more.  About PAN Performance Assessment Network (PAN) is the talent measurement platform built for the new world of work. Flexible, on demand, and configured to be as unique as your jobs. With content from 50+ publishers just a click away, you get the world’s best talent assessments & technology in one platform so you can create the perfect hiring or development process in less time, at less cost, with greater results.

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    Chicago, IL and New York, NY − March 23, 2016 – Fullstack Academy, an industry leader in immersive coding education, has acquired Chicago-based coding school, The Starter League. This is the first acquisition for New York City-based Fullstack Academy, and a significant step in its goal to empower more people to pursue their dream careers in software development. "We knew the time was right when we met Neal (Sales-Griffin, CEO & co-founder) and Mike (McGee, co-founder)," said David Yang, CEO of Fullstack Academy. "We have long been inspired by The Starter League, the original coding bootcamp, and its dedication to creating this space. The opportunity to build on the work of this pioneer was too good to pass up. We knew that combining the brand, reach, and curricula of Fullstack Academy and The Starter League, would allow us to make a bigger difference to more people." "With Fullstack Academy, we have the opportunity to scale our dream of teaching the world to code," said Neal Sales-Griffin. "I have been watching Fullstack Academy since they launched at Y Combinator's demo day in 2012. Their mission always resonated with Mike and me. It soon became clear that they are the right partner to help us teach more people to solve meaningful problems with software. We're excited to partner with Fullstack Academy to change the lives and careers of technologists in the most amazing city in the world." The coding bootcamp space is seeing explosive growth. Course Report, in its 2015 market size report, forecasted 16,056 students to graduate from coding schools in 2015, a 138 percent increase from 6,740 students in 2014. Coding bootcamps were expected to generate $172MM in tuition revenue in 2015, up 231 percent from $52MM in 2014. With nearly 100 full-time coding schools, many are expecting a consolidation in the space. The Starter League pioneered the field of intensive and immersive coding education. Backed by Basecamp, The Starter League graduated students with a strong entrepreneurial streak. Alumni went on to found scores of companies, including WeDeliver(acquired), ReliefWatch, BallotReady, Launchpad Lab, Know Your Company, as well as future coding bootcamps, such as MakerSquare(acquired), Bitmaker, and DevPoint Labs. Fullstack Academy has a reputation for high-quality graduates and boasts excellent employment outcomes - its graduates work at a wide range of organizations from startups to tech pioneers, including Google, Dropbox, and Venmo (more on hiring outcomes here). Employers such as Priceline, Goldman Sachs, and American Express, have returned for more graduates. The founders of Fullstack Academy are personally excited to bring similar results toChicago and expect the move to make a material contribution to Chicago's top-tier of tech talent. "David and I have had a personal connection to the state of Illinois from our college days, and have been looking for a way to give back to the community," said Nimit Maru, CTO of Fullstack Academy. "Launching Fullstack Academy inChicago is the crystallization of that dream. The city has impressed us repeatedly with its bold commitments to education and technology, including its recent decision to make computer science a graduation requirement for public schools." Fullstack Academy will launch in Chicago with its flagship, the Full-time Software Engineering Immersive, and Summer of Code, an immersive program for college students. It expects to launch its part-time version of the immersive, Flex Immersive, as well as its entry-level programs, JavaScript Jumpstart and Introduction to Front-End Development, later in the year.  It is also of note that Fullstack Academy will launch at 1871, the premier hub in Chicago for digital, technology, and entrepreneurship. "1871 is constantly expanding its educational resources to provide meaningful learning opportunities to the Chicagotech and entrepreneurial communities," said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. "Fullstack Academy prepares its students to enter the tech economy by providing an advanced, relevant curriculum that is constantly updated based on current tech trends. This program is a significant addition to 1871's educational opportunities, and we are thrilled to welcome them to Chicago and to 1871." Fullstack Academy is currently accepting applications to its Full-time Software Engineering Immersive. The remote component of this program, Foundations, will start in May, while on-premise classes will start in June. Interested students can apply at fullstackacademy.com/apply. About The Starter League Neal Sales-Griffin and Mike McGee founded The Starter League in 2011 with the vision to build a type of hands-on coding school previously unheard of. Over the last five years, Mike and Neal have succeeded in creating a unique curriculum that has helped launch startups and businesses in more than 40 states and 15 countries, and over 1,500 tech careers worldwide. The Starter League was the original "coding bootcamp" and helped define the space - there are now close to 100 bootcamps around the globe. About Fullstack Academy Fullstack Academy [fullstackacademy.com] is an award-winning, immersive coding school based in New York City. Backed by Y Combinator, co-founders David Yang and Nimit Maru leveraged their experience at Yahoo, Gilt Groupe, and Bloomspot (acquired by JP Morgan Chase in 2011) to create an elite program centered on fullstack JavaScript and emerging technologies. Fullstack Academy graduates enjoy excellent outcomes, with alumni working at startups as well as technology leaders, including Google, Dropbox, and Venmo. In January 2016, Fullstack Academy launched Grace Hopper Academy [gracehopper.com], the first all-women coding bootcamp in New York City, and the first in the country to offer a deferred tuition model.  

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    Dublin, OH – March 23, 2016 − Safeware, a leading provider of product protection and warranty solutions based in Dublin, Ohio, has seen instant success with a new professional development series introduced in February 2016. The program was initially created to elevate associates through access to education and training opportunities in the workplace. Already, the series has grown into a way for participants to share ideas and learn about programs and systems that they use in their daily work lives. Safeware engages internal team members to host courses in their fields of expertise along with other external subject matter experts to lead select courses. By focusing on a variety of software programs such as Microsoft Excel and Nitro PDF, as well as broader themes like industry best practices and finance, Safeware strives to invest in its associates and build foundational skills. “We have designed this program completely upon associate input and feedback,” said Laurel Cipiti, training and quality assurance manager. “Team members are encouraged to react honestly and let company leadership know what they liked or disliked about each class, what they would like to see in the future, and how we can better support them in terms of professional development.” The company anticipates that the program will soon encompass personal development courses, as well, including product-specific tutorials, basic Spanish for customer support, CPR training, and more. These interest-based classes will allow associates to develop new skills and network with peers who have similar learning desires. As Safeware completes its headquarters expansion, an additional training space with innovative technology will allow the Professional Development Series to continue evolving and to begin incorporating more hands-on education and training opportunities. About Safeware Founded in 1982, Safeware is a fully licensed Insurance Agency as well as a Third Party Administrator for Extended Warranty and Service Plan Solutions. This unique combination gives partners the flexibility to customize a program that meets their distinct needs, and allows their customers to own their products with confidence. By offering unique and customizable options and best-in-class customer support, Safeware has emerged as one of the Nation's leading providers of protection solutions for consumer products.

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    Raleigh, NC – March 24, 2016 – Training Industry, Inc. and The Center for Leadership Studies have released a new research report investigating the roles of management and peers in influencing behavior, and the nature of interpersonal interactions and values at work. The study, which included 479 companies, reveals several key findings, including: 73 percent of employees rated the leadership development programs provided to their managers/direct supervisors as effective Millennials tend to have a more positive perception of leadership development quality (36%) than Generation X (29%) and boomers (24%) Across generations, referent, expert, and legitimate power emerged as three of the most important bases of power used by leaders to influence workplace behavior The full report, “Influenced by Others: Bases of Power Across Generations” can be downloaded here. “This study provides a better understanding of why followers respond to both leaders and each,” said Tom Whelan, Ph.D., director of corporate research, Training Industry, Inc. “One of the most intriguing parts of this research was the balanced sampling design across generations of employees, which permitted insights into where the differences in how influence functions do and don’t exist when considering employees of all ages.” Ken Taylor, president, Training Industry, Inc., emphasized the impact of effective leadership development programs. “The results of this research suggest an interdependency between how well-trained leaders are and their ability to wield the tools of influence with their followers,” said Taylor. “Further, we found that follower perceptions of leadership development quality tended to match perceptions about the importance placed on training outcomes across all of the levels in Kirkpatrick’s model.” About The Center for Leadership Studies: For more than 45 years, The Center for Leadership Studies (CLS), founded by Dr. Paul Hersey, has been the global home of the original Situational Leadership® Model. With over 14 million leaders trained, Situational Leadership® is the most successful and widely adopted leadership model available. Deployed in more than 70% of Fortune 500 companies, Situational Leadership® transcends cultural and generational differences and equips leaders around the globe with the skills necessary to address a specific challenge, drive behavior change and increase productivity. CLS’ diverse product portfolio includes a comprehensive off-the-shelf leadership curriculum in addition to more than 30 years’ experience designing and developing award-winning custom training solutions. CLS services customers both domestically and internationally through an extensive network comprised of over 200 learning professionals in more than 35 countries. For more information, go to www.situational.com, call 919.335.8763, or email us at info@situational.com. About Training Industry, Inc. Training Industry, Inc. spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies, and best practices within the training industry. Training Industry, Inc. research captures the collective wisdom of learning professionals, revealing fresh data on trends and practices in the evolving training market.  For additional information on Training Industry, Inc. research, email info@trainingindustry.com or visit www.trainingindustry.com.

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    Chicago, IL − March 24, 2016 − MicroTek, an industry leader in virtual training solutions announces that it has released a significant update to the MicroTek Virtual Training Room. The upgrade includes a new version of the Virtual Training Room Software with enhanced features and improvements to the User Interface and Web components. Enhancements include: Updated Conference Client look and feel New web collaboration user interface that includes features such as virtual white boarding, annotation on shared content, and improved application sharing Backend hardware and software upgrades which significantly expand, enhance and enrich the Virtual Training Room solution   MicroTek Virtual Training Room is an innovative product that combines live, classroom training with the power and flexibility of a virtual environment. It enables participants from remote locations to experience all of the benefits of instructor-led classroom learning as if they were physically present. “The strength of our Virtual Training Room is its ability to provide the benefits of live, classroom training equally to remote and in-class students. With these upgrades, we are not only improving the overall look and usability of the Virtual Training Room, but are also providing more robust options for interaction between instructors and students both within the classroom and virtually,” said Ron Tolentino, manager, technical services at MicroTek.   MicroTek Virtual Training Room utilizes the most advanced video conferencing technology and features two-way, high definition audio and video communications tools, customizable configurations, a Virtual Learning Labs plug-in and full technical support. About MicroTek                                                                                                                                              Since 1991, MicroTek has been the industry’s leading, single-source provider of training and meeting solutions. With a base of 12 major metro learning campuses nationwide and a network of over 3,000 fully vetted training sites worldwide, MicroTek is equipped to manage and execute any sized training program—anywhere in the world. MicroTek’s end-to-end training and meeting solutions include virtual platforms, event management, instructor deployment, courseware management, scheduling and project implementation. MicroTek was named a Top Training Company for the sixth consecutive year by Trainingindustry.com.

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    New York, NY – March 24, 2016 − Pearson announced a partnership with Knoitall, a next generation learning platform that enables employers to provide employees with access to learning opportunities that help them acquire the skills they need to succeed. Through the partnership, Pearson will support organizations in the financial services, high-tech, healthcare, retail, hospitality and other sectors to educate and develop their workforces by providing employees with access to high-quality digital learning content from Pearson, organizations’ original training and development materials, and third party resources. Pearson will also provide consulting services to help organizations design, implement and curate content for inclusion in the learning platform. “Our innovative partnership with Knoitall will enable employers to better engage their staff by managing all forms of professional training and development content from a single interface, empowering workers to easily find and access the learning content they want,” said Kenna Ose, vice president of business development for Pearson. “Employers will also have the capabilities to strategically manage learning and educational assistance spending such as tuition reimbursement. This will be accomplished by providing employees with a unified view of educational opportunities aligned to the most important skills and knowledge needs, which will help to improve employee productivity, talent management pipelines, and business results.” “As a result of this strategic partnership with Pearson, companies can now engage and educate their employees in new and compelling ways,” said Jeff Creighton, CEO of Knoitall. A workshop, “Leveraging Innovation: Open-Source Learning in the Modern Workplace” will be presented at the Chief Learning Officer Symposium on April 6th at 8:00 a.m. in Amelia Island, Florida. Attendees will learn how they can use this cost-effective approach to harness innovation in education and learning, and develop skills in a rapidly changing world. Pearson’s professional training and development group partners with corporations, associations, non-profits and government agencies such as the American Health Information Management Association, the Gender Intelligence Group, the Ariel Group, and the U.S. Green Building Council, to create effective services and solutions that align with their online and blended learning and professional development goals to improve business and organizational results.   About Pearson  Pearson is the world's learning company, with 36,000 employees in more than 70 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. About Knoitall  Knoitall is the world’s network for human capital development. Through our employer solutions, organizations leverage the Knoitall platform to engage and educate their workforce. With Knoitall, employees connect to people, content, and learning opportunities that enhance their engagement and build world ­class learning cultures. The Knoitall platform maps the competency needs of a specific organization to a network of learning providers, experts, advisors, and other resources -- both those that reside inside the organization and those from leading third party learning brands. As a result, employers are confident their training and education investments are targeted, engaging, and relevant. 

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    San Francisco, CA − March 28, 2016 − Lightbend (formerly Typesafe), the company behind the Reactive Platform that includes Lagom, Play Framework, Akka, and Scala, announced that it has been selected by IBM to lead Big Data University's core curriculum in the areas of Scala, Reactive Programming and Apache Spark. IBM launched Big Data University in 2011 as an industry initiative to spread "big data literacy" to more than one million data scientists. The expansion to the curriculum brings new opportunities for developers seeking to master the latest technologies in big data. Big Data has become the killer app for functional programming (FP) and functional languages like Scala. The emphasis on immutability improves robustness, and data pipelines are naturally modeled and implemented using collections (like lists and maps) with composable operations. The phrase "Fast Data" captures the range of new systems and approaches, which balance various tradeoffs to deliver timely, cost-efficient data processing, as well as higher developer productivity. For years, Lightbend has been at the forefront of innovation in Fast Data, working with companies like Samsung, Verizon, William Hill and many others to achieve the benefits of Reactive systems in Fast Data architectures. Enterprises leverage Scala, Akka, and Play Framework (the Lightbend Reactive Platform) to reduce the time gap between data arrival and value extraction. Lightbend is also a leading support provider for Apache Spark users (Spark is implemented in Scala), and an author of the Reactive Streams specification that solves Fast Data's most challenging backpressure requirements. Fast Data architectures require reliable data ingestion, flexible storage and query options, and sophisticated analytics tools. The components that meet these requirements must also be Reactive, meaning that they scale up and down with demand, they are resilient against failures that are inevitable in large distributed systems, they always respond to service requests even if failures limit the ability to deliver services, and they are driven by messages or events from the world around them. "We see Fast Data and the focus on speed -- more so than data volumes -- being the principal driver for the new class of Reactive applications that must work with streaming data," said Jamie Allen, senior director of global services at Lightbend. "Scala brings major advantages for building out these types of systems. We're honored to work with IBM to support this education to further their massive investment of resources in the data science community to bring complementary frameworks like Apache Spark to market." New courses led by Lightbend in IBM's Big Data University will focus on enabling data scientists -- particularly those currently using Python or R -- to leverage Scala and its ecosystem of complementary tools to perform real-time analytics on data. Scala's key advantages in helping developers achieve Fast Data include: Scala makes it easier to write concise code and provides idioms that improve developer productivity. Scala is a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) language, so applications can exploit the performance of the JVM and the wealth of third-party libraries available. Scala was selected as the language of choice to build Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, and Akka, all of which are prominent players in the Fast Data ecosystem. About Lightbend Lightbend is dedicated to helping developers build Reactive applications on the JVM. With the Lightbend Reactive Platform, developers can create message-driven applications that scale on multicore and cloud computing architectures by using projects like Lagom, Play Framework, Akka, Apache Spark, Scala, and Java. To help our customers succeed, Lightbend partners with technology pioneers such as Databricks, IBM, and Mesosphere. Lightbend is venture backed by Bain Capital Ventures, Greylock Partners, Juniper Networks and Shasta Ventures with headquarters in San Francisco.

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    Needham, MA – March 28, 2016 − Allego, the leading mobile-video just-in-time (JIT) sales learning platform, announced that it has a strategic partnership with Matrix Achievement Group to deliver JIT mobile video coaching capabilities to Matrix’s clients worldwide. Matrix is a boutique, global sales force effectiveness and performance improvement consulting firm, whose clients include Stryker, Medtronic, Integra and International Paper. Matrix uses the Allego platform to deliver mobile video coaching to improve sales enablement and training for its clients. Matrix, as a provider of world class solutions, reviewed multiple mobile video platforms before selecting Allego for its seamless user experience, which translates into sales professionals having access anywhere, anytime in order to accelerate skills as well as reduce time to revenue. Matrix relies on the Allego platform to help clients boost sales performance through the use of short videos that clients create, collect, curate, and distribute to enable managers and reps to absorb relevant content and ideas from the field and across the organization. Allego’s partnership with Matrix is the latest in a series of milestones for the company, including its 2016 Gold Stevie Award for Sales & Customer Service, and its record, triple-digit growth in 2015. “The Allego platform empowers our clients to dramatically improve their sales results by establishing a channel for collaborative learning,” said Todd Zaugg, CEO, Matrix. “The strategy enabled by Allego has huge potential to fundamentally transform how companies not only onboard their reps, but also provide them with ongoing training and professional development. Allego is already proving to be a powerful and popular solution for our clients.” “The very concept of sales is changing, and success requires a consultative approach that creates a trusting and engaging relationship between sales person and prospect. The partnership between Allego and Matrix is designed to train and educate Matrix’s clients on this approach and give them the best path for a successful sales strategy,” said Mark Magnacca, president and co-founder, Allego. “Additionally, our partnership with Matrix further validates that Allego’s JIT learning platform is filling a significant gap in sales training, and we’re thrilled to have this relationship in place with a company of Matrix’s caliber.”   About Allego Allego provides an intuitive just-in-time sales learning platform that boosts sales performance by harnessing the power of mobile devices to transform enablement and training through video content sharing. With Allego’s mobile-first platform, organizations can create and curate the best content from the field and corporate office to better train and collaborate with distributed sales teams, without the time and expense typically associated with in-field coaching or on-site training. Users can easily access relevant, quality content, anytime, anywhere, allowing them to capture their best ideas, master their pitch and accelerate their performance. Over 15,000 global users across a range of industries have adopted Allego to improve sales success. About Matrix Achievement Group Matrix Achievement Group is a boutique, global sales force effectiveness and performance improvement consulting firm. The Matrix mission is to assist companies in developing and sustaining competitive business advantage. Matrix leverages a comprehensive world-class portfolio of solutions to accelerate talent development.

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    New York, NY − March 29, 2016 − Grovo for Good, the social impact program of Grovo, announced a call for submissions for Grovo Grants, a new initiative to provide technology and resources to help nonprofit organizations integrate 21st century skills into their workforce development programs. The initiative will arm individuals with the knowledge critical for success in today’s world. Grovo Grants will award Grovo's technology, content, and service to five nonprofit organizations through a proposal submission process. Grant recipients will receive a maximum of 250 licenses to Grovo's platform and content library for one year to bolster their existing workforce development programs that help individuals acquire digital and soft skills to transition from low- to middle- skill jobs. Throughout the year, Grovo will work with grantees to monitor progress and program development. At the end of the grant cycle, qualifying programs with demonstrated success measured against unique key performance indicators will be eligible to continue using Grovo at a special discounted rate. “Nonprofit organizations across the country are doing incredible work to empower individuals to grow and improve by learning skills relevant to today’s work environments,” said Jeff Fernandez, co-founder and CEO of Grovo. “We’re pleased to provide standout organizations with innovative technology and microlearning content that will give underskilled workers the confidence to gain a competitive advantage in the workforce and become more informed, engaged citizens.” Grovo’s content library includes thousands of microlearning videos covering the tools and skills people need to do their best work. Lessons focused on soft skills include leadership development and the best methods for collaboration, strategizing and productivity. The content on digital tools cover a variety of software and programs commonly used in the workplace across a wide array of industries.   About Grovo for Good Grovo for Good is the social impact program of Grovo that harnesses the company’s people and products to make a positive impact on community workforce development through employee volunteerism, signature programming, and strategic partnerships. Grovo for Good partners with organizations such as NYC Department of Education, NPower, The Bowery Mission, Children’s Aid and Family Services of New Jersey and more, to harness Grovo’s technology, microlearning method, and expertise to empower people with the skills essential for success in today’s world. About Grovo Grovo is reimagining learning for today’s teams. The workplace learning company combines beautiful technology, engaging content, and hands-on advisory support to deliver a better way to learn at work. The heart of Grovo’s approach is microlearning -- bite-sized video lessons, exercises and real-world practice delivered in the right way, at the right time. From digital skills to leadership training, Grovo teaches employees the behaviors to be extraordinary at what they do, on a platform that learners and trainers love. Founded in 2010, Grovo has delivered more than 9 million learning moments at organizations in over 190 countries. Its own culture of learning has earned the company recognition as a "Best Place to Work" by Entrepreneur Magazine, Crain’s, and Internet Week. Headquartered in NYC, Grovo has raised venture financing from some of the world’s best investors, including Accel Partners, Greg Waldorf, Costanoa Venture Capital, SoftTech VC, and Vayner Capital.  

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    Santa Monica, CA and Madrid, Spain – March 29, 2016 – Cornerstone OnDemand announced that Palladium Hotel Group, the seventh largest Spanish hotel consortium in the world, has selected Cornerstone’s unified talent management solution to better recruit, train and manage its global workforce. Palladium will apply its corporate philosophy of excellence and high standard of guest satisfaction it is known for to its workforce to better engage and enable employees to take charge of their careers. Part of the family-owned Grupo Empresas Matutes, Palladium will offer Cornerstone’s software to its 11,000 employees across multiple business units. The hotel group manages 50 hotels in six countries, including Brazil, Dominican Republic, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico and Spain, under four primary brands: Palladium Hotels & Resorts, Fiesta Hotels & Resorts, Ushuaïa Unexpected Hotels and Ayre Hoteles. “Palladium Hotel Group has big plans for growth, and Cornerstone is essential to ensuring better and faster decision making in relation to our most important asset, our employees,” said Raul Benito, corporate director of human resources and organization, Palladium Hotel Group. “With Cornerstone, Palladium will standardize processes, develop models based on best practices, improve productivity, detect training needs and enable better talent assessment, ultimately improving our strong commitment to internal promotion of the best talent.” Offering a wide range of guest experiences across varied destinations, Palladium needed a single database and organizational structure that would unify the data and reporting model for efficient and effective HR decision making, while also providing tools that would promote employee engagement and professional development. To do this, Palladium will employ Cornerstone Recruiting, Cornerstone Onboarding, Cornerstone Learning, Cornerstone Connect and Cornerstone Performance. By implementing Cornerstone’s comprehensive talent management suite, Palladium Hotel Group will be able to: Support employee development and knowledge sharing. Using Cornerstone Learning and Cornerstone Connect, Palladium employees will have instant access to critical training and development resources and will be able to collaborate with colleagues to share best practices. This will allow employees to take command of their professional development and will help to build a culture with greater employee engagement and higher motivation levels. Identify, reward and retain top performers. With Cornerstone, Palladium will be able to better identify high-performing internal candidates for career advancement opportunities and help facilitate internal mobility. Implementing a strong internal mobility program has proven to boost retention rates and improve employee satisfaction. Make informed, data-driven business decisions. Through Cornerstone’s advanced and secure cloud-based technology, Palladium will be able to create a more streamlined and efficient system, allowing better insight into the needs of the organization and the strengths of its employees.   “One of the key objectives for Palladium Hotel Group is to have all talent management processes in one place in order to better drive the development of their employees,” said Vincent Belliveau, executive vice president and general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Cornerstone OnDemand. “With our unified platform offering, Cornerstone can support Palladium’s expansion policy via scaling and accelerating employee development in line with business priorities and growth.”   About Palladium Hotel Group Palladium Hotel Group is a Spanish hotel chain with more than 40 years of experience. The chain has 50 hotels in six countries: Spain, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Sicily (Italy) and Brazil and operates four brands: Palladium Hotels & Resorts, with four sub-brands: The Royal Suites by Palladium, Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts Palladium and Palladium Hotels Boutique hotels (with Agroturismo Sa Talaia) - Fiesta Hotels & Resorts, Ushuaia Unexpected Hotels, Only You, with Ayre Hotels Hotel & Lounge - and a licensed brand Hard Rock Hotels. Palladium Hotel Group’s philosophy is to offer its guests high-quality amenities and services in each hotel and resort, as well as excellent value. Palladium Hotel Group is family owned (Grupo Empresas Matutues) and based in Ibiza, Spain.   About Cornerstone OnDemand Cornerstone OnDemand is a global leader in cloud-based learning and talent management software. The company’s solutions help organizations realize the potential of a modern workforce. From recruitment, onboarding, training and collaboration, to performance management, compensation, succession planning and analytics, Cornerstone is designed to enable a lifetime of learning and development that is fundamental to the growth of employees and organizations.  Based in Santa Monica, California, the company’s solutions are used by nearly 2,600 clients worldwide, spanning 23.8 million users across 191 countries and 42 languages.

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    Indianapolis, IN – March 30, 2016 − Lesson.ly, the leader in learning automation software, announced a $5 million Series A funding round led by OpenView, with participation from High Alpha Capital and Allos Ventures. The capital will be used to fuel hiring and product innovation. Lesson.ly currently serves more than 250 customers including brands like Intuit Workforce, Trunk Club, Gusto, Thumbtack, NBC News and MSNBC. “In 2013 our first client created their first lesson, and today more than 200,000 employees are learning with Lesson.ly,” said Max Yoder, Lesson.ly’s co-founder and CEO. “This investment brings the capital and expertise we need to accelerate our learner-first technology and aggressively pursue our mission of helping people do better work so they can live better lives.” Lesson.ly’s web-based software centralizes the tribal knowledge employees depend on and presents it as step-by-step lessons that include quizzes and feedback loops to measure engagement and promote retention. Employees are able to complete assignments, search for best practices, and request additional learning content from any device. “Unlike traditional learning software, Lesson.ly does not require a dedicated learning and development department to create lessons,” Yoder said. “More than eighty percent of lessons are created by employees who do not have backgrounds in learning and development.” “Lesson.ly’s flexibility and automation API made it the only choice for our sales teams’ learning needs,” said Teresa Ferguson, director of training at Trunk Club. “Lesson.ly integrates with our CRM and product catalog, allowing us to use business data to drive the right learning at the right time. The result is more engagement, retention, and better sales quota attainment. Plus, their customer experience is outstanding.” Ricky Pelletier, Partner at OpenView, will be joining the Lesson.ly Board of Directors. “One of the greatest challenges companies face as they grow and scale is ensuring their employees have the information and context needed to be successful in their jobs,” said Pelletier. “Max and the Lesson.ly team have created a powerful solution that overcomes the challenge of employee learning by democratizing and automating the process. The entire OpenView team is thrilled to take part in this next chapter of Lesson.ly’s success.” The global corporate eLearning market is expected to reach more than $31 billion by 2020, according to research firm Technavio. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 500,000 companies between 20 and 500 employees – a market Yoder said Lesson.ly is built to serve. “We believe that learning automation, the field Lesson.ly is helping to pioneer, is poised to grow into an enormous industry,” said Mike Fitzgerald, a Lesson.ly board member and partner at High Alpha. “The High Alpha partners have worked closely with Max and the Lesson.ly team since the business was founded. We believe Lesson.ly is uniquely positioned to be a market leader and we couldn’t be more excited to help support their future growth.” Prior to today’s funding news, Lesson.ly released key product enhancements including next-generation knowledge base tools, comprehensive lesson search, and a completely redesigned user interface. Employees succeed when they have streamlined access to company knowledge, best practices, and team policies. Lesson.ly’s learning automation software helps more than 250 companies capture this information as step-by-step lessons that are easy to assign, measure, search, and update.    About OpenView OpenView is an expansion stage venture firm helping build software companies like Instructure, Kareo, Datadog and Expensify into market leaders. Through our Expansion Platform, we help companies hire the best talent, acquire and retain the right customers and partner with industry leaders so they can dominate their markets. Our focus on the expansion stage makes us uniquely suited to provide truly tailored operational support to our companies. 

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    New York, NY – March  30, 2016 - CGS, a global provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services, announced its opening of two new international offices supporting its business process outsourcing (BPO) services. The offices, located in Valparaíso City, Chile and Miercurea Ciuc, Romania, extend CGS's booming international BPO growth. The announcement comes on the heels of its Israel office opening in November 2015, as well as the acquisition of BPO provider Mas Cerca in Chile in December 2015. Computer Generated Solutions Chile S.A. (CGS Chile) is the largest technical and BPO company in Chile and has been providing BPO services in the region for over 15 years. Its new BPO office in Valparaíso City marks its seventh office in the country and will house 300 agents and support clients across several industry sectors. Additionally, CGS's newest office located in Miercurea Ciuc, Romania, is its sixth location in the country and answers the needs for European language support with a focus on Hungarian-speaking support agents. "Our rapid international BPO expansion exemplifies the hard work of CGS's talented and dynamic team across the globe," said Phil Friedman, president and CEO, CGS. "We're very pleased to announce the opening of two new BPO offices that will support our current and future clients with high-quality outsourcing services, language support with dedicated teams and customizable solutions. The new offices in Chile and Romania will enhance our global network and continue to demonstrate our dedication to meeting client needs and answering to evolving market demands." With a base of more than 7,000 multilingual, dedicated call center agents located throughout North America, Europe, South America and the Middle East, CGS currently supports many of the world's industry-leading brands. CGS's innovative, scalable and flexible outsourcing solutionsinclude help desk solutions, technical support, customer care, sales and channel management, and finance and accounting.   About CGS For over 30 years, CGS has enabled global enterprises, regional companies and government agencies to drive breakthrough performance through business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services. CGS is wholly focused on creating comprehensive solutions that meet clients' complex, multi-dimensional needs and support clients' most fundamental business activities. Headquartered in New York City, CGS has offices across North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Asia.  

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    Raleigh, NC – March 31, 2016 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies list, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies. View the 2016 Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies Selection to the 2016 Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies list was based on the following criteria: Industry visibility, innovation and impact Capability to deliver multiple types of training services Company size and growth potential Strength of clients Geographic reach “The Top 20 Training Outsourcing companies lead our industry’s innovation in many ways,” said Ken Taylor, president, Training Industry, Inc. “We frequently see these companies steering the conversation on where learning and development can and should go.  They tend to use learning technologies to drive truly complete solutions, specifically aligned to business goals and objectives.” “The Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies list is frequently used as a resource to help you select partners who can provide a comprehensive service suite to support your organization’s most strategic learning initiatives,” said Doug Harward, CEO, Training Industry, Inc. “These companies represent the leaders in our industry, and are well-equipped to provide your organization with the tools and guidance necessary to meet a broad range of learning services.” Please provide any thoughts or feedback on this list by emailing info@trainingindustry.com.  View the 2016 Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies   About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry, and publishes annual Top 20 and Watch List reports covering many sectors of interest to the corporate training function. Our focus is on helping dedicated businesses and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    Chicago, IL – April 1, 2016 − MicroTek, an industry leader in the delivery of training room rentals, virtual training solutions, meeting services and large training roll-outs is pleased to announce that it has expanded its Virtual Training Room offering to its Seattle partner facility. This expansion will allow MicroTek to better serve its client base with training events in the Pacific Northwest. Utilizing Virtual Training Room, these clients will now be able to train participants in class and remotely from anywhere in the world. “Expanding our Next Generation Classroom and Virtual Training Room offerings allows us to address the unique technical, business and operational needs of our customers. Specifically, this expansion demonstrates the success of our Virtual Training Room,” said Hugh McCullen, president, MicroTek. “Since we introduced it in early 2015, Virtual Training Room has been utilized by our customers to provide a superior learning experience to thousands of participants.” Utilizing state-of-the-art teleconferencing equipment including high-definition audio and video and advanced collaboration tools, Virtual training Room makes it easy for instructors to deliver effective training to both onsite and offsite participants. The virtual session is initiated from the MicroTek authorized origination site that contains the instructor and classroom participants. Remote participants can connect to the session from anywhere—allowing both remote and on-site students to collaborate with each other and their instructor in a real time, online interface. This engaging platform allows for a true hybrid learning experience where every student is equally involved in a training session, from in-class discussions to in- depth training exercises. Customers are able to effectively train more participants in geographically dispersed locations. Virtual Training Room is now offered at 12 facilities throughout the United States. Further expansion is planned in the coming months in Arizona, Texas and Canada. ABOUT MICROTEK Since 1991, MicroTek has been an industry-leading, single-source provider of business training and meeting rooms, virtual training platforms and instructor sourcing services. With over 3,000 locations worldwide, MicroTek is renowned for its state-of-the-art facilities, Next Generation Classroom technology and unmatched service support. We have the resources, expertise and commitment to execute a total training delivery solution to any client of any size, located anywhere in the world. MicroTek was named a Top Training Company for the seventh consecutive year by trainingindustry.com.

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