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    San Francisco, CA - December 13, 2016 - Inkling, the leader in mobile communications for the deskless worker, today announced a $25 million Series E round, bringing the total funding to date to $95 million. Sapphire Ventures led the round with participation from current investors Sequoia Capital and Tenaya Capital. The company will use the new funding to expand its product and sales efforts globally. Today, 75 percent of U.S. workers perform their jobs without sitting in front of a desk or computer. Think of the restaurant worker, sales person, field service technician, or retail employee. Information technology has not played a transformative role in their lives. In fact, employers often inform and equip these workers by shipping paper binders or distributing static PDF files. However, the broadening availability and affordability of mobile technologies is finally changing this dynamic. Inkling lets enterprises communicate with deskless workers and enables measurement of employee engagement and compliance. Real-time updates ensure that field employees are always looking at the most up-to-date information. Built-in analytics allows employers to correlate usage data with critical performance metrics like customer satisfaction, revenue, and brand consistency. “Mobile devices are finally poised to change the work lives of tens of millions of deskless employees, so the opportunity is massive” said Matt MacInnis, CEO of Inkling. “We are excited to scale our business alongside Nino and the entire Sapphire Ventures team, a team that has deep enterprise software experience, a differentiated business development platform, and a track record of working with growth-stage companies.” Over the past year, Inkling has grown its customer base to include top 10 firms in the insurance, retail, restaurant, pharmaceutical, energy, and manufacturing industries. As a recent example, McDonald’s rolled out Inkling to roughly 15,000 restaurants. Inkling also achieved a key milestone this year, surpassing one million licenses sold, and expanded its executive team to include new leaders in both marketing and product. “Along with its incredible base of customers, we believe Inkling has a deep technology advantage in serving distributed workforces across a wide range of industries,” said Nino Marakovic, CEO and managing director of Sapphire Ventures. “Inkling’s customers have shared with us firsthand the transformational impact of the company’s technology on the lives of over a million workers. We look forward to helping Inkling tap into Sapphire’s own enterprise network to further enable the company to grow and improve the work lives of tens of millions more people worldwide.” With this new funding, Marakovic will join Inkling’s board of directors. About Inkling Systems, Inc. Inkling is on a mission to transform the way people work. Founded in 2009 and backed by Sequoia Capital, Sapphire Ventures, and Tenaya Capital, Inkling’s mobile communication platform allows enterprises to convey critical information to their deskless workers. Employees today expect to access accurate and compelling information on any mobile device, yet enterprises still ship paper binders or print static PDF and Word files. Companies use Inkling to convey mission critical information via video, interactive images, dynamic documents, and/or alerts. Using Inkling, enterprises enforce their brand standards and deliver exceptional customer experiences. About Sapphire Ventures Sapphire Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on helping innovative technology companies become global category leaders. Leveraging nearly two decades of experience and an extensive global enterprise network, Sapphire Ventures invests capital, resources and expertise to enable its portfolio companies to scale rapidly. Whether entrepreneurs sell to businesses, consumers or both, Sapphire Ventures offers a platform for business development and operational excellence to help them accelerate growth. With over $2.4 billion under management via direct growth investments and early-stage fund investments, Sapphire Ventures is positioned to elevate companies to the global stage. Find us in Palo Alto and London and at www.sapphireventures.com

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    Arlington, VA - December 13, 2016 - Omega Performance has launched its Case Study Library, the latest innovation in lender training. The Case Study Library provides next-level training that builds upon Omega Performance's industry-leading blended learning model, which combines comprehensive, self-paced eLearning with facilitator-led Skills Application Labs. Omega Performance created the Case Study Library to help lenders gain post-training experience quickly and without exposing their organization to risk. "In a commercial bank environment, those with commercial lending or small business lending responsibilities must develop higher-level analytical thinking," said Jenny Daley, president and chief executive officer at Omega Performance. "It is important that they know how to apply the credit risk mitigation concepts they have learned in different environments and under different economic conditions." To meet this challenge, progressive banks have found an effective solution—using the case study learning approach made popular by educational institutions like the Harvard Business School. This methodology helps professionals develop the skills to interpret a complex business challenge rapidly, arrive at a logical solution swiftly, and articulate their recommendation in a concise, effective way. In line with this approach, individuals enrolled in Omega Performance's Case Study Library evaluate credit opportunities on their own, then receive feedback from experts in their lending area. This feedback presents learners with an opportunity to refine their thinking and—if they choose—adjust their recommendations. They then present their recommendations to a group of their peers, who challenge their assumptions and ask "what if" and "why." "Participants learn to hone their analysis skills in this process," said Colleen VanDyke, Omega Performance design and development director. "Using their independent decision-making skills on more complex, higher-risk credit requests, participants acquire the requisite experience and higher-level analytical thought processes required to improve their on-the-job performance." Omega Performance's Case Study Library is designed for lenders, credit underwriters, loan reviewers, and branch managers who would benefit from additional experience evaluating a variety of lending scenarios. About Omega Performance Founded in 1976, Omega Performance is the banking industry leader in credit and business conversation training, offering high-impact training solutions to banks, credit unions, wealth management firms, and nonbank financial institutions worldwide. Using proven and time-tested strategies, the company helps lending institutions of all sizes develop and sustain strong credit cultures, make smart credit and risk management decisions, create profitable loan portfolios, and enhance their value propositions in a fiercely competitive marketplace. Headquartered in Arlington, VA, Omega Performance has global offices in London, Singapore, Sydney, and Mumbai. For more information, visit http://www.omega-performance.com/

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    Herndon, VA - December 14, 2016 - Learning Tree International, Inc. (OTCQX: LTRE) today announced a new worldwide partnership strategy involving third-party solutions to better provide comprehensive, end-to-end training solutions for IT organizations worldwide. The company will initially expand its course offerings in North America to include 12 Cisco courses spanning networking fundamentals such as routing and switching, network security and wireless networking. A suite of Adobe training offerings — including titles on Illustrator, Photoshop, and other Adobe programs — will also be available in the next two weeks. “Learning Tree is proud to expand our offerings, boosting our ability to help IT organizations tackle their workforce development challenges with blended learning solutions,” said Richard A. Spires, CEO of Learning Tree International. “This is a categorical change from Learning Tree’s historical approach of developing and delivering vendor-independent content, and allows Learning Tree to best serve the needs of our clients by growing our playbook strategically.” This new partnership strategy supports Learning Tree’s commitment to providing full-service, blended learning solutions to IT organizations. From vendor-independent training and industry-leading certifications, to a full suite of workforce optimization services — these new options ensure Learning Tree can serve as the #1 provider of IT and workforce solutions for business and government organizations worldwide. “As we shifted our strategy to include third-party solutions to ensure we’re meeting our clients’ needs, we knew that Cisco-certified content would be a part of this new approach,” said Magnus Nylund, COO of Learning Tree. “The ability to attain Cisco certification is important to our clients, and we want to help them achieve that as part of our end-to-end workforce optimization solutions offerings. Our goal is to offer resources our clients need beyond certification as well, including complimentary learning materials like webinars, video blogs, ebooks, and more.” Learning Tree will continue to support the enrollment and attendance processes for these Cisco courses —as well as future third-party courses — and will continue to serve as a one-stop knowledge resource for clients at all stages of their learning journey. Learning Tree will continue to grow their library of offerings through in-house development of vendor-independent courseware, in addition to this new strategy. Learning Tree’s new, multi-pronged partnership expansion strategy will include: Third-Party Content: Offering courseware from industry-leading vendors like Cisco, Adobe and others Enhanced Curricula: Strategically adding vendor content to current Learning Tree offerings to better support the client learning path Certification Partnerships: Exploring opportunities to work with certification organizations that don’t have an established training channel Reseller Partnerships: Exploring opportunities to expand client base via resellers to ensure outreach of Learning Tree’s proprietary, award-winning courses About Learning Tree International Established in 1974, Learning Tree is a leading provider of IT training to business and government organisations worldwide. Learning Tree provides Workforce Optimization Solutions — a modern approach to delivering learning and development services that improves the adoption of skills, and accelerates the implementation of technical and business processes required to improve IT service delivery. These services include: needs assessments, skill gaps analyses, blended learning solutions, and Project Acceleration Workshops. Over 2.4 million professionals have enhanced their skills through Learning Tree’s extensive library of proprietary and partner content on topics including: web development, cyber security, project management, Agile, operating systems, networking, cloud computing, leadership, and more. To learn more, call 1-888-THE-TREE (843-8733) or visit LearningTree.com

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    Princeton, NJ - December 15, 2016 - Veterati has launched a digital platform for veterans and military spouses to access mentorship-on-demand from successful professionals across the nation. Since more than 80% of jobs are unpublished and exist solely within personal networks, Veterati focuses on mentorship as a primary means to discovering career options and securing real jobs. With Verizon as an inaugural client, the vision for Veterati is on track to become a driver of hope for Veterans coming home from active duty. The Veterati mission is to create mentorship conversations between 1.5 million transitioning veterans to the 100 million Americans currently employed across America to secure meaningful post-military careers for our veterans. Survey after survey of top traits employers are seeking are ingrained by the military in their soldiers: leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, 21-year olds responsible for not just financial spreadsheets but their brother and sisters living or dying by the quality of their work. 1.5m Veterans transitioning, 5.5m Military spouses unemployed or underemployed. "We created Veterati because freedom is not free and there must be a social contract between the private sector and our veterans coming home," says Diana Tsai, CEO of Veterati. "Security, prosperity, comes at a price. That price is millions of American lives, soldiers and their families that give up creature comforts to ensure that WE can keep building, inventing, prospering- in a peaceful society." After launching a successful pilot program in November 2015, Veterati opened the platform to Service Members, Veterans, Military Spouses, and Mentors across the country. Since opening, mentees have been averaging 3.7 mentor calls per active user. 98% of mentors report they want to mentor again. Compared with competitors charging job applicants for career coaching and guidance, Veterati has already provided $300,000+ worth of free mentorship to Veterans and Military spouses, and that number is rapidly rising. About VeteratiLaunched in late 2015, Veterati gives every American an opportunity to become part of the solution to getting Veterans & Military spouse's meaningful careers. In a matter of minutes, the Veterati platform can build Veterans a cabinet of unlimited mentors. With the help of individuals in the private sector, Veterans are empowered with a cabinet of individuals, CEOs, recruiters, entrepreneurs, all in their corner, advising them on their job search, connecting them to their networks. That's the collective power of mentorship. It takes a village. For more information on Veterati, please visit at www.veterati.com.

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    Dallas, TX - December 15, 2016 - OutMatch, a leader in helping organizations match the right people with the right jobs, today introduced its newest solution: virtual leadership simulations that enable companies to make better, faster, and more cost-effective leadership selection decisions as well as improve succession planning, and more effective leadership development programs. OutMatch Leadership Simulation, powered by Pinsight™, enables companies to use objective data and helps avoid the trap of using current performance to predict future success – a practice that results in managers making poor succession recommendations 60 percent of the time. By immersing candidates in realistic yet challenging online leadership simulations using live web-cam role plays with trained human actors, OutMatch Leadership Simulation observes more than 250 leadership behaviors in a simulated business environment. Certified assessors generate data analytics that evaluate the potential and readiness of managers, directors, and executives for more responsibility, and predict a leader’s ability to execute an organization’s specific strategies. Typical in-person simulations can cost $10,000 per employee and take up to 2 days to complete. By using this virtual solution, simulations can now be done in 3 hours, at a fraction of the cost, and deliver better results. “OutMatch Leadership Simulation enables companies to measure the difference between ‘high potential’ and ‘ready now’ candidates before making succession decisions,” said OutMatch President and CEO Greg Moran. “Using future-oriented data, organizations gain valuable insight to predict and confidently put the right leaders in place to drive growth and profitability.” OutMatch Leadership Simulation provides different simulations for various levels within an organization, from front-line managers to senior executives. Candidates review a fictional business case study prior to participating in the virtual role-play simulation, which takes approximately three hours. They gain a real sense of what it’s like to be in the job, resulting in great insights. Within 24 hours, an assessment report is produced that delivers analytics regarding readiness and potential, and identifies high-potential candidates. In addition, participants receive personalized feedback and follow-up development exercises. OutMatch processes more than 10 million candidates per year for job opportunities at over 200,000 locations, providing the measurement, insight, and impact that companies need to make better hires. Using an industry-first SaaS+ model that combines innovative technology, world-class services, and support, OutMatch works with large, decentralized organizations with high-volume hiring needs in the hospitality, restaurant, and retail industries, including recognized names such as American Airlines, Aspen Dental, Brinker International, Circle K, Esurance, Hyatt, and La Quinta. About OutMatch Building a high-performing company requires matching the right people with the right roles. But, hiring is often subjective, lacks clarity, and doesn’t help companies understand the impact of a new hire. OutMatch fixes these problems. Using industry-leading assessment technology and expertise, OutMatch delivers the predictive data that’s missing from the hiring process. With clear, measurable insight into candidates and new hires, managers make better hiring decisions, and organizations are finally able to measure the impact of hiring on the company. For more information, visit http://www.outmatch.com or @OutMatchHCM.

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    Irvine, CA - December 15, 2016 - The demand for skilled web developers is at an all-time high. Because of this, the University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) will launch a 24-week Coding Boot Camp in March 2017. The innovative, full stack program is ideal for motivated individuals looking for a new and challenging career or advancement. The Coding Boot Camp, which will start on March 14, 2017, is designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals and students, with two three-hour evening classes during the week (6:30-9:30pm) and a four-hour class on Saturdays (10:00am-2:00pm). All classes will be held in the DCE building located on the UCI campus. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, web development ranks among the world's fastest-growing professions, with jobs projected to increase at a 20 percent annual pace through 2022. The opportunities for skilled developers have long passed the labor supply: Of more than 150,000 new openings posted each year, some 50,000 go unfilled. The median salary for professional web developers is $63,000, with some earning as much as $110,000 a year. "There are endless opportunities," says Brian Breen, Director of Corporate Education at UCI DCE. "While web development is a profession that can be tough and time consuming, students will find 'The Coding Boot Camp' to be flexible and impactful." Program graduates earn a certificate in Full stack Web Development from UCI Division of Continuing Education, signifying they have the skills to create front- and back-end web applications. The curriculum covers everything from the basics of coding, algorithms and data structure, to intensive training in Javascript, Node.js, HTML, CSS, jQuery, C#, and more. In addition to learning in the classroom, students will spend 10-15 hours a week on outside projects and experiential learning activities to build a professional project portfolio that showcases their abilities to create web applications. Students will also receive a range of career-planning services, portfolio reviews, demo days, recruiting assistance and extensive staff support. Local businesses participating in 'The Coding Boot Camp's' employer network will advise on the subject material and other student needs. While no previous experience is required, applicants should have a basic understanding of coding. "A career in web development can offer myriad opportunities for inspiring work and professional growth," adds Brian Breen. "The Coding Boot Camp at UCI can provide the perfect entry point for anyone willing to work hard and to learn." To learn more about The Coding Boot Camp, visit here. Students can apply online or by calling (949) 214-4016. About UCI Division of Continuing Education: The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education provides open enrollment learning opportunities, serving adult students online, at the UCI campus, and at employer sites nationally and worldwide. Since 1962, the UCI Division of Continuing Education has offered open enrollment learning opportunities to the Orange County community, providing open access to the resources of the university, through certificate and specialized studies programs and free, open educational resources. Connect with UCI Division of Continuing Education on the institution's social media channels. About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 28,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. Located in one of the world's safest and most economically vibrant communities, it's Orange County's second-largest employer, contributing $4.8 billion annually to the local economy.

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    Plymouth, U.K - December 16, 2016 - Custom-made elearning company, Sponge UK is pushing the boundaries of Articulate’s new elearning authoring suite with a special Christmas game. The award-winning team at Sponge used the game build to test out some of the brand new features of Articulate 360, the latest elearning development software offering, released last month. “It’s a bit of a tradition at Sponge to create a complimentary, festive game instead of a Christmas card,” said Liam O’Meara, Head of Sales and Marketing at Sponge UK. “This year, we used the opportunity to put Articulate 360 through its paces. It’s a great way to have some fun and try out some of the new technology. We’re already getting excited about how we can use what we’ve learned to enrich digital learning for our clients in the future.” In Christmas game, players help Santa wrap presents by firing them into the gift-wrapping department. Then, they must deliver them down the chimney without hitting the walls or ledges. At the end, players can post their scores to an online leaderboard.  Developers at Sponge incorporated several new features of Articulate 360 into the festive game, including: Object collision trigger - to allow presents to hit obstacles in the chimney   Dial interaction mechanism – to aim Santa’s gift-wrapping canon Articulate Review – to aid collaboration and speed up game development “We’ve had lots of fun making the Christmas game using Articulate 360,” said Adam Read, Development Team Manager at Sponge. “The new interactions open up fresh possibilities for creative elearning development.  In particular, the tool now enables richer game mechanics, and the team is looking forward to pushing the technology even further over the coming months.” Last year, Sponge’s Christmas game, Save Santa was played 65 thousand times after being featured by a Chinese gaming website. The company is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of digital learning solutions for the workplace, working with some of the biggest brands in the world. Sponge UK’s Christmas game is free to play and available at www.spongeuk.com/xmas Sponge UK creates custom-made elearning, designed to supercharge workplace performance. It supports global organisations with tailored courses and campaigns that lead to accelerated productivity, increased sales, compliant workplaces and enhanced staff effectiveness. The company’s focus is on making deeply absorbing learning, inspiring people to connect with and apply what they learn.

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    Bangalore, India - December 19, 2016 - Tata AIG General Insurance Company Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Manipal Global Education Services (MaGE) to offer a customised General Insurance Training Program for participants at the Manipal Academy of Banking & Insurance in Bangalore. MaGE's General Insurance Training Program is a customised residential one-year full-time training program comprising of four months on-campus residential training and two months of internship followed by six months of on-the-job training at an Tata AIG General Insurance Company Limited branch. It is designed to skill learners on various areas to equip participants with the necessary domain knowledge in General Insurance and also to enhance their competency and business development skills. On the successful completion, students will be awarded a Post-graduate Diploma in General Insurance and will be offered employment at Tata AIG General Insurance Company Limited. The aim of the General Insurance Training Program is to mould officers of high calibre in the field of general insurance and create productive workforce. The first part of the General Insurance Training Program will commence in March 2017 in Bangalore. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Neelesh Garg, CEO & Managing Director Tata AIG General Insurance Company Limited said, "This is a proud moment for us to be pioneers in the General Insurance space, in initiating a partnership of such nature with MaGE." Given that we are in the business of risk, domain expertise plays a very important role at every level of the business. Tata AIG General Insurance Company Limited would be pleased to have on board students who will successfully complete this course, as they will then be equipped with the required expertise to take on the day-to-day challenges of the insurance business. We at Tata AIG are thought leaders in a knowledge industry and have a strong culture embedded in learning and this partnership is a step in that direction. Mr. S Vaitheeswaran, MD and CEO, MaGE said, "We are delighted to enter into the MoU with Tata AIG General Insurance Limited. MaGE aims to provide quality education, training and skills with strong industry connect and this program with Tata AIG General Insurance Company Limited reflects that deep interest and commitment. MaGE has been successfully applying this Industry-Academia business model with other insurance companies in India. We believe relationships such as these will be truly beneficial to the industry, ensuring first-day-first-hour productivity. We are sure this program will pave the way to many active collaborative engagements that will benefit the insurance, banking and financial services industry." About Tata AIG General Insurance Company Limited: Tata AIG General Insurance Company Limited is a joint venture between the Tata Group and the American International Group (AIG). Tata AIG General Insurance Company Limited celebrated 16 years of service this year (2016) since it commenced operations on January 22, 2001. The company has made a mark in the industry by launching several innovative products and services over the years. Tata AIG General Insurance Company Limited has a workforce of around 3000 employees present in 152 branches across India. The company's products are available through various channels of distribution such as Agency which has a combined strength of 10,328 agents and a very strong Broking channel of 347 brokers. Tata AIG General Insurance Company Limited has an empowered claims team, with an in-house capability of 400 plus experts spread across 64 centers in India. Further details: http://www.tataaiginsurance.in/ About MaGE: Manipal Global Education Services (http://www.manipalglobal.com) is a leading international provider of high-quality higher education services. These include: - Certification programs in various fields like Management, IT and Finance.- Corporate training programs in partnership with major banks and IT companies in domains such as banking, data science, management and technology.- Technology-driven services in areas such as testing and education delivery.- Vocational training across a number of industries. Manipal Global owns and operates universities and medical colleges in Antigua in the Caribbean, Dubai, Malaysia and Nepal, as well as GlobalNxt University, which offers internationally recognised business and IT degrees online as well as customised training for corporates.  All these Universities have extensive academic tie-ups with top universities across the world. Manipal ProLearn partners with industry leaders like Google, Amazon, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, EY and PEOPLECERT to provide high quality certification courses in management, IT and Finance. Manipal Global believes industry relevance is the key to career-focused education. This has led to innovative partnerships like the Manipal Global Academy of Banking in collaboration with leading Indian banks like ICICI Bank, Bank of Baroda, Punjab National Bank, Andhra Bank, Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank, among others. Manipal Global Academy of Information Technology (MGAIT) supports nearly 20 IT majors with online and residential boot camps, innovative Accelerated Learning Programs and other productivity and skill-related training needs. It also conducts beginner and advanced level programmes for technical architects and product managers. Manipal Global Academy of Data Science (MGADS) is in partnership with Manipal University to offer a PG Diploma in Data Science to both freshers and working professionals, setting them up for a career in the 'hottest career of the decade'. It also offers solutions for identifying data science talent, competence benchmarking as well as entry and advanced level training in the field of data science. MeritTrac is India's premier pure play Testing & Assessment Services Company which provides innovative assessment services to leading educational institutions, government organizations and corporate entities. Manipal City and Guilds in partnership with City & Guilds, UK, offers vocational training and certification programs for learners. The Manipal Global mantra - Achieve, Enable and Transform - builds on this legacy to create a future for every life it touches, a future that inspires achievements, enables ambitions, and transforms lives, worldwide.

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    Fairfax, VA - December 19, 2016 - ICF (NASDAQ:ICFI), a consulting and technology services provider to government and commercial clients around the world, was selected to compete for up to $5.7 billion in two new contracts under the General Services Administration’s Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCaTS). The 10-year government-wide contracts, awarded in the third quarter, allow federal agencies to access ICF’s extensive resources and expertise in customized training and development, human capital strategy and organizational performance improvement. HCaTS is a multiple-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) vehicle administered by GSA in partnership with the Office of Personnel Management. The two contracts have individual ceilings of $3.45 billion and $2.3 billion, respectively. Both include one five-year base plus one five-year option and one six-month option. For more than 25 years, ICF has helped nearly every federal agency address its human capital challenges. ICF leverages innovative methods and industry best practices in areas such as dynamic learning, workforce analytics and cyber workforce development to provide clients with best-in-class training, organizational and individual performance and process improvement services. “With HCaTS, our federal clients will continue to have access to the innovative workforce services they have come to expect from ICF,” said Christina Curnow, PhD and senior vice president for ICF. “We are thrilled to continue to play a leadership role in advancing the federal human capital and training strategy and in supporting the workforce development and digital workforce transformation goals of federal agencies.” For More Information ICF HCaTS ICF Organizational Learning and Performance ICF Agile Learning About ICF ICF (NASDAQ:ICFI) is a global consulting and technology services provider with more than 5,000 professionals focused on making big things possible for our clients. We are business analysts, policy specialists, technologists, researchers, digital strategists, social scientists and creatives. Since 1969, government and commercial clients have worked with ICF to overcome their toughest challenges on issues that matter profoundly to their success. Come engage with us at icf.com.

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    San Francisco, CA - December 20, 2016 - Headquartered in San Francisco, FinTech School, a FinTech Portfolio company, leverages its network of subject matter experts and practicing entrepreneurs to bring affordable and practical training to people, corporations and universities across the world who are interested in financial technology (FinTech) via highly curated on and offline content. They have partnered with advisors and consultants to financial institutions such as Moody’s to provide onsite workshops and custom-made programs to advise their clients on FinTech trends, regulatory affairs, business models and strategic product development. "The FinTech School continues to be a great partner delivering on-site training programs and fintech innovation tours to the largest financial institutions from China. We look forward to launching our joint offering to service our 800,000 alumni with online fintech training," said Yawe Cui, Moody's Senior Academic Director & Chief Interpreter.FinTech School also provides content to top tier US Business Schools like The Wharton School of Business. “The FinTech School’s presentation was knowledgeable, well-paced, and consistently relevant. This workshop is an outstanding resource as an introduction to FinTech for professionals at all levels,” said Steve Hernandez, Director, Career Management Wharton MBA Program for Executives, San Francisco.Given that most e-learning marketplaces lack FinTech Content, they have packaged courses that are also available to professionals who are looking to learn more about specific fintech topics, are exploring a switch in their careers or interested in advancing in their current job related to this space. Their content can be made available to Global e-learning marketplaces and white-labeled as needed.FinTech School is actively looking for distribution partners for its content, instructors and strategic investors to scale online content production, technical integrations with learning management systems and finalize global distribution agreements. Their new physical location is a FinTech Innovation Hub in San Francisco called FinTech Plex. For more information email: info@fintechschool.com

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    San Francisco, CA - December 20, 2016 - Today, Dev Bootcamp, the original immersive software developer bootcamp, and Pivotal, the company accelerating digital transformation for enterprises, announced that they have rolled out 12 Corporate Engineering Empathy training workshops to select audiences across Pivotal. This deployment of Dev Bootcamp’s corporate iteration of its unique and effective student training curriculum marks the organization’s first B2B product venture and the first-of-its-kind training program offered by a coding bootcamp. Dev Bootcamp-trained facilitators delivered the 12 workshops both in-person and virtually across several Pivotal offices – including its San Francisco headquarters – reaching 135 total employees. “We’re pleased to be providing this initial training series to a company like Pivotal,” said LaTeesha Thomas, Director of Partnerships and Corporate Training at Dev Bootcamp. “Pivotal and Dev Bootcamp share common values around being more accepting of people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives in order to create more inclusive and productive workplace environments.” The workshops, a mix of guided discussions and exercises related to day-to-day office interactions via email communication, performance reviews and meeting conduct, tackled issues such as: implicit bias, privilege and “allyship” (the process of building relationships based on trust with marginalized groups of people) as well as provided Pivotal employees with a framework for understanding bias and oppression, a common terminology to discuss microaggressions and other social identity based phenomena and strategies to combat these issues that can prohibit team productivity. The collaboration with Dev Bootcamp also represents the first time Pivotal has provided this type of extensive training from a third-party partner. “Empathy is one of the most important attributes we hire for at Pivotal,” said Joe Militello, Chief People Officer at Pivotal. “Pivotal’s mission is to help enterprises transform into software companies capable of moving at start-up speeds. As a result, one-of-a-kind programs such as Corporate Engineering Empathy empowers our employees to help our customers foster a software development culture in their respective organizations that’s optimized for change, and fueled by a diverse set of voices.” The Corporate Engineering Empathy program, a suite of trainings offered to companies, was born from Dev Bootcamp’s Engineering Empathy (EE) student curriculum created to help students harness the tools they need to work effectively as individuals and on teams. EE is one way that Dev Bootcamp creates a supportive, inclusive onsite campus environment that enables students to learn under pressure, give and receive effective feedback and engage in collaborative learning that builds self-confidence and develops an appreciation for working with others. Pivotal elected the “Creating an Inclusive Work Culture” Corporate Engineering Empathy module to roll out with its employees. Other modules include: “Navigating Difficult Conversations” dedicated to communication, feedback and tools to navigate difficult conversations; “Counteracting Bias in the Workplace” targeted at managers to help surface and thwart unconscious bias as an essential step towards effective leadership; and “Building Diverse Teams” complete with tactics to ensure recruiters and hiring managers are engaging qualified applicants who represent diverse communities. “Engineering Empathy, six modules taught onsite as part of our team-building curriculum, is frequently cited by our alumni and employer partners as a standout element of the Dev Bootcamp experience,” said Tarlin Ray, Chief Operating Officer at Dev Bootcamp. “In addition to satisfying requests from alumni to bring EE training to their employers, we launched the Corporate Engineering Empathy suite because it represents a new business development avenue for our company with the intent to improve hiring practices around diversity and increase employee satisfaction, safety and awareness for our customers.” To learn more about the Corporate Engineering Empathy program and receive additional information about onsite and virtual training workshops, visit here. About Dev BootcampDev Bootcamp pioneered the short-term, immersive developer bootcamp, a model that transforms people of all skill levels into highly employable web developers in a matter of months. The 18-week curriculum with integrated career training, creates technical aptitude, along with the interpersonal skills that today’s employers demand. With more than 2,700 graduates to date, and locations open in San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, San Diego, Seattle, and Austin, Dev Bootcamp immerses students in the supportive learning community they need to accelerate and shape their careers. Dev Bootcamp is owned by Kaplan, Inc. For more information, visit devbootcamp.com. About Pivotal Pivotal’s Cloud Native platform drives software innovation for many of the world’s most admired brands. With millions of developers in communities around the world, Pivotal technology touches billions of users every day. After shaping the software development culture of Silicon Valley's most valuable companies for over a decade, today Pivotal leads a global technology movement transforming how the world builds software.

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    San Francisco, CA - December 22, 2016 - Simplilearn (https://www.simplilearn.com), one of the leading professional certification training providers, today announced that it has become Google Developer’s first Authorized Training Partner (ATP) to start teaching the updated Android Fundamentals course approved by Google. The course is aimed at enabling mobile app developers to thoroughly and efficiently prepare for Google’s Associate Android Developers (AAD) Exam. This official certification is the industry benchmark for Android development skills. “We’re excited to partner with Google in its ambition to train two million Android developers in India,” said Simplilearn Chief Business Officer Kashyap Dalal. “Mobile applications continue to disrupt businesses and partnering with Google is in line with our mission of solving for the global skill gap in the digital age.” The global developer talent pool is projected to exceed 25 million by 2020, with India expected to become the world’s largest developer ecosystem by 2018, according to Evans Data Corporation. “We’re seeing great demand in India for Android Fundamentals course and certifications and by launching this integration with Simplilearn, we’re excited to provide seasoned developers and those entering the field with a new and effective way to learn Android skills which is at par with the global standards,” Peter Lubbers - Head of Google Developer Training said in a statement. Simplilearn’s Android Developer course is taught by a Google-authorized Android Trainer on the Simplilearn course platform. Course participants receive a holistic training experience in Android development, building real-life applications like a media player app, weather app, calculator app, Android Wear activity monitoring app, and more. The course is available through Simplilearn’s online self-learning platform as well as through instructor-led live, virtual classrooms where professionals learn from world-class faculty. Successful candidates certified by AAD are positioned for entry-level jobs in the mobile app industry with a portfolio of projects that demonstrate proficiency and skill in Android development. In July 2016, Google launched the Android Skilling program where it announced Simplilearn as one of the Authorized Training Partners to support Google in training two million developers in India over the next three years. About Simplilearn Simplilearn’s mission is to help professionals around the world acquire the skills they need to succeed in today’s digital economy. The company provides online training in disciplines such as Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Project Management, Digital Marketing, and Data Science where technologies and best practices are changing rapidly and demand for qualified candidates significantly exceeds supply. Based in San Francisco, California and Bangalore, India, Simplilearn has helped over 500,000 professionals and companies across 150+ countries get trained, acquire certifications, and up-skill their employees. Its training courses are designed and updated by renowned industry experts. Simplilearn’s blended learning approach combines online classes, instructor-led live virtual classrooms, project work, and 24/7 teaching assistance. More than 40 global training organizations have recognized Simplilearn as an official provider of certification training. The company has been named the 8th most influential education brand in the world by LinkedIn. For more information, visit https://www.simplilearn.com

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    Holland, MI - December 23, 2016 - Today, PlaybookBuilder, a pioneer learning management company, announced a major new release of it's video-based learning management platform. Built for large and small companies that seek to drive accountability and protect culture; this latest software release promises to upend the current marketplace by offering a powerful learning solution for a fraction of the cost of major industry players. PlaybookBuilder 4.0 has been reengineered from the code-base up for faster upload times, a more powerful and intuitive user experience, and a new mobile and tablet application for workforce training on-the-go. User environments are today focused on self-authoring, peer-based training that enhances learning cultures and drives adoption. “This latest version of PlaybookBuilder realizes our promise to make knowledge management simple, powerful and performance-driving. We have nearly a decade’s worth of user data to draw upon, so we were excited for this new release to represent those insights,” said Jon LoDuca, PlaybookBuilder founder and CEO in a statement. “Driving accountability, aligning cultures and encouraging adoption for a wider spectrum of users are some of the priorities of our clients and the new PlaybookBuilder is an exciting new development.”  The latest release includes: A new reporting function for user and enterprise tracking. PlaybookBuilder features a report generator that allows managers and team leaders to audit the learning across the entire company and for a single user.  Enhanced quiz building capabilities. Ensuring compliance and accountability within the training, PlaybookBuilder enables administrators to create quizzes directly into the training flow to engage users and encourage adoption of training.  QR code generator. To empower training access in non-office environments and to encourage an IOT-style interactivity with office equipment and environments, PlaybookBuilder now offers a unique QR code generation tool. Administrators can create a code, print and place it anywhere training needs to be enabled and users can access it through a mobile device.  Automated email campaign builder. To relieve HR of the added burden of promoting learning, PlaybookBuilder includes a feature-rich new email campaign builder right inside the software. The new feature includes content customization, dependency creation and timing selection for email releases.  Alert notifications. PlaybookBuilder now includes a user alert on the dashboard so that users logging into the system see that new content has been added or assigned to them. Founded in 2008, PlaybookBuilder has led the Learning Management industry in the use of video as a primary training element. PlaybookBuilder software works in conjunction with a suite of professional services for knowledge harvesting, curriculum design, video production, and program rollout to empower organizations to improve knowledge management, training and accountability. For more information on PlaybookBuilder pricing and availability, click here.

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    Dulles, VA - December 27, 2016 - Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has submitted its proposal for the U.S. Army's next-generation, global training support program. The Raytheon project team consists of proven industry leaders CSRA, General Dynamics and Leidos, as well as 17 small, hub-zone, women, veteran and disabled-veteran-owned businesses. Today, Raytheon provides training in 127 countries and in 29 different languages. Raytheon is offering InSITE™, its innovative, user-friendly and mobile-enabled management information system. The Army Training Aids, Devices, Simulations and Simulators Maintenance Program calls for training support and sustainment services for more than 320,000 Army training devices and more than 90 digital ranges around the world. The goal: to help enable Army mission readiness.  ATMP is a competitive follow-on to the successful U.S. Army Warfighter FOCUS program. Awarded to Raytheon in 2007, WFF involved similar training and logistics work performed globally at more than 500 sites. Raytheon managed training support for almost every soldier around the world and saved the Army more than $400 million in training sustainment costs over eight years. "Raytheon brings unmatched experience in maintaining and sustaining the US Army's Combat Training Centers, Army training devices and ranges to help drive and enable readiness," said Pete Vangjel, vice president of Raytheon's Global Training Solutions business. "Along with that experience, we bring the Army the best the industry has to offer with the lowest-risk and most cost-effective approach." Raytheon's InSITE™ delivers advanced analytics, customizable user interfaces, dashboards and ironclad data integrity to standard Army mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets. Raytheon invested $6.5 million to develop InSITE™ specifically for ATMP. The system transforms diverse, multi-year and multiple-device maintenance and program data into decision-ready, actionable information. Users can pull in and access maintenance, contracts, finance, supply chain and other systems information from anywhere in the world, in near real-time, 24/7/365.  Other innovations include: Cybersecurity tools and hardening from Raytheon, a world leader in the cyber field. Streamlined, automated work order processes that eliminate human error while increasing flexibility and response time. A new user interface that offers the ability to create individualized information centers, custom reports and instant alerts. About Raytheon Raytheon Company, with 2015 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 94 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5ITM products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

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  • 12/28/16--03:15: New TalentLMS Cloud Update
  • San Francisco, CA - December 27, 2016 - The new release, which focuses on workflow enhancements, introduces several new features, some of requested customization options, and a number of stability improvements and bug-fixes. New features include: Linked units, a way for TalentLMS instructors to share course content between courses and have the copies automatically update whenever there are changes to the original content. A "Copy from another domain" option that gives TalentLMS administrators the ability to easily copy courses between different TalentLMS-based eLearning portals. The ability for instructors to extend a course’s deadline individually for specific users ("Soft Deadlines"). The option to completely reset a user’s progress. Finer control over Branches, including the ability for TalentLMS admins to limit the number of users per Branch, define a default Branch user-type and restrict the email domains that are allowed to register to a Branch. Custom reports can now be filtered using absolute date ranges, and can also display custom course fields as part of their output. Zoom.us’ videoconference service joins BigBlueButton, GotoMeeting and GotoConference in the rank of natively supported TalentLMS conference options. In addition, the new release also adds two new Actions (automation options) to TalentLMS’ existing ones. The new actions give users: the ability to automatically assign courses based on the completion and grade points of a previous course the ability to define the number of gamification points awarded when specific courses are completed. Users of TalentLMS of all tiers have immediate access to the latest update, as the version has been progressively rolled out to the TalentLMS Cloud. About Epignosis eLearning Solutions Epignosis eLearning solutions is a leading eLearning solutions provider, whose products include the popular eFrontPro Learning and Talent Development Platform, the Cloud-based TalentLMS eLearning platform and the enterprise microlearning mobile app TalentCards. Epignosis’ products are trusted by hundreds of companies and organizations around the world, from SMEs to huge multinationals and government organizations. For further information, contact Epignosis’ Marketing Manager, Eleni Miliou, at emiliou@efrontlearning.net

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    Shawsville, VA - December 28, 2016 - Holodec Office Systems LLC, an IIBA® corporate member, announced today their new Training Portal for LEAN and Value Chain transformation. The accredited on-line classes and certifications in IT4IT™, BPMN™ 2.0, CoBIT®, ITIL®, TOGAF®, ArchiMate®, LEAN, and Six Sigma can be purchased at https://holodecoffice.com/Terrace/ecampus. Applying Value Chain and LEAN thinking to your operations allows you to see where your weaknesses are, where the bottlenecks are and where your greatest opportunities are to improve. A lack of training has companies falling short of LEAN goals. CIOs, PMPs and budget-conscious Millennials love the global availability and convenience of on-line LEAN training at Holodec, which is less costly than travel to classroom seminars. Notable featured classes at Holodec include the recently launched IT4IT Reference Architecture Version 2.0, an Open Group Standard. Ms. Shirley P. Shorter, CISA, CSM, MBA/TM, and Business Analyst at Holodec, said, "In our consulting practice, we have witnessed corporations struggling to apply writer Michael Porter's Value Chain and LEAN principles to non-manufacturing IT and business workflows. The solution is the Open Group's IT4IT end-to-end Value Chain framework - the strategic approach we have been looking for!" IT4IT allows enterprise CIOs to deploy services faster and with reduced risk and cost. A recent Gartner study suggests that an IT department using IT4IT might save between 5% and 20% of their total budget. Borrowing from the management principles that transformed manufacturing, the IT4IT standard is based on the value chain approach, known as the IT Value Chain, and a three-level functional reference architecture encompassing four major IT value streams. IT4IT is intended to support Agile as well as waterfall approaches, and lean Kanban process approaches, DevOps and IT service management process models. This framework underpins and enhances COBIT, ITIL, ISO, CMMI, SAFe and Agile, and relates directly to TOGAF 9 and ArchiMate. Early adopters of IT4IT Reference Architecture can be found at The Open Group IT4IT Forum at www.opengroup.org/IT4IT. About Holodec Office Systems LLC: Now in its 11th year, Holodec provides Business Process Improvement consulting services and training to Fortune 500 companies and government entities. Visit https://holodecoffice.com/Terrace/ecampus for training and certification in IT4IT and LEAN.

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    Pune, India - December 29, 2016 - Yellow Room Learning (YRL) Ltd., a leading provider of Security Awareness training based in the UK, was founded in 2015 with a clear vision - to help individuals and organizations ‘Stay Cyber Secure’. Being a startup with a small team-size and a need to compete with the larger players in the Security Awareness training market, YRL required a secure, reliable and robust platform that could be used for delivering and managing online training for its multiple customers worldwide. UpsideLMS' multi-portal architecture met YRL's primary requirement of a Learning Management System that could host multiple clients (individual and corporate) and yet be controlled centrally. To YRL's clients, UpsideLMS offered mini-LMSes that were not only in line with their company branding, but were feature-rich and easy-to-use for their users. To YRL, it served as a centralized platform that enabled easy upload, delivery and management of online courses, monitoring of clients' usage of the system and overall training impact assessment.Validating YRL's choice of the Best Value, SaaS LMS, Ben, Managing Director of YRL, said, “Yellow Room Learning has been growing steadily over the past year and we required a Learning Management System that would grow with us. As we increase our client base there is a need to serve our customers with a secure, reliable and flexible system that allows us to deliver our learning material. UpsideLMS seemed the logical solution for us and having now been using it for a number of months we are confident that the right decision was made.”Detailed case study is available for viewing here - https://www.upsidelms.com/casestudy-delivering-security-assessment-training.asp

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    Downers Grove, IL - December 28, 2016 - MicroTek, a global provider of on-demand business training and meeting solutions, is excited to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its benevolence account, the Dave Ironside Fund. Established in 2001 to honor one of MicroTek’s original employees, the Fund serves as a way for MicroTek to give back by helping local organizations that support the communities where it conducts business. “Since its inception, we’ve donated over $180,000 to local charities. We all feel that Dave would be honored that we remember him in this way,” said Bill Taylor, Vice President of Facility Resources. In keeping with tradition, MicroTek donated a total of $24,000 this holiday season to charitable organizations across the U.S. “Every year, employees from each of our MicroTek facilities hand-pick a charity serving their local community. This makes the donations much more personal,” said Don Silvensky, MicroTek CEO. “We feel extremely fortunate that we can continue helping our communities in this way.” 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 to provide stability during transitional times in their lives. “I think we all share a sense of pride in working for an organization that has engrained philanthropy, as well as employee recognition, into its corporate culture,” said Taylor. MicroTek’s employees selected 11 charities across the country to each receive a $2,000 donation. They are as follows: Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Children’s Hospital San Francisco: Community Housing Partnership Denver: Angel Flight Track Club Dallas: The Dare to Dream Foundation Chicago: The Night Ministry Atlanta: The Veteran’s Empowerment Organization of Georgia Washington D.C.: Community of Hope Boston: The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Dulles: The Alternative House Orlando: Give Kids the World New York: Children’s Aid Society Additionally, MicroTek’s corporate office held a giving event in partnership with ChildServ of Chicago. MicroTek employees hosted a holiday party for children from local group homes—providing food, entertainment and holiday gifts. About MicroTek                                            MicroTek is a leading provider of business training and meeting rooms, virtual training platforms and event management services. With an expansive national and global reach, MicroTek is equipped to manage and execute any sized training program—anywhere in the world. MicroTek’s Next Generation Classroom suite of services include state-of-the-art business training and meeting facilities, virtual training rooms, virtual learning labs, and digital content management. They offer end-to-end support for large training rollouts including courseware fulfillment, scheduling and instructor deployment. MicroTek was named a Top Training Company for the eighth consecutive year by Trainingindustry.com.

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    Dulles, VA - December 27, 2016 - Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has submitted its proposal for the U.S. Army's next-generation, global training support program. The Raytheon project team consists of proven industry leaders CSRA, General Dynamics and Leidos, as well as 17 small, hub-zone, women, veteran and disabled-veteran-owned businesses. Today, Raytheon provides training in 127 countries and in 29 different languages. Raytheon is offering InSITE™, its innovative, user-friendly and mobile-enabled management information system. The Army Training Aids, Devices, Simulations and Simulators Maintenance Program calls for training support and sustainment services for more than 320,000 Army training devices and more than 90 digital ranges around the world. The goal: to help enable Army mission readiness.  ATMP is a competitive follow-on to the successful U.S. Army Warfighter FOCUS program. Awarded to Raytheon in 2007, WFF involved similar training and logistics work performed globally at more than 500 sites. Raytheon managed training support for almost every soldier around the world and saved the Army more than $400 million in training sustainment costs over eight years. "Raytheon brings unmatched experience in maintaining and sustaining the US Army's Combat Training Centers, Army training devices and ranges to help drive and enable readiness," said Pete Vangjel, vice president of Raytheon's Global Training Solutions business. "Along with that experience, we bring the Army the best the industry has to offer with the lowest-risk and most cost-effective approach." Raytheon's InSITE™ delivers advanced analytics, customizable user interfaces, dashboards and ironclad data integrity to standard Army mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets. Raytheon invested $6.5 million to develop InSITE™ specifically for ATMP. The system transforms diverse, multi-year and multiple-device maintenance and program data into decision-ready, actionable information. Users can pull in and access maintenance, contracts, finance, supply chain and other systems information from anywhere in the world, in near real-time, 24/7/365.  Other innovations include: Cybersecurity tools and hardening from Raytheon, a world leader in the cyber field. Streamlined, automated work order processes that eliminate human error while increasing flexibility and response time. A new user interface that offers the ability to create individualized information centers, custom reports and instant alerts. About Raytheon Raytheon Company, with 2015 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 94 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5ITM products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

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    Yorktown, VA - January 3, 2017 - Elearning Experts LLC, a Virginia, USA based elearning company and an authorized US Moodle Partner and Totara Platinum Solutions Partner, will have a new CEO in 2017. CEO and co-founder, Katherine Robeson, will step aside in early 2017 following 5 years at the helm of the organization. Robeson will assume new duties as Chairman of the Board. "It has always been a privilege to guide the amazing talent that comprises Elearning Experts. The people and services of this organization represent the elearning elite," Robeson said. "I’m looking forward to continuing to support a smooth and seamless transition of leadership, and I am energized by new opportunities which will contribute to the company’s growth and success." Long-time co-founder and COO, Jamie Kramer, will assume the role of CEO effective January 3, 2017. Kramer holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and telecommunications management from the University of Nebraska, Kearney. Kramer has long led the company’s development teams and provided oversight to all aspects of the company’s operations. Kramer said in a statement that he is "truly honored" to be named CEO and that he's "looking forward to continuing providing superior elearning services to our existing and future customers." About Elearning Experts Official Moodle and Totara Partner. Elearning Experts offers the best in open source e-learning technologies to help our clients reach their training, performance, and learning goals. We design e-learning solutions for organizations, education, as well as businesses and larger corporations. We've been working with Moodle, the world's largest and most popular open source LMS platform, since 2003 and Totara since 2012. We specialize in creating affordable online learning solutions for small to large businesses and companies using Totara's enterprise class LMS. For more information about Elearning Experts, visit http://elearningexperts.net

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