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    Frederick, MD - February 8, 2017 - Welocalize, global leader in innovative translation and localization solutions, has worked in partnership with LearnUpon cloud-based learning management system (LMS) to deliver localized content and software in 10 languages. LearnUpon is now available in Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Polish and Russian which have been added to the existing languages of French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. Welocalize worked with LearnUpon to develop a scalable and agile localization program, delivering user interface (UI) localization into multiple languages. Welocalize experts developed a culturally appropriate user experience for each target market, maintaining the right tone of voice which truly represented the LearnUpon brand.“Additional languages enhance LearnUpon’s ability to support organizations looking to roll out training to employees, customers and partners across multiple regions quickly and effortlessly. LearnUpon is growing all the time and we wanted to work with an experienced localization partner who could scale with us and accurately represent LearnUpon’s unique personality and tone of voice in multiple language markets,” said Brendan Noud, CEO at LearnUpon. “Welocalize is a world leader in localization and have all the latest localization techniques, innovations and expert talent we need to help build our global brand and reach new markets.”“To maximize the impact of learning and education, expert localization of content is crucial to deliver the best, culturally appropriate customer journey,” said Smith Yewell, CEO at Welocalize. “Welocalize has helped LearnUpon to expand their global business by delivering their LMS software and content into multiple languages, making it quick and easy for customers all over the world to achieve their training goals.”About LearnUponLearnUpon is an award winning LMS, used by over 600 companies throughout the world and is expanding rapidly to support a growing international customer base. LearnUpon is working with Welocalize to continuously release new language versions, based on feedback from customers. For more information, visit https://www.learnupon.com/About WelocalizeWelocalize, Inc., founded in 1997, offers innovative language services to help global brands reach audiences around the world in more than 175 languages. We provide translation and localization services, talent management, language tools, automation and technology, quality and program management. Our range of managed language services include machine translation, digital marketing, validation and testing, interpretation, staffing and enterprise translation management technologies. We specialize in consumer, technology, manufacturing, learning, oil and gas, travel and hospitality, marketing and advertising, finance, legal and life sciences industry language solutions. With more than 1000 full-time employees worldwide, Welocalize maintains offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Romania, Poland, Japan and China. www.welocalize.com

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    Cincinnati, OH - February 8, 2017 - Carew International®, a leading provider of sales training and sales leadership training programs, has launched two new social selling training programs: Selling with Social for Sales Professionals™ and Selling with Social for Sales Leaders™. Carew CEO Jeff Seeley believes the expansion is perfectly aligned with the company's mission to drive dramatic growth through sales performance improvement. "Social media is an incredibly powerful selling tool, but engaging this network can be confusing and overwhelming. The vast majority of sales professionals and sales leaders don't know how… or even where to begin," stated Seeley. "This is not about modest incremental sales growth. Leveraging social media for sales growth is a game changer and will create an immediate competitive advantage for any organization that deploys it," he continued. To deliver its new social sales training, Carew has partnered with renowned social selling expert, blogger, speaker, and Huffington Post contributor, Mario Martinez, Jr. Martinez is CEO and founder of M3Jr Growth Strategies and has worked with thousands of sales and marketing executives and reps from some of the largest brands in the world. "I could not be more excited about our partnership with Carew International.  Our program, in combination with one of the leaders in the professional development industry, could not be of better value to sales and sales leadership. We share a common focus: to teach sales how to create value for their customers and support dramatic bottom-line results!" Carew's first social selling workshops will be offered this spring in an open enrollment format. Selling with Social for Sales Leaders, a one-day program, will take place March 23 in Cincinnati. Selling with Social for Sales Professionals, a 2.5 day program, will be held April 25-27 in Cincinnati. For more information or to register, contact Carew at 800.227.3977, info@carew.com or visit us online. Both social selling programs are also available as private, dedicated training sessions delivered on site for individual companies. About Carew InternationalCarew International is a leader in the professional development industry, providing innovative, high-impact solutions for performance improvement with sales training and sales leadership training. For more than 40 years, Carew has delivered unique, comprehensive and renowned development programs to fulfill its mission of creating value, supporting dramatic bottom-line results and acting as a strategic asset to customers worldwide. Carew International is a privately-owned company headquartered in Cincinnati. For more information on Carew development programs, or upcoming sales training events, contact us at 800.227.3977, info@carew.com, or visit us online at www.carew.com. About M3Jr Growth StrategiesM3Jr Growth Strategies is a full-service provider of social selling training and lead development. M3Jr assists with organizations' social selling strategy development, and teaches end-users how to brand, engage, connect, and feed their prospective buyers through social selling training via corporate training and workshops. For more information on any M3Jr sales and marketing programs, contact us at info@m3jr.com or visit us online at www.m3jr.com.

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    Bowie, MD - February 8, 2017 - The Winters Group Inc., a leading global diversity & inclusion consulting firm, headquartered in the DC Metro area announces the acquisition of Cultural Competence Edge Inc., a diversity consulting firm based in St. Paul, MN. The acquisition will support The Winters Group in better serving the needs of its clients located across the Mid-West. Michael Carter, founder and President of Cultural Competence Edge, will join The Winters Group as Vice-President, Strategic Partnerships. He will be primarily responsible for the leading the firm's business development and marketing operations.  The purchase of Cultural Competence Edge fits into The Winters Group's overall strategy to strengthen its presence in core markets and forge new partnerships with organizations committed to creating inclusive cultures. Following the acquisition, The Winters Group will have operations in Houston, TX, Washington, DC, Charlotte, NC, and St. Paul, MN.  "We are excited to have Michael Carter join The Winters Group's leadership team," said Mary-Frances Winters, President of The Winters Group. "This is our year of innovation, and I am certain that Michael's extensive marketing background, and experience supporting organizations in executing diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence strategies will be invaluable," Winters said. Carter is enthusiastic about the acquisition. "Mary-Frances and The Winters Group team have made significant contributions to the diversity & inclusion field," he said. "The firm's capacity to handle large projects and develop bold, innovative solutions for its clients makes this a perfect fit for me." Prior to starting Cultural Competence Edge, Inc., Carter spent 25 years in marketing and diversity & inclusion leadership roles at 3M. About The Winters Group, Inc: The Winters Group is a global diversity and inclusion consulting firm specializing in creating disruptive, transformative, and sustainable solutions for organizations in support of their efforts to create more equitable and inclusive environments. For three decades, The Winters Group has helped organizations, large and small, assess organizational climate, build and implement innovative strategies, design educational interventions, coach and motivate leaders and individual contributors. The Winters Group was founded by diversity & inclusion thought leader, strategist, and author, Mary-Frances Winters.

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    Johannesburg, South Africa and Armonk, NY - February 8, 2017 - IBM (NYSE: IBM) is investing $70 million (approximately ZAR 945 million) in building much-needed digital, cloud, and cognitive IT skills to help support a 21st century workforce in Africa. The initiative, “IBM Digital - Nation Africa”, provides a cloud-based learning platform designed to provide free skills development programs for up to 25 million African youths over five years, enabling digital competence and nurturing innovation in Africa. This is part of IBM’s global push to build the next generation of skills needed for “New Collar” careers.  “New Collar” is a term used by IBM to describe new kinds of careers that do not always require a four-year college degree but rather sought-after skills in cybersecurity, data science, artificial intelligence, cloud, and much more. For the youth of Africa to be able to benefit from a cognitive future there needs to be a much higher level of digital literacy. At the top of the skills pyramid are developers, who need to know how to create solutions that can leverage the power of cognitive, and entrepreneurs who are aware of the potential. IBM Digital - Nation Africa is designed to help raise overall digital literacy, increase the number of skilled developers able to tap into cognitive engines and enable entrepreneurs and would be entrepreneurs grow businesses around the new solutions. Through a free, cloud-based online learning environment delivered on IBM Bluemix, the premier cloud platform for business, the initiative will provide a range of programs from basic IT literacy to highly sought-after advanced IT skills including social engagement, digital privacy, and cyber protection. Advanced users will be able to explore career-oriented IT topics including programming, cybersecurity, data science and agile methodologies, as well as important business skills like critical thinking, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The initiative aims to empower African citizens, entrepreneurs, and communities with the knowledge and tools to design, develop, and launch their own digital solutions. Based on Watson, the cognitive online system will adapt and learn. It will review the multiple interactions the education initiative will have with students, to help direct them to the right courses and help IBM refine the courses to better adapt the material for the needs of the users. Watson will also create a depth of knowledge using anonymous information gathered from interactions with the students. This will help entrepreneurs and developers understand which current Bluemix solutions best meet their needs and refine their idea to help them design a solution that has greatest market potential. With the aim of equipping as many as 25 million people with sought after IT skills over the next five years, the program will be launched from IBM’s regional offices in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Morocco, and Egypt. This will enable the expansion of the initiative across the continent. Africa has approximately 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24. By 2040, the continent is expected to be home to the world's largest labor force, with an estimated working age population of 1 billion (*State of Education in Africa Report 2015). Yet many African companies cite a local skills gap as one of the major bottlenecks to growth. In South Africa alone, where more than a quarter of the workforce is unemployed, businesses struggle to find appropriate skills, particularly in the IT field. “IBM sees effective, high quality IT education as a key driver of economic vitality in Africa. Through access to open standards, best practices, IBM tools, and course materials, the broad scope of this initiative will enable vital skills development”, says Hamilton Ratshefola, country general manager for IBM South Africa. “In order to find solutions to Africa’s challenges, industries across the spectrum need to enable the existing and future workforce to perform at the forefront of technologies such as cognitive and cloud computing. This will be the key to spurring economic growth.” The initiative will provide access to thousands of resources, in English, free of charge, including: Ready-to-use mobile apps Guides - web guides, demonstrations, interactive simulations, video series, and articles Online Assessments – A range of self-assessment tests to track the progress of individuals, together with industry recognized ‘Open Badges’ aligned to digital competencies. The badges can then be shared with prospective employers Volunteers – Creation of a volunteer program to support and promote digital literacy within their communities App Marketplace – Provision of a platform on which new applications can either be made freely available or sold. The initiative will be supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which has a special focus on fostering market-driven ICT skills in Africa and the Middle East. IBM will collaborate with UNDP on opportunities for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills delivery, certification, and accreditation. UNDP will work with their network of existing government partnerships to extend the program throughout Africa. UNDP’s 2015 Human Development Report highlighted that technology is affecting the nature of work by introducing new ways of communicating, new products and new demands for skills. New technologies are also reinforcing and deepening previous trends in economic globalization, bringing workers and businesses into a global network through outsourcing and global value chains. “These processes are reshaping work and testing national and international policies. In an attempt to address this global challenge here in South Africa, as well as in other priority countries in Africa. UNDP is pleased to leverage its global presence, development knowledge, and long standing partnerships to provide context, traction and scale to this collaboration with IBM,” says Mr. Walid Badawi, UNDP Country Director in South Africa. IBM has a direct presence in 24 African countries and has made several significant investments on the continent in recent years, including offices, innovation centers and other advanced facilities. The company has a research laboratory in Nairobi, Kenya and opened a second research facility in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2016. In 2015, IBM rolled out a major initiative to expand its Africa Technical Academy and Africa University Program, providing advanced skills in cloud, analytics, and big data technologies, reaching today to over 150 academic institutions, in the continent. In September 2016, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training and IBM Morocco, for the launch of P-TECH program (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) in Morocco. P-tech is an innovative global education model, designed by IBM, in close partnership with American educators. The company is also working with dozens of start-ups in South Africa. IBM has been present in Africa since the 1920's, and has a long history of collaborating with educational institutions and providing transformational solutions focused on providing value to higher education and its contribution to society. IBM engages with communities around the globe by offering its technology, services, and expertise to solve some of the world's most complex problems, applying technology and expertise to societal issues such as education development. *http://www.aaionline.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/AAI-SOE-report-2015-final.pdf (State of Education in Africa Report 2015- The Africa America Institute)  About IBM The IBM Academic Initiative provides universities with access to IBM software, courseware and experts around key technologies such as cloud, cognitive computing and security. For more information go to https://developer.ibm.com/academic/. Continue the conversation On Twitter: #IBMDigitalNationAfrica.

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    San Francisco, CA - February 7, 2017 - LifeDojo Inc., the leader in person-centered corporate health behavior change, announced the closing of their $5.1 million Series A financing in partnership with Sodexo Ventures, the strategic venture capital fund of Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services headquartered in Paris France, with participation from Launchpad Digital Health, GP Ventures, JD Investments and the Telluride Venture Fund. This is the first partnership of its kind in the corporate wellbeing industry. LifeDojo offers an employee-led health improvement platform and coaching solution that emphasizes employee choice, intrinsic motivation and holistic corporate wellbeing. The company also announced today a unique partnership with Sodexo’s Benefits and Rewards Services activity and its subsidiary Inspirus, a globally-recognized leading provider of employee engagement and recognition services. The partnership will result in an industry-wide expansion of what employee engagement means, along with what is possible from a corporate wellbeing initiative. The funding gives LifeDojo the ability to dramatically expand its software platform, mobile app and coaching capabilities in order to better serve enterprises wishing to offer highly effective wellbeing and engagement programs that employees genuinely love. “We are thrilled to announce not just the Series A funding, but an incredibly well-matched alliance of shared goals and values,” said Chris Cutter, Co-Founder and CEO of LifeDojo. “Sodexo genuinely cares about the quality of life of every one of the millions of employees it serves on a daily basis. We are proud that LifeDojo will be an integral part of engaging and improving the health of those employees in a uniquely empowering, incredibly effective way.” Mia Mends, CEO of Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services USA and Inspirus, said, “We are excited to join forces with LifeDojo to bring an improved workplace wellbeing coaching technology platform to our family of enterprise employee engagement solutions. The LifeDojo platform and method are grounded in public health methods that get measurable population-level results, and now we’ll be bringing these valuable tools to millions of new people. We’re both passionate, mission-driven companies and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.” The corporate wellbeing and employee engagement sectors have experienced rapid growth in recent years, with the corporate wellbeing market alone estimated at $22 billion. LifeDojo has quickly become a leading player in a volatile and fragmented market due to its unique grassroots approach. The LifeDojo behavior change model is a sharp contrast to the direction pursued by many competing vendors due to its emphasis on employee choice, customized habit change paths, and technology-enabled live coaching. Sodexo is one of the world's 20 largest multinational corporations, with 425,000 employees that represent 130 nationalities spread across 80 countries. Inspirus designs, implements and manages engagement and workforce recognition solutions. About LifeDojo Inc. Founded in 2013, LifeDojo is a human-centered platform that makes transformative life changes possible for employees everywhere. Supported by decades of public health research, the LifeDojo approach to employee-driven behavior change delivers lasting health improvement outcomes, high enrollment, and better engagement than traditional top-down wellness programs. Empowering employees leads to success: 45% of employees create new health habits that stick for 6+ months. LifeDojo is trusted by the world’s most successful companies in over 16 countries to inspire a genuine culture of wellbeing. Clients include Fortune 500 companies and high-tech high-growth companies around the world. To learn more, visit http://lifedojo.com. About Inspirus Employee engagement is a company’s most powerful lever for driving business, creating a best place to work, and contributing to a better world. That’s what Inspirus does every day as part of Sodexo’s Quality of Life Services offerings. Inspirus is a market leader in the recognition category, with an employee engagement platform that combines recognition with global rewards, well-being, learning, safety and engagement measurement. Inspirus helps market-leading companies across the globe motivate their employees through one point of interaction for everyone — employees, managers and administrators — continuing a decades-long mission to bring joy to work, one experience at a time. Visit us at http://www.inspirus.com. About Sodexo Founded in 1966 by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo is the global leader in services that improve Quality of Life, an essential factor in individual and organizational performance. Operating in 80 countries, Sodexo serves 75 million consumers each day through its unique combination of On-site Services, Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Through its more than 100 services, Sodexo provides clients an integrated offering developed over 50 years of experience: from food services, reception, safety, maintenance and cleaning, to facilities and equipment management; from Meal Pass, Gift Pass and Mobility Pass benefits for employees to in-home assistance, child care centers and concierge services. Sodexo’s success and performance are founded on its independence, its sustainable business and financial model and its ability to continuously develop and to engage the commitment of its 425,000 employees throughout the world. Sodexo is a member of the CAC 40 and DJSI Indices.

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    Conshohocken, PA - February 6, 2017 - Advantexe Learning Solutions, a global leader in business simulation-centric training solutions, today announced the launch of a new and innovative virtual learning suite, Business Acumen 101 (BA101). BA101 is an elearning solution designed to help employees at all levels to better understand how a business makes money and achieves its goals and objectives. This integrated and interactive elearning solution consists of a portfolio of short lessons, job aids, gamification, and a hands-on business simulation. Learners are able to hone, strengthen, and refine their business acumen skills with content modules covering the business areas of: Business Strategy Financial Management Income Statement Balance Sheet Cash Flow Statement Marketing Selling and Sales Process At the heart of BA101 is a “capstone” computer-based business simulation exercise that provides learners with an opportunity to apply newly acquired skills by running a company in a risk-free environment. What makes the experience truly unique and powerful is that learners can try different business strategies, test ideas, and practice different techniques so that they can experience the immediate effects that their functional business decisions have on a company’s financial performance. “Improving the Business Acumen skills of employee is, and should be, at the top of every CEO’s wish list,” says Robert Brodo, General Manager and Co-founder of Advantexe. “In today’s very uncertain markets, employees need the skills and confidence to think strategically, make informed business decisions, and view their customers, competitors, and own company cross-functionally and in the context of driving improved business performance. Business Acumen 101 will help learners feel more comfortable with the basics of business concepts and better understand how their role fits into the larger picture of driving revenue, profit, and shareholder value.” Learn More For more information on the Business Acumen 101 eLearning solution, please contact jim.brodo@advantexe.com or visit Advantexe’s Business Acumen 101 web site page to download a brochure. About Advantexe Advantexe Learning Solutions partners with clients around the world to build the business acumen, leadership, and selling skills needed to execute their business strategies and achieve meaningful business results. Our comprehensive toolkit includes skills assessments, dynamic learning engagements powered by computer-based business simulations, and reinforcement tools that encourage immediate skill application. These elements combine to produce a measurable and lasting impact on our clients’ businesses.

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    Raleigh, NC - February 9, 2017 - Training Industry has announced its Leadership Training Companies Watch List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies. View the 2017 Leadership Training Companies Watch List Selection to this year's Leadership Training Companies Watch List was based on the following criteria: New and innovative service offerings Unique approach to leadership development solutions Commitment to thought leadership Quality of initial clients “In our evaluation of companies for the 2017 Leadership Training Companies Watch List, we found a breadth of subject matter and levels of customization that align with the wish lists of L&D leaders,” said Ken Taylor, President, Training Industry, Inc. “The companies included in this Watch List are incorporating experiential and online content in order to enrich the learning experience for leaders of all levels.” “Leadership training continues to occupy a highly visible and important position among training sectors, and these Watch List companies have experienced tremendous growth,” said Doug Harward, CEO, Training Industry, Inc. “We look forward to seeing how the companies included in the 2017 Leadership Training Companies Watch List will continue to positively impact the leadership training market.” View the 2017 Leadership Training Companies Watch List Please provide any thoughts or feedback on this list by emailing info@trainingindustry.com. About Training Industry, Inc. Training Industry 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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    Washington, D.C. - February 8, 2017 - AACC, a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to better health through laboratory medicine, is pleased to announce the launch of AACC Learning Lab. Developed through a collaboration with NEJM Group—the publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Area9 Learning—a global leader in adaptive learning technology—AACC Learning Lab is designed to help laboratory medicine experts expand their knowledge and enhance their ability to find answers to challenging patient health problems. This online learning platform combines gold standard laboratory medicine content with the revolutionary adaptive technology used by NEJM Knowledge+ and developed by Area9 Learning. The Learning Lab can be used by those preparing for certification exams and seeking continuing education. Covering all disciplines of laboratory medicine, the material provided by AACC Learning Lab is divided into five program areas: clinical chemistry, hematology and coagulation, transfusion medicine, microbiology, and molecular diagnostics. Each program area consists of approximately 20 courses that address different topics in that discipline and that are prepared by renowned faculty, many of whom are AACC members. Additionally, much of the material used for the clinical chemistry and molecular diagnostics courses is primarily derived from research and papers published in AACC's Clinical Chemistry journal. Drawing on this wealth of content, NEJM Knowledge+ adapts to the learner's goals, pace, and knowledge gaps to deliver precisely the information s/he needs. This smart technology has already succeeded with physicians, and uses research-proven methods to accelerate proficiency, continuously sharpen skills, and promote true lifelong learning. "Laboratory medicine professionals play a critical role in healthcare by ensuring that the right medical tests are ordered and that the results are interpreted correctly so that patients get effective care," said AACC CEO Janet B. Kreizman. "We are excited to partner with NEJM Group and Area9 to provide lab professionals with the educational content they need to grow in their careers and positively impact patient outcomes."    "Area9 Learning is thrilled to be a part of this unique alliance between three authorities: NEJM Group, AACC—the leading authority in laboratory medicine, and Area 9—which has been spearheading adaptive learning for the past 10 years," said Dr. Ulrik Christensen, Chairman of the Board, Area9 Learning. "NEJM Group is pleased to embark on this endeavor and work with AACC to support self-assessment, learning, and board certification for laboratory medicine professionals," said Chris Lynch, Vice President of Publishing, NEJM Group. About AACCDedicated to achieving better health through laboratory medicine, AACC brings together more than 50,000 clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists, and business leaders from around the world focused on clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, mass spectrometry, translational medicine, lab management, and other areas of progressing laboratory science. Since 1948, AACC has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing programs that advance scientific collaboration, knowledge, expertise, and innovation. For more information, visit www.aacc.org.

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    Allen, TX - February 10, 2017 - The City of Allen welcomes new business, Stractical, LLC., which focuses on business, sales and operations strategy. Stractical helps organizations and individuals get back-to-the-basics by ensuring they have a stable foundation to build their sales empire on. Stractical is located at 303 S. Jupiter Road, Suite 100, Allen, TX 75002. “The world of sales training, coaching and personal development continues to over evolve,” says Thomas J. Morganelli, Chairman and President of Stractical. “New experts are popping up every day with the next magical technique that is going to propel your company’s sales force into the future. With all that snake oil and innovation, sales people become lazy, work less, produce less, burn out and leave.” Morganelli started out as an entrepreneur. Through that time, he experienced all the ups and downs that come with owning a successful business. His experience and drive pushed him into the corporate world where put to use his experience and developing the Sales Support Program for FedEx Office, which is currently used in the field by hundreds of team members and their managers nationwide. “Since every company has its own unique DNA, typical overly complicated, cookie cutter sales methodologies only provide a nominal impact to your organization’s top line sales,” says Morganelli. “At Stractical, we complete a 360-degree assessment in order to design a customized sales process.” Stractical’s unique approach to sales and business strategy sets it apart from its competition and is helping businesses across the country navigate the complex world of sales. During his time at corporate, Morganelli still sought after the inspiration of the entrepreneurial journey and began working with the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, eventually chairing their Top Investor Steward Council. Morganelli is a mentor at the Dallas Entrepreneurial Center both Addison Treehouse and Stoke location. About Stractical Stractical, LLC. is a Texas based company that opened its doors in January 2017. Stractical has over 30 years’ experience in B2B and B2C sales. To learn more visit https://stracticalsolutions.com, or call us at 972.865.7455.

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    Dubai, U.A.E. - February 13, 2017 - Global training and education company Kaplan has acquired Genesis Institute. The deal was signed at the Genesis headquarters in Dubai by Kaplan UK Chief Executive Officer Peter Houillon and Binod Shankar, Managing Director of Genesis Institute. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Genesis and its team will trade under the name Kaplan Genesis and will continue to be based in Dubai and operate across the Gulf Coast Countries (GCC). It will now be able to integrate the world-class Kaplan Schweser CFA® materials into its already exceptional CFA programmes. The organisation will also offer preparation for other financial and business qualifications, as well as leadership and professional development programmes for corporations. Peter Houillon, Chief Executive Officer of Kaplan UK, said: “The combination of Kaplan’s distinguished learning heritage and global reach with the Genesis brand and local expertise provides exciting opportunities to build a highly competitive offering. Many of Kaplan’s UK and US clients, already with a significant presence in the region, will benefit from our combined expertise and global network. Andrew Perkins, Global Director of Kaplan Leadership and Professional Development, said: “At Kaplan, we approach learning and development differently: we combine the development of technical competence and behavioural confidence that enables better decision making by individuals, team and organisations. We will now tailor these programmes to support the development of regionally based talent for our GCC, UK and US clients.” Binod Shankar, Managing Director of Genesis, said: “Being part of Kaplan gives us the resources and infrastructure to enhance the fantastic student experience we have worked hard to create at Genesis. This is great news for our current and future students.” About Kaplan Kaplan is a leading international provider of training and education services operating in more than 30 countries and working with over 2,600 corporations and businesses. Kaplan’s vast breadth and scope and distinguished heritage going back almost 80 years sets it apart from its competitors. Kaplan Professional Education helps professionals obtain and maintain in-demand certifications, licensing and designations that enable them to advance and succeed in their careers. Through live and online instruction, Kaplan Professional Education provides test preparation, licensing, continuing education, and professional development programs to businesses and individuals in the accounting, insurance, securities, real estate, financial planning, and information technology industries. About Genesis Institute Genesis Institute, founded ten years ago, leads the CFA examination market in the UAE and is a leading provider of financial training solutions. It was set up by highly qualified and experienced professionals who are passionate about the delivery of relevant, high quality and effective financial education. Genesis Institute’s innovative programs are structured to combine the right balance of practical case studies and insights from business reality to hone both the skills and knowledge of participants. Genesis offers a wide range of courses for Finance and Non-Finance Professionals working at entry, mid-career, or senior level positions.

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    Chesterfield, MO - February 10, 2017 - BizLibrary, the leader in online employee training solutions, is excited to announce new features and enhancements to its award-winning learning management system. The new additions to the LMS include Inline Help and Featured Playlists. These new features benefit both administrators’ and learners’ ability to use BizLibrary’s online learning platform more effectively. Inline Help allows users to search the newly developed help site for answers to common questions related to the LMS. Users will now see a help icon on every page within the LMS. Clicking on the icon will show relevant articles that relate to the specific page that they are on. Users can also click the link to find more on the full help site and view all support categories. Featured playlists are a great way for administrators to group recommended content for teams or learners. Up to 6 playlists can be created for a team, with up to 30 pieces of content for each playlist. Admins are able to view the status of a playlist, to see progress being made on learners viewing the content. Some enhancements to BizLibrary’s online learning platform include a new layout on the My Learning page, making it cleaner and more customized, and the ability for users to export a content library as a .csv file. All of the features and enhancements included in this release make BizLibrary’s online learning platform an even more effective tool for improving employee training programs. Organizations can experience these new features and enhancements through full access to The BizLibrary Collection and LMS with a 30-day free trial. "We’re continuously developing our products to fit what modern training programs need in order to see real changes in the workplace,” says Angela Conlon, Product UX Manager with BizLibrary. “Early feedback on this latest release has shown that clients find high value in our consistent improvements to the LMS, making their jobs and lives simpler through well-designed learning technology.” About BizLibrary BizLibrary is a leading provider of online employee training solutions. Our award-winning online training library contains more than 5,000 micro-video lessons, video courses, interactive videos, and elearning courses covering a wide variety of topic areas and includes post-training reinforcement to further increase learning retention. Our learning technology platform is powerful and easy to use. All of our online training solutions are mobile-ready, allowing learners unlimited access to training content on any device, anytime and anywhere for true just-in-time learning. Engage your employees and drive business results by improving the way your employees learn with BizLibrary. Learn more at www.bizlibrary.com.

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    Greenbelt, MD - February 13, 2017 - Cybrary, the world’s first and only no cost and open source cybersecurity MOOC (massive open online course) provider, today announced the launch of its Teams training management and skills assessment platform. Designed for enterprise users, Cybrary Teams provides access to Cybrary’s training catalogue through a customizable in-browser dashboard. There, enterprises can manage its members, export member training data to their learning management system, track skill development and training progression, customize training requirements for enrollees, and expand access across their organization. Teams also helps end-users meet compliance standards via access to Cybrary's End User Security Awareness, PCI/DSS, HIPAA and other training content. “Our new Teams platform brings the best of Cybrary’s open source training to the enterprise. Up until now, our training platform has been entirely consumer focused, but now organizations can deploy and manage the training that their employees take on Cybrary,” said Ralph Sita, CEO and Co-Founder of Cybrary. An open source platform, Cybrary Teams scales with your internal team and offers hands-on enterprise training with 24/7 access to more than 800 cybersecurity challenges. Teams can be used for students and practitioners at all career and skill levels. Managers can prepare reports on how employees are performing across 75 key security arenas, control what content they see, and build out custom curriculum. Users will also have unlimited access to 120 Practical Labs for training in real-world environments. Cybrary will offer micro certification exams on critical skills in cybersecurity through Teams. The exams are 40 questions long, take 40 minutes to complete, and are designed as assessments, to prove proficiency on a specific topic related to some of the most common jobs in the field. The exams are conducted online at a cost of just $10 with one free retake per exam, but will be included for free on the Teams platform. Upon successful completion, users will receive a professional certification showing the skill is proven and validated and can be provided to an employer. “The ever-growing threat to our data – coupled with the ever-evolving nature of cyber intrusions – has escalated the demand for trained and talented cyber warriors,” said Col. Ken McCreedy, USA (Ret.), director of cyber development with the Maryland Department of Commerce. “Cybrary’s online training program helps those interested in cybersecurity gain the knowledge and skills they need to help secure the digital highway. For those already engaged in cybersecurity, Cybrary’s program ensures that they remain well-equipped as new threats emerge.” Since launching in 2015, Cybrary has become the largest cybersecurity community on the Internet with more than 850,000 registered users from around the globe and thousands more joining every day. To date, Cybrary has delivered more than 100 million minutes of cybersecurity training and educational content on 2,500 plus topics – all for free. About Cybrary Based in Greenbelt, MD and founded in 2015, Cybrary is the largest cybersecurity community on the Internet and is helping to advance the cybersecurity industry by providing anyone, anywhere with free and open source resources to learn and grow in the field. The training from Cybrary is designed to help people build a career in their chosen field, or advance in their current cybersecurity career.

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    San Rafael, CA and Greensboro, NC - FutureSense, LLC has entered into a partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in order to provide clients cutting-edge leadership development resources that are researched and designed by a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. FutureSense provides integrated solutions to build and sustain human capacity and optimize organizational performance. FutureSense specializes in people, organization, and strategy, offering unique and comprehensive services to create solutions that make a difference. As FutureSense continues to grow, an important initiative is to create strategic alliances with one of the world’s most respected leadership development institutions — CCL. CCL also recognizes the value of partnering with FutureSense because it helps further CCL’s mission of inspiring greater leadership in businesses and organizations. “The CCL Partner Network will create valuable ties between CCL and successful practitioners, expanding our capacity to drive results for individual leaders and organizations around the globe,” said John R. Ryan, CCL President and CEO. “Developing leaders is mission critical to our team; and our relationship with CCL allows us to provide our clients with even greater tools and resources in building their leadership strength – with ground-breaking assessments, programs, and workshops we have the research-backed tools and concepts to customize any client leadership experience,” said Shalyn Eyer, Consultant for FutureSense. FutureSense looks forward to meeting with current and prospective clients to help educate them on how their expanded capabilities will help ensure exceptional leadership development programming that produces lasting results.

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    Noida, India - February 13, 2017 - Early on in 2017, G-Cube partnered with Custom Learning Technologies, a New York based e-learning company, to offer WiZDOM LMS in the USA. Custom Learning Technologies is a learning solutions company that has a practical understanding of the e-learning industry and a true-picture of the prevalent learning trends. Together with G-Cube, Custom Learning Technologies is set to offer WiZDOM LMS to their US-based Clients. G-Cube's LMS WiZDOM is a world-class product with over a million users and more than 100 implementations worldwide. It has a host of unique features including Responsive Design, User-friendly Navigation, Touch-friendly Screen, and Native Apps for Mobiles. The WiZDOM LMS helps learners easily access the learning content and learn as per their preferences. The alliance with Custom Learning Technologies ensures that the LMS is considered for its technologically enhanced features and flexible implementation options - as per the needs of the US-based Clients. Manish Gupta, the CEO of G-Cube, celebrates the alliance, 'Contrary to the belief that was prevalent a few years ago, modern organizations are viewing e-learning as a necessity. This has created an increased need for stable and flexible technology-enabled learning platforms across the world. Our partnership with Custom Learning Technologies takes us a step closer to understand the US learning industry and cater to the needs of prospective clients based in the country. Together, we hope to have a successful working relationship and make headway in creating innovative learning solutions.' About Custom Learning Technologies Custom Learning Technologies, LLC is a New York based company founded in 2014 with a goal of providing businesses with a customized learning solution that allows all students to become effective and efficient at their daily tasks. With over 12+ years of Training and Education experience, they know the importance of quality training that retains attention of its users through the use of the most current learning technologies. Custom Learning Technologies offer customized eLearning development solutions, materials development, course content writing, manual development, instructor-led training and consultation services. Contact: Training@customlearningtech.com About G-Cube SolutionsG-Cube Solutions is a leading CMMi Level 3 e-Learning products and services company – with a global delivery and support footprint. Over the last decade, G-Cube has helped hundreds of customers worldwide and across diverse domains. G-Cube has the right mix of experience and expertise to provide tailor-made and company-specific solutions – rather than industry-specific solutions. The solutions are also flexible to meet the evolving needs of customers. G-Cube's product portfolio includes our cutting edge WiZDOM Learning Suite, which comprises LMS, Virtual Class Room, Content Authoring Tool, Assessment Engine, and Skill Gap and ILT management systems. Content services include designing and developing custom e-courses, mobile learning, content localization, game-based learning, simulations, and consulting for curriculum design. With its focus on innovation and 'WoWing' the customer, G-Cube has won various industry awards, such as the Deloitte Tech Fast 50 India Award for the last four consecutive years, multiple Brandon Hall Awards for Excellence in Learning and Technology, the NASSCOM Emerge 50 Award, and the Apex Award for Publishing Excellence.

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    Salt Lake City, UT - February 14, 2016 - Achieving and maintaining FDA approval can be a tough challenge for life science companies. Especially for small to mid-size organizations that can’t always support the internal personnel required to manage the vast array of compliance and quality demands placed on regulated companies. With the launch of ARCexperts, these companies have an opportunity to receive world-class audit, risk, and compliance consulting from a team of compliance experts that each brings more than 15 years of experience and most are recognized industry key opinion leaders (KOLs). Their services are designed to streamline the quality and compliance process for small to mid-size pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech and related life science industry companies. From securing proper product submissions, to launch and commercialization support, to audits, to assistance in building a healthy and validated quality management system (QMS) – ARCexperts offers powerful and trusted advisors and services. “The regulatory and quality system requirements that all life science organizations face increases every year and the requirements themselves continue to evolve and change,” said ARCexperts CEO and Founding Partner Walt Murray. “ARCexperts helps these companies in assessing their current state, providing roadmap recommendations to secure approved product and technology submissions, regulatory body compliance and the team support to help maintain a validated QMS. These are the ‘must-haves’ of operating as a regulated company. With our assistance, these companies can operate confidently knowing these requirements and processes are manageable and maintained.” Regulatory Compliance Services: ISO Standards, CE Mark Prep & Filing, FDA 21 CFR, 510K, EU Part 11, Canadian CMDCAS, Product Validation, Medical Device Directive (MDD), Good manufacturing Practices (GMP, Good laboratory Practices (GLP), Good Clinical Practices (GCP), Audits (QMS, supplier, customer…), Process Validation, Quality System Regulation (QSR), Clinical Evaluation Reports (CER), Standard Operation Procedures (SOP), Design History File (DHF), Supplier Quality & Purchasing Controls, Corrective Actions (CAPAs), Change Management Systems (CMS), Training. Quality & Risk Mitigation Services: Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Risk Assessment, Quality Management Systems, Improvement, Pre-post M&A Integration, Operational and Executive Leadership Structuring, Technology Exchange & IP Management, Laboratory Info Management System (LIMS), Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs), Pre-certification Audits, Document Control, Design Control, Manufacturing & Production Processes, Supplier Quality & Purchasing Controls, Corrective Actions, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), CLIA, Change Management Systems (CMS), Training. “Our global customers depend on us to ensure that they can go to market efficiently with their products or services, knowing that they are not going to be surprised by receiving notices from any regulatory body that their operation and goods are not compliant,” said ARCexperts COO and Managing Partner Leslie Norris. “ARCexperts helps regulated organizations by sharing the process of performing the audits, QMS development, standards and submission requirements, along with staff training in order to maintain a risk mitigated environment.” About ARCexperts ARCexperts is an industry leading regulatory compliance and quality systems consulting firm that provides in-depth services to small and mid-size organizations in the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech and related life science industries. Their consultants are globally recognized KOLs that frequently speak and present at global conferences. Their services are offered on either a by-project basis or as an on-going service providing Quality and Compliance as a Service (QCaS). For additional information on ARCexperts, call 1.801.878.9945, email walt.murray@arcexperts.com, leslie.norris@arcexperts.com or visit www.arcexperts.com.

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    Los Angeles, CA - February 14, 2017 - The aviation industry is on the verge of a major mechanic shortage, needing hundreds of thousands of technicians. While aviation schools are preparing students for the job, each technician entering the field must pass the FAA's Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Certification before being hired. Fulcrum Labs is answering the call by helping to better prepare students success in pass rates with its newly launched FAA A&P Certification Prep Course. It is the first test prep experience of its kind in this field that combines personalized, adaptive learning and predictive analytics to help aviation maintenance technicians prepare for the high-stakes test in the most convenient, effective and efficient way possible. The launch of Fulcrum's training course could not come at a better time. Boeing forecasts that between now and 2035, the aviation industry will need to supply more than two million new aviation personnel, including 679,000 maintenance technicians over the next 20 years. Boeing goes on to say that meeting this demand will require innovative solutions, as well as new technologies and training methods to meet a wide range of learning styles. Our institution has built online courses for over a decade, but when it came to developing an online course that prepared students for a high stakes professional certification exam, we knew that we would need to turn to a technology company that could provide a high quality platform and create cutting edge educational content. DR. JOEL ENGLISH, VP OF OPERATIONS, AVIATION INSTITUTE OF MAINTENANCE "Creating a test prep experience that not only fits into learners' demanding schedules, but also engages them on an individual basis and produces better outcomes is a win-win," said Patrick Weir, CEO of Fulcrum Labs. "Our methodologies eliminate the time intensive, one-size-fits-all test prep environment. Our analytics measure the exact depth and degree to which each concept has been mastered, helping learners pinpoint where they are achieving objectives, where they are struggling, and where they need to dedicate study time and resources. It's a model aimed at giving learners a jumpstart on their career and helping the aviation industry meet its extraordinary demand." Fulcrum Labs is revolutionizing the aviation training industry with its Personalized Adaptive Learning and Predictive Analytics (PALPA™) SaaS platform, giving learners the opportunity to tailor their test-prep experience, which greatly increases engagement and motivation. Fulcrum's competency-based learning approach allows learners to unlock lessons at a pace and level that is right for them. In fact, Fulcrum's go-at-your-own-pace approach has been shown to reduce test prep times by 20-50%. Curriculum for Fulcrum's FAA A&P Certification Prep Course was developed by instructional designers and subject matter experts from the Aviation Institute of Maintenance. Aviation Institute of Maintenance VP of Operations, Dr. Joel English pointed out, “Our institution has built online courses for over a decade, but when it came to developing an online course that prepared students for a high stakes professional certification exam, we knew that we would need to turn to a technology company that could provide a high quality platform and create cutting edge educational content.  Fulcrum Labs is the perfect fit. Their courses are founded on a unique adaptive learning platform and all instruction is amplified through strikingly beautiful execution. The results are very encouraging.” The course covers everything a technician needs to know to pass the General, Airframe and Powerplant written tests. Learners can master material in discrete five-to seven-minute lessons. The course features 97 animated videos that explain complex theories, as well as real world test problems. Learners also have access to more than 1000 practice activities to help them get acquainted and comfortable with the test environment. About Fulcrum Labs Founded in 2014, Fulcrum Labs is an enterprise grade Personalized, Adaptive Learning and Predictive Analytics (PALPA™) SaaS platform designed for organizations tired of DIY instructional tools and death by PowerPoint. Fulcrum couples proven cognitive science and adaptive learning technology with the storytelling power of award-winning animators and production veterans to bring engaging content to the learning and development sector. Fulcrum Labs’ mission is to turn students and employees into learners and confident subject matter masters. For more information, please visit www.the-fulcrum.com.

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    London, U.K. - February 14, 2017 - Peer to Peer Micro-learning and Knowledge Sharing Platform, SmartUp.io has announced a $5.5 Million Series A Round with Notion Capital and Hong Leong Group. The raise is being used to evolve the SmartUp platform to serve the needs of large corporates and startups using the platform to create communities for their teams to learn new skills and exchange knowledge fast and effectively, and take advantage of SmartUp’s learning modules around innovation, rapid prototyping, fintech, AI and more – equipping their teams for the future of work. Behind SmartUp is the premise that anyone can create their own content really easily and share knowledge openly across an organization. SmartUp’s customers are creating a whole range of different interactive content on the platform - for training, product info, on-boarding new employees, sales material, compliance, innovation and more. Corporates in particular are looking for 21st Century learning platforms to replace or complement their older generation Learning Management Systems, and are much more flexible. SmartUp is already used by over 100,000 startup founders and teams, and is a perfect tool for companies looking to reduce high spend on expensive one size fits all content systems like Lynda.com and Degreed.com, and start unlocking the knowledge in their own teams. SmartUp is also attracting the interest of businesses looking to create an external customer and partner “academies”. These can be used for training a wider audience on their product, moving beyond blogs and downloaded PDFs to a micro-learning format where they get feedback from customers on the product material. SmartUp has also launched new knowledge sharing communities for startups and innovators which are open and free, which can be found at launch.smartup.io and elevate.smartup.io. About SmartUp: SmartUp is the ultimate platform for peer-to-peer knowledge creation, sharing and exchange used around the world by startup founders, companies, innovators, business schools and curious entrepreneurs. SmartUp’s intuitive learning system provides communities engaging and fun ways to contribute and consume bite-sized pieces of knowledge and insight. Its powerful platform unlocks your community’s real knowledge to help every member unleash their potential.

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    Raleigh, NC - February 15, 2017 - VitalSource Technologies LLC, Ingram Content Group’s global leader in digital education content delivery, today announced that it has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire Verba Software, Inc., a San Francisco-based company dedicated to using technology to support campus bookstores and help students save money on course materials. “Our planned acquisition of Verba reinforces Ingram’s and VitalSource’s commitment to the future of higher education,” said Shawn Morin, CEO and President, Ingram Content Group. “Continuing to make education more affordable and more accessible inspires us and drives our work at VitalSource. We admire and respect what Verba has built and the impact their innovation has had on education.” Verba was founded in 2008 by Jared Pearlman, Ryan Petersen and Michael Ragalie to tackle textbook affordability through radical transparency by collaborating with independent campus stores. The proposed acquisition of Verba will add to VitalSource’s offerings in inclusive access, analytics, and white-label ecommerce while bringing strengths in adoptions management and pricing transparency. “We are excited about what the Verba team brings to the table in terms of people, ideas and technology. We plan to deepen our existing integration with Verba Connect, their inclusive-access platform, to provide institutions and college stores more options and opportunities to help students and faculty,” said VitalSource COO Pep Carrera. “Students will save money, institutions will ensure students have learning materials on the first day of class, and stores will be at the center of the experience.” VitalSource currently powers inclusive-access programs at 1,250 higher education institutions worldwide and has existing integrations with Verba solutions at a number of those schools. “VitalSource helped form the foundation for the All Access program here at Auburn,” said Rusty Weldon, Auburn University Bookstore. “They worked hand-in-hand with our faculty and the publisher, showing us their technology and proving that there was no one better equipped to make this project happen. So much was at stake for our first inclusive project, VitalSource was committed to making it work, down to the last detail.” This is the type of campus store collaboration Carrera and Petersen, Verba’s CEO, are looking to grow through this acquisition. “Joining VitalSource will accelerate our ability to serve the independent store community,” said Petersen. “With the tighter integration and greater resources offered by VitalSource, we can keep building better tools for stores and grow as the definitive leader in inclusive-access solutions. College stores, faculty, students and publishers – the entire ecosystem – benefit from this planned acquisition.” Following a successful transaction, Verba will become part of a rapidly growing and transforming global company, Ingram Content Group, which has more than 3,400 associates across the globe and has a rich legacy of 40 years of commitment to the college store market. Ingram’s VitalSource is focused on providing digital learning solutions and courseware. VitalSource currently has locations in Raleigh, NC; La Vergne, TN; Boston, MA; Scoresby, Australia; and Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. “Following the planned acquisition, VitalSource would have a new presence in San Francisco and plans to keep the current Verba office open,” said Carrera. “As part of our expanded commitment to the independent college store, our plans will include an acceleration of Verba’s product roadmap that will entail growth in the San Francisco-based team.” VitalSource and Verba will be discussing the planned acquisition at the Independent College Bookstore Association meeting in Las Vegas, February 15-17. “We believe the campus store is best positioned to manage digital content delivery for their institution and look forward to showing the continued commitment and innovation an organization with the size and legacy of VitalSource can bring to college stores,” said Carrera. VitalSource’s acquisition of Verba is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be complete in Q1 of this year. About VitalSource | www.vitalsource.com VitalSource Technologies LLC, part of Ingram Content Group LLC, is improving the learning experience by making it easier to create and deliver effective and affordable content. The preferred choice among educational institutions and companies for digital learning materials, VitalSource® helps over 1,000 educational content providers create and deliver seamless interactive learning experiences through its exclusive Bookshelf® platform to millions of learners at 7,000 institutions. Bookshelf users opened more than 18 million digital textbooks last year and read more than 2.4 billion pages. Follow VitalSource on Twitter at @VitalSource. About Verba | www.verbasoftware.com Founded in 2008, Verba is a San Francisco-based company that works with colleges and universities to reduce the cost of course materials by elevating transparency and access. Verba offers web-based tools for faculty to select course materials, bookstores to acquire low-cost learning materials and for students to easily compare prices and gain on-time access. Verba’s Inclusive Access management tools, including Verba Connect, leverage Verba’s proprietary pricing analysis model to alleviate administrative manual processes and ensure every student has digital access to course materials at a low price on the first day of classes. Verba works with more than 350 institutions of varying sizes to reach over 3.1 million students each term.

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    Toronto, ON - February 16, 2017 - Today, Deloitte formally launched Deloitte University North (DU North), a learning and leadership development centre, affirming its commitment to the growth and success of its people, clients and the global business community. Located within Deloitte's new national office, DU North is designed to invest in, and inspire tomorrow's leaders by bridging real-world experiences and active learning. "At Deloitte, creating a leadership culture focused on the development of our people is one of our highest priorities," said Punit Renjen, Deloitte Global CEO. "Today, Deloitte University North joins a proud tradition of Deloitte University centres across the globe. Located in Toronto, the center is located in an international business hub and key market for the development of future leaders." More than a classroom, DU North offers an experiential learning experience, made possible with technology-enabled classrooms, live interpretation services and business leaders in the classroom leading courses. DU North is the only Deloitte University site in an urban setting ensuring the experience extends past the facility itself. In partnership with the Fairmont Royal York, DU North participants stay in the heart of the city directly across from Toronto's main transportation hub, Union Station. Following the recent completion of an extensive revitalization, Fairmont Royal York offers DU participants re-designed rooms with upgraded amenities, an exclusive business lounge and pantry, and 24 hour private reception coverage. "At Deloitte University North we're building the leadership skills of our people, not only for their individual development, but also for the benefit of our clients and the broader business community," said Duncan Sinclair, Vice Chair and founding Dean of Deloitte University North. "By developing bold and talented leaders we're helping to ensure that Canada will have the top-tier talent it needs to position the country for future success." According to Deloitte's recent report The Future Belongs to the Bold, Canadian companies need to be more courageous and take a strong position on issues such as leadership development if they are to compete, and win, globally. "Leadership development is a critical issue for the future of our country," said Frank Vettese, Managing Partner and Chief Executive of Deloitte in Canada. "For Canada to grow and prosper, businesses need to be willing to take calculated risks to disrupt themselves in the service of better shared outcomes. Deloitte University North will help us get there." DU North builds on the success of the Deloitte University Leadership Center in Westlake, Texas; Deloitte University Asia Pacific in Singapore; Deloitte University Europe, the Middle East and Africa in La Hulpe, Belgium and Chantilly, France; and Deloitte University in Hyderabad, India. Its curriculum mirrors the programs that are delivered annually to Deloitte's 244,000 practitioners, while at the same time tailored to the Canadian market. In 2017, over 8,000 key clients, community leaders and Deloitte practitioners from across the Americas and around the world are expected to participate in DU North programming. About Deloitte Deloitte, one of Canada's leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services. Deloitte LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, is the Canadian member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see www.deloitte.com/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and its member firms.

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    Boston, MA - February 16, 2017 - Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to learning innovation, Penn Foster Education Group announced today the launch of the Penn Foster Experience (PFx), a competency-based mobile learning platform that integrates self-paced learning and adaptive feedback to allow faculty and administrators to focus on helping students build career-ready skills, and to empower students to manage their online education. After a successful pilot with 2,500 students, PFx is now available in select Penn Foster programs including Penn Foster High School and new career programs such as Guest Services Agent and Home Health Aide and will roll out to additional students through 2017, including students enrolled via partnerships with employers, organizations and other academic institutions. "We want our learning platform to meet the needs of today's students and employers by providing an experience that goes far beyond a traditional learning management system," said Bobby Babbrah, chief digital officer, Penn Foster Education Group. "With a laser focus on student outcomes, the new platform leverages data to create granular learning interactions, improve student engagement and provide a personalized learning experience for our on-the-go students. PFx is a cloud-based 'open' platform that enables rapid interoperability with partner organizations to provide a complete outcomes trail from education to employment." PFx offers innovative instructional design that blends self-paced interactive courses with a multi-layer support system that includes webinars, peer-to-peer discussion, and access to personal success coaches, teaching assistants and expert faculty. "When we say that 'PFx' stands for the 'Penn Foster Experience,' we declare that as a promise to our students," said Dara Warn, chief outcomes officer, Penn Foster Education Group. "The emphasis is on a superior learning experience for students, providing them confidence in their everyday lives thanks to the skills they develop and the preparation for careers they train for. The platform also enables us to deliver on our promise of outcomes to be employment-centric." PFx combines content in quality, short bursts on an intuitive, mobile and social platform with "surround sound" support services via email, text, phone and chat to ensure learner success. The goal is to underscore Penn Foster's longstanding commitment to academic integrity with unique instructor insights and an unyielding emphasis on outcomes. Randall Shorter, a Penn Foster student who participated in testing the platform this summer, said PFx made getting a high school diploma less stressful and more personalized. "Working on getting my high school diploma has been challenging, but the instructions and format make it easy to follow. Plus, it is really helpful that I can do this all on my own time," he said. About Penn Foster Education GroupPenn Foster Education Group, Inc. is an organization dedicated to developing and acquiring industry leading technologies, tools and resources to support alternative pathways for opportunity youth and adult learners. Focused on enabling education tied to workplace competencies and learner needs, Penn Foster Education Group is at the forefront of design and development of learning platforms and educational content. Penn Foster Education Group is a corporate affiliate of Penn Foster, Inc. which operates three schools -- Penn Foster High School, Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster College. Learn more at www.pennfostereducationgroup.com or www.partners.pennfoster.edu.

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