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LearnQuest Announces Strategic Education Partnership with IBM and Marist College

 

Bala Cynwyd, PA - February 23, 2016 - LearnQuest is excited to announce its new education partnership with Marist College, in providing mainframe training for IBM. This is an important alliance that represents an additional foray into the academic institution market and an opportunity for LearnQuest to work with Marist to provide key curriculum through its unmatched design and development.

Amy Purdy Hirst, Director, IBM Worldwide Technical Training Services, shared in the collective enthusiasm and offered her thoughts on the importance of this partnership, 'I'm excited about this agreement, as it brings together two important entities for IBM Training: LearnQuest, one of IBM's five Global Training Providers with a passion for z Systems training, and Marist College, a long-standing supporter of IBM's z Systems skills and z Academic Initiative. This relationship is excellent for application developers, datacenter administrators, system programmers, or any IT professionals looking to grow their skills. Both LearnQuest and Marist deliver world-class training, and their partnership enables more offerings and flexibility, particularly as LearnQuest and Marist continue to grow their programs worldwide.'

As a result of the partnership, LearnQuest will have rights to Marist's substantial suite of Mainframe course material that has been updated to meet IBM specifications; the corresponding training courses in this legacy technology will be available on the LearnQuest class schedule and IBM.com for the benefit of students and customers.

Yuri Schneiberg, Executive Director of LearnQuest, a longtime advocate for Mainframe skills training, was equally excited about the nature of this partnership. 'It really is a testament to the value of training and to Mainframe training in particular, that IBM and Marist have decided to invest in this critical skills initiative with us. We are looking forward to the collaboration and to meeting the demand that it can generate,” Schneiberg said.

'Marist College, with initial funding from the National Science Foundation, has been providing individuals and corporate teams with skills-based, fully online education and credentialing supporting professionals working in large enterprise computing environments for over 12 years. This new partnership will further enhance the offerings of both individual organizations,” said Dr. Roger Norton, Dean of the School of Computer Science and Mathematics at Marist College.

As an authorized Global Training Provider for IBM, LearnQuest has the dynamic capability and resources to strategically acquire existing quality IT curriculum that satisfies key skills gaps, such as the Mainframe software content from Marist College, and bring it to IBM standard and certification requirements.

For more information on LearnQuest's Learning Design & Development division and ability to create custom training solutions, please visit http://design.learnquest.com. To learn how to join our growing ecosystem of 180 Partners worldwide, please visit www.learnquest.com/learnquest-education-partners.aspx.

About Marist College
Marist College, founded in 1929 and based in the heart of New York state in Poughkeepsie, is nationally recognized for excellence and noted for its leadership in the use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning process. Marist was recently recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the top 50 schools in the USA for preparing students for careers.

About LearnQuest
LearnQuest is an Authorized IBM Global Training Provider, responsible for the global delivery of IBM Training. Since 1997, LearnQuest has provided complete education solutions for corporations and government organizations that need to train their staff in the latest business skills and Information Technology tools, methodologies, and languages. LearnQuest is accredited by ACCET (The Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training), an ISO 9001:2008 certified agency. The company now provides training in more than 180 countries and has more than 180 partners, with plans for continued expansion around the globe.

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