Global Knowledge Receives PMI's 2007 Product of the Year Award for PMP(R) Blended Certification Program

    Flexible, Blended Learning Solutions Save Time and Support Learner

    CARY, N.C., October 8 /CNW/ - Global Knowledge, the largest privately
held provider of training and enterprise learning services for information
technology (IT) and management professionals, announced today that it has
received the 2007 Product of the Year Award for its PMP(R) Blended Learning
Certification Program from the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's
leading not-for-profit professional association for the project management

    "The blended learning solution provides our customers and the industry
with an innovative format for learning that supports multiple learner
preferences and diverse learner needs," said Kirsten Lora, Global Knowledge
Product Director. "Developed in partnership with SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL),
this blended approach offers customers a variety of learning assets, including
online courseware, Referenceware(R) from Books24x7(R), KnowledgeCenter(TM),
instructor-led virtual review sessions, and instructor-led exam prep Boot
Camps, deployed either virtually or at the customer's facility as a private

    The blended learning options have helped hundreds of students improve
their project management skills and prepare to earn their Project Management
Professional (PMP(R)) certification. On average, students participate in 16
weeks of educational development in a guided program that offers interaction
with a PMP-certified project management Subject Matter Expert from Global
Knowledge who directs all instructor-led activities, and a SkillSoft Blended
Learning Consultant for coaching and mentoring.

    "Our courses stress hands-on activities and learning through experience,
not just lecture," said Global Knowledge Senior Vice President Michael Fox.
"This approach ensures that students are prepared to succeed in the workplace
through the immediate application of their newly-formed skills."

    Global Knowledge offers more than 60 proprietary project management
products, all of which are based on A Guide to the Project Management Body of
Knowledge, Third Edition (PMBOK(R) Guide), which ensures the application of
best practices to help students apply the necessary skills regardless of the
project size, visibility, risk, and strategic importance.

    SkillSoft is a leading provider of enterprise e-learning, with resources
targeted to business and IT professionals. Its multi-modal learning solutions
support and enhance the speed and effectiveness of formal and informal
learning processes. Global Knowledge and SkillSoft announced new customers in
the delivery of comprehensive, blended learning solutions in July of this
year. Over the past two years, organizations including Qwest, BellSouth and
BearingPoint have leveraged these Blended Learning Solutions that combine
e-learning and instructor-led training.

    This is the second year in a row that Global Knowledge has received a
Product of the Year Award from PMI. The company offers a broad array of
business training courses that encompasses project management, professional
skills, business analysis, and IT Infrastructure Library(TM) curriculum. All
of the project management courses offer PMBOK(R) theory and best practices
paired with real-world exercises taught by PMP-certified instructors.

    Global Knowledge accepted the award at the PMI Global Congress tradeshow
being held this week in Atlanta, Georgia.

    About Global Knowledge

    Global Knowledge is the largest privately held provider of training and
enterprise learning services for information technology (IT) and management
professionals. The company offers a broad array of hands-on IT, project
management, professional skills, and business process training featuring
proprietary core and custom curriculum, as well as content from leading
companies, including Cisco, Microsoft, Nortel, and Red Hat. Delivered in
classrooms, at private facilities, or over the Internet, Global Knowledge has
helped Fortune 500 companies, organizations, and government agencies leverage
learning to turn knowledge into productivity for employees, customers, and
channel partners. Founded in 1995, Global Knowledge employs more than 1,100
people worldwide and is headquartered in Cary, N.C. The company is owned by
New York-based investment firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson, and Stowe. For more
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