South Carolina Technical Colleges to Offer PRIMEDIA Workplace Learning’s PRIMEed

November 19, 2003

Carrollton, TX — November 18, 2003 — PRIMEDIA Workplace Learning, a PRIMEDIA company and the leading provider of integrated learning solutions for more than eight million professionals, announced today that the South Carolina Technical College System will offer PRIMEed training programs as part of its continuing education curriculum. Under the agreement, the 16 technical colleges in the state system will offer the PRIMEed Maintenance Technician Training program as well as the PRIMEed Plant Operations program due for release in early 2004.

Launched earlier this year, PRIMEed helps community and technical colleges serve businesses that are seeking the flexibility and cost savings of Web-based training but need the assurance that employees can demonstrate newly learned skills in hands-on performance evaluations.

“We’re delighted to be working with the South Carolina Technical College System,” commented William R. Joiner, Vice President and General Manager of the Industrial Services Group of PRIMEDIA Workplace Learning. “Businesses have long relied on community and technical colleges to maintain a skilled, productive workforce. PRIMEed gives these educational institutions an edge in meeting the demands of industrial customers seeking cost effective, on-demand training that their employees can quickly apply on the plant floor.”

The South Carolina Technical College System provides a range of training solutions to new and existing industries across the state and has served thousands of businesses during the past 3 decades. Russell W. Darnall, Associate Executive Director of the South Carolina Technical College System, explained: “We see this as a partnership more than selling a product. We leverage the strengths of both organizations to serve our clients. SC Tech System knows the industries and their problems and provides the qualified instructors and assessors for the hands-on labs. PRIMEDIA Workplace Learning brings content, a unique and flexible training approach, 24 hour availability and the ability of workers to get additional training at their own pace.”

PRIMEDIA Workplace Learning supplies PRIMEed partner colleges with Web-based courses, study guides and instruction manuals for the hands-on performance evaluations, and a comprehensive learning management system (LMS). Colleges supply the equipment and instructors for the hands-on performance evaluations and manage and administer the program for companies that enroll employees in the PRIMEed program.

The PRIMEed program consists of competency evaluation tests designed to identify individual student’s knowledge gaps, Web-based courses available whenever and wherever is convenient for the student, posttests to ensure students understand the training’s key concepts, study and instruction guides for the hands-on performance evaluations administered on the college campus, and the PRIMEed LMS which enables colleges to easily manage the training program from enrolling students and scheduling hands-on performance evaluations, to communicating the next step in each student’s training program to issuing certificates of completion.

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