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January 12, 2001

UMBC Computer Certification Training Center to Offer Java Courses through Sun Microsystem Program

Baltimore, Md. - The UMBC Computer Certification Training Center announced today it was selected to join Sun Microsystems' (Nasdaq: SUNW) Sun Academic Initiative, a unique program designed to teach the latest information technology skills to an emerging workforce. Sun's training arm, Sun Educational Services, provides curriculum materials, faculty training, full administrative support and free Web-based student resources, to support UMBC CCTC's strategy of complete learning solutions.

Under this program, enrollees at UMBC CCTC will be able to take Sun-authorized courses, in preparation for the industry-standard Sun Certified Java Programmer credential. Individuals in these courses also have free access through a Web browser to online courses on the Sun(TM) Web Learning Center.

According to an April, 2001 U.S. workforce study by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), an estimated 425,000 positions will go unfilled this year because of a lack of applicants with the requisite technical and non-technical skills.

"The shortage of skilled Java programming professionals remains one of the most pressing issues in the IT industry and in businesses all around the world," stated Bill Richardson, vice president and general manager for Sun Educational Services. "Through its participation in the Sun Academic Initiative, UMBC will be helping to equip individuals in meeting those critical business needs and securing rewarding IT careers."

"UMBC is pleased to be invited to participate in this initiative that uses some of the most advanced technology available," said Doug Kendzierski, Associate Vice-Provost and CEO of the University's IT training operation. "It will provide both entry-level candidates and working professionals with the training necessary to further their careers and benefit their companies. This fortifies our leadership position in the regional IT training market, and is consistent with our strategy of partnering with the industry standard bearers to offer tremendous quality and value in technology education".

About UMBC CCTC: The UMBC Computer Certification Training Center (CCTC) is a Microsoft Certified Partner, a CIW Authorized Training Partner, a CompTIA Partner, a Security Certified Program Training Partner a VUE Authorized Testing Center, and an Approved Transcender Training Partner.

A national leader in technology education, UMBC established the CCTC to deliver technology training and industry-standard certification programs for individuals, businesses, government agencies and organizations in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. The UMBC CCTC is located at 3108 Timanus Lane, Executive Park West in the Windsor Mill Community of Baltimore County, just off Exit 17/18 of the Baltimore Beltway. The Center offers instructor-led and web-based training programs, with part-time, full-time, evening, weekend and weekday classes. For further information on any IT training programs at UMBC, contact (410) 594-2282, or visit the training website at www.umbc.edu/cctc.

About Sun Microsystems: Sun Microsystems, Inc, has been propelled by a singular vision - The Network is In the Computer (TM)-- since its inception in 1982. Sun is a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to the nth. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at www.sun.com.

Posted by dwinds1 at January 12, 2001 12:00 AM