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June 4, 2001

UMBC Computer Training Center Partners With Magellan University

The UMBC Computer Certification Training Center (CCTC) announced a new partnership today with Magellan University (, the nation's first online university, adding web-based learning options to all of the Center's classes and rapidly expanding course offerings to include Linux and a variety of Internet technology certifications.

New titles added to the UMBC Center's curriculum include Sair Linux Certification, MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) Upgrade Certifications (from NT 4.0), and various web technology titles (HTML, FrontPage 2000, Dreamweaver 4.0, and Flash 5.0).

The new online offerings added to instructor-led classes will let students complete various certification modules in weeks to 6 months, studying at their own pace and around their own schedules. The online courses include pre- and post-assessment, threaded discussions with fellow students, and online tutoring from experts in the respective technologies.

"The CCTC was thrilled to identify Magellan as a progressive partner, and to proceed so quickly to a formal relationship that will provide high-quality alternatives to both our current, and future training clients," said Doug Kendzierski, President/CEO of the UMBC CCTC, and Associate Vice-Provost in UMBC's Division of Professional Education & Training. "CCTC can now serve both the more traditional training students, through instructor-led programs at our Windsor Mill headquarters, and the consumer who is motivated more by self-paced learning at their convenience, available 24/7 online."

"Our partnership model is premised on working with outstanding institutions like UMBC-excellent schools with a history of superiority in technology leadership," added Tony Davis, Director of Partner Development at Magellan University. "Our shared emphasis on high-quality education is what separates UMBC and Magellan from the rest of the competitive training market."

Eleanor M. Carey, President of the Governor's Workforce Investment Board, praised the agreement between UMBC and Magellan. "This is precisely the type of partnership that will keep Maryland on the leading edge of the technology workforce, attracting new companies, and retaining existing state businesses who are increasingly drawn to educated and capable workers," said Carey.

Dr. Craig Weidemann, UMBC Vice-Provost, Executive Assistant to the President, and Chairman of the Board of the CCTC said, "Our online partnership with Magellan is further evidence of UMBC's commitment to lead the state's technical workforce development effort through an increasing number of programs, options and mechanisms that address the full range of need among both current, and future IT workers in Maryland."

The UMBC Computer Certification Training Center was launched by UMBC in July of 1999, to dramatically address the state's shortage of qualified IT workers through progressive workforce development programs that produce industry-certified professionals. The CCTC transitioned to a UMBC Research Park owned LLC in November of 2000, and is headquartered out of a state-of-the-art facility in the high-profile Executive Park West in Windsor Mill, Baltimore County. The Center is a Microsoft Certified Partner, a Prosoft/CIW Authorized Training Center, a CompTIA Partner, and an Authorized VUE Testing Center.

About Magellan University:
Founded in 1994 by a group of university administrators -- including Bill Noyes, a longtime University of Arizona senior administrator, and Dr. John P. Schaefer, president emeritus of the University of Arizona -- Magellan delivers student-centered distance-learning programs to individuals, as well as students and employees at other institutions, businesses and government agencies. Magellan currently partners with North Carolina State University, University of Maine, University of New Hampshire, and Northern Arizona University, among others. Magellan University is a Microsoft Certified Technical Education Center, a Prosoft/CIW Authorized Training Center, a CompTIA Partner, and a SAIR Linux Accredited Education Center.

Interested clients can log onto the UMBC CCTC homepage at, and follow the "Online Courses" link for additional details and registration information, or contact the Center at 410-594-CCTC (2282).

Posted by dwinds1 at June 4, 2001 12:00 AM