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Merit and New Horizons Collaborate to Offer Professional Development to Merit Members

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Merit Network, Inc. and New Horizons Computer Learning Center announced today a collaboration to offer the entire catalogue of professional development course offerings to Merit Members at a 20% discount.

Through this unique agreement, Merit is now aligned with one of the largest independent IT training providers. New Horizons Computer Learning has 300 training centers in 70 countries. It is the largest guaranteed-to-run course schedule in the world.
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“New Horizons recognizes and is pleased to work with Merit’s diverse family of services, focusing on and meeting the IT professional development needs of its member organizations,” said Eric Strouse, sales manager at New Horizons. “Merit has been at the forefront of networking and technology, and as an important part of meeting its mission, provides a regular program of learning opportunities. With Merit focusing on key Members in education, libraries, government, health care, and other non-profit organizations, we at New Horizons are excited about the opportunity to produce synergies within our two organizations,” said Strouse.

This collaborative is inline with Merit’s mission of delivering valuable resources for its Members. Merit currently offers a full calendar of development courses through the Merit Professional Learning program. The collaboration with New Horizons further expands Merit’s ability to help its Member organizations stay proficient with the latest professional skills at a 20% discount off regular published rates.

New Horizons’ catalogue of classes cover a wide range of topics, including information technology, desktop applications, project management, business skills, online marketing and much more. New Horizons is an official training partner for technology leaders such as Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, VMware, Citrix, Adobe and Quickbooks.

“Merit continually seeks to expand upon our suite of benefits to best serve our Members,” said Elwood Downing, vice president of membership outreach and engagement at Merit. “The collaboration with New Horizons presents yet another avenue by which our community can continue to grow their knowledge and stay at the top of their field.”

Merit Members can select to take New Horizons courses in a variety of learning methods that cater to the learning styles and schedules of busy IT professionals. Class delivery methods include online live virtual classrooms, instructor-led training, self-paced eLearning, mentored learning and private group training.

Members can view the catalog and register via a customized portal at:

http://nhgreatlakes.com/merit

About Merit Network

Merit Network Inc., is a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities. Merit owns and operates America’s longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan’s public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained at the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking and IT solutions to Michigan’s public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations.

For more information: www.merit.edu

About New Horizons Computer Learning Centers

New Horizons is the world’s largest I.T. training company. Through an integrated learning approach that ensures new knowledge can be applied to real-life situations, New Horizons offers a wide range of technology, applications, and business skills training from basic application and desktop productivity tools to complex and integrated business systems. New Horizons continues to expand its offerings, locations, and solutions to meet the growing demands placed on organizations and their employees. New Horizons is certified as a Microsoft Partner with a Gold Learning competency, Cisco Partner for Learning Solutions, CompTIA Authorized Partner, and VMware Authorized Training Center.

For more information: www.nhgreatlakes.com

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