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Aris Education (JBT) Launches Blended Learning MCSA (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator) Courses as the Most Cost-Effective Training Solution:

· Aris Education offers “12-a-day”course option; 6 days shorter than standard MCSA
· Blended training solution leads to better knowledge retention than standard Instructor-led Training (ILT) training
· Direct cost-savings of £2,110 per delegate

30th April 2002, Oxford, United Kingdom – Leading UK Microsoft CTEC, Aris Education (John Bryce Training UK Ltd), is pleased to announce an MCSA training solution that will save up to £2,100 per delegate on direct costs alone. The Blended Learning option means travel and accommodation costs are significantly reduced, whilst productivity is increased with delegates spending less time away from their jobs. Finally, the new MCSA program delivers superior return on investment than standard ILT courses by increasing knowledge retention fourfold.

Existing MCSA courses take between 16 to 18 days depending on the final elective track. This new ‘blended solution’ approach cuts training time down by at least 3 days and combines pre-course assessment, CBT, WBT and live interactive e-Learning. Altogether, Aris Education’s MCSA slashes at least a third of the time spent away from the office.

The MCSA training solution offered by Aris Education (JBT) is the most comprehensive package in the marketplace. It includes the following:

· Free pre-course self-assessment exams
· Free software
· A 5-day course to prepare delegates for two exams
· 3 months free access to remote, hands-on labs
· Weekly live e-Learning evening sessions
· Question & Answer Session and Exam preparation
· Up to £900 off vouchers (depending on the elective) redeemable against any MCSE* course
· £150 voucher off any CheckPoint security course
· A new MCSA totebag

*The MCSA (Administrator) certificate takes you to about 50% or 60% of MCSE Certification depending on the electives.

This solution has an audience beyond the budget conscious client because blended solutions offer far better return on investment than Instructor-led-only training courses. Blended solutions work on the premise that learning is a much longer process than training, and the combination of these techniques and technologies boosts the learning process with continual reinforcement over a period of time.

Aris Education (JBT) offers MCSA delegates three months free access to hands-on, remote labs giving ample opportunity to practice what they have just learned. A cost-effective alternative to ‘floorwalking’, called ‘e-walking’ utilizes the Internet and the reinforcement of training in this way aids memory and retention. It is performed easily and efficiently for students to learn effectively.

Aris Education (JBT) has brought the blended solutions approach to training to the UK following Mentergy’s success in the USA. Research has proven that knowledge retention results are up to four times better than standard instructor-led training (ILT) training. For a demonstration of this proven training methodology contact Katie Davies on behalf of Managing Director, Eyal Schneid on Tel: 01865 334700.

The Aris Education Blended Solution MCSA costs just £2,990 versus a standard Instructor-Led Training price of £5,100, giving a total saving of £2,110.

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Aris Education (John Bryce Training UK Ltd.) is a leading provider of ‘blended solutions’; total training solutions which combine innovative methodologies and delivery mechanisms including instructor-led training, web-based training and live internet interactive training using one of the UK’s first live-broadcast online studios.

Aris Education has just been awarded Gold Learning Partner status by Microsoft and is one of only a handful of the 50 or so UK CTECs (Certified Training and Education Centres) to gain this prestigious award in recognition of the level of expertise and quality of Microsoft training.

The organisation’s ability to unite classic, quality IT Training with new training methods cost-effectively, has been widely rewarded. Voted ‘Outstanding’ for both quality and value by readers of IT training magazine in the year 2000, Aris Education has won Microsoft’s ‘European Training Partner of the Year’ award no less than three times in the past decade.

This leading Microsoft CTEC has been providing top quality technical education for nearly two decades to 60% of the UK’s FTSE 100. Launched in 1983 as Oxford Computer Group, Aris Education acquired Barefoot Computer Training in 1998 and was sold to Mentergy Group in August 2000. It now forms part of John Bryce Training, Mentergy’s European IT Training arm with branches in Germany, Hungary, Turkey and Israel. This move brought with it the most up-to-date, award-winning e-learning tools, coupled with the experience and proven project methodologies of a global organisation.

More recently, the portfolio has been broadened to offer Checkpoint, Lotus and Novell certification as well as Total Training Solutions. Aris Education has a proven track record in assimilating the latest ERP & CRM technologies within corporations. Uniquely, it is the only IT Training company worldwide which has experience in delivering end-user training for Baan, Clarify, SAP, Siebel and Oracle.

Finally, multinational companies can count on Aris Education to train their workforces globally through a partnership with the Global Learning Alliance.

Mentergy is a leading global provider of blended e-Learning solutions, serving over 5,000 customers worldwide. Listed on the NASDAQ Stock exchange (NASDAQ: MNTE), Mentergy serves 64% of the Fortune 500 companies.

The Mentergy Group leads the USA with high-quality, cost-effective blended learning solutions because it pioneered e-Learning in the 1990’s (then known as Gilat Communications).

Mentergy offers clients an unprecedented range of e-learning tools and expert services, including live e-Learning, video rich broadband delivery, custom courseware development, step-by-step consulting and an integrated suite of e-Learning development and delivery tools.

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