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Global Knowledge Recognized as a 2014 Microsoft Learning Partner of the Year Finalist

Global Knowledge, the world’s leading IT and business skills training provider, today announced it has been named a finalist for the 2014 Microsoft Learning Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft Corporate Partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

“Our expert instructors and learning solutions teams spend a great deal of time with students to understand their evolving needs. We understand the increasing demands on their time and responsibilities, as well as the shifts Microsoft is driving with iterative software advancements. Accelerated pace expectations, coupled with evolving business environments, are placing unprecedented skills acquisition and development needs on IT teams,” said Michael Fox, SVP, Enterprise Solutions for Global Knowledge. “We lead the way in offering our students the most flexibility, the most convenience and the most innovation in delivery options and continuous learning initiatives to support their Microsoft learning.”

Awards were presented in multiple categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 2,800 entrants from 117 different countries worldwide. Global Knowledge was recognized for providing outstanding learning solutions and services.

The Learning Partner of the Year excels in providing innovative training or marketing solutions to drive skills and certification growth. The Award spotlights a new solution brought to market, a new platform, a leading-edge marketing and sales practice, or a new business model that the Partner has successfully implemented. Recognized Microsoft Learning Partners demonstrate alignment with advancing adoption and deployment of Microsoft technologies through training and certification, and exhibit more creative ways to engage with innovative and exceptional training.

“Microsoft’s success as a company depends on great partners, and Global Knowledge is a shining example of the kind of innovation our partner ecosystem drives year after year,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Corp. “We are honored to recognize Global Knowledge as this year’s finalist for the 2014 Microsoft Learning Partner of the Year Award, and we applaud Global Knowledge’s dedication to providing innovative solutions that drive results for our mutual customers.”

Global Knowledge delivers comprehensive Microsoft training worldwide and offers continuous learning through instructor-led courses that include access to live practice labs, 24x7 mentoring and unlimited class retakes, along with six months of indexed class recordings for virtual students. Global Knowledge was recognized for also offering Microsoft classes in a new, innovative flexible virtual format, combining the benefits of live, instructor-led training with the convenience of self-paced learning for six hours per week during a 30-day period.

“Being recognized as an innovative Microsoft Learning Partner with awards during three of the past four years is a huge accomplishment,” said Ben Watson, Global Knowledge Senior Product Director. “Working closely with students all over the world, we understand how critical it is to provide them with the most flexible delivery options and schedule balanced with the benefits of real-world expertise from a live instructor. We know that having ongoing access to your actual class recordings and labs is imperative to skills development – and retention. Everyone can use a little help when they get back to work and implement best practices in their own unique environments, so we continuously evolve our learning solutions to meet those needs. This includes post-course peer community support and 24x7 mentoring to help clarify a concept, troubleshoot a challenge or shave valuable time off of a project.”

Global Knowledge has been enrolled in the Microsoft Partner Network since 2007 and has enjoyed ongoing recognition for continued innovations in providing learning services, being named Learning Partner of the Year in 2013 and Learning Competency Marketing Acceleration Partner of the Year in 2011. The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year.

About Global Knowledge

Global Knowledge is the world’s leading IT and business skills training provider. Offering the most relevant and timely content delivered by the best instructors, we provide customers around the world with their choice of convenient class times, delivery methods and formats to accelerate their success. Our business skills solutions teach essential communications skills, business analysis, project management, ITIL service management, process improvement and leadership development. With thousands of courses spanning from foundational training to specialized certifications, our core IT training is focused on technology partners such as Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Citrix, IBM, Juniper, Microsoft, Red Hat and VMware. We offer comprehensive professional development for technologies like big data, cloud, cybersecurity and networking.

Founded in 1995, Global Knowledge employs more than 1,300 people worldwide and is headquartered in Cary, N.C. The company is owned by New York-based investment firm MidOcean Partners. Learn more at www.globalknowledge.com.

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