Training Today: Partnerships and Alliances (Jan/Feb 2013)

The latest training industry mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, and more.


>> selected The Ken Blanchard Companies’ Blanchard Certified as the leadership training program for the 350,000 small business network. Blanchard Certified is a cloud-based leadership development program especially designed for the busy small business owner and his or her employees.

>> C++ Institute and Pearson VUE inked a computer-based testing (CBT) agreement, offering the global IT programming community a C/C++ certification program that allows candidates to test at accessible and secure centers worldwide.

>> Corporate hospitality trainer Kelye Rouse Brown of KRB Customized Training Solutions and Minute Suites, LLC, formed a joint venture, Minute Leap DFW, LLC, to operate the Minute Suites brand at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. KRB will lead the recruitment, training, and day-to-day operations for the rapidly expanding Minute Suites hospitality concept as it launches its travelers’ retreats in Terminals A and D at the Dallas airport.

>> Origin Consulting merged with GreyStone Staffing to form a new division, GreyStone Recruiting, in New York City. The combined forces will provide services ranging from executive search to temporary support staff. The merger augments GreyStone Staffing’s offering within the recruiting sector to include financial services, insurance, and media/tech sectors.

>> McGraw-Hill Education is acquiring a 20 percent equity stake in Area9 Aps, a Denmark-based adaptive learning company. As part of the agreement, McGraw-Hill Education and Area9 will work together to develop new adaptive learning products, both within and outside the higher education market.

Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training Top 100 and Emerging Training Leaders.