Training Today: Partnerships and Alliances (Sept/Oct 2012)

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


>> Social relationship management for hiring firm Jobscience acquired social profile management company Atomkeep to help job seekers validate and control their social identity across multiple sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Monster, Yelp, and YouTube. Accessing user-validated accounts helps recruiters and employers avoid cases of mistaken identity and potential liability issues. 

>> Lancaster General Health, a three-hospital, not-for-profit health-care system in south central Pennsylvania, is providing 400 leaders across the system with access to Harvard ManageMentor, an online learning solution from Harvard Business Publishing. Harvard ManageMentor is the centerpiece of LG Health’s initiative to create a cadre of agile leaders equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to navigate today’s complex and continuously changing health-care environment.

>> Independent IT training company New Horizons Worldwide, Inc., entered into a definitive merger agreement under which it will be acquired by NWHW Holdings, Inc., a newly formed entity backed by investment firm (and current investor) Camden Partners Holdings, LLC, and an investor group. Total enterprise value of the transaction is approximately $56 million.

>> Accredited online university Capella University formed an education alliance with Adventist HealthCare in Rockville, MD. As part of that alliance, employees of Adventist HealthCare and their immediate family members are eligible for reduced tuition at Capella. They also are eligible for a 2012 New Alliance Partner Grant of $3,000 if they begin a Capella Bachelor’s, Master’s, doctoral, specialist, or post-Master’s certificate program by November 2012.

Lorri Freifeld
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 APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.