eLearners.com and BusinessWeek Online Forge Relationship to Help Readers Find Online Learning Opportunities

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eLearners.com, the leading resource for connecting students with online education, announced today it has forged a relationship with BusinessWeek Online to power an online education directory for its users. The directory offers a comprehensive database of information on distance learning opportunities, including online courses, degrees and certificate programs in the information technology and business fields.

eLearners.com, the leading resource for connecting students with online education, announced today it has forged a relationship with BusinessWeek Online to power an online education directory for its users. The directory offers a comprehensive database of information on distance learning opportunities, including online courses, degrees and certificate programs in the information technology and business fields.

The new online course and degree directory on BusinessWeek Online enables visitors to search eLearners.com’s extensive database of over 6,000 online courses, and 1,700 online degree and certificate programs. Through eLearners.com, BusinessWeek Online visitors can search for programs of interest by a variety of criteria, including curriculum, degree level, course level and more, and in turn receive rich, transparent and objective information about distance learning opportunities. Additionally, the online education directory will feature the eLearners Advisor®, a unique assessment tool that helps prospective students determine if online learning is right for them through a series of targeted questions ranging from technology access and skills, to personal motivation and learning style.

“Consumer demand for online education has been accelerating over recent years, particularly in the world of business and IT training and education,” said Christine Topalian at BusinessWeek Online. “As one of the leading business information resources in the world, it was important to us to provide our readership access to a comprehensive database of business-oriented online learning opportunities.”

U.S. online higher education is booming. Eduventures, a leading research and consulting firm, estimates that, at the close of 2005, approximately 1.2 million unique students were taking fully online higher education programs (the vast majority enrolled in online degree programs), up an estimated 28% over the previous year. The most recent report from the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) estimates a total of 2.35 million unique students taking at least one online course in fall 2004. This represents a year-over-year growth rate of 18.2%.

“We are confident that BusinessWeek’s customers fit incredibly well with our target demographic. These tend to be people who crave personal improvement and learning opportunities, but may not have the time or flexibility in their schedules to pursue traditional classroom education” said Andrew Gansler, CEO of eLearners.com. “At the same time, this relationship allows providers of online education such as colleges and universities, can to tap into a high-caliber prospective student base through their existing relationship with eLearners.”

For more information on establishing integrated relationships with eLearners.com, contact Terrence Thomas, VP of Business Development, at 201-222-3741 x25.

About eLearners.com

eLearners.com®, an operating division of Halyard Education Partners LLC, has been successfully connecting learners to online education opportunities, including degree and certificate programs, specialized training, and a variety of courses since 1999. For prospective students, eLearners® provides a powerful search engine of online offerings as well as extensive educational resources, available at no cost. For colleges and universities, eLearners® performance-based marketing services offer a low-cost, high quality method to increase enrollment and exposure to their learning programs. For more information on eLearners.com , visit http://www.elearners.com.

About BusinessWeek

BusinessWeek Online (http://www.businessweek.com), a recipient of the 2000 National Magazine Award for General Excellence in New Media, brings global coverage to the Internet. BusinessWeek Online launched on AOL in December 1994 and the Web site was launched in October 1996. At Businessweek.com, users have access to exclusive online content, including business and financial news, investment advice, small business, tech insights, as well as a first look at the current issue of the magazine each week. BusinessWeek Online also features a host of interactive resources to help professionals climb the corporate ladder or increase their stake in the stock market.

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