C-TREC Acquires Hilton Computer Strategies

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Combined company will represent largest corporate information technology education company in greater Houston and offer greater breadth of education choices for clients.

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C-TREC, a leading Houston-based corporate information technology education company, and has acquired one of its chief competitors, Hilton Computer Strategies, to create the dominant regional player for companies to turn to for quality IT learning solutions. The combined company, called C-TREC Hilton IT Academy, boasts the top IT educators and the most comprehensive range of courses in greater Houston.

The companies have been key IT education brands in Houston for a combined 45 years. By consolidating these players in a fragmented IT education segment, the move will enhance the selection and quality of programs available.

Customers of the two companies will now have available to them a broader range of top quality IT courses in subjects related to infrastructure, desktop, project management, software development, security, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, and wireless, all under one roof.

The acquisition also advances C-TREC's model of investing in in-house capabilities to ensure customers have greater access to highly trained and certified IT educators.

"We're thrilled to add the advanced capabilities of Hilton Computer Strategies with the best-in-class programs of C-TREC to create cutting edge IT learning opportunities for our corporate customers," said Umesh Verma, Chairman of C-TREC Hilton IT Academy. "For almost two decades, both companies have been committed to quality IT education and customer satisfaction, making this a tremendous opportunity for us to be the first choice for corporate IT education needs."

C-TREC Hilton offers high-quality, instructor-led computer courses for corporations both large and small. Its certified instructors provide expert technical and application education in Microsoft, as well as Novell, CompTIA, Linux, EC-Council Mile2, CWNA and Cisco. Instruction is available at 5051 Westheimer near the Galleria, and at the Hilton Computer Strategies location at 6001 Savoy in southwest Houston near Hillcroft. Classes can also be delivered at a customer's own facility.
Verma will become Chairman of the privately held company. He is also CEO of Houston information security company Blue Lance Inc. Jeff Hilton, who founded Hilton Computer Strategies in1986, will have no management role but will act as a consultant in the areas of IT and business processes.

"The dynamics of this new organization are incredible," said Jeff Hilton, CEO of Hilton Computer Strategies. "This allows me to turn my company over to a highly respected competitor and see our organization become a part of the preeminent corporate IT education firm in the region."

To schedule IT training or for more information about courses being offered, please contact C-TREC Hilton at (713) 255-0360, or visit http://www.CTREC.com.

About C-TREC:
Privately owned C-TREC is the Houston region's top computer education firm for corporations. It offers high-quality, instructor-led computer courses in state-of-the-art classrooms, with education towards certifications from Microsoft, as well as Novell, CompTia, CISCO, Mile2 and several others. A Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, C-TREC's instructors have educated more than 50,000 professionals, and its commitment to quality consistently earns it the rating of "top technical education center in the market." C-TREC, along with information security company Blue Lance, Inc., is a subsidiary of Network Information Systems, Inc., all of which are owned by Umesh Verma.

About Hilton Computer Strategies:
Since 1986 Hilton Computer Strategies has provided top quality IT education and services to the Houston IT community. It offers courses in Software, Web and database development, Project Management, IT infrastructure, desktop deployment, computer security, Information portals such as SharePoint, ITIL and Solutions Framework. Hilton Computer Strategies is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Learning Solutions.

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