Pearson's Partnership with Louisiana Community & Technical College System Yields Enrollment Increases

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Online program sees 74 percent increase in enrollments

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More than 18 months ago, Pearson partnered with LCTCSOnline to completely customize an online learning solution

Pearson's partnership with the Louisiana Community & Technical College System (LCTCSOnline) to create a groundbreaking online learning program to address the state's workforce shortage is yielding enrollment increases, according to data released by LCTCS.

Launched in January 2009, LCTCSOnline has seen enrollments jump 43 percent from the spring 2009 to spring 2010 semesters, to 424 current enrollments. Students throughout Louisiana are taking advantage of this convenient way to receive a college education in an online environment.

"More than 18 months ago, Pearson partnered with LCTCSOnline to completely customize an online learning solution," said Don Kilburn, CEO of Pearson Learning Solutions. "LCTCSOnline offers working adults the most flexible, reliable learning option available. The program's success is a fine testimony to our partnership and we look forward to our continued collaboration."

Since launching, LCTCSOnline has made a series of improvements, including moving exclusively to customized eBooks, saving students an average of 31 percent on their current spring semester materials.

"We are pleased to be able to bring this sort of savings directly to our students. Not only do our students have the convenience of our online learning portal, but they also have extra money in their pockets, and that is so beneficial in this current economic climate," said Dr. Joe May, LCTCS President.

"Our relationship with Pearson has been critical to the success of LCTCSOnline thus far, especially concerning our new eBooks arrangement. Pearson actually developed the bookstore and site and delivers the content to students immediately so they no longer have to wait for textbooks to arrive in the mail. Everything is electronic. If a student wants a paper copy, they can print pages, but for the most part, it's a very green-friendly solution," said Dr. Robert Johnson, Executive Director of LCTCSOnline.

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Media Contact: Susan Aspey, Susan.aspey (at) pearson (dot) com or (800) 745-8489

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