Virginia’s Community Colleges Select Augusoft’s Lumens to Manage Workforce Noncredit and Continuing Education Program

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Augusoft’s Lumens cloud-based enrollment management software to be implemented at 23 Virginia Community Colleges to improve noncredit customers’ experience and training delivery.

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“We wanted a web-hosted and user-friendly software that would integrate with our current enterprise systems,” added Joy Hatch, Vice Chancellor of Information Technology Services.

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) announced Augusoft Lumens® enrollment management software has been purchased to facilitate delivery of noncredit workforce development and continuing education courses to students and clients through its 23 colleges and 40 campuses. With Augusoft Lumens software, system officials aim to improve the customers’ experience, while gaining efficiencies through improved noncredit management.

The Augusoft Lumens statewide implementation will include a custom interface to Oracle PeopleSoft®, centralized reporting capabilities, additional augmentations to the Lumens system, and on-going customer service support including onsite training from Augusoft in collaboration with LERN (Learning Resources Network).

“Virginia’s community college workforce leaders are at the center of their regions’ workforce efforts, and they collectively voiced the need for a web-based enrollment, payment, and activity management system to support Virginia’s noncredit students and clients. Implementation will support VCCS’ strategic plan, Achieve 2015, along with our statewide reengineering efforts,” said Dr. Craig Herndon, VCCS Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development Services. “We wanted a web-hosted and user-friendly software that would integrate with our current enterprise systems,” added Joy Hatch, Vice Chancellor of Information Technology Services.

Augusoft Lumens is the first cloud-based enrollment management system designed for continuing education. With Lumens, continuing education programs manage their open enrollment, certificate programs, workforce development, and corporate education businesses through a single system.

VCCS considered a number of vendors for this project, but selected Augusoft, largely because of the company’s breadth of experience in delivering and supporting similar systemwide installations for noncredit continuing education divisions.

“The VCCS, Augusoft, and LERN partnership is a winning combination,” said Cem Erdem, CEO and President of Augusoft. “We are working together with VCCS to bring a cutting-edge solution to all their noncredit and continuing education programs that will enable them to better serve their students and communities.”

“Our colleges are not driving web-based or cloud-based initiatives—our students are,” continued Hatch. “Cloud-based technology has the potential to change the foundation of our institutions, and this collaboration will enable VCCS to carry out an enterprise strategy for delivering the necessary support to grow our noncredit offerings across the entire system.”

The combined VCCS/Augusoft/LERN planning and development effort is underway, with training and implementation expected to begin in 2014.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 405,000 students a year. For more information, please visit http://www.vccs.edu.

About Augusoft
Augusoft®, Inc. develops and maintains Lumens® – the first cloud-based enrollment management system designed for the continuing education industry. More than 3.4 million students have registered for continuing education classes using Lumens. Visit http://www.augusoft.net to see Lumens in action or call 763.331.8300.

About LERN
Learning Resources Network (LERN) is an international association offering information and consulting to providers of lifelong learning programs. With 4,000+ members in over 1,000 organizations in 16 countries around the world, nearly 100 LERN members serve in the volunteer LERN leadership. LERN’s best-practices and practical how-to information help lifelong learning programs; increase enrollments, boost income, save costs and positively impact program unit’s bottom lines. LERN is the authoritative and distinctive source of practical information, best-of practice tools and learning resources for lifelong learning programs across the world. Visit http://www.lern.org or call (800) 678-5376.

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