Pearson Partners with Becker Professional Education to Improve Employability in Accounting

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Partnership provides access to high-quality exam prep content that helps learners earn CPA credentials

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow faster through 2018 than for all the occupations the bureau tracks. To meet this growing demand, Pearson has announced its partnership with Becker Professional Education, the leading provider of CPA exam preparation materials. Beginning in July 2015, thousands of learners will have access to Becker’s high-quality content, which is integrated within MyAccountingLab® for Intermediate Accounting by Elizabeth Gordon, Jana Raedy and Alex Sannella. MyAccountingLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with Intermediate Accounting to engage students and improve results. Becker’s content will be used to give students invaluable insight and practice to improve their readiness for the types of questions on the CPA exam.

Pearson’s Vice President, Global Employability and Career Success, Jonell Sanchez, said, “The vast majority of accounting majors go on to take the CPA exam. We are honored to partner with Becker to help more learners prepare for and achieve this critical credential, positioning them for greater career success.”

“Pearson is one of the most recognized leaders in learning and this partnership enables us to jointly provide the necessary tools to assist in the education of tomorrow’s CPAs and future business leaders,” said Timothy McClinton, Becker’s vice president of U.S. Accounting.

Additional Pearson Employability Initiatives
Pearson is also working to improve employability for learners through its annual student contest in collaboration with RED, “The Pearson & (RED) Challenge” and MyITLab Microsoft Office Open Badges.

-Pearson & (RED) Challenge: Each year, Pearson hosts a student contest in conjunction with (RED), which provides career development opportunities for Marketing students. Students form teams and must create their own (RED) product concept, specifically targeted at the college market. The team must write a marketing plan and create a (RED) campaign with supporting promotional materials. All promotional materials and marketing plans are submitted for online voting and the top 10 projects, based on voting, are sent to (RED) to be judged. In May 2015, winners will be announced, and Pearson will send the winning student team to New York to meet with (RED) executives and pitch their idea. For more information on this year’s challenge, visit pearsonhighered.com/red-challenge.

-MyITLab Microsoft Office Open Badges: A badge is an online representation of a skill or achievement earned and designed to motivate behavior, recognize achievement and establish credibility. Badges capture knowledge, skills and accomplishments that help transfer learning across different industries and help employers find the unique talent and skills most in demand. MyITLab for Office 2013 and MyITLab for Office 2010 issue Open Badges using the Acclaim system. Acclaim is a platform that gives academic institutions, professional associations and credentialing programs the ability to translate and recognize someone's professional achievements and learning outcomes with Open Badges, which can be shared and validated online. MyITLab badges represent the competencies and skills that learners have not only mastered, but have also demonstrated through their completion of the course. MyITLab, part of the MyLab & Mastering series of online homework, tutorial and assessment products, provides realistic skill-based training and assessment which enables students to practice Microsoft Office application skills using multiple methods of completion. MyLab & Mastering is used by over 11 million students annually.

Pearson’s Jonell Sanchez continued, “These additional employability initiatives demonstrate our commitment to providing learners with critical, transferable digital literacy skills along with occupation-specific skills necessary to prepare them for long-term success in the world of work.”

About Pearson
Pearson is the world's leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit http://www.pearson.com.

About Becker Professional Education
Becker Professional Education, a part of DeVry Education Group, is a global leader in professional education serving the accounting, project management and healthcare professions. Nearly half a million professionals have prepared to advance their careers through its CPA Exam Review, ACCA® Courses, CMA Exam Review, PMP® Exam Review, USMLE® Review and Continuing Professional Education courses. Throughout its more than 50-year history, Becker has earned a strong track record of student success through world-class teaching, curriculum and learning tools that enable its students to develop the knowledge and performance skills necessary to stay ahead in an ever-changing business world. For more information about Becker Professional Education, visit http://www.becker.com or call 1-877-CPA-EXAM.

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Brandon Pinette, brandon.pinette(at)pearson(dot)com or 800-745-8489

Liz Diakonow, ldiakonow(at)becker(dot)com or 630-829-1716

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