|[October 07, 2013]
Bluedrop Signs Contract and Partners with Virginia Manufacturing Association to Bring Manufacturing Skills Institute Programs to Job Seekers and Employers
ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland --(Business Wire)--
Bluedrop Performance Learning (TSX-V: BPL) announced today that they
have signed a contract and strategic agreement with the Virginia
Manufacturing Association (VMA) to grow their Manufacturing Skills
Institute (MSI (News - Alert)) line of business. The agreement includes a contract for
Bluedrop to build an online training program for select VMA training
including the Dream It. Do It. Virginia career tool and their
technology certification programs.
The training will be delivered on Bluedrop's award-winning CoursePark®
learning platform. Bluedrop will also work with the MSI to create a
workforce development program for their existing Military2Manufacturing
(M2M) program. M2M is a career transition pathway for veterans to
re-train them for careers in the manufacturing sector.
"The Manufacturing Skills Institute has some of the highest standards
for manufacturing certification and training in the world, and this
partnership will allow us to expand their training into other U.S.
States and international markets," said Emad Rizkalla, founder and CEO
of Bluedrop Performance Learning. "Their user experience, accessibility
and effectiveness of their existing training will be completely
transformed using our CoursePark eLearning platform. We are pleased to
leverage this relationship and content as part of our ambitious strategy
to become a transformative force for workforce enablement in the U.S.,"
"This is a tremendous resource for US. manufacturers and we are
incredibly excited about the relationship with Bluedrop," said Brett A.
Vassey, President & CEO of the Virginia Manufacturers Association.
"There are several workforce development initiatives that we plan to
work on together to expand the manufacturing certification to larger
markets," Vassey added.
Manufacturing represents $34 billion of Virginia's gross state product
and employs six percent of the state's private workers. The VMA is the
only statewide association exclusively dedicated to manufacturers and
their network of service providers. Virginia's more than 6,000
manufacturers employ more than 220,000 individuals and account for more
than 80 percent of the state's exports to the global economy.
Bluedrop Performance Learning (TSX-V: BPL) is an innovator in workplace
training. The company was launched in 2004 and has more than 100
employees in six offices across Canada. Bluedrop transforms workplace
learning by designing and delivering training content that enables
individuals to improve their skills and their employers to increase
productivity. CoursePark.com is Bluedrop's cloud-based eLearning
platform that contains over 5,000 third-party online courses from the
world's leading publishers and subject matter experts.
Bluedrop is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and the
DreamBuilder project team. For more information, visit www.bluedrop.com.
About the Virginia Manufacturers Association
The VMA is the only statewide association exclusively dedicated to
manufacturers and their network of service providers. Since 1922, the
VMA has exclusively served as Industry's Advocate™, and our mission is
to create the best business environment in the United States for
world-class advanced technology businesses to manufacture and
headquarter their businesses for maximum productivity and profitability.
The VMA also supports a broad array of business services and programs to
help ensure that manufacturing companies can be productive, profitable
and competitive in Virginia. For more information about the VMA, please
Bluedrop Performance Learning
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