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For Immediate Release: 25 June 2007
Contact: Pearson VUE
Julie Boyce

Pearson VUE Helps Bring Certification Testing to SkillsUSA

Unique partnership enables on-site computer-based testing at this year’s National Leadership and Skills Conference

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., June 25, 2007 — Like technology itself, the Computer Maintenance Competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference is evolving this year. Through the cooperative efforts of Heathkit, Pearson VUE and CompTIA, the contestants in the June 27-28 competition will be able to sit for their CompTIA A+ certification exams at a temporary computer-based testing facility located in the Kansas City Convention Center’s Bartle Hall.

As in years past, nearly 70 SkillsUSA competitors will take the CompTIA A+ certification exams as one component of the Computer Maintenance Technology competition. Each year, CompTIA has donated the exams to SkillsUSA for use in the competition. In addition, Pearson VUE is waiving its test delivery fee for the event.

Heathkit is setting up the on-site test center where the CompTIA exams will be delivered using Pearson VUE’s mobile-testing solution. With Pearson VUE’s mobile-testing technology, schools or corporations can quickly transition a classroom or training room into a testing environment when needed, allowing them to provide convenient, start-to-finish training and testing in one location. In addition, this technology can be used to deliver certification exams at events such as at the National Leadership and Skills Conference. First-place winners in the competition will receive a certificate good for one year of free CompTIA exam testing at Pearson VUE.

Earlier this year, representatives from CompTIA, Heathkit and Pearson VUE collaborated on a plan to establish the on-site testing center to eliminate the time and expense required to bus students to a testing facility in Overland Park. Student competitors will be pre-registered and scheduled for their CompTIA A+ exams before they arrive at the competition. “Having the test center onsite will provide several advantages to our competitors,” said John Oliphant, Program Manager for Heathkit Educational Systems. “We eliminate the need for bussing our students across town and that provides them with extra time to focus on the competition.”

The test center will be operated by Heathkit and CompTIA staff members who have been certified as Pearson VUE test administrators.

About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in electronic testing services for academic admissions, certification and licensure programs. Pearson VUE offers exams through the world’s largest network of test centers in 162 countries, providing testing services for information technology, regulatory and certification boards, academic, government and corporate clients. Its innovative technology offers the security and control required by academic, licensure and certification programs while its commitment to service provides customers with an unmatched testing experience. Pearson acquired Promissor, which is now a business of Pearson VUE, extending its leadership in the testing and certification industry.

Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international media company, whose businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education, and the Penguin Group.

About Heathkit
Since the first Heathkit mail-order catalog was distributed by Edward (‘Eddie’) B. Heath in 1926, Heathkit has enjoyed an exceptional reputation for technical engineering excellence and product quality. Winning more US, German and Japanese engineering awards than any other engineering company of its day, Heathkit grew to become the premier provider of on-site (“we will never let you fail”) electronic engineering kits. By 1974, Heathkit Educational Systems was born and began developing technical training materials for use in schools, corporations, and independent study situations all over the world. Today, from its corporate headquarters located in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Heathkit Educational Systems (HES) develops and distributes technical education curriculum, courseware, and hardware to assist academic institutions, corporations, training centers, and ‘self-study’ users worldwide. Distributed through a network of both Industrial Education and Academic Education sales professionals, Heathkit’s proven products provide turnkey solutions to teachers, business instructors, and students in a variety of educational settings.

About CompTIA
In 2007, CompTIA is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Just as the information technology (IT) industry it serves has grown, CompTIA has also enjoyed remarkable growth over the past 25 years. The organization was founded by representatives of five micro-computer dealerships working together to find better ways to do business. Today, CompTIA has more than 22,000 member companies in over 100 countries around the world; and serves as the voice of the world’s $1 trillion-plus IT industry. CompTIA is committed to advancing the long-term success and growth of the IT industry by helping organizations maximize the benefits they receive from their investments in technology; and by helping individuals to obtain the skills and credentials they need for productive careers in IT. For more information, please visit: www.comptia.org.

Last updated 2007-06-25