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For Immediate Release: 15 May 2008
PR Contact: Pearson VUE
Mary Beth Mohn, Marketing Director

Pearson VUE & CompTIA Prepare Tomorrow’s High-Tech Workers Today

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., May 15, 2008 — This month, students from six Chicago high schools had the opportunity to take CompTIA certifications exams right in the classroom. Pearson VUE, the global leader in electronic testing for regulatory and certification boards, coordinated a “testing blitz” at three high schools in cooperation with the Chicago Public Schools and CompTIA.

Students from Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, Hyde Park Academy, John F. Kennedy High School, Roberto Clemente Community Academy, South Shore School of Technology, and Thomas Kelly High School participated in the program.

“Providing students with opportunities to become certified is a core focus for our company,” said Robert Whelan, president of Pearson VUE. “We are proud to join the Chicago Public Schools and CompTIA in helping prepare students for a successful future within the IT industry.”

The Chicago Public Schools are active in the CompTIA Education to Careers program, which provides educators and trainers with information, tools and resources to prepare individuals for careers in the IT industry. Membership in the CompTIA E2C program is available to all publicly funded high schools and colleges, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies that train individuals to enter the IT workforce. Currently, about 500 Chicago students participate in the program.

The certifications that students prepared for included CompTIA A+, which validates skills needed by computer support professionals; and CompTIA Network+, which validates an individual’s ability to install, configure and troubleshoot basic networking hardware, protocols and services.

About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in electronic testing for regulatory and certification boards, providing a full suite of services from test development to test delivery to data management. Pearson VUE offers exams through the world’s largest network of test centers in 162 countries, providing testing services for information technology, academic, government and professional clients. Pearson VUE acquired the former Promissor in 2006, thereby extending its leadership in the certification market. The company’s innovative technology offers the highest levels of security and program control, while its commitment to service provides clients and individual test takers with an unmatched testing experience.

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 CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the voice of the world’s $3 trillion information technology industry. CompTIA membership extends into more than 100 countries and includes companies at the forefront of innovation; the channel partners and solution providers they rely on to bring their products to market; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their technology investments. For more information, please visit www.comptia.org.

Last updated 2008-05-15