|For Immediate Release:||21 May 2010|
|Pearson PR Contact:||Adam Gaber
The Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners Renews Contract with Pearson VUE
BLOOMINGTON, Minn., May 21, 2010 — Pearson VUE, the computer-based testing business of Pearson, announced today that the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners renewed its contract with Pearson VUE, following a competitive bidding process. The contract will extend Pearson VUE’s relationship with the agency through at least 2011.
The Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners first selected Pearson VUE in 2006 as part of a multi-board agreement with the Minnesota Department of Commerce to develop content and administer examinations. The recent contract award continues Pearson VUE’s duties to develop and administer examinations for Cosmetology, Manicurists and Estheticians in four languages: Vietnamese, Spanish, Korean, and English. In addition to its relationship with the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners, Pearson VUE holds contracts with the Minnesota Departments of Commerce, Health, and Labor and Industry.
Gina Stauss Fast, executive director of the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners commented, “In addition to the commitment Pearson VUE has provided the Board to administer reliable examinations, Pearson VUE has shown an unmatched ability to resolve situations the Board presents to them with the utmost professionalism, respect for confidentiality, and sensitivity to tight deadlines. We are grateful to have them be such an integral part of the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners and applicants to our Board.”
Art Valentine, senior vice president of professional services and general manager of regulatory services at Pearson VUE, said, “The Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners has presented some unique opportunities to us over the past few years that have allowed Pearson VUE to demonstrate—in real time—our commitment to helping them grow their program and providing excellent customer service to the Board and their constituents.”
Robert Whelan, president and chief executive officer of Pearson VUE, added, “Pearson VUE initiated our relationship with the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners through a multi-board contract. We are extremely pleased to have earned a new contract with the Board independently. Pearson VUE is confident that we will continue to meet the Board’s test development and administration needs.”
About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the worlds most comprehensive and secure network of test centers in 165 countries. 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.