Bluedrop Signs Contract and Partners with Virginia Manufacturing Association to Bring Manufacturingadmin
Bluedrop Signs Contract and Partners with Virginia Manufacturing Association to Bring Manufacturing Skills Institute Programs to Job Seekers and Employers
St. John’s, Newfoundland CANADA, October 07, 2013 /FSC/ – Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. (BPL – TSX Venture), announced today that they have signed a contract and strategic agreement with the Virginia Manufacturing Association (VMA) to grow their Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) 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(r) 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.,” Rizkalla added.
“This is a tremendous resource for U.S. 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(tm), 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 visit www.vamanufacturers.com.
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Posted: October 7th, 2013 under FSCWIRE.