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CBIL Is Microsoft Gold Certified Partner

March 19, 2009

The Center for Business, Industry & Labor (CBIL), a part of the Workforce and Community Development division of St. Louis Community College, has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner program with competencies in Networking Infrastructure Solutions and Learning Solutions.

As a Gold Certified Partner, CBIL has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and a proven ability to meet customers’ needs. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the channel.

"We are extremely pleased to have attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner program. This allows us to clearly promote our expertise and relationship with Microsoft to our customers," said Steve Long, director. "The benefits provided through our Gold Certified Partner status will allow us to continue to enhance the training and consulting offerings that we provide for customers."

Allison Watson, corporate vice president of the Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp., said customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities.

"Customers need to trust in a company that can act as an expert adviser for their long-term strategic technology plans," Watson said. "Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, which have certified expertise and direct training and support from Microsoft, can build a positive customer experience with our technologies. Microsoft recognizes St. Louis Community College's Center for Business, Industry & Labor as a new Gold Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise in providing customer satisfaction using Microsoft products and technology."

Ward Ralston, group product manager for Windows Server at Microsoft Corp., said: "Solutions competencies provide an integrated partnering framework that recognizes an enterprise’s expertise and rewards it for the effect it has in the technology marketplace. It also allows companies to demonstrate for customers their broad knowledge of building wide-ranging solutions based on Microsoft technologies, such as setting up networks using Windows Server 2008 and the Windows Essential Server Solutions product line."

Microsoft partners with the Learning Solutions Competency specialize in delivering high-quality training and full-service learning solutions to help customers maximize their investment in Microsoft technologies. Microsoft partners with this competency deliver a comprehensive range of information technology and developer training services, including skills assessment, technical training, student mentoring, and Microsoft Certified Professional exam preparation.

"Our industry partners deliver learning solutions that integrate software, skills, services and support to improve the customer’s experience with Microsoft technologies," said Lutz Ziob, general manager for Microsoft Learning at Microsoft Corp. "The Learning Solutions Competency ensures that customers receive high-quality, consultative IT skills and technology solutions from industry experts."

Public seminars, customized group training and facilities rentals are available in CBIL's conference center and computer training labs located at 300 South Broadway.  For more information, call 314-539-5360, e-mail jkoenig@stlcc.edu, or visit the website, http://www.cbil.org.