American IT company New Horizons on the move [Archives:2004/719/Business & Economy]

March 11 2004

Anaheim, California-based New Horizons Computer Learning Centers was named the world's largest independent IT training company by IDC in 2003.
Through its Integrated Learning offering, New Horizons provides customer-focused computer training choices with a wide variety of tools and resources that reinforce the learning experience.
With more than 250 centers in 50countries, New Horizons sets the pace for innovative training programs that meet the changing needs of the industry. Featuring the largest sales force in the IT training industry, New Horizons has over 1,700 account executives, 2,000 instructors and 1,900 classrooms.
Recently, Martin Bean, Chief operating officer of New horizon, has moderated a live conversation with U.S. President George W. Bush discussing the National IT Apprenticeship System (NITAS), a program delivered jointly by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and the U.S. Department of Labor.
The NITAS program, in partnership with community colleges, is an example of an innovative public/private partnership that is keeping the United States competitive in the new century.
The NITAS program provides apprentices with foundational, broad-based knowledge and skills, according to Bean. The program is designed to provide the tools and infrastructure for the expected increase of 82 percent in the number of positions for network and computer systems administrators, and a 97 percent rise for computer support specialists, between 2000 and 2010.
It also predicted that job growth for software engineers will come up to 100 percent, depending on area of expertise, for the same time period.