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Sun Microsystems Joins Training Camp’s SteppingStone Program
Free Exam Vouchers Provided for Java and Solaris 10 Certifications for Unemployed Trainees; Partnership Designed to Help Enhance IT Career Opportunities, Stimulate Economic Recovery
Philadelphia, PA, 5/21/2009 - Training Camp, an award-winning developer and provider of IT training programs, announced today that Sun Microsystems has signed on as a partner in the Training Camp SteppingStone Program and will provide free exam vouchers for unemployed trainees in the SteppingStone Program for both its Java and Solaris 10 certifications.

“We are very pleased to have Sun sign on as a partner in the SteppingStone Program,” said Christopher Porter, CEO of Training Camp. “Like us, they realize that the current economy is putting IT professionals in the tough position of weighing the long-term benefits of maintaining or upgrading their professional certifications to improve their marketability against the here-and-now cost of training and certification, especially if they’re already unemployed. This program is designed to make it both easier and more affordable to access the required training to advance your career so that you can feel more confident in your job search as the economy begins to rebound.”

Training Camp’s exclusive SteppingStone program features special training packages and discounts designed specifically to address the needs of unemployed IT professionals in today’s economy. As part of the program, special GSA contract pricing is available to unemployed trainees participating in state-assisted retraining programs through the Workforce Investment Act and other retraining programs. For unemployed trainees who must self-pay for programs, free hotel accommodations are available to help minimize the cost of training, while providing a strong incentive for students to participate in Training Camp’s award-winning, on-site, boot-camp style training.

“We are proud to be a partner with Training Camp in offering this kind of stimulus package for the IT industry to help reinvigorate the nation’s economy,” said Rohit Valia, Director, Sun Learning Services. “ As a leader in Open Source technologies, Sun Microsystems has been providing critical elements for building the nations IT infrastructure. It is critical that we provide opportunities for IT professionals to maintain their skills, even during this downturn, so that we can hit the ground running with the most advanced infrastructure in the world when the recovery begins in earnest.”

Other SteppingStone discounts and special pricing opportunities are under development with other Training Camp strategic partners, including International Information Systems Security Certifications Consortium (ISC)2 and Microsoft, among others.

Training Camp’s intensive residential programs enable trainees to realize immediate benefits, achieving certification in as little as two weeks, versus a protracted 2-day a week program taken over six months. Certification exams are available immediately upon completion, while the information is still fresh, greatly enhancing the certification success rate.

Training Camp’s unique accelerated learning model allows students to learn faster and retain information longer through a boot-camp style, full-immersion, distraction-free environment. With an exclusive blend of mixed visual, auditory and kinesthetic-tactual delivery systems, Training Camp’s proven Lecture|Lab|ReviewTM model is the most efficient and effective way to learn.

For more information about Training Camp’s SteppingStone program, visit www.trainingcamp.com/steppingstone.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision – “The Network is the Computer” –Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.

About Training Camp
Training Camp is the recognized leader for providing accelerated learning courses that offer information technology professionals rapid skills transfer and accelerated time to competency. Training Camp's programs cover the industry's most in-demand vendor and vendor-neutral certifications for information technology. Training Camp, founded in 1998, is a privately held company headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. To learn more, visit www.trainingcamp.com.

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