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New Horizons to Offer Authorized CIW Training.

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AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 1, 2000

World's Largest Independent Technology Training Company Joins

Growing Network of CIW Authorized Training Providers

ProsoftTraining.com (Nasdaq:POSO) and New Horizons Computer Learning Centers (Nasdaq:NEWH) have teamed to provide high-quality Internet industry training in a market hungry for skilled technical professionals.

Under an agreement signed this week, New Horizons becomes an Authorized Training Provider for the Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) program, the industry-leading certification program for Internet professionals.

"In the past year, New Horizons has achieved tremendous success offering courses mapped to the CIW certification," said Thomas J. Bresnan, president and CEO for New Horizons. "We believe that becoming official providers of CIW-branded curriculum will contribute to the continued growth of CIW sales in our centers." New Horizons, the world's largest independent computer training provider, has already trained more than 9,000 students in courses leading to CIW certification in the past six months. In their most recent quarter, New Horizons CIW-related sales grew to $7.7 million. As a result of the agreement announced today, New Horizons expects to experience continued significant growth both domestically and internationally.

New Horizons was recently ranked as one of the top three training companies in the world behind IBM and Oracle according to IDC's Top 15 Worldwide IT Training Providers report. "We are thrilled that New Horizons has elected to join the CIW Authorized Training Provider program," said Jerry Baird, chairman and CEO of ProsoftTraining.com. "As evidenced by their leadership in Microsoft and Novell certification programs, when New Horizons adopts a certification program they become a market leader while at the same time growing the overall market for that certification."

The CIW program offers Internet training focused on the critical job skills necessary for today's advanced technology and Internet demands. CIW targets both existing Internet professionals and those wanting to enter the technical industry. The certification program addresses a spectrum of skills including basic Internet skills, Internetworking, Web site design, Internet scripting, Internet application development, Java, Internet server administration, security and e-commerce. CIW programs are offered through traditional instructor-led training, computer-based and Web-based training. Multiple training options make training and certification convenient for all types of learners wanting CIW certification.

About ProsoftTraining.com

ProsoftTraining.com is a supplier of computer training content solutions for end-user and technical training. The company's ComputerP brand includes content for areas including Internet, Linux, CompTIA, Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle and telecom professionals. Prosoft offers Internet certification through its industry-leading CIW certification program, creating and certifying the skills that today's e-business workforce needs to support the growth of B2B and B2C applications. The industry-validated job role designations defined in the CIW program provide a "road map" that helps individuals and companies prepare Internet professionals to develop and deploy e-business technologies. The skills-based learning program gives participants exposure to the leading technologies in numerous subject areas, preparing them to use their skills while working with the entire spectrum of Internet tools.

Programs are offered worldwide through an extensive network of authorized training partners. The network includes leading educators on the Web and in the classroom. Internet certifications programs have the endorsement of the 8,500-member Association of Internet Professionals and the 14,000-member International Webmasters Association. Certification testing is available through authorized Prometric and VUE testing centers. Learn more about CIW at www.CIWcertified.com and about Prosoft and its other programs at www.ProsoftTraining.com.

About New Horizons

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., is the world's largest independent IT training company and provider customer-focused computer training choices to meet the needs of over 2.4 million students each year. Founded in 1982, New Horizons is both an operator and franchisor of computer training centers that offer top-quality computer training in multiple delivery methods and formats. With more than 250 centers in over 45 countries, New Horizons trains more people than any other independent IT training company. In addition to instructor-led classes and training via CD-ROM, the company offers Web-based training, computer labs, certification exams preparation tools and 24-hour, seven-day-a-week help desk support through both company-owned and franchise-operated computer learning centers. For more information, visit www.newhorizons.com.
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