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Big Brothers Big Sisters Wins Gold Learning In Practice Award for Innovative Staff and Volunteer Training System

The Non-profit Nationwide Mentoring Network secures top honors for its implementation of ExpertusONE™ Learning Management System

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Brothers Big Sisters has received Chief Learning Officer Magazine's prestigious "technology innovation in enterprise education" Gold Medal.  The medal, awarded at the publication's Fall 2012 Symposium, recognizes the industry leader that demonstrates excellence in the design and delivery of its employee development programs.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters, the country's leading donor-funded youth mentoring network, uses the ExpertusONE™ Learning Management System (LMS) for training volunteer mentors and professional match support staff.  Expertus is a global provider of next-gen, cloud-based learning systems and strategies.  The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation funded the development of Big Brothers Big Sisters' volunteer pre-match course and implementation of its new "Impact U" learning management system.

Earlier this year, the network of 350 local affiliated mentoring agencies partnered with Expertus to give Big Brothers Big Sisters' learners an easy-to-use, highly scalable, dynamic learning platform.  Now, three months after its ExpertusONE™ LMS launch, the nationwide mentoring organization relies on the award-winning learning system to:

  • Easily track and measure learning progress and certifications
  • Gain access to hundreds of training courses, webinars and documents
  • Improve training consistency, efficiency and effectiveness

An initial Big Brothers Big Sisters "Readiness Survey" reported that 84 percent of program learning participants noted a substantial improvement in their job or volunteer readiness. Read case study.

"ExpertusONE was an essential component in winning this esteemed Learning In Practice award," John Kulikowski, Big Brothers Big Sisters' Director of Learning and Development, said.  "As the nation's premier mentoring organization, we must ensure that our mentor matching and support services continually align with emerging best training practices. And only ExpertusONE's leading-edge architecture was able to dynamically evolve with our ever-expanding learning audience and needs."

For 2012, more than 200 top learning executives and solution providers were nominated by their peers in 15 Learning In Practice categories. Nominations were then judged by a panel of industry experts and executives from some of the world's largest and most-respected companies.

"We're incredibly happy for Big Brothers Big Sisters' big win," Ramesh Ramani, Expertus' President and CEO, said. "Expertus is known for its groundbreaking learning technology. This is why we're thrilled to partner with pioneering learning organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters that want to take their training programs and outcomes to the next level."

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters' mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children ("Littles") with screened volunteer mentors ("Bigs") and monitors and supports them in one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The organization holds itself accountable for children in the program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as higher aspirations; greater confidence and better relationships; educational success; and avoidance of delinquency and other risky behaviors. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. Headquartered in Philadelphia with a network of about 350 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 630,000 children, volunteer mentors and families. Learn how you can positively impact a child's life, donate or volunteer at BigBrothersBigSisters.org.

About Expertus and ExpertusONE

ExpertusONE is an entirely new breed of LMS – one that's based on cloud and Web 2.0 technologies and built with learners and performance in mind.

By employing the principles of heuristic design, ExpertusONE surpasses the limitations of traditional LMSs to provide a far more intuitive, engaging and responsive learning experience. An experience that: leverages the collaborative nature of the cloud, embraces today's social and mobile technologies and reaches/connects all of an organization's internal and external learning audiences.

Based in Silicon Valley, Expertus serves customers from offices in the US, Europe and India, and provides a full range of next-gen learning products and services to ensure smooth transitions from legacy systems, rapid technology deployment and sustained learning success.

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