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E-Learning Firms to School Employees

click2learn.com Inc. Monday agreed to add its knowledge base to Worklinks, a network that helps companies increase employee retention and productivity.

Financial terms were not disclosed and click2learn.com officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment Monday.

click2learn's e-Learning Network will meld with the Worklinks Learning Channel, which allows companies to offer their employees educational courses in a single, unified framework over a corporate intranet. The idea behind the Learning Channel, Worklinks said, is to provide professional and personal growth.

Also, by tapping into click2learn's e-Learning Network Worklinks' customers gain access to thousands of online courses, books, and CD-ROMs from content vendors. Customers will also be able to use click2learn's publishing and authoring tools to tailor their own courses.

Tom Jacoby, chief executive officer and founder of Worklinks, said he appreciated click2learn's understanding that educating, and thereby empowering employees, can improve a firm's bottom line.

"Every person learns differently, and Worklinks Learning Channel addresses this by tapping into our e-Learning Network, thereby providing a huge selection of education and training options, and allowing individuals to customize all aspects of the learning process," Kevin Oakes, president and CEO of click2learn.

click2learn, which bows American Airlines as a large corporate customer, was established in 1984 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Last week the firm snagged 3 Dog Multimedia Inc., a developer of custom e-learning content in Santa Cruz, Calif for an undisclosed amount. click2learn also posted financials, reporting total net revenues of $11.1 million, an increase of 22 percent from $9.1 million in the third quarter of 1999.