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Firms Unveil Corporate University

Corporate learning software provider THINQ loaned its help to technology consulting firm Sierra Systems Monday, which wants to establish a corporate learning center for its 900 employees.

Financial details of the agreement were not made public.

Through the virtual college known as Sierra Systems University, employees can now select and complete internal or external training courses more easily than ever before. SSU is a learning portal that provides easy access both to Sierra Systems' in-house courses and to offerings from THINQ's 3,000 training provider partners.

THINQ has taken the paper out of the training approval process and has centralized all the training activity reporting for Sierra Systems' 15 locations.

Throughout the company's 15 locations, Sierra Systems' employees can access a self-serve learning center available on the company's intranet. Providing one-stop shopping for all the company's training needs, SSU makes it easier to select and complete a training course in a fast-paced business environment where time management is critical.

Through the university learning center, Sierra Systems' consultants can maximize their time with convenient online courses they can complete on their own schedule.

To promote SSU -- and a little good will, Sierra Systems holds an annual raffle to encourage participation in the United Way fundraising campaign. The company's vendors are asked to donate a prize that will be part of a drawing for employees that have made a contribution.

"[THINQ] packages all the reporting together into one place," said Susan Soo Lum, internal education coordinator for Sierra Systems. "Having a one-stop source for all of employees allows our company to better deploy professional development and monitor how we're meeting our commitment to learning."