Blackboard Announces New State and System-Wide Clients of Blackboard Connect
Agreements Join Others That Will Bring Blackboard's e-Learning and Mass
Notification Services to State & System-Wide Communities
LAS VEGAS, July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc.
(Nasdaq: BBBB), a leading provider of enterprise technology, announced today
several new agreements with clients that will bring its e-learning solutions
and mass notification services to a number of state and system-wide
Together, the agreements suggest a new model for states, state systems and
other large entities interested in better connecting individual campuses and
communities through common service platforms that can be used to fulfill more
efficient and integrated e-learning and communication objectives.
The new agreements include partnerships with several states and state
systems that will use the multi-modal mass notification services offered by
-- The State of Florida selected Blackboard for a pilot program allowing
the Florida Division of Emergency Management and four Florida counties within
the I-4 Corridor, including Brevard County, Orange County, Pasco County, and
Polk County, to use the Connect-GOV(R) service for time-sensitive alerts and
notifications. Collectively, over 1 million households will be included in the
-- The State of Mississippi has implemented Blackboard's Connect-GOV
service to provide the Executive Director of Mississippi Emergency Management
Agency (MEMA) and the Governor of Mississippi the ability to communicate with
residents and staff regarding time-sensitive incidents, which may include
planned and unforeseen public safety matters. For additional information,
please visit www.msema.org
-- The Oregon University System selected Blackboard's Connect-ED service
to provide university leaders with the ability to quickly reach students,
faculty and staff with time-sensitive information. Under the terms of the
agreement, any public or private campus, including community colleges, within
the state can acquire the Connect-ED service.
The announcements were made in Las Vegas, Nevada, where more than 2,000
members of the global e-learning community convened at BbWorld(R) '08,
Blackboard's annual event focused on best practices and innovative
breakthroughs in education technology.
At BbWorld '08, Blackboard also announced new agreements with the State of
New Mexico, which has selected Blackboard as a partner in a landmark
initiative to deploy a single, statewide e-learning platform that will be the
first of its kind to connect teaching, learning, and training for the state's
K-20, adult education, and government communities. In addition, the University
of North Carolina and the North Carolina Community College System both
selected Blackboard to create a statewide e-learning platform for nearly all
of the state's 74 public colleges and universities and roughly 1 million
"We are excited to partner with a pioneering group of states and statewide
systems that have selected Blackboard as their partner to bring e-learning
solutions and mass notification services to their entire communities," said
Michael L. Chasen, President and CEO of Blackboard. "In creating statewide
platforms, we are working with these states to create a new model for
delivering these services; one that can significantly improve engagement and
connection between individual campuses and communities."
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Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) is a global leader in enterprise technology
and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students
and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow
thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government
organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus
commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their
communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C.,
with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
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