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Microsoft Certification Exam Vouchers Awarded to Active, Guard, and Reserve United States Military Service Members

Voucher Initiative is a Collaboration of Five Organizations

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., December 7, 2004 — Pearson VUE, the electronic testing business of Pearson Education, today jointly announced with DANTES, JASZ Technology, Microsoft Corp. and New Horizons Learning Center of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina that all five organizations have collaborated to offer a Microsoft® certification exam voucher program exclusively for active-duty, National Guard, and Reserve United States military service members.

The Microsoft Pilot Test Voucher Initiative, which began November 1, 2004, allows eligible United States military service members to apply for a free Microsoft certification exam voucher. This free exam program is exclusively available in the Pearson VUE global network of over 3,700 Pearson VUE™ Authorized Centers.

To participate in this program, military personnel must apply for the free exam vouchers online at www.dantes-microsoft-test.com. The active personnel accepted as part of this program will receive an electronic Pearson VUE voucher they can use to register for their free exam taken at any Pearson VUE Authorized Center worldwide.

Antoinette Taylor, JASZ Technology, Inc. president, said, “The Microsoft Pilot Test Voucher Initiative is an excellent program. It allows service members who have acquired technology skills through their military training, college, on-the-job-training, and self-study to document their knowledge using a widely recognized certification provider such as Microsoft. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to administer this program to our servicemen and women.”

“In 11 years in my position with DANTES, I have witnessed that Microsoft is by far the most requested of the IT certification programs. Our responses to inquiries indicated how we would love to work with Microsoft. However, our dilemma was, how can we accomplish it? This Microsoft Pilot Test Voucher Initiative is an innovative way to assist in meeting some service members’ needs for today and provide some foundation for them to build on for tomorrow,” stated Sandra Winborne, who manages the DANTES Certification Program.

“This program represents an unprecedented opportunity for U.S. service members to realize their potential through Microsoft certification,” said Lutz Ziob, general manager of Microsoft Learning. “Our relationship with Pearson VUE, through the DANTES initiative and in concert with New Horizons and JASZ Technology, empowers thousands of servicepeople to validate their technical skills and establish a solid foundation for lifelong success in their careers.”

About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the electronic testing business of Pearson Education, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international media company. Pearson’s primary operations also include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

About DANTES
DANTES mission is to support the off duty, voluntary education programs of the Department of Defense and to conduct special projects and development activities in support of education-related functions of the Department. Within our mission we offer support in many different areas:

About JASZ Technologies, Inc.
JASZ Technology Incorporated is a privately held computing solutions provider. We have an established customer base of small to mid-sized professional businesses and federal government entities; with a reputation for providing world class service and support. Through our wide variety of computing service and support options JASZ Technology can manage your computing needs allowing you to concentrate on your core business or augment your existing technical support staff. Our core competencies are:

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About New Horizons of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina
New Horizons Computer Learning Centers is the world’s largest independent IT training company. Through its Integrated Learning offering, New Horizons provides customer-focused computer training choices with a wide variety of tools and resources that reinforce the learning experience. With more than 250 centers in 50 countries, New Horizons sets the pace for innovative training programs that meet the changing needs of the industry. In addition to being the world’s largest IT training provider, New Horizons also holds the designation of being the largest network provider for many of our technical and certification vendor partner programs including Microsoft Certified Partners for Learning Solutions, Security Certified Professional, COMPTIA and Pearson VUE Testing Centers. New Horizons of Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill is the leading computer training provider in the Central North Carolina area and a proud member of the New Horizons global network. For more information, visit www.nhrtp.com.

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