FieldSolutions, Networrk Software and Blue Ribbon Techs partner to provide innovative technology internship to DeVry University students

DeVry University students interested in Technology Service careers get hands on experience and mentoringwith top tier companies in a new private social network

Chicago and Minneapolis – February 1, 2013 – DeVry University, one of the largest degree-granting higher education systems in North America, and FieldSolutions, North America’s premier independent field service technician resource provider,  are  expanding field technology service internship program for 2013. This real-world internship will provide DeVry University students technology service work experience for some of the world’s leading technology companies via the FieldSolutions service solution, and also includes soft skills training and credentials certification from Blue Ribbon Techs. The internship will be facilitated through Networrk Software’s collaborative social learning platform and offered to DeVry University students with its College of Engineering & Information Sciences.

FieldSolutions’ CEO Mac Lewis commented, “Partnering with DeVry University on this internship program demonstrates our commitment both to growing the technology field service provider community and preparing the next generation of technology professionals. As with our clients, who are some of the world’s leading technology service companies, we see the need to foster interest in and further develop tomorrow’s skilled technology workforce in America.”

“We are thrilled to be expanding this internship program to more of our students,” added Dr. Lynn Burks, senior professor, DeVry University.  “The program provides our students with critical real-world skills, experience through actual assignments that provide resume and career readiness strength and powerful interactions with leading technology business people.  FieldSolutions allows us to provide transformative learning beyond the classroom.”

Successful Pilot in 2012 leads to expansion

FieldSolutions and DeVry University conducted a pilot of the internship in 2012 in Chicago.   According to FieldSolutions’ participating clients, the students’ performance exceeded their expectations—so much so that one of the clients hired a student upon graduation.

Speaking on behalf of the several enterprise clients of FieldSolutions, Marty Reader, Executive Vice President of FieldSolutions comments, “Our clients’ experiences in working with DeVry University students was very well received.  The students provided commercial and residential installations and technology “break/fix” services. They demonstrated appropriate technical skills for the program and exceeded our clients’ expectations in the overall service quality experience delivered.  We received positive feedback on their interaction with our clients’ customers, and every client that worked with the DeVry students has requested to be included again as the program expands.  It’s all we could ask for and we look forward to working with these new technicians in the future.”

“We’re honored and excited to assist the students in their ‘marketability’ through BRT credentialing,” said Mike Kraemer, BRT CEO.  Mike Kritzman, CEO of Networrk Software, added, “In this tight job market, it’s more important than ever to graduate with experience. We’re proud to power the collaborative learning environment with DeVry University.”

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About FieldSolutions, Inc.
FieldSolutions (www.fieldsolutions.com) provides field service technicians to large technology services companies throughout North America. Its combination of an online self-service commerce engine and full service resource management services allows clients a seamless variable service model unavailable anywhere else. FieldSolutions’ ‘direct-to-tech’ network of more than 29,000 independent contractors offers comprehensive, low-cost services for global technology and service companies including electronics manufacturers, resellers and service providers from all areas of the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

About Networrk Software
Networrk Software (www.networrk.com) develops and markets a proprietary social learning platform. The company offers three modules, People, Teams, and Exchange for a unique combination of collaborative tools and task engines sets it apart from other learning platforms. Founded in 2007, Networrk serves leading education, healthcare, and service industry customers throughout the U.S.

About Blue Ribbon Techs (BRT)
BRT is the industry’s only centralized credentialing service. BRT was founded on the principle that technicians should not have to repeatedly spend time and money for the same credentials time and time again. BRT’s mission is to become the industry-wide  standard for the entire suite of BRT Certifications—a One and Done system designed to replace the endless cycle of professionalism training, background checks and other certifications that technicians go through for contract work they perform. For a complete list of available BRT Certifications, you can visit www.blueribbontechs.com.

 About DeVry University
Founded in 1931, DeVry University is one of the largest, private sector universities in North America, with more than 74,000 students enrolled in the United States and Canada. The university’s mission is to foster student learning through high-quality, career-oriented education integrating technology, business, science and the arts. With more than 90 locations, DeVry University delivers practitioner-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs onsite and online that meet the needs of a diverse and geographically dispersed student population. Home to five colleges of study, including Business & Management, Engineering & Information Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Media Arts & Technology, DeVry University’s outstanding faculty members, work in the fields that they teach, providing students with real-world experiences that prepare them for high-growth careers.

DeVry University is institutionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, http://www.ncahlc.org/. DeVry University, a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), is based in Downers Grove, Ill. For more information about DeVry University, find us on Twitter @DeVryUniv, Facebook /DEVRYUNIVERSITY or visit newsroom.devry.edu.

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