New Breakthrough Earns SLI the Cisco “Innovation Learning Partner of the Year” Award 2009

Innovative Hi-Definition Instructor-Led Training Solution a Leap Forward in Distance Learning

(Reston, VA – June 9, 2009) – Sunset Learning Institute, the leading US provider of authorized Cisco Unified Communications and Contact Center training, today announced that it is the recipient of the Cisco Learning Solutions Partner Summit award for Excellence in Innovation in the U.S./Canada for 2009.

The objective of the Global Awards is to recognize exemplary channel partners whose behavior Cisco would like other partners to model. Nominations include: innovative practices, applications successes, unique programs, problem solving and sales approaches. All winners are selected by a group of Cisco Worldwide Channels and Theater executives.

“I have the honor and privilege of recognizing Sunset Learning Institute as a Cisco Partner Summit theater award winner,” said Keith Goodwin, senior vice president, Worldwide Channels at Cisco. “The Excellence in Innovation award recognizes Sunset Learning Institute’s performance and accomplishments as a Cisco Learning Solutions Partner in 2009.”

Sunset Learning Institute’s High-Definition Instructor Led Training (HD-ILT™) solution is the first nationwide training network of its kind. Sunset Learning Institute’s HD-ILT™ solution leverages the increasing availability of bandwidth to support high-definition audio and video. Combined with Sunset’s industry-leading remote lab capability, this creates a high-definition video-based distance learning solution that allows students a richer, more immersive classroom experience.

“We are honored to be awarded Cisco’s Excellence in Innovation Partner of the Year and excited about the future of our HD-ILT™ solution and network,” said Rick Morgan, Chief Executive Officer of Sunset Learning Institute. “At Sunset Learning Institute we pride ourselves on pioneering a great variety of technologies and innovations. We were first-to-market in remote labs, remote voice lab technologies, Cisco Channel Partner Enablement Programs and are proud to be first in providing a unique delivery mode via HD-ILT™.

The growth in the distance learning industry has been boosted in part by the reduction of travel and travel budgets, as well as the move to “greener” business practices that lessen detrimental impacts to the environment. “Businesses see the cost-savings associated with distance learning, and with Sunset’s newest technology solution, the students themselves get an even more fulfilling learning experience,” said Aaron Glauser, VP of Operations

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