E-learning firm aims at government
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Nov 26, 2001
Responding to government agencies' growing demand for e-learning solutions,
Blackboard Inc. recently launched a government solutions group.
Blackboard, based in Washington, D.C., offers a suite of enterprise
software products and services that support an "e-education infrastructure"
for schools, colleges, universities and other education providers, said
James Watt, manager of the government solutions group. The new group was
announced Nov. 15 but government solutions have been a company focus since
January. Watt said the group will serve federal, state and local agencies
seeking to provide online education programs for their employees.
Currently, the group has two full-time employees but draws on Blackboard's
marketing team, sales engineers and technical support staff as necessary.
Adding more full-time workers is on the agenda and could be done before
the end of the year, Watt said.
Blackboard is a member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers team that is leading
the eArmyU program (www.earmyu.com). The Agriculture
Department, the U.S. Courts and the state of Mississippi also are clients.
The Coast Guard has signed on since the government solutions group was
formally announced, and additional federal customers will be added by the
end of the year, Watt said.