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Otto Berkes Named Chief Executive Officer of Acendre

Otto Berkes

Acendre Board Member, Xbox Co-Founder and Developer of the HBO GO Platform to Drive Innovation and Growth

Arlington, VA and Melbourne, Australia, December 17, 2019 – Acendre, a leader in secure, cloud-based talent management software for government agencies and companies operating in regulated industries, today announced Otto Berkes has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer. Berkes has over twenty years of experience driving innovation and growth through organizations, previously serving in leadership roles at CA Technologies, HBO, and Microsoft. Berkes has been an independent director for Acendre and succeeds Mike Giuffrida, founder of Acendre who will remain on the company’s Board of Directors.

“As an independent director at Acendre, I had the unique opportunity to get to know the company, people, product, and customers,” said Berkes. “The company has tremendous potential and I am excited to be working with the Acendre team to drive continued innovation and transformation.”

Berkes brings to Acendre extensive leadership experience and deep technology expertise designing and implementing new approaches, processes, and organization models to build the right products, infrastructure and go-to-market operations needed to support a high-growth SaaS company. Most recently Berkes served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at CA Technologies where he was responsible for Operation Tensor, a three-year, company-wide business transformation initiative aimed at shifting the majority of the company’s revenues to a subscription-based model. Additionally, Berkes served as the public face of CA where he was a leading spokesperson for the company’s products, vision, and strategy. Prior to CA, Berkes was the Executive Vice President and CTO for HBO where he was responsible for all of HBO’s technology including media production, internal business systems, technology operations, and the HBO GO platform. During his tenure he drove growth of HBO GO to become one of the largest streaming services in North America. Earlier in his career, Berkes co-founded Xbox with three colleagues and was promoted to Microsoft Partner for his pioneering work. Additionally, Berkes is a co-inventor on 13 patents focused on mobile and human-machine interactions technologies, is the recipient of Microsoft’s Xbox Founder Award in 2001, won an Emmy Award in 2014 for Technology and Engineering for HBO GO’s Mosaic User Interface, received an Edward R Murrow Award for Excellence in Social Media for work on CNN’s 2016 presidential election coverage, and is the author of Digitally Remastered: Building Software into Your Business DNA.

“Otto’s deep experience transforming organizations through innovation and focused growth made him the ideal candidate for the role,” said Bob Morse, Managing Partner at Strattam Capital and a member of Acendre’s board of directors. “The Acendre board is looking forward to working with him as he continues to provide customers with the outstanding solutions they expect.”

“I am extremely pleased to pass the torch to Otto.” Said Mike Giuffrida, Acendre’s Founder and former CEO. “I couldn’t imagine a better leader to continue to support Acendre’s growth and mission of helping companies with complex hiring requirements attract, hire, onboard, train and evaluate talent.” Giuffrida remains on Acendre’s board of directors and will be actively involved in corporate strategy.

About Acendre

Acendre is a leading provider of highly secure cloud-based talent management software that empowers organizations to enhance their workforces. The company’s innovative solutions provide data and insight that address the unique needs of organizations in regulated industries that require a high level of configurability to manage complex workflows and interoperability challenges. Acendre serves both public and private sectors, including government, education, healthcare, utilities, and mining. To learn more about Acendre, visit Acendre.com.

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Leslie Stefanik
Phone: 703-408-4301
Email: leslie.stefanik@acendre.com

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Acendre Acquires ICS Learning Group

Arlington, VA and Pasadena, MD, May 20, 2019 – Acendre, a leader in secure, cloud-based talent management software for government agencies and companies operating in regulated industries, today announced the acquisition of ICS Learning Group. The combined solution will deliver to the regulated industry a powerful, secure end-to-end talent management solution.

ICS Learning Group delivers e-learning training solutions including Learning Management Systems (LMS) and custom courseware development to customers in the manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, pharmaceutical markets as well as for government sectors. Their flagship product, Asentia LMS, boasts a powerful workflow engine and has been carefully designed to seamlessly blend the most advanced eLearning technology with time-tested conventional training methods, all within a rich learning ecosystem that fosters collaboration and communication.

“We’re excited to be joining forces with Acendre to provide a learning management platform that will be tightly integrated with their Talent Management System to provide customers with
the full-circle solution from hiring through onboarding to performance and training,” said Ed Gipple, CEO of ICS Learning Group. “The combined solution will allow Acendre customers to complete the path from sourcing to productivity and engagement in one secure platform.”

In complex regulated industries, customers need simple, streamlined solutions to ensure their hires are quickly productive and compliant. Many commercial, “out of the box” solutions don’t
meet the needs of regulated industries, so customers end up in costly customization and integration projects. Acendre solves this challenge with a highly configurable, powerful SaaS solution that allows customers to quickly get up, running, and realizing the benefit.

“Acendre is dedicated to partnering with customers who have complex hiring and development processes that must be automated to compete for talent,” said Mike Giuffrida, CEO of Acendre.
“This deal builds on that commitment by introducing an extremely high caliber learning management platform that shares that same commitment. Combined we can offer a truly
powerful and unique talent management SaaS solution for the regulated industry market.”

The acquisition of ICS Learning Group comes five months after a majority equity investment by Strattam Capital in Acendre to accelerate growth and more quickly advance its innovative, easyto-use Software as a Service (SaaS) talent management platform.

About Acendre

Acendre is a leading provider of highly-secure cloud-based talent management software that empowers organizations to enhance their workforces. The company’s innovative solutions
provide data and insight that address the unique needs of organizations in regulated industries that require a high level of configurability to manage complex workflows and interoperability
challenges. Acendre serves both public and private sectors, including government, education, healthcare, utilities and mining. To learn more about Acendre, visit Acendre.com.

About ICS Learning

ICS Learning Group, established in 1998, is a leading provider of custom training solutions, learning content, and e-learning software systems. The company, headquartered in Pasadena, Maryland, serves several markets including software, manufacturing, health care, financial services, pharmaceutical, and government sectors. With an emphasis and expertise in providing
complete training solutions, ICS Learning delivers advanced Learning Management technology with courseware solutions that meet the critical needs of today’s workforce. To learn more,
visit www.icslearninggroup.com.

About Strattam Capital

Strattam Capital is a private equity firm with an innovative and focused approach to scaling established business IT companies. Our team’s alignment and engagement practices are
designed to deliver a better future for our companies. Strattam has offices in Austin and San Francisco. To learn more visit www.strattam.com.

Press Contact:
Kimberley Kasper
Email: kkasper@strattam.com
Phone: 415-230-2705

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ICS Learning Group’s Asentia Named a 2019 -Top 20 LMS Software- Value for Your Money by eLearning Industry

Pasadena, MD. February 19,2019

ICS Learning Group is honored to announce that the Asentia Learning Management System (LMS) has been included on eLearning Industry’s Top 20 LMS Software Value for Your Money list.

“Pricing will always play a vital role in our purchasing decisions, but shouldn’t also search for high quality? To optimize your buying decision process, eLearning Industry has just released a list with the Top 20 LMS software, based on a specific pricing scenario, that will give you top-notch quality in a hard-to-resist pricing package.” eLearning Industry

The award winning Asentia LMS is a cloud-based, mobile-responsive enterprise solution that combines social eLearning, classroom, and virtual learning within a state-of-the-art interface, giving companies and organizations a user-friendly platform to streamline training initiatives.

About ICS Learning Group

ICS Learning Group, established in 1998, is an innovative provider of custom training solutions, Asentia LMS and Inquisiq R4 – our SCORM-Compliant Learning Management Systems. The company, headquartered in Pasadena, Maryland, serves several markets including software, manufacturing, health care, financial services, pharmaceutical, and government clients. With an emphasis and expertise in instructional design, ICS Learning Group develops customized software simulations for training programs, corporate communications applications and computer-based training solutions to meet the critical training needs of today’s workforce

About eLearning Industry

eLearning Industry is a network-based media and publishing company founded in 2012. It is the largest online community of elearning professionals in the industry, and was created first and foremost as a knowledge-sharing platform to help elearning professionals and instructional designers connect in a safe online community where they can stay up to date with the latest industry news and technologies, and find projects or jobs.

For more information about ICS Learning Group: http://www.icslearninggroup.com
For more information about Asentia: http://www.asentialms.com
For more information about eLearning Industry: https://elearningindustry.com/

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ICS Learning Group’s Asentia Named a 2019 -Top 20 LMS Software- Based on User Experience by eLearning Industry

Pasadena, MD. May 10 ,2019

ICS Learning Group is honored to announce that the Asentia Learning Management System (LMS) has been included on eLearning Industry’s Top 20 LMS Software based on User Experience.

“This Top 20 LMS list has been planned following a holistic approach based on input from actual users who were willing to share their experience with the LMS.
The reviews have been verified one by one by eLearning Industry. Our methodology was developed in collaboration with Dr. Panagiotis Zaharias who is a scientific collaborator of eLearning Industry INC and UX expert.” .eLearning Industry

The award winning Asentia LMS is a cloud-based, mobile-responsive enterprise solution that combines social eLearning, classroom, and virtual learning within a state-of-the-art interface, giving companies and organizations a user-friendly platform to streamline training initiatives.

About ICS Learning Group

ICS Learning Group, established in 1998, is an innovative provider of custom training solutions, Asentia LMS and Inquisiq R4 – our SCORM-Compliant Learning Management Systems. The company, headquartered in Pasadena, Maryland, serves several markets including software, manufacturing, health care, financial services, pharmaceutical, and government clients. With an emphasis and expertise in instructional design, ICS Learning Group develops customized software simulations for training programs, corporate communications applications and computer-based training solutions to meet the critical training needs of today’s workforce

About eLearning Industry

eLearning Industry is a network-based media and publishing company founded in 2012. It is the largest online community of elearning professionals in the industry, and was created first and foremost as a knowledge-sharing platform to help elearning professionals and instructional designers connect in a safe online community where they can stay up to date with the latest industry news and technologies, and find projects or jobs.

For more information about ICS Learning Group: http://www.icslearninggroup.com
For more information about Asentia: http://www.asentialms.com
For more information about eLearning Industry: https://elearningindustry.com/

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ICS Learning Group’s Asentia Named a 2018 -Top 10 Corporate LMS Solution Provider by HR Tech Outlook

Pasadena, MD. August 7, 2018

ICS Learning Group is honored to announce that the Asentia Learning Management System (LMS) has been included on HR Tech Outlooks Top 10 Corporate LMS Solution Providers for 2018.

“The industry today has numerous LMS solution providers that bring various innovative LMS software for organizations to choose from. To help these firms make a wise and more importantly, profitable choice, our panel of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, and analysts has shortlisted the “Top 10 Corporate LMS Solution Providers – 2018” These companies provide the best-in-class LMS software solutions to help their clients attain their long-term training objectives.” HR Tech Outlook 2018

“The landscape of the LMS industry is extremely competitive. To be included on this prestigious list is a testament to the superior functionality and ease of use Asentia LMS offers” stated Ed Gipple, CEO of ICS Learning Group.

The award winning Asentia LMS is a cloud-based, mobile-responsive enterprise solution that combines social eLearning, classroom, and virtual learning within a state-of-the-art interface, giving companies and organizations a user-friendly platform to streamline training initiatives.

About ICS Learning Group

ICS Learning Group, established in 1998, is an innovative provider of custom training solutions, Asentia LMS and Inquisiq R4 – our SCORM-Compliant Learning Management Systems. The company, headquartered in Pasadena, Maryland, serves several markets including software, manufacturing, health care, financial services, pharmaceutical, and government clients. With an emphasis and expertise in instructional design, ICS Learning Group develops customized software simulations for training programs, corporate communications applications and computer-based training solutions to meet the critical training needs of today’s workforce

About HR Tech Outlook

HR Tech Outlook has adopted a learn from peers approach where CHRO’s, HR-VPs, HR managers and other senior level technology decision makers constantly share their experiences, wisdom and through this unique magazine. The basic idea adopted by HR Tech Outlook is not just to focus on transactional aspects, such as, productivity and effectiveness, but to truly create a superlative experience for the employees and make their lives better. HR Tech Outlook has always been a pioneer in guiding the organizations towards new heights by increasing employee efficiency.

For more information about ICS Learning Group: http://www.icslearninggroup.com

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ICS Learning Group’s InquisiqR4 Named a 2016 Best of Elearning! Finalist for the third time

Press Contact:
Ed Gipple
ICS Learning Group, Inc.
Ed.gipple@icslearninggroup.com

Pasadena, MD (PRWEB) September 20, 2016

ICS Learning Group is honored to announce that the Inquisiq R4 Learning Management System (LMS) has been included as a “2016 Best of Elearning! Finalist” in the category “Learning Management System Cloud”

“The landscape of the LMS industry is extremely competitive. To be included on this prestigious list is not only a testament to the superior functionality and ease of use Inquisiq R4 offers, but a tribute to our legacy application used by over 3 million learners over the past 15 years” stated Brian Kleeman, VP and CTO ICS Learning Group.

ICS Learning Group’s LMS product Inquisiq R4 has received awards and industry recognition since 2009. Inquisiq R4 is a SCORM-Compliant Learning Management System (LMS) that provides the technology infrastructure for the delivery and management of online multimedia training programs. Inquisiq R4 is well known for its easy-to-use feature set and low price point. Features such as mobile compatibility, eCommerce, integration with HR and CRM systems, custom branding, powerful reporting, and automatic email notifications – make it ideal for corporate training, as well as selling courses online. Inquisiq R4 has proven to be a leader in innovative Learning Management Technology as the system surpassed a record number of three million users.

“Our company and our legacy platform, Inquisiq R4, have received many awards and recognition over the past 20 years we have been in business. What is so impressive about this was that we were nominated on behalf of over 4,000 professionals that voted for us as a best-in-class solution for Elearning and for that we are very honored” said Ed Gipple, President ICS Learning Group.

“We are in an exciting time of innovation, creativity and competition,” says Catherine Upton, Group Publisher, ELearning!  Media Group. “The Best of Elearning! awards recognize those brands that solve real business learning challenges. There is no greater honor than having your customers nominate and vote for these best-in-class solutions. We continue our commitment to recognizing innovation and user satisfaction across a diverse group of solution providers.

About ICS Learning Group

ICS Learning Group, established in 1998, is an innovative provider of custom training solutions and Inquisiq R4 – the SCORM-Compliant Learning Management System. The company, headquartered in Pasadena, Maryland, serves several markets including software, manufacturing, health care, financial services, pharmaceutical, and government clients. With an emphasis and expertise in instructional design, ICS Learning Group develops customized software simulations for training programs, corporate communications applications and computer-based training solutions to meet the critical training needs of today’s workforce. For more information about ICS: http://www.icslearninggroup.com or Inquisiq R4: http://www.Inquisiq.com

About Elearning! Media Group

Elearning! Media Group serves the $225 billion enterprise learning market.  Elearning! Media Group, owned by B2B Media Group, LLC, consists of 13 media products including: Elearning! Magazine, Government Elearning!magazine, e-magazines, e-mail newsletters, Alerts, website, Web Seminar Series, Enterprise Learning! Summits and Enterprise Learning! Conference, Learning! 100, Learning! Champion Award and Best ofElearning!.  In combination, these brands reach more than 2 million executives, practitioners and professionals, all evaluating or implementing enterprise learning and workplace technologies across their organizations each year.  Suppliers and practitioners can follow us: online at www.2elearning.com; on Twitter: @2elearning, #BoEL #ELC16, #ELS16; via Facebook: Elearning!-Magazine; and, LinkedIn: Elearning! Magazine Network or Enterprise Learning! Events.

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ICS LEARNING GROUP’S LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, ASENTIA, ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH OPENSESAME INC.

Press Contact:
Ed Gipple
ICS Learning Group, Inc.
information@icslearninggroup.com

Pasadena, MD, July 17, 2018 – ICS Learning Group’s Learning Management System software (LMS), Asentia, has partnered with OpenSesame. Integration with OpenSesame allows for our customers to access thousands of e-learning courses and incorporate them into their Asentia LMS. Everything from searching/browsing the course catalog, to making the purchase, and automatic synchronization of content is done seamlessly through the Asentia LMS interface.

Asentia LMS is a next generation LMS with state of the art interface that is designed primarily for corporate training. Asentia allows administrators to easily deploy and track complex multi-dimensional training and development programs by combining all the functionality that is expected in a next generation enterprise LMS with advanced support and management of traditional training events.  Real-world tasks and on-the-job trainings are naturally tracked and managed by Asentia alongside online self-paced courses and instructor led web trainings. 

OpenSesame Inc., established in 2011 is a Portland, OR based educational technology company that provides an online marketplace for buying and selling SCORM e-learning courses focused primarily on employee training. OpenSesame’s online training platform directly connects content providers with employees and businesses for online training resources and specially designed courses for professionals, which can be accessed through an LMS.

About ICS Learning Group

ICS Learning Group, established in 1998, is a leading provider of custom training solutions and E-Learning software systems. The company, headquartered in Pasadena, Maryland, serves several markets including software, manufacturing, health care, financial services, pharmaceutical, and government clients. With an emphasis and expertise in instructional design, ICS Learning Group develops customized software simulation training, corporate communications applications and computer-based training solutions to meet the critical training needs of today’s workforce.

For more information: http://www.icslearninggroup.com
More information about Asentia: http://www.asentialms.com/
More information about Open Sesame: https://www.opensesame.com/

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ICS Learning Group Wins Gold in the 2014 Brandon Hall Excellence Competition for Best Use of Games and Simulations for Learning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact:
Maura Romano, Sales & Marketing Specialist
ICS Learning Group, Inc.
maura.romano@icslearninggroup.com

Pasadena, Maryland, September 16, 2014 – ICS Learning Group, Inc. won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Gold Medal for Excellence in Training for the Best Use of Games and Simulations for Learning. The award was based on an online operational safety training module that ICS developed for one of its industrial clients for forklift operation. Using an approach that combined realistic 3D simulation with gamification, ICS developed an online training module that was similar to a video game, including competition among trainees, to make it interesting, engaging, and effective.

“ICS should be very proud of receiving this award, especially based on the rigorous judging process. The entries were evaluated by an international panel of independent industry experts, Brandon Hall Group senior analysts, and our executive leadership team. The judging was based on the following criteria: whether the program fit the organization’s need; design of the program; functionality; usability; innovation; and overall measureable benefits.” said Rachel Cooke, COO of Brandon Hall Group.

“It was a real honor and recognition to receive a Gold Award for the learning content that we develop for our clients. We work with our clients to craft the most effective instructional approach, one that aligns with the target audience. We then develop the content to best fulfill that vision. This ensures the training will be effective and the learning goals are achieved.” said Ed Gipple, CEO and President of ICS Learning Group.

About ICS Learning Group

ICS Learning Group, established in 1998, is a leading provider of custom training solutions, learning content, and e-learning software systems. The company, headquartered in Pasadena, Maryland, serves several markets including software, manufacturing, health care, financial services, pharmaceutical, and government sectors. With an emphasis and expertise in instructional design, ICS Learning Group develops customized software simulation training, corporate communications applications, and computer-based training solutions to meet the critical training needs of today’s workforce. (www.icslearninggroup.com)

About Brandon Hall Group

Brandon Hall Group is a HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Management.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results. (www.brandonhall.com)

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ICS Learning Group Client NAFTC to Receive the ATMC National Excellence in Training Award

ICS Learning Group’s custom-developed online training program recognized for the ability to meet training objectives in a highly effective and innovative manner.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October, 2012

ICS Learning Group (ICS), a leading provider of custom eLearning courseware development, produced a key online training course for the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), who is set to receive the prestigious National Excellence in Training Award in recognition of the training program: Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training. Judged by a panel of the Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC) training professionals, the program was selected among numerous submissions for the ability to meet training objectives in a highly effective and innovative manner. ATMC will present the award at the Annual ATMC Industry Week Reception held in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 31st 2012.

The NAFTC is the only nationwide alternative fuel vehicle and advanced technology vehicle training organization in the United States. Partnership with ICS allows the NAFTC to implement training as widely available online courses for safety training programs. ICS creates customized eLearning courseware for the NAFTC, such as the course within the award winning “Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training” program, and the courses are deployed using the award winning Learning Management System (LMS), Inquisiq R3. This format enables the NAFTC to offer training to anyone in the world at any given time via a standard Web connection, and to easily manage and track online training courses among their network of users.

About ICS Learning Group

ICS Learning Group, established in 1998, is an innovative provider of custom training solutions and Inquisiq – the SCORM-Compliant Learning Management System. The company, headquartered in Pasadena, Maryland, serves several markets including software, manufacturing, health care, financial services, pharmaceutical, and government clients. With an emphasis and expertise in instructional design, ICS Learning Group develops customized software simulation training, corporate communications applications and computer-based training solutions to meet the critical training needs of today’s workforce. For more information about ICS: http://www.icslearninggroup.com

About ICS Learning Group’s Inquisiq R3 Learning Management System (LMS)

Inquisiq R3 is a web-based learning management system that allows clients to easily deliver, manage, and track training of all types. The LMS is ideal for both internal corporate training as well as for external audiences. Inquisiq R3 can be used to track and manage employee training, or to promote and sell courses online. Inquisiq R3 is a proven leader in innovative Learning Management Technology, and is well known for low pricing, powerful feature sets, and unbeatable value. For more information about Inquisiq R3: http://www.InquisiqR3.com

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Training Industry Awards

ICS Learning Group Selected For 2012 Learning Portal Watch List

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October, 2012

TrainingIndustry.com announced last week that ICS Learning Group was selected for the 2012 Learning Portal Companies Watch List for the second year in a row. The recognition is the latest for the company’s esteemed flagship product, Inquisiq R3 – Learning Management System (LMS).

Selection of this year’s Learning Portal Companies Watch List was based on the following criteria:

  • New and innovative service offerings
  • Unique approach to delivering learning solutions
  • Commitment to improving learning through technology
  • Quality of initial clients

“This year’s Watch List features some great learning technologies companies that are on the rise… they provide a wide range of learning portal services to their clients that depend on a high level of customization,” said Ken Taylor, Chief Operating Officer of Training Industry, Inc.

Inquisiq R3 is a proven leader in innovative Learning Management Technology and has won awards and industry recognition consecutively since 2009. The LMS allows users to quickly load and deploy SCORM-compliant online training content to employees or clients while maintaining ease of use, a powerful feature set, and a lower than average price point. The system has become increasingly popular within the training industry over the past year, as it surpassed a record number of one million users on the Installed version. ICS has an optimistic outlook for the future of Inquisiq R3 and is proud to be recognized by TrainingIndustry.com.

ICS Learning Group

ICS Learning Group, established in 1998, is a leading provider of custom training solutions and the Inquisiq R3 learning Management System. The company, headquartered in Pasadena, Maryland, serves several markets including software, manufacturing, health care, financial services, pharmaceutical, and government clients. With an emphasis and expertise in instructional design, ICS Learning Group develops customized software simulation training, corporate communications applications and computer-based training solutions.

http://www.icslearninggroup.com

http://www.InquisiqR3.com

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