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New E-Learning Program Introduced by the American National Standards Institute

Program Saves Time and Money as Users Learn at Their Own Pace and in Their Own Space

New York, Nov 27, 2002

Why Standards Matter, a free e-learning course that introduces the basics of the voluntary standardization process, is now available from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization system, and can be accessed at www.standardslearn.org. This online program forms an introduction to standards and standardization for students and professionals in many disciplines, including engineering, business, management, economics and public policy.

Voluntary standards help protect the environment, play a role in ensuring health and safety for consumers, and increase the competitiveness of business in today's marketplace. In an effort to educate the public on their importance, ANSI is offering this course at no charge to those who want to learn how they can benefit professionally from standards, and how the standardization process can aid their businesses and organizations.

Why Standards Matter is part of ANSI's instructor-led and web-based education and training program that teaches users how to be smarter, quicker, more efficient, and more effective as they participate in national, regional and international voluntary standardization activities. "Why Standards Matter opens the door to vital issues and is the entry point for all other ANSI courses, both online and on-site," stated Pamela Suett, director of Education and Training Services at ANSI.

"This introductory e-learning course is designed to present the basics of the standardization process in a timely and convenient manner while familiarizing the users with the Institute's new web-based learning environment," continued Suett. "Among the many advantages of distance learning is the cost savings. Users cut down on travel expenses and can learn at their own pace on a computer rather than in a classroom."

Why Standards Matter is targeted to those who are not familiar with ANSI, including faculty, students, engineers, technologists, and government and corporate management. It is also especially useful for ANSI members and as an orientation for new employees or new committee members.

"This course is wonderful in that it was straight-forward and easy to use, it allowed me to work at my own pace, and offered a great introduction to standards, which is very useful for beginners," stated one user.

The second course, National and International Standards Development, is planned for launch in early 2003. Through its Education and Training program, ANSI is also reaching out to colleges and universities in an effort to more fully integrate content regarding standards and conformity assessment into higher education curricula and research institutions and to help move the standards research and education agenda forward.

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