Benchmark One, Inc. Announces Strategic Partnership with PCS Edventures, Inc.
DENVER, COLORADO -- February 17, 2014
Benchmark One, Inc. a leading provider of performance development software solutions and services for the education community and PCS Edventures, a leading provider of K-12 STEM curriculum and programs both domestically and internationally, announce the formation of a strategic partnership. An initial focus of this partnership is the pursuit of joint projects wtih the Ministry of Education of Saudi Arabia. The strategic partnership projects showcase the capabilities of Benchmark and PCS and the two companies anticipate additional avenues of growth and development for education business opportunities throughout the world. The new partnership is expected to fast-track Benchmark One’s development and delivery of its comprehensive, cutting edge performance management software to meet domestic and international mandates and legislation for school improvement.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is currently restructuring its national education system which serves 33,000 schools, over 500,000 educators and five million K-12 students nation-wide. As a major national priority, the Kingdom and its Ministry of Education have dedicated billions of dollars and a multi-year effort to realize its vision of the new model school of the future,
Benchmark, through its partnership with PCS, has designed the infrastructure and assembled the team of educational expertise to provide required educational services to assist the Kingdom in building the capacity to initiate and sustain school improvement processes throughout their schools and to develop national systems necessary to license and evaluate teacher performance.
Integral to this effort is the inclusion of Benchmark’s flagship performance management software as a critical tool for tracking, managing, analyzing and sustaining progress throughout and beyond these educational initiatives.
“We are pleased to enter into this strategic partnership with PCS Edventures,” said Kelly Cobean, CEO of Benchmark One. “This relationship gives Benchmark One the opportunity for exponential international market growth for our flagship software product, PD Master™ and programs developed through the Educational Services Division.”
Helen Ryley, Vice President , Benchmark One, Education Services Division, said, “Developing and delivering on opportunities to impact the teaching and learning of children in any educational environment is the mission of an educator. The opportunity to impact the quality of education for five million students as envisioned through the Model Schools of the Future projects tendered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education is monumental. Our partnership with PCS opens that door in epic ways.”
Today’s announcement is a classic example of the power achieved by combining organizational strengths and market access through business partnerships – enhancing business opportunities for both parties.
The partnership will compliment and support PCSs delivery of its STEM product line. Robert Grover, CEO of PCS Edventures said, “We are delighted to have formed a close partnership with Benchmark One. This greatly expands our capabilities for responding to advanced and complex professional development needs for projects in Saudi Arabia and other countries, and will also provide cross marketing and domestic growth opportunities for PCS Edventures.”
About Benchmark One
Benchmark One, Inc., a privately held corporation, was founded in 1995 and has established a presence in the education and corporate marketplace. The Company has provided staff development services and program management for the US Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Education, the Midwest Regional Education Laboratory (McREL), the Education Commission of the States (ECS), and a wide range of school districts and regional education centers in more than 25 states and Canada.
Benchmark One has a long history of developing and directing system-wide organizational improvement through an extensive cadre of highly trained and experienced educators and project management professionals.
Additional information on Benchmark One products and services is available at http://www.benchmarkone.com
About PCS Edventures
PCS Edventures, Inc. (PCS) designs and delivers educational products and services to the K-16 market that develop 21st Century skills. PCS programs emphasize hands-on experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and have been deployed at over 7,000 sites in all 50 United States and 17 foreign countries.
Additional information on PCS STEM products is available at http://www.edventures.com
PCS Edventures, Inc. is headquartered in Boise, Idaho and its common stock is listed on OTC Markets (OTCQB) under the symbol “PCSV”