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Skillsoft Launches College Credit Business Certificate in Partnership with Patten University

Professional Essentials Certificate Designed to Build Critical Business Skills and Facilitate Career Advancement


Skillsoft, a global leader in learning and talent management, today unveiled an accredited, college-level professional development certification program through Patten University, an award-winning online higher education institution. The Professional Essentials certificate, a combination of Skillsoft's award-winning business content and Patten's integrative assessments, focuses on helping working adults develop and expand critical skills necessary for advancing in their careers.

"There is clear evidence that a traditional college degree pays off in the long run, but increasing college costs, student debt burdens and the inability to achieve immediate ROI are causing working professionals to consider alternative options for achieving their educational and vocational goals," said John Ambrose, senior vice president of strategy and corporate development at Skillsoft. "By offering an accredited education program through Patten University, Skillsoft can help our customers support their employees in developing the skills they need to advance their careers while also cultivating an evergreen source of talent for the organization."

Research shows that over the last seven years, the number of bachelor's degrees awarded grew by 18 percent, whereas the number of competency-focused certificates awarded was up by more than 40 percent. The partnership between Skillsoft and Patten University helps meet the rising demand for flexible, accessible, accredited learning programs that allow students to immediately apply newly-acquired knowledge and offers organizations an effective way to support their employees to build skills and improve performance.

The nine credit unit Professional Essentials certificate program includes three Patten University college courses Professional Business Skills, Business Communication, and Interpersonal Development for the Workplace comprised of content from Skillsoft's award-winning content solutions. The courses have been curated to align to the core competencies required to thrive in a professional environment, including communication, team building, problem solving and strategic planning. Employees of Skillsoft customers who have already completed the business library content in the Professional Essentials program can obtain the certificate, and may also apply that coursework toward an academic degree through Patten University.

"Patten University's certificates programs expand the university's offerings beyond its core undergraduate and graduate degree programs and represent a real game changer for organizations and their employees, who can now pursue even more flexible paths to further their education and complete credentials that employers value. Forward-thinking companies can drive organizational performance and employee loyalty by investing in the continuous education of their talent," said Dr. Thomas Stewart, President at Patten University. "This new partnership with Skillsoft demonstrates Patten University's commitment to providing working adults with an innovative opportunity to receive a quality and accessible post-secondary education."

Recognized for its affordable tuition model, Patten University will also offer employees of Skillsoft customers a discounted tuition rate of $299 per month for its associate's and bachelor's degree programs.

Skillsoft customers have exclusive access to this certification program and can enroll their employees today. To learn more about the new Professional Essentials certificate program, visit

About Skillsoft
Skillsoft is a pioneer in the fields of learning and talent management with a long history of innovation. Skillsoft provides cloud-based learning solutions for its customers worldwide, ranging from global enterprises, government, and education to mid-sized and small businesses. Skillsoft's customer support teams draw on a wealth of in-house experience, flexible delivery platforms and a comprehensive learning e-library to develop off-the-shelf and custom learning programs tailored to cost-effectively meet customer needs. Skillsoft's courses, books and videos have been developed by industry leading learning experts to ensure that they maximize business skills, performance, and talent development.

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