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Meet Will Chang, MasterStreet Campus Director at Yale University

What university do you attend and why did you choose this school?
Coming to Yale offered me the opportunity to learn from and work with an immensely talented student body. Yale students hail from across the globe, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to expand my personal horizons through Yale’s rigorous academic environment and its emphasis on undergraduate life.

What is your major and why did you choose this program of study?
I’m currently majoring in biomedical engineering and economics. While I have always been passionate about science, it wasn’t until I came to Yale that I developed an interest in economics. Majoring in both fields will allow me to approach and solve problems through the lens of both an engineer and an economist.

What courses are you looking forward to this semester?
While I’m excited to begin learning about the human body in my medical physiology class, I’m also looking forward to taking an introductory programming class. Having built computers from scratch as a kid, I’m interested in learning about the software that makes them run. Not only that, but since the class focuses on Java, I’ll be able to write applications for my phone!

What activities, events, or clubs are you looking forward to this semester?
Part of the beauty of Yale is its incredible variety of student-run organizations. This semester, I can’t wait to get back to playing some awesome pop music as a violinist with the Davenport Pops Orchestra. We play anything from Beyonce to Frank Sinatra, you name it. In addition, I’ll be involved with ReadySetLaunch, a nonprofit college-consulting organization, helping high schoolers through the college application process. And finally, of course, I’m thrilled to be promoting MasterStreet on the Yale campus!

What is your favorite book?
Because I can’t pick just one book, I’ll name a couple: The Runaway Jury, China Boy, and Freakonomics. All great reads.

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5 Questions with Sheryl, a MasterStreet Campus Director at Columbia

What university do you attend and why did you choose this school?
I am a student at Columbia University in New York City, studying at the Fu Foundation of Engineering. For me — in my high-school-centric mindset — choosing this school felt like a risk: it meant moving from a small town to the big city, having to maintain friends both old and new, and expanding my boundaries in every sense of the word. Ultimately, I chose Columbia for a new perspective: fresh energy from a fast-paced environment.

What is your major and why did you choose this program of study?
As a computer science major, I get the best of humanities and sciences. I love both and could not imagine building a career path that wasn’t holistic in that sense. Computer science allows me to use the analytical and the creative to mold innovations both practical and artistic.

What courses are you looking forward to this semester?
This semester I am taking six courses. Of those six, I am especially looking forward to my two computer science courses, my anthropology/history class, and my foreign language class. I am very fortunate to be able to take such classes as “Data Structures and Algorithms” and “East Asian Civilizations: Japan” in the same semester.

What activities, events, or clubs are you looking forward to this semester?
This semester, in addition to being on the board for Columbia’s Ballroom Dance Team, I am extremely excited to be building Columbia’s Game Design and Development Initiative as a founder. I can’t wait to see this opportunity flourish within the university.

What is your favorite book?
I can’t pick one, but a few titles that come to mind are The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Road, and Candide. Some of the best books I’ve ever read come from my high school English classes. Seriously.

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7 Questions with Ellis, a MasterStreet Campus Director at Cornell University

1. What university do you attend and why did you choose this school?
I’m a Junior at Cornell University! Coming to Cornell from North Carolina, I was a little apprehensive to say the least (especially after hearing horror stories about upstate New York weather!). Ultimately, I felt that college was a time to branch out of my comfort zone and that attending a school with a diverse student body and challenging academics was something that would help me grow both professionally and personally.
 
 
2. What is your major and why did you choose this program of study?
I’m an Economics major and an Inequality Studies minor. I absolutely love how economics challenges me to consider cause and effect relationships and apply mathematical concepts to real world issues. It’s analytical and quantitative but allows me to be creative at the same time.
 
 
3. What courses are you looking forward to this semester?
I’m really loving my US Healthcare Policy class! Healthcare is something that applies to us all, and my professor is dynamic in engaging students from all backgrounds.
 
 
4. What activities, events, or clubs are you looking forward to this semester?
Being back on campus is always so exciting – so much to do and to see! I’m excited to recruit a new class of Cornell Ambassadors, to reunite with many of my friends at sorority events (particularly Shamrock which is Kappa Delta’s main philanthropy event raising money for Prevent Child Abuse America), and to see all the wonderful speakers who visit our campus. Bill Gates is coming in October for the official opening of Gates Hall – I’m beyond excited to say the least!
 
 
5. Share an interesting fact about your school.
Cornellians collectively care about one thing and one thing only – beating Harvard at hockey! The annual Cornell v. Harvard hockey game is quite the sight and carries with it a lot of fun traditions…including Cornell throwing dead fish at the Harvard players mid-game!
 
 
6. What is your favorite study tip?
My favorite study tip is to never let your work pile up. I like to sit down and do a little bit of each subject daily while it’s still fresh in my brain. You never have to “cram” for an exam, plus you actually remember the material long-term!
 
 
7. What excites you most about working with MasterStreet?
Education is one of the most important facets of our society. Having the opportunity to recruit and engage with the best tutors in helping students and professionals alike learn in the way that works best for them is so exciting!
 
 
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On Demand Private Tutoring, Exam Prep, and Training Company Launches Affiliate Program

MasterStreet teams up with AffiliateManager.com to help university students and recent graduates achieve more with personal tutoring and training through a new affiliate marketing program.

Founded in 2012, MasterStreet (https://masterstreet.com) is an education company focused on helping college students and recent graduates achieve more with the best-in-class academic tutoring, exam prep and professional training. MasterStreet partners with experienced tutors to deliver on-demand, affordable, and personalized private tutoring and training sessions in-person, live online, and asynchronously on a broad and growing range of subjects.

Through the new partnership of AffiliateManager.com and MasterStreet, this affiliate program rewards publishers for their performance-based promotional achievements.

By offering a commission-based program, publishers are given the opportunity to generate revenue through their participation in MasterStreet affiliate marketing campaigns. Launched on the ShareASale network, the MasterStreet affiliate program offers:

  • $8 per lead affiliate commission
  • 180-day cookie duration

“At MasterStreet, we’re focused on helping university students and recent graduates at leading schools with on demand access to top student tutors and experienced instructors. Our program is an exciting new revenue opportunity for publishers, especially publishers with an audience of current college and university students, prospective graduate and professional school students, and recent graduates or emerging professionals. Our team, together with AffiliateManager.com, looks forward to collaborating with publishers and affiliates in the coming months as we work to make this program a success for all of our customers and affiliates.” – Stephen Schmalhofer, VP of Business Development, MasterStreet

“MasterStreet’s commitment to subject and skill based tutoring and training makes their program a great fit for affiliates, especially those serving college and university students, recent graduates, applicants to graduate and professional school degree programs, and emerging working professionals. We are excited to launch this new affiliate program and look forward to helping interested affiliates get started working with MasterStreet.” – Mayrena Taverez-Garcia, Account Manager, AffiliateManager.com.

Piloted by Affiliate Summit’s 2013 Affiliate Manager of the Year, Jon Nunez, AffiliateManager.com brings revolutionary technology and unparalleled service to drive the affiliate program through all phases of management, including recruitment, activation and optimization.

For additional information about the MasterStreet – AffiliateManager.com affiliate program, please contact:

Jon Nunez | President | AffiliateManager.com | P. (682) 478-5882 | F. (407) 650-2820 | E. Jon@AffiliateManager.com

Meet Amit, an experienced Law and Risk Management tutor

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of interviews with our growing network of MasterStreet Tutors. MasterStreet Tutors are available for in-person and live online private tutoring sessions in hundreds of skill and topic areas relevant to working professionals including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Google Analytics, Quickbooks, SQL, and many more. Best of all, our tutoring sessions are backed by the MasterStreet 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are interested in booking a one-on-one or small group tutoring session, please contact us at service@masterstreet.com or call toll-free at 1-866-212-1501.

Meet Amit. He’s a graduate of Cornell University and Notre Dame Law School. He is currently an adjunct professor of law at NYU and available for private and small group instruction.

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Why did you decide to become a tutor or teacher?

Teaching is an excellent way to share my perspectives with people that actually want to hear it. Simultaneously, it enables me to constantly perfect my own skillset by becoming more fluent.

What’s the biggest issue facing professionals in your field?

The surplus of lawyers in today’s market has incentivized many to forego a formal legal education in favor of MOOCS. I say unfortunate because formalized legal education under the tutelage of field experts remains an indispensable means of learning to think like a lawyer and of understanding the legal industry; without it, we see the quality of emerging lawyers suffer.

What is the biggest misconception about the subjects you tutor?

Students routinely believe that good test-taking skills are sufficient to excel on their exams. While helpful, this is not true. Neither test skills nor substantive knowledge are, by themselves, enough.

What is your favorite tip related to the subjects you tutor?

Seek out opportunities to discuss your thoughts with others, but only after you have digested them yourself. In law school and after, all too often students break out into study groups in the mistaken belief that it’s the only tried-and-tested means of learning. Instead, individual mastery is essential to laying a solid foundation.

What skills do you think will be most valuable over the next 3 years in your field?

Critical thinking will remain just as essential (and valuable) as it is today. In most fields, the ability to merely recant and describe is not worth much. However, the ability to quickly process ideas and develop a thoughtful perspective will be valued. The success of social media is a testament to this proposition.

If you could give one piece of professional advice to someone in college or just starting their career, what would it be?

In addition to advising students to follow their natural tested interests and talents, I like to emphasize that among two otherwise-compelling choices one should side with the option that provides more wide-ranging long-term options. This reflects our natural desire to learn more and keep trying different things throughout life.

What excites you most about working with MasterStreet?

MasterStreet’s innovative philosophy to educating tomorrow’s minds is both noble and flexible. The expanding curricula continues to offer new possibilities to discuss my perspectives with others, while allowing me to constantly hone my own expertise.

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Learn Project Management with Helene, a MasterStreet Tutor

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of interviews with our growing network of MasterStreet Tutors. MasterStreet Tutors are available for in-person and live online private tutoring sessions in hundreds of skill and topic areas relevant to working professionals including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Google Analytics, Quickbooks, SQL, and many more. Best of all, our tutoring sessions are backed by the MasterStreet 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are interested in booking a one-on-one or small group tutoring session, please contact us at service@masterstreet.com or call toll-free at 1-866-212-1501.

Meet Helene, an experienced information technology and project management professional. With a Master’s of Science and an MBA, Helene has previous professional experience at major consumer products, healthcare, management consulting, and investment banking firms. She is available for Project Management and PMP tutoring.

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Why did you decide to become a tutor or teacher?

Having led multiple teams and programs in some of the largest global companies within the Healthcare, Management Consulting, Banking industries, I look forward to sharing my formal project management knowledge and hands-on experience with the world – one person at a time

What’s the biggest issue facing professionals in your field?

Professionals in my field are constantly bombarded by too many project management tools that are at their disposable – it’s overwhelming and confusing. My approach is to keep things simple and effective.

What question do your students ask you most?

“How does one successfully manage and juggle multiple projects and resources at the same time?”

Give us your most interesting fact about one or two of the subjects you tutor?

Project management skills are transferable to many aspects of one’s personal life as well.

What is your favorite book, guide, or course materials in your field?

Project Management Body of Knowledge
Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling

What skills do you think will be most valuable over the next 3 years in your field?

Professionals who understand the intersection between business and technology will be invaluable to their employers.

If you could give one piece of professional advice to someone in college or just starting their career, what would it be?

Pursue opportunities that will allow you to learn as much as possible within the shortest amount of time.

What excites you most about working with MasterStreet?

Working with MasterStreet excites me because the organization will connect me with enthusiastic professionals who want to learn more about project management.

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Meet Naomi, one of our experienced AutoCAD tutors

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of interviews with our growing network of MasterStreet Tutors. MasterStreet Tutors are available for in-person and live online private tutoring sessions in hundreds of skill and topic areas relevant to working professionals including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Google Analytics, Quickbooks, SQL, and many more. Best of all, our tutoring sessions are backed by the MasterStreet 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are interested in booking a one-on-one or small group tutoring session, please contact us at service@masterstreet.com or call toll-free at 1-866-212-1501.

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Meet Naomi, she has a PhD in Architecture from Rensselaeler Polytechnic Institute. She was a lecturer and design tutor at School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield (UK). She is an experienced tutor in AutoCAD and other graphics, design, 3D drawing, and fabrication tools.

Why did you decide to become a tutor or teacher?
Teaching is in my blood. I come from a long line of teachers, including both of my parents. I enjoy helping people understand topics that I am passionate about.

What’s the biggest issue facing professionals in your field?
The digitalization of the design process is the biggest issue facing professionals in the field of building design and construction. Embracing digital techniques as tools which can be used in every phase of the design process, from the initial sketch design phase to the construction phase, will help professionals creatively and economically.

What question do your students ask you most?
Students are often excited to learn how to create renders, animations and walkthroughs of their design for client/ academic presentations. To do this efficiently, a well organized 3D model is an important first step.

Give us your most interesting fact about one or two of the skills you tutor?
A 3D model, imported into Grasshopper-for-Rhino can use a variety of plug-ins to create advanced environmental performance calculations, including evaluations of building loads, climate based day-lighting analysis and thermal zone energy calculations. Master the AutoCAD Command Alias and you can dramatically reduce your drawing time.

What fascinates you most about your tutoring work?
The variety of work students produce, while using the same tools, is always a nice surprise. There is a misconception that the digital design process results in a lack of creativity. However, I find that when students truly understand these tools, there is no limit to their creativity.

What is your favorite tip related to the skills you tutor?
To become truly fluent in digital design means being comfortable with moving between software programs. Think of these programs as your design toolbox and ask yourself which is the best tool for the task in hand.

What is your favorite online video or tutorial related to your work or tutoring?
My favorite website for novel tutorials is www.designreform.net
A great tutorial resource for Grasshopper-for-Rhino is www.grasshopper3d.com/page/tutorials-1

What is your favorite app or website that is related to your work?
My favorite digital design website and journal is AD (Architectural Design) www.architectural-design-magazine.com
Building Design + Construction is a favorite website of mine for advancements in the Building Design and Construction industries from both environmental and digital perspectives. www.bdcnetwork.com

What skills do you think will be most valuable over the next 3 years in your field?
Understanding how to test your design in terms of environmental performance and energy efficiency will be increasingly valuable skills for the building design and construction industry.

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Meet Mark, a MasterStreet data science and programming tutor

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of interviews with our growing network of MasterStreet Tutors. MasterStreet Tutors are available for in-person and live online private tutoring sessions in hundreds of skill and topic areas relevant to working professionals including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Google Analytics, Quickbooks, SQL, and many more. Best of all, our tutoring sessions are backed by the MasterStreet 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are interested in booking a one-on-one or small group tutoring session, please contact us at service@masterstreet.com or call toll-free at 1-866-212-1501.

Meet Mark, an experienced data scientist, software engineer, and MasterStreet tutor. Mark is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Why did you decide to become a tutor or teacher?

I had been a software developer for many years, and people said that I would make a great teacher. So, I combined my engineering experience with my desire to help people. As a result, I found the perfect role.

What’s the biggest issue facing professionals in your field?

Professionals now have to master many different technologies for any given position. You have to be constantly learning to keep up with the pace of software, as development cycles become increasingly shorter and more “agile”.

What question do your students ask you most?

“Do you miss working at a company?” Sometimes I do because there is nothing like the real satisfaction of releasing a software product and knowing that people are using it. But software development is an intense and often solitary profession, so after many years, I decided that I preferred the great feeling that comes from helping people.

Who is one of the most memorable students you’ve worked with and why?

Paul had a PhD in philosophy from Yale and did not know the first thing about programming. So, we started from the basics in Python, and he a natural affinity for figuring things out. I had never previously had an experience where a student knew where you were headed every step of the way. Everyone should be exposed to programming at some point. You may surprise yourself!

Give us your most interesting fact about one or two of the skills you tutor?

Many people want to become a data scientist, and the skills required are proficiency in programming, machine learning, statistics, databases, and even probability. To achieve technical expertise in predictive analytics is challenging, but very rewarding.

What fascinates you most about your tutoring work?

Every student has a great story about how they got into programming. Everyone has that experience when something “clicks”, and that is what software development is all about. There is a always a new challenge and something new to learn.

Who would you most like to have dinner with in your field?

I would like to have dinner with Professor Andrew Ng of Stanford University. Not only is he a pioneer in the field of deep learning, but he is a co-founder of Coursera. His course in Machine Learning is one of the best, and he is a great teacher.

What is your favorite tip related to the skills you tutor?

My favorite tip for learning programming and data science skills is to tackle a series of interesting projects so that you can incrementally build up your repertoire. Sometimes, the fundamentals can be boring, so you want to find a cool problem to solve.

What is your favorite book, guide, or course materials in your field?

For machine learning, my favorite book is The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining, Inference, and Prediction by Trevor Hastie, Jerome H. Friedman, and Robert Tibshirani. For programming, my favorite book is Python for Data Analysis by Wes McKinney.

What is your favorite app or website that is related to your work?

1. I use scikit-learn for machine learning — http://scikit-learn.org/
2. For data analysis, I like pandas — http://pandas.pydata.org/
3. To participate in data science competitions, go to Kaggle — http://www.kaggle.com/

What is your favorite online video or tutorial related to your work or tutoring?

I highly recommend the Coursera course: Functional Programming Principles in Scala by Martin Odersky. The reason is that you will learn concepts such as currying and tail recursion. To become a great programmer, you need to build this foundation first.

What skills do you think will be most valuable over the next 3 years in your field?

I see four skills as the most valuable: “big data” platforms such as Apache Spark and Hadoop; REST APIs and cloud endpoints; functional programming in languages such as Scala and Clojure; and front-end Web technologies such as AngularJS and D3.js.

If you could give one piece of professional advice to someone in college or just starting their career, what would it be?

Get a solid grounding in the basics of software engineering and algorithm design. Interviews are becoming increasingly difficult, including take-home projects and online coding tests. Take as many courses as you can.

What excites you most about working with MasterStreet?

MasterStreet has the best tutors in the business. It is a well-run organization devoted to matching professionals with tutors who really care. So, when I think about my next tutoring job, I am always excited about who the next client will be.

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Meet Debra, an experienced finance tutor

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of interviews with our growing network of MasterStreet Tutors. MasterStreet Tutors are available for in-person and live online private tutoring sessions in hundreds of skill and topic areas relevant to working professionals including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Google Analytics, Quickbooks, SQL, and many more. Best of all, our tutoring sessions are backed by the MasterStreet 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are interested in booking a one-on-one or small group tutoring session, please contact us at service@masterstreet.com or call toll-free at 1-866-212-1501.

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Meet Debra. She is an experienced financial professional. She founded an independent securities research and capital markets consulting firm, specializing in small capitalization companies, and she frequently provides education and training to professionals and students in finance, economics, and accounting.

Why did you decide to become a tutor or teacher?
After a number of years as an investment banker and securities analyst, I needed a change.  I considered a number of alternatives, but in the end it made the most sense to apply my knowledge and experience in finance as a teacher.

A professor acquaintance suggested tutoring as a means to get started.  I explored the world of tutoring just like most students who seek tutors  –   I searched the Internet.  After meeting just a few students, I found I had a knack for teaching.  I also discovered that I had a great deal more to offer students that I had expected.  My students were not only getting better grades, they were beginning to enjoy their classes.   I was hooked!

What’s the biggest issue facing professionals in your field?
Finance professionals are under a great deal of pressure to find and retain good positions.  Keeping up skill sets is as vital for those who are employed as for those who are between jobs.

Give us your most interesting fact about one or two of the skills you tutor?
For the more part I teach the application of established economics, finance and accounting principles.  The people who are very successful with these principles will not necessarily be the ones who can memorize them to get high exam scores.  The most successful will be the ones who understand how to apply those principles in the real world and more importantly can approach their jobs with tenacity and perseverance  –  two skills rarely mentioned in the classroom.

What is the biggest misconception about the skills you tutor?
Many people enter the finance field initially attracted to investment banking based on popular movies depicting flamboyant bankers leading lavish lifestyles.  They sometimes do not understand that much of it involves tedious details that require long hours to assemble and analyze.  I tell my students stories about all the extraordinary business people that I have met as an investment banker and analyst to demonstrate the hard work is worth the wonderful friendships.

What skills do you think will be most valuable over the next 3 years in your field?
Critical thinking skills have always been vital for professionals in the financial services industry.  However, as our economies and security markets have become more complex, the ability to see the big picture as well as scrutinize details are becoming even more important.

How are you currently using social media professionally?
Twitter is fun and informative.  Find me as The Tutor @HowFinanceWorks.

If you could give one piece of professional advice to someone in college or just starting their career, what would it be?
Too many people dive into school programs without adequate research into the economics and lifestyles around their chosen profession.  Engage in a bit of cost-benefit analysis to determine if the target career will support the investment of time and capital required to get the degree.  Meet with experienced professionals in informational interviews to find out how they entered the profession and get their recommendations on the best way to land that first position.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I read something fun or informative every day and on the weekend you can find me running in one of Manhattan’s parks.

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New Horizons Northeast Partners with MasterStreet on Technology and Business Training Classes

Discover and register for New Horizons Northeast’s leading in-person and Online LIVE technology and business skills training classes on MasterStreet, including courses from Cisco, VMWare, Microsoft, CompTIA, and more.

NEW YORK, NY – June 2, 2014 – MasterStreet (https://masterstreet.com) and New Horizons Northeast (http://nhnortheast.com) are proud to announce a new partnership that will make New Horizons Northeast’s technology and business skills training classes available to professionals in the Northeast through MasterStreet’s free search engine and booking platform for technology, business, and design classes and training. New Horizons Northeast is also an experienced provider of private and on-site training, which can be requested through MasterStreet’s website.

For over 30 years, New Horizons has provided millions of students with industry-leading technical training that delivers the most relevant and intuitive computer courses and certifications. New Horizons has computer training centers conveniently located through the northeastern United States, one of the largest Guaranteed-to-Run course schedules, and a top 5% worldwide ranking for training quality and customer satisfaction. New Horizons is an official training partner for technology leaders such as Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA and VMware. New Horizons is also Microsoft’s largest training provider, delivering more than 40% of all authorized Microsoft training worldwide, and the world’s largest Cisco-authorized training partner.

“Whether you’re a student looking to advance your career, start a new one, or a team-lead looking to make sense out of new technology, you’re virtually guaranteed to find a course at the right time, in the right location with us. New Horizons Northeast’s partnership with MasterStreet helps us introduce our highly rated classes and training to the next generation of IT professionals and teams within the Northeast region,” said Priya Gore, VP of Strategic Accounts and Partnerships of New Horizons Northeast.

“We are excited to partner with New Horizons Northeast, a leader in information technology training and skills-based education that shares our commitment to 100% client satisfaction,” said MasterStreet CEO Thomas Lehrman. “Their in-person and online LIVE classes are a convenient and proven way to achieve high ROI skill development. We look forward to introducing their classes and training to the thousands of IT and business professionals we serve at MasterStreet in the northeast region.”

About New Horizons Northeast

New Horizons Northeast (http://nhnortheast.com) is an industry recognized independent IT training company. Our innovative, award-winning learning methods have revolutionized the way students learn, retain and apply new knowledge. Our real-time, cloud-based lab solution allows students to access their labs anytime and anywhere. And we offer an extensive selection of vendor-authorized training and certifications for Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA and VMware, ensuring that students are able to train on the latest products and technologies.

Special Note: The partnership outlined herein is specific to New Horizons Northeast and customers located in geographies aligned with New Horizons Northeast franchise territory.