Dearborn, a Kaplan Professional Company, Joins VerticalNet's PropertyandCasualty.com Marketplace to Expand Exposure For Its Financial Services Training and Education

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Dearborn

    CHICAGO, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Dearborn, a Kaplan Professional Company
 that provides pre-licensing and continuing education training and
 certification for securities, insurance and financial services professionals,
 today announced an agreement with VerticalNet that enables its products and
 services to be featured on VerticalNet's online marketplace for professionals
 in the property and casualty insurance arena, PropertyandCasualty.com,
     "We view this arrangement as a wonderful opportunity to reach yet another
 segment of the financial services industry," explained Dan Tromblay, Vice
 President, Strategic Alliances for Dearborn.  "Dearborn is known for its
 training, licensing and education resources for insurance professionals, and
 this outlet allows us to reach agents and brokers who are looking to maintain
 current licenses, obtain additional licenses, or perhaps prepare for a career
 in another financial services profession."
     "By working with quality suppliers like Dearborn, we are able to offer our
 users a robust selection of products and services relevant to their industry,"
 said David Willis, content manager of VerticalNet's PropertyandCasualty.com.
 
     About Dearborn
     Dearborn (http://www.dearborn.com) a leading provider of pre-licensing and
 continuing education training and certification for securities, insurance and
 financial services professionals.  Offering an array of tools including online
 courses, classroom instruction, interactive CD-ROMs, and print materials,
 Dearborn supplies education courseware to corporations, independent schools,
 and colleges, and conducts classes in more than 120 locations in the U.S. and
 abroad.  For more than 30 years, Dearborn has worked with top insurance
 companies, securities firms, brokerage houses, and banks, providing
 high-quality, professional, and personalized education to executives and
 staff.  Corporations and compliance departments can use Dearborn's Career
 Tracker, a proprietary information management system, to meet, manage and
 track their employees' educational requirements.  This single, consolidated,
 and secure online service allows tracking of course fulfillment and grades
 across multiple programs, curriculums and disciplines.  Dearborn Career
 Tracker also enables the client to meet compliance regulations by generating
 standard and customized exam reports and course completion status reports to
 individuals, as well as directly to state insurance departments.  Dearborn is
 a division of Kaplan Professional, a unit of Kaplan, Inc., which is a
 wholly-owned subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE:   WPO).
 
     About VerticalNet, Inc.
     VerticalNet, Inc. (Nasdaq: VERT) (http://www.verticalnet.com) the
 Internet's leading business-to-business e-commerce enabler, provides
 end-to-end e-commerce solutions that are targeted at distinct business
 segments through its strategic business units -- VerticalNet Markets and
 VerticalNet Solutions.  VerticalNet Markets provides value to buyers and
 suppliers by offering trade relevant content, marketplaces, and enablement
 services through its 59 industry-specific VerticalNet(R) Marketplaces.
 VerticalNet Solutions delivers the most comprehensive digital marketplace
 solutions available to industry alliances, global 2000 enterprises, Net market
 makers, and VerticalNet Markets.  VerticalNet International leverages the
 Company's strategic business units to create global Internet B2B marketplaces,
 offering products and services internationally and partnering with companies
 that have strong local presence and domain expertise.
 
 

SOURCE Dearborn
    CHICAGO, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Dearborn, a Kaplan Professional Company
 that provides pre-licensing and continuing education training and
 certification for securities, insurance and financial services professionals,
 today announced an agreement with VerticalNet that enables its products and
 services to be featured on VerticalNet's online marketplace for professionals
 in the property and casualty insurance arena, PropertyandCasualty.com,
     "We view this arrangement as a wonderful opportunity to reach yet another
 segment of the financial services industry," explained Dan Tromblay, Vice
 President, Strategic Alliances for Dearborn.  "Dearborn is known for its
 training, licensing and education resources for insurance professionals, and
 this outlet allows us to reach agents and brokers who are looking to maintain
 current licenses, obtain additional licenses, or perhaps prepare for a career
 in another financial services profession."
     "By working with quality suppliers like Dearborn, we are able to offer our
 users a robust selection of products and services relevant to their industry,"
 said David Willis, content manager of VerticalNet's PropertyandCasualty.com.
 
     About Dearborn
     Dearborn (http://www.dearborn.com) a leading provider of pre-licensing and
 continuing education training and certification for securities, insurance and
 financial services professionals.  Offering an array of tools including online
 courses, classroom instruction, interactive CD-ROMs, and print materials,
 Dearborn supplies education courseware to corporations, independent schools,
 and colleges, and conducts classes in more than 120 locations in the U.S. and
 abroad.  For more than 30 years, Dearborn has worked with top insurance
 companies, securities firms, brokerage houses, and banks, providing
 high-quality, professional, and personalized education to executives and
 staff.  Corporations and compliance departments can use Dearborn's Career
 Tracker, a proprietary information management system, to meet, manage and
 track their employees' educational requirements.  This single, consolidated,
 and secure online service allows tracking of course fulfillment and grades
 across multiple programs, curriculums and disciplines.  Dearborn Career
 Tracker also enables the client to meet compliance regulations by generating
 standard and customized exam reports and course completion status reports to
 individuals, as well as directly to state insurance departments.  Dearborn is
 a division of Kaplan Professional, a unit of Kaplan, Inc., which is a
 wholly-owned subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE:   WPO).
 
     About VerticalNet, Inc.
     VerticalNet, Inc. (Nasdaq: VERT) (http://www.verticalnet.com) the
 Internet's leading business-to-business e-commerce enabler, provides
 end-to-end e-commerce solutions that are targeted at distinct business
 segments through its strategic business units -- VerticalNet Markets and
 VerticalNet Solutions.  VerticalNet Markets provides value to buyers and
 suppliers by offering trade relevant content, marketplaces, and enablement
 services through its 59 industry-specific VerticalNet(R) Marketplaces.
 VerticalNet Solutions delivers the most comprehensive digital marketplace
 solutions available to industry alliances, global 2000 enterprises, Net market
 makers, and VerticalNet Markets.  VerticalNet International leverages the
 Company's strategic business units to create global Internet B2B marketplaces,
 offering products and services internationally and partnering with companies
 that have strong local presence and domain expertise.
 
 SOURCE  Dearborn