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ClassesUSA Selected by MSN to Exclusively Power the Encarta eLearning Channel

ClassesUSA's Diverse Online Higher Education Opportunities Expand MSN Encarta Offerings

Staten Island, NY - August 11, 2004 -- ClassesUSA, the Web's leading online education portal, has been selected by MSN as the exclusive advertising and content partner for the Encarta eLearning Center on MSN. ClassesUSA was chosen based on its experience and expertise as the premier source of online higher education information.

As the foremost Internet authority for online degree programs and certificates, ClassesUSA will exclusively power the Encarta eLearning Center, enabling MSN users to pursue online higher education opportunities by degree levels and career-specific programs. ClassesUSA boasts a directory of online offerings from 100 of the nation's top accredited college and universities.

"We are proud to join MSN and Encarta in promoting online higher education. Our initiative is to further the educational goals of MSN's users, and advance their career and personal pursuits. The depth and breadth of online higher education offerings we present help make that possible," says Jordon Keltz, CEO of ClassesUSA.

This notable relationship joins the best companies in their respective industries in recognizing the explosive field of online higher education. Approximately one million adults will enroll in a fully online distance education program this year, enrollment that will consistently experience double-digit growth, predict analysts at Eduventures, a Boston, MA-based research firm. The online higher education market is estimated to top $5 billion this year.

“We are extremely excited about the relationship Encarta has with ClassesUSA,” says Bill Hollands, channel manager of MSN Encarta. “Our users have strong educational goals, and online higher education provides them with the flexibility to complete courses on their own time and schedule. ClassesUSA is the perfect partner for us to help our users understand all the options open to them through online degrees and courses.”

The agreement will enable ClassesUSA to build upon its past successful relationships with MSN and Encarta, and extend its reputation as the most trusted and recognized brand providing professional adults with access to online higher education.

ClassesUSA, the Web's leading e-learning portal, enables professionals to find an online degree or certificate program best suited to advancing their professional goals. Each month, over one million adults visit the site, which boasts over 100 accredited college and university partners. Since entering the eLearning marketplace in 2001, ClassesUSA has fostered strategic content partnerships with sites such as MSN, Yahoo, AOL, and others, and has built a reputation as the most trusted and recognized brand providing professional adults with access to online educational opportunities.

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