Kaplan Professional and Rapid Learning Institute Announce Strategic Partnership
Philadelphia, PA, December 18, 2018 – Kaplan Professional and the Rapid Learning Institute (RLI) have signed a strategic partnership agreement that makes RLI’s research-backed micro-training available to Kaplan’s client base, which includes 20,000 corporations and businesses globally.
Kaplan Professional, based in La Crosse, WI, is a division of Kaplan Inc., the global education provider that is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE-GHC). Kaplan Professional offers a large portfolio of professional development programs in the so-called F.I.R.E. industries: Finance, Insurance, and Real-Estate. It also serves the accounting, engineering and I.T. industries.
RLI, founded in 2008 and based in suburban Philadelphia, is a pioneer in the growing field of micro-training. RLI specializes in sales and leadership training. It provides 5- to 7-minute single-concept training solutions backed by academic and institutional research on the science of influence, persuasion, negotiation and interpersonal communication.
“There’s a tremendous and growing demand for behavioral training within our client base,” says Steve Lee, Kaplan’s Vice President Strategic Partnerships. “After reviewing RLI’s research-backed micro-training modules, we concluded that they are an outstanding fit for Kaplan Professional. We’re confident that RLI’s products will be a valuable and complementary addition to our educational offerings.”
RLI CEO Stephen Meyer says, “We’re delighted to join Kaplan in its effort to add behavioral training to its current educational offerings. They have a very clear, exciting vision for the future, and we’re proud that they chose us to provide tactical, single-concept sales and leadership micro-training as a key component of that vision.”
The Kaplan/RLI partnership gives Kaplan Professional customers the exciting new option to integrate its “technical” training programs with “behavioral” micro-training solutions. Micro-training is extremely appealing to today’s busy workforce. Because it is tactical and focused on discrete behaviors, micro-training lends itself to creating repeatable learning paths. It is also an ideal complement for existing training programs within companies.