PRESS RELEASE — IRVINE, Calif., — November 17, 2015 — Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) today announced a strategic alliance with Apollo Education Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL) and its subsidiary, University of Phoenix, to offer channel partners accredited, advanced degree programs and training, including an Ingram Micro Small Business Accelerator program starting in January 2016. Available to all Ingram Micro channel partners in the U.S., the new education services are part of the IT business leader’s fast-growing Professional Services organization.
“Flexible, convenient and affordable access to continued education in business and technology is critical to the ongoing success of our channel partners, and an area where Ingram Micro clearly differentiates and adds tremendous value to the service providers and vendors we serve,” said Tim Ament, senior vice president, Advanced Solutions, Ingram Micro.
The new alliance with Apollo Education Group and University of Phoenix empowers Ingram Micro channel partners at every level of the organization – from technician to top executive – to advance their knowledge and skills through higher education and training.
“Apollo Education Group and University of Phoenix are committed to developing education programs that address specific industry needs,” said Ruth Veloria, executive dean for University of Phoenix School of Business. “This collaboration with Ingram Micro will offer IT business owners and service providers who have solid industry knowledge the entrepreneurial training and business foundations necessary to help grow their organizations.”
“The IT industry is constantly innovating and changing course. In order to thrive, channel partners must be focused, opportunistic and geared for growth,” said Greg Richey, director, Professional Services and Training, Ingram Micro. “They have to stay a step ahead of the trends and technologies, and seek out new ways to attract, retain and develop the best talent. With these new offerings and benefits, our Professional Services organization can help them expand their portfolio, extend their reach and increase profitability.”
Adding to the new alliance, University of Phoenix will also serve as an authorized Ingram Micro Training Alliance Partner. In this role, the university will offer channel partners a wide portfolio of vendor-authorized trainings and certifications from established and emerging vendors including IBM, HP and Cisco. The training and education services offered by University of Phoenix, powered by Ingram Micro, will be available online and at campuses across the country.
“With the help of Ingram Micro, Apollo Education Group and University of Phoenix, building a better business can happen rapidly,” concluded Richey. “Whether you’re emerging or established, our new higher education program is relevant and rewarding for all channel partners and vendors.”
The new alliance is being spotlighted at the Ingram Micro ONE event this week in Nashville. To read more news from ONE, visit http://www.ingrammicroadvisor.com/one, follow @IngramMicroONE on Twitter and search the hashtag #ONEIngram.
For more information about the new Ingram Micro / AEG education services and degree programs is available at www.ingrammicrotraining.com.
About Ingram Micro Inc.
Ingram Micro helps businesses Realize the Promise of Technology™. It delivers a full spectrum of global technology and supply chain services to businesses around the world. Deep expertise in technology solutions, mobility, cloud, and supply chain solutions enables its business partners to operate efficiently and successfully in the markets they serve. Unrivaled agility, deep market insights and the trust and dependability that come from decades of proven relationships, set Ingram Micro apart and ahead. More at www.ingrammicro.com.