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Money Management International Clients Tap Meridian LMS for Online Financial Education

(December 07, 2011)

HERNDON, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/07/11 -- After implementing the Meridian Global learning management system last spring, Money Management International (MMI), America's largest nonprofit, full-service credit counseling agency, has added an array of online education courses to its line-up of instructor-led classes for managing personal finance.

Since April, the Meridian LMS, which distributes and tracks education via the internet, has delivered MMI clients a list of online courses covering topics such as budgeting, financial goal-setting and managing credit.

"The Meridian LMS extends the reach of our traditional classes by giving our clients access to financial education that they can take on their time," said Amy Lins, director of instructional design for Money Management International. "We also created a family interaction guide via the Meridian LMS to teach sound financial skills. Within the budgeting module of the family interaction guide, parents -- who are clients of MMI -- can work with their children to build a family budget. Young children can learn about counting money, and high-schoolers can learn about banking basics and credit reports."

Through its network of offices around the country, MMI has long offered community-based workshops in which its educators serve clients via classroom instruction. But putting Meridian's LMS in place has given MMI a way to not only deliver education to clients online but also measure how effectively people are grasping the concepts that underpin the organization's debt-counseling programs.


"Every one of our clients who are on a debt-management plan can take our online financial education, and the LMS offers us a way to track their progress," added Lins. "We follow up with them after these classes to make sure they continue getting support to change their lifestyle."

According to Lins, a lot of organizations offer financial literacy education in an online format, but MMI has put a great deal of effort into making its online courses interactive and interesting. "Our online courses aren't just bullet points on a page, far from it," said Lins. "One of the first clients to take our new online education said she was 'motivated to make changes and learned a lot of tips on how to reduce expenses and change habits.'"

"The Meridian LMS is particularly suited for educating an external audience of learners," said John Leh, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Meridian. "Meridian's learning portal mirrors the unique processes and interface considerations of nonprofits. For example, our LMS easily supports external learners by tracking continuing education, managing competencies and delivering personal development courses."

MMI's clients access the Meridian portal via a password-protected web site, which delivers courses and tracks the number and kinds of online financial courses clients are taking.

In addition to the education MMI is delivering its customers, the Texas-based nonprofit is also beginning a project to integrate its online employee education with a human resources information system. MMI hopes to transfer its current stock of computer-based training modules for employee education (held in Sharepoint) to the Meridian LMS by year's end. Once transferred, MMI will be able to integrate employee education via the LMS with each worker's employee record.

About Money Management International
Money Management International (MMI) is a nonprofit full-service credit-counseling agency, providing confidential financial guidance, financial education, counseling and debt management assistance to consumers since 1958. MMI's counselors are both HUD certified to deliver housing counseling services, including delinquency mortgage counseling, and approved by the EOUST to deliver bankruptcy counseling and education. Counseling is available by appointment in branch offices and 24/7 by telephone and Internet. Services are available in English or Spanish. To learn more, call 800-762-2271 or visit www.MoneyManagement.org.

About Meridian
Our flagship product, Meridian Global LMS, integrates learning content management, workforce analytics, knowledge management and competency modeling in one learning management system (LMS). In addition to Meridian Global LMS, we provide professional services, courseware development and hosting services. We serve approximately eight million users at more than 300 public- and private-sector employers. Our software is used by companies that range in size from 1,000,000 employees to less than 100 workers. Our clients include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, AutoZone, Panera Bread, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy and more than 80 federal, state and local governments. We are the number one ranked learning-technology company for customer loyalty. Our award-winning software aims to deliver learning, distribute knowledge and sharpen business skills, which will make you a leader in your industry. Our Herndon, Va.-based company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Visionary Integration Professionals. To learn more, visit http://www.meridianksi.com, or follow Meridian on Twitter at http://twitter.com/meridianks.

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