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NSCA University Names 2008 Educator, Instructors of the Year

Students gain valuable knowledge from University courses

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA, November 4, 2008 —Dan Erickson of General Communications was recently named NSCA University’s Educator of the Year. Erickson received NSCA’s top education award based on student feedback from his course, “Networking Issues that Impact AV Integrators and Designers,? which he taught for the College of System Design during NSCA University™ at InfoComm 08.

Winners are determined based on evaluations completed by students participating in NSCA University courses. Instructors are evaluated on areas such as topic knowledge, engagement with students, and topic relevance. NSCA will recognize the 2008 recipients at the annual NSCA Member Meeting and Industry Forum as well as the President’s Reception at InfoComm 09.

Additionally, individual Instructors of the Year were awarded for each college within the University. Recipients include:
• Karl Rosenberg, Extron Electronics, College of Technical Knowledge, for his course, “Aspect Ratios: Why are there so many??;
• David Marsh, Pelton Marsh Kinsella (PMK), College of System Design, for his course, “Sound Reinforcement Design?;
• Marc Forman, Alarm Electronics & Communications, College of System Sales, for his course, “Better Ways to Estimate Your Projects?;
• Brad Nelson, System Solutions Northwest Inc., College of Business, for his course, “Top 10 Reasons Your Company May Fail and How to Fix Them?;
• Ben Wilson, Wilson Engineering & Surveying, College of Project Management, for his course, “Operation Best Practices for Project Managers.?

“We are pleased to have an outstanding community of instructors who help NSCA build better integrators,? said Chuck Wilson, executive director of NSCA. “They provide students with information to perform better on the job site and in the work place, and also help them further their individual goals.?

“Being able to work with the fresh faces of the industry and continue to learn from my industry peers is an advantage to being an instructor,? said Dan Erickson, vice-president at General Communications in Manassas, Virginia. “In an environment where interactive learning is essential to the success of the next generation of our industry, it is an honor to receive this recognition.?

NSCA University is the educational institution for commercial electronic systems professionals, offering a wide variety of courses. From entry-level technician classes to professional project management training, NSCA University gives industry professionals the expertise they need to advance their careers or your businesses. Courses are developed by industry experts and designed for technicians, installers, managers, sales representatives and executives. NSCA University courses are available both online and in person throughout the year at industry and regional events.

About NSCA
NSCA is the leading not-for-profit association representing the commercial electronic systems industry. With more than 2,500 member companies worldwide, the National Systems Contractors Association is a powerful advocate of all who work within the low-voltage industry, including systems contractors/integrators, product manufacturers, consultants, sales representatives, architects, specifying engineers and other allied professionals. NSCA is dedicated to serving contractor members and all channel stakeholders through education, advocacy, outreach and member services. NSCA University offers a variety of courses on topics such as project management, business, sales, design and technical knowledge. Courses are delivered through a variety of methods including conferences, regional trainings, online learning and webinars. NSCA works in conjunction with a variety of industry partners to provide relevant and meaningful education and certification programs. It also provides leading industry research and market intelligence, insurance solutions, the industry’s most comprehensive manual of practice, Essentials of Systems Integration™ and other business tools. For more information, visit www.nsca.org.

Media Contact:
Cathy Mrosko
Director of Government Affairs and Industry Outreach
571.263.9800
cmrosko@nsca.org

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