Drew Douglas or Liz WarinCorporate Technology Communications(312) 832-9300ddouglas@ctcomm.comlwarin@ctcomm.com
Knowledge Bytes Program Provides Students and Educators Access to TechRepublic Site
LOUISVILLE, Ky., February 14, 2001—Today,TechRepublic, the leading online destination developed exclusively for IT professionals by IT professionals, launched Knowledge Bytes, a program that puts professional-level material about Information Technology into the hands of today’s college students.

Knowledge Bytes represents a partnership between TechRepublic and the NorthWest Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET). The center has the federal mandate to improve technological education at the college level. It is developing the National IT Skills Standards and will assist in incorporating them into academia and the private sector.

As part of the Knowledge Bytes program, TechRepublic has granted NWCET the rights to licensed reproductions of TechRepublic’s leading IT content.

“By providing educators with easy access to our award-winning content, TechRepublic is contributing to the training of the IT leaders of tomorrow,” said Tom Cottingham, cofounder and chief executive officer of TechRepublic. “This is just another example of how TechRepublic is sharing its institutional knowledge and the knowledge of its community with the current—and next—generation of IT pros.”

TechRepublic’s IT education subscribers will be directed to the program through a link on TechRepublic’s Content Services page or by going directly to http://www.nwcet.org/techrep.htm. This partnership will allow subscribers to photocopy any TechRepublic content for their students, as well as post up to 12 articles for the subscription year on their own Web sites for educational purposes.

“We are very excited to be able to offer TechRepublic content to our 30 consortium institutions,” said Neil Evans, executive director of NWCET. “TechRepublic is allowing us to provide the tools and resources to build a successful IT career.”

About The NorthWest Center for Emerging Technologies
The NorthWest Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET) is the recognized national leader in new designs for Information Technology (IT) education. The center develops products, services, and Best Practices that provide timely, relevant, and long-term solutions to meet the needs of IT educators, employers, and professionals. Strong partnerships are integral to NWCET’s leadership position. Bringing together IT workforce stakeholders, NWCET fosters a powerful, comprehensive approach to IT education. This approach differentiates the center and is at the core of its unique ability to deliver lasting solutions that can be continuously adapted for wider implementation. Now in its sixth year, NWCET has the momentum, infrastructure, and strategic partnerships in place to fulfill its mission of improving the supply, diversity, and quality of the IT workforce.

About TechRepublic
TechRepublic is the leading online destination developed exclusively for IT professionals by IT professionals. It was acquired by Gartner Group, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB) in March 2000. With the Gartner relationship, TechRepublic provides its members with the largest and most comprehensive source of IT community, content, and research available anywhere. In August 2000, TechRepublic acquired ITRadar, the leading IT marketplace connecting buyers and sellers of Information Technology services. TechRepublic’s services include IT industry news, analysis, columns, articles, downloads, career-management tips, forums, a job directory, a peer directory, a vendor directory, auctions, e-commerce offerings, event listings, and electronic newsletters.

Content on TechRepublic.com is categorized by IT job segments. CIO Republic provides analysis and insight for an organization’s chief information officer, chief technology officer, and other IT executives; IT Consultant Republic features content specifically tailored to today’s IT consultant; IT Manager Republic provides information and resources for IT managers; IT Support Republic’s solutions assist help desk professionals; and NetAdmin Republic features content written specifically for network administrators.