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Bentley College Relies on Live eLearning Software from Centra to Deliver Graduate Programs to Professionals Nationwide

April 4, 2001

LEXINGTON, MA (April 5, 2001)- Centra (NASDAQ: CTRA), the world's leading provider of software and ASP services for live eLearning and collaboration, today announced that Bentley College in Waltham, Mass., has deployed Centra's virtual classroom software for the delivery of real-time distance education programs. Using Centra, Bentley is making online classes available to graduate students as part of its Master of Science in Personal Financial Planning program, as well as the College's graduate program in Taxation, providing new opportunities for accounting, financial planning, and tax practitioners nationwide.

"In today's business world, people are short on time and are looking for a convenient way to continue their educations without sacrificing quality," said Ruth Horwitz, Bentley's Distance Learning Coordinator. "Working with Centra gives Bentley a competitive advantage in the graduate education market. In addition to offering distance MSPFP and MSTaxation programs, we plan to expand our use of Centra with core MBA course offerings in fall 2001 for the convenience of our part-time MBA students."

Using Centra's Symposium virtual classroom software, Bentley's widely recognized graduate program in taxation introduced its first distance learning option in 1999. Through live eLearning, Bentley is able to bring together faculty and working professionals on- and off-campus, allowing them to interact, collaborate, and learn as if they were in the same room. These innovative, Web-based tax courses enable participants to overcome geographical barriers while simultaneously engaging in the same high-caliber lectures and class discussions that they would expect if they were taking place on campus.

Software Infrastructure for Live eLearning and Collaboration

Already used in over 440 companies and universities worldwide, Centra's Web-based enterprise products and services share a common collaboration framework, and are optimized to address the full range of real-time business interactions necessary to accelerate internal and market-facing business processes. Every product features Centra's hallmark voice-over-IP capabilities, shared online workspace, live application sharing, and intuitive user interface to enable live conversation and interaction over low-bandwidth network connections. Centra's products include Centra Symposium for virtual classrooms, Centra Conference for Web conferencing and events, and Centra eMeeting for team collaboration and 1:1 mentoring.

About Centra

With over a million users worldwide, Centra is the leading provider of software infrastructure and ASP services for live eLearning and business collaboration. Today hundreds of global organizations have standardized on Centra for the delivery of live eLearning, including Accenture, Century 21, Domino's Pizza, EMC Corporation, ExxonMobil, McKesson HBOC, Siemens, and Procter & Gamble. Centra supports a vital ecosystem of strategic eLearning partnerships, which include alliances with Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cisco, Oracle, Saba, Docent, and Global Knowledge. Headquartered in Boston's technology corridor, the Company has sales offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit



Ellen Slaby

Centra Software


BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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