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Big "I" Virtual University Adds 98 New Courses


Rolls Out New Online Learning Classes


ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 28, 2006—The Big “I” Virtual University is rolling out 98 new courses aimed at helping agents further develop their business and technology skills.


“The goal of the Big “I’ Virtual University  is to support agent development through innovative online learning 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says Madelyn Flannagan, vice president of education and research for the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America. “These new online learning courses will help users access a diverse library of content right at their fingertips that will serve as reference tools to aid with day-to-day on the job questions, as well as be a integral part of an ongoing personal and professional development plan.” 


New course topics include:

·         Marketing Development and Management

·         Recruiting & Interviewing Skills

·         Business Skills

·         Microsoft Office Series Training (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc)

·         Financial Management


The Big “I” Virtual University is pleased to deliver expanded e-Learning solutions from SkillSoft, the world’s largest provider of online courses. SkillSoft courses are now available exclusively through the Big “I” Virtual University through an agreement with Career Concepts, Inc. of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., a leading career management and human resource consulting firm.


“Our objective in partnering with the Big "I" is to provide the very best in additional e-learning tools and blended learning solutions through the VU,” says Russ Dunn, chairman and CEO of Career Concepts, Inc. “As a company, with roots deep in the insurance industry, we are excited about working with IIABA and all their members going forward.''. 


“SkillSoft is a premier provider of e-Learning today for the business world, offering the world’s largest collection of comprehensive e-learning business content and the largest repository of online reference sources in the industry,” says Flannagan. “We are extremely excited that their programs will be available to the insurance community through the Big ‘I’ Virtual University. Many in the industry will recognize the benefits of these new courses and will take full advantage of this great opportunity.” 


To review the complete listing of courses available on the Big “I” Virtual University, visit, click on Virtual University, and then click Online Classes. 


About Career Concepts, Inc.: Career Concepts ( is a full service management and human resource consulting firm founded in 1988 with eight offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. It is recognized as the largest independently owed career management and human resources consulting firm in the Philadelphia region. Career Concepts offers services related to career transition and outplacement, executive recruiting, executive coaching, training, organizational effectiveness and human resource consulting and interim staffing. Career Concepts is a co-owner of Career Partners International, with more than 200 offices around the world. Career Concepts has developed a reputation as a true partner with client management, offering high quality, seamless consulting service to more than 800 corporations and growing.


Founded in 1896, the Big “I” is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of more than 300,000 agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life and health—as well as employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address:




​127 South Peyton Street
Alexandria VA 22314
​phone: 800.221.7917
fax: 703.683.7556

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