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Optimi College buys e-learning academy to offer tech skills

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Eloise Nolte, MD of Optimi College.
Eloise Nolte, MD of Optimi College.

South African education solutions provider Optimi College has acquired Cape Town-based e-learning provider IT Academy, in a move that will help it expand its IT course offerings.

Optimi College, which forms part of the Optimi Group, provides accredited qualifications and short courses for adult learners via its brand College SA.

Optimi College provides offerings in four divisions − home, workplace, classroom and college – which together support more than 200 000 learners every year.

Through its acquisition of IT Academy, Optimi College will be able to offer an additional 1 000 IT and business courses, covering basic office skills attainment, through to full IT career development and certification programmes, many of which are locally and internationally accredited.

“IT skills are increasingly in demand, and we’re excited to add this wide range of IT courses to the Optimi College offering. IT Academy comes with a strong reputation of quality courses and is known for its excellent pass rates,” says Eloise Nolte, MD of Optimi College.

IT Academy is a local IT training institution offering e-learning, distance learning and full-time, in-person technology-focused courses. Its IT courses include internet of things development, mobile apps development, Microsoft Azure and Cisco.

It is accredited with several key partners, including the Computing Technology Industry Association, Microsoft and the Media, Information and Communication Technology Seta. During the course of the past 13 years, over 13 000 learners have graduated through IT Academy, according to the institution.

Cindy McKenzie, outgoing MD of IT Academy, says: “The acquisition by Optimi is a significant opportunity for the future development and growth of the company. IT Academy has always prided itself on offering learning material at competitive prices.”

College SA provides over 200 distance learning courses, focused on a range of topics, such as bookkeeping and accounting, tourism, engineering studies, marketing and beauty therapy.

Its courses are accredited or endorsed by bodies such as Umalusi, CIMA, Microsoft, QCTO and ICB, CompTIA and SABPP.

Once IT Academy’s courses have been integrated into Optimi College’s broader programme, Optimi College says it will be in a better position to cater to the needs of its learners.

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