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Veteran MPE trainers Paul Edwards and Frank Alden Smith have scheduled an MPE/iX fundamentals (h3217s) class to be delivered on November 6, 2006, in the organization’s Virtual Classroom Environment (VCE). Edwards said that “VCE allows a 3000 user or manager to attend from wherever they are, work, home, or on the road."

Attendees can browse to www.mpe-education.com/new.htm to find a link to go to the Course Schedule. “Following that link will enable you to register for this class,” Edwards said. “Remember that full payment must be received at least two weeks prior to the start of the class.”

In the same way that HP user group Interex shut its doors last summer, HP's gotten out of the training business. It's up to independents like Edwards and Smith to step in where an $8 million user group or an $80 billion vendor used to serve 3000 education.

MPE-Education.com effort fell short of finding its paying customers in time for its first planned July 24 start date. Sometimes classes don't "make" because of scheduling conflicts, and other times cost is an issue. Travel couldn't have gotten in the way this time, because MPE-Education.com was offering its classes online.

Commitments in cash turned out to be the roadblock to getting the training started in August. "The problem was that we had 12-15 prospective students with requests from various companies, including some from HP India," said Edwards. "We finally only had a couple of students registered after we announced the schedule to the prospects. But when it came time to pay in advance, we got no payments."