Contact: Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650or
Susan Jacobs, rep. for Gateway
214-965-9991 ext. 202

October 29, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Advanced Computer Education Centers (ACEC) run by Southern Methodist University’s School of Engineering have established an extended business relationship with Gateway Inc. that will give ACEC students and Gateway customers additional training opportunities and locations.

SMU has Advanced Computer Education Centers in Richardson, Plano, Houston and San Antonio. The centers offer training in a variety of technologies including network administration, database administration, computer programming and e-commerce. Classes range from four-day courses to six-week training programs required to complete the pre-requisites for vendor certification programs.

The new alliance will combine SMU’s technical certification training with the strengths of Gateway’s applications training. Gateway currently offers more than 40 classes ranging from digital photography and Microsoft office applications to Web site design in its Gateway Country stores.

Under the new partnership, SMU’s certification training programs will be available through any of the 18 Gateway Country stores in Texas and Oklahoma. Courses also can be taught on the premises of interested companies and organizations.

Gateway and SMU’s Advanced Computer Education Centers are already working together to provide applications and technical training for the states of Texas and Oklahoma. State employees can now receive discounts on technical or applications training at any SMU or Gateway Country store location in Texas or Oklahoma.

Fred Smith, director of SMU’s Advanced Computer Education Centers, said the new relationship with Gateway Inc. will benefit both parties. “We will be able to promote the extension of SMU’s technical training capabilities throughout Texas and Oklahoma,” Smith said.

David A. Galvan, regional manager of training and services for Gateway, said learning products and services are an important way that Gateway delivers on its mission to be the leading integrator of personalized technology solutions. Gateway offers a variety of instructional formats to help address the individual learning styles of its customers. Formats include instructor-led classes at Gateway Country stores, on-site training for businesses, learning over the Internet through an online learning site,, and learning via self-paced interactive multimedia CD-ROMs.

David VonZurmuehlen, director of marketing for SMU’s Advanced Computer Education Centers, said the new partnership will leverage two great brands.

“We are extending SMU’s reach to potential students outside our geographic region and providing educational excellence in technical training to Gateway customers,” VonZurmuehlen said.

For more information on the SMU-Gateway partnership, call Jim Smith, director of corporate education for the Advanced Computer Education Centers, at 972-473-3480, or visit any of the Gateway Country store locations in Texas.