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INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#OFCCPlt;/agt;–Today, DirectEmployers
announced its newest professional development and
eLearning platform, DE
. Recently revealed to Association members at its 2019
Annual Meeting & Conference
(DEAM19) in Naples, Florida, DE
Academy seeks to elevate professional development for human resources
professionals with courses tailored to provide content and top-notch
instruction with the flexibility desired by today’s busy practitioners.
Courses are available for both Members of the Association and
non-members, allowing for expanded eLearning opportunities for all.

“DE Academy meets the learner where they are, on their time. We want to
promote professional development that improves the learning experience
and outcome for all, resulting in real ROI through instruction and
application,” commented Jen Bernhardt, VP of Member Engagement.

Many HR professionals desire to continue learning, but are often met
with busy schedules, leaving many to put professional development on the
back burner. DE Academy seeks to offer a different kind of learning
which combines the best of traditional education with the flexibility of
today’s modern learning expectations. By combining knowledge from
recognized experts with industry-best instructional design methods, each
course will provide a learning experience that maximizes the learner’s
time and potential. Self-directed instruction also allows the learner to
complete courses at their leisure. Currently lessons range from
Affirmative Action Planning 101 to Disability Etiquette and are led by
the following experts:

  • Candee J. Chambers, former HR practitioner and DirectEmployers
    Executive Director
  • John C. Fox, employment law expert at Fox,
    Wang, Morgan, P.C.
  • Sheridan Walker, disability consultant at HirePotenial
  • Matt Brogden, veteran hiring consultant at Pathfinder
  • Wendy Strobel Gower & Kathleen Lee, disability experts at eCornell
  • Denise McGonigal, HR consultant at Purple

“DirectEmployers has really taken a giant leap in professional
development with the launch of DE Academy. We have always touted our
expertise in OFCCP compliance and are recognized experts in the field,
but the eLearning platform takes that one step further and further
expands awareness of our professional development activities to both
Members and non-members and provides the crucial link to experts that so
many desire,” notes Candee Chambers, Executive Director.

Built on the TopClass
Learning Management System (LMS) by WBT Systems
, DE Academy was
designed from the ground up by DirectEmployers VP of Member Engagement,
Jen Bernhardt, and Carla
Downing Ph.D.
, VP of Talent Strategy for ML Talent Strategies. The
academy boasts best-in-class instructional design methods, elevating
information to instruction in order to maximize return on investment and
help professionals of all stages reach new heights in their organization.

“We are delighted to partner with DirectEmployers Association to deliver
transformative professional development experiences for their learners,”
stated Paul Dooley, CEO, WBT Systems. “TopClass LMS is a powerful,
flexible education platform, unifying learning across DE Academy and DE
Connect online community to allow DirectEmployers to deliver impactful,
integrated learning at the point of need, whenever and wherever learners
chose to connect.”

For more information on DE Academy or to get started on a new learning
path, visit

About DirectEmployers Association

DirectEmployers is a nonprofit member-owned and managed association
focused on providing its 900+ members with simple solutions for OFCCP
compliance and online recruitment challenges. The Association’s
proprietary technology powers a federal contractor compliance solution
that assists with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s
(OFCCP) VEVRAA mandatory listing requirements and Section 503 outreach
requirements, while also offering recruitment marketing and creative
services that help win the best candidates with a combination of vivid
recruitment videos, real-life photos and bold branding through its
wholly owned subsidiary, Recruit Rooster.

About WBT Systems and TopClass LMS:

WBT Systems develops the industry-leading TopClass Learning Management
System (LMS), named Best Continuing Education & Association Learning
System 2019 and #1 Association Learning Management System in 2015, 2016,
and 2017. TopClass LMS delivers transformative professional development
experiences for association education and certification programs. With a
single point of support from our in-house integration experts, TopClass
LMS easily integrates with a wide variety of systems to provide
efficient administration and a unified learning experience. Our focus is
to support associations in using learning technology to help drive
growth in membership, increase revenues, and enhance the learning
experience. We believe in truly understanding your challenges and
partnering with you to ensure the success of your education programs.
Learn more at


Jaime Costilow, Marketing Manager, Social Media &
DirectEmployers Association
(317) 874-9093