Bridges Transitions Inc.

Bridges Transitions Inc.

July 28, 2005 09:00 ET

Bridges Signs Statewide, Two-Year Agreement in Iowa

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - July 28, 2005) - Bridges Transitions Inc. (TSX:BIT), a leading provider of career and educational planning solutions, announced today that it has signed a two-year agreement with Iowa College Student Aid Commission (ICSAC - an Iowa state agency) to pay for the statewide distribution of Bridges products.

The agreement will provide every Iowa high school with access to Choices Planner and every Iowa middle school with access to Choices Explorer, resulting in over 490 high schools and over 350 middle schools having access to Bridges' career exploration and education planning products.

"This type of sponsorship model provides great value for everyone involved: by assisting ICSAC to achieve their business objectives; by providing a funding source for the Iowa Department of Education; and by providing career and education planning tools for students," said John Simmons, Chief Executive Officer of Bridges. "We are excited to be working with Iowa on this statewide initiative and are grateful to the Iowa College Student Aid Commission and the Iowa Department of Education, which have successfully worked together to provide our state-of-the-art career exploration and education planning resources to all students within the state."

About Iowa College Student Aid Commission

The Iowa College Student Aid Commission manages the State of Iowa Scholarship program and helps Iowa families finance college costs through the administration of state-funded grants and guaranteed student loans. The commission, a state agency, annually guarantees $400 million in education loans for Iowa students and parents. The commission also offers forgivable loans to help pay for the education of Iowa students who prepare for careers in specifically designated shortage areas that include positions in teaching and health care. Information about the commission can be found online at: or by calling (800) 383-4222.

About Choices Planner

Choices Planner is an online career information delivery system that allows users to compare, connect and choose from a vast network of work and education options to build education and career plans. Choices Planner is the online version of Choices CD, which has been in distribution for over 20 years. The program incorporates many of the features and content from Choices CD, yet is designed with the same online capabilities and interface as Choices Explorer. Choices Planner includes a comprehensive suite of assessments, college planning, accountability reporting tools, online storage in a personal portfolio and user guidance tools. Choices Planner allows users to make an effortless transition from exploration to planning, now with common authentication between the two online products and a six-year planning portfolio shared with Choices Explorer.

About Bridges

Bridges is the leading provider of software-based and online education planning, career exploration, and high school/college test prep resources designed to help students achieve education and career success. Over 14,000 schools and other agencies across the U.S. and Canada use Bridges' products and services. Bridges serves the needs of more than one million annually graduating high school students seeking educational or career planning assistance. For more information, visit The Company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol: BIT.

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