Rationalís Enhanced SEED Program Reaches More than 20,000 Students at More than 650 Colleges

8/20/2002 - Rational Software announced that its enhanced Software Engineering for Educational Development (SEED) program currently reaches more than 20,000 computer science and software engineering students at more than 650 colleges and universities around the world.

The SEED program is a worldwide program through which Rational contributes its leading software and training materials to faculty and students at degree-granting institutions.

The program enables students to gain experience with Rational's software development tools, technologies and best practices while still in the classroom, helping decrease their learning curve when they start software development jobs after graduating. Companies benefit by hiring graduates who have the skills to instantly contribute to their software development projects.

By having access to Rational's latest software, courseware and technical content for hands-on use by students in the classroom, professors have been able to develop a stronger, more comprehensive curriculum that has given their students a competitive advantage in the job market.

"Rational's SEED program has empowered our faculty to incorporate Rational Suite® and the Rational Unified Process® into a number of our courses, providing our students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with leading tools and technologies to jump-start their future endeavors," said James C. Helm, Ph.D., P.E. Chair, Systems Engineering, School of Science and Computer Engineering, University of Houston-Clear Lake. "Many of our students who have benefited from the SEED program have been hired by leading companies across a variety of industries, including aerospace and defense."

Through the SEED program, faculty and students have access to the Rational Developer NetworkSM
Rational's Web site that provides targeted software development content and skill-building resources. This empowers SEED participants to gain knowledge and widespread visibility by sharing research results and original papers with an extended online Rational customer audience, as well as with other educational institutions.

Rational has long played a leadership role in the software development community and has actively collaborated with other industry experts to advance the practice of software development. The Rational SEED program represents Rational's long-term commitment to extending its leadership focus to software educators worldwide, and enables faculty and students to continually enhance their skills by working with the most current technologies.

"Software is the essential ingredient to the growth and success of most organizations worldwide," said Eric Schurr, chief marketing officer, Rational Software. "Therefore, it is very important for colleges and universities to provide their students with access to the latest technologies to foster their software development skills. By providing these institutions with extensive resources for teaching and learning software development, the Rational SEED program will empower the next generation of developers, testers and analysts to create great software."

About Rational Software (www.rational.com)
Rational Software provides a software development platform that improves the speed, quality, and predictability of software projects. This integrated, full lifecycle solution combines software engineering best practices, market-leading tools, and professional services. Ninety-eight of the Fortune 100 rely on Rational tools and services to build better software, faster. This open platform is extended by partners who provide more than 500 complementary products and services. Founded in 1981, Rational is one of the world's largest software companies, with revenues of $666.4 million in its twelve months ended June 30, 2002, and over 3,500 employees worldwide. Rational is a member of the S&P 500 Index and a component of the Nasdaq-100 Index®.

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