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UCLA Extension Leverages Epicor ERP Software in Accounting and Enterprise Business Systems Course

Epicor Provides Students with Hands-on ERP Systems and Concepts Experience

Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today announced its collaboration with UCLA Extension bringing its next-generation Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to business and accounting students for the 2013-2014 academic year.

“We are pleased to partner with Epicor to provide our students with hands-on ERP experience with a real-life system that is used by companies around the world,” says Instructor Jerald Savin for UCLA Extension, and president and CEO of Cambridge Technology Consulting Group, Inc. “This course provides a unique opportunity for our students to gain exposure to modern business software systems like Epicor ERP that are common in today's workplace.”

Using a “learning-by-doing” approach, students gain a practical understanding of ERP systems and its underlying tools and concepts. Working in a live ERP environment exposes students to current business activities and terminology, and allows them to hone their technical skills at completing complex transactions using real business data. Through a combination of system-based exercises and case studies, students learn the basic structure of ERP packages, including order-to-cash process, procure-to-pay process, and other financial management processes. Instruction also includes a comprehensive look at core ERP modules like general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, order entry, inventory, purchasing and executive information.

“Collaborating with a leading educational institution like UCLA Extension to broaden students' practical knowledge of ERP software is an important avenue to reach this next-generation of students who are entering the workforce,” said Louise Keppel, vice president, worldwide Epicor University. “Understanding how to leverage an ERP system is a valuable component of business and accounting students' education, and we're excited to show students firsthand how technologies like Epicor ERP can inspire businesses to innovate.”

Embedded Educational Resources and Tools Enhance Student Experience

As part of the UCLA Extension collaboration, Epicor University, the formal education program for Epicor ERP products, delivered learning resources and tools that work hand-in-hand with the Epicor ERP system to help students get up and running on the system quickly and further enrich their learning experience. “The students are taking advantage of the Epicor ERP Embedded Education Courses. With more than 100 courses accessed right from within the software, the students are able to easily navigate between courses and the related applications including real-life business data through an Epicor education database. Additionally, students have access to the entire ERP online help including feature summaries, user guides, technical guides and field help - allowing students to work even more independently. We're pleased Epicor University was able to support this program by providing educational resources and training tools to enhance the students' overall experience and understanding of the Epicor ERP software solution,” adds Keppel.

Students appreciate and understand the value of this experience. Savin shared feedback he received from one student who picked Epicor ERP for the final case study examination, "This is the best system I've experienced all quarter. Epicor ERP is a very impressive and comprehensive solution in comparison to the other systems we studied that were more difficult to find basic functions. Epicor ERP has all the core functions for customer relationship management, sales management, production management, material management and financial management functions, as well as dashboards for executives. The Epicor ERP main menu is easy to read and comprehend. You can find exactly what you're looking for.”

UCLA Extension is the continuing education division of the University of California at Los Angeles. Find out more at

About Epicor Software Corporation

Epicor Software Corporation is a global leader delivering inspired business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail and services industries. With over 40 years of experience serving small, midmarket and larger enterprises, Epicor has more than 20,000 customers in over 150 countries. Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP), retail management software, supply chain management (SCM), and human capital management (HCM) enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. With a history of innovation, industry expertise and passion for excellence, Epicor provides the single point of accountability that local, regional and global businesses demand. The Company's headquarters are located in Austin, Texas, with offices and affiliates worldwide. For more information, visit

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Jessica Riggs
Senior Specialist, Public Relations
Epicor Software Corporation
+1 949 585 4160

Lisa Preuss
Senior Director, Public Relations
Epicor Software Corporation
+1 949 585 4235

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