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Press Release: Presentation at Texas Alliance of Black School Educators Conference to Focus on Career & College Readiness

Kingston, Tenn. – Feb. 3, 2014 – The ‘one size fits all’ education model that focuses on college entry alone isn’t enough in today’s workforce reality. High schools must ensure their graduates are college and career ready, that they convey professionalism, know how to communicate effectively, work successfully on a team, and think critically and solve problems. The importance of college and career readiness demands that schools retool their curriculum offerings to help student develop these essential skills.

On Sat., Feb. 8, John Costilla, vice president of business development for WIN Learning, will conduct a session at the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) annual conference describing how administrators can implement a new approach to career and college readiness that will better ensure students’ success, as well as schools’ compliance with the state’s new HB 5 diploma endorsement requirements. The session will be held from 10:30-11:30 AM at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.

“District and school leaders looking for ways to transition to and support HB 5 should not miss this session,” said Dr. Royce Avery, assistant superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District, “Understandably, for some small or rural districts, the transition to the new diploma endorsement requirement may be problematic. When I served as superintendent at Aransas Pass ISD we chose to address the challenge by implementing an award-winning e-learning platform from WIN Learning that makes the classwork relevant to students whether they elect college, workplace, military or certification training programs.”

One of the main elements of the Aransas Pass ISD program was WIN Learning’s Personalized Career Readiness System which includes the WIN Soft Skills Series®, a first-of-its-kind program which gives educators with an exclusive curricular framework to teach their high school and adult education students highly sought-after foundational behaviors, presented within the context of the workplace in order to bring relevancy to the learning experience.

Aransas Pass will also provide students access to a career exploration system, WIN Strategic Compass®, which allows them to analyze current and projected labor market data to reveal career pathways. Students will also use the WIN Career Readiness® Courseware with applied academics to promote workplace skill mastery.

Avery added, “This method is one that every community should pursue: Recognize that career readiness must go hand-in-hand with academic standards, and both must meaningfully prepare students for productive lives after high school. Integrating a wide variety of important and necessary attitudinal, behavioral and applied competency skills are critical to success in 21st Century classrooms, which will result greater success in 21st Century workplaces.”

About The Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE)
TABSE is an affiliate of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) and is committed to improving the educational achievement of African-American students by increasing the participation and expansion of Texas affiliates. TABSE further believes in identifying and promoting those activities, which are designed to sensitize the public-at-large and educators, specifically to the needs of African-American students in academic and non-academic areas of development.

About WIN Learning
Since 1996, WIN has become the leading provider of career readiness solutions to help districts prepare pathways for students’ futures, whether they are college, trade school, military or workplace bound. To date, more than 10 million students worldwide have participated in the specialized career–driven courseware and education intervention initiatives as well as career-readiness certification programs. For more information, go to http://www.winlearning.com or call 888-717-9461.

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