Kingston, TN – March 5, 2014 – According to the latest 2011 Skills Gap Report from the Manufacturing Institute, 600,000 skilled production and production support jobs in the U.S. went unfilled due to a lack of prospects with the necessary skills. To help bridge this gap, school districts across the country are turning to WIN Learning’s Personalized Career Readiness System to help match education to workforce requirements, so much so that WIN is expanding its field organization to meet the growing demand for its award-winning solutions.
Adding the company’s strong customer base in the Appalachian states and Southeast, WIN has hired Tony McGuiness to oversee the west region, including an existing, statewide contract in Oregon and major installations in Nevada, California, Idaho, Arizona and Colorado. With more than 25 years of education experience, McGuiness began his career as a classroom educator, and then worked with education technology providers including Pearson Education, Co-nect, and Lightspan.
Covering the Ohio valley region is Joseph B. Kent, a K-12 industry veteran with a specialty in professional development. Kent earned a Master of Science degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology from Nova Southeastern University, and gained invaluable field experience with ed tech pioneer PLATO Learning.
David Mickelsen will oversee the gulf and southeast coast states for WIN Learning. Mickelsen’s education career spans more than 34 years as a middle and high school classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, and professional development consultant. He earned his Master’s degree in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Houston, and comes to WIN from Compass Learning where he served as an account executive.
“More and more high schools are coordinating efforts with local community and business leaders to implement programs that emphasize what WIN Learning provides – a winning combination of high standards, engaging and relevant curriculum, and instructional methods that prepare students for their future following high schools,” said Dr. Teresa Chasteen, CEO of WIN Learning. “Our new Regional Directors and their support organizations will go a long way in helping us assist K-12 administrators to meet these incredibly important needs.”
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 www.winlearning.com or call 888-717-9461.