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WIN LEARNING AND KUDER ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO ENHANCE THEIR CAREER EXPLORATION AND PLANNING TOOLS

By Leslie Eicher
April 15th, 2014

Kingston, TN – April 7, 2014 – To build a foundation for career success, students need timely tools to navigate career options and make real-world connections between their education and the world of work. WIN Learning, a leader in developing career and college readiness initiatives, and Kuder Inc. (Kuder), recognized worldwide for evidenced-based assessment, education planning, and career guidance tools and resources for all ages, today announced their new partnership to provide educators and students with advanced capabilities for career guidance and planning.

Through this partnership, WIN Learning will utilize Kuder® Navigator™, a comprehensive online education and career planning system, as the foundation of myStrategic Compass. myStrategic Compass is part of WIN Learning’s Personalized Career Readiness System, a series of web-based programs that help students understand and prepare for the realities of the workplace through personalized project-based learning and career exploration. The myStrategic Compass component offers a personalized career planning tool for each learner based on skill, work and career interest, to help students understand the academic pathways required to get them to their career choice.

“Like myStrategic Compass, Kuder Navigator motivates students to stay in school by helping them develop a clear understanding of the relationship between their coursework and their career aspirations,” said Dr. Teresa Chasteen, CEO, WIN Learning. “Through our partnership with Kuder, we’re taking our career interest and planning resources to the next level by embedding the robust functionality of Kuder Navigator into myStrategic Compass. By combining the best of both systems, students will gain expanded access to pertinent real-world information, tools and resources to help them stay engaged and motivated through graduation and beyond.”

To begin using the myStrategic Compass Powered by Kuder® Navigator™ career exploration system, students start with research-based career assessments, which help them gain self-awareness of interests, skills and work values. With that information, students can then explore career options — many of which are presented through videos and real-life career stories — related to their interests and skills, and further view the education and training requirements necessary for career paths. Additional system features and tools help students identify and apply for scholarships and grants, prepare portfolios and resumes, and link to top job search engines and employer profiles. This new version of myStrategic Compass is scheduled for release later this year, as part of the enhanced 2014 version of WIN Learning’s Career Readiness System.

Through this collaborative partnership, Kuder will also offer expanded benefits and new product features to the millions of youth and their schools and programs that utilize Kuder Navigator and other solutions across the world. Kuder follows a simple motto: You cannot be what you cannot see™. The addition of some of WIN Learning’s offerings such as financial literacy resources and soft skills coursework will allow Kuder to continue providing the most comprehensive approach to career guidance available and ensure students and adults have the proven tools and resources to make the best informed decisions about their career futures.

“We are honored to be partnering with such a well-respected and innovative company in college and career readiness as WIN Learning,” said Kuder President, Phil Harrington. “Their commitment to quality products and services and approach to ensuring students are prepared for post-high school transitions and career success complements Kuder’s mission and goals perfectly. We look forward to our partnership and to providing our clients with even more features and benefits to find their passions and achieve lifelong career success.”

About Kuder
For over 75 years, Kuder has brought reliable, evidence-based career guidance solutions to more than 150 million people of all ages, and for populations throughout the world. With affordable solutions for pre-K through retirement, Kuder’s customizable products and services reflect a commitment to encouraging lifelong learning, development, and achievement. For more information, visit www.kuder.com or call 800.317.8972.

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.
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About the Author:

Leslie Eicher