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Press Release: NEW COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS SYSTEM FROM WIN LEARNING PROVIDES CAREER PLANNING, INSTRUCTION, AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL

Web-based, tablet-friendly system provides the data and curriculum tools to prepare learners for college, technical school, military or the workplace

Kingston, TN – June 26, 2014 – The foremost authority on preparing learners for life after high school, WIN Learning, today announced the all-new WIN Career Readiness System. The new digital teaching and learning solution for college and career readiness preparation includes a single sign-on portal for instant access to all four of the award-winning program’s components, as well as scientifically-validated, embedded assessments powered by Kuder®, a WIN partner and leader in career guidance. Click to Tweet.

“As we move deeper into the 21st century, the goal of education has to change to meet shifting demands and better prepare learners to be work ready, job ready, career ready and college ready,” said Dr. Teresa Chasteen, CEO and president of WIN Learning. “Incorporating feedback from employers, educators and customers, our next generation offering is everything secondary and post secondary educators, workforce administrators and business/industry leaders need to provide the building blocks for college and career success.”

The first of the four WIN Learning system components is myStrategic Compass, a career exploration, planning and guidance tool that has been updated with new education planning features, including a class planning tool that maps required high school classes based on career interests; college and degree program profiles to support post-secondary education planning; and a searchable national scholarship and grant database. Additionally, new robust job search features include a resume builder, a cover letter builder and an e-portfolio that can be emailed directly to employers, as well as a reference bank plus sample and practice job applications. Users can also access job search and interviewing tips, and links to nationally recognized job search engines.

myStrategic Compass also includes three research-based, scientifically validated assessments powered by Kuder. Designed to prompt learners to explore career pathways aligned with their interests, skills and work values, the program’s objective is to drive students to develop an education plan to support their future goals.

Next is the WIN College Readiness Courseware (CRC+), a new digital test prep curriculum that helps learners achieve foundational college readiness in Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Reading and Writing/English. CRC+ includes five learning modules that provide students with practice and enable them to apply concepts commonly addressed in college placement exams.

Designed to link education directly to the needs of the economy, the WIN Career Readiness Courseware has updated instructional content that reinforces the relevance between foundational skills – in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information – and emerging high-demand, high-wage jobs. Additionally, learners will have access to updated embedded placement test and posttest assessment items that are aligned with state and national career readiness standards.

“The instructional content and assessments will continue to be aligned to ACT WorkKeys®,” added Chasteen. “That means educators now have a system that can serve as a core instruction for WorkKeys, a supplemental curriculum for Common Core State Standards and as supplemental test prep for ACT, SAT, GED, TABE and other high-stakes assessments.”

The fourth component is WIN Soft Skills, which teaches employability and social skills including conveying professionalism, communicating effectively, promoting teamwork and collaboration, thinking critically, and problem solving.

With one-click access to any combination of the WIN instructional resources via a single URL, the WIN Career Readiness System also features new at-a-glance career readiness dashboard displays for all stakeholders — administrators, facilitators and learners. Each offers new performance reports, new digital ebadges tracking content progress, new downloadable digital certificates rewarding content completion/mastery, centralized user management and WIN University, a comprehensive online library of implementation and professional development resources.

The WIN system is available for August 2014, and supports most conventional browsers and tablets, including the iPad®, Kindle Fire™ and Samsung™ Tablet.

For more information, visit www.winlearning.com or call 888-717-9461.

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