Kingston, Tenn. – Nov. 10, 2014 – Pomona Unified School District’s Adult and Career Education Program has secured accreditation from the Council on Occupational Education (COE). Under the leadership of program director, Dr. Enrique Medina, the Pomona program exceeded the expectation of the COE and received a six-year term, the maximum awarded, in part because of its comprehensive implementation of the WIN Career Readiness System developed by WIN Learning.
The rigorous accreditation process, designed to assure the quality and integrity of established career and technical education programs included a detailed examination of every aspect of the Pomona program. COE commission evaluators conducted a site-visit and evaluated the effectiveness of each standard, procedure, and policy tied to the district’s financial services, human resources, student services, and program completion and placement rates of its career and technical education offerings.
“We work to continually strengthen and improve our career readiness offerings so our students are fully prepared for job demands and/or college entrance requirements upon graduation,” said Dr. Enrique Medina, director, Career Readiness, Pomona Unified School District. “We believe that in securing this prestigious accreditation, we are demonstrating that our district and its incorporation of the WIN Career Readiness System, is a highly effective model for college and career preparation that will deliver positive academic and career outcomes for the students of Pomona for many years to come.”
In 2001, Pomona Unified School District (PUSD) made a concerted program shift when it combined its career and college readiness ‘standards’ with a best practices approach, and infused it throughout its high school programs. At that time, the District’s Adult & Career Education Program was awarded a $50,000 grant from the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators to explore, develop and implement a program rich with soft skills-based training, personalized project-based learning, and career exploration. District administrators selected the web-based WIN Career Readiness System for its comprehensive components of career exploration and planning system, college readiness assessments, and career readiness foundational academic and employability skills support.
“The framework of Pomona’s career and technical education program has always been about addressing the achievement gap among student groups and increasing college and career readiness skill sets for all students,” stated John Costilla, vice president of marketing and business development of WIN Learning. “Whether students choose to enter the workforce directly after graduation, join the military or attend a vocational institution or college, Pomona is providing them with all the preparation they need to be successful. They should be extremely proud of their program – we certainly are pleased to be their partner.”
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.
ABOUT Pomona Unified School District
Pomona Unified School District is located in the eastern section of Los Angeles County and operates 20 elementary schools, five K-8 schools, five middle schools, eight high schools and five other schools, serving approximately 26,300 students from the cities of Pomona and Diamond Bar. It is the District's mission to provide a well rounded and challenging educational program of the highest quality, empowering students to lead productive, fulfilling lives as lifelong learners.
For more than 40 years, the Council on Occupational Education has been dedicated to its mission of assuring quality and integrity in career and technical education. Its goal is to offer public assurance that accredited educational institutions provide quality instruction in career and technical education that facilitates learning by students and meeting the needs of the labor market.
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