WIN Learning Launches WIN Soft Skills - the First Courseware Designed to Hone Interpersonal Skills, Attitudes and Work Habits Required for Career and College Readiness - Tech Learning

WIN Learning Launches WIN Soft Skills - the First Courseware Designed to Hone Interpersonal Skills, Attitudes and Work Habits Required for Career and College Readiness

The Web-Based Curriculum Program Teaches Attitudinal, Behavioral And Applied Competency Skills Critical To Success In Today’s Schools And Workplaces
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Kingston, TN - Jan. 7, 2013 - It’s often said that hard skills will get you an interview, but it’s the soft skills that will help you get and keep the job. Today's service economy and the ascendance of work teams in large organizations put a new premium on people skills and relationship building. Yet experts suggest that several million jobs go unfilled, across all industries, because individuals applying for these jobs simply lack ‘soft skills’ -- the personal qualities, habits, attitudes and social graces -- that make someone a good employee and compatible to work with.

To help students be better prepared to succeed in life after high school, WIN Learning has launched, WIN Soft Skills Series®, a first-of-its-kind program which builds skills mastery around the behavioral, attitudinal, social, and readiness skills employers and post-secondary programs demand. As the only web-based soft skills curriculum on the market today, WIN Soft Skills provides educators with an exclusive curricular framework to teach middle and high school students these highly sought after foundational behaviors needed for post-graduation success.

“In today’s work environment, academic and technical skills alone are not sufficient,” said Joseph Goins, executive vice president, WIN Learning. “Competition is fierce; jobseekers must be able to solve problems, write and speak well, evaluate information critically, and work with other people, including those from other cultures. The hard fact is, soft skills are what employers and college counselors are calling for, and they simply cannot be left for on the job training.”

The research-based WIN Soft Skills program is part of the company’s Career-Driven Education model. This best-in-class career and college readiness solution offers a three-pronged approach to prepare students for tomorrow’s economic opportunities. With the data-rich career exploration system, WIN Strategic Compass®, students can analyzes current and projected labor market data to reveal career pathways. The program’s Initial Skills Review™, measures


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individual career readiness and skill development gaps, which leads to the WIN Career Readiness® Courseware, offering direct, contextual instruction through applied academics for workplace skill mastery.

“Working to connect education to careers helps young people prepare for both higher education and meaningful lifelong employment,” added Goins. “The education model we have developed will not only grow the skills these students need to succeed, but strengthen America’s global competitiveness.”

The four instructional modules that make up the WIN Soft Skills program cover the most important skills required for college and the workplace. They include: conveying professionalism, communicating effectively, promoting teamwork and collaboration, thinking critically and solving problems. All topics addressed in the courseware are revealed within the context of the workplace, to provide relevancy to the learning experience.

Each student begins the coursework with a bundled career readiness skills assessment. They then continue with targeted instruction to build soft skills, and end with reassessment to determine learning outcomes. The flexibility of the program enables teachers to incorporate the lessons across multiple age groups and classroom settings including whole-class, small group or as independent study. The program also includes a comprehensive implementation guide complete with scripted teacher lessons and support materials such as interactive activities, worksheets and videos.

“The personalized, project-based activities in our program offer a unique level of flexibility that can be adapted to a variety of instructional settings including elective courses, math and literacy intervention classes, blended learning models, extended day programs, and career readiness certification programs,” said Goins. “What’s true is that more corporations around the world recognize that in order to gain a competitive advantage, they need to make sure their people know how to handle themselves at work and how to relate with their customers and peers. We believe our program gives students what they need to be ready and prepared to compete for their future – whether that’s to attend college, a trade school, enter the military or move directly into the workforce.”

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 or call 888-717-9461.

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Irving (TX) Independent School District Selects WIN Learning’s Personalized Career Readiness System To Prepare Every Student for College and Work

Web-based program delivers career-driven education and workforce-skills development for middle and high school students   Kingston, TN  - March 19, 2013 – While a high school diploma was once sufficient to secure a stable job with benefits, almost two-thirds of new jobs in the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy now require some postsecondary education and/or training.[1]  Furthermore, workplace readiness demands a higher level of knowledge and skills than ever before.  To effectively prepare its students for life after high school by teaching them the skills and knowledge that are essential to college and workforce readiness, Irving Independent School District (ISD) in Texas will implement WIN Learning’s Personalized Career Readiness System. [1] Source: C. Sturgis and S. Patrick, “When Success is the Only Option: Designing Competency-Based Pathways for Next Generation Learning” November, 2010

WIN Learning and Kentucky i3 Grant Winners Report Successful Career and College Readiness Initiatives Underway at 112 Schools

Designed to Improve Student Achievement and Better Prepare Students For College and Careers - Program Integration and Professional Development Training Complete   Kingston, TN  - Jan. 14, 2013  - One year after the U.S. Department of Education approved a nearly $3 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant to implement a five-year career and college readiness program in rural areas of Kentucky, program partners Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC), the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC) and WIN Learning have made significant strides assimilating the WIN Learning solution into middle and high school curricula serving some 42,000 students in grades 8-12. With professional development training well underway, schools have submitted curriculum implementation plans and are actively enrolling students in programs that promote career exploration, individual career pathways preparation, foundational skills training, and college readiness.

West Virginia Selects WIN Learning Career Readiness System as Essential Tool for All High Schools, Career and Technical Education Programs within State

Kingston, Tenn. – June 10, 2013 – As the labor market transformed during the knowledge economy era of the last 50 years, getting a high school diploma has become ever more important. Alarmingly, nearly one in every three students who start high school in the ninth grade fails to complete the 12th grade within four years, leaving millions of young people out of school and grossly ill equipped to compete in the 21st century workforce and economy. But in West Virginia, a new Personalized Career Readiness System from WIN Learning is playing a critical role in helping high school students across the state persist and complete high school, and prepare for the postsecondary education and workforce training that will be critical to the state’s future economic success.

Aransas Pass (TX) Independent School District Adopts WIN Learning’s Personalized Career Readiness System

Web-based program prepares all students for life after high school through career courseware, intervention initiatives and career-readiness certification programs     Kingston, Tenn. - April 9, 2013 – Taking an innovative approach to college and career readiness, the Aransas Pass Independent School District (APISD) in Texas has chosen to implement WIN Learning’s Personalized Career Readiness System for middle and high school students district-wide.  The comprehensive solution is comprised of a series of standards-aligned, web-based programs that help students understand and prepare for the realities of college and the workplace through personalized project-based learning and career exploration, particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


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.


Kingston, Tenn. – Sept. 3, 2014 – A 2012 report from the National Center for Education Statistics states that urban youth often have more difficulty envisioning and investing in their futures fully, due to circumstances endemic to many urban communities. To help expose urban students to a vast variety of career paths and provide them with the required academic and skills instruction, WIN Learning is now offering the WIN Career Readiness System through Sussman Sales, the leading provider of education solutions to New York Public Schools and other urban districts.