PLATO Learning and SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc. Team Up for Basic Skills Training for Job Seekers

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SER National will use PLATO online courses in its Coaching to Care initiative

PLATO Learning and SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc. are pleased to announce a cooperative effort in which SER National will use PLATO online curriculum to enhance the basic skills of unemployed and underemployed individuals through the SER Coaching to Care program. SER National primarily assists Hispanic and other historically underserved populations in developing job skills.

SER (an acronym for Service, Employment, and Redevelopment which also means “to be” in Spanish), developed Coaching to Care as a result of a grant from the Department of Labor. SER and the Department of Labor have been collaborating on job and career training programs for over 45 years. The program is administered through 10 SER affiliate offices across the country. Career coaches in these offices will provide high-touch, high-tech assistance to some 2,500 individuals to prepare them for high demand occupations in careers such as health care, green manufacturing and other industries. The coaches will utilize PLATO Learning courses to augment their support efforts and enhance learners’ basic skills, such as reading, writing, math, composition, and literacy.

“It’s very exciting for us to be partnering with SER to make a real impact on the lives of so many people,” said Jamie Candee, vice president of product & marketing for PLATO Learning. “We are great admirers of the work of SER in creating new opportunities for underserved communities. We are gratified by its confidence in PLATO and our innovative curriculum, and we are privileged to be part of its efforts.”

The PLATO Learning solution for SER will be implemented by a dedicated team of education and technical professionals from PLATO, who will also provide ongoing support and professional development services.

About PLATO Learning, Inc.
PLATO Learning is a leading provider of online instructional solutions for elementary through adult learners, offering curricula in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and life and job skills. For more information on PLATO Learning, visit http://www.plato.com, or contact Mary Schneider at mschneider(at)plato(dot)com.

About SER National and Coaching to Care
SER National, which comprises a network of 24 community-based organizations in more than 180 locations in 17 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of representatives from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), American GI Forum, and corporations such as Chrysler LLC, General Motors, IBM, and the SER Network of Partners. SER National is committed to a strategy for new programs and initiatives to carry out its mission: employment, education, and economic empowerment. SER National’s Coaching to Care initiative is an innovative, nation-wide workforce program that uses cutting edge technological tools and a personalized “coaching” approach to facilitate career exploration in the healthcare industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that four million new healthcare jobs will be generated between 2008 and 2018. Aligning with this trend, Coaching to Care offers unemployed and underemployed individuals the ability to discover, prepare for, and obtain employment in healthcare occupations using comprehensive career enhancement software, web-based educational resources, and one-on-one career coaching. Coaching to Care is made possible with sponsorship from the US Department of Labor. More information can be found at http://www.ser-national.org, or contact info(at)ser-national(dot)org.

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