WIN Learning Announces Strategic Partnership with the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network

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New partnership will help students recognize the personal relevance of their education and thus graduate from high school ready for college or career.

The biggest impact and return on improving graduation, and reducing dropout rates, is by promoting a K-12 culture that values college and career readiness for all students.

In an effort to close the large and lingering gaps in graduation rates for many groups of disengaged or disadvantaged students, WIN Learning, developers of the WIN Career Readiness System, and the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N), the nation’s leader in school dropout prevention, have formed a strategic partnership to help students recognize the personal relevance of their education, reach their learning potential, and graduate from high school ready for college or career.

WIN Learning will support NDPC/N efforts to inform all stakeholders about college and career readiness measures that exist. Both organizations will participate in both regional and national discussions, events, and conferences that drive a greater societal conversation on strategies designed to invigorate graduation rates.

“The nation’s quest to achieve a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020 is attainable if we—a broad coalition of educators, businesses, nonprofit organizations, civic leaders, and public officials—join together,” said Joseph Goins, Executive Vice President of WIN Learning. “At WIN Learning, we believe the biggest impact and return on improving graduation, and reducing dropout rates, is by promoting a K-12 culture that values college and career readiness for all students.”

Founded in 1986 and headquartered on the Clemson University campus in Clemson, South Carolina, the NDPC/N provides research and effective, evidence-based solutions that can be utilized by schools, districts, and communities in their efforts to decrease dropout rates, and increase graduation rates nationally.

“Our organization is the nation’s premiere resource for schools, districts, and educators seeking proven, research-based methods to help increase graduation rates,” said Dr. Sandy Addis, Executive Director of NDPC/N. “Our outreach and events put us in the same orbit as companies like WIN Learning who have cutting-edge approaches, ideas, and products that are allied with our overarching goal to assist youths in completing their high school education. Linking learning to life is an effective strategy to bolster student engagement in school, and in turn reduce dropout. Career awareness and meaningful preparation is one way to link learning to life. We’re extremely pleased to be in partnership with such an exceptional company that can help students in this way.”

Since 1996, WIN Learning has provided career readiness solutions to help students prepare for their futures, whether they are college, trade school, military, or workplace bound. The web-based Career Readiness System begins with myStrategic Compass, a career exploration, planning, and guidance tool. Next, students can access two courseware systems. The WIN Career Readiness Courseware includes instructional content that reinforces the relevance between foundational skills–in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information. The WIN College Readiness Courseware is a digital test prep curriculum that helps learners achieve foundational college readiness in Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Reading, and Writing/English. The system also supports soft skills development via WIN Soft Skills as a means for students to cultivate their interpersonal, problem-solving, and team collaboration skills in demand by employers.

The company recently launched WIN Math, a career-infused, mathematics and workplace skills program. Designed for students in grades 5-8 who are on grade-level or high school students who are below grade level, the WIN Math curriculum is organized into 21 capstone projects addressing 16 career clusters with emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.

About WIN Learning
For nearly 20 years, WIN Learning 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. For more information, go to http://www.winlearning.com or call 888-717-9461.

About the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N)
The NDPC/N was begun in 1986 to serve as a clearinghouse on issues related to dropout prevention, and to offer strategies designed to increase the graduation rate in America's schools. Over the years, the NDPC/N has become a well-established national resource for sharing solutions for student success. It does so through its clearinghouse function, active research and evaluation projects, publications, and through a variety of professional development activities. The organization’s Web site—http://www.dropoutprevention.org—is the nation’s leading resource in providing effective, research-based solutions to engaging students and reducing dropout. In addition, the NDPC/N conducts a variety of third-party evaluations and Program Assessment and Reviews (PARs). By promoting awareness of successful programs and policies related to dropout prevention, the work of the Network and its members has made an impact on education from the local to the national level.

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