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A System for Success

Thanks to Strategic Compass we know what jobs are in demand now and in the future, and we know what skills job hunters will need to fill those positions. So our next step is to empower students with this knowledge, and the core career skills they need to succeed.

Career Readiness Courseware

This world-class, e-learning framework is aligned to state standards and national proficiency tests. So students can prepare for their success on key exams, while augmenting their foundational skills for careers. After individually testing students to determine their appropriate starting point, they can immediately begin progressing at their own pace through the system, receiving constant, relevant feedback.

Taking a deeper look

Four primary industry studies drove the development of the WIN Soft Skills curriculum:

  • Workforce Study Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce (2006)
  • The Demand for Soft Skills: Key Skills for Indiana’s Growing Occupations through 2014 (2007)
  • Society for Human Resource Management Critical Skills Needs and Resources for the Changing Workforce (2008)
  • Nagle, Richard Hiring, Retention & Training: Employers' Perspectives on Trade and Soft Skills in South Carolina (2010)

Developed on a extensively research-focused, employer-centered needs through learner analysis, hiring, and retention factors.

Conveying Professionalism

Describe components of a strong work ethic, including personal images (workplace presentation and demeanor) conveyed to the company and to customers.

Explain the importance of workforce presentation and the benefits of a positive attitude and demeanor in building excellent customer relations.

Describe the importance of attendance, punctuality, being on-time, and dependability.

Discuss workforce presentation.

Discuss how motivation affects performance.

Offer strategies to build excellent work habits, including workplace presentation and demeanor.

Communicate Effectively

Identify ways to improve communication and listening skills for a productive work environment.

Explain the importance of spoken communication to improving understanding.

Assess use of communication tools – email etiquette, cell phone use, social networking.

Describe how to resolve conflict in the workplace.

Describe the rules of social media etiquette when in the workplace or working in a group setting.

Promoting Teamwork and Collaboration

Explain how working in a group setting and treating coworkers as team members benefits an organization.

Describe how diversity benefits a workplace.

Discuss the importance of sensitivity to individual differences.

Discuss the importance of sensitivity to individual differences.

Describe the benefits and challenges of teamwork and collaboration.

Define leadership and its value in the workplace.

Thinking Critically and Solving Problems

Describe the importance of innovation, creativity and flexibility in the workplace.

Define adversity and describes how it affects the workplace.

Help to develop goal setting to solve problems.

Evaluate elements of critical thinking – evidence, reasoning and fallacies.

Distinguish between inductive and deductive reasoning.

Apply strategies to help with creative problem-solving in the workplace.

Soft Skills

According to industry leaders, businesses, and college admissions offices, demonstrating professional attitudes and work habits is the ticket to upward mobility in the 21st century economy.

The perfect complement

Soft Skills helps students develop and demonstrate attitudinal and behavioral skills that are critical to success at college and work. These competencies — such as conveying professionalism, communicating effectively, promoting teamwork and collaboration, and thinking critically and solving problems — are an essential part of WIN’s comprehensive approach to preparing students for success and providing future employers with workplace-ready candidates.

College and Career Ready

Once students recognize the skills they learn in the classroom have practical applications, they become increasingly motivated to participate in school activities and value learning opportunities more. Research shows that middle school is a good time in a student’s education to help them draw the connection between school and work, and to engage them in learning that is relevant to their personal needs and interests.

WIN Learning is bridging this gap in diverse classroom settings, improving high-stakes test scores, increasing college and career readiness, and empowering students with the context of their knowledge.

Workforce and Adult-Ed

As a public and private partnership, WIN unites employers, policy makers, and communities to reduce job turnover and training costs, attract new jobs, and provide viable opportunities to the unemployed. WIN is the common language through which job-seekers, employers, and economic developers can communicate effectively with each other and take actionable steps towards their desired results. Policy makers and educators see the opportunity for more relevant workforce training programs and adult education courses. Employers immediately identify regional workforce advantages and ideal employment prospects while unlocking higher job performance, productivity, satisfaction, and retention. Best of all, job-seekers find real solutions, quickly and consistently.

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WIN Math and Literacy—bridging the gaps between standards, real-world skills and classroom learning to make key concepts relevant to students’ lives and promote student achievement. This career-infused, middle and high school math, literacy and workplace skills solution is aligned to Common Core State Standards and local state objectives. With personalized instruction through a project-based framework, students apply concepts tied to real-life scenarios and contextual lessons based on the 16 career clusters.

Read more about WIN Learning:

WIN Learning employs Soft Skills and Career Readiness Program in West Virginia

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WIN Learning Launches WIN Soft Skills

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 [...]

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