Preparing Learners for College and Career-Readiness Takes Center Stage as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Partners with WIN

BOSTON — Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Adult Education Group today announced an alliance  with WIN, a leading publisher of online courseware, to ensure all learners have the foundational skills to be career-and-college ready.  Under the partnership, HMH’s Steck-Vaughn imprint becomes the exclusive distributor of the new WIN Work Skills online courseware designed to specifically help learners develop a solid foundation in workplace readiness and prepare them to earn a nationally validated Work Readiness Credential (WRC) – a measurable, portable certification of a candidate’s readiness for entry-level work. “We are thrilled to have forged this partnership,” said Teresa Chasteen, CEO of WIN.  “Steck-Vaughn is more than just a provider of adult education services.  It is a company focused on providing a complete adult learner solution for success.  Pairing our proven curriculum with their market experience and reach is a natural partnership.” WIN’s web-based, independent learning programs allow learners to move at their own pace through each customized lesson.  This model continues to yield measureable results for learners everywhere.  In a Syracuse University study, the WIN courseware was used in the Industrial Certification and Training (ICT) program to “help participants build foundational skills in preparation for skill assessment and credentialing.”  Researchers noted that the courseware was easily implemented into the ICT program and that participants experienced significant gains in building foundational skills in order to achieve their WRC. WIN’s curriculum not only prepares career-ready learners to earn their credentials but also ensures content mastery and empowers them to continue on to other academic or professional pursuits. HMH’s Adult Education Group will also distribute the WIN Career Readiness Courseware, designed to help learners master the skills necessary to earn a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) and provide employers with the confidence that workers have the necessary skills for a specific job.  Earning stackable credentials such as the WRC and the CRC can be an important first step to securing a better position, as they help differentiate and distinguish potential job candidates for hiring managers and give job seekers a competitive edge in the marketplace. “This partnership provides our customers with immediate access to best-in-class online instruction to ensure concept mastery and improve test scores,” said Dan Griffith, Senior Vice President of Steck-Vaughn’s Adult Education and Workforce Division.  “Together, HMH and WIN can help learners earn valuable credentials that will propel them towards greater opportunities, improve local business outcomes, and drive economic growth.” HMH and WIN’s collaboration comes at a time of increased interest in adult education services.  The U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) recently launched the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative, a three-year project aimed at providing technical assistance resources that support OVAE’s goals for increasing the quantity and quality of available career pathways instructional programming for adults seeking career-readiness. About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global education and learning company that is leading the way with innovative solutions and approaches to the challenges facing education today. The world's largest provider of educational products and solutions for pre-K–12 learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt develops and delivers interactive, results-driven learning solutions that advance teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Through curricula excellence and technology innovation, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt collaborates with school districts, administrators, teachers, parents and students. Today, HMH education products and services are used by 57 million students throughout all 50 U.S. states and 120 countries. With origins dating back to 1832, the Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning literature for adults and young readers. For more information, visit www.hmhpub.com.