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NAHS’s Ferrell presents at 2017 At-Risk Youth National Forum

John Ferrell, New Albany High School Assistant Principal and Career & Technical Education Director
New Albany, MS– John Ferrell, New Albany High School Assistant Principal and Career & Technical Education Director, served as a presenter at the 2017 At-Risk Youth National Forum.  The forum was sponsored by the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC)/Network and was held in Myrtle Beach, SC February 19-22.

Ferrell presented in the session “Effect of Providing a CTE Readiness Program and Other NDPC Resources to High School and Middle School Students in KY, MS, and NYC”.   During the presentation, Ferrell discussed how the New Albany School of Career & Technical Education had improved practices relating to career and college readiness by implementing the WIN Learning software into their curriculum and preparing students for ACT Work Keys certification.

What is WIN?

WIN Learning helps ensure all learners have the skills to be career and college ready. WIN’s Personalized Career Readiness System helps students understand and prepare for the realities of the workplace through personalized learning and relevant career-driven education.

WIN proposes that redefining readiness starts with education, business and community working in partnership by crafting an inclusive conversation which continually expands the definition of readiness to include a true “Educonomy” or connection between education and labor market demand.

What is  ACT Work Keys certification?

The National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC®) is based on an individual’s performance on three WorkKeys® skills assessments: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. It is accepted by more than 10,000 employers nationwide as a reliable way to verify individuals’ work skills. The NCRC gives individuals proof that they possess the skills employers deem essential to workplace success. This improves career outcomes for everyone from people just entering the workforce to longtime employees—and it enhances employers’ hiring, training, and promotion decisions.

Melanie Shannon
New Albany School District
Public Relations


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