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CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TO INSTALL PLATO COMPUTER-BASED EDUCATION IN 12 PRISONS

 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TO INSTALL PLATO
 COMPUTER-BASED EDUCATION IN 12 PRISONS
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Roach Organization, Inc. (TRO) announced today it has been awarded a $744,000 contract to install PLATO(R) computer-based education systems in 12 California Department of Corrections (CDC) prisons. The installations will be used to deliver PLATO courseware for basic and advanced literacy skills. The contract includes supplemental literacy courseware from a second vendor, HEC Software, Inc. of Bountiful, Utah.
 The purchase of the systems was made possible through state and federal funds earmarked for compliance with the inmate literacy requirements of the "Sterling Bill" (California Senate Bill No. 949 - Statutes of 1989). The Sterling Bill requires literacy programs "to ensure that upon parole inmates are able to achieve a ninth-grade reading level."
 In 1991, the CDC engaged California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) to conduct a nationwide evaluation of adult literacy courseware to implement the Sterling Bill's literacy mandates. An impressive panel of leading university educators conducted an in-depth, formal evaluation of available programs, including both integrated learning system companies and other software vendors. The evaluation process consisted of both vendor presentations and curriculum evaluations. The CSUS evaluation team narrowed its selection and recommendation to two vendors. The CDC determined that TRO provided the most comprehensive total program approach to meet the objectives of the project.
 According to Wanda Briscoe, chief of education for the CDC, "We are very excited about the opportunity to bring comprehensive literacy education and a strong computer-based management system to our correctional education program which serves the 103,730 California inmates. The CSUS evaluation team provided two alternative recommendations. The TRO/HBC solution was selected. The curriculum will fully meet the literacy needs of our adult inmates, satisfy the mandates of the literacy legislation, and will provide for enhanced literacy skills instruction for high school equivalency and employability and life skills. The management system will allow us to customize instruction to meet individual needs, monitor learner progress, track program success and incorporate third party software, as needed."
 Added William R. Roach, chairman of the board, president and CEO of TRO, "It is exactly this philosophy that sets TRO apart as the leading provider of ILS education systems in the corrections market. The strength of our PLATO courseware to meet the needs of adult inmate learners stands alone. As a company, TRO prides itself on a well- established reputation for high-quality service and support, as well as total accountability for each and every phase of a project."
 Roach continued, "When we prepared our response to the evaluation process, we felt very strongly about proposing a total solution -- a solution that would ensure the success of both the project and the inmates. We are delighted to be in partnership with the CDC and look forward to a long, successful relationship."
 Installation of the 12 PLATO systems is scheduled to begin early this summer with on-site training and support to be provided by TRO on an ongoing basis.
 This contract from the California Department of Corrections follows a major $2.1 million award received by TRO in 1991 from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP). Within the scope of the FBP award, PLATO systems have been installed in 23 federal prisons during the past year. Additional PLATO installations within major correctional facilities include the Philadelphia Prison system, the Michigan Department of Corrections, the Minnesota Department of Corrections, as well as many other state and local adult and juvenile correctional facilities.
 The Roach Organization, Inc. is a privately held, international training and education company with annual revenues in excess of $30 million. Through four major divisions, TRO provides computer-based education products to corporations, schools, community colleges, community-based organizations, and correctional facilities; computer- based flight crew and maintenance personnel training and education courseware to the aviation industry; multi-media PC end-user training and basic skills education products to the corporate market; and computer-based certification and testing services for professional licensure to clients through more than 55 PLATO Professional Development Centers nationwide.
 The Roach Organization has domestic offices located throughout the United States and international offices located in Canada and the United Kingdom. TRO's executive offices are located at Woodfield Corporate Center, 150 North Martingale Road, Suite 700, Schaumburg, Ill., 60173, 708-517-5100. Headquarters are located at 4660 West 77th St., Edina, Minn., 55435, 612-832-1000 or 800-869-2000.
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 /CONTACT: Michael Hill of TRO, 703-578-1802/ CO: The Roach Organization, California Department of Corrections ST: California, Minnesota IN: CPR SU: CON


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