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HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE INSTALLS PLATO 2000 COMPUTER-BASED EDUCATION COURSEWARE AT EAST SIDE CAMPUS

 HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE INSTALLS PLATO 2000
 COMPUTER-BASED EDUCATION COURSEWARE AT EAST SIDE CAMPUS
 MINNEAPOLIS, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Roach Organization, Inc. (TRO) announced today the installation of PLATO(R) 2000 computer-based education courseware in the Houston Community College (HCC) system in Houston. The installation, located at the East Side campus, is a distributed local area network which delivers the entire library of PLATO courseware to 120 IBM PS/2 workstations located in four technology labs throughout the campus. HCC will use the PLATO Curriculum Manager to control individual student assignments and monitor student progress, as well as to manage the administrative aspects of its computer-based instruction programs.
 "The decision to install PLATO at HCC was precipitated by two key factors," commented Dr. Paul Pai, dean of Instructional Services. "According to state mandate, students must take the Texas Assessment of Student performance (TASP) test before they acquire 15 credit hours in order to demonstrate mastery in reading, writing and mathematics skills. PLATO courseware has a high correlation to TASP objectives, making it an ideal instructional resource for the college's developmental studies program. Second, and most important, were the dramatic results achieved using PLATO on the HCC Central College campus. In a carefully monitored study, both pre- and post-test scores were compared between a traditional instructor-led developmental studies class and one using PLATO courseware as the primary source of instruction. The results showed that students in the PLATO learning group averaged scores 10 percent higher than those in the traditional learning group, in half the amount of learning time. PLATO student scores were particularly high in mathematics." Pai concluded, "Another very interesting point was that student dropout rates were significantly lower in the PLATO group."
 While the college currently uses PLATO courseware to prepare students for the TASP test and for both primary and supplementary instruction in remedial skills education in its Developmental Studies program, plans are in place to expand the use of PLATO to other areas of the college. PLATO advanced math and science curricula will be used to supplement college level chemistry, physics and calculus courses. PLATO's basic and advanced literacy skills and life skills curricula will also be used in the college's GED Preparation and Adult Night High School programs.
 With five campuses, HCC plans to establish a wide-area network to deliver PLATO to all campuses with each having the ability to communicate with the others. "HCC is on the leading-edge in its integrated, multi-disciplinary use of technology," commented G. Thomas Ahern, regional vice president of sales for TRO. "We at TRO are excited to be in partnership with HCC to implement what should become a model for the use of technology in improving student performance."
 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 Street, Edina, Minn., 55435, 612-832-1000 or 800-869-2000.
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 /CONTACT: Michael Hill of The Roach Organization, 703-578-1802/ CO: The Roach Organization, Inc. ST: Texas, Minnesota IN: CPR SU:


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