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 MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- TRO Learning, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: TUTR) has announced the development of a major new program designed to enhance the foundation skills of workers, in support of the high performance workplace required by business and industry to be competitive in today's global economy.
 PLATO(R) WorkSkills(TM) will focus on developing the reading, math, writing and communications skills necessary for worker success, using a series of skill-building lessons structured in skill levels to accommodate the differing levels of competency necessary to perform specific job functions. The extensive skill-building modules, totaling over 580, represent a major addition to the PLATO product line, expanding the PLATO curricula more than 30%. Along with the addition of new content, the new program employs a highly innovative instructional architecture, including:
 -- WIIFMs (What's In It For Me) - These lessons set a context for learning, particularly important for workers who are learning what they may perceive as academic skills and need to see the relevance to their job and life situations. They are also important as a motivator for students at the high school and post-secondary level who are preparing for the workforce and need to gain a better understanding of the relevance of academic instruction.
 -- IPSMs (Integrated Problem Solving Modules) - These modules are designed to apply the skills learned in the skill-building lessons to realistic work and life skills problems. This approach is critical in establishing the context for learning as well as for developing the problem-solving skills so critical to success in today's workplace. The IPSMs are a highly sophisticated, media-rich application of higher order thinking skills teaching which employ intelligent workplace simulations. They represent a breakthrough concept in instructional design.
 -- Locator and Assessment Tests - these tests will help identify skill gaps and focus the learners on areas of need. Both the locator and assessment tests are fully integrated with each curriculum.
 In addition to the extensive foundation skills curricula, TRO Learning is developing a Fundamentals of Quality program designed to provide non-supervisory workers with the basic skills and understanding necessary to participate in the quality programs many businesses have implemented.
 "The development of PLATO WorkSkills was the result of extensive consultation with a wide range of large and small companies representing many business sectors as well as with state and local secondary and adult educators, both individually and through an advisory group process," said William R. Roach, chairman of the board, president and CEO of TRO Learning.
 "This process convinced us that we were on target in terms of the product design and, equally importantly, that the corporate market is ready to buy. In contrast to several years ago, we see companies taking action to meet the foundation skills training needs of their workers. It has become a survival issue -- enhancing human capital is becoming as important as enhancing plant and equipment. The high performance workplace requires it. PLATO WorkSkills will be the most extensive work skills preparation program available and will make a significant contribution to meeting the challenge of a trained workforce.
 "The new program will further enhance TRO Learning's leadership position in the education and training market," Roach added. "Workforce preparation, school-to-work transition and similar work skills-based programs are increasingly in demand in education and job training. Our discussions with our clients have confirmed the need. Further, the skill-building lessons in PLATO WorkSkills will further enhance our offerings to middle schools, high schools, community colleges, and colleges and universities."
 "We are particularly excited about the instructional innovations in the WorkSkills curricula," said Dr. Rob Foshay, vice president for Quality Assurance. "PLATO WorkSkills offers us an opportunity to use state-of-the-art Instructional Strategies in entirely new development efforts. The IPSM architecture especially represents a major step forward, We believe it to be the first commercial application of artificial intelligence-driven, multimedia simulation technologies to the teaching of thinking skills for the workplace. We are combining into one product a range of instructional techniques which have not previously been applied together in teaching workplace skills."
 The development of PLATO WorkSkills represents TRO Learning's second major development program. PLATO 2000+, focused on the core PLATO curriculum, is a redesign and redevelopment of one of the most respected and widely used comprehensive instructional systems in the world.
 "PLATO 2000+ represents a significant improvement in instructional content and adds sophisticated multimedia components such as color, graphics, animation, and audio, as well as improved user interfaces, all focused on the needs of the young adult and adult learner," said Jerry Duewel, vice president for Curriculum Development. "Using PCD3, TRO Learning's sophisticated authoring system, the look and feel of PLATO has been totally changed, while enhancing the instructional integrity of the product. It is the culmination of an investment of more than $100 million over the past 25 years."
 "With the success of our current PLATO 2000+ curriculum and the emergence of the workplace market, we see PLATO WorkSkills as the logical next step in our development efforts," Roach concluded. "The result of these two major development efforts will provide TRO Learning with a set of products that is unmatched in the industry and will further enhance our leadership position in the young adult and adult learning markets, both in education and training and the workplace."
 The initial release of the PLATO WorkSkills program will be in the Spring of 1994, with additional releases continuing through the end of 1994. PLATO 2000+, was initially released in July, 1993, with additional releases continuing through the Spring of 1994.
 TRO Learning, Inc, is traded as TUTR on the NASDAQ-NMS. With annual revenues of approximately $30 million, TRO Learning is a leading developer and marketer of microcomputer-based, interactive, self-paced instructional and testing systems used in a wide variety of settings. Offering comprehensive educational courseware specifically designed for young adult and adult learners, the company's PLATO integrated learning systems are marketed to middle and secondary schools, community colleges, job training programs, correctional institutions, government-funded programs, and private industry. The company's TRO aviation training systems are marketed to airlines worldwide for use in training commercial airline pilots, maintenance crews, and cabin personnel.
 TRO Learning is a multinational training and education company with headquarters located at 4660 West 77th St., Edina, Minn., 55435, 612-832-1000 or 800-869-2000. TRO's executive offices are located at Woodfield Corporate Center, 150 North Martingale Road, Suite 700, Schaumburg, Ill., 60173, 708-517-5100. TRO Learning has domestic offices located throughout the United States, and international offices in the United Kingdom, China, and throughout Canada.
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