ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 7, 2013--
For 67 laid-off meat processing plant workers in Idaho, prospects for
new employment in the community were scarce—until a partnership between Rosetta
Stone (NYSE:RST) and the College of Western Idaho helped many of
those workers beat the odds.
In Dodge City, Kansas, where shifting demographics have made
bilingualism a critical need among business owners in the agriculture
supply industry, local workers increased their once-faint job prospects
by taking advantage of an innovative Dodge City Community College ESL
program that leverages Rosetta Stone educational solutions.
Stone, a world leader in language-learning technology for schools,
businesses and individuals, is tapping into the rapidly expanding
student population at community colleges across the U.S. to create
game-changing language-learning programs that are making an impact on
local economies. Model public-private partnerships like those at The
College of Western Idaho (CWI) and Dodge City Community College (DCCC)
are helping students overcome language barriers to bolster their
employment potential and get jobs once difficult to find.
Rosetta Stone worked with both CWI and DCCC to create programs utilizing
Rosetta Stone’s innovative TOTALe®
PRO software in conjunction with classroom instruction. The College
of Western Idaho and Rosetta Stone established a six-week transitional
training program with a curriculum that included an average of one to
three hours of study each day with Rosetta Stone TOTALe PRO. More than
95% of the students completed the course, many of whom continued on to
utilize their new language skills to enroll in GED and nursing-assistant
“We’re very proud of the work we’ve done with Rosetta Stone,” said Scott
Fenwick, Director of Business Partnerships at CWI. “By breaking down the
language barriers to employment with Rosetta Stone and building the key
skills needed to find employment, nearly 35 percent of the students are
In Dodge City, local business owners are driving the demand for ESL
courses for their employees. In conjunction with Rosetta Stone, DCCC
created a two-credit hour ESL course inclusive of dedicated study
utilizing Rosetta Stone TOTALe PRO. “Adding Rosetta Stone to our ESL
programs has been a tremendous success,” said Greta Clark, DCCC’s
Director of Multicultural Education. “Both students and teachers have
appreciated the added depth and significant learning enhancements
Rosetta Stone provides.”
“Community colleges across America are experiencing tremendous growth,”
said Judy Verses, President, Global Institutions at Rosetta Stone.
“According to a recent U.S. News article, more than eight million
students are now attending America’s 1,200 community colleges, up from
5.5 million in the past decade. These colleges are offering their
students remarkable opportunities to develop those skills important to
achieving their career potential, including ESL programs. The work we've
done with CWI and DCCC are prime examples. It is incredibly gratifying
to be part of these wonderful success stories and to see the way Rosetta
Stone is changing America’s employment landscape.”
With the Hispanic share of the U.S. workforce growing rapidly1,
ESL workforce training programs are becoming increasingly important.
Taken alongside programs such as the one at South Mountain Community
College in Phoenix, Arizona—where Rosetta Stone provides online training
in 24 different languages—the CWI and DCCC partnerships offer ample
evidence that Rosetta Stone is helping community colleges across the
country address the critical language-learning needs that exist in their
As part of a cooperative effort to spotlight the results of these
remarkable partnerships and share best practices with employers and
community colleges across the U.S., Rosetta Stone is making available
case studies of the CWI and DCCC programs. Interested educators,
business owners and media can download the reports at http://www.rosettastone.com/ccrelease.
About Rosetta Stone Inc.
Rosetta Stone Inc. is changing the way the world learns languages.
Rosetta Stone provides interactive solutions that are acclaimed for the
power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone.
Available in more than 30 languages, Rosetta Stone language-learning
solutions are used by schools, organizations and millions of individuals
in over 150 countries throughout the world. The company was founded in
1992 on the core beliefs that learning a language should be natural and
instinctive and that interactive technology can replicate and activate
the immersion method powerfully for learners of any age. The company is
based in Arlington, VA. For more information, visit RosettaStone.com
“Rosetta Stone” and “TOTALe” are trademarks of Rosetta Stone Ltd.,
registered and/or used in the U.S. and other countries.
Source: Rosetta Stone Inc.
Rosetta Stone Inc.
Steve Somers, CFA