Realityworks is On the Move!

Realityworks just finished taking part in a 12-week On the Move online challenge spanning April, May and June of 2017. Overall, eighty-four companies representing more than 85,000 employees participated in this challenge. Realityworks was designated as one of the top five most active companies in the Small Business category of the national On the Move Company Challenge! The On the Move Challenge, developed by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA), partners with organizations around the country to incorporate more movement and improved cultures of well-being for employees.

Here is what some of our employees have said about the On the Move Challenge:

“Participating in Realityworks’ On the Move challenge was a fun, easy way to ensure I was getting regular exercise – nothing like a little friendly competition to stay motivated! Completing the weekly assessment modules took only a few minutes every week, and I was able to sync my activities with my Fitbit so logging move points was super easy as well. I’m very thankful to work at a company that works so hard to promote health and fitness, from standing desks to challenges like this!” -Emily Kuhn, Communications Specialist

“The On The Move Challenge was a great way to get conversations going with coworkers about health and fitness. It was fun to motivate each other to be more active and talk about ways we could do that. I’m looking forward to keeping those conversations going now that the challenge is over.” -Kati Stacy, Marketing Communications Coordinator

“I enjoyed the On The Move Challenge because it motivated me to stay active all the time, while providing a fun and easy to use interface to keep track of my progress!” -Alex Baca, Business Development Representative

When asked about why WELCOA creating the On the Move Initiative, Ryan Picarella, President of WELCOA responded, “On the Move was designed to build a culture for more movement into an organization. Traditional wellness program challenges do not zero in on culture change or connect employees with ‘whys’ for being active that matter to them—so we created something that did.” Realityworks shares this vision and is excited to have been a part of changing the conversation around physical activity to help employees live a thriving life of meaning and purpose.

To learn more about Realityworks and our company culture visit our website at: http://realityworks.com/about

Another Step Toward a Skilled Workforce: House Introduces Legislation to Strengthen CTE

By Timmothy Boettcher, President & CEO of Realityworks, Inc.

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The U.S. is on a path towards realizing how important Career and Technical Education (CTE) is in this country, and a big step forward on that journey was taken yesterday. On Thursday, May 4th, a bill to update the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act was introduced in the House of Representatives. Introduced by Representative Glenn Thompson ( R-PA) and Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), the bill, among other things, gives states more control over how to spend Perkins funding.

It is brilliant step by our legislators to ensure that our schools have the right structure and tools to teach today’s students about career opportunities that are vital to our economy, and ensure ensure they have the skills they need to succeed in the workforce.

This bill, which differs slightly from the one that Representative Thompson and Representative Katherine Clark (D-MA) introduced in Congress last July, seeks to reform several aspects of the Perkins Act to reflect the challenges facing students and workers today. Highlights of the bill include improved alignment between education and workforce development laws, which will drive program congruence. It also simplifies the process through which educators can access CTE funding by lessening bureaucratic requirements and expanding state control.

Funding for CTE programs helps students like these Altoona, WI middle schoolers, pictured with Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Realityworks President & CEO Timm Boettcher at the Altoona School District Fab Lab, learn industry-needed skills like coding and robotics.

I applaud the educators, business leaders, legislators and industry representatives who have worked so hard to maintain focus on strengthening CTE in our country. Without their efforts and the efforts of CTE advocates across the country, our schools would not be able to equip students with the academic, technical and job-related skills they need to succeed and keep our country’s workforce competitive.

It is spectacular to see those efforts coming to fruition, and I look forward to seeing how this bill unfolds as the House Committee on Education and the Workforce considers this legislation in the upcoming weeks. I would encourage it to not only pass but expand in scope as the need is strong to keep America great.

More information on the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act can be found here.

In addition to being the President & CEO of Realityworks, Inc., Timmothy Boettcher chairs the Industry Workforce Needs Coalition (IWNC), serves on the Board of Directors for Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and chairs the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. Timm also invests energy into fostering entrepreneurial and innovation in leadership roles on the University Wisconsin – Stout Discovery Center Board, Innovation Foundation of Western Wisconsin, and EdNET Advisory Board. In recognition for his efforts, Timm was chosen as the 2015 ACTE Business Leader of the Year. Timm has presented workforce development strategies on several national levels Harvard’s Pathway’s to Prosperity and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Realityworks’ age simulation suit wins caregiver award

By Janelle Krause, Realityworks PR & Events Specialist

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis., August 1, 2016 –  Realityworks’ newest RealCare product, the RealCare™ Geriatric Simulator sensitivity suit, has received the 2016 Today’s Caregiver™ Friendly Award by Today’s Caregiver magazine. The Caregiver Friendly Awards are designed to celebrate products, services, books and media created with the needs of caregivers in mind. This award recognizes Realityworks’ understanding of the importance of supporting caregivers and their creation of a product that not only helps caregivers do their job, but helps improve the quality of elderly patients’ lives.

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Realityworks created the Geriatric Simulator to help prepare health care workers for careers in the rapidly growing geriatric healthcare field. The Geriatric Simulator is a wearable sensitivity suit that helps educate on topics related to aging and care for the elderly by enabling users to experience age-related physical challenges. It includes curriculum that can be incorporated into secondary and post-secondary education, nursing and health occupations programs to help users prepare for geriatric health care careers and to gain an understanding of what patients could endure.

“The Geriatric Sensitivity suit helps users develop empathy toward the elderly, a trait that studies show is key for success in elder care careers,” said Timm Boettcher, President and CEO of Realityworks. “We are proud to be recognized for the assistance our product can give caregivers and educators.”

Realityworks’ award will be announced in the September/October 2016 issue of Today’s Caregiver and on the magazine’s website, caregiver.com.

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About Realityworks, Inc.
Established 19 years ago to better address teen pregnancy prevention, parenting skills, child abuse and neglect through educational products, Realityworks, Inc. is dedicated to creating experiential learning tools that engage students while improving the human condition. Most famous for their RealCare Baby infant simulator (formerly known as Baby Think it Over or BTIO), Realityworks has developed several other programs over the last decade that address career preparation areas like business management, finance and entrepreneurship, and welding with guideWELD, a live welding guidance system. With simulators in 62 percent of U.S. school districts and programs in more than 90 countries around the world, Realityworks has made a worldwide impact. For more information, visit www.realityworks.com, or call toll-free 800-830-1416.

About the Caregiver Friendly Awards
Caregiver Friendly® Awards are presented by Today’s Caregiver magazine to celebrate outstanding books, media, products and services designed with the best interest of the family caregiver in mind. Today’s Caregiver magazine, launched in 1995, is published by Caregiver Media Group, which also produces the Fearless Caregiver Conferences, www.caregiver.com and The Fearless Caregiver book, which teaches caregivers how to become their loved one’s fearless advocates within the healthcare system.

Realityworks Employee Named to the IMPBA Hall of Fame

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis., July 18, 2016 – Mike Zaborowski, Mechanical Engineering Technician for Realityworks, Inc., will join other longtime members of the International Model Power Boat Association’s (IMPBA) Hall of Fame. The award will be given on August 20 at the Minute Breakers Classic Race in Mendota, IL.

IMPBA is a non-profit organization for model boat enthusiasts. It was established in 1949 with a goal to inspire model power boat building and to assist in the formation of clubs. IMPBA sets the rules for racing for the 14 domestic districts and the additional district for everyone outside the US and Canada.

“We were excited to hear one of our employees received an honor like the Hall of Fame induction with IMPBA. This speaks highly of Mike’s talents in design and mechanical engineering. We are proud to have someone with such talents on our product development and engineering team,” said Scott Jameson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Realityworks.

Zaborowski joined IMPBA in 1994 as a boat racing enthusiast looking to take his hobby to a new level. Since joining the organization, he has won 17 national championships, 3 Tunnel Hull world championships and 3 masters championships. He was first drawn to the technical side of boat racing, but since has found the hobby as a place to meet other enthusiasts and to learn from one another.

“I am thankful to those who were nominated to the Hall of Fame. I feel honored to sit beside other members who I have looked up to and I hope I can inspire new members to get involved in the sport,” said Zaborowski. “Boat racing is a huge passion of mine; I like to dig into the mechanics and determine how I can make the boats faster!”

To learn more about IMPBA, visit https://www.impba.net/

Realityworks finishes 3rd among small businesses in nationwide physical activity challenge

EAU CLAIRE, Wis., July 13, 2016 – Realityworks has concluded participation the Wellness Council of America’s On the Move Company Challenge, a corporate health initiative to combat physical inactivity and initiate behavior change. Eighty-four companies representing almost 80,000 employees competed to create a more thriving place to work, increase employee energy, improve employee camaraderie and earn designation as one of America’s Top 100 most active companies. Realityworks finished third among 26 other organizations in the Small Business category.

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Designed to get employees across the country “on the move,” this 12-week online challenge engaged employees with educational resources, behavior change incentives, social support and of course, movement. Employees tracked their activity types, duration and intensity to work toward 100 “move points” each day. Taking in metrics like intensity and activity type, the On the Move algorithm allowed participating organizations to encourage employees to truly move when they wanted, how they wanted and how much they wanted to reap all the rewards of an active lifestyle.

By participating in the On the Move national challenge, organizations around the country took a stand for more movement and improved cultures of wellbeing for their employees. The challenge has been shown to cut sedentary behavior in half and revolutionize worksites for physical activity — over 80 percent of employees who complete the challenge say they will continue to be active in the long term.

Other local participants included the Stanley-Boyd School District, which finished second in the Small Business category, and Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire, which finished first in the Enterprise Business category.

For more information on Realityworks visit www.realityworks.com or call 800-262-3806.

About Realityworks, Inc.
Established over 22 years ago to better address parenting skills, teen pregnancy prevention and child abuse and neglect through educational products, Realityworks, Inc. is dedicated to creating experiential learning tools that engage students while improving the human condition. Most famous for their RealCare Baby infant simulator (formerly known as Baby Think it Over®), Realityworks has developed several other programs over the last decade to support career and technology education and career preparation in the areas of career exploration, business, health and welding. Their RealCareer® Welding Solutions line was developed to engage users through simulation, replication and evaluation of welds. With products in 62 percent of U.S. school districts and programs in more than 90 countries around the world, Realityworks has made a worldwide impact. For more information, visit www.realityworks.com, or call toll-free 800-830-1416.

Media Contact:

Janelle Krause
Realityworks
Public Relations Specialist
Janelle.Krause@realityworks.com
715-858-7121

Realityworks Employee Invited to Help Set Education Standards

Diane Ross, Senior Field Account Manager for Realityworks, will participate in reviewing the National Family and Consumer Education Standards. Diane Ross

EAU CLAIRE, Wis., April 20, 2016 – Diane Ross, Senior Field Account Manager for Realityworks, will join nine other reviewers from across the country in participating in the review of the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Education.

The committee will revise and set new standards for the areas of study, comprehensive standards, content standards, competencies and process questions for FACS areas of study. These components help determine what will be taught in FACS classes across the nation as well as how students will be assessed.  The committee begins late this month with the review of Parenting, Human Development and Early Childhood Education standards.

“We are proud to have one of our employees be selected for this honor. This achievement is a testament of Diane’s knowledge and expertise in education and her commitment to her customers,” said Timm Boettcher, President and CEO of Realityworks.

Diane holds a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Marshall University in Huntington, WV.  She has been with Realityworks for more than 3 years and has been instrumental in assisting educators implement educational solutions that make a difference in students’ lives. She was selected to be a part of the National Family and Consumer Education Standards review by Helen Fuqua, the Program Specialist for Family and Consumer Sciences and related clusters of the Virginia Department of Education for her previous involvement in updating the competencies for Virginia’s Early Childhood and Parenting State curriculum.

Realityworks has offered products, programs and training to FACS educators for over 20 years and their products can be found in over 62 percent of U.S. school districts. Realityworks’ products have impacted over six million students and assisted educators in addressing parenting skills, teen pregnancy prevention, child abuse and neglect, and career development. The company was also awarded the 2014 National Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences Champion Award for their work in supporting FACS.

To learn more about these products, visit www.realityworks.com or call 800-262-3806.

About Realityworks, Inc.
Established over 20 years ago to better address parenting skills, teen pregnancy prevention and child abuse and neglect through educational products, Realityworks, Inc. is dedicated to creating experiential learning tools that engage students while improving the human condition. Most famous for their RealCare Baby infant simulator (formerly known as Baby Think it Over®), Realityworks has developed several other programs over the last decade to support career and technology education and career preparation in the areas of career exploration, business, health and welding. Their RealCareer® Welding Solutions line was developed to engage users through simulation, replication and evaluation of welds. With products in 62 percent of U.S. school districts and programs in more than 90 countries around the world, Realityworks has made a worldwide impact. For more information, visit www.realityworks.com, or call toll-free 800-830-1416.

Cool Tools: guideWELD® LIVE Named as Finalist for the 2016 EdTech Digest Awards

By Janelle Krause, Realityworks Public Relations & Events Specialist

We’re proud to share that our guideWELD® LIVE real welding guidance system has been named a finalist for the 2016 EdTech Digest® Cool Tools Awards, in the category of emerging technology solutions.

What makes guideWELD LIVE so “cool?” Our welding solutions were created to help today’s welding instructors engage 21st Century welding students with hands-on experiences in potential career areas, help address the skills gap, and address classroom management and safety concerns. One way to help students transition from practice welding in the virtual world to real, live welding without guidance is the guideWELD LIVE system.

With guideWELD LIVE, students get instant feedback on the main components of welding during live, arc-on welding. This allows students to perfect their techniques before moving on to real welding without any guidance at all.

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Technology within the education system is constantly changing and evolving, and we want to ensure that instructors have the tools they need to engage and train students in potential career areas. EduTech Digest highlights companies that are trendsetters in education and are working to move the field forward every day to help educators teach more efficiently and effectively. We’ve made it our mission to do just that!

With the incorporation of the guideWELD LIVE system into their welding programs, educators have noted that students’ training time decreases, while confidence levels improve. Students are able to conduct better weld in less time with assistance from the guidance icons within the guideWELD LIVE helmet. Being the only system with in-helmet guidance on the market today, guideWELD LIVE is a truly innovative system.

We are humbled and honored by this award, and we’ll continue striving to provide educators with the tools they need to educate our future workforce while providing the latest in technology.

Other recognized finalists for the 2016 EdTech Digest Cool Tools award include Discovery™ Education, PBS® and SMART® Technologies.

For more information on our welding education and training tools, click here.

Realityworks Announces Participation in the Family and Consumer Sciences Alliance

EAU CLAIRE, Wis., March 15, 2016 – Realityworks®, Inc has partnered with the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) by joining the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Alliance. The company will bring more than 20 years of knowledge working within the FCS area of education and intends to help create awareness and show advocacy for FCS programs and careers.

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The FCS Alliance is comprised of companies, associations, honor societies and other FCS-related groups across the United States, all of whom are working together to advance FCS through advocacy. The FCS Alliance has been raising awareness for FCS since 2006.

Realityworks supports the FCS field with educational programs and curriculum like the flagship RealCare Baby® infant simulator (formally known as Baby Think is Over®), which is used to teach students parenting skills, early childhood and health occupation career skills, child abuse prevention and teen pregnancy prevention. The company has also offered scholarships, support and assisted in connecting educators through Baby User Groups and conference attendance.

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“Family and Consumer Science educators have been important contributors to the work we do here at Realityworks. We are dedicated to helping educate our future workforce through comprehensive curricula and hands-on technology and can accomplish this through partnerships like the one with AAFCS,” said Timm Boettcher, president and CEO of Realityworks. “FCS education, early childhood care and culinary arts career paths currently having an above-average employment growth rate and we are excited to help raise awareness and fill this skills gap by becoming a FCS Alliance partner.”

Realityworks’ partnership with the FCS Alliance will include participation in awareness-generating campaigns like the “Say Yes to FCS” initiative, a national campaign with a goal of helping fill the growing shortage of FCS educators.

For more information on Realityworks visit us at www.realityworks.com or call 800-262-3806. For more information on the FCS Alliance visit www.aafcs.org/AboutUs/FCSAlliance.asp  

About Realityworks, Inc.
Established over 20 years ago to better address parenting skills, teen pregnancy prevention and child abuse and neglect through educational products, Realityworks is dedicated to creating experiential learning tools that engage students while improving the human condition. Most famous for their RealCare Baby infant simulator (formerly known as Baby Think it Over®), Realityworks has developed several other programs over the last decade to support career and technology education and career preparation in the areas of career exploration, business, health and welding. Their RealCareer™ Welding Solutions line was developed to engage users through simulation, replication and evaluation of welds. With products in 62 percent of U.S. school districts and programs in more than 90 countries around the world, Realityworks has made a worldwide impact. For more information, visit www.realityworks.com, or call toll-free 800-830-1416.

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Media Contact:

Janelle Krause
Realityworks
Public Relations and Event Specialist
Janelle.Krause@realityworks.com
715-858-7121

Realityworks Partners with Edutech to Bring New Breed of Experiential Learning Technology to the Middle East and India

EAU CLAIRE, Wis., March 1, 2016 – On March 1, Realityworks, Inc. will join over 10,000 educators, education professionals and corporate representatives from across 74 countries at the Global Education Supplies and Solutions Conference (GESS) in Dubai. The experiential learning company has partnered with Edutech to demonstrate and display their products within their exhibit booth.

Realityworks is exhibiting welding, health and vocational educational tools at the 2016 Global Education Supplies and Solutions Conference (GESS) in Dubai.

Realityworks’ welding, health and vocational educational tools will be on display at the 2016 Global Education Supplies and Solutions Conference (GESS) in Dubai March 1-3.

Edutech joins the established network of distributors that partner with Realityworks and will help expand on the company’s current 90 country reach by being the sole distributor of Realityworks’ RealCareer™ product line to United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait Bahrain and India.

“Realityworks has been helping educators teach students with interactive educational products for over 20 years. Our recent partnership with Edutech will increase our current reach of over six million students and teach the hands-on career education and STEM skills these students need,” said Timm Boettcher, President and CEO of Realityworks.

“We are delighted to announce our partnership with Realityworks which will help us bring experiential learning using sophisticated VR technology and tools to our customers and help bridge the skill gaps in the region” said ASF Karim, Managing Director of Edutech.

The partnership with Edutech will help introduce Realityworks’ RealCareer welding solutions as well as RealCare® line of products in the Middle East and India. The RealCareer line features two systems that help create more effective welders more efficiently: the guideWELD® VR welding simulator and guideWELD® LIVE real welding guidance system as well a welding evaluation tool: RealCareer™ Weld Defects Kit. guideWELD VR is a stand-alone virtual welding simulator that provides feedback, instruction and assessment by recording student’s virtual welds. guideWELD LIVE, considered the future of welding education, is used during live welding to provide immediate in-helmet feedback on core aspects of welding technique.

Realityworks’ RealCare line includes the world-famous RealCare® Baby infant simulator; simulators for Shaken Baby Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and drug-affected infants; a Pregnancy Profile® vest and the newest products: the RealCare™ Geriatric Simulator, which helps educators teach topics related to aging and care for the elderly by enabling participants to experience age-related challenges; the RealCare™ Fetal Development Kit, which gives students hands-on understanding of human development stages; and the RealCare™ Pregnancy Torso, which provide an in-depth look at embryo and fetal development.

The GESS Conference will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the largest exhibition venue in Dubai, from March 1-3, 2016. Realityworks will be exhibiting with Edutech throughout the conference at booth number Q10, New Za’abeel Hall 4.

About Realityworks, Inc.

Established over 20 years ago to better address parenting skills, teen pregnancy prevention and child abuse and neglect through educational products, Realityworks, Inc. is dedicated to creating experiential learning tools that engage students while improving the human condition. Most famous for their RealCare Baby infant simulator (formerly known as Baby Think it Over®), Realityworks has developed several other programs over the last decade to support career and technology education and career preparation in the areas of career exploration, business, health and welding. Their RealCareer® Welding Solutions line was developed to engage users through simulation, replication and evaluation of welds. With products in 62 percent of U.S. school districts and programs in more than 90 countries around the world, Realityworks has made a worldwide impact. For more information, visit www.realityworks.com, or call toll-free 800-830-1416.

About Edutech

Established in 1991, Edutech plays a key role in transforming learning by implementing world class solutions, powered by best practices to improve learning outcomes. We offer a spectrum of solutions that enhance learning inside and outside classrooms, laboratories, libraries and training centers. With offices in over 15 cities, we are uniquely positioned to service client needs and tailor solutions for today’s learners.

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Media Contact:
Janelle Krause
Realityworks
Public Relations and Event Specialist
Janelle.Krause@realityworks.com
715-858-7121

St. Louis Educator Joins Realityworks’ RealCare Customer Advisory Council

Marcia Barasch, Parkway North High School Family and Consumer Sciences Education Teacher and Team Lead, joins other educators to provide experiential learning company with insight and product development feedback.

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By Janelle Krause, Public Relations & Events Specialist

St. Louis Family and Consumer Sciences educator Marcia Barasch has been awarded a seat on the RealCare Customer Advisory Council for Realityworks, Inc., an experiential learning company based in Eau Claire, WI. Having worked in the family and consumer sciences fields of human relations, interior design, clothing design, culinary arts and curriculum development, Marcia will be an asset to the council as it explores new innovations and develops future RealCare products.

Marcia’s passion and dedication to educating is clear from her experience as a cooperating teacher, mentor and current team lead and member of the National Education Association (NEA). Marcia also has 12 years of experience working with the RealCare Baby® infant simulator, which she has used to provide memorable, measurable infant care experiences to many young people. Marcia’s first responsibility as a council member will be attending the RealCare Customer Advisory Council meeting in the spring, where she will act as a voice for her fellow educators and as a beta tester for future products.

The RealCare Customer Advisory Council was established in 2012 to help Realityworks make its programs even more beneficial to the fields of career and technical education, family and consumer sciences, health and human services. The council gives passionate customers a voice in product development initiatives and the opportunity to provide valuable insight into best practices and marketing strategies for the program. It is comprised of leading educators in the areas of early childhood education, parenting skills, teen pregnancy prevention, healthy relationships and child care career skills. Members’ experience educating youth on these subjects is used to further guide and direct Realityworks’ product offerings.

“The RealCare Customer Advisory Council has assisted Realityworks in envisioning fresh, new features for our products,” said Realityworks President and CEO Timmothy Boettcher. “Many of these ideas have become a reality as Baby has developed. We are always looking for new ways to make our products more effective for our users.”

For more information on Realityworks visit www.realityworks.com or call 800-262-3806.

About Realityworks, Inc.
Established 19 years ago to better address teen pregnancy prevention, parenting skills, child abuse and neglect through educational products, Realityworks, Inc. is dedicated to creating experiential learning tools that engage students while improving the human condition. Most famous for their RealCare Baby infant simulator (formerly known as Baby Think it Over or BTIO), Realityworks has developed several other programs over the last decade that address career preparation areas like business management, finance and entrepreneurship, and welding with guideWELD, a live welding guidance system. With simulators in 62 percent of U.S. school districts and programs in more than 90 countries around the world, Realityworks has made a worldwide impact. For more information, visit www.realityworks.com, or call toll-free 800-830-1416.