Why Addressing the Middle Skills Talent Gap Starts with Helping At-Risk Youth [Part 1 of 3]

Posted by Frank Britt on 9/29/14 5:00 PM

The Skills Gap at the Macro Level

The current labor market “skills gap” translates into more than 4 million jobs annually going unfilled, and stems from an imperfect match of supply and demand for critical talent in growing sectors of the economy.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap

American Graduate Day

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 9/26/14 1:00 PM

Tomorrow, Saturday September 27, 2014,  we celebrate American Graduate Day. Now in its third consecutive year,  the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and America's Promise Alliance,  will lead this public media initiative to help communities bolster graduation rates and combat the high school dropout crisis.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Penn Foster News & Events, Opportunity Youth

How Workforce Training Gives Learners a Competitive Edge

Posted by Frank Britt on 9/26/14 7:00 AM

After donning the cap and gown, what comes next for high school graduates?

Completing high school is a major milestone for students, but a high school diploma is no longer the academic finish line. For today's competitive job market, a high school diploma is merely a prerequisite for the next educational endeavor. Today's high school graduates have several options for higher education outside the typical four-year college.

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Topics: High School Completion, Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools

Could a Non-Completer Become Your Best Student?

Posted by Laurie Woychick on 9/24/14 8:00 AM

FAPSC-2014-Central-Logo-LargewebcondenseJust because they did not complete high school does not mean they cannot be successful in college.  In many cases, the high school dropout population has the motivation and incentive to regain control of their learning and career building, but lack an on-ramp to gain affordable access to higher education. An on-campus High School Completion (HSC) program provides a platform for prospective career college students who were previously turned away because they didn’t complete high school. Hear the story of how one student's life changed when she got the opportunity to earn her high school diploma.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Penn Foster News & Events, College Enrollment & Retention

Penn Foster and America’s Promise to Host Virtual Panel: #NotDropouts

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 9/23/14 3:00 PM

The phrase “high school dropout” implies that the student is the problem. However, the majority of the 1+ million students who leave the system want to continue their education, but have extenuating circumstances—difficulties learning, a family to support, or other situations like bullying—preventing them from completing high school. “Don’t Call Them Dropouts,” a report from America’s Promise Alliance, explains these challenges.

Join this Google+ Hangout on Air on September 30 at 1pm EST when a panel of education experts will explore:

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Penn Foster News & Events

School District Profile: Scranton

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 9/19/14 7:00 AM

Since the 2008 implementation of the Penn Foster Dropout Retrieval program, thousands of organizations, communities and people have seen results from this educational opportunity. Success stories such as the Polk County School District—where more than 700 students got a second chance at high school graduation—pave the way for future partnerships. The program’s proven results, marked by 82 percent graduation rate and 96 percent student satisfaction rates, gave way to another winning partnership with the Scranton School District.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Penn Foster News & Events, Public & Private High Schools

Attendance Rate Serves as Indicator of Academic Trouble

Posted by Laurie Woychick on 9/18/14 7:00 AM

September is traditionally known as Back-To-School month, but it is also known as Attendance Awareness month, as declared by Attendance Works in 2013. Going to school every day is critical for student success, and frequent absences are should be treated as early warning signs for academic trouble, or dropping out as the student gets older.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis

Is Your College Turning Away Students Without a High School Diploma?

Posted by Laurie Woychick on 9/17/14 8:00 AM

FAPSC-2014-Central-Logo-LargewebcondenseMore and more career colleges are turning away potential students because they lack a high school diploma or equivalent. Recent changes to the GED make it more difficult to pass and the elimination of federal financial aid programs like AtB, and many career colleges are seeing their pool of qualified, prospective students declining. Eligibility, or a lack of a high school diploma, prevents individuals from pursuing post-secondary education and changing their futures, and negatively impacts enrollment for colleges. See how one career college solved this growing problem with a new type of enrollment solution – a High School Completion Program.

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Topics: High School Completion, Penn Foster News & Events, College Enrollment & Retention

Why High School Graduation is the Key to Improving At-Risk Communities (Part 5 of 5)

Posted by Frank Britt on 9/15/14 10:00 AM

The Time Is Now

Poverty, income inequality, and crime are combustible forces that can destroy families, corrupt communities and harden society in countless ways. The good news is that the common vaccine to all these ailments is education, starting with a high school diploma. More than 90% of jobs demand this credential to get a job, and the imperative for all stakeholders (students, parents, schools, businesses and government) is to build a cohesive plan of attack.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Opportunity Youth

Education vs Incarceration

Posted by Julianne Gagnon on 9/11/14 10:00 AM

The cost of putting a student through school is less than the cost of imprisonment.  On top of that, an individual has a much higher financial (and social) benefit to their community as a high school or college graduate than as an inmate.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Industry News

Foundations for Life (Literally)

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 9/9/14 11:00 AM

Opportunity Youth is a term used to describe a particular demographic slice of America’s young people. Opportunity Youth are between the ages of 16 and 24, not in school and unemployed. This group of young people has been labeled with many less flattering names in the past.

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Topics: High School Completion, Penn Foster News & Events, Opportunity Youth

Why High School Graduation is the Key to Improving At-Risk Communities (Part 4 of 5)

Posted by Frank Britt on 9/8/14 11:00 AM

What Drives (and Improves) Crime Rates in a Community?  

Youth entrenched in monetary struggles without a high school education are at high risk for being involved in crime, arrest, and incarceration. Crime rates are linked to educational attainment, according to a 2013 report by the Alliance for Excellent Education. The report, entitled "Saving Futures, Saving Dollars: The Impact of Education on Crime Reduction and Earnings," asserts that if male high school graduation rates increased by just 5 percent, the nation could save about $18.5 billion in annual crime expenses. The lower the education attainment levels, the higher the rates of arrest and incarceration.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Opportunity Youth

High School Graduation Rates At All-Time High; How to Better Serve the Last 20%

Posted by Ray McNulty on 9/5/14 10:00 AM

In April, Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the high school graduation rate in the United States has reached its highest point in history. 80% of the nation’s students received a high school diploma in 2012, the most recent year for which statistics were available. Duncan called the news a “profound milestone" during a speech he gave before the America's Promise Alliance, and he recognized the teachers, families, and students who made it possible.1

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Industry News, Opportunity Youth, Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

3 Myths Students Believe About Career Colleges and Grey Collar Jobs

Posted by Dara Warn on 9/4/14 4:00 PM

Job seekers with the right skill set can find a wealth of opportunities in the grey-collar sector. Demand for skilled trade workers in specialized career fields including healthcare, forestry, paralegal services, and manufacturing (among others) are expected to grow by nearly 50 percent, while the supply of qualified employees for these industries is expected to decrease about 12 percent, according to Manpower Group’s Talent Shortage Survey.Employers continually struggle to find qualified applicants due to a lack of training.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employee Retention, College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools

Chinks in the Armor: Disrupting the Status Quo

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 9/3/14 11:30 AM

One of the biggest barriers that is preventing the Education sector from wholesale technological transformation is regulation.  Unlike other industries that have been disrupted due to advances in technology, Education’s “Internet Moment” is continually delayed due to 150 years of complex local, State, and Federal regulations.  While many of the regulations seem impervious to market forces and disruption, there are more and more signs that people are beginning to question the existing “status quo”.

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Topics: Industry News

Why High School Graduation is the Key to Improving At-Risk Communities (Part 3 of 5)

Posted by Frank Britt on 9/1/14 11:00 AM

What Drives (and Improves) Poverty and Income Inequality in a Community?  

Income inequality and poverty-stricken households significantly influence the demise of a local community. And a low-income community driven by under-educated individuals actually perpetuates this fiscal depression. For example, a primary reason that the U.S. economy is growing but the traditional “all boats will rise” prosperity phenomena has not happened is a direct result of the millions of people outside the economic mainstream who lack the skills and opportunity to exploit this middle-skills gap moment. Regrettably, the consequences of poverty are impeding community growth, from poor health and hunger to lost productivity and steep economic deficits.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Middle Skills Gap, Opportunity Youth

 

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