Posted by Kevin Bauman on 11/27/14 8:00 AM

Like so many other schools and businesses, life within Penn Foster operates at breakneck speed. “Breakneck” is increasingly the default gear for life in 21st Century America.  With 24/7 access to the Information Superhighway securely tethered to everyone’s hip pocket, the expectations and deadlines packaged as digital 1’s and O’s never stop arriving in your inbox.

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6 Things We Are Grateful for this Thanksgiving

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 11/26/14 3:00 PM

At Penn Foster, our mission is to provide accessible, affordable education to all. Through the power of education, we strive to build up student confidence for success in further academic pursuits and future careers.  This year, we’ve made some significant strides towards this, thanks to the support and efforts of our incredible partner network and the communities and students they serve.

We are proud and thankful for…

1. Receiving a warm welcome from America’s Promise Alliance 

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iNACOL & NDPN: Two shows that could be one?

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 11/25/14 7:00 AM

Earlier this month I attended two conferences, the National Dropout Prevention Network Conference (NDPN) in Louisville, KY and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) in Palm Springs, CA.  Between the two shows there were hundreds of presenters (including myself), break-out sessions, panels and vendors.  There were great discussions about efforts and solutions to keep kids in school and the use of technology to change the way education is delivered.

I came away completely amped up to a new level of enthusiasm with regards to the opportunity that lies before Penn Foster and our ability to help students and change the way the world learns. The proverbial “perfect storm” of market dynamics is clearly on Doppler Radar Map: 

  • The acceptance of blended and online learning models within K12 is just hitting the “tipping point” and will gain mainstream acceptance over the next 3-5 years.  In fact, for the first time the trend in student enrollments is moving away from statewide, fully online virtual charter schools to district sponsored, blended classroom solutions involving partial online enrollments. Single course sales are increasingly becoming commoditized and price is the ultimate selection criteria.
  • Collectively as a nation, America has declared that a Secondary Education student non-complete rate of 25%-30% is unacceptable. As part of America’s Promise, Penn Foster is part of the solution.
  • Vocational technical and CTE programs are becoming “en vogue” again.  They are just beginning to receive a renewed focus and resurgence in popularity.   These programs will be at the epicenter of public/private partnerships and will be where some of the real innovation in how education is delivered will take place (you can read about Career Path High, in Kaysville, Utah which was held up as an innovative model).

Penn Foster is well positioned to capitalize on these converging trends at scale, changing what education means in the 21st Century.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Penn Foster News & Events, Industry News

Don’t Let Debt Stop College Students From Graduating

Posted by Dara Warn on 11/21/14 11:00 AM

Life is complicated and there is no shortage of financial, academic, motivational and societal blockers that could derail an individual from continuing with a college education. Without the knowledge or motivation to seek support from available resources, these students see leaving school as their only option.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention

7 Habits of Successful Career College Students

Posted by Ray McNulty on 11/20/14 2:00 PM

Simply "going to school" doesn't guarantee a college degree and a good job after graduation. For the most successful outcomes, career college students should take advantage of all of the support their college provides, and strive to get the most out of every moment on campus. As a career college, you have a unique opportunity to provide your students with advice upon signing enrollment papers. Relaying to your students the value of self-discipline, persistence, and a great attitude can help ensure a rewarding career college experience. Share with students the following seven successful habits that they can use as a guide to maximize their college experience.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention

High School Completion Success: Start With the End in Mind

Posted by Frank Britt on 11/18/14 5:00 PM

Many students entering a High School Completion Program are young adults or adults who struggled in a traditional high school setting for a variety of reasons. These students enrolled in the diploma completion program are looking for a second chance at not only earning their high school diploma, but to embark on a journey towards post-secondary education, and, ultimately better career options.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion

How to Retain Employees in the Quick Service Restaurant Industry

Posted by Dara Warn on 11/14/14 7:00 AM

On Sept. 4, service workers in more than 150 cities began a revolt against low wages. The continued nonviolent displays of civil disobedience prove workers’ determination to “fight for $15.” For demonstrators, walking out on jobs and risking arrest were small prices to pay compared to the potential rewards of an increased minimum wage. For fast food workers— many of whom are adults trying to support families—the strikes represent more than money; they’re also fighting for union recognition, fair treatment and opportunities for a better life.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers

ACICS 2014: The Honor is All Ours – A Student Story

Posted by Steve Copacino on 11/13/14 9:30 AM

Perspective frames everything we do – the challenges we face, the obstacles we overcome, and the goals we accomplish. Yet it’s not until we go outside of our own frame and look into the lives of others that we are truly able to grasp where we stand.

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

ACICS 2014: Nothing is Impossible

Posted by Steve Copacino on 11/12/14 4:00 PM

Last week Penn Foster attended the 2014 Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) 2014 Annual conference, where we co-presented a panel discussion with Dorsey Schools. Denise Fox Pratt (VP of Institutional Effectiveness), Gerrit Ketelhut (Penn Foster program facilitator) and Nikkiya Gentry (Penn Foster High School graduate and Dorsey Culinary Arts student) provided their unique perspectives on how Penn Foster’s High School Completion program is creating positive outcomes for local students, Dorsey Schools, and the greater Detroit community. Here are my big takeaways from the panel: 

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

Why It’s Never Too Late to Go Back to High School

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 11/5/14 3:30 PM

What's a high school diploma worth? In terms of salary earnings, about $10,386 a year, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.1 Yet, 32 percent of students who drop out of high school do so to find employment.2 Having a high school diploma not only presents opportunities for higher wages, but it also opens the door to a boosted socioeconomic status.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools

National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

Posted by Laurie Woychick on 11/3/14 3:00 PM

The 26th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference kicked off today in conjunction with the start of National Dropout Awareness Month. Penn Foster is looking forward to presenting how they use data and analytics to customize an online learning experience, and keep their students motivated and engaged throughout their high school program.

The focus of this year’s conference is getting all students on track for success, with the ultimate goal of getting every student college and career ready. As part of the America’s Promise Alliance, Penn Foster is dedicated to making education accessible, affordable and achievable for underserved populations, including those who have dropped out of high school or are at-risk of dropping out.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Industry News

Nonprofits Can Help Homeless Youth Graduate & Build Brighter Futures

Posted by Ray McNulty on 11/3/14 7:30 AM

For many teens and children, homelessness seems a safer environment than living under a roof filled with emotional stress or abuse. The grim reality is that many of our marginalized youth feel they have no choice but to abandon their home and try to make it on their own. Barbara Duffield, director of policy and programs at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, told U.S. News & World Report that young people may even be homeless with their family and take on the role of caretaker for younger siblings.1

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations


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