Connect Prospective Students to Your Career School: Step 5

Posted by Dara Warn on 3/30/15 10:00 AM

School Counselors: Personalized Attention

Nearly 80% of first-year students reported that personalized attention prior to enrollment was a major factor during the decision-making process. Without personalized attention and continual contact, potential students can drift away from the application and enrollment process, losing interest in a college education altogether. An unsupportive home environment, complex financial forms and complicated requirements like submitting deposits or securing loans can prevent a student from moving forward.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention

Renewing Hope and Confidence: One Job Corps Graduate at a Time

Posted by Frank Britt on 3/26/15 6:00 AM

I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the Paul Simon Job Corps Winter 2015 graduation ceremony where 80+ young people graduated from the Job Corps, many with a Penn Foster High School diploma. Every opportunity I get to speak at a graduation ceremony, I am humbled by the level of grit, determination and commitment these young people have exhibited to get to this important milestone.

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Topics: Opportunity Youth

High School Graduation Rate on the Rise

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 3/25/15 12:00 PM

The high school graduation rate in the United States hit 81% in the 2012-2013 school year, the highest it’s been since states adopted a new, uniform method for calculating graduation rates five years ago. This measurable improvement in our nation’s schools, revealed in new data from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, is something that “we can take pride as a nation in,” according to U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. “This is a vital step toward readiness for success in college and careers for every student in this country, and these improvements are thanks to the hard work of teachers, principals, students and families."

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

Connect Prospective Students to Your Career School: Step 4

Posted by Dara Warn on 3/23/15 10:00 AM

Financial Aid Office: Payment Plans

Tuition cost is a major deterrent for interested applicants, and many eliminate the idea of college because of financial factors standing in the way. Dorsey Schools offers the High School Completion program for free, which is one option for equipping students with a diploma and matriculating them into your school. Other career schools can instate tuition and payment options to make applying for enrollment an affordable decision.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention

3 Things to Look for in a High School Completion Program

Posted by Dara Warn on 3/19/15 8:30 AM

20-25% of students who inquired about enrolling at Dorsey Schools didn't have the GED or High School Diploma that they need to enroll. Dorsey Schools noticed this discrepancy and began looking for a way to enroll this population of potential students. After implementing a High School Completion program, they found that the majority of these students matriculated into their schools, and that these students are more confident and motivated learners after having gone through the program.

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

Spotlight on Thomas J. Foster, the Founder of Penn Foster

Posted by Frank Britt on 3/18/15 6:00 AM

2015 is an exciting year for Penn Foster. We celebrate 125 years in education and honor a history that has shaped Penn Foster (formerly known as International Correspondence Schools) into the profound educational institution it is today.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events

Connect Prospective Students to Your Career School: Step 3

Posted by Dara Warn on 3/16/15 10:00 AM

Director of Admissions: High School Completion Program

Career schools can increase enrollment rates if admissions didn't have to turn away prospective students because of a lacking credential. According to data by our "Career Schools 2014 Year in Review," 40% of career school executives said they turn away at least 10% of potential students because they lack a high school diploma.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention

Career Schools Industry Survey: Focus on Improving Recruitment in 2015

Posted by Dara Warn on 3/12/15 3:30 PM

Career schools continue to seek out new marketing channels to help improve recruitment and drive enrollments, but the quality of the student is important for driving retention and graduation outcomes. Often times, career colleges are turning away potential students because they lack a high school diploma or other POG credential. The Penn Foster Career Schools: 2014 Year In Review inaugural industry survey and data analysis provides the following insights:

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Topics: High School Completion, Industry News, College Enrollment & Retention

SXSWedu: The Future of Mobile Education

Posted by Laurie Woychick on 3/12/15 12:00 PM

This week we presented Penn Foster’s vision for the future of education at SXSWedu during a Future15 session. This Tedx-like format is designed for educators to present their ideas on what education might look like in the future. Our FastClass bus concept brings together four major components:

 

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

Connect Prospective Students to Your Career School: Step 2

Posted by Dara Warn on 3/9/15 10:00 AM

Marketing Team: Mobile & Social Media

If you want to find and attract prospective students, you have to go where the students are, and they're online. They're browsing websites on their mobile devices, interacting on social media and texting. OmniUpdate, a Web content management system provider for higher education, surveyed about 2,000 high school juniors and seniors about their communications preferences. Here's what they survey found:1
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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention

Your Guide to What Your School President Will Be Asking You About a High School Completion Program

Posted by Dara Warn on 3/5/15 7:30 AM

It’s not uncommon for career schools to turn away prospective students because they lack the proper POG credential. Without another option, career schools continue to face declining enrollment and lower graduation rates.

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Topics: High School Completion, College Enrollment & Retention

Educating the Workforce of the Future

Posted by Julianne Gagnon on 3/4/15 3:30 PM

GOOD collaborated with Hyperakt to examine the qualifications that Americans workers hold, and compared them to the requirements of our current workforce and the workforce of the future. What did they find? Our workforce is in need of individuals with higher education levels. Since 1973, the number of jobs that require at least some college has more than tripled, while those that require just a high school diploma have remained the same. An educated population is crucial to having a productive workforce. Check out the infographic below to learn more about the state of educating the workforce of the future.

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Topics: Industry News

Connect Prospective Students to Your Career School: Step 1

Posted by Dara Warn on 3/2/15 10:00 AM

Higher education as a whole faces major criticisms, and it's on the defense. With high tuition rates, skyrocketing student debt and bleak employment opportunities for college grads, the value of a college education has been up for debate. Not only do career schools fall under this heated umbrella question of "Is a college education worth it?", they are hit with two more major challenges: declining enrollment rates and government regulatory issues. The negative climate surrounding higher education, along with these specific challenges, place mounting pressure on career schools to implement solutions to break down these barriers.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention

 

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