Career Colleges: What Your Students Need to Know About How Loans Are Changing

Posted by Frank Britt on 4/30/15 7:30 AM

The student loan crisis is often talked about, but what the headlines rarely show are the changes to legislation that help lessen the burden of student debt. Small adjustments to statutes for student loan repayment are making a big difference in terms of education affordability. Legislation is in place right now to help make college attainable to all students willing to put forth the effort. To best inform your students of their tuition payment options, it’s important to understand the past, present, and future student loan programs.

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Topics: Industry News, College Enrollment & Retention

Utilize Resources You Already Have to Make Implementing Your High School Completion Program a Breeze

Posted by Douglas Carlson on 4/27/15 12:00 PM

When you start a High School Completion program on your campus, you can take advantage of the resources you already have to make the implementation an easier, more seamless process.  

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Topics: High School Completion

Job Corps: Celebrating the Past with an Eye on the Future

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 4/24/15 5:30 PM

Job Corps was born out of The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which was part of President Johnson’s broader “war on poverty.” Since then, 2.5 million students have graduated from Career and Technical training programs offered through Job Corps.  Today, there are 127 Job Corps centers and for the first time they will be operating in all 50 states. This is a fitting milestone to achieve during their 50th year of operation.

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Topics: Industry News, Opportunity Youth

6 Attributes of Successful High School Completion Students: Part 2

Posted by Ray McNulty on 4/23/15 8:30 AM

"Dropouts" aren't bad people cast into a hopeless life of failure and dead ends. They're looking for an on-ramp to better opportunities to create a positive change. As a follow-up to our first post, here are three more characteristics of successful high school completion students:

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Topics: High School Completion

The Power of A Promise

Posted by Frank Britt on 4/21/15 9:00 AM

When you are child you learn about the power of a promise. The importance of honoring commitments to friends, adults or even family members starts at an early age, and overtime helps to define your character. You learn that when you break a promise, no matter how small it may seem to you, it can damage a relationship or your reputation. The reason is simple: trust.
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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Penn Foster News & Events, Industry News

Penn Foster Goes to Washington : The Job Corps 50th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by Steve Copacino on 4/20/15 6:30 AM

This week, Penn Foster is excited to head down to Washington DC. as a main sponsor of the Job Corps 50th Anniversary Celebration. The week’s schedule of events brings together past and present Job Corps practitioners, Operators, student ambassadors, members of congress, and Job Corps advocates to celebrate 50 years of success in building the future of America’s youth.

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Topics: Industry News, Opportunity Youth

When Youth Succeed, We All Succeed

Posted by Dara Warn on 4/16/15 4:00 PM

I just got home from the Inaugural America’s Promise Night – an event centered around the belief that every child should have the opportunity and support to pursue his or American dream. The event was a celebration of leaders who are living and supporting the promise of giving every child a chance and an opportunity and it showcased the broad private and public support of this great cause. While it is easy to get excited about the glamour and drama of an event, what really struck me was how simple and pure the mission is. America’s Promise is focused on 5 promises that we as member of America’s Promise and ultimately citizens should make. Every young person should be able to say, I have . . .

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

6 Attributes of Successful High School Completion Students: Part 1

Posted by Ray McNulty on 4/16/15 8:30 AM

The 2014 Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) annual conference gave us the opportunity to show how career colleges can enroll high school non-completers and prepare them for success in a post-secondary setting. We hosted a panel discussion, which consisted of Denise Fox Pratt, VP of Institutional Effectiveness at Dorsey Schools, and Gerrit Ketelhut, Penn Foster program facilitator, examined the benefits of the partnership between Dorsey Schools and Penn Fosters High School Completion program by adding a real-life perspective to the proven effectiveness of this blended model. Representing one of the many student success stories was student Nikkiya Gentry, who shared her experience (and stole the show).

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Topics: High School Completion, College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools

What School Counselors Need to Know About Healthcare Career Opportunities

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 4/15/15 10:00 AM

The healthcare job market isn’t just thriving — it’s soaring in popularity. According to Forbes, nearly 5 million new jobs will be created in the sector by 2022.1 Many often consider the healthcare field as an industry fit for aspiring doctors and nurses, but today a career in healthcare presents opportunities for a multitude of qualified health professionals with varied skill sets. Not only are positions plentiful, but many don’t require an extensive educational background. From sectors such as physical therapy and patient care, a two-year degree or a career diploma or certificate can offer career paths that lead to substantial salaries, job stability and career growth.  

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Industry News

Why Free Community College Will Not Help Students Succeed

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 4/13/15 7:00 AM

Earlier this year, President Obama proposed that the Federal government should set aside $60B over 10 years to fund 2 years of tuition at Community Colleges for students whose parents earn less than $200k.1  While it always sounds good on paper to promise “free stuff”, America’s College Promise would do very little to tackle the more pressing challenge facing community colleges. The challenge is not a question of access, but rather completion. Only 20% of full-time students seeking a degree get one within three years. That number rises to 35% after five years, but at that point another 45% of students are no longer enrolled.2 At the same time, there is high interest in these schools as evidenced by the number of students who enroll. As of the 2012-2013 school year, 45% of all undergraduate students were enrolled in public two-year colleges, approximately 7.7 million students.3 Millions of students express their interest in community college to the point that they enroll, but only a fraction of that cohort graduates. What happens in between?

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Industry News, College Enrollment & Retention

The 2015 ASU GSV Summit on Education Innovation Filled with Hope and Promise

Posted by Dara Warn on 4/9/15 12:00 PM

I am flying back from this year’s ASU/GSV Summit which has become the consummate gathering of the ed tech, investor and digital innovator community. With over 2400 attendees, the event was big and full of promise. From teachers sharing stories of how technology has transformed their classrooms to the students themselves who are blazing a new path to hungry entrepreneurs looking to meet with the investor community, the event attempts to showcase innovation, encourage disruptive thought, and spark this community of education-focused individuals to make a difference.

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Topics: Industry News

How Career Colleges Can Help Promote Careers in STEM Fields

Posted by Frank Britt on 4/9/15 8:30 AM

Post-secondary enrollment rates are on the rise, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.1 In fall 2012, 17.7. million undergraduate students were enrolled in a degree-granting postsecondary institution, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Undergraduate enrollment is on the rise, and expected to increase to 20.2 million students by 2023.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, College Enrollment & Retention

Why Are 17 Million People Not Cheering the Improving Unemployment Rate?

Posted by Frank Britt on 4/6/15 3:30 PM

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week that the March unemployment rate in the United States is 5.5%. On the surface, this is great news despite the flat month-to-month performance. However, if we dig deeper into the data the numbers are still bleak for several key constituents of the employment economy, and education and training are likely the vital factor to addressing chronic challenges in the overall unemployment rate. Take for example the U-6 unemployment rate, the indicator often viewed as the best overall measure of employment. This metric includes total unemployed, plus those who are working part-time because they are unable to find full-time work, as well as those who are too discouraged to be considered actively seeking full-time work. That number is also declining as the economy improves, but is still a staggering 11% or over 17 million people.1

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Topics: Industry News

Top 5 Questions You Will Have About High School Completion Programs

Posted by Dara Warn on 4/2/15 2:00 PM

High school completion programs are giving students the opportunity to earn the qualifications they need to pursue career-focused higher education. Over 80 career school campuses have already launched high school completion programs to date, and they are finding that the majority of high school graduates who emerge from the program are confident, highly motivated to succeed, and are matriculating into their school. Before your school president begins asking you about High School Completion programs, familiarize yourself with these 5 questions you should know about them:

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Topics: High School Completion

How to Evaluate Job Candidates With Non-Traditional Backgrounds

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 4/2/15 10:00 AM

In 2012, the Library Journal called non-traditional students the new majority. That trend has not changed — non-traditional is the new traditional. In response, the academic landscape and higher education institutions have shifted to meet the needs of non-traditional students with diverse backgrounds. As these students graduate and eagerly enter the workforce, employers may be hesitant to embrace this new majority.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers


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