How Job Corps is Combating the Dropout Crisis

Posted by Frank Britt on 6/29/15 3:00 PM

Through thejuvenile courts and the adult criminal justice system, the United States incarcerates more of its youth than any other country in the world. In 2013, 54,148 juveniles were incarcerated inyouth detention facilitiesalone and approximately 500,000 youth are brought to detention centers in a given year.1  The consequences of this dynamic includes the phenomenon of “peer delinquency training,” and results in greater levels of substance abuse, school difficulties, violence, and adjustment difficulties to adulthood.2 These dynamics are also a primary cause of the so called “dropout-to-prison pipeline” issue which regrettably proves the high correlation between high school drop rates and youth challenges with the law. This situation is pervasive and depreciates the lives of millions of young Americans, and also ends up costing taxpayers billions of dollars to keep dropouts and disadvantaged populations in prison.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations

What the Rising High School Graduation Rate Means for Career Schools

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 6/25/15 3:00 PM

National high school graduation rates are on the rise, according to the 2015 report on Building a Grad Nation, jointly issued by the Alliance for Excellent Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University.1 After dropping below 75 percent in 2006, the average graduation rate has climbed each year, reaching 80 percent in 2012 and 81.4 percent in 2013. If graduation levels continue to rise at this rate, the GradNation coalition expects it can achieve its goal of a 90 percent on-time high school graduation rate by 2020.

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Topics: High School Completion, College Enrollment & Retention

Free College Tuition for Chrysler Employees

Posted by Dara Warn on 6/24/15 1:00 PM

Joining the likes of Starbucks and McDonald’s, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced that it is going to offer free college tuition to employees at Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Fiat dealerships across the country. Over 118,000 employees can take classes through Strayer University, a private, for-profit college. Chrysler employees can take their classes online or attend classes at one of Strayer’s brick-and-mortar campus locations. Employees at dealerships in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee can already enroll in this new program, and the program will continue to roll out in phases until all of the US dealerships are included.

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Topics: Industry News, College Enrollment & Retention

3 Ways to Help High School Students Develop Career Literacy

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 6/23/15 4:00 PM

Not all students learn the same way, but many students — whether traditional or nontraditional, who come from diverse backgrounds ― have one thing in common: they have no idea what to do after high school.

"The vast majority [of teens] have no idea what they want to do when they grow up,” Beth Heaton, senior director of educational consulting at advising firm College Coach, told U.S. News & World Report. "How can you know? If you're 16, 17, 18, you know so little of the world." Teens may be clueless about their future, but high school administrators can help. Guide students toward the right career for them. The following three ideas can improve career literacy and planning among your students.

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Topics: High School Completion, College Enrollment & Retention

Why Closing the Achievement Gap is Good for Business

Posted by Frank Britt on 6/18/15 9:00 AM

Our nation continues to combat the dropout crisis by increasing the high school graduation rate (from 80 percent in 2012 to 81.4 percent in 2013). It's progress for education, but what about the achievement gap?1 The National Center for Education Statistics defines the achievement gap as the result of when "one group of students outperforms another group and the difference in average scores for the two groups is statistically significant."2 In other words, the achievement gap is a disparity of educational performance measures among groups of students who differ by race and ethnicity, gender or socioeconomic status.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Industry News, Employee Retention

5 Myths About Disadvantaged Youth

Posted by Ray McNulty on 6/17/15 2:30 PM

Youth who come from low-income families or challenging environments have plenty to deal with, and yet this group of students still must endure the preconceived notions and low expectations sometimes perpetuated by educators, learning institutions, communities and society as a whole. These young people are up against a lot, and the odds aren't in their favor.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Opportunity Youth

A Promising Case for Refocusing Your Enrollment Marketing Channels

Posted by Dara Warn on 6/11/15 4:30 PM

It’s no secret that the biggest challenge for career schools today is increasing enrollments. In recent news, Universal Technical Institute experienced a 9.79% decrease in their enrollments between March of 2014 and March of 2015.

What’s encouraging, however, is that the career school saw strong show rates for their second quarter this year (up 500 basis points when compared with their starts from the same time last year!). Due to these strong show rates, UTI expects an increase in new student start growth in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention

How to Improve and Grow the Employee Talent Pool

Posted by Frank Britt on 6/10/15 9:30 AM

The skills gap continues to dominate much of today’s economy discussions. Despite steady improvements in college graduation rates and job availabIlity, employers and job seekers struggle to make a match. It’s time for employers to gain control of talent management. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce proposes a new approach to recruiting, hiring and retention: Apply lessons from supply chain management to establish partnerships with education and workforce providers to hire, train and retain skilled employees.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Opportunity Youth

3 Ways to Keep Your Students On Track to Graduate

Posted by Laurie Woychick on 6/9/15 1:30 PM

High school educators have faced significant challenges within the past decade. The dropout crisis and graduation gaps continue to limit opportunities for high school non-completers, resulting in higher unemployment rates. As a result, our communities and economy suffer.

Though national reports show a significant improvement in graduation rates, there is still an opportunity gap that cannot be ignored. According to data released by the America’s Promise, the upward trajectory of high school graduation rates over the past decade continued in 2013, as the national graduation rate hit a record high of 81.4 percent. Despite positive results, 14 states with graduation rates between 70 and 78 percent, still have much further to go.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Opportunity Youth

Top Three Takeaways from APSCU 2015

Posted by Steve Copacino on 6/9/15 8:30 AM

Penn Foster was in Denver last week to participate in the APSCU 2015 Convention and Exhibition. This conference brought together over 1,500 attendees from private sector schools to focus on innovations and enhancements in the higher education space. Having spent three days taking in the conference, here are my top 3 learnings I came away with from the show:

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

How to Prepare Students for Post-College Career Success

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 6/4/15 9:30 AM

Graduate and MentorYour students already know the career industry they want to pursue — after all, that’s why they came to you. But how well does the classroom prepare adult learners and recent high school grads for post-college success? According to USA Today, fewer than two in five hiring managers who had interviewed recent graduates in the past two years found them prepared for a job in their field of study.1

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Topics: High School Completion, College Enrollment & Retention

Alternatives to Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 6/2/15 12:30 PM

The primary purpose of the Higher Education Act (HEA) is to ease the burden of the cost of college by allocating federal student loans and grants to students. It is a large piece of legislation, and touches nearly every aspect of federal higher education policy. The HEA was first signed into law by President Johnson in 1965, and has been reauthorized 9 times. The most recent reauthorization was in 2008, so it’s likely to be up for reauthorization by Congress this fall. The amendments that are being suggested for this year’s reauthorization focus on (1) making higher education more accessible by providing more financial aid to students, and (2) streamlining the financial aid process to make it more intuitive for students and parents. These are noble, important goals, especially considering that student loan debt in the U.S. has now surpassed $1 trillion. However, economic realities that exist today in our global, “sharing economy” are vastly different than they were in the Johnson era that informed the original legislation.

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Topics: Industry News, College Enrollment & Retention

Introduced PRO Students Act: Increasing For-Profit School Regulations

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 6/1/15 4:00 PM

April 30th 2015: New legislation aiming to protect students and taxpayers has been introduced to Congress by three Democrats, Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), and U.S. Representatives Mark Takano (CA-41) and Susan Davis (CA-53). The Protections and Regulations for Our Students Act (PRO Students Act) is a comprehensive bill that calls for further restrictions on for-profit college activities. The bill aims to curb practices that take advantage of vulnerable students.

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Topics: Industry News, College Enrollment & Retention


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