Exploring Job Corps for the Future

Posted by Steve Copacino on 10/29/15 4:00 PM

Next week, Penn Foster will head down to Washington D.C. to take part in the National Job Corps Association (NJCA) 2015 Leadership Summit. The event, held November 2nd – 4th, brings together over 200 leaders of the NJCA representing all 126 Job Corps centers to discuss the challenges and opportunities for Job Corps in the upcoming year.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Industry News, Opportunity Youth

Level Up: Understanding Metrics for Competency-Based Learning Q&A with Ray McNulty

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 10/29/15 10:00 AM

The reauthorization of the Higher Education Act has sparked debate about alternative education programs for states. Policymakers are currently convening to explore ways in which schools can be incentivized to improve rather than be forced to improve, regarding title IV funding. Both sides of the aisle are interested in investing in non-traditional learning models, with a greater focus on outcomes vs. access to education.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention

Explore an Alternative Enrollment Strategy at CCST 2015

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 10/28/15 10:00 AM

Penn Foster is happy to be returning to the Career Colleges and Schools of Texas (CCST) Annual Conference for a second year. Held from November 9th - 11th in The Woodlands, TX, this three-day event gives career college administrators from Texas and surrounding states the opportunity to learn about a variety of industry issues and network with fellow postsecondary education leaders. This year’s conference celebrates “Mission Possible: Driving Outstanding Career Education for the 21st Century,” and will feature sessions on accreditation, government regulation, and admissions.

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

How to Improve Your Students’ Test-Taking Skills

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 10/27/15 11:00 AM

Sixteen to 20 percent of students suffer high levels of anxiety before a test, and another 18 percent struggle with moderately high anxiety, making it the most common cause of poor educational performance, according to the American Test Anxieties Association.1 A variety of issues with teachers, study environment, subject matter and motivation can also contribute to poor test performance. High school teachers can't control all these factors, but we can help our students better prepare for tests by addressing some of the most common causes of test anxiety and poor performance.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion

6 Ways to Improve Parental Involvement in High School

Posted by Ray McNulty on 10/22/15 4:00 PM

Parental involvement in student life is proven to improve education performance,1 but it tends to taper off in the high school years. Some of this is only natural — as children grow into teens, it's normal for a bit of distance to develop between them and their parents. In lower grades, parents are often required to attend parent-teacher conferences and sign off on report cards and homework, but this doesn't always continue into the higher grades. We think it should — more parental involvement in school correlates with higher grade point averages and further sets students up for success.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis

Crowdfunding Education? What You Need to Know

Posted by Laurie Woychick on 10/22/15 10:00 AM

As tuition costs and student loan debt levels continue to rise, more students are turning to crowdfunding to cover their educational expenses. According to the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe, the number of campaigns using the word "tuition" increased a stunning 4,547 percent between 2011 and 2014.1 Learn more about how crowdfunding works, so you can help students who show great promise for college, but lack the financial means to get there, set up their own crowdfunding campaign and pay for college.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention

Must-See Hershey Attractions to Visit When In Town for the ACCET Conference

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 10/21/15 10:00 AM

Each year, the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) Conference gives member institutions the opportunity to learn about accrediting changes, and share best practices with one another. ACCET strives to promote quality-oriented continuing education and training through the establishment of standards and through their support of an independent accrediting commission. This year, the conference is hosted from October 26-28 in Hershey, in Penn Foster’s home state of Pennsylvania. Below we’ve put together a list of must-see attractions for visitors to the Keystone state.

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

How to Set High Expectations Without Discouraging Teens

Posted by Ray McNulty on 10/15/15 10:30 AM

High school graduation rates continue to improve and remain on track to meet a national goal of 90 percent by 2020, according to the latest Building a Grad Nation report, released annually by a coalition of educational organizations.1 The graduation rate for the 2012-2013 school year hit 81.4 percent, the highest since states adopted a new method of calculating graduation rates in 2010. Advances by black and Hispanic students help account for this trend. However, national gains are distributed unevenly among school districts, and graduation rates remain unacceptably low in some areas for low-income, English-language learning and special education students.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis

Increasing Career College Enrollment Rates: 6 Steps for Effective Lead Nurturing

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 10/14/15 1:00 PM

Turning promising leads into new students is a delicate process. Leads have a variety of higher education options and require a certain level of nurturing before they can choose which college to enroll in. As part of the recruitment process, your school can administer a lead nurturing strategy to help inform prospective students about your college and the programs you offer; ensuring they’re choosing the school that best meets their needs. Use these six best practices to improve your school’s lead nurturing process:

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention

Year-End Goal of 25,000 High School Graduates

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 10/13/15 1:00 PM

While warm summer days are quickly fading behind us and we embrace the change in seasons and brisk months ahead, Penn Foster continues to proudly celebrate our 125th anniversary. Over the course of our 125 years as a leader in the distance education space, more than 13 million people have enrolled in Penn Foster’s high school, career school, and college.The mission remains the same, from the past to the present: provide affordable, quality learning solutions designed to augment people’s skills, and ultimately improve their employability. As one of the nation’s largest private high schools, Penn Foster High School enrolls 60,000 students and graduates over 20,000 each year. In order to reach such a wide-spread student base, our partnerships are pivotal to the success of our program. Our partnerships with nonprofits, youth organizations, career colleges, public and private high schools, school districts and employers work to deliver education where it is needed most.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events

8-Point Plan to Help Students Succeed Despite Personal Hardships

Posted by Ray McNulty on 10/8/15 11:00 AM

Unfortunately, not all high school students are set up for success. Many students who struggle at school come from challenging circumstances at home, and others are facing hardships such as the death of a parent, homelessness or addiction that threaten their ability to finish high school. The national high school dropout rate, while improving, is still a crisis — according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, about 7,000 students drop out every day1. High school staff and administrators need to support students who are facing such hardships and enable them to succeed in high school and move into post-secondary education.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis

Part II – Why Companies Need Demand-Driven Workforce Development Now

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 10/7/15 3:25 PM

With the rise of the sharing and “gig” economy, along with smartphone penetration, blended learning and rapid app development changing the way we hire, myriad factors are converging together to set the stage for new company recruiting and hiring systems for entry-level employment.

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Topics: Employee Retention

Top Takeaways from Higher Ed Investors’ Back to School Conference

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 10/5/15 12:00 PM

The largest and longest-running investor conference devoted exclusively to the education sector was held on September 10th in NYC. The 15th annual Back to School Conference was held by BMO Capital Markets, a leading, full-service North American-based financial services provider. The conference showcased leading companies in the for-profit education industry, with the purpose of identifying trends in higher education.

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Topics: Industry News

How States are Re-Thinking Online High School

Posted by Ray McNulty on 10/1/15 4:00 PM

Our current education system speaks to traditional in-class learning. But there are truly many ways to learn. From corporations onboarding new employees with online training, to YouTube how-to videos, to motivated learners taking at-home courses in their spare time, forms of education take on many shapes, and online learning has offered new spaces for students to learn. The area of online education continues to grow and mature, but unfortunately, it still has some antiquated legislation to overcome before alternative education can be a viable and accessible solution for students across our nation’s school districts.

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