California Suspends the CAHSEE: What's Next for Students & Educators?

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 12/30/15 10:00 AM

Governor Jerry Brown's Oct. 7 signing of a bill to grant diplomas to students who failed the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and waive the CAHSEE graduation requirement for the next three years is drawing mixed reactions. Some praise the measure for relieving students of a standardized test which had not been integrated into their educational preparation, while critics feel that students who cannot pass the test's minimal requirements are not ready to graduate. It is now up to high school educators, administrators and counselors to educate students about the implications of the new bill and ensure that high educational expectations are upheld in the classroom.

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Topics: High School Completion, Public & Private High Schools

Top 10 FosterEDU Blog Articles of 2015

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 12/29/15 10:00 AM

2015 was the year of student outcomes for the education industry. Ed tech, school districts, career schools, colleges, and youth organizations alike took a step back to review the educational landscape holistically. Stakeholders raised important questions on the future of education: how can we revise current policies and structures in order to benefit students directly? How will technology begin to play a pivotal role in the classroom? How do we reframe what it means to be a ‘traditional’ learner, to ensure students of all ages, demographics, locations, and socioeconomic backgrounds get the education they need to succeed? Below are the ten most popular posts from FosterEDU in 2015, that help provide some answers to these poignant questions:

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, College Enrollment & Retention, Opportunity Youth, Colleges & Career Schools

Penn Foster’s Rich History: 125 Years of Adapting to the Needs of America’s Workforce

Posted by Frank Britt on 12/23/15 10:00 AM

American education evolved into its current system by adapting to advancements in technology and changes in the labor market. Penn Foster’s history is rooted in response to and growth from these very same changes. Our career-oriented courses not only provide vital training to American workers looking to advance their careers and quality of life, but they reflect the education and training needs of the American employment market and help employers fill important jobs with skilled workers. Penn Foster’s offerings reflect America’s education and employment trends over the last 125 years and highlight the vital role we continue to play in equipping today's students to become tomorrow's workforce.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Penn Foster News & Events

‘Tis the Season to Reflect: Happy Holidays from Penn Foster to our Partners

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 12/22/15 1:00 PM

As 2015 comes to a close, we take a moment to reflect on the year that passed and the impact Penn Foster and our partnerships have had on so many lives. 2015 marked a historic year for Penn Foster as we celebrated our 125th anniversary as a leader in the distance education space. Over the course of our history, more than 13 million people have enrolled in Penn Foster’s high school, career school and college, and in just 2015 alone we have graduated our largest high school graduation class yet! Our partnerships with employers, career colleges, youth organizations, and school districts were instrumental in changing the lives of a record number of high school students.

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Boost Enrollment by Offering 'Refresher' Courses in These 4 Fields

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 12/22/15 10:00 AM

Because innovations in technology and changes in career practices occur so often in certain industries, the people working in those fields frequently must return to school for continuing education. About 44 percent of adults participate in some form of continuing education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics ("continuing education" includes skills training, work-related courses, personal interest courses, apprenticeships, ESL courses and part-time degree programs).1 This is a sizable amount of potential students, and it can be of great value for career colleges to offer these "refresher" classes to students.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools

Investing in Your Entry-Level Workers through Upskilling

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 12/17/15 10:00 AM

Recently, Wal-Mart began piloting an initiative to train entry-level service workers through a 6 month blended learning program. The corporation will implement this training program nationwide in more than 4,500 U.S. stores in early 2016. Most notably, this program fundamentally challenges the company’s well-known mantra of low-costs and efficiency by developing a new model based on investing in workforce development. This shift has tremendous implications for millions of entry-level workers across the service industry, especially for the retail, foodservice, and hospitality spaces.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers

Zap Student Stress With These Tools & Resources

Posted by Garth Fasano on 12/16/15 10:00 AM

All college students experience at least some stress during their college career. Most students get stressed while learning how to juggle personal responsibilities with coursework, for example, and as final exams approach. But stress levels for certain college students can soar during such times, and without resources to cope or get help, they become at risk for a variety of physical and emotional side effects. Their academic performance may suffer as well and, if it goes on long enough, they may decide to leave school.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools

The Extended FAFSA Season: A Guide for High School Counselors

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 12/15/15 11:00 AM

The White House recently announced two major changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, designed to make it easier for students to apply for aid:1

  1. Starting Oct. 1, 2016, students can apply for financial aid in October of their senior year of high school, rather than waiting until January
  2. To facilitate this, students and their families can fill out the form using tax information from two years prior to when they plan on entering college (known as the "prior-prior year"), rather than having to wait until the current year's tax season to complete financial aid paperwork
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Topics: High School Completion, Public & Private High Schools

Breaking: President Obama Signs the Every Student Succeeds Act into Law

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 12/10/15 6:37 PM

This afternoon, the White House announced a new bipartisan victory: President Obama has officially signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. On the heels of the House of Representatives favorable vote of 359-64 last week, the Senate voted 85-12 in favor of the Act on Wednesday. The ESSA is the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a replacement of the dated and universally unfavored No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

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Topics: High School Completion, Industry News, Opportunity Youth

Training Pilots from the Ground Up: What All Employers Can Learn from JetBlue

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 12/10/15 12:00 PM

Amidst a growing trend of employers implementing in-house training programs, JetBlue has recently announced that it will launch a recruitment program which will train students with no flying experience to become pilots. The program, called Gateway 7, will complement JetBlue’s six existing recruitment programs and will train two dozen students on an introductory basis in summer 2016.1 Although this particular program is highly specialized to the aviation field, employers from a variety of industries can reap tremendous rewards from applying this type of initiative to their own recruiting efforts. Read on to learn how an employee training program can benefit your business:

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers

Past & Present, Penn Foster Supports Women’s Education

Posted by Dara Warn on 12/9/15 11:00 AM

The first women's rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. It marked the beginning of the official nationwide effort to advance women's rights, from being granted the right to vote and lobbying against job discrimination to the legal use of contraceptives, and it launched the modern feminist movement.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Industry News

3 Transportation Alternatives for Career College Students

Posted by Jim Bittl on 12/8/15 11:00 AM

Transportation issues are preventing some people from getting a college education. The Congressional Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance identified the lack of efficient transportation as one of the barriers to postsecondary education1 — it limits one's choice of schools, prevent students from arriving to class on time and causes such hassles as difficulty visiting financial aid offices and libraries during business hours.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools

Retailers: A Manager Training Program Makes Great Business Sense

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 12/3/15 11:00 AM

For many retailers, recruiting and retaining skilled employees is tough. According to a joint survey from CareerBuilder and, 36 percent of retail hiring managers said retaining top talent is one of the most challenging parts of their job, and 29 percent said that recruiting skilled talent is a top challenge.1 Some retailers turn to volume recruiting to try to solve the problem, but the result is only high turnover.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers

3 Reasons Your High School Should Consider Offering a Dual Enrollment Program

Posted by Ray McNulty on 12/2/15 11:00 AM

High schools that take an active role in encouraging their students to pursue higher education should consider offering a dual enrollment program. Dual enrollment is a partnership between a high school and a local college that enables students to take college classes for credit while earning their high school diploma. In some cases, classes are taught at the high school by college-approved teachers, and in other arrangements, the high school students are taught by college faculty on the college campus. There are many benefits of such programs and many ways they encourage success in high school students.

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Topics: High School Completion, Public & Private High Schools


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