Key Features Your Admissions Team Needs in a CRM Solution

Posted by Jim Bittl on 8/30/16 3:59 PM

Career college admissions departments are facing more recruiting challenges today than perhaps ever before. According to a recent study conducted by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, enrollment among two-year educational institutions, including career colleges, decreased by 3.9%1 in 2015. This is likely why 36% of career colleges asked said that enrollment is their primary concern.

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Topics: Colleges & Career Schools

How Organizations of All Kinds Can Support High School Dropouts

Posted by Frank Britt on 8/25/16 1:01 PM

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972-2012 published in 2015, the average high school dropout costs the economy approximately $250,000 over his or her lifetime. With the average life expectancy of 79 years, this equates to $4,166 as an annual cost to the economy. Employers, educators, and government organizations are making purposeful commitments to providing pathways for young people who have aged out of compulsory school to achieve their high school diploma and prepare for the workforce or higher education. Here we touch upon how myriad stakeholders can help these students that have typically aged-out of the traditional k-12 system - and why they’d want to.

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Public & Private High Schools, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools

How to Help Students Cultivate Interest in In-Demand Careers

Posted by Jim Bittl on 8/24/16 11:00 AM

In April 2016, the White House announced the expansion of federal initiatives to connect students with in-demand jobs through free community college training.1 The America's Promise Job-Driven Training grants program will receive an additional $100 million to promote partnerships between community colleges and other training providers, employers, and public workforce systems to develop tuition-free training for middle-skilled and high-skilled positions in in-demand fields. Another $70 million will go toward the America's College Promise initiative to develop 27 new free community college programs. The success of initiatives such as this depends not only on funding, but also on effective promotional efforts to attract students and cultivate their interest. Here are some steps high school and college administrators and educators can take to help cultivate student interest in in-demand careers.

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Topics: Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

3 Tips for Teaching Smartphone Etiquette to High Schoolers

Posted by Ray McNulty on 8/23/16 11:00 AM

Smartphones have become part of the high school experience. Seventy-three percent of American teenagers now own smartphones, and one in four take their phones to school every day, according to Cell Phone City.1 Many educators are even welcoming their presence; 16 percent of schools now allow smartphones in the classroom, and educators are finding an increasing range of classroom applications for smartphone technology, including research and as an e-reader alternative. As high schools increasingly incorporate smartphone usage into the classroom, the phone usage behavior they help instill in students will begin to spill over into the workplace, making it important to teach students phone etiquette that will serve them in a workplace environment. Here are some phone etiquette lessons that high school educators can teach students to better prepare them for success in the workplace.

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Topics: Public & Private High Schools

4 Reasons Your Workforce Board Should Have a Blog

Posted by Erik Hensley on 8/18/16 11:00 AM

Your workforce board has a website, of course, but does it have a blog? Blogs can be used to post job hunting tips, job postings and internship opportunities. They can also be used to publicize your workforce board — for example, you could post articles that showcase services your center offers and your personnel. A well-maintained blog offers a number of compelling benefits to your workforce board; here are four of them:

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Topics: Youth Organizations

Checking In on Project YouthBuild

Posted by Lexi Britt on 8/17/16 11:00 AM

When we profiled them earlier this year, Project YouthBuild had successfully partnered with Penn Foster to implement a blended learning solution that provided a new option for their young people to earn their high school diploma while creating pathways to college & career success. We recently checked-in with Project YouthBuild and found that they have continued to experience success with the program. At the end of the year, a cohort of 18 students who started the program, a record 93% have completed the program with nearly 75% of the graduates planning to pursue post-secondary education, with many graduates enrolling in the highly ranked Santa Fe Community College. Post-secondary programs these graduates plan to enroll in include, but are not limited to, automotive, allied health, technology, and business.

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Topics: Youth Organizations

Win the Battle for Talent: 3 Strategies for Reducing Employee Turnover

Posted by Allessandria Polizzi on 8/15/16 1:26 PM

There has been a lot of conversation in the media about the “battle for talent.” With turnover rates for foodservice employees already reaching 110%, the need to retain talent is greater than ever for restaurants. Following a review of the data from the recently published Restaurant Industry Report: Strategies for Reducing Turnover, I reflected on this growing challenge. Here are three approaches to keeping employees engaged and committed to your organization:

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Topics: Employers

Developing a Career-Ready Workforce, Part 2: Five Personal Effectiveness Skills to Look for in Your Employees

Posted by Rachel Levy Wexler on 8/11/16 8:00 PM

As we discussed in part one of the series, the term Power Skills encompasses both the personal effectiveness and workplace skills needed for professional success. To differentiate between the subsets of personal effectiveness skills, we define personal skills as those that are specific to the individual. On the other hand, people skills refer to how an individual interacts with others.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools

Exclusive: Discover New Data on the Retention Strategies of Leading Restaurant Brands

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 8/10/16 3:00 PM

In such a competitive hiring market, the challenge of retaining employees continues to grow for employers – particularly those in high turnover industries such as retail and food service. Human resources experts understand the very real impact that engagement can have on employee retention and satisfaction, yet it is still estimated that lost engagement costs American companies $450 billion to $550 billion per year.1 How can your company better engage its employees to improve retention in the coming year?

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Topics: Employers

Exploring Blended Learning Best Practices with YouthBuild USA

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 8/10/16 1:36 PM

Last week Penn Foster had the honor of attending YouthBuild’s 11th Annual Instructional Leadership Institute. This year’s event, which took place from August 1-3, 2016 in Boston, MA, gathered together YouthBuild staff and educators from around the country to share best practices from the education field. This year’s theme, “Everyone Leads, Everyone Educates” focused on strategies and approaches for YouthBuild program staff to lead and teach in ways that reach and empower all learners. In keeping with this theme, Penn Foster presented cutting-edge research on the impact of blended learning on non-traditional learners. Read on to learn about some of the best practices we discussed for implementing a blended learning program within a youth organization:

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Topics: Youth Organizations

5 Rules of Job Search Etiquette for the Digital Age

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 8/9/16 12:00 PM

Ninety-two percent of job recruiters use social media to look for prospective hiring candidates, according to the latest annual Jobvite survey.1 This can make it easier for job seekers to connect with recruiters, but it can also make it easier for job candidates to make a bad first impression. Take, for instance, these stats from the Jobvite Social Recruiting survey:2

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Topics: Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

3 Ways Blended Learning Programs Can Benefit Instructors

Posted by Ray McNulty on 8/4/16 9:59 PM

Blended learning programs — those that combine online and in-class teaching methods — have grown increasingly popular in recent years. According to the Evergreen Education Group's 2015 annual Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning report, nearly all K-12 school districts around the country now use online learning to some degree.1 By 2019, half of all high school courses will be delivered over the Internet.2 Additionally, nearly one in four college students take at least one online learning course.3

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Topics: Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

4 Ways for High Schools to Support Students Facing External Responsibilities

Posted by Steve Copacino on 8/3/16 11:00 AM

Completing high school is challenging enough in ideal situations, but an increasing number of students are facing extracurricular responsibilities that make finishing high school even harder. Coming from a foster child background, having to work to support a family, growing up in a military family, and pregnancy are just some of the challenges that make finishing high school harder for many students. For instance, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 30 percent of teenage girls who fail to complete high school cite pregnancy or parental responsibilities as the main reason.1 Among girls who have a child before age 18, only 40 percent finish high school.

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Topics: High School Completion, Public & Private High Schools

How Your Career College Can Make a Career in the Skilled Trades More Enticing to Women

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 8/2/16 11:00 AM

Women are drastically underrepresented in the skilled trades, and it’s hurting them financially. Consider these facts:

- Women make up just 4.7 percent of workers in natural resources, construction and maintenance occupations1

- Female underrepresentation in the skilled trades is a major contributor to the fact that women earn less than men2

- In 2014, women earned 79 cents on the dollar compared to what men earned3

Boosting female salaries will require attracting more young women to skilled trade occupations. Here are three ways that career colleges can increase young women's awareness of the opportunities presented by careers in skilled trades.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools


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