6 Tips for Fostering Millennial Success: Overcoming the Hype and Misconceptions

Posted by Allessandria Polizzi on 10/26/16 2:23 PM

There have been a lot of articles and opinions on our newest and highly influential employee group, the millennial. From constantly taking selfies to expecting immediate promotions, the discussion about millennials can run the gamut from the informative to the hysterical.

One thing we do know is that this generation cannot be ignored. According to the Council of Economic Affairs (CEA), they are now the largest and most diverse population in the US. 1 As they will soon hold the keys to the workforce, here are six tips to make sure they have the skills they need to be successful:
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Topics: Industry News, Employers, Millennials, Education

Education Technology and the Modern Learner

Posted by Bobby Babbrah on 10/25/16 3:00 PM

Flexibility, flow, and reimagining how we best deliver quality education to millennials.

Technology’s impact is often felt immediately by its users but sometimes—especially in education—technology’s innovations do not necessarily take place in “a moment.” Indeed, over a sustained period of time, technology is inexorably transforming the education landscape. This transformation consists of multiple elements, starting with the makeup of the modern millennial learner, continuing to how learning is evolving due to innovations in technology, and finally to how the educational experience will need to be reimagined to adapt to these changes.

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Topics: Industry News, Education

Celebrating National Vet Tech Week: A Thank You Note to our Partners

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 10/24/16 3:45 PM

Founded in 1993, National Vet Tech Week provides an opportunity to explicitly celebrate the contributions of veterinary technicians each year. Celebrated last week, the 2016 National Vet Tech Week highlighted “Veterinary Nursing in Action,” speaking to the diversity of expertise required of veterinary technicians in the workplace; they are capable of offering nursing care to all manner of species. Although veterinary technicians are valued every day of the year, we joined our partners last week in honoring their commitment to compassionate, high-quality veterinary care for all animals.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Industry News, Employers, Education

Bridging the Gap: Discover 4 Key Strategies to Enhance Workplace Readiness

Posted by Steve Copacino on 10/20/16 11:46 PM

The numbers don't lie: the #1 skill HR professionals said was most needed by new hires in the past 12 months was soft skills1. These soft skills, also known as Power Skills, include communication, teamwork, integrity, and problem solving and are critical for success in the workplace. Unfortunately, many employers and schools lack the resources to help develop these valuable skills.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, Public & Private High Schools, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools

4 Learnings on Competency-Based Education from the 2016 Close It Summit

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 10/19/16 12:19 PM

Kicking off just two weeks ago, the 4th Annual Close IT Summit in Dallas, TX brought together over 500 leaders from workforce investment boards, for-purpose organizations, and employers to focus on emerging trends in workforce development. The primary topic of conversation in 2016? Competency-based education, training, and hiring.

With the annual goal of the summit being to “close” the skills gap in America, speakers at the 2016 event dug into the growing emphasis on competencies, the need for new employment models, shifting hiring practices by employers, and the future of education. The Close It Summit can ultimately be considered as the epicenter for the shifting trends in competency-based education. From the conversations in keynotes, sessions, and conference exchanges, we compiled our top four learnings from the 2016 Close IT Summit below.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Penn Foster News & Events, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, Employers, Education

The Top 10 TED Talks All Educators Should Watch, Part 2

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 10/13/16 11:00 AM

Today's educators need to be willing to learn from the past as well as embrace the future and their students' needs. The internet gives access to insights of thousands of professionals who make their work available online. Sometimes, just a few minutes of inspiration is all that is needed to reignite your passion for teaching.

A global phenomenon, TED talks are viewed by more than 1 billion people every year. Powerful ideas, brought to the stage by those who are passionate about their lives and careers, are available in full-length videos on the TED website. Especially useful for educators are the TED Talks Education initiatives created to inspire both students and educators.

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

Looking Ahead: Education Trends Projection for 2017

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 10/12/16 10:55 AM

Just like every other sector and industry, the broad field of education has seen a whirlwind of adaptations, innovative advancements, and growing pains over the past few years with the advent of education technology and the modern learner. Schools are working hard to adapt to new standards set by the Department of Education, edtech companies are producing endless new ways to learn, nonprofit organizations continue to find ways to engage the at-risk learner, and employers are banding together to help address the middle skills gap. At Penn Foster, we have the unique perspective of sitting squarely between all of these players. We’ve witnessed myriad transformations within these spaces, as the shape of education continues to evolve to become more accessible and relevant. As we dive into Q4, we thought we’d take a look ahead and share our five projections for the top education trends for the coming year.  

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Topics: Industry News, Education

How Stackable Credentials Can Improve Outcomes for Opportunity Youth

Posted by Erik Hensley on 10/6/16 2:11 PM

Take a moment to picture a “traditional education.” What does it consist of in your mind? Maybe you imagine it in terms of a timeline, with a student progressing from middle school to high school, and onto an apprenticeship or college, and then right into a career. While this is an idealized concept for receiving and education and beginning a career, there is a growing percentage of the population, particularly with youth ages 16-24, approaching education and career training in a more practical format. This new format is the stackable credentials approach.

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, Stackable Credentials

The Top 10 TED Talks All Educators Should Watch, Part 1

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 10/5/16 12:45 PM

Today's educators need to be willing to learn from the past as well as embrace the future and their students' needs. The internet gives access to insights of thousands of professionals who make their work available online. Sometimes, just a few minutes of inspiration is all that is needed to reignite your passion for teaching.

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

The Shift: Competency-Based Learning to Take Center Stage at 2016 Close It Summit

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 10/4/16 6:09 PM

This evening marks the kickoff of the 2016 Close It Summit in Dallas, TX hosted by nonprofit Innovate+Educate, a national leader in developing strategies and implementing solutions to address the skills gap! The title of this year’s conference is SHIFT Happens: No Turning Back in reference to the ever-evolving education, training, and hiring space. In particular, the 2016 summit is to be focused on the shift toward competencies and the innovative new changes happening in competency-based education.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Penn Foster News & Events, Industry News, Employee Retention, Employers, Education

Guide High School Students to a Stable Career With These 4 Tips

Posted by Steve Copacino on 10/4/16 11:30 AM

Young people need career guidance, but too often, they struggle to find it. A CareerBuilder study found that twenty-four percent of high school seniors say they have no idea what they want to do for a career.1 Further, a YouthTruth survey discovered that only 45 percent of high school students feel positive about their college and career readiness.2 Without adequate preparation, many young people will take whatever job is available after graduation just to make ends meet, unaware they have other options. Here are four steps high school counselors can take to point their students in the right direction.

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

 

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