How to Help Students Understand Plagiarism

Posted by Steve Copacino on 11/29/16 11:00 AM

Educators face a widespread problem with students committing plagiarism, and often focus only on eliminating obvious types, such as neglecting to cite information from internet sources and copying another student’s work. This approach, however,  overlooks the many other forms of  plagiarism, and neglects to address the fact that students may not even know about these other types of plagiarism. It's essential for educators to teach students about  all forms of plagiarism so they don't suffer the negative consequences.

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

Why We’re So Thankful for Education this Holiday Season

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 11/23/16 2:56 PM

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of both our students and our partners throughout 2016. As a skills solutions organization, we are proud to play a role in providing individuals with the education and skills they need to take the next step in their career and positively impact their future. However, much of this would not be possible without the partnerships we have formed that enable students and employees to pursue our programs.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Opportunity Youth, Employers, At-Risk Youth, Education

Three Ways Offering a High School Diploma with Career Concentrations can Enhance Outcomes

Posted by Steve Copacino on 11/22/16 12:00 PM

These days, an accredited high school diploma is a must-have precursor for long-term career success. While a diploma itself may meet the baseline requirement for many employers, offering a diploma with an additional career concentration in an in-demand career field can provide many additional benefits for employers. Whether offered by high schools, colleges, workforce boards, or employers themselves, career concentrations can go a long way to creating a more prepared, career-ready workforce.

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

Educating America’s Workforce Requires Government, Educators and Employers

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 11/17/16 11:36 AM

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the CAEL (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning) International conference in Chicago. This year’s theme was "Partners in Progress: Unite to Educate America's Workforce," and the sessions examined partnerships among universities and colleges, corporations, government, non-profit organizations, and workforce developers. This year's theme was timely as it took place against the backdrop of the results from the Presidential election.      

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Topics: Education, CAEL, adult learners

What Adult Learners Want From a Career College

Posted by Douglas Carlson on 11/17/16 11:00 AM

Too many career colleges cater to students fresh out of high school, leaving adult learners without the support and programs they need for success. Adult learners have varied academic and life experiences, and need specialized consideration and attention to make the most of their education. Making sure your school a welcoming environment for this experienced and diverse demographic can open up a new channel for enrollments, and help you cater to students who are eager to further their careers. To help guide your marketing and outreach efforts, here are a few things adult learners look for in a career college.

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Topics: Colleges & Career Schools

The Integrity of Online Proctoring

Posted by Dara Warn on 11/16/16 9:30 AM

Testing in an online learning environment is taking on a new look with the expansion of new technology solutions to protect the integrity of online courses. Online proctoring services offer a way for schools to maintain the strict testing environment of a brick-and-mortar school, while also providing a more structured and convenient option for students. Below we take a look at Penn Foster’s transition over to online proctoring, in an effort to continue building a modern distance learning opportunity for students across the nation.

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Topics: Colleges & Career Schools, Education

Penn Foster High School Receives AdvancED Accreditation

Posted by Steve Copacino on 11/15/16 2:00 PM

AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. Serving as a trusted partner to over 32,000 schools, AdvancED is a non-profit organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of Pre-K - 12 schools to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. Joining this esteemed list of partners, Penn Foster High School is proud to announce that we are now nationally accredited by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission. After a thorough review, AdvancED made their accreditation decision based on Penn Foster’s deep concern for student success, strong culture, and unique use of digital learning technologies and resources.

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

Help Your Students Feel More Confident and Motivated at OSBA 2016

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 11/12/16 9:02 PM

Penn Foster is excited to be joining the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Capital Conference this weekend! Hosted in Columbus, OH this annual event brings together more than 4,000 school board members, superintendents, and education leaders from across Ohio. Attendees will hear from industry leaders and share new ideas on technology, leadership, and supporting students' academic achievement.
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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Public & Private High Schools

OECD Report Provides Insight on NEETs and Solutions to Support At-Risk Youth

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 11/10/16 4:48 PM

Released every two years, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s 2016 Society at a Glance report provides an overview of social indicators and addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its trends. The 2016 report, published just last month, notably highlights the challenge presented by “NEETS” and explores solutions to better support jobless and disengaged youth.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Industry News, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, At-Risk Youth, Education

Why Our Country Must Keep Pushing Forward on Education

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 11/10/16 1:41 PM

Educators, for-purpose organizations, and employers alike have cause to celebrate. America’s high school graduation rate is at a new record high of 83.2%, meaning more young people than ever before will have a better chance of success in today’s job market. Additionally, African American and Latino students are graduating at record rates, and gains for disabled students and students of low-income families were seen as well. Unfortunately, this still means that 16.8% of young people of the traditional high school age are falling through the cracks, and will have an exponentially lower chances of success in their careers over their lifetimes without a high school diploma. What will become of this forgotten 16.8%? What sort of economic implications will this have for our country?

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Topics: High School Completion, Industry News, Opportunity Youth, Education

The Importance of Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 11/8/16 4:50 PM

Penn Foster is happy to announce that our Director of Early Childhood Education, Nancy Moretti, Ed.D. (ABD), M.S., has accepted the added role of Facilitator for the Student Interest Forum (SIF) at the NAEYC. Nancy has answered a few key questions below about her history of volunteer work and the importance of continued professional development in the early childhood education space:

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Topics: Colleges & Career Schools, Education

Beyond Empowerment: Engaging Opportunity Youth Through a Team Effort

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 11/7/16 5:38 PM

When addressing the issue of youth unemployment, it is critically important to raise our collective sensitivities to the cultural gaps that exist between Opportunity Youth and employers. What do we mean by cultural gaps? Young, motivated workers present a huge untapped resource that could potentially fill the employment gap in the market today, yet currently remain disconnected from the workforce. Employers have historically not engaged Opportunity Youth, for fear that these are not the right candidates for the jobs.  We believe employers must step up and develop a Cultural Intelligence and empathy towards this untapped cohort and engage them actively.  

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, Employers

3 Steps Youth Organizations Can Take to Better Develop Career-Ready Students

Posted by Daniel Dolph on 11/4/16 11:17 AM

For organizations working with Opportunity Youth, the mission is to position students for long-term employment. Obviously, the thought and work that goes into doing this is more complex than the mission statement sounds. There are a number of different philosophies for how to most effectively train and skill students. But, a common starting place is to look at the data to understand the local economy and determine which jobs and technical skills are in demand.

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, Power Skills, workplace competencies, soft skills

How “Non-Traditional Students” are Changing the Face of Education

Posted by Dara Warn on 11/2/16 2:00 PM

Recently, we’ve been hearing a lot of buzz over how the ‘non-traditional student’ is quickly becoming the new norm. Mission-based organizations and career-focused education providers are taking the helm to compile and disseminate information and profiles for this burgeoning archetype. We analyzed the key insights from two 2016 surveys on the modern-day learner: Barnes & Noble College Insights platform’s report “Achieving Success for Non-traditional Students: Exploring the Changing Face of Today’s Student Population,” and Penn Foster’s survey of 100,000+ high school, college, and career school students. Below we explore the key trends illustrated from these surveys, and why it makes a lot of sense to start seriously considering their needs when building education solutions for the upcoming generation:

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Topics: Colleges & Career Schools, Millennials, Education

Improving Student Outcomes through Innovation at CAPPS and CCST 2016

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 11/2/16 11:19 AM

Last month the Penn Foster team traveled to Pasadena, CA and Austin, TX for the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools 32nd Annual Conference in Pasadena, CA, and the Career Colleges and Schools of Texas 2016 Annual Conference in Austin, TX. At these two regional conferences, leaders in the private postsecondary education space discussed opportunities for growth and innovation in the industry. This year, the two conferences shared a common theme in their emphasis on student outcomes. New Department of Education regulations are placing an increased emphasis on job placement and retention, and schools are keen to explore sustainable avenues improve these metrics. Below we highlight several of the solutions proposed at these conferences to strengthen student outcomes:

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Colleges & Career Schools

 

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