The Top 10 FosterEDU Blog Articles from 2016

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 12/28/16 9:30 AM

As the year draws to a close, we took a look back to review which topics garnered the most interest on FosterEDU this year. In 2016, our readers were eager to learn how to build bridges to connect with millennials in the workplace and how to best serve nontraditional learners. Notable themes included retention of students and employees, innovative education solutions, and how to connect with nontraditional students. The biggest take home point is that it’s critically important to connect with the students and employees you aim to serve in order to understand what their needs are. Thank you for your readership in 2016, and without further ado, here are the top 10 blog posts from this year!

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Topics: Millennials, Employee Retention, College Enrollment & Retention

Adult Learning in America: What the Experts Have to Say About Non-Traditional Students

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 12/23/16 12:16 PM

In the US, over 30 million adults do not have a high school diploma.1 To shed light onto this issue, USA Today just launched Adult Learning in America, featuring leading education organizations including Pearson, Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Upskill America, Golden Gate University, and Penn Foster. The campaign calls attention to the unique challenges that adult and nontraditional learners face in today’s social and economic landscape, while also aiming to help connect adults who are thinking of going back to school with the tools, resources and knowledge needed to achieve the success they deserve.

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Topics: Education, Employers, adult learners, Employee Retention, Penn Foster News & Events

All We’ve Achieved Together in 2016

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 12/22/16 2:00 PM

As the year draws to a close, we like to take the time to celebrate all we’ve been able to accomplish this year through the hard work and support from our partners. Together this year, we’ve made a tremendous impact on the lives of our 44,000 graduates! Our partnerships with employers, career colleges, youth and for-purpose organizations, Workforce Investment Boards, and school districts have all played a critical role in shaping the futures of so many deserving individuals.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events

How Skill-Building Solutions are Boosting WIB Effectiveness

Posted by Daniel Dolph on 12/22/16 11:16 AM

Workforce Investment Boards play a critical role in America’s workforce development system. Job seekers go to WIBs with varying work experience and education but with the common goal of obtaining relevant knowledge and skills to gain employment and contribute to the American economy. Workers learn in-demand skills, which improves the quality of the workforce and enables local businesses to succeed.

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Topics: skills solution, WIBS, workforce investment boards

Addressing the Confidence-in-the Future Gap with a Company Mission that Matches the Moment

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 12/15/16 4:06 PM

As election post-mortems continue, a growing confidence-in-the future gap has driven a tidal wave of engagement as both sides of the aisle grapple with the growing populist anger. This gap in confidence in our nation's powerful institutions presents us with a challenge as well as an opportunity. As a leading skills organization focused on building competencies, career pathways and employment matching for today's evolving workforce, Penn Foster has a role to play in helping Americans build stronger futures. We're all anxious to build a nation where we can life each other up, and we believe education is the cornerstone sector to start:

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Topics: Education, Dropout Crisis

Prepare Students to Avoid These Common Job Interview Blunders

Posted by Steve Copacino on 12/14/16 1:00 PM

It can be downright heartbreaking: A qualified applicant lands a job interview, only to botch the opportunity by making an interviewing mistake that could have been avoided. In fact, job applicants make more mistakes during the interview than during any other step of the hiring process, according to a survey of 2,100 chief financial officers by Accountemps.1 Here are some common interview mistakes that you can prepare your students to avoid:

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

Honoring an Army Veteran, Father, and Exemplary Student as Graduate of the Year

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 12/13/16 11:26 AM

Each year, Penn Foster takes time to celebrate an exemplary Penn Foster graduate. The Graduate of the Year is selected by student peers and a cross-functional Penn Foster committee. Graduates are encouraged to enter in the contest by submitting an essay about their Penn Foster experience, why graduating is an important milestone in their life, and what their next steps are post-graduation. This year, we could not be more proud to announce the winner, who perfectly exemplifies the grit, determination, and passion that we admire in our students and graduates. Congratulations to our 2016 Graduate of the Year, Omar Haughton! This is his story.

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Topics: Education, Penn Foster News & Events

Why Recent Labor Trends Demand Youth Organizations Offer Students Access to Postsecondary Credentials

Posted by Daniel Dolph on 12/9/16 11:56 AM


Penn Foster was recently asked to present at the NJCA’s Professional Development Innovation Webinar Series. The webinar addressed the need for skilled candidates for today’s job market, why it’s important to offer post-secondary courses and create career pathways for Job Corps students in particular, and how individual Job Corps centers can offer programs for in-demand skilled trades on center.

Hosted by the NJCA, the webinar was designed to focus on how Job Corps centers can seamlessly offer career certificate and diploma programs and ACE CREDIT college courses, helping students optimize their time on center. While this webinar was focused on Job Corps, the content and major themes discussed can apply to all youth organizations focused on developing college and career-ready students.

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, Stackable Credentials

How JWF Industries Uses Apprenticeship Programs to Upskill its Workforce

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 12/9/16 8:55 AM

In 2014, President Obama set a national goal to double the number of U.S. apprenticeships within 5 years, sparking a serious growth trend in the system. The next year, this goal was followed by the administration and Congress investing $265 million in new funding to support apprenticeship.1 As a result, more than 197,500 individuals entered the apprenticeship system nationwide in 2015 to obtain the skills they need to succeed in their career while earning the wages they need to build financial security.2

With middle-skilled jobs on the rise – and accounting for nearly 43% of all job growth between 2013 and 2015 – apprenticeships are needed to help workers learn the most in-demand skills.

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Topics: Employers, Apprenticeship, Middle Skills Gap, Industry News, Industrial

How Career Schools Can Boost Recruitment Heading Into 2017

Posted by Steve Copacino on 12/7/16 2:00 PM

Career schools and colleges face a competitive recruitment landscape in 2017. While traditional and nontraditional student enrollment are on an upward trend, the sheer amount of available education choices makes it difficult for schools to stand out. You need a strong recruiting strategy in place before the new year rolls around to catch the attention of people making resolutions to change their lives by going back to school.

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

How a Kansas Detention Center is Using an Online High School Program to Prepare Inmates for Post-Incarceration Success

Posted by Daniel Dolph on 12/5/16 12:18 PM

Harvey County Detention Center in Kansas is finding that offering inmates a high school diploma program is a significant stepping stone in helping inmates realize a brighter future.

"When your whole life has been built around getting your gratification in short-term things, like addictions, it’s important to change the pattern of the way you think,” said Jason Reynolds, Director of the Harvey County Sheriff’s Office Support Services. “We want them to have a new mindset when they get out of jail. We want the people in the program to improve their lives when they get out."

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Topics: Education, High School Completion, adult learners, At-Risk Youth

 

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