Three Ways to Incorporate Digital Badges into a Career-Focused Curriculum

Posted by Steve Copacino on 1/31/17 2:00 PM

Digital badges are a simple way to improve student motivation. They are particularly useful for students with a specific career path in mind, because they can show future employers that a candidate has the skills necessary to succeed. The badges represent not just skills but interests and achievements that students have accomplished through their studies.

Even though badges are not issued directly by the schools students attend, these endorsements from the partner schools or programs signing the badges give students more clout. Badges contribute in a valuable way to their portfolios, making them stand out when applying for jobs.

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

3 Tips for Creating Articulation Agreements with Local Colleges

Posted by Daniel Dolph on 1/27/17 9:15 AM

By 2020, two out of every three American jobs will require some postsecondary education.1 At the current rate, the United States will have five million jobs for workers with postsecondary credentials and training with no workers to fill those jobs.1 Last week, I wrote about why this is an issue for the American economy and why there is bi-partisan support, at both the state and federal levels, for legislation encouraging colleges and universities to adopt Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Strategies, also referred to as Credit for Prior Learning. 

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Topics: Youth Organizations, CAEL, ACE, credit for prior learning, prior learning assessments

Investing in Learning & Development, Part 2: Boost Morale and Build Brand Culture

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 1/19/17 9:53 AM

Employer spending on learning and development soared in 2015, swelling 14.2 percent to $70.6 billion, Training magazine reported.1 Employers value employee development because they see its return on investment. HR Magazine found that employers who invest $1,500 or more per employee annually see 24 percent higher profit margin on average than companies who spend less on training.2 In addition to this direct financial return, learning and development programs offer other benefits that indirectly boost revenue, including increased employee self-esteem, greater employee self-direction, better morale and a stronger brand culture.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Education, Learning and Development, Skills Gap

How Youth Organizations Can Take Advantage of Credit for Prior Learning to Drive College Placement Rates

Posted by Daniel Dolph on 1/17/17 1:57 PM

The education bar is high and rapidly getting higher for Americans seeking jobs in today’s demanding American labor market. The level of skill and number of credentials required to secure a good job in America is going up fast. Out of the 11.6 million jobs created since the 2008 recession, 11.5 million went to workers with at least some college education.1 By 2020, two out of every three American jobs will require some postsecondary education, and at the current rate, the United States will have five million jobs for workers with postsecondary credentials and training with no workers to fill those jobs.1

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Topics: CAEL, ACE, credit for prior learning, college completion, prior learning assessments

Achieving Historic Distance Education Success Through Championing Student Support

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 1/10/17 11:20 AM

Above all else, Penn Foster is dedicated to creating positive outcomes for our students. Earning their diploma, getting that promotion, continuing onto higher education - these are all outcomes we strive to help our student obtain. Through the dedication and hard work from our partners, Penn Foster has achieved a historic level of success with more than 44,000 high school, career school and college graduates in 2016. Of those graduates who were employed and responded to an outcomes survey, 78% cited a positive change in their job status. Significantly, post-graduate surveys show Penn Foster graduates are more confident than ever, and are finding jobs in high-demand fields, including allied health, skilled trades, hospitality and early childhood education, as a result of their level of preparedness.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Education

Investing in Learning & Development: Its Crucial Role in Solving the Skills Crisis

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 1/6/17 5:52 AM

Almost every organization struggles with skills gaps, in one form or another. A skill gap is a gap between what employers want or need their employees to be able to do, and what those employees can actually do when they walk into work.1 In the manufacturing industry, 82% of executives report skills deficiencies in production roles have a significant impact on their ability to meet customer demand.2 In the service industry, soft skills like “customer service” and “problem-solving” are of the highest importance, yet 89% of executives in a Wall Street Journal survey reported having a very or somewhat difficult time finding people with the requisite attributes.3 For employers facing skills shortages, the impact can result in decreased productivity and efficiency, missed opportunities, and higher expenses.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Training, Learning and Development, Upskilling, Frontline Worker

 

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