How Blended Learning Can Promote Equity and Inclusion

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 3/29/17 1:13 PM

Blended learning is the combination of traditional classroom education and digital elements, such as interactive applications on a laptop or online homework and reading. Many schools are embracing technology to promote learning. One area where technology performs particularly well is improving English language learner and low-income student outcomes.

 

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Topics: blended learning, Education, Learning and Development, At-Risk Youth

The Landscape of the Future Skills Economy

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 3/23/17 2:32 PM

We know that in order to fill the skills gap, a fundamental paradigm shift needs to occur across the workforce development marketplace. Instead of a well-oiled machine working to train job seekers, our current system is fragmented and lagging. But how do we get buy-in from all stakeholders to participate in working towards a new solution? How can we foster local employment market opportunities and fill specific sector needs?

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Topics: Learning and Development, Middle Skills Gap, Skills Gap, Upskilling, Training

How Millennials Are Changing the Workplace Learning Landscape

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 3/22/17 10:00 AM

Millennials now make up more than one-third of the workforce in the United States, surpassing both the baby boomers and generation X.1 Millennials are like no generation before them, and they are playing a pivotal role in reshaping the workplace environment and expectations. One major benefit that millennials are looking for from their employers is continuous training and development.

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Topics: Employers, Millennials, Skills Gap, Training

Discover 3 Ways to Improve College and Career Readiness at NSBA 2017

Posted by Pat Gaffey on 3/21/17 3:27 PM

Penn Foster is happy to be returning to the 2017 NSBA Annual Convention and Exposition for another year. Held from March 26th - 27th in Denver, CO, this national event brings together education leaders at a time when domestic policies and global trends are combining to shape the future of the American learner.

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Topics: NSBA 2017, soft skills, national school boards association, Power Skills, workplace competencies

The Role of Technology & Training in the Resurgence of U.S. Manufacturing

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 3/18/17 12:30 AM

For many, the industry most-associated with the term “skills gap” remains manufacturing in the United States. The story of the decline of US manufacturing has been relayed many times over the past few decades; in 2016, CNN Money stated that 5 million manufacturing jobs had been lost since 2000.1 But the reality is that the industry is facing a resurgence. Many look to modern training programs as enablers of new growth within the industry's skilled workforce. But how have these learning and development options actually evolved? How can the lessons learned about training in the manufacturing industry be applied to other markets in the economy?

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Topics: Manufacturing, Employers, Skills Gap, Middle Skills Gap, Industrial

How Career Colleges Can Increase Retention and Graduation Rates by Offering Remediation

Posted by Andrea Lockett on 3/16/17 11:03 PM

More than 95 percent of American colleges enrolled students who required remedial course work in the 2014-2015 academic year, according to a recent Hechinger Report. And, of the students that took remedial courses while enrolled in a two- or four-year college, 30 percent did not complete their degree.

There are two significant insights that can be made based on the findings of the Hechinger report.

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Topics: Colleges & Career Schools, remediation, graduation rates, College Enrollment & Retention

How We Can Help Encourage More College Enrollments

Posted by Dara Warn on 3/16/17 10:00 AM

Low-income and low-opportunity high school students have reached a 74.6 percent graduation rate. These steady improvements are a step in the right direction, as targeted interventions help at-risk demographics to achieve their goals. However, their post-secondary education pathway is often challenging. High schools need to put resources in place to show low-income students feasible options for their post-graduation learning.

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Topics: At-Risk Youth, Colleges & Career Schools, Education, High School Completion, High School Diploma, Opportunity Youth

Forward Thinking Careers: Pharmacy Technician

Posted by Steve Copacino on 3/15/17 3:00 PM

 

As we continue to look at fast-growing careers in the healthcare industry, Pharmacy Technicians stands out as yet another in-demand profession. Expected to grow by 9% in the U.S. over the next decade, adding over 34,000 new jobs1, Pharmacy Technicians play a critical role in pharmacy operations. Much like Home Health Aide, the demand for Pharmacy Technicians is largely driven by an aging population, which in turn leads to an increase in demand for prescription medications.

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Topics: Colleges & Career Schools, Employers, Youth Organizations, Forward Thinking Careers

Why Are Employers So Challenged to Find the Skills They Need?

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 3/13/17 1:32 PM

Across a multitude of industries, employers have been struggling to find – and retain – quality talent. However, the root of this issue is highly contested. While some critics challenge the very existence of it, 92% of executives agree that there is a skills gap in the U.S. workforce, resulting in companies’ inability to adequately fill their workforce.1 Where does this problem stem from? There are many factors working together that have led to the skills shortage, and we’ll explore several of them in the article below.  

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Topics: Employers, Employee Retention, Training, Learning and Development

The True American Workforce

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 3/8/17 9:30 AM

The face of the American working class is changing. Whereas once the phrase "working class American" conjured up images of men working in factories or on construction sites, today the majority of the working class is employed in the service industry.

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Topics: Frontline Worker, Industry News

Help Wanted: Combating the Home Health Aide Shortage

Posted by Rachel Levy Wexler on 3/7/17 11:00 AM

It’s no secret that the healthcare industry is growing exponentially in the United States. With an aging Baby Boomer population, the industry as a whole is expected to expand by 19% in the next decade, adding over 2.3 million jobs1. This includes jobs in every facet of the industry, including physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, home health aides, medical coders & billers, nursing assistants, and more.

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Topics: Employers, Skills Gap, Youth Organizations

 

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