Bliss Parsons

As a member of the marketing communications team, Bliss enjoys creating relevant and inspiring content about accessible education. She is a proud alumna of Mount Holyoke College and loves creating custom emojis of people's faces in Slack.
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Youth Unemployment: Recent Study Findings

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 4/25/17 4:03 PM

The unemployment rate for youth and young adults, ages 16-to-24-years-old, is double that of the national unemployment rate. This high level of unemployed or underemployed youth is an epidemic that is affecting an entire generation. This is not the only problem affecting the job market. Employers are having a hard time finding the right candidates to fill their positions. The Rockefeller Foundation Study, "The State of Entry-Level Employment in the U.S.," shows that 43 percent of employers consider sourcing candidates as one of their biggest challenges.

The Rockefeller Foundation Study takes a closer at why employers are having a difficult time filling their entry-level positions, with such a high youth unemployment rate.

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, Employers, At-Risk Youth, soft skills

Closing the Loop on Employer Expectations and Job Seeker Skills

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 4/4/17 1:56 PM

Entry-level job seekers are frequently struggling with in-person interviews. The cognitive skills they learned throughout their education may get them in front of a hiring manager, but employers are also demanding soft skills. Both parties end up wasting time and resources due to these mismatches, but there are ways to close this loop.

 

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

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

The Skills that Set Candidates Apart Today

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 2/17/17 5:00 AM

There are always lists of the latest ‘hot skills’ in demand. But even the most sought-after skills need to be accompanied by soft skills in order to be desireable. Soft skills give job seekers the competitive edge needed to land a job. It’s not just nuts-and-bolts training; you could be a UI designer or senior software engineer, and still be turned down if you’re not the right culture fit. Here, we examine what it takes beyond knowing ‘your stuff’ and what employers say set candidates apart.

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Topics: Employers, Millennials, soft skills, Skills Gap

Education Deserts: What They Are & What We Can Do About Them

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 2/10/17 5:45 AM

You’ve most likely heard of food deserts, a term describing the systematic structural inequality of access to healthy, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods across low-income and communities of color. These inequalities also stem across access to housing, healthcare and transportation.  A report from the American Council on Education’s Center for Policy and Research Strategy has proposed a new term to describe a similar situation involving educational equity and opportunity. Education deserts convey how similar lines have been drawn for educational access based on geography. The report emphasises that place matters greatly when considering going to college, especially for nontraditional students.

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Topics: Industry News, Colleges & Career Schools, Education, Learning and Development

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

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: Employee Retention, College Enrollment & Retention, Millennials

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

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

 

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