Jake Sotir

As a Marketing Specialist, Jake is dedicated to both student and partner success and provides support through email marketing, trade show organization and content development. A Boston native, Jake graduated from Elon University in 2014. When he's not at the office, chances are you'll find him at a concert.
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Church's Chicken Graduate Earns Promotion in Addition to a Diploma

Posted by Jake Sotir on 9/30/19 9:37 AM

For many in the service industry, the struggle to balance life and a retail shift schedule leaves little time for chasing career aspirations or returning to a traditional brick and mortar institution. And the opportunity to apply for jobs with better hours, better pay, or greater responsibilities often require a high school diploma. This can leave valuable workers like Chantel Maull, a two-year employee of Church’s Chicken without many options for improvement. But Chantel has a lot to celebrate having recently earned both a high school diploma and a promotion from her employer. 

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Topics: Employers, Learning and Development, Upskilling, High School Diploma

5 Best Practices for Implementing a Successful Workforce Development Program

Posted by Jake Sotir on 9/12/19 11:00 AM

As unemployment numbers continue to hover below 4% nationwide, many organizations with open positions have found it difficult to find skilled workers. As a result, many are turning to education in order to reduce the need to hire externally; employers are opting to train and upskill their workforce from within. While the return on investment for providing in-house skills training is more than worth the initial cost for most employers, generating demand and momentum for your workforce development program from the beginning is vital to long-term success.

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Topics: Upskilling, workforce training, workforce development, working learners

Celebrating the Red Rock Job Corps Penn Foster Graduates

Posted by Jake Sotir on 3/28/19 1:29 PM

On March 20, 2019, yet another successful class of Penn Foster graduates walked the stage to receive their high school diplomas at Red Rock Job Corps in Lopez, PA. These students worked tirelessly over the course of several months to finally realize their goal and take a meaningful step toward creating better lives for themselves.

Located on a converted Air Force base in the mountains of Pennsylvania, Red Rock Job Corps is home to over 100 students ages 16-24 who have committed themselves to improving their lives by furthering their education. At Red Rock, they take classes to both pursue a high school diploma/equivalent and acquire trade skills of their choosing. Trades that students may elect to pursue include Office Administration, Auto Tech, Carpentry, and more. 

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Topics: High School Completion, Penn Foster News & Events, High School Diploma, Job Corps

Phoenix Rising YouthBuild: Rising to the Occasion

Posted by Jake Sotir on 10/31/18 12:58 PM

Since 2014, Penn Foster and YouthBuild USA have partnered to provide YouthBuild students with Penn Foster’s accredited high school diploma program as well as other relevant skills training to prepare students for their future careers.

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Topics: High School Completion, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, YouthBuild

Taking Inventory of the Widening Skills Gap in the Retail Industry

Posted by Jake Sotir on 8/23/18 3:55 PM

As the United States economy continues to trend in a positive direction, many industries are still left wondering how to fill a surplus of open jobs with skilled workers. The retail industry isn’t immune to this effect by any stretch, as the turnover rate in the industry was a whopping 13% as of March 2018.¹

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Topics: Upskilling, career certificates, workforce training, Retail

How Can The Trucking Industry Combat a Growing Labor Shortage?

Posted by Jake Sotir on 5/31/18 5:08 PM

Like many industries in today’s economy, the trucking industry is not immune to the effects of the growing labor shortage for skilled workers. According to the Washington Post¹, young Americans are increasingly becoming disinterested in joining the trucking labor force, as fear of the imminence of self-driving trucks continues to permeate the industry. While such a reality may still be far into the future, the reality that exists today is this: There simply aren’t enough truck drivers to go around.

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Topics: Skills Gap, Skilled Trades, workforce training, in-demand occupations

Congratulations to New Penn Foster High School Grads from Chicago CRED!

Posted by Jake Sotir on 5/7/18 11:47 AM

On April 6th, friends and families gathered to watch their loved ones reach a significant milestone in their lives, as Chicago CRED welcomed its newest group of 27 high school graduates. Twenty-six men and the program’s first female graduate walked across the stage to receive their high school diplomas, taking an important step in their journey to make a difference in their communities and create better lives for themselves and for their families.

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Topics: High School Completion, At-Risk Youth, High School Diploma, online high school diploma

How Can Staffing Firms Do Their Part to Help Close the Skills Gap?

Posted by Jake Sotir on 4/4/18 4:13 PM

As technology continues to evolve at an incredibly fast rate, the role of staffing firms has changed with it. The average worker is finding it more and more difficult to stay current with the necessary skills to succeed in a labor market that’s requiring more of them each and every day, and the result is a growing skills gap. As that gap widens, the role of staffing firms has become more important than ever. No longer are staffing firms able to simply play matchmaker between an employer and a prospective hire; in order to remain competitive, they must be able to cultivate highly qualified candidates and successfully find homes for them with the right organizations at the right time.

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Topics: Employers, Skills Gap, workforce training, Staffing

Making the Case for Apprenticeship in an Evolving Labor Market

Posted by Jake Sotir on 3/20/18 2:37 PM

Businesses today are increasingly being faced with a similar challenge: The need for highly talented employees is moving at a much faster pace than the skills development of those employees. Rapid advancements in technology have completely changed the landscape of the modern labor market, and organizations have more of a responsibility than ever to ensure that they’re working to help close this skills gap and giving their workers the ability to survive in a highly competitive environment. In Penn Foster’s eBook, “Manufacturing Talent: The New Role for Apprenticeships in Today’s Labor Market,” author Collin Gutman details the work that is being done by several major organizations to pioneer the rebirth of the modern apprenticeship, dispels some common myths about apprenticeships, and offers a blueprint for success for businesses looking to launch their own programs.  

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Topics: Upskilling, Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades, workforce training

How Businesses Can Leverage Tax Cuts to Invest in Employee Development

Posted by Jake Sotir on 3/15/18 4:37 PM

In today’s rapidly-evolving labor market, many employers are struggling to attract and retain highly qualified and talented workers. In an article published in Talent Economy, Penn Foster CEO Frank Britt and Innovate+Educate Founder & CEO Jamai Blivin argue that, as a result of recent tax reform, businesses now have a greater opportunity and responsibility to address this growing skills gap by investing in the continuous development of their employees. With the shelf life of skills constantly shrinking and the durability of degrees dwindling, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult for workers to keep their skills current.

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Topics: Employers, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades, workforce training

 

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