Kevin Bauman

Kevin Bauman is the Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships & Alliances for Penn Foster Education Group. He was appointed by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education to serve on the State’s Digital Learning Advisory Council. He is a contributing writer at EdSurge. He holds an MBA from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.
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The Salvation Army: A Major Player in Ending America’s Skills Gap?

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 4/19/17 11:25 PM

Earlier this month, Penn Foster traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to participate in The Salvation Army National Social Services Conference, which brought together 500 Salvation Army officers and employees from the organization's social services branch. They came from across the United States to share best practices on how to improve and enhance the caring and support that they provide to those in need.

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, At-Risk Youth, blended learning, adult learners, High School Diploma, Salvation Army

Creating an On-Demand Individualized Skills Solution

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 2/1/17 2:32 PM

Our nation’s workforce development efforts, including initiatives by government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and corporations, are at a pivotal moment of transition due to the realities of living in the globally connected Information Age. It’s up to us to begin laying the groundwork now for a reimagined workforce development system. 

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Employers, Training, Upskilling, workforce investment boards, skills solution, WIBS

Educating America’s Workforce Requires Government, Educators and Employers

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 11/17/16 11:36 AM

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the CAEL (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning) International conference in Chicago. This year’s theme was "Partners in Progress: Unite to Educate America's Workforce," and the sessions examined partnerships among universities and colleges, corporations, government, non-profit organizations, and workforce developers. This year's theme was timely as it took place against the backdrop of the results from the Presidential election.      

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Topics: Education, CAEL, adult learners

4 Characteristics of Every Great QSR Hourly Employee

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 6/30/16 4:06 PM

Your hourly employees are the face of your quick-serve restaurant— responsible for the day-to-day interactions between your customers and your business. These positions are often plagued with high turnover rates and unfortunately, sometimes the people filling them fail to deliver the quality of service your brand promises. Training and skills development are excellent tools, but they should be thought of as tactics to enhance already-existing characteristics, ones that can’t always be be taught. When hiring hourly employees for your restaurant, ensure they fit front-line job requirements by looking for these characteristics:

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Topics: Employers

Best Blended Learning Practices: What Career Schools Need to Know

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 6/20/16 4:47 PM

In the spirit of “Aligning the Future,” the theme of APSCU’s (now CECU) 2016 Annual Conference on June 6th, Penn Foster joined the conversation by discussing the positive impact on non-traditional learners that  blended learning programs can produce for students. While introducing the findings from the Center for Promise’s latest report on blended learning, we shared some of the best practices organizations have utilized when implementing successful blended approaches on their campuses.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools

Why Small Businesses Should Provide Education Benefits Too

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 3/2/16 10:00 AM

In order to stay competitive in today’s marketplace, large corporations are jumping at the chance to partner with ed-tech providers and colleges to offer education pathway programs for employees. Multinational corporations such as Chipotle and Wal-Mart are investing in these partnerships in order to attract and retain talent.1 But this begs the question as to what small businesses are capable of in terms of providing similar opportunities. Certain niche providers are starting to pop up to cater to this sector, in order to reach working learners who happen to work at the local, family-owned coffee shop instead of a Starbucks.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers

4 Ways to Encourage Employees to Stay & Grow at Your Company

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 2/23/16 12:59 PM

Many people believe jobs in the retail or quick-service restaurant industries are meant to be short-term. This leads to high turnover rates in both industries, which in turn makes promoting from within difficult. Hiring managers in these industries may wish to institute certain programs to help them retain their best employees and groom them for management roles. With some inspiration from leadership, star workers can be long-term staff members.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers

Reduce Turnover by Supporting Employees Who Want To Go Back to School

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 1/26/16 12:00 PM

The thought of juggling both work and class can often be a roadblock for employees who'd like to go back to school. At first glance, employers might be reluctant to hire workers who are juggling several external responsibilities. But employers who support their employees in earning a degree can reap a variety of benefits, including increased loyalty, higher retention rates, and greater engagement at work. Here’s how you can help ease your employee’s education journey.

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Topics: High School Completion, Employers

Know the Warning Signs of the Most Common Financial Aid Scams

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 1/12/16 11:00 AM

With the recent changes to the FAFSA, scam artists are targeting students who need help filling out the form. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently initiated claims of $5.2 million in damages against one company, Student Financial Aid Services, Inc., alleging that they promised students free help but then charged recurring fees to their credit cards.1,2 Unfortunately, this is only one example of numerous scams currently targeting students.

There is some good news, however: Most of these scams share several common traits, making them easy to avoid if you know what to look for. In your role as a school counselor, be sure to make your students and their families aware of such scams by sharing the following warning signs with them:

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Topics: High School Completion, Public & Private High Schools

California Suspends the CAHSEE: What's Next for Students & Educators?

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 12/30/15 10:00 AM

Governor Jerry Brown's Oct. 7 signing of a bill to grant diplomas to students who failed the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and waive the CAHSEE graduation requirement for the next three years is drawing mixed reactions. Some praise the measure for relieving students of a standardized test which had not been integrated into their educational preparation, while critics feel that students who cannot pass the test's minimal requirements are not ready to graduate. It is now up to high school educators, administrators and counselors to educate students about the implications of the new bill and ensure that high educational expectations are upheld in the classroom.

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Topics: High School Completion, Public & Private High Schools

 

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