Steve Copacino

Steve is the Product & Operations Marketing Manager, Steve helps bring new programs to market that create positive outcomes for Penn Foster's students and partners. A graduate of Emory University, outside of the office Steve is an avid (yet poor) golfer and occasional runner.
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Recent Posts

Four Topics to Cover when Training a First-Line Retail Supervisor

Posted by Steve Copacino on 5/24/17 2:30 PM

It’s no secret that the retail industry suffers from high turnover - with a median turnover rate of 67% for part-time employees.1 This presents many challenges for retailers, chief among them the ability to ensure a consistently and thoroughly training workforce. One position, in particular, that is critical to train and yet often gets overlooked is that of retail supervisor, employees responsible for overseeing store associates either within a department or across an entire store.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Learning and Development

Forward Thinking Careers: Veterinary Assistant

Posted by Steve Copacino on 5/9/17 11:30 AM

As we continue to look at industries with fast growing careers, another that jumps out with no shortage of jobs is the veterinary services industry. In 2016, U.S. pet industry spending was over $66 billion dollars, a number that is expected to grow by an additional 4% is 2017.1 This number included over $16 billion spent annually on vet care. There are many positions within the veterinary services industry that can provide attractive career paths for youth organizations, workforce investment boards, and nonprofits to place their learners. One position in particular that has proven a good fit for entry-level employment is Veterinary Assistant - which is expected to grow by 9% within the next decade.2

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Employers, workforce investment boards

Three Reasons Why Certified Veterinary Technicians are Essential to Every Veterinary Practice

Posted by Steve Copacino on 4/28/17 12:00 PM

In today’s veterinary environment, practices of all types are looking for ways to increase revenue, improve practice efficiency, and increase the number of patients they can serve. While clinics may be considering a number of options to accomplish this, adding a certified veterinary technician can provide practices a number of short-term and long-term benefits. Whether your veterinary team is considering adding your first certified vet tech, or are looking to add to your existing vet tech staff, here are three reasons why you should employ a certified veterinary technician at your practice.

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Topics: Employers, Frontline Worker

Why Employers Should Focus on a Candidate's Potential When Hiring

Posted by Steve Copacino on 4/12/17 12:00 PM

When you are looking to fill a position in your company, what criteria do you use to inform your hiring decisions? If you set requirements that are too exacting, such as requiring a specific degree or a certain number of years' experience, you could exclude some candidates who could have been a great fit for your organization. Let's take a look at the benefits of looking at potential rather than credentials when hiring new employees.

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Topics: Employers

Forward Thinking Careers: Virtual Assistant

Posted by Steve Copacino on 4/7/17 11:00 AM

As workforce investment boards, youth organizations, and staffing companies look to provide job seekers with training in in-demand careers, one occupation that has been emerging recently is virtual assistant. As a whole, the market for administrative assistance is expected to reach over 2 million positions by 2024, creating over 300,000 new jobs.1 With today’s digital world making it commonplace to work remotely, and may small and medium size businesses looking to outsource certain administrative functions, expect many of these new positions to be filled by Virtual Assistance. Likewise, one report estimated the total market for online working, which includes virtual assistants, will eclipse $5 billion by 2018.2

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Employers, workforce investment boards, Forward Thinking Careers

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

Forward Thinking Careers: Security Guard

Posted by Steve Copacino on 2/21/17 2:00 PM

Within the next decade, the overall number of Security Guards in the United States is expected to grow by 5%, adding over 200,000 new job openings by 2024. These job prospects were described as “excellent” by the Bureau of Labor Statistics1. Security Guards are critical personnel at a range of locations in every facet of the U.S. economy, including banks, hospitals, hotels & resorts, casinos, stadiums, universities, and malls.

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

Forward Thinking Careers: Guest Service Agent

Posted by Steve Copacino on 2/14/17 3:00 PM

The Leisure and Hospitality industry, as a whole, is expected add over 900 million jobs by 20241. Guest Service Agents are the lifeblood this industry, consisting of customer facing positions such as Front Desk Associate, Concierge, and Guest Service Specialist. These positions are at locations such as, but not limited to, hotels, resorts, casinos, and cruise lines.

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

Forward Thinking Careers: Home Health Aide

Posted by Steve Copacino on 2/7/17 2:00 PM

With a growing elderly population, driven by the aging baby-boomer generation, jobs in the healthcare industry are poised to explode in the next decade. One of the fastest growing occupations within the industry, as well as in the United States as a whole, is Home Health Aid, which is expected to grow by an astounding 38% by 20241. This equates to over 325,000 jobs and will bring the total number of Home Health Aides in the United States to over 1.2 million by 2024.

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Employers, Forward Thinking Careers

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

 

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