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

3 Ways for Career Colleges to Attract More Students

Posted by Steve Copacino on 7/20/17 3:37 PM

The post-secondary education market is an increasingly crowded and competitive space. With prospective students having more options now than ever before to consider, what can colleges do to standout? Here are three simple tactics that career colleges can use to not only increase the number of inquiries and enrollments, but to attract students who will persist and thrive at their institution, and beyond.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools

Bridging the Gap: How Schools & Youth Organizations Value Soft Skills Training

Posted by Steve Copacino on 7/6/17 10:00 AM

In last week’s post, we looked how employers value soft skills in the workplace. This week, we turn our attention to the “supply side” of the equation as we look at how training organizations value soft skills. By surveying leaders at career colleges, high schools, and youth organizations such as YouthBuild and Job Corps, we are able to get a better sense of how important these organizations see these skills, and what type of training they are currently offer to prepare their learners for the workplace.

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Public & Private High Schools, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools, soft skills

Three Takeaways from Penn Foster’s Survey on Soft Skills in the Workplace

Posted by Steve Copacino on 6/28/17 2:24 PM

It’s no secret that soft skills have become increasingly important in the workplace, and yet many businesses are struggling to find candidates possessing these skills.This is particularly true in the service industry, an area notoriously plagued with high turnover.

Penn Foster recently surveyed leaders in the hospitality, retail, and restaurant industries to better understand the value of soft skills at their organizations. The survey examined the importance of these skills, where soft skills gaps exist, and what existing soft skills training employers provided for both entry-level employees and front-line supervisors.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Training, soft skills

The Benefits of Coupling Career-Focused Education with Business Skills

Posted by Steve Copacino on 6/23/17 1:01 PM

Career colleges, workforce investment boards, and youth organizations all share a similar goal: to provide their learners and clients with skills that will ultimately get them a job and put them on a pathway towards a long-term, sustainable career. To that end, these organizations have to consider both the short term market demand, as well as the long term career outlook for various positions and career paths. Additionally, they must look at all the primary and auxiliary skills that may be necessary in a given profession or career path, when developing their curriculum. While the primary or career-focused skills take precedence, including auxiliary skills, especially business and entrepreneurial skills, can lead to improved long-term outcomes for learners and organizations alike.

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, Colleges & Career Schools, workforce investment boards

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

 

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