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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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

Prepare Students to Avoid These Common Job Interview Blunders

Posted by Steve Copacino on 12/14/16 1:00 PM

It can be downright heartbreaking: A qualified applicant lands a job interview, only to botch the opportunity by making an interviewing mistake that could have been avoided. In fact, job applicants make more mistakes during the interview than during any other step of the hiring process, according to a survey of 2,100 chief financial officers by Accountemps.1 Here are some common interview mistakes that you can prepare your students to avoid:

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Topics: Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

How Career Schools Can Boost Recruitment Heading Into 2017

Posted by Steve Copacino on 12/7/16 2:00 PM

Career schools and colleges face a competitive recruitment landscape in 2017. While traditional and nontraditional student enrollment are on an upward trend, the sheer amount of available education choices makes it difficult for schools to stand out. You need a strong recruiting strategy in place before the new year rolls around to catch the attention of people making resolutions to change their lives by going back to school.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Opportunity Youth, Colleges & Career Schools

How to Help Students Understand Plagiarism

Posted by Steve Copacino on 11/29/16 11:00 AM

Educators face a widespread problem with students committing plagiarism, and often focus only on eliminating obvious types, such as neglecting to cite information from internet sources and copying another student’s work. This approach, however,  overlooks the many other forms of  plagiarism, and neglects to address the fact that students may not even know about these other types of plagiarism. It's essential for educators to teach students about  all forms of plagiarism so they don't suffer the negative consequences.

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Topics: Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

 

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