How to Support the Working Learner

Posted by Marie Murphy on 7/26/18 3:45 PM

As the number of “nontraditional” students, especially working learners, rises, the traditional secondary education format, i.e. a recent high school graduate going to a brick-and-mortar college fulltime, is becoming less of a reality. Many learners are struggling to access the brick-and-mortar college because of finances or actual distance – nearly 11.2 million adults live in an education desert, or more than sixty minutes from a public college.1

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Education, adult learners

The Future of Education: Takeaways from the 2018 LearnLaunch Conference

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 2/9/18 4:45 PM

learnlaunchlogo.jpgLearnLaunch recently held their 6th Across Boundaries”  conference at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Originally held in a large lecture hall at MIT (I was there!), it has grown to 1100+ participants that draws interest on a national and even international scale (this year featured an “international pitch session” with EdTech start-ups from abroad participating). A wide variety of educators, education administrators, entrepreneurs, investor, education companies and technology innovators all come together due to the shared interest in driving innovation to transform learning and increase achievement using digital technologies.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Industry News, Education, adult learners

Five Findings on Today’s Successful Adult Learners

Posted by Dara Warn on 1/4/18 6:14 PM

When we partnered with one of the largest workforce specialist firms in the US — a company called EmployBridge, parent of six major brands including RemX, ProLogisitix, ResourceMFG, and Select Staffing, to support the launch of their Better WorkLife Academy, we were looking forward to serving a unique cohort of adult learners.

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Topics: Employers, Education, adult learners

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

Study Shows: The Perception of Online Education is Changing

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 4/13/17 1:20 PM

The perception of online education is changing. Seen for many years as the poor relation of brick-and-mortar institutions, online education is rapidly gaining respect. According to the 2013 Survey of Online Learning, perceptions of online education dramatically changed during the previous decade. Indeed, the proportion of academic leaders rating online courses as offering the same or superior learning outcomes as face-to-face tuition has now risen from 57 percent to 74 percent.

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Topics: Education, Learning and Development, adult learners, online high school diploma

Adult Learning in America: What the Experts Have to Say About Non-Traditional Students

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 12/23/16 12:16 PM

In the US, over 30 million adults do not have a high school diploma.1 To shed light onto this issue, USA Today just launched Adult Learning in America, featuring leading education organizations including Pearson, Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Upskill America, Golden Gate University, and Penn Foster. The campaign calls attention to the unique challenges that adult and nontraditional learners face in today’s social and economic landscape, while also aiming to help connect adults who are thinking of going back to school with the tools, resources and knowledge needed to achieve the success they deserve.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Employee Retention, Employers, Education, adult learners

How a Kansas Detention Center is Using an Online High School Program to Prepare Inmates for Post-Incarceration Success

Posted by Daniel Dolph on 12/5/16 12:18 PM

Harvey County Detention Center in Kansas is finding that offering inmates a high school diploma program is a significant stepping stone in helping inmates realize a brighter future.

"When your whole life has been built around getting your gratification in short-term things, like addictions, it’s important to change the pattern of the way you think,” said Jason Reynolds, Director of the Harvey County Sheriff’s Office Support Services. “We want them to have a new mindset when they get out of jail. We want the people in the program to improve their lives when they get out."

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Topics: High School Completion, At-Risk Youth, Education, adult learners

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

 

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