While Unemployment Rate Decreases, Skills Gap Remains

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 8/25/17 8:41 AM

Even though the unemployment rate in the United States has steadily decreased in recent years, job openings are now more plentiful than ever - as was seen in the most recent Department of Labor jobs report. Companies large and small are struggling to find the skilled workers they need, which had led to a drop in hiring - particularly in middle skils careers. Employers need to take action to address this skills gap and get hiring rates on the upswing once more.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools, Skills Gap

How Career & Technical Education Can Benefit All Students

Posted by Steve Copacino on 7/31/17 4:00 PM

As technology and an increasingly global economy and workforce continue to disrupt traditional work and higher education models, career and technical education (CTE) can offer high school and colleges students a comprehensive set of skills and experiences designed to give them a leg up after graduation.

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

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

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

3 Takeaways from CECU 2017

Posted by Andrea Lockett on 6/16/17 4:21 PM

Last week, Penn Foster traveled to Las Vegas to attend and exhibit at the 2017 CECU Convention. This conference has become an annual voyage for the Penn Foster team. The insights we extract from conversations with partners, colleagues and industry leaders are an invaluable tool we deploy to help us better improve on our education solutions. CECU provides us with actionable ideas for how we can better serve the needs of technical and career colleges.

Every year features new ideas, challenges and discourse. Here are three things I took away from this year’s convention.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools, blended learning

Youth Organizations Can Increase College Placement Rates by Offering Dual Enrollment High School Programs

Posted by Daniel Dolph on 5/4/17 12:02 PM

In today’s competitive job market it’s nearly impossible to find a job without a postsecondary credential or degree. For example, there have been 11.6 million jobs created since the 2008 economic recession, and an overwhelming majority of these jobs – 11.5 million – have gone to workers with at least some postsecondary education.1

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Colleges & Career Schools, college completion, Dual Enrollment

How Career Colleges Can Increase Retention and Graduation Rates by Offering Remediation

Posted by Andrea Lockett on 3/16/17 11:03 PM

More than 95 percent of American colleges enrolled students who required remedial course work in the 2014-2015 academic year, according to a recent Hechinger Report. And, of the students that took remedial courses while enrolled in a two- or four-year college, 30 percent did not complete their degree.

There are two significant insights that can be made based on the findings of the Hechinger report.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools, remediation, graduation rates

How We Can Help Encourage More College Enrollments

Posted by Dara Warn on 3/16/17 10:00 AM

Low-income and low-opportunity high school students have reached a 74.6 percent graduation rate. These steady improvements are a step in the right direction, as targeted interventions help at-risk demographics to achieve their goals. However, their post-secondary education pathway is often challenging. High schools need to put resources in place to show low-income students feasible options for their post-graduation learning.

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Topics: High School Completion, Opportunity Youth, Colleges & Career Schools, At-Risk Youth, Education, High School Diploma

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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