2019 Commencement: Celebrating Outcomes and Learner Achievement

Posted by Penn Foster on 6/6/19 11:00 AM

The culmination of months or years of focus, rearranged schedules, and late night studying is a noteworthy achievement for any graduate, but is often even more so for those learners who pursue their goals outside of a traditional school setting. Whether through employer-sponsored upskilling and workforce development initiatives or personal efforts to start a new career path or advance within their current company, these learners are working toward a tangible outcome: improving their lives through education. And though that outcome alone is acknowledgement of success, there’s nothing that feels quite the same as walking across a stage with fellow graduates, family and friends: a cheering cacophony in the background. In fact, commencement ceremonies have become so ingrained in the culture of education that, without it, the dedication and work that lead a student to successfully complete their course almost feels like a cliffhanger ending in a movie with no sequel.

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Topics: Education, Upskilling, commencement

Watch Roadtrip Nation's "Skill Powered"

Posted by Penn Foster on 4/3/19 11:00 AM

"Skill Powered" is a documentary fueled by Penn Foster and Strada Education Network, available online and airing nationally on public television stations. It will reach over 60 million homes. “Skill Powered” follows three young people as they traveled 3,086 miles over 24 days in a green RV to find out how they can break expectations and pave their own career paths. Shyane, Alex, and Ryan met with leaders in the skilled trades, including costumers, chefs, and welders, to learn that a four-year degree isn’t the only way to find a fulfilling career! In turn, the leaders are invigorated by the enthusiasm and optimism brought by the young adults and get a little something to help them in their own work along the way. Check out Roadtrip Nation's “Skill Powered” here: http://bit.ly/2ODm56F

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Education, Training, Skills Gap, Skilled Trades, workforce training, workforce development, Skills Forward

What Types of Learning Analytics Should your Training Provider Offer?

Posted by Douglas Carlson on 1/8/19 11:00 AM

When you select a training and education program for your staff, you’re looking for more than ways to upskill employees. You’re looking for a training partner who can help you realize a positive return on investment for your efforts. By using the right learning analytics, you can not only monitor the effectiveness of your training programs, but also improve them over time. A quality training partner will help you by offering valuable learning analytics data.

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Topics: Education, Learning and Development, Upskilling, Skilled Trades, Staffing

How Businesses and Organizations Battled the Skills Gap in 2018

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 12/26/18 1:32 PM

Meeting the challenge of recruiting, developing and upskilling talent for today’s most difficult to fill occupations takes strong partnerships and a willingness to share knowledge. By giving people more access to flexible educational opportunities, businesses and education partners help learners build better lives, improve career mobility, and empower them to follow their dreams. The end result is more graduates, increased skill attainment, higher enrollments, and some well deserved recognition for a job innovatively done.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Education

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

Beyond the Call of Duty: Penn Foster’s Success Center Nominated for Contact Center of Excellence Award

Posted by Marie Murphy on 4/6/18 2:30 PM

Often the first impression for customers or students, whether on a sales floor or in a call center, customer service is one of the most important, if not the most important, aspect of any organization. And the key for excellent customer service lies in strong, dedicated employee performance.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Education

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

Innovating for Academic Achievement: LearnLaunch Institute’s 2018 Across Boundaries Conference

Posted by Marie Murphy on 1/25/18 4:07 PM

AcrossBoundariesConferencePenn Foster is thrilled to be attending and speaking at LearnLaunch Institute’s 2018 Across Boundaries Conference next week (February 1-2) at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. Last year’s conference welcomed a record number of attendees, numbering over one thousand participants representing thirty-three states. As we near the sixth annual conference, we are looking forward to having the opportunity to meet with so many innovators in the edtech industry.

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

Retail is Detail: Important Details From This Year's NRF Foundation Gala

Posted by Ronald J. Stefanski on 1/17/18 8:59 PM

IMG_0544-313798-edited.jpgMy father was a career merchant at Montgomery Ward’s department store in its heyday. Whenever he talked about his job, he always said, "retail is detail." A walk through any retail store in December validated his point: Getting the merchandise mix right in the stores, figuring out how to keep this year’s hot items in stock, the logistics and crush of operational details all handled in the crunch of the holiday push, where companies’ entire profits are decided in the span of eight weeks—all these incredible details push retail veterans to their limits, especially in an industry disrupted by technology, growing online players, and changing trends. All the more reason to capture some of the more important details at this year’s NRF Foundation Gala.

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

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

 

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