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

Education Deserts: What They Are & What We Can Do About Them

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 2/10/17 5:45 AM

You’ve most likely heard of food deserts, a term describing the systematic structural inequality of access to healthy, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods across low-income and communities of color. These inequalities also stem across access to housing, healthcare and transportation.  A report from the American Council on Education’s Center for Policy and Research Strategy has proposed a new term to describe a similar situation involving educational equity and opportunity. Education deserts convey how similar lines have been drawn for educational access based on geography. The report emphasises that place matters greatly when considering going to college, especially for nontraditional students.

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Topics: Industry News, Colleges & Career Schools, Education, Learning and Development

Investing in Learning & Development, Part 3: Improve Productivity and Efficiency

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 2/8/17 2:10 PM

Companies are increasingly recognizing the value of offering training and development programs for their employees. In 2014, businesses spent an average of $1,229 per employee on training and development initiatives, according to the Association for Talent Development's latest annual State of the Industry report.Employees received an average of 32.4 hours of training, while employees in organizations recognized by ATD as demonstrating the most enterprise-wide success received 43.9 hours of training. Bersin by Deloitte principal Josh Bersin also notes that high-performing companies spend more per employee on training.2

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Education, Learning and Development, Upskilling, Skills Gap

Investing in Learning & Development, Part 2: Boost Morale and Build Brand Culture

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 1/19/17 9:53 AM

Employer spending on learning and development soared in 2015, swelling 14.2 percent to $70.6 billion, Training magazine reported.1 Employers value employee development because they see its return on investment. HR Magazine found that employers who invest $1,500 or more per employee annually see 24 percent higher profit margin on average than companies who spend less on training.2 In addition to this direct financial return, learning and development programs offer other benefits that indirectly boost revenue, including increased employee self-esteem, greater employee self-direction, better morale and a stronger brand culture.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Education, Learning and Development, Skills Gap

Achieving Historic Distance Education Success Through Championing Student Support

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 1/10/17 11:20 AM

Above all else, Penn Foster is dedicated to creating positive outcomes for our students. Earning their diploma, getting that promotion, continuing onto higher education - these are all outcomes we strive to help our student obtain. Through the dedication and hard work from our partners, Penn Foster has achieved a historic level of success with more than 44,000 high school, career school and college graduates in 2016. Of those graduates who were employed and responded to an outcomes survey, 78% cited a positive change in their job status. Significantly, post-graduate surveys show Penn Foster graduates are more confident than ever, and are finding jobs in high-demand fields, including allied health, skilled trades, hospitality and early childhood education, as a result of their level of preparedness.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Education

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

Addressing the Confidence-in-the Future Gap with a Company Mission that Matches the Moment

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 12/15/16 4:06 PM

As election post-mortems continue, a growing confidence-in-the future gap has driven a tidal wave of engagement as both sides of the aisle grapple with the growing populist anger. This gap in confidence in our nation's powerful institutions presents us with a challenge as well as an opportunity. As a leading skills organization focused on building competencies, career pathways and employment matching for today's evolving workforce, Penn Foster has a role to play in helping Americans build stronger futures. We're all anxious to build a nation where we can life each other up, and we believe education is the cornerstone sector to start:

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Education

Honoring an Army Veteran, Father, and Exemplary Student as Graduate of the Year

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 12/13/16 11:26 AM

Each year, Penn Foster takes time to celebrate an exemplary Penn Foster graduate. The Graduate of the Year is selected by student peers and a cross-functional Penn Foster committee. Graduates are encouraged to enter in the contest by submitting an essay about their Penn Foster experience, why graduating is an important milestone in their life, and what their next steps are post-graduation. This year, we could not be more proud to announce the winner, who perfectly exemplifies the grit, determination, and passion that we admire in our students and graduates. Congratulations to our 2016 Graduate of the Year, Omar Haughton! This is his story.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Education

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

Why We’re So Thankful for Education this Holiday Season

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 11/23/16 2:56 PM

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of both our students and our partners throughout 2016. As a skills solutions organization, we are proud to play a role in providing individuals with the education and skills they need to take the next step in their career and positively impact their future. However, much of this would not be possible without the partnerships we have formed that enable students and employees to pursue our programs.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Opportunity Youth, Employers, At-Risk Youth, Education

 

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