Congratulations to New Penn Foster High School Grads from Chicago CRED!

Posted by Jake Sotir on 5/7/18 11:47 AM

On April 6th, friends and families gathered to watch their loved ones reach a significant milestone in their lives, as Chicago CRED welcomed its newest group of 27 high school graduates. Twenty-six men and the program’s first female graduate walked across the stage to receive their high school diplomas, taking an important step in their journey to make a difference in their communities and create better lives for themselves and for their families.

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Topics: High School Completion, At-Risk Youth, High School Diploma, online high school diploma

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

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 Our Country Must Keep Pushing Forward on Education

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 11/10/16 1:41 PM

Educators, for-purpose organizations, and employers alike have cause to celebrate. America’s high school graduation rate is at a new record high of 83.2%, meaning more young people than ever before will have a better chance of success in today’s job market. Additionally, African American and Latino students are graduating at record rates, and gains for disabled students and students of low-income families were seen as well. Unfortunately, this still means that 16.8% of young people of the traditional high school age are falling through the cracks, and will have an exponentially lower chances of success in their careers over their lifetimes without a high school diploma. What will become of this forgotten 16.8%? What sort of economic implications will this have for our country?

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Topics: High School Completion, Industry News, Opportunity Youth, Education

How a Goodwill Center is Helping the Local Economy

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 9/28/16 11:42 AM

Your neighborhood Goodwill may offer more than meets the eye. Many Goodwill centers across the nation operate One Stop Career Centers alongside their retail stores/donation centers to assist youth, adults, and families to improve their skills and education. One such Career Center in Conemaugh Valley, Pennsylvania, is now offering locals the chance to earn their high school diploma in a supportive environment. This gives community members who are struggling to find work a second chance to earn the credentials and skills needed to increase their chances for employment.

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Topics: High School Completion, Middle Skills Gap, Employers

The Choice is Yours Participants Encouraged to Dream Big at Penn Foster Graduation

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 9/27/16 5:51 PM

“Teamwork makes the dream work.” This past Thursday, this phrase echoed through the Mayor’s Reception Room at Philadelphia’s City Hall, where five participants of The Choice is Yours (TCY) program gathered to celebrate their high school graduation. Alberta Lloyd, Career Instructor for TCY at JEVS Human Services (JEVS), stood at the front of the room to present the five individuals, who were about to be presented with their Penn Foster High School diplomas. “This is more than a program – this is an opportunity,” she noted.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Penn Foster News & Events, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, Employers, Education

NJCA 2016 Leadership Summit: Charting a Course for a Stronger, Innovative Youth Workforce

Posted by Erik Hensley on 9/15/16 4:32 PM

Penn Foster is excited to be sponsoring the NJCA Leadership Summit next week (September 19-20) in Arlington, Virginia. And, on behalf of the rest of the Penn Foster team that will be joining me, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with Job Corps leaders and students from across the country.

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Topics: High School Completion, Penn Foster News & Events, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, Colleges & Career Schools

Church’s Chicken is Serving Up Education to its Team Members with Penn Foster

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 9/13/16 3:37 PM

When we think about the service industry, our first thoughts tend to gravitate toward creating an outstanding customer experience, having consistent processes, and putting the consumer first. However, the concept of serving the employees in the workforce often comes second. In a recent article on RestaurantNews.com, Ed Brett, Chief People Officer at Church’s Chicken, addresses the importance of “service” at the most fundamental level – with the employees in your own organization.

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Topics: High School Completion, Industry News, Employee Retention, Employers

4 Ways for High Schools to Support Students Facing External Responsibilities

Posted by Steve Copacino on 8/3/16 11:00 AM

Completing high school is challenging enough in ideal situations, but an increasing number of students are facing extracurricular responsibilities that make finishing high school even harder. Coming from a foster child background, having to work to support a family, growing up in a military family, and pregnancy are just some of the challenges that make finishing high school harder for many students. For instance, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 30 percent of teenage girls who fail to complete high school cite pregnancy or parental responsibilities as the main reason.1 Among girls who have a child before age 18, only 40 percent finish high school.

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Topics: High School Completion, Public & Private High Schools

How High School Diploma Programs Support Offender Reentry

Posted by Steve Copacino on 7/21/16 6:00 PM

Inmate reentry programs are, by design, intended to provide a smooth transition for convicts heading back into civilian life. These programs often include a range of components such as drug or alcohol treatment, anger management, spiritual counseling, parenting classes, and classes on budgeting/financial health. Increasingly, many correctional facilities are discovering that a high school diploma is another vital component that supports inmate reentry.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion

 

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