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

Penn Foster Introduces Common Core Aligned High School Courses

Posted by Lexi Britt on 7/19/16 2:00 PM

Penn Foster is proud to introduce a suite of Common Core aligned curriculum into our single high school course offerings. With these courses, youth organizations, employers, and secondary school partners will be able to further prepare students for post-secondary success by promoting deeper learning, critical thinking, and problem solving. The introduction of these common core courses is aimed at improving student outcomes both during their time with Penn Foster and in their endeavors afterwards.

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Topics: High School Completion, Public & Private High Schools

5 Must-Have Elements for a Successful High School Reentry Program

Posted by Ray McNulty on 6/23/16 11:00 AM

Seven percent of American youth between the ages of 16 and 24 were not in school and had not earned a high school diploma or the equivalent as of 2013, according to the latest data available from the National Center for Education Statistics.1 To assist these young people, many school districts are offering high school reentry programs. Dr. Julia Wilkins, who specializes in helping youth with disabilities complete high school, studied the characteristics of a successful high school reentry program and summarized them in a report titled, “Reentry Programs for Out-of-School Youth With Disabilities.”2 Here are five elements your high school reentry program should have to maximize student success:

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Topics: High School Completion, Public & Private High Schools

How We Can Make CTE More Efficient and Effective - Part III, Filling the Middle Skill Jobs of Today and Tomorrow

Posted by Frank Britt on 6/14/16 11:00 AM

For many Americans, “higher education” still means a four-year degree. However, with unemployment hovering around 5.5 percent and with many students graduating from four-year institutions unable to find jobs, our perception of the costs and benefits of education needs to change. Degrees that prepare students for middle-skilled careers are often ignored or rejected, but education leaders need to realize that, as valuable as four-year degrees may be, they are not practical for every student, especially given that these students are saddled with an average of $26,600 of debt overall,1 and $32,700 when graduating from for-profit colleges.2

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Topics: High School Completion, Middle Skills Gap, College Enrollment & Retention

How to Keep High School Students Motivated & Engaged Until the End of the Year

Posted by Ray McNulty on 6/9/16 11:00 AM

Keeping students motivated as the end of the school year approaches is notoriously challenging. There’s even a quasi-official term for it when it happens during their senior year: "senioritis." Seniors may experience end-of-the-year apathy more intensely than other students, but all grade levels face the same issue and pose the same challenge to educators.

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Topics: High School Completion, Public & Private High Schools

How We Can Make CTE More Efficient and Effective, Part II: CTE at the High School Level

Posted by Frank Britt on 5/31/16 11:12 AM

Employment-focused education for “middle-skill” occupations is becoming increasingly relevant. More than 850,000 K-12 students in the U.S. are classified as “vocational,” which encompasses CTE fields and makes up just around 2% of total students. The cost to educate these students is nearly $14,000 or 20-40% greater than that of traditional academic instruction. In recent years, approximately $13 billion has been spent annually by federal, state and local governments to support youth-focused vocational education systems across the U.S., with federal funding constituting only about 4-8% percent of all state and local spending.1 This is in addition to the $16 billion post-high school trade and technical school-industry.

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Topics: High School Completion, Middle Skills Gap, Public & Private High Schools

How We Can Make CTE More Efficient and Effective - Part I

Posted by Frank Britt on 5/17/16 12:49 PM

To date, a lot of good has been done for Career Technical Education (CTE). Lives have been changed and skills have been built, as institutions and dedicated faculty have been well-preparing students for careers in CTE.  In this series, we’ll talk about how to build on the strong foundation of CTE and evolve the system while innovating for the future.

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Topics: High School Completion, Middle Skills Gap, College Enrollment & Retention

 

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