Penn Foster Partners with Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy to Transform the Lives of At-Risk Students 

Posted by Maribeth Gillen on 4/18/18 11:46 AM

I recently had the pleasure of travelling to beautiful New London, N.C. to watch 100 young adults, varying in age from 17 to 19, walk proudly across a stage in front of an audience of friends and family as they received their certificate of graduation from Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy – New London. Penn Foster partners with Tarheel ChalleNGe to offer an accredited high school diploma through the program; I was invited to the ceremony to help celebrate the achievements of the 22 students in the class who were also receiving their Penn Foster High School Diploma.

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, High School Equivalency, High School Diploma, national guard youth challenge

Dorothy Stoneman Scholarship Aims to Provide Opportunity Youth with College and Career Pathways

Posted by Daniel Dolph on 8/15/17 3:31 PM

At YouthBuild’s 12th Annual Instructor Leadership Institute earlier this month, we announced YouthBuild graduates Kevin Wilson and Elijah Childs as the first recipients of the Dorothy Stoneman Scholarship. The scholarship fund, named in honor of YouthBuild Founder and long-time CEO, Dorothy Stoneman, who retired in January 2017, was created to help deserving YouthBuild and Penn Foster High School graduates continue their education in an associate or bachelor’s degree program at Penn Foster College.

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, Dorothy Stoneman, YouthBuild

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

Youth Unemployment: Recent Study Findings

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 4/25/17 4:03 PM

The unemployment rate for youth and young adults, ages 16-to-24-years-old, is double that of the national unemployment rate. This high level of unemployed or underemployed youth is an epidemic that is affecting an entire generation. This is not the only problem affecting the job market. Employers are having a hard time finding the right candidates to fill their positions. The Rockefeller Foundation Study, "The State of Entry-Level Employment in the U.S.," shows that 43 percent of employers consider sourcing candidates as one of their biggest challenges.

The Rockefeller Foundation Study takes a closer at why employers are having a difficult time filling their entry-level positions, with such a high youth unemployment rate.

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, Employers, At-Risk Youth, soft skills

The Salvation Army: A Major Player in Ending America’s Skills Gap?

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 4/19/17 11:25 PM

Earlier this month, Penn Foster traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to participate in The Salvation Army National Social Services Conference, which brought together 500 Salvation Army officers and employees from the organization's social services branch. They came from across the United States to share best practices on how to improve and enhance the caring and support that they provide to those in need.

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, At-Risk Youth, blended learning, adult learners, High School Diploma, Salvation Army

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

Why Recent Labor Trends Demand Youth Organizations Offer Students Access to Postsecondary Credentials

Posted by Daniel Dolph on 12/9/16 11:56 AM


Penn Foster was recently asked to present at the NJCA’s Professional Development Innovation Webinar Series. The webinar addressed the need for skilled candidates for today’s job market, why it’s important to offer post-secondary courses and create career pathways for Job Corps students in particular, and how individual Job Corps centers can offer programs for in-demand skilled trades on center.

Hosted by the NJCA, the webinar was designed to focus on how Job Corps centers can seamlessly offer career certificate and diploma programs and ACE CREDIT college courses, helping students optimize their time on center. While this webinar was focused on Job Corps, the content and major themes discussed can apply to all youth organizations focused on developing college and career-ready students.

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, Stackable Credentials

How Career Schools Can Boost Recruitment Heading Into 2017

Posted by Steve Copacino on 12/7/16 2:00 PM

Career schools and colleges face a competitive recruitment landscape in 2017. While traditional and nontraditional student enrollment are on an upward trend, the sheer amount of available education choices makes it difficult for schools to stand out. You need a strong recruiting strategy in place before the new year rolls around to catch the attention of people making resolutions to change their lives by going back to school.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Opportunity Youth, Colleges & Career Schools

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

OECD Report Provides Insight on NEETs and Solutions to Support At-Risk Youth

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 11/10/16 4:48 PM

Released every two years, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s 2016 Society at a Glance report provides an overview of social indicators and addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its trends. The 2016 report, published just last month, notably highlights the challenge presented by “NEETS” and explores solutions to better support jobless and disengaged youth.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Industry News, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, At-Risk Youth, Education

 

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