Opportunity Summit 2019: Reimagining Workforce When Our Future is Right in Front of Us

Posted by Ronald J. Stefanski on 5/3/19 5:57 AM

“There is an old African proverb: If you don’t embrace the young in your village, they will return later to burn it down for its warmth.”

At yesterday's 2019 Opportunity Summit, Andy Hall, COO of the San Diego Workforce Partnership, inspired the crowd with this adage at the opening session.

Keep it simple. Start with the end in sight. 

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, workforce training, workforce development

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

Staffing World 2018: Where Leaders in Staffing & Workforce Solutions Come Together

Posted by Marie Murphy on 10/10/18 9:24 AM

Penn Foster is thrilled to be participating in this year’s American Staffing Association Staffing World Conference next week (October 16-18) at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. As the largest staffing and recruiting conference in the US, Staffing World welcomes over one thousand attendees annually. As we near this year’s event, we are looking forward to having the opportunity to meet with so many leaders and discuss the key trends and challenges in the staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. 

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Staffing

The STRIVE Institute: Creating a Vision for the Business of Empowerment

Posted by Ronald J. Stefanski on 10/5/18 2:43 PM

The Business of Empowerment

The business of empowering those most in need is a tough one.  It requires huge investments of financial and human capital.  Stakeholders can’t always look for a quick return on their investment. Few understand the complex calculus that ultimately defines success quite as abundantly as the people at STRIVE

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, adult learners

Penn Foster Graduates Take Their Next Career Steps in a Hot Job Market

Posted by Frank Britt on 6/8/18 10:26 AM

This past weekend’s Penn Foster Graduation Ceremony was, as always, one of the most moving days of the year for me.  And as I watched several hundred Penn Foster graduates leave the stage with diploma, certificate or degree in hand, I felt not only a great sense of optimism for them individually, but also for them as a group.  The reason? More so than in any of my prior six Penn Foster graduations, our graduates will be entering a job market anxious for credentialed learners that have already demonstrated the hallmarks of high potential professionals in terms of discipline, resilience, and commitment to growing investment in skills attainment.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, graduation rates

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

Following Your Passion: When is the Right Time to Jump?

Posted by Steve Copacino on 1/12/18 1:39 PM

When to jump_blog image.png"Is this it? Is this what the rest of my life is going to look like?" This is a question that many of us ask ourselves - and one that all of us will reckon with at one point or another. It's also a questions that it's irrevocably tied to our passions. Young or old, we all have passions that drive us and that truly make us happy. But, if we're not currently following our passion, be it in our studies or our careers, how do we know when it's the right time to jump towards them?

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Youth Organizations, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools

 

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