All We’ve Achieved Together in 2016

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 12/22/16 2:00 PM

As the year draws to a close, we like to take the time to celebrate all we’ve been able to accomplish this year through the hard work and support from our partners. Together this year, we’ve made a tremendous impact on the lives of our 44,000 graduates! Our partnerships with employers, career colleges, youth and for-purpose organizations, Workforce Investment Boards, and school districts have all played a critical role in shaping the futures of so many deserving individuals.

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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

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

Penn Foster High School Receives AdvancED Accreditation

Posted by Steve Copacino on 11/15/16 2:00 PM

AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. Serving as a trusted partner to over 32,000 schools, AdvancED is a non-profit organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of Pre-K - 12 schools to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. Joining this esteemed list of partners, Penn Foster High School is proud to announce that we are now nationally accredited by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission. After a thorough review, AdvancED made their accreditation decision based on Penn Foster’s deep concern for student success, strong culture, and unique use of digital learning technologies and resources.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Youth Organizations, Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

Help Your Students Feel More Confident and Motivated at OSBA 2016

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 11/12/16 9:02 PM

Penn Foster is excited to be joining the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Capital Conference this weekend! Hosted in Columbus, OH this annual event brings together more than 4,000 school board members, superintendents, and education leaders from across Ohio. Attendees will hear from industry leaders and share new ideas on technology, leadership, and supporting students' academic achievement.
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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Public & Private High Schools

Improving Student Outcomes through Innovation at CAPPS and CCST 2016

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 11/2/16 11:19 AM

Last month the Penn Foster team traveled to Pasadena, CA and Austin, TX for the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools 32nd Annual Conference in Pasadena, CA, and the Career Colleges and Schools of Texas 2016 Annual Conference in Austin, TX. At these two regional conferences, leaders in the private postsecondary education space discussed opportunities for growth and innovation in the industry. This year, the two conferences shared a common theme in their emphasis on student outcomes. New Department of Education regulations are placing an increased emphasis on job placement and retention, and schools are keen to explore sustainable avenues improve these metrics. Below we highlight several of the solutions proposed at these conferences to strengthen student outcomes:

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Colleges & Career Schools

Celebrating National Vet Tech Week: A Thank You Note to our Partners

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 10/24/16 3:45 PM

Founded in 1993, National Vet Tech Week provides an opportunity to explicitly celebrate the contributions of veterinary technicians each year. Celebrated last week, the 2016 National Vet Tech Week highlighted “Veterinary Nursing in Action,” speaking to the diversity of expertise required of veterinary technicians in the workplace; they are capable of offering nursing care to all manner of species. Although veterinary technicians are valued every day of the year, we joined our partners last week in honoring their commitment to compassionate, high-quality veterinary care for all animals.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Industry News, Employers, Education

Bridging the Gap: Discover 4 Key Strategies to Enhance Workplace Readiness

Posted by Steve Copacino on 10/20/16 11:46 PM

The numbers don't lie: the #1 skill HR professionals said was most needed by new hires in the past 12 months was soft skills1. These soft skills, also known as Power Skills, include communication, teamwork, integrity, and problem solving and are critical for success in the workplace. Unfortunately, many employers and schools lack the resources to help develop these valuable skills.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, Public & Private High Schools, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools

4 Learnings on Competency-Based Education from the 2016 Close It Summit

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 10/19/16 12:19 PM

Kicking off just two weeks ago, the 4th Annual Close IT Summit in Dallas, TX brought together over 500 leaders from workforce investment boards, for-purpose organizations, and employers to focus on emerging trends in workforce development. The primary topic of conversation in 2016? Competency-based education, training, and hiring.

With the annual goal of the summit being to “close” the skills gap in America, speakers at the 2016 event dug into the growing emphasis on competencies, the need for new employment models, shifting hiring practices by employers, and the future of education. The Close It Summit can ultimately be considered as the epicenter for the shifting trends in competency-based education. From the conversations in keynotes, sessions, and conference exchanges, we compiled our top four learnings from the 2016 Close IT Summit below.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Penn Foster News & Events, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, Employers, Education

The Shift: Competency-Based Learning to Take Center Stage at 2016 Close It Summit

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 10/4/16 6:09 PM

This evening marks the kickoff of the 2016 Close It Summit in Dallas, TX hosted by nonprofit Innovate+Educate, a national leader in developing strategies and implementing solutions to address the skills gap! The title of this year’s conference is SHIFT Happens: No Turning Back in reference to the ever-evolving education, training, and hiring space. In particular, the 2016 summit is to be focused on the shift toward competencies and the innovative new changes happening in competency-based education.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Penn Foster News & Events, Industry News, Employee Retention, Employers, Education

 

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