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

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

Thought Leadership Roundtable: Bringing Workforce Development into the Spotlight with JEVS

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 9/20/16 11:26 PM

This Thursday, the Penn Foster team will head down to Philadelphia for an exciting double-event in partnership with JEVS Human Services (JEVS), a non-profit, multi-service organization with over 20 programs providing skills development, job readiness and career services, to name a few. The day will bring together thought leaders from the local community and beyond to discuss workforce development trends and education solutions, and celebrate recent graduates of Penn Foster High School. So what is on tap for the day?

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, 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

Celebrating New Partnerships: BluePearl Brings Education to its Employees

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 9/15/16 4:12 PM

You could say it’s a good time to become a Veterinary Technician. Boasting over 95,000 workers in the United States, the occupational outlook is only positive; between 2014 and 2024, the veterinary technician profession is expected to increase by 19 percent – much faster than the average growth rate of 7% for all occupations.1 This industry growth and demand for technicians was one of many factors behind BluePearl Veterinary Partners’ recent partnership with Penn Foster to offer a Veterinary Technician Associate Degree program. Announced today, the program is available to eligible BluePearl associates at their 50+ hospitals across the nation.2

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Employee Retention, Employers, Education

Achieving Impact At Scale: Penn Foster Wins Tyton Growth50 Award

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 9/12/16 11:05 AM

Recently, Penn Foster was honored with the recognition as a 2016 Tyton Growth50 company. The Tyton Growth50 celebrates innovative organizations achieving impact at scale through a combination of demonstrated outcomes across the preK–12, postsecondary, corporate training, and consumer education spaces. As one of 50 organizations selected this year, this achievement marks a significant milestone in Penn Foster’s 126-year history in distance education.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, Employers

2016 Southwest Pathways Conference: Positioning Opportunity Youth for Educational and Career Success

Posted by Jeff Bentley on 5/12/16 2:30 PM

Welcome to my inaugural blog post for Penn Foster! Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the  excellent and informative 2016 Southwest Pathways Conference. It was the 2nd annual conference hosted by the Global Pathways Institute that focuses on collaboration between educators, workforce development, and industry to provide young people, especially those disconnected from both school and work, the necessary tools to lead productive and successful lives.

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

3 Things We’re Looking Forward to at the 2016 Southwest Pathways Conference

Posted by Steve Copacino on 4/28/16 11:30 AM

Next week, Penn Foster will travel to Scottsdale, Arizona to take part in the 2016 Southwest Pathways Conference. The three day event, run by Arizona State University’s Global Pathways Institute, seeks to bring together leading employers, educators, and workforce development experts to discuss the most promising ways to improve college and career readiness among America’s youth. As both a sponsor and a speaker, we are grateful for the opportunity to participate in this year’s conference. Here are the top three sessions we’re looking forward to at the event:

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools

 

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