How Career & Technical Education Can Benefit All Students

Posted by Steve Copacino on 7/31/17 4:00 PM

As technology and an increasingly global economy and workforce continue to disrupt traditional work and higher education models, career and technical education (CTE) can offer high school and colleges students a comprehensive set of skills and experiences designed to give them a leg up after graduation.

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Topics: Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

Bridging the Gap: How Schools & Youth Organizations Value Soft Skills Training

Posted by Steve Copacino on 7/6/17 10:00 AM

In last week’s post, we looked how employers value soft skills in the workplace. This week, we turn our attention to the “supply side” of the equation as we look at how training organizations value soft skills. By surveying leaders at career colleges, high schools, and youth organizations such as YouthBuild and Job Corps, we are able to get a better sense of how important these organizations see these skills, and what type of training they are currently offer to prepare their learners for the workplace.

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Public & Private High Schools, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools, soft skills

Three Ways to Incorporate Digital Badges into a Career-Focused Curriculum

Posted by Steve Copacino on 1/31/17 2:00 PM

Digital badges are a simple way to improve student motivation. They are particularly useful for students with a specific career path in mind, because they can show future employers that a candidate has the skills necessary to succeed. The badges represent not just skills but interests and achievements that students have accomplished through their studies.

Even though badges are not issued directly by the schools students attend, these endorsements from the partner schools or programs signing the badges give students more clout. Badges contribute in a valuable way to their portfolios, making them stand out when applying for jobs.

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Topics: Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

Prepare Students to Avoid These Common Job Interview Blunders

Posted by Steve Copacino on 12/14/16 1:00 PM

It can be downright heartbreaking: A qualified applicant lands a job interview, only to botch the opportunity by making an interviewing mistake that could have been avoided. In fact, job applicants make more mistakes during the interview than during any other step of the hiring process, according to a survey of 2,100 chief financial officers by Accountemps.1 Here are some common interview mistakes that you can prepare your students to avoid:

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Topics: Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

How to Help Students Understand Plagiarism

Posted by Steve Copacino on 11/29/16 11:00 AM

Educators face a widespread problem with students committing plagiarism, and often focus only on eliminating obvious types, such as neglecting to cite information from internet sources and copying another student’s work. This approach, however,  overlooks the many other forms of  plagiarism, and neglects to address the fact that students may not even know about these other types of plagiarism. It's essential for educators to teach students about  all forms of plagiarism so they don't suffer the negative consequences.

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Topics: Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

Three Ways Offering a High School Diploma with Career Concentrations can Enhance Outcomes

Posted by Steve Copacino on 11/22/16 12:00 PM

These days, an accredited high school diploma is a must-have precursor for long-term career success. While a diploma itself may meet the baseline requirement for many employers, offering a diploma with an additional career concentration in an in-demand career field can provide many additional benefits for employers. Whether offered by high schools, colleges, workforce boards, or employers themselves, career concentrations can go a long way to creating a more prepared, career-ready workforce.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Youth Organizations, Public & Private High Schools, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools

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

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

The Top 10 TED Talks All Educators Should Watch, Part 2

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 10/13/16 11:00 AM

Today's educators need to be willing to learn from the past as well as embrace the future and their students' needs. The internet gives access to insights of thousands of professionals who make their work available online. Sometimes, just a few minutes of inspiration is all that is needed to reignite your passion for teaching.

A global phenomenon, TED talks are viewed by more than 1 billion people every year. Powerful ideas, brought to the stage by those who are passionate about their lives and careers, are available in full-length videos on the TED website. Especially useful for educators are the TED Talks Education initiatives created to inspire both students and educators.

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Topics: Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

 

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