Creating an On-Demand Individualized Skills Solution

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 2/1/17 2:32 PM

Our nation’s workforce development efforts, including initiatives by government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and corporations, are at a pivotal moment of transition due to the realities of living in the globally connected Information Age. It’s up to us to begin laying the groundwork now for a reimagined workforce development system. 

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Employers, Training, Upskilling, workforce investment boards, skills solution, WIBS

3 Tips for Creating Articulation Agreements with Local Colleges

Posted by Daniel Dolph on 1/27/17 9:15 AM

By 2020, two out of every three American jobs will require some postsecondary education.1 At the current rate, the United States will have five million jobs for workers with postsecondary credentials and training with no workers to fill those jobs.1 Last week, I wrote about why this is an issue for the American economy and why there is bi-partisan support, at both the state and federal levels, for legislation encouraging colleges and universities to adopt Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Strategies, also referred to as Credit for Prior Learning. 

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Topics: Youth Organizations, CAEL, ACE, credit for prior learning, prior learning assessments

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

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

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

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

Takeaways from the 2016 NJCA Leadership Training Summit: The Keys to Building a Stronger, More Innovative Youth Workforce

Posted by Erik Hensley on 9/30/16 11:33 AM

Last week I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the 2016 NJCA Leadership Summit in Arlington, Virginia.  This annual conference brings together the Job Corps community comprised of workforce development experts, education practitioners, corporate partners, U.S. Department of Labor officials, Office of Job Corps leadership and staff, as well as members of Congress to discuss and develop strategies for enhancing Job Corps services.­

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations

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

 

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