MANCHESTER, NH (June 16, 2016) — The New Hampshire Job Corps (NH Job Corps), a residential career technical training center, hosted its first annual Academic Advisory Council, a meeting of education leaders from across the state designed to foster an open dialogue among stakeholders and identify academic best practices to increase literacy and numeracy levels statewide. The gathering was an opportunity for the organization to showcase its innovative and ambitious approach to ensure positive outcomes for its students, and was attended by members of the New Hampshire Department of Education, Penn Foster, guidance counselors, principals, superintendents, teachers, nonprofits, and community colleges.
Among the accomplishments showcased at the event, NH Job Corps and Penn Foster, a full-stack education provider focused on helping students become workforce-ready thorough relevant skills training, celebrated their successful High School program partnership, which culminated in the graduation of Tyler Eaton, the first NH Job Corps student to earn a regionally and nationally accredited high school diploma through Penn Foster.
Having enrolled in the NH Job Corps’ Security & Protective Services career training program, Tyler chose the Penn Foster program because of its flexibility, supportive environment, and career training integrated throughout the program. Upon completion of his trade studies with Job Corps, Tyler plans to enlist in the special armed forces in the military, then to pursue a job in the security field.
NH Job Corps and Penn Foster began partnering in October, 2015 in order to provide young adults between 16-24 years of age opportunities to earn their high school credentials while enrolled in a NH Job Corps trade training program.
"We want to help foster independent learners like Tyler, who are confident in their ability to envision a career and take on their next steps; our partnership with New Hampshire Job Corps is a great way for us to do that,” said Dara Warn, Chief Outcomes Officer at Penn Foster. “We’ve ensured the Penn Foster program is academically rigorous so that it ideally blends with the excellent trade programs offered by the NH Job Corps. It’s exciting to see it working so well for students at all the Job Corps centers with which we partner, and now at the newest New Hampshire center. We’re incredibly proud of Tyler and his accomplishments, and are confident that he has a bright future ahead of him."
The Manchester Job Corps center, which opened in October 2015, maintains a strong focus on rigor and retention, and preparing students to pursue advanced trades, college, or the military. The center provides a wide variety of foundational skills courses, and once students reach a ninth grade level equivalency in reading, literacy, and numeracy through TABE testing, it offers options for high school equivalency, as well as the Penn Foster High School diploma program. The high school options are based on a student’s career development track; each student can select between nine trades to study, including advanced manufacturing, electrical, nursing, clinical medical assistant, facilities maintenance, hotel and lodging, culinary arts, and security and protective services.
Adams and Associates, a company involved in the operation of twelve Job Corps Centers in nine states under contract to the U.S. Department of Labor, established additional requirements for the Penn Foster High School diploma program, including 25 essays for added rigor, and a final project component.
There are 52 students currently enrolled in high school diploma or equivalency programs at the NH Job Corps. “We are a job training facility first and foremost, and we are here to help students learn a trade and get employed,” said Joan Gallagher, Academic Manager and Co-disability Coordinator at NH Job Corps. “The combination of NH Job Corp’s innovative and rigorous trade programs and Penn Foster’s demanding high school program has provided Tyler with a solid foundation for a successful career, and he’s a great example of the ideal outcome of this collaboration with Penn Foster.”
About Job Corps
Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic training. Funded by Congress, Job Corps has been training young adults for meaningful careers since 1964. Job Corps is committed to offering all students a safe, drug-free environment where they can take advantage of the resources provided. Job Corps' mission is to attract eligible young people, teach them the skills they need to become employable and independent, and place them in meaningful jobs or further education. For more information, visit: http://www.jobcorps.gov/AboutJobCorps.aspx.
About Penn Foster
Students, employers and partner organizations rely on Penn Foster to build the skills and knowledge to power the 21st century workforce. For over 125 years, Penn Foster has been dedicated to helping people lead more meaningful and productive lives and to improving social outcomes through education. Penn Foster provides career pathways for opportunity youth and adult learners through diverse and affordable online diploma, certificate and degree programs, offered via its high school, career school and college. With more than 30,000 graduates each year, Penn Foster’s online and blended learning programs are delivered in a self-paced, competency-based model wrapped by comprehensive academic, professional and personal support and coaching. For more information, visit http://www.pennfoster.edu.
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