National Workforce Development Trends

Penn Foster and JEVS to Host Roundtable on National Workforce Development Trends

September 20, 2016

September 22 Event held in Downtown Philadelphia will Examine Impact of Education Solutions on Workforce Development Programs

PHILADELPHIA, PA (September 20, 2016) — Penn Foster Inc., a for-purpose organization providing skills development training, credentials and employment matching for today's frontline workforce, and JEVS Human Services, one of the Philadelphia region’s leading human service organizations, announced today a joint thought leadership roundtable for community leaders to discuss how partnerships between education solutions providers and workforce development programs can improve social and economic mobility of those in the community. The event takes place Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 9:00-10:30am at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Philadelphia.

JEVS and Penn Foster have partnered to support The Choice is Yours (TCY), an innovative program created by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Municipal Court and the Defender Association of Philadelphia to offer first-time, nonviolent felony drug offenders facing a one to two year prison sentence the opportunity to receive education and workforce training along with social services rather than go to prison. As a result, the first cohort of students enrolled in Penn Foster High School will graduate with their diploma, demonstrating the success of this partnership between a local nonprofit and a national educational institution.

JEVS Human Services COO John L. Colborn, and Penn Foster CEO Frank Britt will discuss the roles of innovative workforce development and educational opportunities as important components of a toolset that helps provide members of the community a means to succeed in life. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the impact of these trends on local efforts to improve social and economic mobility of community members.

“This event is a terrific opportunity not only to discuss how education and workforce development can work hand-in-hand to create even more effective solutions to incarceration, but also a means to continue dialogue with community leaders whose vision and direction are critical to solving societal issues,” said Penn Foster’s Britt. “And we couldn’t be more proud to demonstrate this success through the graduation celebration that will take place afterward.”

Immediately following the roundtable, the two organizations will celebrate the graduation of JEVS’ first The Choice Is Yours participants, who successfully earned their Penn Foster High School diploma, with a graduation ceremony and luncheon. Event attendees will have the opportunity to see the impact a blended learning high school solution can have on the community and can speak to the participants and family members.

“A high school diploma tops the list of credential attainment that defines opportunity and success in today’s workforce,” said Colborn from JEVS.  “JEVS is excited to partner with Penn Foster in this unique relationship that not only opens the doors for first-time offenders to attain a diploma, but that also gives them the guidance and tools to help reshape their lives.”

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

About JEVS Human Services
JEVS Human Services enhances the employability, independence, and quality of life of individuals through a broad range of programs.  Consistent with core principles and entrepreneurial spirit, JEVS Human Services creates innovative and sustainable solutions to address current and future community needs.


The Close It Summit 2017

Join Penn Foster and hundreds of leaders in learning, recruitment, and workforce development for the 2017 Close It Summit to highlight and discuss competency-based education, training, and hiring. We’re excited to be part of two events at this year’s conference:

Penn Foster + Chicago CRED High School Graduation
Wednesday, September 27th at 11:00AM
Join Penn Foster and the Honorable Arne Duncan in celebrating the graduation of Chicago CRED participants from Penn Foster High School.

Workshop: “Why Now? A Case for Change”
Wednesday, September 27th at 3:00PM
Penn Foster CEO Frank Britt joins thought leaders to discuss how industry must change to meet the needs of the millennial worker and why addressing the skills gap now is imperative.



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