CAEL International Conference

Penn Foster Sponsors, Attends CAEL International Conference

November 09, 2016

Annual Conference Focuses on Education and Workforce Alignment - a Primary Penn Foster Mission

CHICAGO, IL, (November 9, 2016) — Penn Foster, a leading skills solutions organization focused on providing competencies, credentials, career pathways and employment matching for today's evolving workforce, today announced its participation in the annual CAEL (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning) International conference, held November 9-11, 2016 in Chicago. Penn Foster will both sponsor and attend the conference in support of CAEL's mission and focus on education/workforce issues.

The annual CAEL conference brings together more than 500 participants to learn, network, and work together to make lifelong learning accessible to adults around the world. The 2016 conference theme, "Partners in Progress: Unite to Educate America's Workforce," examines partnerships among universities and colleges, corporations, government, non-profit organizations, and workforce developers. Attendees will learn how these entities can work together to help adults thrive in their educational aspirations and flourish in their careers.

Both Penn Foster and CAEL have established partnerships with postsecondary institutions, employers, for-purpose organizations, and communities to expand opportunities for learning, employability and career success for adult learners.

"Penn Foster is enthusiastic to have a presence at this important conference," said Kevin Bauman, Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships & Alliances, Penn Foster Education Group. "Not only is CAEL a leader in the adult education world, but this year's 'workforce' theme is incredibly relevant to our shared mission of partnering with a diverse set of organizations to create opportunities to help set individuals up for success as they enter into or progress in the working world."

Attendees include college faculty and administrators, HR professionals, workforce developers and representatives from labor and government.

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization based in Chicago, Illinois that assists adults with their educational endeavors, finding practical ways to earn college credit for learning acquired through training and work experiences. CAEL works with the public sector, private sector industries and higher education institutions to ensure that adult students receive the most efficient training and education to occupy a meaningful professional place in a 21st century economy. Since 1974, CAEL has assisted colleges and universities in providing college credit for prior learning. CAEL is the recognized national expert on a method known as portfolio assessment, and their Ten Standards for Assessing Learning are used by colleges and universities, as well as accrediting organizations, across the country.

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


The Close It Summit 2017

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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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