SCRANTON, PA (June 12, 2018) — Penn Foster, a leading provider of education and training focused on middle skilled occupations, announced today it has been named a 2018-2019 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, an organization that reviews and selects the higher education institutions that provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses. Now in its 17th year, the Military Friendly Schools list is viewed as the standard for military personnel who are looking to continue their education or workforce training post-service.
“We are truly honored to be recognized as a Military Friendly School, particularly because Penn Foster has supported the military from its earliest days,” said Mark Slayton, Senior Vice President, Student Success, Penn Foster. “We’re proud to continue and improve what we consider to be a critical service for our vets — providing them with affordable, flexible, blended learning and skills training programs that offer a vast range of possibilities as they look to create new lives for themselves and their families.”
Penn Foster has a long and storied history of working alongside military veterans and their families, beginning with its founder, Thomas Foster, himself a Civil War veteran. Since then, Penn Foster — previously known as International Correspondence Schools — provided the high school curricula for the US Marine Corps Institute in 1920, and for the US Coast Guard Institute in 1926. During World War II, ICS trained GIs in the field as well as “Rosie the Riveter” women on the home front. Today, Penn Foster accepts both the GI Bill™ for veterans, and MyCAA benefits that assist spouses of those currently in active military duty in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2 and O1-O2. In addition, Penn Foster holds annual support drives that benefit a VA Care Home for retired veterans and a homeless shelter for veterans in the Scranton, PA area.
Omar Haughton, Penn Foster’s 2017 Graduate of the Year, is an Army veteran who is currently completing his second Penn Foster degree in Criminal Justice. After sustaining a traumatic brain injury while serving in Afghanistan, Haughton embraced the flexibility of Penn Foster’s programs, which allow him to earn degrees while working in his field and caring for his young family. “As veterans, we have earned these [education] benefits — and I encourage other veterans to utilize them,” said Haughton. “At the end of the day, degree holders have higher earning potential than personnel without a degree. I wouldn’t be where I am now without Penn Foster.”
The Military Friendly Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from veteran students and responses to a proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly Schools survey from participating institutions. This prestigious list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies, veteran students, and proprietary survey information from participating organizations. Of the 1,400 schools participating in the 2018-2019 survey, 941 schools earned the designation.
The survey questions, methodology, criteria, and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Ernst & Young, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, independently evaluated the scoring methodology used for the Military Friendly Schools list using the criteria set forth by Victory Media. The
services performed by EY are were limited to advisory procedures and do not provide assurance over the scoring methodology.
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 40,000 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 https://www.pennfoster.edu/ or our partners site at https://partners.pennfoster.edu/.
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