Let me pose a question to you: If someone asked you what is the best way for a high school dropout to earn their high school diploma, what would you say? Chances are you might suggest that they try to get their GED right? While that may be the best solution for some high school dropouts...that is not the best option for all. In reality, there are many different options available for these students to earn their high school diploma, and that is what we are hoping to highlight when Penn Foster heads to the Florida Association of Private Schools and Colleges (FAPSC) 2014 Annual Conference at the end of July.
At the conference, Ray McNulty, Chairman of Penn Foster's High School Board and Chairman of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, and Jim McCoy, VP of Operations at Career Education Corporation (parent of Sanford-Brown) will be leading a breakout session on how post-secondary institutions can increase options for students to enroll and succeed at their schools.
A little bit on Sanford-Brown College. The school, a part of Career Education Corporation, has been in business for over 145 years, and aims to help adult students achieve their educational goals, Sanford-Brown offers a broad range of academic programs including Graphic Design, Allied Health, and Audio Production. Like many career schools, Sanford-Brown sees a lot of students who want to enroll in their college but for whatever reason, be it not being able to pass the state standardized test or having received a diploma from an unrecognized organization, lack the proper credentials. Sanford-Brown, in partnership with Penn Foster, has setup a high school completion program on a number of their campuses that help students earn their high school diploma and then enroll at their school.
The Sanford-Brown story is just one that we will be highlighting during this breakout session. There are many options that we will discuss: both for students to earn their diploma, as well as for higher education schools to support them. Different options will work better for different people and schools but, as this session seeks to highlight, it's most important that everyone is aware of what's out there. It's a simple idea really: there need to be systems in place that enable all students to get their high school diploma and continue onto post-secondary education if desired. Awareness is the first step towards making it happen.
Will you be attending the 2014 FAPSC Annual Conference? What are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.