At Penn Foster, our mission is to provide accessible, affordable education to all. Through the power of education, we strive to build up student confidence for success in further academic pursuits and future careers. This year, we've made some significant strides towards this, thanks to the support and efforts of our incredible partner network and the communities and students they serve.
We are proud and thankful for...
1. Receiving a warm welcome from America's Promise Alliance
In July, Penn Foster joined America's Promise Alliance in support of their GradNation campaign to raise the nationwide graduation rate to 90% by 2020. We were honored to host a Virtual Panel "Don't Call them Dropouts" alongside thought leaders from America's Promise, National Dropout Prevention Center Network and Best Friends Foundation.
2. Providing on-ramps to post-secondary education
This year, Penn Foster formed new partnerships with nearly 20 career colleges. These colleges offer our high school completion program to students who want to attend their school, but lack proper credentials "essentially providing them with a path to higher education and career training. Nearly 2,000 students will earn a high school diploma through this program this year, the vast majority matriculating into the sponsoring college.
3. Sharing the stage with our college partners and students
At the FAPSC 2014 Annual Conference, Penn Foster and Sanford-Brown presented a breakout session on how post-secondary institutions can increase options for students to enroll and succeed at their schools. Then, Penn Foster CEO Frank Britt moderated a panel at the 2014 ACICS Annual Conference with from Dorsey Schools, including outstanding graduate Nikkiya Gentry who shared her incredible journey from homelessness to a culinary career.
4. Celebrating Polk County Fresh Start's largest graduating class
This summer Penn Foster was a commencement speaker during a lively graduation ceremony in Polk County, Florida, where a record 214 graduates from Polk's Fresh Start dropout retrieval program were cheered on by over 2500 of their family and friends. What an opportunity to experience this classic "right-of-passage" high school graduation ceremony!
5. The opportunity to support opportunity youth
We could not be more proud of our 6-year partnership with Job Corps and our newly formed partnership with YouthBuild USA " two organizations symbolizing opportunity for education and career training for under-served, at-risk youth. We've had the pleasure of visiting dozens of centers across the country to witness the incredible work these organizations do to change lives.
6. Playing a small role in helping to change the lives of thousands of students in year
Finally, there is nothing more inspiring and gratifying than hearing student stories first hand " their incredible grit and determination to overcome challenges and improve their lives and the lives of their families through education. Our students are all heroes!