Each year, the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) Conference gives member institutions the opportunity to learn about accrediting changes, and share best practices with one another. ACCET strives to promote quality-oriented continuing education and training through the establishment of standards and through their support of an independent accrediting commission. This year, the conference is hosted from October 26-28 in Hershey, in Penn Foster's home state of Pennsylvania. Below we've put together a list of must-see attractions for visitors to the Keystone state.
1) HersheyPark In The Dark
No trip to Hershey, PA would be complete without a trip to HersheyPark. Originally opened in 1923, the park now boasts over 60 rides and attractions, with daily shows for the whole family to enjoy. While the park is great for a visit any time of year, the ACCET Conference conveniently coincides with "HersheyPark in the Dark," the amusement park's spooktacular Halloween extravaganza. If you happen to arrive in town on either weekend preceding or following the conference, be sure to check out this unique attraction. There will be two Halloween-themed shows, a Trick-or-Treat Adventure for the kids, and a flashlight tour of ZooAmerica. HersheyPark is also offering several Dark Ride rollercoaster experiences where riders get the chance to experience four of the park's favorite coasters with the lights off! A true treat for thrill-seekers of all ages.
2) The Hershey Story
If you prefer museums to amusement parks, The Hershey Story is a great option. There are half a dozen exhibits currently on view, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about Milton Hershey's history and legacy. The museum also offers interactive activities throughout, including the chocolate labs, where adults and kids alike can get hands-on insight into the chocolate-making process. The highlight of The Hershey Story, in our opinion, is the chocolate tasting where visitors get to sample a flight of warm drinking chocolates from across the world. Enter a chocolate-lover, leave a connoisseur.
3) Founder's Hall at the Milton Hershey School
Rounding out our list is Founder's Hall at the Milton Hershey School. In 1909, Milton and Catherine "Kitty" Hershey founded the school as a home and educational institution for orphaned boys. Today, the school honors the tenants it was founded on and continues to serve as a cost-free private, co-ed school and home to children from low-income families. Visitors can learn about the Hershey's dedication to education, and reflect on ACCET's commitment to the same, during a trip to Founder's Hall.
Will you be attending the 2015 ACCET Conference? If so, stop by Penn Foster's booth (#118) to spin our prize wheel for your chance to win a custom Hershey gift basket. You can also set up a dedicated meeting with our team, and follow conference highlights @Foster_EDU using #ACCET15.