While warm summer days are quickly fading behind us and we embrace the change in seasons and brisk months ahead, Penn Foster continues to proudly celebrate our 125th anniversary. Over the course of our 125 years as a leader in the distance education space, more than 13 million people have enrolled in Penn Foster's high school, career school, and college.The mission remains the same, from the past to the present: provide affordable, quality learning solutions designed to augment people's skills, and ultimately improve their employability. As one of the nation's largest private high schools, Penn Foster High School enrolls 60,000 students and graduates over 20,000 each year. In order to reach such a wide-spread student base, our partnerships are pivotal to the success of our program. Our partnerships with nonprofits, youth organizations, career colleges, public and private high schools, school districts and employers work to deliver education where it is needed most.
While we have had many milestones to celebrate over the course of our long history, we still have a long way to go as a nation to ensure all young people graduate with a high school diploma. Today, we are faced with the fact that 7,000 students drop out of high school each and every day, which means over one million young adults each year will not have that same opportunity to succeed in their lifetime.1 The importance of a high school diploma is more pronounced now than it's ever been; about 75% of jobs in the U.S. require candidates to have a high school diploma or equivalent2 thereby leaving millions of dropouts with very few job prospects.
Last year, we set a goal to graduate 20,000 students by December 31st. And we made it. This year, we're aiming to make 2015 the largest high school graduating class in Penn Foster's history and are announcing our goal to graduate 25,000 high school students by year's end! Since January, we've had over 18,000 high school graduates. Now, it's up for our students, partners, and future partners to step up and be a part of something big.
Make a difference in your community today and help us reach this momentous goal and honor 125 years of career-focused learning. Whether you are a partner of ours, or are a career college, employer, high school, or youth org seeking an education solution for your organization, Penn Foster can help you and your student or employees succeed. Let's make history.
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