A partnership is built by different parties having different traits and coming together to achieve success. We've found that our partnership with Penn Foster is building upon that success. On June 3, 2016 I had the privilege to co-present with Penn Foster at the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools (OACCS) 2016 Spring Workshop on how our partnership has helped our college reach into an untapped pool of potential students, and provide students a second chance to pursue post-secondary education. In Ohio, as in a growing number of other states, students must pass a state regulated exit exam as a final hurdle to obtain their high school diploma. Unfortunately in the Cleveland, OH area there are too many students who have failed that exam and essentially have no other option to pursue education. There is no reason for them to give up on their education any longer.

In the three years of our partnership with Penn Foster, the Adult High School Program at Bryant Stratton & Stratton College has graduated 270 students from the greater Cleveland, OH area. This partnership has allowed these graduates to pursue higher education within a well-structured pathway. We have seen a matriculation rate of over 60% since our first graduates enrolled back in August of 2014. The classroom setting we have provided for the students here has helped with building up their confidence, while Penn Foster has provided a thorough and comprehensive education curriculum and platform that prepares students for the next step in their education .

This partnership has allowed us to grow our footprint in the community, and be an advocate in the Cleveland, OH area for the "Yes You Can" attitude. LeBron James stated in his 2014 Sports Illustrated essay announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, "In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have." Thanks to our partnership with Penn Foster, there is now a way for those who lack a high school diploma in the Cleveland area, to re-enroll in an alternative program and earn it. Students now have a chance to to work for what they want and achieve success.

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