Recently, Penn Foster was honored with the recognition as a 2016 Tyton Growth50 company. The Tyton Growth50 celebrates innovative organizations achieving impact at scale through a combination of demonstrated outcomes across the preK"12, postsecondary, corporate training, and consumer education spaces. As one of 50 organizations selected this year, this achievement marks a significant milestone in Penn Foster's 126-year history in distance education.
Being a top 50 growth-stage company in the education sector means big things for our students and partners. Tyton's Growth Framework selects the 50 companies that best exemplify the engagement, awareness and sustainability necessary to have lasting impact. With a mission to empower youth and adult learners with knowledge, skills and confidence to improve their employability and workplace effectiveness, we're proud to have earned the designation of a Tyton Growth50 company.
We wouldn't be able to achieve such outcomes at scale if it weren't for our partners. Through our 1000+ partnerships we've been able to impact the lives of some pretty incredible individuals:
- From homelessness, to all-star student, to small business owner, Nikkaya Gentry's story of persistence against the odds is nothing short of inspiring. Graduate of Penn Foster's High School Completion Program through Dorsey Schools, Nikkaya went on to graduate from the culinary arts program at Dorsey, was hired as a chef at the Marriott hotels, and now owns her own catering business.
- Three Church's Chicken employees and former high school dropouts worked hard to earn their Penn Foster High School diploma through Church's Stride for Success program. Joann Jaso, Sherray Harley, and Brittani Seymour were honored with an inaugural graduation ceremony held at Church's headquarters, and each have plans to advance their careers through management training and continued education.
- Tyler Eaton had to drop out of high school in order to take care of his four siblings. Today, he is a proud high school graduate and recipient of the Center Director award at the Manchester Job Corps center. Tyler plans on pursuing advanced securities training and eventually enlisting in the military upon completion of his trade studies with Job Corps.
- Seeking an alternative high school experience, Martel Fomby was able to enroll in the Penn Foster High School program at Project YouthBuild in Gainesville, FL, while also attending EMT classes at a local college. Martel has since graduated and is pursuing his dream full-time at Santa Fe Community College.
- As a general foreman, Donald Karl oversees multiple projects at UA Local 51. At 50 years old, Don felt he was finally ready to pursue a college education in order to be a more well-rounded, productive individual. As the first graduate journeyman from Penn Foster College's Construction Technology Associate Degree program at UA Local 51, Don was offered a job as an instructor in the apprentice program onsite.
As we continue to pave the way forward in providing innovative and effective education solutions to meet the needs to today's youth and adult learner, a recognition like this shows that our dedication is paying off. We aim to continue to fulfil our promise of helping students achieve their academic goals and unlock their career potential, and look forward to empowering more 21st Century workers nationwide.
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