Next week the Penn Foster team will hit the road to participate in two of our favorite regional career college conferences: the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools 32nd Annual Conference in Pasadena, CA from October 5th - 7th, and the Career Colleges and Schools of Texas 2016 Annual Conference in Austin, TX from October 10th - 12th. We're excited as always for the chance to connect with leaders in the private postsecondary education space as we explore opportunities for growth and innovation in the industry.

This year, the two conferences share a common thread in their emphasis on student outcomes. Now, more than ever before, career schools and colleges are focusing on creating successful job placements for their graduates, and are exploring various avenues to do so. Below are some of the sessions we're most looking forward to attending at both the CAPPS and CCST conferences:


Wed. Oct. 5 | 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM | Pre-conference Workshop #2 | All About the Outcomes: Retention, Credentialing, and Placements (Wentworth)

Darcy A. Dauderis, Vice President of Accreditation & Licensing at American Career College will lead attendees in a session which examines methods to monitor and enhance outcomes in ways that impact student success in "real-time". Attendees will explore the "ownership" of outcomes, monitoring and reporting, and managing external forces impacting outcomes to ensure tomorrow's workforce is well-equipped.

Thu. Oct. 6 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM. Breakout Session #8 | Supporting Gainful Employment: How to Verify Soft Skills and Predict Loan Default (Pavilion)

Amanda Opperman, Senior Institutional Effectiveness Specialist at Wonderlic and Ena Hull, Senior Vice President of Student Financial Services & Title IV Compliance of Unitek Information Systems will lead this session. They will focus on two innovative ways to help secure gainful employment for your graduates and will share actionable strategies and action plans for implementing these strategies which will improve student outcomes.


Tues. Oct. 11 | 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM | Welcome & Opening Keynote Address (Zilker Ballroom)

Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, Andres Alcantar, will highlight the strengths of the Texas economy and discuss the importance of strategic collaborations among economic development, workforce development, education stakeholders and business as a long-term strategy to support the need for a competitive workforce.

Tues. Oct. 11 | 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM | Breakout | Placement Panel Discussion (Hill Country C)

Career Service personnel from various programs across Texas will discuss best practices, trends and resources in placing graduates in jobs and the feedback our sector receives from employers on what they are and are not looking for in a job candidate. Moderated by Harvey Giblin of Virginia College, Austin.

If you're attending CAPPS or CCST we'd love to discuss the ways in which Penn Foster can help you improve student outcomes. Visit us at CAPPS at booth #46, or at CCST at booth #118. You can also send us an email to schedule a dedicated time to meet with a member of our team, and follow @Foster_EDU for conference highlights!

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