Celebrating Our 2020 Milestones
Posted by Des Sinkevich on December 2, 2020
Throughout the year, we’ve had the opportunity to rethink how education is delivered to learners while creating new partnerships and cutting-edge improvements to our platform. Addressing the challenges of upskilling during a pandemic while offering avenues for displaced workers to prepare for new roles demanded adaptability and a willingness to learn and grow as a skills training company now and into the future.
Meeting the pandemic head on
Offering the program free of cost was an essential part of our effort to stop the spread and continue our commitment to serving our communities.
Building new partnerships & strengthening current relationships
- The Colorado Workforce Development Council. Partnering with Penn Foster, the CWDC launched the Lives Empowered Training Academy in April, featuring four programs designed to support workers as they move up in the retail industry.
- Bendable. Launched in South Bend, Indiana, the program aims to offer community-based learning resources around several topics.
- JFF. JFF’s mission is to build a society in which everyone has the opportunity to access the skills, resources, and credentials they need. In partnership with Penn Foster, JFF “is positioned to further develop the technology, programming, and regional reach necessary to support workers who have benefitted from Penn Foster’s tried and true methodology.”*
- Walmart’s Live Better U. First launched in 2018 through Guild, in 2020 we’ve grown our partnership with the nation’s largest employer to offer six new skilled trades programs, as well as optician and pharmacy technician training.
- YouthBuild. Historically, we’ve partnered with YouthBuild to help learners earn an important credential: their high school diploma. In 2020, we’ve expanded the partnership to offer opportunities for economic mobility through programs in in-demand industries like healthcare, skilled trades, and retail.
Launching a focused Healthcare Careers Institute
The Institute offers short-form training programs, which can be completed in 1-3 months, for positions like contact tracers, hospital companions, and home health aides that can serve as an on-ramp to allied health careers. These courses build upon Penn Foster’s existing comprehensive set of training programs for in-demand occupations like medical assistant, medical billing and coding and pharmacy technician, aligned to industry credentials and certifications and designed to prepare learners for credentialing exams and externships within 6-9 months.
Enhancing skilled trades training programs
Looking toward the future
While you’re preparing for the next year, contact a Penn Foster training expert today to build new upskilling, reskilling, and outskilling initiatives for your company.