With all of the coverage on the state of education during COVID-19, one important topic is being overlooked. Half of the US labor market is comprised of middle-skill workers. These are the people on the frontlines right now, the ones who are eligible for open roles in key industries, but the ones who are not being […]
The Layoffs Are Coming. Why Not Worry.
ILLUSTRATION: BRIAN STAUFFER FROM wsj.com As more jobs become automated, layoffs are becoming a looming reality. Coupled with authentic concern for staff members, leading employers are increasingly mindful of the brand risk associated with terminating members of their workforce. As business leaders often forecast years in advance changes in workforce composition, including layoffs, there is an […]
Lost in Translation: Decoding the New Language of the Labor Market
Though nearly two-thirds of Americans do not have four-year college degrees, many have the skills employers are looking for. Still, middle-skill industry employers are requiring bachelor degrees for jobs that don’t really need them, leading to suboptimal hiring choices. Education providers must now translate these skills into signals that employers recognize. The challenge is recognizing […]
Penn Foster’s Rich History: 125 Years of Adapting to the Needs of America’s Workforce
As posted on FosterEDU American education evolved into its current system by adapting to advancements in technology and changes in the labor market. Penn Foster’s history is rooted in response to and growth from these very same changes. Our career-oriented courses not only provide vital training to American workers looking to advance their careers and […]
Penn Foster Programs Then & Now
As posted on FosterEDU blog Since the 2013 State of the Union address, the Department of Education has renewed emphasis on programs that prepare students with the skills employers demand, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math.1 The department’s 2015 budget reflects this priority, with $170 million earmarked for programs that prepare students for STEM-related […]
125 Years: The Honor of Labor
As posted on FosterEDU blog Since its inception in 1890, Penn Foster has dedicated itself to enhancing students’ lives by imparting the knowledge, skills and credentials to help students get started on their career path. In doing so, Penn Foster has paid tribute to the honor of skilled labor. From extending educational opportunities to miners, […]
Two-Year Degrees vs. Four-Year Degrees: Where’s the Biggest Payoff?
As posted on FosterEDU blog The question, “is a college degree worth it?” persists as tuition rates increase and student loan debt skyrockets. But the Wall Street Journal breaks down the question over the investment of a college degree even further by asking: If a student does attend and graduate college, does the graduate from […]
Forecast for Student Loans: Burdened for Life?
As posted on FosterEDU Blog As class of 2015 celebrates graduating from college, they will also share the unique distinction as the most indebted class in history. Over 70% of graduates will had to have taken out a student loan, which is an 11% increase in the number of student-loan holders from a decade ago1. […]
Career Colleges: What Your Students Need to Know About How Loans Are Changing
As posted on FosterEDU blog The student loan crisis is often talked about, but what the headlines rarely show are the changes to legislation that help lessen the burden of student debt. Small adjustments to statutes for student loan repayment are making a big difference in terms of education affordability. Legislation is in place right now […]
The Power of A Promise
As posted on FosterEDU blog When you are child you learn about the power of a promise. The importance of honoring commitments to friends, adults or even family members starts at an early age, and overtime helps to define your character. You learn that when you break a promise, no matter how small it may seem […]