Penn Foster News | September 2009
 
Faces of Penn Foster


IRIS G.L. of Sliema, Malta
IRIS G.L. of Sliema, Malta

“Today I have a tiny business of my own, earning extra income from an age-old craft. I try to help others with new ideas, and all this thanks to Penn Foster. For you do not give us fish to eat, but you teach us how to fish in order to eat.”


“Some years ago, I was part of a team for a new project of founding a house for contemplative prayer. I found myself facing the dilemma of completely new work which I had never done before. Instead of nursing, I was now in charge of and running an apiary and a small orchard. There was a tiny piece of land on which we were planning to plant an olive grove. This never came to be. I remember the frustration of constantly asking for help on subjects like how to label, how to price, how to market. I received different versions and different ideas, sometimes contradicting each other. When the project was stopped because of numerous problems that occurred together, I returned to my parentís house. At this time my father was very ill. My nursing warrant was lost and I had to look for another job.

I decided to go back to my grandmotherís trade of lace making. I learned it in my childhood but hardly practiced. So I had to go to classes and I found that the workmanship was low. I wanted to do something about it. I came across a pamphlet of Penn Foster and I thought that distance learning was a great idea! Since then I had two diplomas, Teacher Aide and Freelance Writer, and I will soon finish, with God’s help, an Associate Degree in Marketing.

Today I have a tiny business of my own, earning extra income from an age- old craft. I try to help others with new ideas, and all this thanks to Penn Foster. For you do not give us fish to eat, but you teach us how to fish in order to eat.”

Iris

 


 

Leticia C.
LETICIA C.

“By the way, I now work for a financial firm, and I teach people about their 401Ks. I make more money than I ever thought I would.”


“My name is Leticia C., and I am originally from Brazil. Mine is not the “poor girl from Brazil who didn’t have anything” or “the American Dream comes true” story. No, my story is more real than that. Growing up in Brazil, I always had pretty much everything, including a college education paid for by my parents. But there was something missing: responsibility. I never finished one single semester, and I kept changing schools. Overall, I attended four different colleges in Brazil, and not one single semester was finished. Now, almost 30, I find myself in the United States, married, with a child, and no college education. I was working at a supermarket bakery. But my desire to get an education never went away; it was actually stronger than ever. One day a coworker mentioned something about Penn Foster. So I went online that night and I signed up.”

As I write to you, I analyze where my life has brought me. I am so proud of myself. I just finished the third semester of the Associate Degree in Business Management Program. I kept suggesting to Penn Foster to offer a bachelor’s degree, and recently I found out the degree is now available. Penn Foster has paved a path in front of me, and now I know where I need to go. I am so thankful to your school; the affordability and the methodology made it possible, THANK YOU. By the way, I now work for a financial firm, and I teach people about their 401Ks. I make more money than I ever thought I would.

Leticia C.