Penn Foster News | March 2008

Online Degrees Gain Popularity

If you are a student of one of our degree programs you are probably a very busy adult, already employed, with packed schedules and family obligations. You are striving to gain the skills and education necessary to advance your career while balancing work and home responsibilities. Sometimes when your kids are sick or the bills are piling up, or when you have no time to relax, it feels like things will never change. But deep inside, you (and 20 percent of the U.S. adult population*) know how you will make things change. You have enrolled in an online college to earn your Associate Degree and change your life.

                              “It’s less expensive and more flexible, and it
                                       allows me to spend more time with my little ones.”
                                                                   Amie Sanborn
                                                       Penn Foster College Student

According to an online article in The Phoenix, the choice is perfect for Amie Sanborn of Wakefield, New Hampshire, a Penn Foster student majoring in Business Management. “It’s less expensive and more flexible, and it allows me to spend more time with my little ones,” she says. Sanborn says she is able to do her coursework while her children sleep. And in the same article, Neil Wilson, a career counselor, agrees that online universities are an acceptable, always improving option for many adults who wouldn’t be able to continue their education otherwise. Wilson states, “One of the best things about the Internet is how it allows adults to work on a degree or certificate in almost any subject at any age or stage of life at almost any university in the world, without much traveling or campus residence required.”

Keep up the hard work!

*According to an October 2007 Sloan Consortium Survey, 20 percent of adult continuing-
  education students in the U.S. are studying online.

Source: The Phoenix, “Better By Degrees,” January 22, 2008.

Featured Program of the Month:
PC Maintenance Technology

Why complete a distance learning Associate Degree program in PC Maintenance Technology? With the right credentials and experience, you can work for businesses of all types that rely on computers, or work for an existing repair business, or start your own repair business. As more companies do business on the Internet and more households make purchases online, more computers are needed. You can apply the skills you learn in your Degree training program for a successful and secure future in computers. For more details about this program, follow the link to PC Maintenance Technology.

Penn Foster College Dean’s List

Click here to view the list of students who have recently achieved the Dean’s List honour and who have agreed to have their names listed. Congratulations to all!

New Certificate Programs

Penn Foster now offers more than 15 focused Certificate Programs designed to provide the fundamentals in select fields of study. These shorter, concentrated programs are suited to individuals working in a particular field. The new Certificate Programs include: Medical Coding and Billing, One-Year Business Management, Medical Transcription...and others. For a complete list of the Penn Foster Certificate Programs, please visit our certificate page.

Web links:

CompTIA Certifications PC Support


Did You Know?

Penn Foster College students are eligible to save $100 off an Apple computer or notebook. Visit the Apple Store website or call Apple directly at 1-800-MY-APPLE and mention that you’re a student of Penn Foster and order yours today.

The Last Great Race
on Earth

From Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, teams of 12 to 16 dogs and their musher cover over 1150 miles in 10 to 17 days through the world’s most beautiful and unforgiving terrain Mother Nature has to offer. They race through jagged mountain ranges, frozen rivers, spruce forests, desolate tundra, and miles of windswept coast. Then, add to that temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, the hazards of long hours of darkness, and you have the Iditarod® which is run every year in March since 1973. Learn more about this race and the dogs:

Tell Us YOUR Story

Attention Graduates! There is no one better qualified to encourage our students than someone who has personally experienced and met the challenges of distance learning. Many students need inspiration, motivation, and support just to enroll, as well as continue with and complete their studies. Email your story to [email protected], or mail it to Jim Healey, c/o Penn Foster, 925 Oak St., Scranton, PA 18515. We would love to hear from you.

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